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Joshua Tree National Park — more spiritual than you might think

I have made it a habit to go to Joshua Tree regularly. I go partly to hike, but partly for health reasons. I work inside, and don’t get enough sunlight. Having a three hour drive during the day and then hiking for two hours gets me plenty of sunlight. I also learned that Joshua Tree has good healing energies for my heart and kidneys. I always associate the desert with fire energies which benefit the heart, but I have learned in recent years that some parts of the desert can really help your lungs, spleen, and other meridians in Chinese Medicine.

Joshua Tree is great for my heart!
So, with the benefit to my circadian rhythms, my heart, and great hiking, I decided to try to visit Joshua Tree twice a month. Later on, during subsequent visits, I started meditating there. But, I can’t remember how that started. Joshua Tree has a very happy crowd that goes there. There are some hippy people who do mushrooms at night as well which is not very wholesome. But, it is such a cosmic environment there with these bizarre looking trees, unusual rock formation, and a clear view of the sky. It is very enchanting being there, especially at night. I like it there whether it is hot or cold.

I don’t know how it all started meditating there.
I guess at one point, I just started to meditate there, and it felt really good. I meditate in lots of places. I have visited ashrams around the world. I’ve been to many national parks, and other places too. I am very in tune with the vibrations of places. Joshua Tree’s energy is very pure, and in tune with the spiritual vibes of the cosmos. I generally wait until sun down after a hike and then meditate. It is generally fairly quiet. Keep in mind that I am in my car in a parking lot during the meditation. There are generally other people in the parking lot, but they don’t normally make too much noise. What really bothers me is when their headlights are pointed at me which is blinding.

The mystical Southern Entrance.
But, I can get into a deep meditation fairly easily, and feel very fulfilled afterwards. I meditated in the Southern part of the park near the 10 freeway and the Cottonwood campground. That was different. Long time ago I got lost hiking there with a friend. I was paranoid while we were lost until we found our way. But, I noticed spirits hanging around in the rocks. I thought they were extra-terrestrial since they were so still. My psychic at the time thought they were Native American. Later on, my guru told me that they were moon spirits. I think there are some spirits from Saturn’s moon Titan. This is pretty cosmic stuff here. Not too many people blog about spirits from other planets. But, I sense them there loud and clear.

All alone in the dark
Meditating in the Southern region is just plain odd. You are all alone in the dark. It is not scary, but you can’t see what is out there. And then I feel surrounded by presences. I know there must be dozens of spirits all around me observing me. These are good spirits, so it is not scary, but it is very unusual. Meditating in the Southern region was considerably more mystical than in the Northern part of the park where the Joshua Trees grow. It is as close as you can get to being on another planet or in another realm. Physically, it looks like you are on another planet. All I can say is — try it. If you meditate, go out there, perhaps go camping, and try meditating for an hour or two. I would say that apart from Yosemite which is blessed by angels, Joshua Tree is the best place to meditate perhaps in the world!

The Armpit of California

It was back in 2003 and 2004. My buddy and I were hanging out every weekend doing fun stuff. But, seeing the best parts of town, the best malls, eating the best food, and having the best times was getting old. We wanted to try something different. I wrote another blog about how we visited the armpit of Nevada — Battle Mountain. It was just a boring town. There was nothing wrong with it. In my opinion, the whole state of Nevada is an armpit. It is dry, lifeless, people don’t look that healthy, it is immoral, and has no redeeming features except for world-class buffets in Vegas! But, California has a much better armpit! The Salton Sea.

I’m reminded of this trip I took almost ten years ago, because I drove from Yuma to Los Angeles recently. I took what I thought was the most efficient route which passed by the Salton Sea. The lady at the hotel warned me that the trip was at least 4.5 hours under the best conditions. Even with a quick stop for gas and a quick snack at Starbucks and no traffic, I clocked out at almost 5 hours. She was correct!

The Southeast corner of California is the least appealing part of the state. It has not much in the means of a restaurant scene once you leave the Palm Springs area. There is not much culture. It is just desert farming, sand dunes, a few small tribal reservations that don’t have good museums, poverty, and a lot of drug use. The Salton Sea is centrally located in the Southeastern corner of the state. It smells horrible as it is the destination for farm pesticide runoff. It was never a fresh water lake to begin with, but with the pollution, it smells atrocious. The smell of sulfur or rotting eggs permeates the air around this lake.

On our way to the lake, we stopped at a small store. There was a girl who looked like a heroin addict who was dangling her arm out the window. She yelled out to her friend in another car and said, “I love everyone!” I guess it doesn’t matter if you are a drug addict, just as long as you are happy, right? We drove around the lake and found Bombay Beach. Don’t get your hopes up, there is no good Indian food here. But, you can get a cheap place to park your RV for a few months while you relax by the beach.

The lure of this area is that it is the only affordable part of California. You can buy a house for dirt cheap around there. Unfortunately, low prices also attract drug addicts and bad feng-shui!

There are local tribes in that general area as well. They suffer from horrible poverty like many other tribes. There are very few ways to make a living out there. Many do babysitting and sell used clothing to try to get by — I heard. The only big industry out there is farming close to the border, and that is typically monopolized by Mexican immigrants who are highly skilled and hard working. It is hard to compete with them for the type of jobs they are good at!

In any case, we enjoyed our tour of California’s most unattractive region. We decided not to go back there. On another trip we went to the Southern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, went hiking, and almost got lost after sunset. It is a miracle we got out alive!