Written by Elfe Reyany, operations manager at Palm Ave Float Club. Elfe is also a lightworker who’s curious about conscious expansion. Ask about her energy/release work and how she translates alchemical healing onto canvas.
Setting the tone for a purposeful float
I’d never thought about this until I did a 14-day float experiment. This meant floating for an hour at 7AM every day, for two weeks.
When you float daily or multiple times a week, it’s important to set some guidelines for yourself.
For instance, if you’re hoping to kickstart a healthier lifestyle, you should plan to work out or eat better alongside your floats. As for your floats, how you ‘open’ and ‘close’ the session can be just as useful as the float itself.
How to ‘open’ your float
Before each session, I “opened” with an intention. I remembered my first was “Let whatever comes, come”. This was because I didn’t have any particular purpose for this experiment, and I just wanted to see where it would bring me.
So naturally, while I floated, my mind took me to wherever it needed my attention. The key was not to fight back these thoughts but to acknowledge them instead. I did this by letting the thoughts flow, until it came to a point where I was swimming in and out of a dreamlike state.
Other possible intentions could be to listen to your body, or to think about a specific problem objectively (with no reaction), or simply to be aware of your breath.
Besides setting an intention, other ways to ‘open’ your float could include having a pre-float ritual, such as yoga or a simple meditation.
During your float
How do you manage the thoughts that come up during your float?
“Observing your thoughts is like standing next to a highway and watching the cars go by. Your thoughts being the cars in this scenario. Sometimes there will be only a few cars passing by and other times the road will be super busy. Your job is to just watch the cars go by, just observe these cars (thoughts). Watch them come and go.
Giving attention to these thoughts would be like jumping into the road. You will get run over and that would be the end of you. You see a car (thought) coming and instead of just watching it go by , you jump into the road to try and stop it, this lands you in the hospital and it screws the flow of the rest of the traffic up.
So, sit next to the road and just watch the traffic come and go without jumping in front of any of the cars.” (via Headspace)
How to ‘close’ your float
After every float, I allowed myself an hour or so of personal downtime (if you’re short on time, try for at least 20 minutes). This included either listening to a short meditation track, spiritual talks, or journalling. It was my way of “closing” the space by reflection and to gently bring myself back into the present moment. Energetically, it brings the pieces of me together again and also clears the space for the next floater.
Fun fact: The PAFC crew does this too by smudging the space with palo santo in-between floats!