Temple Days Lives up to its Name, Promise

 The Highland-facing edifice of Temple Day's new digs, Wanderlust in Hollywood

The Highland-facing edifice of Temple Day's new digs, Wanderlust in Hollywood

"Find your true north" is the motto, nay mantra, of Wanderlust, the wellness center that played host to Lightening in a Bottle's "12 hour urban activation and sacred party," Temple Days. Everything about this event seemed to flow from that phrase, from the relentlessly vertical layout of the building itself, to the unwavering focus of the scheduled speakers, classes and seminars on self knowledge and self actualization.

Nearly as charming as the seminars and performances (see right-hand column), was the combination of place, people, and purpose on display in the hallways and common spaces of Wanderlust (see below).

 The afternoon of Temple Days, Wanderlust was anything but silent, as Angelenos bumped past each other in the hallways seeking wellness.

The afternoon of Temple Days, Wanderlust was anything but silent, as Angelenos bumped past each other in the hallways seeking wellness.

 Food was less a focus at Wanderlust than last year at the Springs, but the outdoor dining area was a nice quiet area to escape the bustling interior spaces.

Food was less a focus at Wanderlust than last year at the Springs, but the outdoor dining area was a nice quiet area to escape the bustling interior spaces.

There was more to buy at Temple Days 2016. The whole environment seemed more geared toward commercialism and marketing than did at The Springs last year. I browsed the gift shop and found a coffee table book by the venue's founders Wanderlust, and gave it a thorough flip-through. I can't recommend it enough. It's beautiful, and the activities contained within appear productive.

 Where food was less a presence for 2016, retail was more prominent.

Where food was less a presence for 2016, retail was more prominent.

 Art was on display throughout the facility, with cards containing contact information, or in this case directions.

Art was on display throughout the facility, with cards containing contact information, or in this case directions.

 Finding the promised price list in the airiest gallery I've ever seen, where the artists are as artful as the art itself.

Finding the promised price list in the airiest gallery I've ever seen, where the artists are as artful as the art itself.

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 Mark Morford leads a 1st floor packed with Yogi's to Absolution.

Mark Morford leads a 1st floor packed with Yogi's to Absolution.

 In the darkened quiet corners, body workers administer hands-on absolution of their own.

In the darkened quiet corners, body workers administer hands-on absolution of their own.

 Bashar shares their knowledge gained during the never-ending life of an interdimensional collective consciousness.

Bashar shares their knowledge gained during the never-ending life of an interdimensional collective consciousness.

This year as last, Eva Clay's workshop provided a good foundation for which to leave the event with a heart-forward orientation. But for me, her and Robert Kandell's Love and Sex Games was not the standout. This year, Bashar's appearance from beyond the 3rd and 4th dimensions we're all so accustomed to was the real head-scratcher of the day.

As Darryl Anka gave his pre-channeling spiel, I was, unsurprisingly given my typical regard for the fantastic claims of new age philosophers, mostly thinking about whether and how high to roll my eyes, but as Bashar began dispensing truly sage advice and a truly resonant metaphysical vision, I began to wonder, "What does it matter?" In the end who's hurt if Anka is a fraud? Certainly we all participate given that distinct possibility, and as long as we all take something valuable from that participation, what is the functional difference between a character and an interdimensional being?