How floating supports creative projects

Posted on January 7, 2015
I am an artist and a writer that floats on a regular basis. I personally have had many experiences of the way floating enhances my creativity. Try it! Float, then free write journal afterwards. Or float while envisioning a creative project you are working on and watch it unfold and potentially get solved in a new way.

The Book Of Floating by Michael Hutchison

“It (the isolation tank) was quite useful, in the sense that you could get into a dream state, and I think that did allow… different thoughts and pictures to come through. And I tend to write a lot of times from pictures.”

Peter Gabriel

“One of my jobs is to take data and feed it into a computer to construct 3D models of the earth’s surface. In the blackness of the float tank, I utilize the computer-like qualities of the brain to program data into myself and can actually see the resulting models in my visual cortex.” In short, he hallucinates models which he’ll later construct:

“I’m just at the beginning stages, but the float tank has amazing potential for use by artists, by designers, by people like myself who do technical work, by anyone, really, who works with his brain. Of course, my colleagues don’t quite understand what I’m doing.”

Houston City Magazine 1979

“The floatation tank environment causes a peron’s brainwaves to change from from beta (wide awake and alert) to alpha to theta, which is associated with vivid imagery. This normally occurs in the 2nd half of an hour long float session so if it’s your first time, you shouldn’t expect instant results.

We all experience theta, but most people fall asleep at the onset of it. You’re probably familiar with the telltale sign of theta – vivid mental imagery even though you’re awake. The float tank provides a reliable means to achieve and sustain this beneficial state without the years of practice that is normally required by advanced meditators to achieve theta at will.”

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