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Sensory Deprivation: Meditating In An Isolation Chamber

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Tank, or an isolation chamber, is a capsule in which issues float in salt water at skin temperature and with no light. These tanks are used for relaxation and meditation, occasionally with a set on alternative medicine.

Have you contemplated entering an isolation tank? It is sometimes a real excursion. It’s not some new age fad. It’s really a pretty old practice. From Wikipedia:

John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist, developed the flotation tank in 1954. During his learning psychoanalysis at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly commenced experiments with sensory deprivation. In neurophysiology, there had been an open question as to what keeps the source of its energy sources and the brain. One theory was that the energy sources are internal and biological and don’t depend upon the external surroundings. It was claimed that if all stimulation are cut off to the brain the brain would go to sleep. Lilly determined to examine this hypothesis and, with this in mind, created an environment which fully isolated an individual from outside stimulus. From here, he examined the source of consciousness and its connection to the brain.

Roderick Borrie of the University of British Columbia and Peter Suedfeld started testing on the healing advantages of flotation tank use in the late 1970’s. They named their technique Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST).

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