A few weeks ago I went to Los Angeles to visit my brother. We took a weekend road trip to experience a sound bath at Integratron, a dome built by a Ufologist in the Mojave Desert.
We stopped in Cabazon, California for snacks and to photograph these dinosaurs, which were featured in the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Inside the belly of one of the dinosaurs sits a gift shop and this young fellow, Cro-Magnon Man. You can browse a variety of toys, including dinosaur-themed toys, and the essential postcards, which I purchased for overseas friends.
We each booked a vintage airstream trailer at Kate’s Lazy Desert for the night. Brr, it was cold. Really fun, creative place to stay though. Another time of year, I’m sure it’s perfect. The beds were more comfortable than other trailers I’ve slept in.
Finally, it was time to experience a “sound bath” in this historical structure built by George Van Tassel on “an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, concentrate and amplify the earth’s magnetic field.” (from Integratron)
Everyone lies backside down on the floor, in a circle, with blankets and pillows. Heads are pointed toward the center of the dome.
These quartz crystal singing bowls are played. They resonate, “each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system.” (from Integratron)
It was amazing! Seriously. If I lived anywhere near this place, I would do this monthly, possibly weekly. I enjoyed it so much, I went to the first and second sound baths of the day.
I think each person experiences it differently. My eyes were twitching when I closed them for the first sound bath. Within five minutes of being enveloped in sound, they relaxed and didn’t twitch the rest of day. See the Integratron website for details and directions.
After our sound bath(s), we headed for Joshua Tree National Park. We were lucky enough to catch the magic hour and I took loads of film photographs that I have yet to develop. Stay tuned!
May your journey be your muse,
Related links: Road Trip: South Padre Island, Texas