The Sensory Deprivation Floatation Tank
You have to watch this guy’s experience
It’s incredible! I’m definitely going to try this soon. From what I’ve seen/heard the experience you have when you are receptive to it is similar to doing shrooms or LSD. Although it’s better because you’re just floating in water. In an isolated soundproof tank. Pitch black. All you’ll hear is your breath and heartbeat. And you get this zero-gravity sensation. May sound a tiny bit scary at first.. but it sounds like bliss to me. It also triggers a shift from the left hemisphere of the brain (logical, rational, analytical) to the right hemisphere (intuition and creativity). Some people have out-of-body experiences, another level of deep intense meditation, and it has health benefits as well. Isn’t that amazing?
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Who has done this before? I’d love to hear your experiences! And if you haven’t would you do it?
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@ijesuschrist, Nah man, I’ve tried it couple of times, it’s very over-rated. And I don’t have trouble with lucid dreaming or visualization.
There’s plenty of ways to isolate yourself, plenty of ways to deprive yourself of one or more senses, and plenty of ways to go the opposite route of over-stimulation.
Plenty of ways to achieve vivid day-dreaming regardless of surroundings.
I bet the isolation tanks of the future will be pretty fucking awesome, but the ones that are around now don’t exactly call for a hurrah.
It’s nice though, like I said. It’s a different experience.
It’s also a matter of taste.
@manimal, I dunno man, I’ve never done it, but from what I’ve taken from my own experiences, complete isolation is the perfect chance to focus on one thing – that is you can create an experience.
For me, the sensation does not just come, like it does with the people who REALLY love it. You have to start making a scene in your head and get lost in it. Your dream-making part of the mind will take over, and you can, at some point, fool your mind to believe you are asleep – thus making the experience astral-projection like.
I think the ‘hype’ is from the people who are already easy to fall into astral-projection-like states, lucky bastards.
But like I said, I might just be talking out of my ass.
@iluvdamusic, I would definitely go for the $75 3 session one! I did one session for $39 and I don’t think it was worth it only because I think you need AT LEAST three sessions to really dive deep. Oh and if you smoke I would go sober the first time, smoke a little before the second time, and maybe smoke a bit more for the third time. Or whatever floats you boat! Make sure you arrive early, relax, find a comfortable position and don’t move! that was my mistake! If you are “uncomfortable” notice that you are and then you will suddenly become comfortable!
I’ve tried it also 2 times. It wasn’t anything wow, no “special” experiences. After I got out, I felt really good/light for the next few hours but that’s it. I am open to trying it again because I’ve changed a lot since the last time I tried it and I may be more open this time around.
@blankey, Did you smoke and go in you first time?
I’ve recently given up the ol MJ, and it hadn’t even crossed my mind to smoke. I feel as though I have a hard time meditating when I smoke.
I just got back from the sensory deprivation tank. It was 40 dollars for 1 hour even with a student ID.. kind of expensive. But I think it was worth it.
I laid down in it and was surprised at how easily I floated at the surface. It was hard to get comfortable at first and I did feel a tiny bit panicked for the first minute or so. But once I did get situated, it was extremely relaxing.
I agree with Joe Rogan’s observation that it is like peeling back the layers of an onion. At first you can only get so far. Although I have been meditating for a couple of months and thought I was able to ‘let go,’ I could feel myself starting to let go, but then my mind would prevent me from getting any further. It really made me realize how much further I have to go.
I didn’t have any hallucinations like that kid described in the video, but there were moments where I felt like I was moving extremely fast through space, even though in reality I was completely still.
for a while I floated in and out of consciousness. But every time I’d drift off, I’d have some sort of vivid dream, and then I’d wake up and the dreams seemed really meaningful. After a while, I began to quiet down even more and began to feel all the stress and anxiety I held inside. This was probably the most amazing part. I’ve always known I am stress and suffer from terrible anxiety a lot of the time, but being in the tank really allowed me to feel it and to feel things I didn’t even know were there. I could feel all the tension I carried in my muscles that I had never noticed before, and all the pent up anxiety in my chest.
So all in all, as a first experience, I’d say it was very positive. Nothing major happened, it just allowed me to go another step deeper into myself and come to some deeper realizations. I think for the last couple weeks I’ve hit a wall, and being in the tank definitely helped me surpass it, even if it was by a little bit.
@iluvdamusic, Nope I did not! And the only reason I said so is because I was looking for a more psychedelic journey with this and with the help of Cannabis I am sure I could have achieved it.
Anyways, I wouldn’t focus too much of the meditation. I focused WAY too much on trying to relax rather being the relaxation. I realized after my session how much the mind distracts us and keeps us away from the stillness of the Now.
I did, however, do mindful meditation AKA focusing on my breath and the sensations it accompanies.
Joe Rogan is the man.. I really want to try a sensory deprivation tank. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard some great things about them. It would make it so much easier to get into a state of pure consciousness. I’ve heard that in that state, it is like REM sleep, except you are conscious during it. So from what I’ve heard, an hour in the tank in that state is equivalent to a full nights rest. Theres supposedly a good one on the northside of Chicago that I am going to try maybe this week actually.
Yeah I just did it again yesterday and this time it was nothing like the first. I just felt really anxious and nervous the whole time and felt like getting out. But Eric as you’ve said about mushroom trips, no trip is a bad trip. I still feel like it gave me something to learn. Seemed to bring out a lot of latent anxiety that I didn’t know was there, but I wasn’t able to release it.
Holy crap that sounds so scary. Yet so interesting at the same time. I think it would be even more awesome if the chamber was completely filled with water and you could be on some kind of scuba support for it. Haha I loved the dramatic use of Inception music in the guy’s video. If its not fun enough in there, you could always play some of that.