August 22, 2012
Joe Rogan speaks on sensory deprivation tanks and the awesome potential you can achieve with one:
Filed under Amazing Videos, Conscious Awareness, Meditation, Philosophy, Scientific Theories, Spirituality
Tagged with Isolation tank, Joe Rogan, joe rogan sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber
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I’ve been floating for over 15 years and logged hundreds of hours of float time. I’ve floated in tanks all over the United States from Washington DC to Chicago to San Francisco to Los Angeles. I know people who’ve built their own tanks from available kits from companies like Samadhi and Oasis , as well as, those who’ve designed their own, like the good folks over at Float Labs in Venice, CA. I have also used tanks in my work with clients from executives to pro athletes to Hollywood actors etc. Simply put, tanks work. Floating is a skill like anything else. You get out what you put in. If you want to relax, meditate, reprogram your subconscious, rehabilitate physically, have visionary experiences, access your Higher Self, OBEs, you name it, you can do so with a floatation tank. Dr. John C Lilly invented the tank in the 1950′s and wrote extensively about his research and findings. His work was also the basis of the film ‘Altered States’. The ‘Book of Floating’ by Michael Hutchison is a good book but ‘The Deep Self’ by John Lilly is probably the most best book on the topic that I know of. The principle is simple: when you eliminate visual, auditory, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and other stimuli to the human nervous system you are more easily able to relax deeply and focus. As a result, you can do profound things. Hope this helps.
I try to do this in my pool but it definitely is not the same thing. I would definitely be willing to do this.
Read with interest. I get the premise and the rational. As with TM, or even Zen, I am not a huge subscriber to the value of it all. I am sure many may embrace this with wild acclaim. In a clinical setting, such as patients in a long term Intensive Care situation, “sensory deprivation” as such is considered a negative thing for the patient. So I don’t think it is such a healthy idea. I’ve also alluded, in one novel, to the clandestine use of “non-invasive” sensory deprivation in the “breaking down” of prisoners, detainees, or others being interrogated. This was for extracting information. Is that a non-water boarding torture? Either way, if not dangerous, as a mis-use, I think it is not healthy. Call me old school. Some new ideas aren’t always good.
I think the tank is useful for developing your mind and thinking, especially when you don’t have any sensory input to have to think about. Your mind is essentially able to wander free and you can consciously pay attention to it more when you are not thinking about any kind of physical input from your external reality. I think it can be a great tool for creative thinking.
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