Training To Help Your Float Clients
Mental Arts is a site dedicated to the professional float facilitator. We offer seminars, discussions, an intranet, and support for the facilitation community. We maintain levels of participation so that people with different levels of understanding are not overwhelmed by concepts without first having foundational material and experiences to with which to examine those concepts. Our Goal is to educate the facilitator community so that they can endure more than three to five years in their tank offices and make money while they’re at it.
Our seminars are based on John Lilly’s work and cover the basic practicality of his explorations. The seminars range from an hands on introduction to how Lilly saw Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer to an experiential seminar in moving the assemblage point. Each seminar is built on the one which precedes it. The Objective of this series of seminars is to introduce a facilitator to the kind of thought that the tank office requires. It is not what we call “conscious” thought but rather thought from, as Lilly called it, the self metaprogrammer. For those who do not have the language or experience of communicating from the self metaprogrammer a tank office can be and is daunting.
Because the facilitator experiences all manner of beliefs in real from his or her unique position in the tank office, we offer, monitor, and promote discussion groups for the multitude of experiences which take place in a tank office. The people who monitor the discussion groups have their own tank offices, so they can offer insights that only qualified float facilitators could.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A FLOAT TANK
John C. Lilly described the experience of the float tank in the following way:
The Isolated solitudinous individual does not have a present coalition to work on, in or with. He projects past coalitions and makes new models by making new coalitions of the old ones. As such new relationships are established in his computer…
When the biocomputer/mind is isolated from external stimulation, the circuitry once put into everyday items, such as shopping, driving, and talking, is freed up. The mind slows down and the freed up circuitry allows people to examine their relationships, to see things differently, and to even discover places they never knew they had problems.
HOW TO FACILITATE A CLIENT’S SESSION
When a person comes out of the float tank, they check to see if what they experienced in the float tank matches external reality. For example, they may have experienced discomfort in the float tank. If so, the float facilitator can ask them what the discomfort was about in order to help the client understand that the discomfort was not caused by something outside them. Through discussing it, the client will uncover what the discomfort was about. The discovery affirms the new “relationship” or adjustment in their biocomputer. They may, for example, have resolved to talk to their spouse about an important issue. Or perhaps they saw how they had been blaming their parents, and they resolved it by respecting their parents. If the float facilitator had not been there, the client may have left the float center thinking the float tank made them “uncomfortable”.
THE RISK OF PROGRAMMING CLIENTS or BEING PROGRAMMED
The job of the float facilitator is to create a neutral experience where their clients can examine and adjust the programming in their biocomputer. This can only happen through communication with another biocomputer. The facilitator is there to ask about real things with the float client. For example, “What was uncomfortable for you in the tank?” helps a person sort out the root of their discomfort. To leave a float client hanging on to their discomfort and believing the discomfort is outside of them does them a great disservice. They are there to figure things out, and they cannot do it alone. At the same time, communicating with clients requires the facilitator to be honest with themselves. If the facilitator has prejudice against the client because of the way they dress, their age, ethnicity, or gender, they will influence the programming in the float client. The float facilitator’s job is to listen to their clients, but leave no tracks about what the facilitator thinks, believes, or knows. It is also the job of the facilitator to not take on the programming of their clients.
Most float centers provide a quiet room for people to sit in after their floats. The absence of float facilitation “protects” the facilitator from taking on the programming of their client but it results in a loss for the client. The problem with this is the client does not gain from the knowledge and experience of the float facilitator to help give them a language and foundation to understand what they are working on while in the tank. But first, the float facilitator must develop the language. Reading books, such as Lilly’s Programming and Metaprogramming, does not allow a person to acquire the language. A person must experience and adjust what is going on in their programming in order for them to acquire such a language. At the bare minimum, the ability to apply programming concepts with one’s clients requires several seminars. The time involved to gain a basic understanding is a minimum of a year. There is a way to facilitate float sessions that is safe for the float facilitator, and allows for an interaction that is beneficial for the float client, but the facilitator must have the proper training.
There are different courses offered for float facilitators. Read more about them below: