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Float Center Etiquette


Back in the first days of public floating no one really knew what floating was about.  Much less what effects floating would really have, not for the client and especially not for the float operator. Lilly didn’t even know.  He spent his time in self examination, not in listening to people resolve their coalition conflicts.  However, that does not mean that he did not recognize and understand the problem.  Nor does it mean that he was only protecting the floater.  He was mostly protecting the tank operator from his own lack of understanding.

“This computer has selfmetaprogramming properties, with limits determinable and to be determined. (Note selfmetaprogramming is done consciously in metacommand language. The resulting programming then starts and continues below the threshold of awareness.) Similarly, each computer has a certain level of ability in metaprogramming others-not-self.”

What a sad state of affairs we are in if we can only address the part of this statement that refers to programming others-not-self.  I certainly understand why Lilly didn’t want the early tank office operators to talk to people coming in and out of those deep mental states that a float elicits in us.  They had not understood that beliefs in real are what is addressed during many float experiences.  They did not understand such phrases as inperience as opposed to experience.  They did not understand that all of our external reality exchanges of information are based on and stored from our inperience.  But with time those parameters should have changed.  I don’t think they have or if they have they have not changed very much.

However, today I was privileged to witness a client begin to address a horrible event which took place between her bipolar mother and grandmother/caregiver.  I was privileged to witness a woman begin to overcome a life time of shame due to a father who acted ever so inappropriately with his young daughter.  I’ve been privilege to war stories and religious transformations.  I’ve born witness to people transforming themselves from rebellious children into formidable adults in the space of a year or so.

These are experiences that are denied the tank operator who is too good to talk to his clients or to learn what Lilly himself had to say about how our thinking actually works.  But more’s the pity that the clients of such tank operators are denied the ability to partake in such transformations.

Now I’m sure that the above will raise the hackles of the “It’s all Good” crowd.  I suppose that will be the proof that it isn’t all good after all, but that won’t stop them from defending their positions to the death.  I certainly understand why they’ll defend, too.

One thing that we all forget is that we are constantly being programmed by others-not-self.  Consider what the tank inventor himself had to say about this issue: “In the general purpose nature of the computer there can be no display, no acting, nor an ideal which is forbidden to a consciously willed metaprogram. Nor is any display, acting or ideal made without being consciously metaprogrammed. However, one’s imagined limits are sometimes smaller than those which one can achieve with special work. The metaprogram of the specific beliefs about the limits of one’s self are at stake here. One’s ability to achieve certain special states of consciousness, for example, are generally preprogrammed by basic beliefs taken on in childhood. If the computer is to maintain its general purpose nature (which presumably was there in childhood), one must recapture a far greater range of phenomena than one expects that one has available.”

In other words, since current tank operators are afraid they do not have the “special state of consciousness” that is inherently post float, then they are susceptible to being programed by others-not-self, simply because they do not address that level of programming in themselves.  So whatever the client is selling post float the tank operator is buying but only because he’s sold himself short.  Is there any wonder that there are so many burnouts in the tank industry?

written by:  John Worthington, author of “The Office of Shaman”

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