Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bucket List It -- The Integratron

Over the weekend, my girlfriends and I took trip out to the desert to relax, unwind, reconnect with nature, and visit the highly-acclaimed Integratron. Never heard of it? Well, if you live in southern California, you are only a two to three hour drive from this super special (and scientifically proven!) energy vortex, so put this on your bucket list immediately! 

After two days of hiking, glamping, singing karaoke country music with the locals, and soaking up the incredibly peaceful energy of Joshua Tree, we drove even further East through no-mans land to reach this sacred site. When I took my first girls trip out to Joshua Tree back in February, some hippie local friends clued us in to the magic of the Integratron, but it books out 5 or more weeks in advance, so we couldn't get a reservation. This time around, we planned the entire girls getaway around a visit to the Integratron, so we made sure to reserve online in advance, We were bursting with anticipation, curiosity, and excitement as we cruised down the old dirt road known as Highway 247 leading up to the site. For a car full of San Diego mermaids who rarely stray far from the beach, the sight of actual desert tumbleweeds was all it took to send us into a fit of roaring laughter! Finally, we arrived at the Integratron, checked in for our visit, and got the low-down on what's so special about this place. 

The Integratron was built in the 1950's by the famous aeronautical engineer George Van Tassel. In the 1930's and 40's, he worked as an aircraft mechanic and in 1947, he left that life and moved his family to the Mohave Desert. According to George, in 1953 during frequent meditations, aliens from Venus started communicating with him and teaching him techniques for "rejuvenating the human body." In 1954, with extraterrestrial guidance, he began constructing the Integratron as a "time machine for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity, and time travel." George believed that humans curate so much knowledge over a lifetime and become so wise and enlightened over the course 6 or 7 decades, then their physical bodies die without having the opportunity to realize all this potential, saying "Our life span is just too short." He believed if he could find a way to extend our time on Earth, so much more good could be done for humanity. His wacky ideas caught the attention of some serious businessmen, like billionaire Howard Hughes, who believed in his logic and financed the construction. 

In an ironic twist of fate, George died suddenly at the age of 67 just a few weeks shy of the completion of the Integratron. From there, the site passed from owner to owner for 20 years until a group of 3 sisters purchased it in 2000. The sisters recognized it as an acoustically-perfect structure with incredibly healing properties. For the last 15 years, they've been running group Sound Bath experiences in which participants lie down in Savasana (resting pose) and get serenaded by quartz crystal singing bowls and guided into a deep meditation. 

The sessions last one hour and my girlfriends and I were all thoroughly blissed out after our Sound Bath. There are 7 giant quartz crystal bowls, each one tuned with a different musical note aligning with each of the 7 chakras (energy centers in your body). For the entire hour, I tried to stay really focused on my breath and stay open to the process, and I definitely felt a subtle spiritual awakening. The sound bath is said to realign the right and left sides of your brain and (on a yogic level), harmonize the dualities of you -- balancing out your masculine and feminine energies; fine tuning the chakra system; and providing medicine for your soul via sound. All in all, it was a truly beautiful experience and I would highly recommend you take a trip out to the desert to experience it for yourself!

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