The Warrior Within Float Project, by application only, could be the most extreme experience our Heroes will ever face. Our Heroes voluntarily sign their names to a contract that surrenders them to the will of our country, because of their love for our country. Our Heroes commit to sacrificing their mental stability, their limbs and their lives for our Freedom. What happens when their commitment ends and they return home to cope with life, suddenly obligated to make individual choices such as adjusting to life with injuries and depression? They often fall to substance abuse, homelessness, divorce and suicide. Our Heroes cannot “unknow” the events that they know, but what if they could separate combat life from civilian life? What if the mind and body could stop, reset, wipe the slate clean, separate the two lives so that the mind understands what was combat life and what is civilian life? To regain the ability to clearly distinguish a family’s dog bark from an IED explosion. The Warrior Within Float Project can accomplish this fast and furiously; guaranteed.
So, what makes this project so extreme? Keep in mind that typically anything expedited comes with a higher cost. This project is voluntary, our heroes must make an individual choice to re-experience everything they know and everything they have hidden, all at one time, all by themselves, in a very dark and isolated environment. Or, they can continue coping with substance abuse.
Military Vets apply by submitting an extensive application to attend "Slippaz Camp". Three Vets will be chosen per camp and flown to Hawaii for a 5 week stay at the project's facility. They will return home and maintain a video diary for two weeks before returning to the islands to share how this project has affected their lives.
During their stay each Vet will have chores to perform, mowing the lawn, cooking, and laundry and so forth. By maintaining as close to a normal civilian lifestyle as possible, with a splash of discipline, our Vets will move through the project with each other.
This project lost a decade because it failed to recognize that a Vet is needed to help another Vet on their maiden float voyage. This key vector changed the dynamics and the reach of the project.
By bringing them together, openly sharing their experiences, our Vets will quickly grow to love and trust their fellow comrades. The next step is to float and for some this could feel like walking the gauntlet. Their counseling begins immediately following their float sessions while the Vet is still in a raw state, oftentimes discombobulated. An experienced float professional will guide them to clarity. The float guide must delicately direct the Vet to self-discover whatever needs to be discovered, unmasked or dealt with. It is impossible to predict what will happen during any float. What emerges from the far depths of the mind could shock anyone to their core; a joyful discovery that daddy sexually abused them, but that it's not their fault; for example.
But how can this project help more than three Vets at a time? This is an international project; a float tank can be arranged in almost any state or country.
So how do Vets know about this project?
There will be cameras in all common areas of the facility so that viewers will get to the know the Vets, learn their hobbies, ease-drop on their therapy sessions, both the group and the post float session with the float guide. Vets can tune in and watch live float sessions and with luck, be inspired to find their own Warrior Within.
A typical flotation tank is 4' tall and 7' long. It has nine inches of body-temperature water combined with 1500 Lbs. of body-soothing Epsom salt that promises to reduce stress and pain for extended periods of time. This amount of Epsom salt will make the body very buoyant, like a beach ball on the surface of the water that cannot be pushed under without popping back up to the surface. Without gravity one becomes weightless. And, because the water is skin temperature, one cannot feel the water that they are floating atop of. One can conscientiously move their arms and legs, but they cannot feel them moving. The box or tank, where you close yourself into, is completely black and soundproof. It is so dark that one does not know if their eyes are open or closed. There's a chemical reaction that happens in the brain when exposed to this sensory deprived atmosphere. Cortisol levels start to decrease, endorphins and dopamine start to increase, pragmatic thoughts drift. This environment becomes a very safe environment, like returning to the womb. The world outside is completely shut off which allows the person to enter a very deep semi-conscience state called Theta. This allows the brain and body to internally reset via facing themselves head on, by taking their own bull by the horns, to acknowledge their experiences, separate them into individual experiences, return to life and accept these experiences for what they truly are; a past experience that is no longer. Forgetting their experiences is not healthy but accepting them is. Our Military Heroes deserve to feel proud not suffer mentally or physically. These brave individuals are valuable members of our communities and they deserve to feel the love our country holds for them.
The Warrior Within Float Project has designed a proprietary float room rather than an enclosed box. This tank resembles an in-ground, no entry swimming pool that is inside a private room. This pool is large, deep and can accommodate the handicapped or an amputee.
Mahalo nui loa for your support.