“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind, there are no limits… In the province of connected minds, what the network believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the network’s mind there are no limits.” – John C. Lilly
Mental Arts float centers are more than a place where people go to relax and recover in an isolated, weightless environment, although relaxation and healing are the most fundamental aspect of what Mental Arts float centers do. Floating frees up brain circuitry, and Mental Arts float centers are a place where people of all walks of life go to solve problems, big and small. These problems may range from interpersonal relationships, artistic, psychological, philosophical, political, religious, business, entertainment, sports, and beyond. No problem is too big or too small to be discussed in a Mental Arts float center.
“The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics, 1965.
Float facilitators in Mental Arts, like their clients, come from all walks of life. The minimum requirement of a facilitator is knowledge of the works of John C. Lilly (The inventor of floatation tanks). This knowledge means more than familiarity with the works of Lilly through reading. Indeed, having read Lilly is not strictly a requirement. Rather, they must demonstrate their understanding of Lilly’s work through experiencing and communicating their experiences in Mental Arts seminars. Float facilitators are experts in communication and healing, and facilitate discussions between their clients, themselves, and the outside world.
“How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library? Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!” ― William Shakespeare
Mental Arts float centers are hubs for the intellectual. The walls of Mental Arts float centers are covered in artwork from artists of all walks of life, and each float center has a bookshelf or library that is filled with interesting books. It is fairly standard for a float center to have the works of John C. Lilly, Carlos Castaneda, and Alfred Korzybski as well as many others, on hand. Every book and every piece of artwork has a place in a float center. Some of the books and works of art are for sale, some are not, and some are free for taking. Float centers typically take book and art donations. Donated books and artworks are either added to the float center’s collections, personal collections, or distributed to charities and libraries in the area.
“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins
In Mental Arts float centers, each client, facilitator, as well as the owner(s) of the center brings a unique piece of themselves to the table. These include specific political, social, and religious views. The Mental Arts float centers neutralize the effect of these differences while maintaining them, so that problem solving communications can take place. Mental Arts float centers facilitate the exchange and distribution of these problem solving communications through the Mental Arts Network, and beyond.