Edgar Allen Poe wrote of “fancies” he experienced “only when I am on the brink of sleep with the consciousness that I am so.”
He’s not alone. Many have used the tank to plug into that state and use it to explore deeper consciousness.
That transition state between awake and asleep is a magical time and floating allows you often to hang there, suspended, a little longer than usual.
During your time in this state, the theta state, you may experience a wide array of sensory experience. Sight, sound, sensations that range from subtle and barely there to vivid, hallucination-type experiences are fairly common during the float experience. These are called hypnogogic hallucinations.
Hypnogogic hallucinations aren’t exactly dreams. They often lack narrative content. They are fleeting, gone before they start. They are characterized by heightened suggestibility, illogic and a fluid association of ideas.
EEG readings have shown that there is some elevated responsiveness to sound around where you sleep, however, in the tank, without the outside input we imagine your brain reaches deep into your consciousness. Hypnogogia may provide insight to parts of our consciousness we aren’t able to access during our day to day, waking hours.
There are a few common hypnogogia that happens more than others.
During post-float discussion, we hear most often about light shows. These shows are lines, shapes or geometrical patterns that are monochromatic or richly colored floating in and out of your “sight”. From dramatic images resembling lightening to fluid, graceful colored shapes, you’ll find the journals sitting around our space full of beautiful color-scapes recreated from hypnogogic hallucinations.
People who have spent a long time doing repetitive tasks or looking at repetitive images before sleep often find it dominates their imagery as they grow drowsy. This is referred to as the tetris effect.
Vivid scenes, often without context can appear. Flashes of images from the past, the present or a mix of both can appear in a way that is so realistic, you are transported there for a few brief moments. Snatches of a scene you may or may not know are created for a few moments.
It’s not always about sight. Hypnogogic hallucinations can also have an auditory component. You may hear snatches of imagined speech. It may also manifest as your inner voice or the voices of others.
Not so common is the ability to hear music in the theta state. But it does happen! We have a client who spends her tank time hearing piano music, composed on the spot by her mind.
Is it your mind simply working through all the information fed in through the day? Or are we also getting insight into deeper self? Every day people coming out of the float tanks calmer and clearer, being aware of more then before they went into the float tank.
Listen, journal and learn from the very best teacher, your own personal guru, which is simply and beautifully you.
Original author: Float Nashville
When our pump started making occasional whirring noises I knew I was getting a hint that my pump was on it’s way out. When it started screaming like a banshee, I knew I had waited too long before figuring out how to swap it out. This is a brief account of my experience replacing our Floatarium filtration system.
Click on the image for a video showcasing the sound of a dying pump
The filtration system that came with our Floatarium has always been a pain. It is very difficult to change the filters (and salt water gets everywhere), the 1hp pump never seemed like quite enough power for the large amount of water it has to move, and the UV lights came with a mess of wires.
We have decided that UV light is not required in our tanks. It sounds great when you explain to customers that you have it, but I don’t believe that it is actually doing the work promised. We also decided an easier to change filter would be necessary along with a more powerful pump.
I went online and did my best comparative shopping hoping for a 2hp pump, however high prices led me to a less expensive 1.5hp pump on Amazon. I also found a reasonably priced filter online, and I paid extra so that the parts would arrive on Tuesday (the one day a week we are closed).
I had two days to kick back and wait for the parts to arrive. Everything was going to go ass scheduled, except that our pump died Monday morning. Every time we turned on the switch for the pump it would trip the circuit breaker. We canceled floats in the Floatarium for that day, but that didn’t mean we were safe. We use an inline heater (which I’m a big fan of) for heating our tank, which means that if the pump isn’t run, the water temperature drops continuously. Now I wasn’t just in a rush to get customers back into the tank, I was in a rush to save our salt water!
After a small fiasco involving me driving down a UPS driver on Tuesday, I got to work at the Shoppe and started disassembling our existing equipment. It was an adrenaline fueled experience knowing that this was all or nothing. I would either create a new filtration system before the water cooled or our water would crystallize.
Unfortunately I had to deal with the previous plumbing I had done that worked around my old filtration equipment. That, coupled with the fact that I didn’t have access to flex tubing meant I wasn’t going to build what I wanted. The great news is that I have a plumbing store one block away from me, so I was able to get all the other parts I needed from there.
Plumbing is a surprisingly simple operation. There are a few guidelines I like to follow; as few 90 degree bends as possible (it’s not good for water flow), and to try to keep the plumbing the same width tubing throughout. I failed on both of these accounts. There are more 90 angles than I originally planned, and there is a point where my 1″ tubing changed to 1 1/2″, then later back to 1″. It’s not the worst thing in the world, it just adds a little more stress to a system that is already stressed by pumping incredibly dense salt water. I also wish the entire operation were closer to the float tank itself so that the water spent less time in the hosing.
I still have more work to do such as mounting the pump to a board and getting a more permanent stand for the filter to sit on (that can be removed so that the filter housing can drop down). Finally, I will need to hook up the float tank’s main control box to the pump so that it is switch operated (and tells us the temp of the tank.)
The great news is that we are able to float people in our Floatarium float tank again without canceling on any more customers.
Original author: Dylan Schmidt