Hi guys, my apologies for yesterday, my kitchen is back to it’s pristine state of Tony-ness, thank you very much! Today I’m going to take you to a place that I have very rarely taken anyone. We’re going to talking about Altered States and some of what you’ll read here is NOT for children and should be understood that the intent here is merely to educate. Specifically, we’re talking about “Think Tanks” or sensory deprivation chambers. And although they are generally used for very therapeutic reasons there are Metaphysical advantages to employing one in your personal life. An isolation tank (think tank) is a man sized chamber (some horizontal, some vertical) in which there is salt water, which is at skin temperature, it circulates at the rate of the earth’s rotation, there is no light or sound inside, (communications are done via audio equipment to listen and record) this environment is created so that the user floats inside with a sense of complete weightlessness akin to floating in space because of the darkness and soundlessness. They were first introduced by John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. These tanks are now used for meditation and relaxation, and they are also used in “Alternative” medicine. When I was first introduced to one in 1984 it was called a “Think Tank” but other names include Sensory deprivation tank, float tank, John Lilly tank, rest tank, and sensory attenuation tank. The most comforting thing about the tank (I found) was the water——-it is salt water that is so dense with salt that it is literally impossible to sink in it, and the temperature matches your skin temp. so, once you’re in there you’re no longer aware of the water at all. I found it comforting to know that no matter what, drowning was out of the question. This affect does a number of interesting things, it creates an unbelievable sense floating etc. but the most fascinating thing is what it does to your mind. All of your senses (except smell, which at one point becomes irrelevant) are cut off so your mind begins creating imagery so that you won’t go insane(minor exaggeration), because when your mind, in it’s waking state, has no sensory input it begins creating it’s own——-from memories, imaginings and experiences. I like to call it “instant meditation”. But I will go into all the metaphysical stuff in a sec, let me put your mind at ease with some facts.
Generally, users of think tanks enter the pool nude. The elastic material of a tight-fitting swim suit can create uncomfortable compressed stress points on the skin during the session. Due to the high salt content, the water is not changed more than twice a month and ALL users are required to shower, wash with a disinfectant soap, and rinse clean prior to entering for all of the obvious reasons. Most tanks have a surface skimmer, filtration system which includes ulra-violet sterilization and chemicals to keep the water free of microbes and sediment. So, if you have some sort of serious skin condition you’re outta luck, BUT, that doesn’t mean can’t but or build your own. If you’re serious about meditation and reaching altered states of consciousness it’s a VERY worthwhile investment.
A therapeutic session in a tank typically lasts 60-90 minutes. For the first 40 minutes it’s possible to experience itching in different parts of the body (also common in the early stages of advanced meditation) the last 20 minutes often end with a translation from Beta (or alpha-brainwaves) to Theta, which normally occurs very briefly before falling asleep and again at waking. In a float (think) tank the Theta state can last indefinitely without the client losing consciousness. A lot of people use the extended Theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving for super-learning. The more often you use the tank the longer the Theta period lasts. —–THIS is where Metaphysics and my personal experiences blossom gloriously. Now, what I’m about to convey to you should not be attempted without medical supervision and complete soundness of mind. When I was 22 years old I found one these sensory deprivation chambers, just up the street from the “National Spiritual Science Center” on 16th street in Washington DC. I had just seen the awesome film “ALTERED STATES” in which William Hurt’s character experiments with a hallucinogen in the tank to regress himself back to an early Cro-Magnon man like form. Well being the fearless 22 year old that I was I acquired some psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) and booked a six-hour block of the tanks time. Which in those days was a VERY easy thing to do. Today it would be difficult if not impossible because of all of the legal ramifications involved. I befriended the guy working there and told him exactly what I was doing. He had no problem because he was familiar with the film and had another person ask him to monitor him similarly to my request. There was no problem with the first requester’s experience and so we anticipated no problems with mine. I took my mushrooms about 15 minutes before entering the horizontal tank so that the effects of the psilocybin would coincide with reaching the Theta state of brain activity and little did I know that I was about to go on the ride of a lifetime. After the first period of simple deep relaxing euphoria I began to see (eyes closed of