Fringe and floating

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There are no boundaries to where an isolation tank will take you in the world of “Fringe.”

FBI agent Olivia Dunham, the lead character on the TV series, uses floating – combined with psychedelic drugs and electrodes placed on her body – to enter the consciousness of a comatose former lover.

Floating is a major plot device during the during the first season of the show, which ran from 2008 to 2013. Olivia, played by Anna Torv, uses the float tank to enter the mind of her boyfriend John Scott, played by Mark Valley. John is in a coma after an accident in the debut episode.

Olivia uses psychedelic drugs to aid her journey into a different state of consciousness. Electrodes hooked to her brain and linked to John’s brain allow them to enter a shared dream state together.

After her initial session in the tank, Olivia finds part of John’s consciousness has crossed over to her mind. She begins to have hallucinations and waking dreams as her mind tries to purge itself of John’s memories. When he dies, Olivia continues to use the tank to access John’s memories that are trapped in her subconscious. Those memories contain vital information pertaining to a vast conspiracy involving a parallel world.

Eventually a session in the tank allows Olivia to not just access John’s memories, but finally connect with his consciousness as though he was still alive. This is only a temporary connection before John is finally completely purged from her mind.

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Many of the feats accomplished on “Fringe” through using an isolation tank are purely fiction. One thing that “Fringe” does get right is that isolation tanks can be used to access memories, just maybe not those of your dead boyfriend.

Isolation tanks are the perfect way to explore the subconscious. Floating opens the door to meditate, problem solve, and even work out your next big idea. Olivia uses the tank to explore memories trapped in her subconscious, but real life floating can also help you visit your subconscious. Floating lets you relax and purge your stressful thoughts of the day, so that more pleasant thoughts or memories may take their place. Floating is a perfect way to visualize a creative thought or revisit childhood memories.

Floating is designed to learn from the past, enjoy the present and embrace the future. As long as your session doesn’t involve a mad scientist and electrodes linking you to a comatose person, it should be an experience in complete bliss.