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Product Details

  • Series: Consciousness Classics
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Gateways Books & Tapes (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895561182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895561183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superb book for initiates into the tank." —John C. Lilly, MD, coauthor, Tanks for the Memories


"If everyone on the planet floated every day there would be no war, no poverty, no crime, no hunger—and nobody on the streets. A must-read book!" —E. J. Gold, coauthor, Tanks for the Memories

About the Author

Michael Hutchison is a journalist, author, and researcher of brain/mind devices. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Michael Hutchison's career as a writer had an unexpectedly adventurous beginning. Under contract to write a book about Central America in the 1970s, he took up residence in the ancient home of an owner of a coffee finca, long abandoned. He arrived in Guatemala to find out that revolutions were taking place throughout the entire peninsula of Central America. In Guatemala, the ruling dictator's troops, secretly armed by American forces led by the CIA, were pursuing a program of systematically murdering entire villages of the native Mayan peoples. He himself was picked up by one of these feared "death squads",lined up with their knees on the edge of the cliff and their hands tied behind their backs with electrical cord, along with hundreds of other Mayan villagers. The death squads walked down the line systematically shooting each man, woman and child in the back of the head, after which they fell into the ravine. Hutchison was able to escape, but he found that this kind of systematic genocide was happening all over Guatemala, with hundreds of thousands of Mayan Indians being murdered for no reason except that they may have sympathy for the revolutionary forces. This happened to Hutchison again in Guatemala, and then again in El Salvador, then in Nicaragua.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By "aepplett" on August 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a book on the practice of floating in what are commonly referred to as sensory deprivation tanks. Hutchison, as a journalist, set out to basically debunk floating, and inadvertently wrote the definitive book on why floating is such a rare experience with so many transformative possibilities. In a nutshell, Hutchison tells us that not only is floating the ultimate way to relax, meditate, heal and learn, it would seem that it is the ultimate path away from addiction and fear. Powerful stuff. He writes about Dr. John Lilly's initial experiments, and the subsequent history of the development of the floating tank using epsom salts to create an ideal floating environment. The bulk of the book is a discussion of the wide range of applications, research and experiments that have been taken into the tank. The claims Hutchison makes of the potential use of the tank are quite astounding. He discusses the impact of frequent floating on learning, stress relief, visualisation techniques, behaviour modification, improving mental and athletic performance, and releasing latent creativity. This book is easy to read, end-noted, cross-referenced and anecdoted with results from studies done at universities all over North America. Floating, it is credibly argued by Hutchison and the researchers and floaters he spoke with, frees the body from gravity, allowing for accelerated healing. It also relaxes the body and the mind allowing for deep meditative states, and provides the perfect environment for self-hypnosis and accelerated learning. Unfortunately, this book is out of print, I consider myself lucky to have found it in a used book store. I whole-heartedly recommend this book for anyone who has thought about exploring the profundities of their own private sea.Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frank Rodriguez on February 11, 2004
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As someone whose health and sense of well-being has been improved by using float tanks, I'm grateful for such an informative and enjoyable-to-read book as this.
Most people are missing out on a myriad of benefits simply because they don't know what float tanks are and/or what they can offer.
Mr. Hutchison bridges this information gap beautifully while elevating the level of appreciation on the part of the many people who have been benefitting from the float tank.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2006
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Who wouldn't want a relaxing and drug-free alternative to pain and stress? That's what floatation therapy offers, but thanks to the American mindset of "newer is better", floatation therapy went out of vogue in the 80s, despite an unparalleled success rate.

So how do you learn about floatation therapy when none of your friends and family know about it, the libraries don't carry any books about it, they don't teach it in school, and your doctor's never heard of it? That's easy, just read The Book of Floating. Every friend I loan my copy to is amazed that they could go their whole life without knowing about float tanks.

At a time when back surgery and anti-anxiety medication is common, The Book of Floating is an important reminder of a side effect-free solution that has been widely available to Americans since the 70s. Do a Google search for "float tanks across the US" and you'll find a list of 61 businesses that currently offer floating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Olsen VINE VOICE on August 17, 2007
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This book is about float tanks. If you have seen the movie Altered States, that is a float tank. It is an isolation tank where you float in a body temperature saline solution to remove as much stimulation as possible. This book details the research done (up to about 1983) on float tanks, and its health benefits. The book is essentially a commercial for float tanks. The primary benefit is related to the fact that float tanks make it much easier to reach states of consciousness normally reserved for experienced meditators - lower stress, more creativity, general well-being, pain reduction, improved learning (this one I am sceptical, because there is a large body of evidence that recall is tied to the state of consciousness you are in, so learning in the theta brainwave state doesn't translate to the beta state effectively), recreational hallucinations, peak mystical experiences, etc.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Labno on March 8, 2006
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The Book of Floating...

I have been involved in the float tank industry since 1978; first as someone who enjoyed the experience, then in 1980, opening up a commercial float tank center in Hollywood CA - Altered States MindGym.

This book has been the classic for float tank voyeurs ever since it was written, and has helped many understand the dynamics of this exceptional experience.

It is GREAT; definately worth the money.

Jeff Labno

Los Angeles
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on November 20, 2008
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Everything you wanted to know on Flotation Tanks and then some. You get the history behind the tank. Thirteen chapters on how it works. Ten chapters on ways of floating. And the last chapter, which is his new addition to this book, is about the spiritual side of floating.

If your interested in learning the ultimate way to relax, meditate, super learn, break addictions, loose weight, physically and emotionally heal or become one with the universe then this book is for you.

It fascinated me so much, that I'm either going to buy a tank or make one, being that there are no Float Centres nearby.

A must read for all, and especially for those who help others in dealing with life's problems.
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