Van Tassel and the Integratron

Van Tassel and the Integratron

Although I have not had the pleasure of visiting George Van Tassel’s Integratron by Giant Rock near Landers, California, the experience of a “Sound Bath” inside the domed structure is high on my list.

There was once an old prospector by the name of Frank Critzer who made his life in the Mojave Desert near Landers in the early 1930s. Critzer had hollowed out a living area under a large boulder to hide from the harsh desert sun.

Critzer was thought to be a bit strange, and some sources even indicate that he might have been a German spy during WWII. Many believe his mysterious death in 1942, caused by a dynamite explosion in one of his tiny rooms under Giant Rock, had been instigated by law enforcement.

Evidently, immediately after his death, the government stripped all of Critzer’s belongings from the underground residence, and then closed up the quarters.

As a young man with a penchant for planes, Ohioan George Van Tassel had worked at an airport, and had even acquired his pilot’s license.

Shortly after this, in 1930, Van Tassel moved to California to work in his uncle’s garage.

One day, Frank Critzer came into the garage seeking help for a rod knock in his Essex.

Critzer talked about his home under the seven-story high Giant Rock. The immense boulder covered 5800 square feet of land.

Van Tassel went on to become an aeronautical engineer and test pilot for Lockheed, Douglas Aircraft. He also worked with Howard Hughes at Hughes Aviation.

After Van Tassel retired in 1947, he obtained the Giant Rock property from the Bureau of Land Management. He and his family loved the area and often camped there.

Considered holy ground by the Native Americans, Van Tassel recognized the spiritual energy radiating from the area. He held meditations in the old Critzer rooms under Great Rock from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Van Tassel held UFO conventions at Giant Rock and attracted thousands of supporters to the area. He was a guest speaker at educational facilities all over the country.

Van Tassel also claimed to receive information from aliens at this time. In 1954, under the direction of alien designers, he built a machine called the Integratron. The device was to be used for rejuvenating human cells through the use of natural energy from the atmosphere.

Van Tassel was excited as the Integratron neared completion. He planned to be the first person to try out the machine. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case. On February 9, 1978, Van Tassel died of an apparent heart attack.

Soon after Van Tassel’s death, the inner workings of the Integratron vanished.

In February of 2000, a large piece of the rock split apart from the main boulder. Many believe this fulfills a Hopi legend about the rebirth of mankind in the 21st century.

Today, you can experience a “30-minute sonic healing session” inside the Integratron. This Sound Bath aligns the chakras of your body, bringing you a sense of relaxation and peace. You can even request a massage!


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