Creativity, Enhanced Learning & Meditation
Video: Comedian Joe Rogan talking about his floating experiences
- Floating creates an environment similar to deep meditation, where theta brains waves become dominant, this is associated with greater inner vision and creativity.
- Floating aids in the synchronization of right and left brain hemispheres.
- Floating induces a sense of greater confidence, mental clarity, focus and serenity.
- Floating promotes restful relaxation and enhanced visualization.
- Floating enhances creativity and problem solving abilities.
- Floating increase sudden flashes of insight, or "eureka" moments.
- Floating promotes a sense of Flow, or a feeling of being in "the zone."
Famous creatives such as Richard Feynman (physicist), Buckminsterfuller, Kris Kristofferson, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Robin Williams, R. D Laing, Fritz Perls, Oscar Ichazo, Ram Dass, E. J Gold, Micheal Jackson, Barbara Carrera, Susan Serandon and Joe Rogan have floated, along with numerous famous athletes who have used floating to increase their mental and physical abilities. Studies have shown that floating increases learning performance in memorization, application (the ability to usefully apply a concept) and synthesis (the combination of concepts resulting in original ideas). In each of these three areas of learning, floaters did increasingly better than control groups of non-floaters in retention of information and creativity.
One reason floating sponsors creativity is, floating frees up an amazing amount of energy that is usually used by the body and brain to compensate for the effects of gravity and deal with stressful sensory situations in life. While floating, the body can turn all of this energy inward and use it to solve problems. Another reason is, in the theta brain wave state, the ability to visualize is enhanced and visualization is linked to increased learning rates and retention. Visualization is a technique used by meditation practitioners and in bio-feedback in order to induce beneficial physiological and mental states. Some people learn these techniques in meditation and bio-feedback quickly and other struggle to find them useful. But in the floatation tub it is an effortless process (at least at first) to recognize the benefits of creative visualization. This is because the deeply relaxed mind becomes creative. With repeated use, floatation therapy can become a tool for super-learning.