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Dylan Calm

My Second Float

I had been working in IT for about 5 years and was absolutely sick of it. I would listen to podcasts throughout most of my day to stay sane. One of those podcasts was The Joe Rogan Experience. Joe Rogan would talk about this sound and light isolated “float tank” he owned that was filled with salt water. It sounded amazing and the introspection that he got out of his experiences sounded like something I wanted for myself.

I looked online to see if there was anywhere in Portland that had a sensory deprivation tank. I found one gentleman named Chris who had a float tank in his home. He let people float in his tank for a small sum of cash, so I called him and booked an appointment. When I told Sandra about getting naked into a float tank all by myself in someone else’s apartment, she basically told me that it wouldn’t be happening. I cancelled my appointment.

What seemed like just a few weeks later (it may have been months now that I think back on it) Sandra surprised me with several Groupons for floats at an official float center called Float On. We scheduled our appointments and took the plunge. I’ll save you from the story of my first float, as it was actually not very special. In fact, it was actually largely disappointing. “Well” I thought to myself “that was a lot of hype” and was done with it. What I hadn’t realized was that Sandra had bought about a dozen Groupons and really wanted to try it again. Eventually she convinced me to go in for a second attempt, and that float changed my life forever.

Sandra Art small

A painting Sandra made after her second float.

Float Matrix

The Float Revolt

b2ap3_thumbnail_Float-Revolt.pngThe 4th of July holiday is a commemoration of a people revolting against a system that didn't serve them.  In honor of revolutions of such systems, lets celebrate the revolution  that floatation is. A technique truly designed for self empowerment from the doldrums of the conditioned lifestyles we are taught to acquire. A pathway cut through the brush of incessant activity which leaves us no further ahead despite the logged hours of preparation and work.

No longer will we be slave to the compulsive activity that keeps our minds occupied and our lives unfulfilled. We will work hard, play as kids, and spend time in stillness giving back to ourselves. In stillness we will drink from the waters of soul refreshment, quenching the thirst that brought us to this time and place to begin with. We will turn the rocks that have seen not the hand of our introspection, and will find the gift that grants life itself. We will unto ourselves be whole, unto ourselves be healthy, and unto ourselves be prosperous.

For it is out of our centers that we come forth bold in this world. Out of our centers that we beam our light and follow with meaningful action. It is out of our centers that we are of strength, flexibility, and tenacity, the building blocks of self-fulfillment. We stand firm, rooted in the love that we give ourselves in stillness, for we have no love, if we give it not to ourselves first. Stillness is the playground of self-love.

This is a declaration of a new beginning. A beginning that sets us apart from the dictates of our own constructions. We will be free from our own misgivings as if the results were ever the goal. We will be inspired, in-spirited to that which we have chosen, with our unrestrained visions, imprinting on this world the mark that will boast our name. And we will say, "It is Good!"