The Integratron is a parabolic dome-shaped structure in the Mojave desert near Landers, California. Construction began in 1954 from the design of aeronautical engineer and ufologist George Van Tassel, who built the dome after allegedly receiving instructions from extraterrestrials from Venus known as “The Council of Seven Lights.” During this UFO encounter, Van Tassel claims that he was invited aboard a Venusian spaceship and given explicit instructions on how to create a machine that could rejuvenate living cell tissues.
Van Tassel chose the Integratron’s site due to its supposedly powerful geomagnetic energy, which he believed could be amplified within a wooden parabolic structure. As such, the building was constructed without the use of any nails, consisting only of plywood and fiberglass held together by wood dowels and a 1.5 ton cement ring serving as the keystone. Using these materials, and influenced by the theories of Nikola Tesla and sacred geometry, Van Tassel believed that the Integratron was more than a building and would serve as “a time machine, a rejuvenation machine and an anti-gravity device.”
Though Van Tassel worked on the Integratron until his sudden death in 1978, he was never able to test his own creation. His hard work paid off, however, as the building is structurally sound enough that it withstood the infamous Landers Earthquake of 1992, which measured a 7.3 on the Richter scale.
The Integratron was purchased in 2000 by two sisters, Nancy and Joanne Karl, who have been exploring the building’s sonic rejuvenating capabilities through their popular “sound baths.” During 30-minute long sound baths, the Karl sisters play seven musical notes on quartz crystal singing bowls, with each note devoted to the major energy centers – or chakras – of the body.
The bowls are created by crushing and heating 99.99% pure quartz to 4000 degrees Fahrenheit and spinning it in a centrifugal mold. The purity of sound from the bowls, coupled with the acoustics of the all-wood paraboloid, is said to have “alternative” healing powers. The building is considered to be the only “all-wood, acoustically perfect sound chamber in the U.S.” and attracts thousands of visitors annually.
After the sound bath, visitors can stand and speak in the center of the room and experience the resonance of their own voice reverberated back to them. Additionally, visitors can head downstairs where there is an exhibit on the building’s history, or go outside and enjoy a free glass of water, fresh from the underground aquifer. (Stolen from the web)
All the above history of the Integratron was all stolen from the web. But, Janine and I did get lucky by falling into the last “Sound Bath” of the day. The “Sound Bath” is a meditative experience in the parabolic sound room with a person playing a very large set of quartz singing bowls. I happened to select the spot directly opposite from the bowls where the humming tones of the bowls got amplified in the parabolic room to a level that bordered on being very uncomfortable – but not. The volume ended up being perfect and the singing bowls began to vibrate my entire body as they changed pitch. It was an amazing experience to be totally surrounded, wrapped, encased, and embedded within from the singing bowls. At one point towards the end of the “bath,” after my body had worked through all of its Charka levels, a bowl was vibrated that made my back begin to twitch uncontrollably. Not to an epileptic state, but to the “That’s my note, and I need one of those bowls” level. When the bowls stopped, all of us lay there for another twenty minutes coming down from the experience.
Janine and I can’t wait for another opportunity to eat ribs at Pappy and Harriets and take our second “Sound Bath.”