course, it’s too overwhelming for the mind to keep your eyes open) I began seeing intense numbers of what appeared to be shooting stars screaming by me at incredible speeds, followed by strange sounds of water rushing and wind blowing and then into some of the most incredible scenes of picturesque splendor that are still beyond my ability to describe. Otherworldly comes to mind!. With colors so intense I don’t think that they exist for the human eye. I remember having soulful conversations with people I knew and some I had never met. I remember thinking I was a spirit flying throughout the universe with the ability to stop and picnic (Not kidding, PICNIC) at will. Whenever I thought of someone I could stop and speak with them. Most of the time however I felt as if I were moving, exploring , coupled with an outrageously intense sense of euphoria…..so much so that I did not want it to end. It felt like being cradled in the arms of happiness and pure joy with a view to stop your heart from pounding for fear that it might be frightened away by the sound of it. There was so much information passing through my awareness that I couldn’t keep it separated enough, I couldn’t categorize it, and after some great effort to comprehend I simply LET GO and just drifted and let it all just wash over me like some divine encyclopedia…..I still can’t describe it well enough, and I’m a poet!!…….it was so exhilarating and engrossing that I didn’t want it to end——ever!———when the sound of the door opening and the light streaming in shocked me back into reality I screamed “Close the damn DOOR!!!”…..he replied. “I can’t it’s time for me to go home!” I had been in there , in my mind maybe an hour, but in actuality I had been there over 7 hours he had let me stay longer because he said it was fascinating to hear me talk in different languages and voices. The only other language I could fake my way through was German, he said I was speaking some weird latin sounding languages. I was not aware I had spoken a single word——-and I was NOT dreaming——-hallucinogens don’t put you to sleep. The entire experience to this day remains somewhat of mystery to me, but I do know that in practicing meditation I am approaching some of those feelings of bliss and wonder only in a much more controlled fashion. I often dream of being in that chamber. I still think of it as a positive experience but the truth is, something happened to me in there that I just can’t explain. Nor do I feel the need to. I also lost any desire to go in again. Not because I’m afraid, but because there is something inside of me that knows that there is nothing more to learn there—–and that my new horizon lies in advanced, controlled, meditation practices……..don’t ask me HOW I know that……I just know!!………..I am Dartanion2………..and that’s the way I see it………..cheers…………..t xx
Alice Lawson said:
Dear Beloved Professor Tony !….this is remarkably well done and in a true experimental time of learning and observation along with personal experiential outcome you have shared. Hope lots of others will comment and share. You are a very remarkable man in the way you researched and follow through. Such a privilege to read this. Very professional and real. Your honestly and heart is in all you share my dearest friend Tony. I will be progressing to functionally be able to leave sooner rather than later…yeah! Most residuals or in the areas still hard to define after the double stroke. Slower accomplishment and soreness with brain drain and tiredness and headaches but I am one very fortunate woman at this point and grateful indeed. Prayer and kind support made the big difference and Father God in Spirit helping me to positively move through. This will be short it takes enormous extra effort to do this now. I look forward to trying each day but migraine interfering. All my love and blessings to you and precious Cheri. When I get home I can write direct emails especially to dearest Georgina and receive them once again. Still going to take all my strength , concentration and fighting through brain drain but I am motivated. 🙂 my son coming again on Friday for the day only. So glad your kitchen is “Tonyfied” once again…so the kitchen police did not fine you eh? Lol 😉 love always dear friend Tony 🙂 xo and to sweetest Cheri 🙂 xo caring sweet Georgina 🙂 xo ……..xxxooo 🙂 🙂 🙂 blessings abundantly from your Kate from Father God’s heart and mine xxxooo
Cherie Sumner said:
Alice, I just want you to know that I have been praying for you and hoping you make a full recovery. I am amazed at how you can write so clear minded and have the energy you do. That is awesome. I am sorry you suffered the strokes, and my prayers will continue upon you. You are so dear to Tony, and I appreciate your friendship and kindness to him. You are the best! 🙂 Love and hugs, Cherie
Curtis Longstreet said:
I’m so impressed and thankful for this write Tony. Love the mysterious quality to it. Sensory deprivation I knew little of before I read this but now I have thoughts of entering one of them there tanks, lol. To be honest though I get panic attacks and I have a fear of total embarassment if they have to pull me out. My imagination leads me and it should be the other way around I think, so in that environment, wow.
Was wondering T, is this tank the same as what certain athletes use to enhance healing?
