Why I Opened Quantum Floats?
In the computer industry, there is a saying “garbage in, garbage out.” The saying makes a good point. If the inputs you use in your program are faulty, the results will also be faulty. The same thing applies to any business. The ability of a business to achieve its objectives depends on the thoughts used to conduct the business. Business results have a direct correlation to thoughts. You could say that business results are the byproduct of the thoughts used in the business. To see that this is so, consider that our thoughts guide how we perceive our business, how we plan our business activities and how we conduct our business. As such, thoughts may be the biggest contributing factor to success or failure in business. But what are those thoughts and where do they reside in our thinking, and are we even aware of them? These would seem to be pretty good questions for any business to answer. Yet, for the most part, they go unanswered.
For me, I spent most of 30 years as a corporate lawyer never questioning the thoughts I used to practice law. That is, until 2011. In 2011, I attended a business networking event and a woman at the event introduced me to Elise Cummiskey who owned a floatation tank in the basement of her home in Chester NJ. The thought of floating seemed strange to me. Before trying it, I wondered whether it would be pointless to just spend an hour floating in a tank. But something interesting happens when you spend time in a float tank devoid of any external inputs. In a floatation tank you’ve got all of this extra brain power to examine your own thoughts, especially the ones that lie deep down in our thinking. Even better, the examination happens naturally. I didn’t have to step into the float tank and say “today I’m going to examine my deepest thoughts”. It just happens because without any external inputs (no light, no sound, no gravity, no temperature differential), you’re left with just your thoughts.
Floating opened a door for me – a door to an awareness of the thoughts that shape how I perceive the world and how I relate to people and how I conduct business. For a more thorough explanation of how this works, click the link below next to “Introduction to beliefs in real and the human biocomputer”.
Another interesting thing happened when I started to float. I started to notice patterns in my life. Patterns as in doing the same things over and over again. I also saw patterns of the same results showing up everywhere. One of the patterns you could call “sweeping things under the carpet”. I was an expert at this. If there was something I didn’t want to deal with because I thought dealing with it would require having a conversation I didn’t want to have, I just avoided it. That was also the rule of how I did business and the rule of my marriage. Problems, however, do not go away when you sweep them under the carpet. They actually fester and result in bigger problems. Seeing these patterns was eye-opening, but I was still lacking the skills to change those thought patterns.
As fate would have it, Elise gave me a copy of John Worthington’s book The Office of Shaman and she also introduced me to workshops based on the work of the neuroscientist John C. Lilly, which John Worthington took, expanded upon, and used to develop into a series of practical workshops starting with a workshop called “Introduction to the Art of Rewriting”. For me, this was thought hacking 101. I was blown away. The workshop introduced a way to examine and modify thought by starting with writing a goal and then working through the various thoughts and behaviors that are needed to support the achievement of that goal. In the process, I got a look at some thoughts that were driving the patterns I was noticing. These were pretty ancient thoughts – ones that I put in place when I was about 3 years ago. You can learn more about this workshop and some other ones I took by clicking the Beyond Floating tab at the top of this page. These workshops present a playbook or manual on how to hack/modify thought.
It wasn’t long after taking the introductory workshop that an idea was born. The idea was to open a float center in New Jersey and use floating and workshops to show businesses how to hack and change their thoughts to break away from destructive patterns so that they can achieve their objectives in life and in business. It was a long road between my first float in 2011 and opening Quantum Floats in 2015. Along the way, I gained an appreciation of why business people often fail multiple times before they succeed. If you want to read the gory details, see the link below about “How not to open a float center – a lesson from the school of hard knocks”
As far as I can tell, there is little if anything out there that teaches business people how to modify thought in service of achieving business objectives. I know of no such programs at the high school level, the college level or even the graduate business school level. Yet, as I came to learn, thoughts contribute to the success and failure of business more than any single factor. The difficultly here is that given the nature of how the mind works, these thoughts are outside (below) our conscious awareness. That means we’re not aware of the silly stuff we do over and over again. What I’ve come to learn is that you can combine floating with practical thought hacking skills to achieve business objectives.
If you want to take a peek under your own hood and learn how to hack your own thoughts in service of whatever you want to achieve, we’ve got something to show you at Quantum Floats. A word to wise though. This is challenging work. Part of reason why I think there are few if any programs out there that teach these skills is because the science behind these techniques is relatively new (see the link to the memory hackers video below). However, I think an even a bigger reason for the absence of these programs is because most people would rather not look. If you want to read about my own experience trying to avoid thoughts , click the link below “If it’s just a thought, then why do I want to get the hell out of here so fast?”
~Ken Kaplan, Founder of Quantum Floats~