You see the title, and I know what you’re thinking: what the heck does forgiveness have to do with flotation therapy? And what does an act like forgiveness—something that’s more often linked to our emotional wellbeing—have to do with the mind and, more specifically, your subconscious?
Give me a few minutes of your time to explain some of my experience with forgiveness. Due to trauma, I’ve struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and pain. I’ve spent endless nights lying wide awake, struggling with thoughts of self-blame, only to eventually fall asleep with those debilitating thoughts as my last moments of consciousness. I found that I was cementing self-blame as a reality in my subconscious.
No matter what your experiences have been, forgiveness and the subconscious are something each of us can work on. Attachment to or regret about the past can be diminished by recognizing that forgiveness is what prevents painful events from settling into your subconscious mind and staying there. The more you ignore or deny forgiving someone or something, the more that pain will increase in size and power. But everything is temporary, when we choose to let go.
I deal with a lot of pain and anxiety; getting shot a few times is a long, slow road to recovery. But I do my best with what I have to work with. Floating allows me to let go of pain before I go into the tank and keeps my mind and body from being in more pain.
Start by picking up to three things that have happened to you in the past and make a conscious decision to let the grip of those events go. You can work on this while you are waiting to go into the float tank, perhaps by silently repeating a forgiveness mantra, then make it a more permanent release during your float. The freedom and peace that is inherently part of floating works wonders for opening the mind and shifting perspective. Oftentimes, all it takes to forgive is targeting your conscious mind, then allowing your subconscious mind to finish the job! It’s an amazing relief when you give it a shot.
My pain and anxiety is undeniably part of my experience, but without forgiveness and love, I would never have gotten to where I am today. Trust me, I am a work in progress and it’s a process, but the work is crucial in order to thrive. Don’t let something that you have the potential to shift through forgiveness keep you from laughing, loving, and living.
Own the day!