“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” ~Terence McKenna
floating is just about everywhere. which is fantastic. it is such an amazing therapy and just an incredible experience. there are so many physical benefits and these are often emphasized in most articles. here is one article that is a little older but it is the best (in my humble opinion) that i have come across. it puts floating up there where it should be as a tool for transcendence. it is not just physical, mental or emotional, it is spiritual. when i enter the tank i enter as i am entering a sacred circle, or a church, or a meditation space. to me it is both modern and ancient. it is modern because it is the most advanced way of withdrawing from the world. the world being the essence of mercurial tendencies or in a word: hyper. and something that has become exceedingly more difficult to separate from. when it comes to information and experiences, there is never enough, more is better and sooner is best. but floating is also completely ancient; in the yoga system it is known as pratyahara, or could be akin to "entering the cave" in the great shamanistic traditions of all continents and even perhaps worlds.
“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.” ~Terence McKenna
in discussing this recently we wanted to emphasize that floating and our approach to yoga, meditation and even bodywork is to realign the person with their own self. "floating is this..." "meditation is that..." "massage does this..." which may all be true but they are all perceptional and relativistic. so instead our approach is... how do you feel? what is your experience? one of my favorite quotes by mckenna in kinetic typography, for its wonderful glorification, it exemplifies this perfectly and a nice cherry on this already mckenna-ized post...
almost forgot the article link. enjoy!