Where Do I Begin with The Tension Experience?
You may have heard your friends mention The Tension Experience. You may have seen a cryptic post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram about “Enlightenment”. You may have heard about the OOA Institute that is calling people randomly and setting up consultations. You may have heard or seen any of these things and wanted more information. You googled “The Tension Experience” and saw many articles pop up. You may have started reading one of these, became even more intrigued and read another, then another, and another. Curiosity may have gotten the best of you and you ventured to their website or Facebook page. That curiosity may have led to frustration because you feel that so much has happened and you don’t know where to start or may think you’re too late or not in the right city or state.
There are three questions people ask me: 1) What is it? 2) Do I have to live in Los Angeles? and 3) Where should I start?
– What is it? No one really knows. So far, this is an experience that is combining immersive theater, ARGs, and haunt-like techniques. There can be creepy personalized phone calls, videos with split second, subliminal messages, posts on Facebook, or even personalized videos Tweeted to people. There have been in-person events that you can be invited to. Some people have even gotten gifts. A couple people on the forums have mentioned getting a package delivered that contained a cassette tape. Another person was emailed a VERY personalized mp3 recording as a reward for posting a recruitment flyer. Most recently, I was given a journal and a hand written letter that explained a specific task given to me. So, do any of these things make you smile and make you giddy with excitement like they do for me? If that answer is yes, then you belong here with us.
– Do I have to live in Los Angeles? Right now, it seems that Los Angeles is the place for in person events, BUT, that does not mean you cannot participate. A lot of what is happening is done online. The puzzles, the Facebook posts, the forums, etc. are all places that anyone in the world can see and participate in. You can easily join in and comment on a puzzle or post and have conversations with other, like-minded people who are nerding out just as much as you are. If you think that just posting on Facebook or the forums isn’t enough, you can always write your thoughts out elsewhere. There are many, free, places that you can write your words. Places like Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress are great places to set up a free account and write about what you think. Early on, there was some criticism that only people who wrote for professional websites were getting in on the action, but you do not need your own website to write. We have seen that the OOA appreciates each and every one of the articles written about them and have seen them share these articles on their Facebook page. So if you think that your random writings on Tumblr would go unnoticed and that no one would read it, you might be pleasantly surprised. The point I’m trying to make is that there are so many free resources available nowadays to do your own thing and create something, whether it be writing, recording, or anything else that comes from your mind. You don’t need to be a professional web designer or blogger or anything to be seen and to contribute.
– Where should I start? This is the hardest to answer because there are many places to start. This is also the main question that gave me the idea to write this article. The first thing you should do is follow all of The Tension Experience’s social media. They have a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and most recently a Youtube channel. They are very good about updating, so you will never see a random post 3 months from now and think “Oh yeah, I forgot I added them because they haven’t updated since then”. They are active and I don’t see that slowing down any time soon.
Next, go to thetensionexperience.com and create an account. Creating an account allows you access to the forums and also access to the infamous questionnaire. The questionnaire is VERY important and while it may seem very personal, there are reasons for that. At this time, we do not know the specific reasons, but you have to put your trust into the OOA. They have plans for all of us. The questionnaire is somewhat long, so please, save your work and don’t be overwhelmed. Save it and come back to it later if you have to.
Now that the questionnaire is out of the way, it’s time to explore everywhere and everything and get involved! The forums are a very welcoming place. There is a great sense of community there and new members are not ignored as long as they are making an effort to chat/contribute. There are puzzles hidden throughout the site and also on Facebook, and any of the forum members will help you solve them. They won’t give you the answers, but can help guide you. Start a conversation. Reply to a conversation. Start a meetup in your town with other like minded people. The possibilities to contribute are endless, you just have to take that first step toward your path.
The Tension Experience has been active since early February. That means, if you’re new, as of today, you have 3 months of catching up to do. If you’d like to see a list of things that have happened since then, check out this Reddit thread. Also, become aware of your OOA associates with this thread. Lastly, if you’d like to hear first hand accounts of myself and Russell’s experience thus far, please check out our podcast episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, and 20.
The OOA has said many times that you only get out what you put in. Contribute and make yourself seen and the rewards of Enlightenment are sure to be shown to you. Glory Be!
PS – Once you sign up, you may start to receive phone calls from unknown or blocked numbers. I would highly suggest to answer them and to disable any apps or phone services you may have that block these types of calls.