Imagine a place where you are in complete darkness. Imagine no sound, except your breathing. Imagine no sense of touch except the warm liquid, the temperature of which matches your body temperature, that makes you float. Imagine no sight, which will make you doubt your real sense of vision. What would you be, in complete nothingness? Would you still be or would you just fade away?
All I hear is my own voice.
Calm down. You are safe. From everyone. See? You can breathe! You are not choking! Close your eyes and imagine wonderful things. There's no one to stop you. Yes. I am floating. I see my parents - I wonder what they must be doing right now. Hmm, there's that theater with wonderful sound system. I must go there sometime. Why am I thinking? Thinking - we waste so much time on frivolous matters. People are everywhere. Running around - running, chasing. Why? What happens in the end? I see stars, purple, blue and white! I can hear a buzz in my ears. I am alive? Why am I talking? I... do I need to....?
Grace? It's time to leave the tank. You have been there for 20 minutes now... you are in your body. You can hear me. I am Dr. David. You know me. Open your eyes.
Open your eyes.
Music. Like heaven. Wonderful music! Clouds!
I am. What am I? Grace. That's me? That's me!
Bright light. What is it! The light is too much to bear. Water!
I feel a tingle all over me. I feel the tiny hair on my body raise. I can feel the water.
I open my eyes and find myself back in the chamber. The diffused blue lights are on. My mind is blissfully empty. I hold the bars on the side of the tank and get up. I look at the unfamiliar face smiling at me. With a jolt I realize that's Dr. David! I smile back tentatively.
"Well? How was it?" He asks me, grinning.
"Amazing!" is the only word that comes out of my mouth, as I start grinning.