“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft
I recently took a break from social media for about a month or so. Not having to worry about checking my notifications every 2 seconds was great. It was amazing actually. I took the extra time to focus on myself and my business. I recently got back on to be able to network but if it weren’t for that, I would have stayed off of it. It can be so toxic, and it can mostly suck up your time otherwise if you do not use it wisely. Social media has its purposes.
In life sometimes we need to “reset”. Our brain is just like a computer always working and processing information. Between life, work, and other things it can be a lot. We easily fall into a routine. Over and over, the same thing. It can get so exhausting. That is one reason why I didn’t start this podcast earlier. We have a stream of constant stimuli almost every second of the day. Monday thru Friday I wake up in the morning, go to work, and I am on the computer and phone all day. Then I come home and sit in front of a computer (again) for another 5 hours doing homework or more work-related tasks. Some days I have to clean around the house, I have to take care of my son, and I have to take care of the wife (if you know what I mean). You can’t let that get out of hand cause then you know what happens. Unhappy wife, unhappy life. Just added stress… (lol, I’m joking) But all jokes aside these are core responsibilities one may have. That many people have.
Another problem in society with the aggressive expansion of technology is that at almost all times of the day we are staring at some sort of screen. Sometimes you have no other choice if you work at a job that requires this of you. Rather it be a phone or a monitor of some sort. Even when I read at night, which I try and do every night, I read on a kindle. A tablet. We are cyborgs. No one goes anywhere without their phone nowadays. If you ever call someone or text them and they do not answer or reply, there’s an 85% chance they are ignoring you. I know because I do that. The next step in society is technology being IN us, being an actual part of us. Phones in the future will be implanted in our asses if we are not careful. Elon Musk’s Neuralink for example. They are developing implantable brain–machine interfaces (BMIs). It doesn’t go in your ass, but they want to hook your brain up directly to computers! This is crazy.
Because of all this, I have always wanted to try out a sensory deprivation tank. To unload the senses. When your brain doesn’t have any input, it has resources to be able to dedicate towards other things. I finally took the plunge after listening to Joe Rogan talk about it so many times on his podcast. Even though those guys usually do it on some type of drug, I went in sober. Having zero experience I went ahead and googled “sensory deprivation tanks near me” and found one not too far away. Total Zen Float in Casselberry, Florida.
Honestly at first, I was pretty sketched out. I was going to be sitting in some tank, naked for an hour and a half. Just me and my thoughts. The mind has a way of betraying you at times. I thought to myself what if these people kidnap me and try to rape me or something? Not that I think anyone would enjoy that… I have a hairy butt. Going into this experience I had an open mind. I read on the subject and did my research. Putting the information I read aside, I did not set any expectations. I didn’t know what was going to happen or what I was going to see. I wanted to take it in for what it was. Just be in the moment. Again, another thing a lot of us do not know how to do.
The week after I booked my appointment for my first float, I was hesitant and nervous. A part of me didn’t want to go. I woke up the morning of and drove to Casselberry. When I got there and first walked in, I was greeted by Garrett. He is one of the co-owners at Total Zen Float. He gave me a small tour and explained to me what I had to do. After I finished expressing my concerns to him about it being my first time, he just told me something along the lines of “expect nothing and just become one, float in the void.”
After my session I talked to Garrett for a little bit about my experience. While we talked, I told him about me starting my own podcast and he revealed to me he has a podcast of his own, and of his influence in the floating community via social media. I was able to get him to do an episode because I wanted to pick his brain about sensory deprivation tanks and floating. Who better to talk to us about floating than someone who does it for a living? Thanks again Garrett.
My experience in the tank, in the void
As Garrett went to leave the tank room, the last thing he said to me was “see you on the other side.” What is that supposed to mean? After he shut the door behind him, I looked into the tank. I took a picture for Instagram of course. It was completely dark, and it sort of scared me. I’m not even going to lie. I put my belongings aside, stripped down naked, put my ear plugs in, stepped into the tank, and shut the hatch. I was alone in the darkness. I thought to myself this is what it’s all about. I laid back in the water and closed my eyes. I let my head fall back and I let my body rest in a natural position. I had no support on it whatsoever. My heart was beating super-fast as it echoed in my ears. I took even and steady breaths to slow my heartbeat. My mind wandered at first while I tried to focus on the now and stay in the moment. I counted to 10 over and over as I controlled my breathing. After about what felt like 15 minutes everything eventually settled down as I pictured myself floating through space. Stars were rushing past me as I floated through the cosmos. Galaxies flying by me. I was in a nebula at one point. It was an amazing feeling. All while this is happening, my body felt like it was spinning around in the tank. It was like I was slowly going down a drain.
At one point I did see different patterns and shapes as I drifted away. Almost like a kaleidoscope. I could also see lights like when someone shines a light in your eyes when they are closed. It was a different experience, nonetheless. I have never felt anything like that. Deep relaxation. Your brain and body don’t know what to do or how to react when they have nowhere to be and nothing to do. My muscles kept spasming and my mind kept wanting to wander. When you think inside a sensory deprivation tank, it is amplified. You can manifest things while you are in there. If you are not careful, you can manifest scary things. You lose track of time as you just float there. A small part of me did however feel distracted and disconnected. I wanted to be able to fully unload and let go. I don’t think I was able achieve that 100% because it was my first time. I was so anxious for the first part of it. While I was in the tank, I couldn’t help but keep thinking “is it over yet? Is it over yet?”
Finally, my 90-minute session was over. Tranquil music started to play inside the tank and that is how I knew I had to be out. It felt like I had only been in there for 30 minutes. I went to get up and I couldn’t find the hatch. I was disoriented and didn’t know front from back. I eventually was able to get out and shower to wash the salt off my body. I felt like a newborn baby coming out of the womb for the first time. The light hurt my eyes. When I exited, I spoke with Garrett for a little while. My initial talk with him before entering the tank really made me feel more at ease. Super chill person who let off a good vibe. I already booked my appointment for next month. Perhaps on my next float since I know what the sensation is like I can go in deeper and explore further. Maybe this is something I can use from now on to disconnect and find that “reset” I have been looking for.
“Love everybody and tell the truth.”
On this episode we talk to Garett Frandsen about sensory deprivation tanks and floating. We discuss the physical and psychological benefits it can have. We also break down some aspects of the consciousness, psyche, theology, technology, and experiences in the tank and in life.
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