Examining Communication Skills
This seminar is offered to people who work in the float industry, and want to understand and facilitate their clients float sessions. It is an introduction into the experience of working in a tank center, and how to apply Lilly’s work to your thinking and communication. Float facilitators work with diverse clients who want to understand floating and to describe how they think. Clients look to float facilitators to communicate about their experiences.
Float facilitators therefore have to have a way to communicate clearly with all kinds of people, many who think differently than they do, all the while sorting out what is real from fantasy. If float facilitators do not have the agility and circuitry available to do this, they quickly become overloaded and can unwittingly take on their clients’ programming. Having a precise language and well-honed communication skills to talk about these events is important. The facilitator must be able to apply Lilly’s knowledge to oneself to protect themselves from the programing of the float clients and at the same time being able to help float clients with their frustrations.
The introductory seminar is held over three days, Friday through Sunday. The length of each day depends on the number or participants and the difficulty they encounter in writing what they consider to be their ideal program. The first day is designed for people who have both accumulated float time, and who are currently working in or planning to work in a float center.
On the first day, participants experience several examples to show that what a person believes about reality can change relatively quickly. These different examples demonstrate that what a person believes changes in a float center, and how communication between facilitators and clients influences what the clients and facilitators believe to be real. This first day lays a foundation for the second two days of the seminar where they observe and experience the facilitator taking them and others through writing a Goals/Means program, as defined by John C. Lilly. The second two days will be a glimpse at how they can facilitate communication with their float clients.
On the second and third days of seminar, participants are joined by people taking the ‘regular’ Intro to the Art of Rewriting seminar. This portion starts by establishing a hypothetical reality which sets new rules from which participants are to communicate. These rules may be adopted permanently or not. Once those rules are understood, a practice program is written by each member in the seminar. This process is enlightening when rules such as no blame or balance internal and external reality are applied to what the seminar members say about themselves. Lilly’s Goals/Means program is used as the basis for this encounter. Float facilitators can see that what they learned during the first day of seminar about what happens for float clients and how facilitation occurs throughout the rest of the seminar.
As the seminar progresses many Lilly definitions are brought to the participants’ attention so that each step or slot in the Goals/Means program takes on very personal meaning for each person in the seminar. Each seminar member is asked to bring a Goal with him/her to seminar. A goal in this seminar should not be anything earthshaking as this program is merely a practice run though a programming process. The seminar is a prerequisite for the Art of the Rewrite Seminar, an individualized seminar which involves a more rigorous examination and rewriting of the participant’s resident programming.
Anyone who thinks that whatever someone says or feels about their float experiences is “all good” or that floating is merely a “natural high” will find themselves unprepared for what is required of them during this seminar. Float clients and often float facilitators don’t understand what is actually going on, and aren’t even aware that floaters are adjusting their thoughts on their coalitions. When the ‘all good’ approach is taken not only is the float client unable to see where to align with reality, but the float facilitator takes on that programming from the client. But those individuals who want to be able to describe and understand thought, and to use Lilly’s findings to help guide themselves and their float clients to a closer aligning of internal and external reality will find the Intro to the Art of Rewriting for Float Facilitators a firm footing on which to start.
DATE, TIME & LOGISTICS: Seminars are ongoing. Check the calendar for upcoming dates. The seminar takes place for three consecutive days from 10 am – 6 pm. It is a webinar seminar that can be taken from home or at a nearby participating float center.
PREREQUISITE: Participants should have read John Worthington’s The Office of Shaman before taking the seminar. Participants normally have at least one conversation with a Mental Arts facilitator.
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What People are Saying
This opened my eyes to the fact that my mind is a series of programs which can be understood so as to create a better reality. – John Simonian
This seminar was my first glimpse into understanding how our minds work. In the beginning of this experience, we were given a somewhat simple task of stating a goal. Once the goals of each individual was stated, we began the exciting and somewhat frustrating journey into discovering the mental road blocks keeping us from achieving our goals. With each step of the seminar, we began to see the manifestation of blame, fear and evasions to name a few. It was here I learned that the only person holding me back from a worthwhile existence is myself. – Patrick Paulo
After floating for several months it became clear that floating was just the beginning, there was much more to be explored when it came to slowing down and doing inner work. So when I learned about the “Intro to Rewrite” course that iFloat offers I knew it was something I needed to experience. The seminar was very much a “revealing” experience for me in the sense that I became aware of a much deeper/richer external reality. It was the first time where I saw the limitations that I set upon myself and upon my relationships for what they are and saw that they are facets of myself that I can change. I walked away from the course looking at the world and how I move through in a whole new way. I recommend this course to anyone who is struggling to overcome stress and anxiety or anyone who is curious in learning more about themselves and improving their relationships. The “Intro to Rewrite” shows you doors that can be opened that you thought were locked and doors that exist that you didn’t even know about. – Mike Seabrook, Engineer
I got a glimpse into just how angry and violent of a person I was by being in such an honest environment. There was no lying here, no manipulation allowed to take place. This was Real. Despite all the emotions and feelings I was dealing with, I knew, from a place much deeper within, that this was no accident that I was in this seminar at this moment in my life. In a sense, I was brought here, to see who I really am, and who I could be. I recommend this seminar to anyone, regardless of whatever past you’ve come from, who has the courage to step in front of a mirror that cannot lie. – Justin Jetton