They sound similar, but the sensory part sounds different. The oxygen tank speeds up healing apparently.
The concept of this tank and what it could do from a creative standpoint fascinates me. Inspiration and what triggers it would be a great study. You mentioned that your friend heard you speaking in a language other than what you knew, and that it changed you…I like the way you said that T. In your case this was a positive experience, but the mind is such a complex thing, so each experience may not always be anticipated in the tank, and obvious risks exist it seems.
It’s kind of a scary thing to do in a lot of ways, but I would love to give this one a go, lol without the mushrooms…will be looking for a tank in my area now T…brilliant blog my brother.
Cherie Sumner said:
Hey brother C, I am with you…….the deprivation tank fascinates me, but I have reservations because of my own phobias about being claustrophobic and worried what thoughts I might have in the thing to tell you the truth. My imagination could get the best or worst of me. Lol…. I was laughing with Tony about the fact that I am not too keen on getting completely naked and having a stranger have to get me out if I panic. Lol. Now, Tony was talking about having one in our own home someday, for private use, and that I may be more keen on. I would definitely want a no mushroom natural experience. T would not want to use any hallucinogens again either. Meditation and complete focus could be the way to tap into the spirit’s natural powerful and metaphysical aspects. I like the healing uses for it as well. It seems being in water would alleviate pains in the body, suspended in a supportive system with no pressure on the joints sounds heavenly for my bad back (arthritis) and peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Some day, we may be swapping stories on our experiences with this think tank…….the future could hold some amazing new ways to bring out our repressed abilities. But ultimately, my faith is in God….and when we get our immortal bodies in the new world, all our capabilities will be released as they will be given by God….a restored paradise. Paul knew we would take on the likeness glory as Christ has at His return, and that is the most awesome experience we could EVER have!!! Love to you, Cherie
Alice Lawson said:
Dear sweet Cheri, my symptoms are extreme headaches and other painful residual symptoms . It takes forever to do this with typos and corrections but it means some parts are working for now but Then I wash out with brain drain fatigue so quickly. I thank you so much for your prayers.I am praying for Tony today with his back surgery. I see Father God’s healing hands going up and down his spine and embracing him in a Fatherly hug with healing virtue. I see the two of you standing and sitting now all the time….almost in a royals at home settings….it is Father God signifying His choice of placing you together to creatively function, love and be as one.I see you not just Tony only any more. His Mom is warmly there with prayer ribbons of spirit and light as her prayers go out for her children and grandchildren. The gracious and lovely modest caring heart and soul of you is so sweet and impressive and how much Tony loves and cares for you so reassuring as you love him too. Georgina is so kind and loving and I wish I could reach out and hug her and pop in to say Hi! What an amazing lady she is! God is so good to us. I have seen Him bath your feet in healing and gently restore you even as I have seen Him hold Tony’s feet to His strong loving chest. The tenderness of feet being washed reminds of Jesus doing for His disciples…lots of deep meanings to all this dearest Cheri 🙂 xxxooo thank you for all your kindness…good comments by several fine friend here on Cosmo…great people and friends indeed ! Good interactive writings in response now. How wonderful.! 🙂 Kate ( alice too but Kate my blessing name really. )
Alice Lawson said:
Dear Cheri a short one here about Father God giving us a new body….just before this happened He allowed me to enter into.. Becoming more aware of its reality and the sure reality of such a realm being God the Creators gift as well. Now Zi can say by experience it is so different without hinderances and pain. It is amazing! It helped me not to be afraid going through this. I do believe sensory and water are a true break through and are areas to healing to be seriously consider indeed. Sorry you have back arthritis pain as I do too and now increased with headaches….we all are being moved to progress forward in these new realms and for mankind to be helped, loved and blessed as well. Bless you sweet love of Tony’s life ! Precious Cheri….my deep constant love to his dearest Mom an amazing praying woman that she is and his two wonderful sisters and talented brother and two son’s who are growing up to be amazing young men after their fathers example and legacy what an amazing family and very dear Grandma to turn 100 in Germany .xxxooo love to one and all. I am so spent right now but contented I accomplishes this even if a snails pace…yes lol a snail is on duty helping me these days quite remarkable when you consider it! Robotic imaginary snails from the think tank ! In my imagination only Lol ha, ha…they are really very cute once you get used to them. Love Always in Jesus and Father God’s love….dear Cheri and Professor Tony and wonderful dearest Georgina 🙂 blessings and peace with Joy
Devon La Porte said:
Tony you really know how to inform and your story the way you tell it it’s like i was there watching your experience truly awesome stuff. I have heard of the think tanks before and have read about them and after reading your blog I know way more now. Iam quite curious to try it out myself for an experience bu i think ill leave out the mushrooms lol at least for the first time lol. Hope all is well with the surgery i don’t know what your going through with that but good luck looking forward to your next blog.
