We truly are living in the future people.
As a Taurus, I am very resistant to any change especially when it involves technology, but after hearing about this trending app with claims to have some sort of brain/technology connection — I dove right in.
Randonautica, a Gen-Z and TikTok craze, is an app that is designed to take you out of the "matrix." It's supposed to take you out of your everyday life of seeing and experiencing the same thing and send you a new adventure of your own creation.
The app...is confusing for a non-math or science brain like myself, and involves quantum points, physics, energies and other big words that I throw around willy-nilly. It's supposed to be a brain-to-technology connection that allows you to "explore" the world around you. You download the app, share your location, set an "intention" and follow the app to the randomly generated coordinates it sets up for you.
The theory is that, as the phone searches for random coordinates and you simultaneously set your "intention" on what you want to see or experience, there is some sort of connection between the phone and your imagination that brings you to a random location where you'll experience your intended intent. Sounds easy enough right?
If you’re ready to head down a serious rabbit hole (you'll truly lose hours of your life on this subject), you’ll have to check out the Reddit thread on this — stories of people downloading the app and choosing words like "nostalgia" and being led to their mother's childhood home, or "mystery" and being led to your cat's missing collar — all at the "random" point that was generated for you.
There is a whole world of #Randonauts on TikTok and in fact, if you're ready to get really freaked out about the authenticity of this app, remember the suitcase of body parts that washed up on Alki Beach about a month ago? That suitcase was found by a group of teenagers on a Randonauting mission. It's not clear what the teens "intended" to find but either way, the app randomly led them to a grisly crime scene.
You can see why this piqued my interest in the app, right? Is it really possible that these teens were led to a crime scene by choosing one word or idea, squeezing their eyes and sending their intention into the phone? Can you really be led somewhere with such a coincidence that it doesn’t seem coincidental at all?
So, I joined the #Raundonaut squad.
It was my mom's birthday over the weekend and we wanted to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather, so we decided to Randonaut. We tried four different manifestations/intentions (all positive, because the world is scary enough right now), whispering or mouthing them to each other to make sure big brother couldn't hear what we were looking for — in case the app was listening.
I grabbed my car keys, opened the app, filled out the questions of whether I was looking for an energetic "void," "anomaly" or "attractor," which I'm going to tell you right now — I still have no idea what these means - shut my eyes and thought of "joy."
Not but three seconds later, Randonautica gave me my first destination, a block behind my house. I thought that was odd, being so close, but I also know how beautiful the street behind my house is. We thought it might just send us to a really nice front yard to ogle at. After manifesting "joy" you know where this app took us to? A freaking community pantry. Kind of like a little free library but a tiny box that had canned goods and other snacks for people to grab if they are hungry — you may remember we've written about them before.
The next word we intended was "delicious." This time we had to drive about nine minutes and it sent us to an actual home address, which was I was a little uncomfortable about. The first thing we noticed was a woman walking in front of the house with a bag of what looked like a box of Chinese takeout. We also noticed in the front yard there was a long Safeway receipt with tons of food items on it, an empty takeout box sitting underneath a parked car and the house was for rent. Not like that’s very delicious, but we thought it was interesting that the exact address it took us to was a rental.
Next, we decided to manifest a color. We chose "purple." It led us to Beach Drive, one of our favorite walks in West Seattle that my mom actually wanted to take our bikes down to later that day for her birthday so she was all, "Hey! We manifested the location that I wanted to go to anyway!" We parked and walked about ten minutes to the beginning of Lincoln Park, but noticed that Randonautica generated two points within Lincoln Park. We wondered why that was but then my mom admitted she had been thinking "orange" while I was thinking "purple" so a generation of two points? Coincidence or not?
After walking down Beach Drive towards Lincoln Park we saw a few orange and purple things but when we reached the coordinates there was a long stretch of very beautiful purple flowers, and a purple scooter sitting right on the shoreline. We decided to skip the second point because it was all uphill and ya girl is OUT OF SHAPE.
The next word we manifested was "religion" and here’s where, I believe, little synchronicities kind of popped up along the way. While driving from our "purple" adventure to our "religion" adventure, an elderly woman was crossing the street wearing a light purple t-shirt. She didn’t look at our car but when we drove by she looked and waved at us to acknowledge that we had slowed down for her. Then, we saw two gentlemen walking down the sidewalk, grabbing these huge purple flowers off of a bush, and smelling them. Then we see a church. Then we see another church, and a bumper sticker that says "Jesus Loves All."
At this point, I think it could be a few things — a placebo effect, that we’re looking for any synchronicity and fitting anything to our personal biases. Kind of like reading a horoscope (which pains me to admit because I love astrology) or confirmation bias.
OR, another theory — that this app actually works. That artificial intelligence has truly become an extension of our brains and our smartphones have turned us into a cyborg of some sort, and that we can actually be led somewhere, with intent, to see or "manifest" what we want. And that maybe it isn’t really about the destination after all and that the journey is where the synchronicity lies.
So what happened at the final point of our intended word of "religion?" Well — we didn’t see it. The point was inside an apartment complex parking lot that we didn’t feel comfortable driving into, it's not our property after all. I stopped my car at the entrance into the apartment complex and saw this car with a lot of bumper stickers — a lot of them having spiritual or religious connotations.
Maybe that experience was the manifestation of religion in some weird, metaphorical, way. Humans truly don’t know what’s on the other side — is it pearly gates, is it aliens?! Religion is kind of like sitting on the edge of an apartment complex parking lot with several bumper stickers flashing messages at you — a signal of some sort of virtue, but nobody really knows what’s on the other side. Will we find what we’re looking for? Would it be what we expected?
I digress. Our overall takeaway from the app was that it was honestly just fun. It was something different, a treasure hunt of sorts with a mix of magical, mystical and unexpected.