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Getting things done… in the tank

“getting things done” is a classic productivity book. I read it. I must say the concept of having somewhere to dump all your ideas before sorting them and acting is a great thing  — get it out of your head and into your organizing system.

There are 2 “problems” with the GTD approach:

  1. it is bottom-up: you will probably end up getting things done for other people instead of accomplishing your top-down goals.
  2. without a morning floatation session, you really have not dumped out your brain of what you need to do. When you float in the morning, your mind runs over what needs to get done for that day (if you dont fall asleep again because you really had not relaxed on the conventional bed) and all sorts of things to do pop up.

Imprint the water in your tank

It is well-known that water can be imprinted with positive or negative thought patterns. So since a tank has 200 gallons of water, it is high-time that this water be imprinted with the thought patterns we want to manifest, no?


9 days in utter darkness, free of eating

Some consider the isolation tank on instance of R.E.S.T – restricted environmental stimulus. One of my favorite REST techniques is yoga nidra, but that’s another blog post for another time. My recent research on inedia has led me to this incredible video by Jasmuheen, who for over a decade has taught a path of pranic nourishment. In this video she says:

In darkroom we have no external light for 9 days, we have no physical foods, .. it’s about meditation, it’s about silence, it’s about stillness, it’s about solitude, it’s about going beyond the body to be the fullness that you are… opening to experience THAT YOU ARE FORMLESSNESS FLOWING THROUGH FORM

Wow! Sign me up!!!

Biological and Sensory Deprivation – a double barreled spiritual dive

OK, so my life mission is to form a retreat center where the primary religious practice is floating in an isolation tank. Why is this? It is because floatation has had much progress in science and business but has no recognized organization in spirituality. I want extended floatation to be affordable – an entire month of unlimited floating for $1600 or less.

Alright, I’ve had this retreat center idea for a few months now. Now, for a longer period of time, I’ve been aware that a standard diet of 3 solid meals leads to constant brain excitation – the breakdown of food all day and all night is constantly stimulating your brain. However, until you have mono-dieted or water-fasted for 10 days or more, the amount of mental stimulation due to food breakdown will not be apparent.

So, floating in a tank is powerful. Harry Palmer showed what 8 weeks of floating can do. For 8 weeks, there was one line to the kitchen and one line to the bathroom and he became enlightened in 8 weeks.

Now let’s tweak the dial on his approach a bit:

let’s get rid of the line to the kitchen, by doing a water fast instead of eating during the 8-week intensive. Your stomach will go to sleep. You will feel rest in your stomach and digestive system unlike no other. Now, pair that with the stillness of floating for extended periods of time.

now, let’s reduce the amount of bathroom time. How? Because urine is medicine. The only time to head to the bathroom should be for fecal elimination. Because urine is not waste. I hope you get my picture.

How do we get there?

OK, a retreat center. Although there are many retreat centers for sale, I would recommend just buying a house near an urban area where everyone can still keep working. It takes time and dedication to build up to long periods of combined floating and fasting.

So to get the down payment for the house we take the profits from selling tanks and make the down payment. And that’s where you come in.