Why Our Finest Minds Should Be Floating On A Regular Basis

New ideas, innovation, breaththroughs, progress… all of these things are the result of the imagination of great minds and the kind of thinking which requires ideal conditions to ponder and synthesise new thoughts.

I have written previously (in my first post about creativity) that “aloneness” is vital to deep thought and in my posts about learning that more complex thought is possible in the floatation tank due to the reduced sensory environment and consequent stimulus-hungry state of the mind when floating.

The application of this environment across all areas of thought is a really interesting part of what floatation has to offer. The concept of using the tank for cutting-edge thought is discussed at length in Michael Hutchison’s fantastic Book of Floating. Due to the profound state of mental relaxation in the tank, it is easier for the mind to absorb and retain information, consider various points of view and come to a “Light-Bulb” moment of synthesising all of this information into a new idea or a solution to a previously unsolved problem.

As Hutchison notes:

Engineers, economists, literary critics, chemists, business executives, lawyers, doctors — all can profit from the augmented capacity for learning, understanding, and thinking that can be gained in the tank. For if the tank’s learning-enhancement effect increases as the difficulty and complexity of the material being learned increases, then it must be the scholars, the original thinkers, the finest minds, dealing with the newest and most difficult information and concepts, who will profit most
— The Book of Floating, Superlearning in the Tank - Hutchison 1984

So if you’re grappling with a problem or seeking a breakthrough in any area, why not try floatation to clarify and enhance your thoughts and who knows, the next breakthrough could be yours?!


Float Level will be open in May 2014. You will soon be able to book a session and see what floatation is all about!