How do you feel about isolation? Most people would associate that word with torture, or loneliness. Today, I’m talking about purposely isolating yourself in an isolation chamber. Have you heard of these things?
I’ve started floating in an isolation chamber about 4 years ago. With extraordinary benefits to report. Including, but not limited to increased ability to compartmentalize issues in my life, and finding adequate solutions.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, imagine a large box with a door. Like a refrigerator, but bigger. There are other types of tanks, but in this case, I’m describing a “Float lab tank.” #crash. In this tank there is about a foot of water with 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt dissolved in it.
Step inside and close the door. Lay back, relax; you’re floating. The high amount of salt in the water makes you buoyant.
Another common name for the isolation chamber is sensory deprivation tank. Because you are literally deprived from your senses.
It’s completely dark; you can’t see a thing. Your ears are underwater, so you can’t hear anything but your breath. The water is heated to the temperature of your skin so you can’t feel the difference between the air and the water. This must be what floating in space feels like.
After becoming more comfortable in the tank, I began experimenting a bit. Through the recommendation of Joe Rogan’s podcast, I added high doses of edible cannabis to the isolation tank experience. When I got comfortable with that, I experimented with high doses of psilocybin mushrooms while in the tank.
I’ve had quite a few intense experiences over the years. I’ve had some scary moments, where I feared I took too many shrooms or too much cannabis and may not come back from this trip. But I always manage to breathe through the temporary discomfort and come back to this reality. It’s a practice.
I have spent some time in the jungles of Peru experimenting with several natural medicines like ayahuasca and piñon colorado. I had the excretion of a toad called Kambo burned into my skin. I’ve smoked pure DMT. DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical naturally produced in the pineal gland. Studies show DMT being released in higher doses as we enter into rem sleep; causing us to have dreams. Our body is already used to processing this naturally produced chemical. It’s been doing it since we were born.
For me, meditation has been the key component throughout all the mind-expanding experiments I do on myself. If I have to share only one giant lesson I’ve learned from this experimentation; is that all these natural medicines are only here to guide us back to our unique self. Back to our child-like state of being. Meditation can take you there without these medicines or drugs.
The medicines are definitely a shortcut though. Especially in a society where we are taught the complete unnatural way of living. A society where the definition of drug and medicine is completely flipped around.
I’d love to know the point in history people were fooled into thinking that synthetic tablets manufactured in laboratory were medicine, and these plants that grow from the earth are drugs, and you’ll be put in jail if you’re caught with these “drugs.”
The sad truth is that the group of people profiting from selling all this “medicine,” is the same group of people profiting from incarcerating the “drug” users and dealer. Gross, I know… I digress.
Over the past few months I’ve been exposed to the teachings of Wim Hof. Aka the Iceman. He’s known for his unique ability to withstand extreme cold. He has several world records including one for the world’s longest ice bath. He climbed Mt. Everest without a shirt. He ran a marathon without drinking water. He says he’s not a freak of nature. He says that he can teach anybody to take their body to unbelievable lengths. And, he has scientific evidence.
After listening to several of his interviews with people whom I admire; like Tim Ferris, Joe Rogan, and Dr. Rhonda Patrick; I began to realize what Wim is all about. He teaches a unique breathing technique that he refers to as “The Wim Hof Method.” It consists of repetitively breathing in deep and letting go; in a hyperventilation style.
Wim Hof says he can control his immune system by consistently practicing this breathing technique, along with exposure to cold. I’m not even too sure what it means to control your immune system, but he has my attention.
I purchased his online course that breaks down the method in a 10 week program. After several weeks of practicing the Wim Hof method, I started noticing a lot of what Wim describes in his training videos. Which is light-headedness, tingling in the fingers and toes, visions of light and color. Then I started noticing some pretty intense experiences that reminded me tremendously of my experiences when smoking DMT.
After noticing these effects I decided to take my newly found method into the isolation tank. About 4 rounds into my breathing, the DMT being released in my brain was undeniable. I’m not a scientist, I’m just someone who is really in tune with his body. So I’m sure this is what was happening.
Wim’s method ends with holding your breath without air in the lungs. In my daily practice, I’m averaging just over 2 minutes holding my breath. In the tank, it’s hard to tell. I lose all sense of time and space. The only sense that I had was hearing myself breathing, and now, all I can hear is the sound of my beating heart. Complete silence, complete darkness; in a moment that seems like an eternity.
Without force, I calmly inhale and hold my breath. This time with air in my lungs. I believe this is the moment the most amount of DMT was being released. The feeling of floating in space was intensified by a thousand. This experience was as intense as any psychoactive experience I’ve ever had. With NO drugs. Just breathing in isolation.
I know it sounds crazy. That’s why I want to put this out there for all my fellow psychonauts willing to test this experiment on their consciousness. I know you’re out there. You are consistently pushing the boundaries of your mental acuity and capability. You know this world isn’t what it seems to be to the masses. You want answers to life’s deepest questions, and you won’t accept anyone’s lies or ignorance. You are not afraid to step inside yourself and address the difficult questions that pertain to you.
Who am I? Why am I here? Do I have a purpose in life? What is my purpose?
It is pertinent that you ask yourself these questions if you ever expect to find any kind of clarity. Also, just because you ask the questions doesn’t mean you’re going to get immediate answers. Answers will slowly evolve as you expand your personal capabilities.
The other day I had a moment of clarity. After the past couple of years of meditating, I learned something new. I learned that life is one big meditation practice. Now, you may or may not know that meditation revolves around one basic principle. Which is to focus on your breath or mantra, then realizing the point when your mind has wandered off to any other thought or feeling, then bringing your attention back to your breath or mantra.
That’s exactly what life is. In the sense that you learn things that are good for your mind, body and spirit as you get older; but you constantly struggle with falling back into old habits. The moment you realize you’ve had enough of your negative behavior, you finally decide to do what you know you should be doing. That may be eating a cleaner diet, or exercising, or doing something creative. It might be as simple as bringing your attention back to reading a book after losing yourself in your imagination.
In essence, these realizations of personal habits, followed by wanting to improve upon them, is you meditating in life. This is you listening to yourself. If you get good at meditating, you get good at life. It really can be as simple as that.
In conclusion, The isolation tank is a great way to take your meditation practice to the next level. The Wim Hof breathing technique is a great way to experiment with your consciousness without consuming any drugs. With that said, plant medicines are a great shortcut to learning meditation.
As references for this blog, aside from self-experimentation, there are the following…