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1 Isolation in 13 Verses

In this chapter we lay down the complete doctrine of Isolation Tank Gnosis in 13 verses. The rest of this text is simply elaborating on what is tersely written here:

  1. TRUTH exists for YOU Alone.
  2. When others agree with YOU, it becomes a Reality
  3. TRUTH is senior to Reality
  4. TRUTH has the following synonyms GOD, Love, Isolation, Oneness, Imagination, Delusion, Illusion, Sentience, Creativity, Life Force, and most significantly YOU.
  5. Some have postulated that "GOD is All".
  6. If so, then GOD is One
  7. GOD as all one must be Alone.
  8. In isolation, YOU are alone.
  9. To these postulators, we can conclude: "In isolation YOU are GOD"
  10. The Isolation Tank provides isolation.
  11. I provide the isolation tank so that YOU may find TRUTH.
  12. The absolutely capitalized words are: YOU, TRUTH, and GOD.
  13. Because Time = Art in the Law of Time Calendar, it is the ideal timing system for prioritizing Imagination and Art over Science and Reason.

Now that the complete doctrine has been laid down, I would like to acknowledge my source of inspriation for such a terse style of delivery. It was completely inspired by Ramana Maharshi's text "Reality in 40 Verses".

2 TRUTH

2.1 TRUTH IS 100% PERSONAL. YOU ARE NEVER SEPARATE FROM THE TRUTH

Truth is the most central topic in ITG because the purpose of ITG is to aid the search for Truth. What is Truth? ITG adopts the definition of truth laid down in "Spiritologie" by Andreas Buttler: "Truth exists for you alone. If others agree with you, it becomes a Reality."

ITG considers illusion, delusion, imagination, dreams, fantasies and hallucination to be synonomous with Truth.

Let us conclude this instruction on TRUTH with a quote from "Spiritologie" by Andreas Buttler

Psychology is, so to speak, simply being ‘used’ and even only exists – with this phony theory of ‘normality’ – to give you a hellish fear of think- ing differently or being different from your environment.

I would like to invite you to please quit adjust- ing your personal truth to that of the public and not even letting it be adjusted. That is what truth really is, namely a personal, individual thing!

3 Reality

Reality occurs when two or more beings agree that something is so. TRUTH occurs when one being says that something is so. Because one proceeds two, TRUTH is primary and Reality secondary.

ITG exists to assist the return to TRUTH. Of course, since a being can never leave the TRUTH, this is a ludicrous statement. But without isolation, a being may not realize the ever-present TRUTH. So, we provide the minimum amount of procedures and viewpoint to aid the search.

We will conclude this chapter with two contrasting writings on Reality and bit of commentary on each.

3.1 "The world is in your mind" viewpoint

We need to define one term in the quote to follow and that is "consideration". A consideration is a creative thought – Michael Jackson before composing "Billie Jean", Van Gogh before composing "A Starry Night." So now let's read the quotation:

Considerations take rank over the mechanics of space, energy, and time. By this it is meant that an idea or opinion is, fundamentally, superior to space, energy, and time, or organizations of form, since it is conceived that space, energy, and time are themselves broadly agreed-upon considerations. That so many minds agree brings about Reality in the form of space, energy, and time. These mechanics, then, of space, energy, and time are the product of agreed- upon considerations mutually held by life.

The aspects of existence when viewed from the level of Man, however, is a reverse of the greater truth above for Man works on the secondary opinion that mechanics are real, and that his own personal considerations are less important than space, energy, and time. This is an inversion. These mechanics of space, energy, and time, the forms, objects and combinations thereof, have taken such precedence in Man that they have become more important than considerations as such, and so his ability is overpowered and he is unable to act freely in the framework of mechanics. Man, therefore, has an inverted view. Whereas considerations such as those he daily makes are the actual source of space, energy, time and forms, Man is operating so as not to alter his basic considerations; he therefore invalidates himself by supposing another determinism of space, energy, time and form. Although he is part of that which created these, he gives them such strength and validity that his own considerations thereafter must fall subordinate to space, energy, time, and form, and so he cannot alter the Universe in which he dwells.

