Aside from being a standup comic and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan is also a total freakazoid. He’s a big believer in the expansion of consciousness through drugs, amongst other things such as “Man never walked on the moon” and “9/11 was an inside job”. I personally think all three are pretty bogus, although the one I’ll give the most credence to is the expansion of consciousness via drugs. I had a great time on drugs way back when, but the only thing it did was make me dumber.
Regardless, Joe Rogan doesn’t rely solely on weed and hallucinogens to explore his inner mind: The dude’s also got a sensory deprivation tank. In fact, he’s got two right now, so he’s giving one away for free, shipping and all included!
Being alone with your mind is a very odd feeling and it takes a while to get used to it. Outside of the isolation tank there’s really no experience like it. There isn’t another environment like it in the world; where you can go so quickly, so deeply into the human mind. It takes you to a place where it would take the average person many years of meditation to achieve a similar mind set, and it throws it at you right away.
For some people it can be really unsettling in it’s self-analytical effect. When there’s nothing to distract you from your thoughts it’s very difficult to ignore things that have been troubling you. Any aspect of your behavior or your life that you’re unhappy with will be dragged out of the shadows of neglect and denial, and put on center stage with a giant spot light on it. If you’re the type of person that is trying to evolve and grow, it’s an amazing tool, but if you’re the type of person that would rather go through life with blinders on it’s going to give you a psychic beating.
I’ve had one for about 3 years now, and it’s helped me tremendously. Initially I got the tank because I wanted to experience the psychedelic effects that I had heard it could bring, but at the time when I was thinking about that I was imagining wild, hallucinogenic visions. While it certainly can bring that, especially when you get really comfortable with the experience, another aspect that is just as psychedelic is the extreme introspection it provides.
I’ve tried one of these before as well and they’re pretty fucking sweet. But rather than think inwards about how much of a douche I am, I decided to use it to ride a mental roller coaster. I spent like 2 hours imagining I was free-falling or floating through space.
When I got out and told my hippy friends about it they shook their heads like I told them I’d jerked off in there. That thought had crossed my mind, but I had nowhere to hide the jizz and I was still too insecure about my sexuality to feel comfortable about just eating that shit. Anyways, apparently doing little falling games in the tank is the equivalent of using a supercomputer to play tic tac toe. Bah, fuck them. I had loads of fun.
So hey, if you feel like getting a chance to land one of these things, go to Rogan’s page and sign up for his newsletter.