Your friend Devon
Jeremy Hennessee said:
Very fascinating Tony. Based on your descriptions, it sounds like you were tapping into both your own subconscious mind, AND the collective unconscious. (which Jung and others wrote about and more modern theorist have expounded on.) I agree too that there are many benefits (physical as well as metaphysical) to this form of therapy. IF the late, (some would say great) Doctor Tim Leary were to assess your experience in the Dep. Chamber, he would likely say that your use of the hallucinogen triggered your neuroelectric,(metaprogramming) circuit of consciousness (re:leary Eight-Circuit model of consciousness theory.)
It’s good of you to stress the mental state of the participant too, before experimenting with such a thing, because if one were to enter in the wrong state of mind, the results could be disastrous.
When the mind is operating on a Theta level (or a subconscious level) it is made more vulnerable to outer stimulus, and tends to believe whatever is inserted into it. Mix this with say…various types of subliminal incoding/indoctrination techniques? and you have an INSTANT manchurian candiate scenario where an individual is going to act out on various programmings instilled into them during Theta-states.
(though alternatively…such forms of behavioral modification could also in theory be used to correct a variety of deviant behaviors in violent offenders, and sexual predators if society ever progresses to the point where it would allow such a thing. On one hand one could argue that it infringes upon certain rights of a person, yet on the other hand, one can just as easily argue that if the Deviant type is going to USE those freedoms to infringe upon the rights and SAFETY of others repeatedly, then behavioral modification is not only justifiable, but more compassionate than just locking them in a cell, feeding them pills, and letting the taxpayers deal with it.)
I think this is something which should be addressed more in depth at a later time though. GOOD ARTICLE MAN!!
Jeremy, your comments on this are really interesting to me because of the fact that you eluded to THE most important point in the entire post……..to be sure that the participant is of “sound” mind…………I didn’t want to STRESS the point too much for fear of frightening people away from what is truly a remarkable tool………Thanks for being so discerning……I hope everyone get’s to read your comments (as usual)……..Also, thanx for the insight on Timothy Leary’s book……I’m ordering it from Amazon………just got Sir Francis Bacon’s Essays yesterday………love books, any recommendations from you my friend are GREATLY appreciated………love you brother……….T xx
Jeremy Hennessee said:
I think you might enjoy the Robert Anton Wilson”illuminatus Trilogy.” It was interesting. The Principia Disocordia, which is considered a mock or “parody” religion but still has many interesting precepts which adhere to Chaos Principles. (they worship Eris the goddess of Chaos.) Bacon was awesome!!..I loved his The New Atlantis. Then theres Huxleys Brave New World. (you probably read that already though) it was CRAZY man!…..mmm..considering the nature of THIS particular post (involving the use of drugs to open doors or channels in the mind) Aldous Huxley (same guy who wrote brave new world) wrote “The Doors of Perception.” highlighting his experiences with L.S.D.. wow..there are so many amazing books out there that this comment would turn into a novella and I’d not be halfway finished. Offhand..the philosophers I MOST admire would have to be the existentialists such as Nietzsche (though I disliked some of his views on superiority) Sartre, Camus (who founded Absurdism) Soren Kierkegaard (who I think you would appreciate for his attempt to honor his religion. Then (outside the realm of existentialism) There’s..Leibniz, and David Hume. Schopenhauer’s: the World as Will and Idea!!(though Schopenhauer’s views on women were..barbaric.) OK..I’ll stop now before this friendly comment becomes a Bibliophiles ranting!…ttyl bro!!
Fantastic Jeremy!!…….yes I’ve read the Huxley stuff, Sartre, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Camus……but the rest I’m adding to my list right now………love new toys (books)….Awesome brother……..thanx so much…….let you know after I’m done devouring……….thanx J………smiles…..T xx
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