The freedom of an individual depends upon that individual’s freedom to alter his considerations of space, energy, time, and forms of life and his roles in it. If he cannot change his mind about these, he is then fixed and enslaved amidst barriers such as those of the physical universe, and barriers of his own creation. Man thus is seen to be enslaved by barriers of his own creation. He creates these barriers himself, or by agreeing with things which hold these barriers to be actual.

There is a basic series of assumptions in processing, which assumptions do not alter the philosophy of Scientology. The first of these assumptions is that Man can have a greater freedom. The second is that so long as he remains relatively sane, he desires a greater freedom. And the third assumption is that the auditor desires to deliver a greater freedom to that person with whom he is working. If these assumptions are not agreed upon and are not used, then auditing degenerates into “the observation of effect”, which is, of course, a goal-less, soulless pursuit, and is, indeed, a pursuit which has degraded what is called modern science.

The goal of processing is to bring an individual into such thorough communication with the physical universe that he can regain the power and ability of his own considerations (postulates).

– L. Ron Hubbard "Scientology 0-8"

Now, if considerations take rank over the mechanics of MEST (Matter, Energy, Space and Time), then certainly creative thought processes take rank over the entities and interactions within MEST as well! This means that all of the hard and soft sciences are transient fignments of imagination. It means that the late night news and every recollection you agree occurred are as well. It means that any matter perceived, animate or inanimate, is also collective imagination.

3.2 "The world exists independent of your mind" viewpoint

We now will read a different text which explores another viewpoint on reality.

"… Reality … expresses that which is completely objective as opposed to anything subjective. By objective we mean existing without the mind, outside it, and wholly independent of it. Subjective, on the other hand, takes the meaning of that which is in the mind. For instance, consider the case of a small child which has its fingers stepped on for the frist time. The child perceives through its sense of sight that a thing has caused a sensation of pain, also that this was not under the control of his mind — therefore it is objective. The sensation of pain passing to the child's brain forms a thought of fear, or anger directed towards the cause of the sensation. This thought is subjective.

– "Reality" by John Lilly, Republished in Appendix One of "Simulations of God"

4 Consciousness without an Object

Thus far, we have looked at two planes of consciousness: TRUTH and Reality. We have seen a single definition of truth and two possible understandings of Reality. In both planes examined thus far there are both subjects and objects. In the TRUTH world, we are conscious of our imaginings. I.e., the subject is absorbed in imaginary objects. In Reality, we are conscious of consensus objects. In stark contrast, in the consciousness without an object plane, there is only the subject — no objects!

Franklin Merrell-Wolff realized this state and wrote about it. Many great Advaita Masters, Arunachala Ramana among others also realized and wrote about this state. Practictioners of this level of consciousness are more intent on the camera than the imaginary or "real" objects playing out on the screen.

5 Reflection, summary and evaluation

Now that we've covered the various realms, let's summarize them:

LevelPoint of ViewDescriptionSignature TextRepresentative Systems
0NoneUtter nothingness"Hsin Hsin Ming" (The Book of Nothing) by SosanIf anything, Zen Buddhism
1Subject with No ObjectPure being, Consciousness without an object, Advaita Vedana"Reality in 40 Verses" by Ramana MaharshiAdvaita Vedanta, Franklin Merrell-Wolff
2Subject with Personal ObjectsTRUTH, Imagination, Illusion, Shamanic Journeying, Psychedelic Trips, Pure Mathematics"Spiritologie"Isolation Tank Gnosis, Poetry, Dance, Art, Cartoons, Pure Mathematics, Quantum Physics
3Subject with Objects other Subjects Agree OnRealityAny classical mechanics textbookApplied mathematics, Science other than Quantum Physics, a Court of Law, Intentional Communities

Now let's be clear where TRUTH is in ITG. It is level 2 in the table above.

