I used to dream of floating in a pool of calm water, weightless and releasing all tension from my entire being; mind, body and soul. When stress would overcome me and feel like weights that I struggled to release, this vision, along with deep breathing, would help me release tension and allow me to melt into the comforts of feeling free!
Now I have more tools that help me deal with the ups and downs of life. I practice Reiki and meditation, daily, and I clear my energies as challenges arise, rather than letting it all pile on like unwanted baggage. And although these techniques help me come back to feeling balanced, much easier than I could have in the past, there are days when I just don’t feel like doing the work! I am human, and sometimes I just want it all to float away, magically, without any effort on my part. Do you know the feeling?
Last month, while taking a walk in my neighborhood, I came across a business with an eye-catching message on the window; May the Experience of Nothing Give You Everything! It was called Float Sanctuary…I had finally found my vision of bliss in the physical world!
Float Sanctuary is an inviting space, with three rooms, housing two depravation/float tanks and one room for massage. The owner, Brent, explained that the depravation/float tanks are used to float, completely weightless in ten inches of water, for sixty or ninety minutes. And because of the levels of salt in the water, your body is effortlessly buoyant, freeing you from any physical tension.
The idea of feeling weightless was about to become my reality…
My first time in the tank, I could not wait to get inside! Brent gave thorough instruction and explained that once I got inside, the tank would be pitch black and free from all outside noise. I was about to be left in solitude, with nothing but the sound of my breath, heartbeat and thoughts. And when I realized how dark it would be in my solitude, I became a little nervous.
When Brent left me to explore true self-connection in the tank, I opted to leave the tank door open. Again, I was a little nervous about the nothingness once faced with it…but I kept my eyes closed so I could still be free from distraction. And once I got in and let go, the magic began!
I started my float by focusing on my breath. With each exhale, I surrendered a little deeper, allowing the salty water to support me. Then I began to notice that I had no sense of the space I was in…it felt like I could have been floating in the entire room! Without sight and without effort to stay afloat, I felt a sense of expansiveness. I began to melt into the water, unable to determine any limitations of physicality. Then my mind began to awaken.
I started to feel like I was floating in space, with visions of drifting in the cosmos. And I wasn’t floating in physical form, it felt like I was part of the Universe…a particle of air…just being. Then I began to feel peace and ultimate gratitude for just existing in that very moment. I was thankful to feel like what I had read in the window; I was experiencing nothing while being given everything!
After the sixty-minutes of floating, I felt disconnected from the physical realm. I had to readjust, reclaiming some of the weight I had before entering the tank. I felt at ease and calm…and like I was seeing the world around me with new vision and sensory. Thankfully, most of my previous weight had been dissolved by ten-inches of water and self-connection.
Since my first experience, I have been in the tank every other day, today being my twelfth float (and now I close the tank door). Each experience has been different, but always refreshing and leaving me in a state of gratitude with a deeper sense of clarity and awareness. And I didn’t think it could get any better until Brent said, “You should try the ninety-minute float!”
Of course I did, without question! To experience this state of inner-peace and calm for an additional thirty-minutes?! I was up to the challenge…
I began as I always do, focusing on my breath and releasing all tension from my body. Then I began my meditation, connecting with Universal Life-Force Energy and surrendering to whatever chose to arise. Sometimes challenging thoughts will surface, and it’s ok. I acknowledge them, release on the breath, refocus on complete nothingness…and I’m back to floating in the cosmos.
*TIP: Sometimes I just let the word LOVE echo in my mind, sending the vibrations of joy and peace throughout my entire being. This raises my vibration and the energies within the tank.
With the extended length of time in the tank today, I felt reborn! I felt like I was emerging from a rejuvenating womb of bliss and rewiring. That’s it! In the space of complete disconnection, you reconnect and realign with YOU, releasing energies that were probably never yours to begin with!
The Benefits I’ve Noticed:
1. Sleep: Since my first float, my sleep patterns have improved. I used to be a night owl, but I have been ready to rest much earlier and sleeping much deeper.
2. Skin: My friends say I look like I’m glowing when I get out of the tank. Perhaps it’s the release of toxins, but I believe it includes the restfulness.
3. Mood: No matter the mood before I get in the tank, I feel much lighter and refreshed when I get out! I've experienced bliss (yes, it's real)!
4. Inspiration: I have experienced such clarity in the tank that I usually get out with some new understanding or inspiration. Anything I may have been questioning, it seems that the answer comes during or immediately after my float.
5. Meditation: I have been practicing meditation for a few years now, but I notice that it is easier to reach higher levels of consciousness while in the tank. I attribute that to being free from all sensory distraction, including freedom from physical tension.
It hasn’t even been a month since my first float and I have noticed significant shifts in my awareness. I plan to continue and I would love to hear what your experiences have been! Please share below…happy floating!
Journey in LOVE!
Yew Chi Blogger
Yolanda is a San Diego Reiki-Master Teacher and Author. She began this blog because she believes we must show gratitude by sharing our blessings. Through these writings, she passes on the gifts from her journey! It takes a village, and we are of the same tribe.
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