Subconscious

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. 

Joe Rogan takes on floating

Rogan uses floating to unlock incredible mental journeys. 

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Joe Rogan knows floating. There’s no celebrity who has devoted more time to unlocking the secrets of what an isolation tank can do for the human mind.

Rogan made a career out of pushing ordinary people to their limits on the popular NBC series “Fear Factor.” Each episode featured contestants facing their deepest fears through completing physically or mentally challenging stunts. They learned more about themselves through facing and conquering the fears represented in those stunts.

Rogan has applied the principle of testing limits to his own life. He has given many interviews in recent years chronicling the metaphysical journeys he has undertaken while experimenting with floating in an isolation tank.

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For Rogan, time spent in an isolation tank is time devoted to evolving one’s mind. He described it in one video interview as “the most bizarre physical experience I have had in my life.”

During each floating session, Rogan spends 20 minutes experiencing a life review. This gives Rogan a chance to see what issues he needs to resolve in his life and which of his choices are correct. From there, he lets go of his thoughts and enters into a state of pure relaxation.

“Your body gives you amazing energy,” Rogan says. “The tension release you have in your body from a couple of hours in the tank is incredible. You feel lighter. You feel like more oxygen is in your body. You feel more vibrant. And it’s because somehow you have calmed the tension.”

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What happens next to Rogan feels like it could be ripped from the realm of science fiction. He describes losing his feeling of boundaries. The feeling of the water, the air and his skin all vanish and evaporate like a mist.

Rogan eventually reaches a point where he passes through all physical boundaries and feels like he has become a being of pure energy. He is truly at one with the universe.

Rogan equates the mental effects of floating in an isolation tank with an onion. Each session peels back a new layer in his mind.

“Everybody should do the tank,” Rogan says. “You will learn more about yourself than any other way.”

That’s advice no one should be afraid to follow.

The Floating Dimension

Boundaries were redefined and sometimes eliminated when “The Twilight Zone,” a classic science fiction TV series, arrived on the airwaves in the 1960s. It allowed viewers to explore new dimensions of sight and sound – opening the door to new ideas and new worlds.

It can be said that floating in an isolation tank operates on the same plane.

Floating offers an experience as unique as each person that steps inside the isolation tank. People who are frequent floaters may feel like they are entering another dimension because of the effects floating has on their bodies and minds.

What can it do? Floating can make it seem almost as if a person has left their body while traveling through their unconscious mind. It can evoke feelings similar to an out-of-body experience. Images, sounds and smells are all around a floater that feel as real as anything in the real world. Physical boundaries seem to disappear as they become more and more relaxed and enter their own personal “Twilight Zone.”

Isolation tanks are helpful in removing physical and mental barriers that block a person from finding inner peace and happiness. Going from the tangible, real world to a realm of simple thoughts, feelings and energy can give new definitions to our senses.

What we experience on the subconscious level is more powerful than battling imaginary aliens or traveling on fictional starships. Floaters can become aware of thoughts they never knew they had. They can truly cross a barrier and explore strange new worlds within their deepest mind.

It  creates a whole new meaning to entering “The Twilight Zone” when you apply it to floating.