Can floating be a psychedelic experience?

All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown.
– William Harvey

 

How to get high on your own supply

Have you ever had a… weird, or what you might call ‘trippy’ float? Some of our clients have reported seeing “a foot on a tree with six toes”, or feeling like “I left my body and came back”; some form of altered state of consciousness that sounds like what you might get while under the influence of psychedelic substances.

How does it happen in the pod, without having to take any drugs? Isn’t it just… me? Here, you are free from mental distractions and physical encounters. This means your brain no longer needs to process the everyday concerns, and it’s now able to access the deeper parts; your subconscious. There’s so much within you that you have yet to discover. It can be an emotional, intense experience.

But for some of us, rather than having such elevated experiences, we find ourselves falling asleep, or getting distracted by physical tension. What’s the difference?

This made me think of entheogens:

“An entheogen is a class of psychoactive substances that induce any type of spiritual experience aimed at development. The term entheogen is often chosen to contrast the recreational use of the same drugs.” (Wikipedia)

The word “entheogen” is a neologism derived from two words of ancient Greek, entheos and genesthai. The adjective entheos translates to English as “full of the god, inspired, possessed,” and is the root of the English word “enthusiasm.” The Greeks used it as a term of praise for poets and other artists. Genesthai means “to come into being.” Thus, an entheogen is a substance that causes one to become inspired or to experience feelings of inspiration, often in a religious or “spiritual” manner. (New World Encyclopedia)

So… What if we think of the float experience as a ritual or ceremony of sorts? This means it requires a certain level of internal preparation, respect, and openness to the unknown, in order to fully participate in the journey.

To go deeper, it’s important to pay attention to your inner state before your float. If it’s your first time, are you open to the experience? What is your approach to floatation – for example, are you here purely for physical relief or mental healing? Did you arrive weighed down by a hectic day, still turning over problems in your head? This affects your ability to dive into the unknown. If you see the pod as a tool for personal growth and hope to transcend your everyday consciousness, play around with putting together a routine that gets you in the zone better. For instance, set aside more time before and after your float to prep for and process the experience, by journalling or talking about it with someone.

 

Why do we want to shift our consciousness?

This is how you experience something profound, some kind of breakthrough, something that inspires you to make a change. We all get those moments where we feel stuck in our daily lives and anxieties. Experiences like the ones we have in a float, or in a psychedelic experience, give us a rare opportunity to step back and examine our thoughts and behaviours in a different context. This helps to spark new ideas, shift our perspective, or even process buried memories that had manifested in us negatively.

Powerful personal transformation begins by acknowledging the behaviours, thoughts and fears that hold us back from expressing our better or true selves. You’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of.

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Disclaimer: Drugs are illegal in Singapore. We are in no way encouraging you to take drugs, simply to explore floatation therapy as a sober, alternative form of self-discovery.

Written by Elfe Nur Reyany, operations manager

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