Godparents and spiritual elders of the floating family, Lee and Glenn Perry, recount their adventures as they established floating and what keeps them motivated.
As a researcher under John Lilly, Glenn had been shy and anxious, suffering through social interactions. After his first time in the tank, he felt comfortable describing his experience. The departure from his nerves captivated him, pushing him to create his own floatation device. Until that moment, Glenn had been living what he calls “the slow life” of suffering. But floating helps him actively engage his fear.
Glenn: Eventually, I believe everybody on the planet, in whatever lifetime, eventually will give up all of their suffering. We all will. And the only thing in the way of an incredible life is fear. You may sometimes call it frustration or anger or whatever. But there’s fear and there’s love. And fear guards the door of love and perfection. So we should embrace fear.
So if there are no distractions, there are only to things that you will notice: yourself and yourself. And you can observe yourself and find out what is going on with you. But any distraction allows the mind and emotions to stop that focus. Any excuse to avoid doing the work. We can choose to be closed. Or we can be open. With openness comes understanding. With understanding comes better functioning. With better functioning comes an incredibly better life.
It’s not easy to engage fear. It’s work that sometimes we’d just rather not do. But the work is so important - both for you as an individual and for you as a guide to others entering the tank for the first time. So many people are afraid to float. The more we engage fear and talk about how we face those fears, the more we can help people work with their own fears.
Continuing, Lee narrates her first encounter with stage fright - a tap dance recital that went awry.
And I’m 5 or 6 years old and the audience starts laughing. That was it. I’ve never wanted to get up in front of an audience again. And I saw that this morning. I’m taking it into my next float and seeing what else is connected to that. So you’ve got to work with your own fears. And whichever ones you want to get rid of, have a look and say, “Do I need that now?”
Reading from the introduction to John Lilly’s Center of the Cyclone, Lee shares what motivates her every morning.
Lee: “It is my firm belief that the experience of higher states of consciousness is necessary for survival of the human species. The higher states of consciousness and the means of reaching them are an economic asset worth more money than one can currently measure. A corporation that encourages its management and its labor to achieve basic and higher levels of consciousness can show increasing efficiency, harmony, productivity, improved policies, and better public relations within a few months.”
How would you not go there? How would you not take that on as why you’re doing what you do? It just… it just blew me away. Well of course, that is what I’ve been doing, that’s what I want to do. And so now when someone wants to know what we’re doing, we let them know.
This is what we’re doing. We’re saving the planet.
It makes it all worthwhile.