Perception of Self
To a certain extent, we are a mirror of the world around us. Belief systems about ourselves are explored upon instructions we are given and expectations that we develop.
Are we a karmic expression of the Universal Mind, or can we be more solid and define ourselves by our roles in society, or any number of other valid concepts? The key point to establish here is a view of our own perspective, because that perspective is what gives us an authentic sense of ourselves.
It is easy to lose ourselves by ‘looking out’ rather than ‘looking in,’ we can become just another spare part of our environment, instead of an independent being.
When I decided to write this post, I wanted to reflect on the notion of self and what it means to ‘look in’ as oppose to ‘looking out.’ Lately, I have been juggling different areas of my life and the importance of understanding my own perspective became essential. To reflect upon my life means I am willing to become self-aware thus leading to a steadier path to full self-acceptance. However, this path is not always the easiest to begin.
Why self-acceptance is difficult to achieve
Some of us may not be used to the motto ‘be kind to yourself,’ or ‘to help others you have to help yourself first.’ As much as these expressions seem like a cliché and repetitive, there is a great deal of truth in them. It is often deemed that shy, quiet people are some of the most generous and kindest people in the world. Perhaps, this is to do with being empathetic towards others feelings and going the extra mile for others. This being said, why are we still so hard on ourselves? Why is self-acceptance such a tricky task?
Does culture play a part in this? In the Western world accepting our quieter side is a challenge due to the value placed on extroversion over introversion. It appears to be more acceptable to be outspoken, direct, and forthright in displaying your personality to everyone that you meet.
The following are other reasons I think self-acceptance is so difficult to attain:
We think if I punish myself enough I’ll change. Accepting ourselves without condition is difficult because we would need to give up the illusion that if we torment ourselves enough with negative thinking, we’ll change. It’s as if we think we can solve our issues by saying things like: ‘I’m boring, ‘I’m weird,’ ‘I’m strange because I’m quiet.’
The child within us doesn’t respond to such negativity. We need to learn ways to accept that anxious part of ourselves, kindly taking ourselves by the hand and gently hearing the words, ‘You’re ok.’
Giving up control can be tough to master as this is another obstacle towards self-acceptance. Eastern philosophy highlights ‘going with the flow,’ moving with, not against, the resistance. This perfectly encapsulates the float experience which creates the ideal environment for the ‘subconscious you,’ to freely explore different perspectives of self.
How floatation therapy can help
It’s been a unique journey to have had the privilege of floating, because it’s about the closest thing you can get to floating through space. You’re in this totally isolated environment floating on water, and due to the buoyancy of the water, you are allowed to be in a complete state of stillness and serenity.’
Floating has become a natural part of my life, instinct guides me towards the float pod, and whenever I enter the pod, it’s as if pieces of the jigsaw, gently fall together. Many people who have visited Floating Point have been able to surrender to the water by relinquishing control. We can-not expect this to happen immediately, it can take a few sessions to embrace your true self, yet each person has experienced their version of self-acceptance!
“Floatation therapy links to self-acceptance like a diver diving into the depths of the sea; people tend to want to understand silence and what it means to be surrounded by this spacelessness."
“Whilst floating, one can actively detach from all the visuals and sounds in order to discover calmness, finding the silence within you. You can detach from the mind and physical self, sink into the centre, feeling complete and cherishing yourself in ways that you never did.
It is a process but one worth embarking upon as the pod unveils itself to be a modern thinking tool. In today’s world such a tool is needed for self-acceptance to be achieved. Floating for 60 minutes means various things to a range of people who come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Personally, it has been the perfect mirror for myself, accept being held in an anti-gravity environment, accept silence as it is, and accept the evolving self, as floating continues, from this week to the next.
Until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.