March 2, 2009
I did another session in the isolation tank and it was very different from my first. This time I got in and was able to relax far more quickly since there was no longer any immediate novelty. I quickly shed the pressures of the day and fell back into a state of non-worry. Not necessarily relaxation. Like last time I had a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders and it wouldn’t go away.
As the morning and my common worries wore off, my mind entered a different mode. I started to perceive what felt like a grid of thoughts. I recognized each thought as a story, but did not observe any detail beyond that. So instead of having a flow of serial thoughts, I had this many faceted network of thoughts floating in front of me for what felt like minutes.
Halfway through this part of the experience I imagined vividly a ticket, floating in front of me. It had lines and a filled in circle in the top left corner. It appeared to be the amalgamation of a CalTrain ticket I was given and another that I had purchased. It was intensely detailed and realistic.
After the vision dissipated I continued to view the stream. And then it ended without a noticeable transition. I sat in the tank, having the impression I had more time. I decided to do something about the pain in my neck and shoulders. Experimenting a bit by moving around, I moved my hands a little bit toward my feet. This garnered the impulse to extend them even further and I dropped my hands more and more toward my heels. Eventually my shoulders widened a bit. I experienced a moment of involuntary inhalation. It felt like I inhaled for an exceedingly long time. Whether that was the case or merely an impression, I do not know. After the action, I finally felt relaxation in my shoulders and neck.
I spent the rest of the time that way. Afterward, I took a walk around the block. My sensation of detail and the hurriedness and involvement people have in their personal worlds was sharpened. It was like I was seeing extra color. I also noticed a comfort in looking into people’s faces.
There have been no apparent continuing effects other than it’s effects on video games I was playing. There was this game Heavy Weapons: Atomic Tank, that I had been getting better at. After the tank I tried playing and found it very difficult. The game is a twitch game, so it kind of makes sense. I wish I had been playing a puzzle/patience game as well. That way I could see if such a game would have been positively effected.
The amount of time I spent in the tank was two hours. I do not know when I will get in the tank again, as it is quite expensive to continue as a habit (though I would love to). If anyone decides to go to Cloud Nine in Los Gatos, tell them Adrian Perez sent you so that I can refer my way up to a free float.