If you drive a couple hours out of LA towards seemingly nothing and no where in a mum van with a cool group of people you’ll eventually arrive at the humble town of Joshua Tree. It took us about 3 hours… maybe less through scenic mountains, valleys and barren desert but we made it. We came prepared with 13 galloons of bottled water, enough food to feed the town and the mental preparedness to not shower for a few days.
We initially arrived at the integratron which is a giant white dome situated on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the middle of the desert. A place ripe with alien encounters. George Van Tassel, the creator claimed that he received telepathic instructions from extraterrestrials on where and how to build this structure for the purpose of human rejuvenation and time travel. Unfortunately his premature death signified an ending to the building of this structure so it’s complete purpose today goes unfulfilled. I'm not sure if my life has been extended and much to my dismay, I definitely can't time travel. The structure however, offers amplification of the earth’s magnetic field which is now utilised through sound baths. For those of you who are yet to take a sound bath it is far less erotic than what you’re probably picturing. Picture yourself, fully clothed and laying down while someone plays sound bowls around you. Unfortunately for such a hot day in the desert, there wasn’t any kind of water or bathing involved. The sound bowls create amazing and very diverse sounds which aim to open the chakras. Think of it as a kind of musical meditation.
The whole process which lasts about an hour to an hour and a half includes an introduction- you are told to open yourself up, (especially to contact by extraterrestrials), a brief history. Finally the sound bath itself commences. The sound bowls honestly transport you on a mental and somewhat physical journey. You feel everything you hear. It’s amazing how much the mind can create with closed eyes and open ears.
Initially my body felt heavy as though I was being held and sinking into the floor, then I felt as though I was being scanned almost to the point where I could see the beam over my face through my closed eyes. This happened whist they played a particularly beam-y alien-y sound. I felt as though I was being lifted up. I had somehow through closed eyes visualised a UFO above me and felt I was beaming up towards it. I sunk in and out of sync with the sounds and my body for the duration of the meditation.
In the evening with everyone having partaken in the alien exposure, we went to sleep in the Airbnb caravan we rented in the desert and although I managed to sleep through it, my friends had an experience a little out of the ordinary. It was relayed to me in panicked and confused breaths but being very sleepy and too-tired-for-alien-bullshit, I ignored it and went back to bed. During the night the girls heard footsteps through the caravan which was mistaken for one of us obnoxiously packing inside. This was shortly followed by some loud banging on the door as though someone was trying to get in and following that the caravan shook heavily. I somehow managed to sleep through all of this waking up half an hour later to a double bed with three girls huddled and wide awake staring at the door. I immediately checked to see if my precious cameras were still there, and with that I went back to bed. In the morning the event became far less scary and explanations were thrown around.
Whilst in Joshua Tree we managed to explore the National Park. It is surprisingly uncrowded and ginormous with winding roads as far as the eye can see branching onto hiking trails and rocks to climb. There are even camping spots, and at $20 per car for a weeks access it’s more than affordable. The landscapes inside the park vary from masses of Joshua trees to boulders to extensive fields of cholla cacti. Everywhere around you are red rocky mountains cradling all forms of unique desert life, including wild rams, prairie dogs and a heck of a lot of bees which decided to swarm and take refuge in our car. But that's another story. Each trail offers something unique, rewarding and potentially harmful, like bees. Overall, the heat kills my want to hike too extensively but with some perseverance and antiperspirant Joshua Tree really is outta this world.