It started, like all good stories do, with an alien visitation.
It was August 1953 and George Van Tassel was fast asleep when he was woken by a being standing at the bottom of his outdoor bed at 2am. But this was no intruder. In fact, it was not even a human. George looked past the visitor and saw a hovering space craft on his property.
This was Solganda, from Venus.
Solganda felt sorry for humanity and decided to transmit the information needed to prolong and rejuvenate human life. George formed a telepathic relationship with Solganda and the Venusian council and began to channel vast amounts of information. This information included the plans to build a machine here on Earth that would allow humans to time travel and reverse the aging process. George proceeded to translate this telepathy into plans and devoted his whole life to building the machine.
He called it the Integratron.
Rising up out of the desert like a pretty little spy base, the Integratron was crafted out of wood by ship builders in 1956. The aliens informed George that the machine worked on the energy field that surrounds the human race, and that if the field was repaired, aging would become a thing of the past.
An expensive time machine, it was designed by Venusians and funded in part by the immensely wealthy and vain Howard Hughes. Not because Hughes was interested in alien time travel, but as an aging lothario, he wanted to receive the supposed anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of the machine.
Unfortunately for Hughes, the machine was never turned on. George’s force field ran out before it could be rejuvinated for the first time, and the machinery was mysteriously stolen (cue government theft conspiracy theories!).
Nowadays the Integratron is home to the “Sound Bath”. Huge quartz crystal bowls are played as you lie on mats underneath the aurally perfect curved wooden roof.
You are invited to lie down, relax and let the sounds wash over and through you. It is the strangest feeling - the waves moving through every part of your body, each note played resonates differently and it is incredibly relaxing. They warn you not to snore, and advise you that your body and mind will be cleansed and that all kinds of unusual experiences are possible. I desperately wanted an unusual experience but it alluded me. I had a great time though, and it was strange feeling the sound waves moving through my bones.
I am sure this was not using the structure that Solganda intended and I can't help thinking that this kind of frippery would make him a little cross. George was warned by the aliens that the reason we needed to prolong our life was so we could change the damage we had done to Earth. But unfortunately, as all the time travelling equipment was stolen, this seems the best use we can make of a building with acoustics so perfect, it is like being inside a guitar.
Maybe all that precious equipment is all lying in a government basement somewhere, and unless Solganda visits us again I assume it will stay lost forever, but for now, I very much recommend trying out the Integratron as it is.
Visit the Intergratron website for further details - www.integratron.com