Floating is an experience that requires a prepared mind. A first-time floater is bound to encounter thoughts, feelings and images that feel foreign in the beginning. These things may be part of the subconscious mind, but that does not mean they are familiar. It also means they could feel threatening or scary at first glance. One important rule to remember about floating in an isolation tank is that you are in control. Nothing that arises from your senses inside the tank has the power to harm you or control you. People new to floating benefit even more from their session when they prepare for the experience. That means going in with an open mind and eliminating negative energy. Floating can only be therapeutic when you let your body and mind soak in the experience. Fear has no place in floating. If you have phobias involving darkness or enclosed spaces, arrangements can be made to let in more light or leave open the door. There is no reason to be sacred away from floating by deep-seeded fears. Inside the tank, it can be scary for a moment when you feel weightless. It is not a strange sensation. Your body is still there. It has simply relaxed. Your mind must relax at the same time to get the full benefit of what goes on inside the tank. Trust the power of floating. Replace fear with positive energy. Negative emotions can build up through daily living. The isolation tank is designed to clear them out like weeds from a garden. Floating is perfectly safe for your mind and body. Once you let go of your fears and enter a complete state of relaxation, you will never have reason to feel anything but safe.
Our senses define the world around us to our mind. How we perceive any person, place or object is colored by how our senses react to those things. We are guided through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Meditation inside an isolation tank should be focused on moving beyond what the five senses offer to a completely different plane. You want to open your mind and expand beyond the limitations imposed by those senses. This makes it easier to free yourself from whatever burdens are weighing you down physically, mentally and emotionally. An isolation tank enhances the meditation experience because it lets you block out interference from the outside world. The sights, sounds, feelings and other sensations that you experience are the ones your mind releases while you float there in the water. It soothes body and soul. It also lets you make discoveries about yourself that normally do not penetrate the wall separating your conscious and unconscious mind. Inside your isolation tank, you can do exercises to focus your mind and achieve a deep state of meditation. Close your eyes and let your mind wander. When an image surfaces in your mind, focus on that image. What do you see? What do you hear? Can you touch anything? What does it feel like when you touch it? Exploring your mind lets you become unburdened and feel like a new person when you leave the isolation tank. Many people embrace the opportunity to spend time in an isolation tank because it offers a quiet refuge from the outside world. The benefits of meditation to your mind, body and soul extend far beyond a single session. Sometimes taking a step forward in your world requires withdrawing from it for a short time.