I tried floating for the first time 5 years ago. The first time I tried it, I was looking for a specific experience, I wanted to see where my mind would take me. I had been attempting lucid dreaming and astral projection for years and based on what I researched about floating, it could provide an ideal environment for these explorations. Years later, floating also helped me with depression, anxiety and chronic stomach issues. Each float has gifted me with something new, whether it be an opportunity to delve into some deep mental enclaves, feel my body melt like butter, or just an absence of thought all together.
Floating has influenced my art in the past 2 years, allowing me to express more of the intricate woven images that appear in my mind. The sensory silence improves my ability to see images, understand their meaningfulness and then translate into art. I often feel an increased mental sharpness after floating that impacts how I create and provides focus while creating. I struggled with anxiety about death for a long time and my art allows me to hone in on those fears and push through them. Floating has given me space in my mind to address these fears and become more comfortable with my existence and eventual non-existence.
As a Float YXE Ambassador, I want to share my experiences of floating on this page because they have been so profound in my life. They may influence others to try floating and start their own journey of exploration. The sensory deprivation tanks can assist with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and much more. This is a self-care tool that has turned into therapy and creative fuel for my ongoing art projects.