5.1 Traps

Perhaps traps is a bit too strong of a word, but we definitely want to be on guard for swapping our definition of TRUTH for any consensus1. The Route to Infinity requires each "I" to express things as seen through its eyes. 2.

If you notice, we are not nearly as apprehensive about the result of our religious practice leading you into Level 1 or Level 0. Our main goal is to ensure we dont start expecting any particular objective phenomenon or idea from our members.

6 Isolation

Now, we begin to delve into the specifics of ITG's approach to seeking TRUTH. As we have acknowledged before, many religious organizations are in 100% agreement with our definition of TRUTH. They simply have a different path to it3.

Isolation in 13 verses offered a proof that Isolation leads to TRUTH. But proof is just the analysis of belief. But it sounded nice, didn't it? Lilly himself discovered: "There was no creation by God. There was no God…"4. But anyway, how to achieve isolation? Well, there are many ways to achieve isolation. In "The Quiet Center" John Lilly discusses a number of ways that isolation occurs.

6.1 ITG provides Isolation Through the Isolation Tank

While there are many ways to accomplish isolation, ITG provides just one: the isolation tank, a device invented by John C. Lilly in 1954. So, the Isolation Tank can provide Isolation and hence TRUTH. How does isolation occur? In a few ways:

  • you are in a large tub of water heated to skin temperature. This actually serves more as an expander than an isolator
  • you have a ton of salt dissolved in the water. This allows you to float like a cork, thereby providing sensorimotor ioslation. You are isolated from the sense of gravity because you are floating. And you are freed of the motor task of balancing your body.
  • The tub of water is covered over the top. This removes the influence of light and sound on you. This again is both sensory and motor freedom. No need to process images and sound. And hence the resulting semi-automatic survival-driven calculations do not follow.

It's worth mentioning here that none of the isolation tank's isolation is anywhere near perfect. And it doesnt need to be because the "The Tank is Your Native State"5. You couldn't leave isolation if you wanted to. But you can certainly make it seem that way:

Nothing is happening. Nothing ever has happened, or ever will happen. All that I have been aware of is ..

So, the just provides you a gentle nudge, a subtle hint, of your native state!

And since it is your native state, how much instruction, preaching, praying, etc is necessary to get you to TRUTH? We say little to none and the less the better. So rejoice with us and say: "I am God in Isolation (IaGiI). In isolation I am God (IiIaG).

You can discover profound truths about your Self, about your capabilities through experimenting with your bio-computer in the void state, a state isolated from sensory input.

– John Lilly "The Quiet Center"

7 Temple, Ceremony and Ritual

7.1 COC p.38 = I prefer staying in my own center

7.2 definition of terms

7.3 Temple is designed to encourage social isolation

7.3.1 p.126 TDS

7.4 The ceremony is done with a mind to reduce communication, control and coercion

7.4.1 p.210 - "Once you can get into the tank with no preprogramming…"

7.4.2 Ceremony outline

7.4.3 Big communication no-nos

  • no suggestions on what can or will be experienced
  • p.136 judgement of performance/accuracy

7.5 Truth Ritual

7.6 Greeting Ritual

7.7 The ritual takes place

7.8 Post-ritual should nurture social isolation

7.8.1 p. 129 "range of phenomena great than society will accept"

7.8.2 any post-communication is initiated by the

7.9 Night time is an allright time

7.10 Time limits

7.11 Afow first page

8 Charge for Service

8.1 Entirely free

8.2 Donation based

8.3 Pay full price

8.4 Receive service on credit

8.5 Patronize my business

9 Alternative Isolation Techniques

We must remember that Isolation is a path to the Truth, not truth itself. So, accurately, this chapter should be about ways to dwell in Truth

9.1 Yoga Nidra

9.2 Plugging your ears

9.3 Social Isolation

9.4 Word Repetition

10 From Reality to Truth over Time

10.1 Dreamspell calendar - 13 moons + 1 day out of time

11 From Reality to Truth

11.1 via logical proof

11.2 via God Out There chapter in simulations of god.

