Sensory Deprivation: Meditation Isolation Chambers

There is a machine that helps you meditate! 

An isolation tank, created by John C. Lilly in 1954, is a soundproof, lightless tank that allowed subjects to float on salt water at skin temperature. This invention was made to test sensory deprivation, and it was a success as they are now utilized in alternative medicine. 

It was originally named the sensory deprivation tank. Some other names for the invention were: John C. Lilly tank, sensory attenuation tank, think tank, flotation tank and REST tank. 

Believe it or not, a lot of people say sensory deprivation is a relaxing form of therapy! Picture having no distractions and relaxing your consciousness. That is what makes sensory deprivation so useful and soothing. 

The History of the Isolation Chamber

“John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist, developed the flotation tank in 1954. During his training in psychoanalysis at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly performed experiments with sensory deprivation.

In neurophysiology, there had been an open question as to what keeps the brain going and the origin of its energy sources. A hypothesis was made, that the energy sources are biological and internal, and do not depend upon the outside environment. It was argued that if all stimuli are cut off to the brain then the brain would go to sleep. Lilly decided to test this hypothesis and, with this in mind, created an environment which totally isolated an individual from external stimulation.

From here, he studied the origin of consciousness and its relation to the brain.

Peter Suedfeld and Roderick Borrie of the University of British Columbia experimented and assessed, the therapeutic benefits of flotation tank usage in the late 1970s. They named their technique “Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy” (REST).-Wikipedia

Why An Isolation Chamber?

“A sensory deprivation tank can activate your mental power and open a gateway to another universe. But what can floating in a dark warm tank do for you in real life? And why would people even want to do such a thing?” -says Well, a sensory deprivation tank has temperature control, saltwater filled with Epsom salt, in a tank that blocks out all sound and light, making you feel like you’re laying on a cloud. What helps to make you feel weightless is the salt content and the warmth of the saltwater.

The water is heated up to “skin temperature" to help activate the salt, making it efficient in keeping you afloat. Try to envision being in one of these tanks and feeling weightless and relaxed. There are so many people who have had great experiences in reaching a therapeutic, state of peace in these tanks. 

“By comparison, characterizations of sensory deprivation like this one by comedian Joe Rogan begin to sound downright grounded — and Rogan’s descriptions of hallucinations, heightened levels of introspection, and the sensation that the mind has left the body are commonly reported experiences among tank users.

Richard Feynman, a renowned physicist, described having hallucinations and out-of-body experiences while using sensory deprivation chambers."-said

If you want to try out sensory deprivation, you can find a center near you that has these tanks and charge you affordable rates. Heres the website:

Since we have gone through the uses of the calming isolation chambers, and its history, I advise you to watch the short videos below, to help you shape a positive understanding of the experiences people had with sensory deprivation tanks.

“To eliminate all sensory input is to step inside a sensory deprivation tank. In part 1, we talk to Joe Rogan about what happens to the mind, body, and spirit while inside the tank."


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