12 Welcome

Welcome to Isolation Tank Gnosis (ITG), the religion where Isolation is the The Way and Imagination the Path! Because Isolation Tank Gnosis is simple, personal and experiential, there is very little writing/instruction about it necessary.

Laws as such do not make people better, they must practise certain things, in order to become attuned to inner truth.

– Indries Shah, "The Tales of Nasrudin"

12.1 What it is

ITG is an organization whose sole purpose is to faciliate gnosis via the isolation tank. Gnosis is knowing the Self via the self as opposed to a church or a group.

12.2 Why it is

ITG fills a necessary gap in the float space. Isolation is a viable research topic and commercial venture. However neither of these is ideal for in-depth spiritual exploration. A personal tank is best but perhaps space and cost-prohibitive.

12.3 How it came about

ITG came about over many iterations.

12.3.1 Columbus, OH floatation tank laws

12.3.2 Jeffrey Mishlove's inteview with Dr. Lilly

When I saw this interview, it was the match to the firecracker. This is what drove me into action. At one point, Lilly says "That's the Gnostic viewpoint. Transcendence via the Self as opposed to a church or group."

12.3.3 The Spiritologie Teachings

I took a course in Spiritologie and that acted as "cement" for Dr. Lilly's comment on the Gnostic Viewpoint. The Spiritologie teachings are firmly grounded in personal truth and imagination. The free book is highly recommended.

12.3.4 Numerous Failings in Spiritual Groups

While The Way of the gnostic viewpoint was attractive, I found The Path offered by various spiritual groups unworkable. It was only in the tank that The Way and The Path could find harmonious marriage.

12.4 What good is it

The value of ITG is it's staunch insistence on you having everything you need to be free other than isolation of some sort. In short, we reduce the number of external necessities to realization to one — a tank. In other religious organizations are number of things are expected of you and can occur to you:

Invalidation
Have you ever been at a spiritual gathering and said you felt a certain way, or understood something in a certain way, and been laughed at or told you were not correct? Well, I have many times and I wanted a religion where that could not happen.
Manipulation
As I write this, a yoga teacher with over 50,000 students is being charged with rape of some of his students. Whether he is guilty or not, we will never know because we weren't there when it happened. But what is certain is that surrendering Your Way to someone else's Path makes you susceptible to manipulation. ITG is designed to eliminate this possibility as well as its close friend, peer pressure.
Deception
p.40 CoC "I was doublecrossed"
Dependency
No longer is your path to freedom blocked by the rules, regulations or expections of a group. No longer do you need to bring flowers or queue up in a line for a few seconds with the enlightened master! A single ritual is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

The Pied Pipe entrances and entrains the children. – p. 38 COC

Now that we've gone over the basics of Isolation Tank Gnosis, we will get agreement on a few topics so that we can you, and anyone else, return to a realm of utter freedom and no need to agree with anyone!

12.5 References, Acknowledgements and Further Reading

12.6 Books by John Lilly

12.6.1 The Quiet Center

12.6.2 The Deep Self

12.6.3 Simulations of God

12.6.4 Center of the Cyclone

12.7 "From Here to Alternity" - an interview with Dr. Lilly

12.8 Law of Time

12.8.1

Footnotes:

1 No matter how popular, seductive, impressive, etc it may be

2 The author acknowledges Amy Flynn and The Collective for the channeled analogy about "I" and "eyes"

3 For instance Spiritologie makes use of auditing and the Imagination Process to help seekers arrive at TRUTH.

4 p.90 "Center of the Cycle"

5 to quote the title of the final chapter of "Tanks for the Memories" by EJ Gold

Date: 2013-08-06T18:08-0400

Author: Terrence Brannon

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