GeneralPsychology, Sexology (Human Sexuality), Orgone Energy, Orgastic Potency,
In the 1930s, Wilhelm Reich, M.D. - an Austrian psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and scientist — discovered a powerful, new biological energy, and for the next two decades devoted his life to the investigation of its laws and properties. Reich confirmed the existence of this energy in the human body, verified its presence in the atmosphere, developed instrumentation to observe and collect it, and harnessed it for a variety of purposes from cancer treatment to motor power to weather experimentation. Reich called his discovery "orgone energy." But, sadly, it was a discovery that the world was not ready for.
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"Love, work, and knowledge are the wellsprings of our lives, they should also govern it." - Wilhelm Reich
"The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life." - Wilhelm Reich
"Freedom of speech and press are usually and unconsciously being misinterpreted in the sense that irrationalism should have the same freedom of expression as rationalism, and that the lie should have the same freedom of speech as the truth. This misconception of freedom has led the European world [of c.1940] into the disaster because the present human character structure is more afraid of the truth than of the lie, and more inclined to irrational than to rational reactions. If real peace and democracy should have a chance of growth, I believe, a thorough distinction between rational and irrational, truthful and deceitful human action and expression should be made, and that freedom of speech should not be granted to fascist lie and irrationalism, wherever and by whomever it is expressed." - Wilhelm Reich, "Red Thread of a Conspiracy" 1948; letter to R. Baldwin of the American Civil Liberties Union, 26 July 1948
"...full sexual consciousness and a natural regulation of sexual life mean the end of mystical feelings of any kind, that, in other words, natural sexuality is the deadly enemy of mystical religion. The church, by making the fight over sexuality the center of its dogmas and of its influence over the masses, confirms this concept." - Wilhelm Reich
"The emotional plague is not an expression of conscious ill will or designed brutality. The structural character of the plague made its effects the more dangerous. Emotional plague is a character trait like cleanliness or deligence or truthfulness. It is biopathic behavior lived out on the social scene in interhuman relationships." - Wilhelm Reich
"The energy source of the emotional plague reactions is basically sexual frustration combined with a keen aggressiveness." - Wilhelm Reich
"Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness." - Wilhelm Reich
"Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena." - Wilhelm Reich
"The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary." - Wilhelm Reich
"Every muscular contraction contains the history and meaning of its origin." - Wilhelm Reich
"Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation." - Wilhelm Reich
"Rooting in work is crucial to any accomplishment. Rooting in mere enthusiasm will in the long run force illusory measures to keep the fires of empty enthusiasm going. And this makes politics and politicians." - Wilhelm Reich, April 19, 1951
"Unless we proceed cautiously, there might well arise a few generations of mystics who conceive of the orgone metaphysically, divorced from non-living nature and who do not comprehend it from the standpoint of natural science. And it seems to me that we have more than enough mysticism as it is." - Wilhelm Reich, end of Orgonotic Pulsation
MusicReich's life and work continue to influence popular culture, with references to orgone and cloudbusting found in songs by Clutch, Hawkwind, Pop Will Eat Itself, Turbonegro and Patti Smith ("Birdland" on "Horses").
Kate Bush's song "Cloudbusting" and video (directed by Julian Doyle, conceived by Terry Gilliam and Kate Bush) describe Reich's arrest and incarceration through the eyes of Reich's son, Peter, who wrote his father's story in A Book of Dreams, published in 1973.
Quotes from Wilhelm Reich adorn the liner notes to Generic, an album by the San Francisco punk group Flipper.
MoviesThe Policeman Inside Our Heads:WILHELM REICH AND "SEXPOL" (THE COMMUNIST YEARS):"Cloudbusting" Operation in Maine, 1953:
The philosopher and science fiction author Robert Anton Wilson wrote a play, Wilhelm Reich in Hell, based on his life. A film about Reich's teachings called W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism was made in 1971 by Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev.
TelevisionKill your television, read a book!
..BOOKS BY W. REICH..:
American Odyssey:Letters and Journals 1940-1947
Beyond Psychology: Letters and Journals 1934-1939
First American Edition. Letters and journals 1934-1939. A document of his scientific interests following his expulsion from the International Psychoanalytic Assoc.
The Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety
Translated from the German by Marion Faber, with Derek and Inge Jordan; edited by Mary Higgins and Chester M. Raphael, M. D.; "composed of three studies from 1934-1938 that follow in a logical sequence which reflects the various stages of progress made in the development of orgone biophysics"; HB, 161pp.
The Bion Experiments: On the Origins of Life
Function of the Orgasm (Discovery of the Orgone, Vol.1)
First English edition: Translated from the German manuscript by Theodore P[eter] Wolfe (1902-1954). The Discovery of the Orgone Volume 1. NY: Orgone Institute Press, 1942. 1st Edition. [ii]+xxvi+368pp. Printed pale green cloth. The Function of the Orgasm: by Reich, Wilhelm. Publisher: London, Panther Date Published: 1968. Reprint 1970. This is not a translation of Reich's Die Funktion des Orgasmus, published in 1927). Tracing the twenty year development of Reich's concept of "sex-economy," from psychoanalysis to orgone biophysics, this book was translated from the German manuscript by Theodore P. Wolfe. Reich's groundbreaking discoveries in psychology, including his discovery of "orgone," a primal energy found in the Universe and which may be accessed through the psyche, especially through the proper psychological use of and connection with the sexual function.
The Cancer Biopathy (Discovery of the Orgone, Vol.2)
Character-Analysis: Principles and Technique for Psychoanalysts in Practice and in Training
New York, Orgone Institute Press, Second Edition 1945. xxii + 328 pp. Third Enlarged Edition = 1949.
Translation of "Charakteranalyse" (1933) and of "Psychischer Kontakt und vegetative Strömung", to which have been added two articles in the Third Edition: "The Expressive Language of the Living in Orgone Therapy" and "The Schizophrenic Split". xxvi+516+pp
Children of the Future: On the Prevention of Sexual Pathology
With a Preface by William Steig. NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1983. First printing. Gathering of Reich's writings on children (1926-1952), Reich demonstrates the impact of the environment on infant and child development from the perspective of his knowledge of biological energy functions.
Contact With Space: Oranur Second Report
Very scarce. Later issue without limitation number. Sold by Reich for $100 in 1957 in order to raise money for his legal "defense ". [Article]
Cosmic Superimposition: Man's Orgonotic Roots in Nature
EARLY WRITINGS, VOLUME ONE New York: Farrar, 1975.
The twelve papers in this publication date from 1920 to 1925, and are principally concerned with human sexuality. The titles are: Libidinal Conflicts and Delusions in Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt;' A Case of Pubertal Breaching of the Incest Taboo; Coition and the Sexes; Drive and Libido Concepts from Forel to Jung; Concerning Specific Forms of Masturbation; Two Narcissistic Types; Concerning the Energy of Drives; On Genitality: From the Standpoint of Psychoanalytic Prognosis and Therapy; Psychogenic Tic as a Masturbation Equivilent; Further Remarks on the Therapeutic Significance of Genital Libido; A Hysterical Psychosis in Statu Nascendi; and The Impulsive Character: A Psychoanalytic Study of Ego Pathology. 332 pages; plus xvii pages Foreword (by Mary Boyd Higgens), and Contents.
Ether, God and Devil
With five chapters newly translated by Therese Pol. 'In this book, the author describes the process of functional thinking and reveals how the inner logic of this objective thought technique led him to the discovery of cosmic orgone energy.' Chapter headings include: The Workshop of Orgonomic Functionalism; The Two Basic Pillars of Human Thought: "God" and "Ether"; Animism, Mysticism, and Mechanistics.
Genitality in the Theory and Therapy of Neuroses
Edited by Mary Higgins & Chester M. Raphael. Early Writings [of Wilhelm Reich] Volume 2. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, . 1st Edition in English. [xii]+225+pp. Blue cloth. Translation of the 1927 "Funktion des Orgasmus" with Reich's revisions from 1937-1945. The editors changed the title to differentiate the text from the 1942 "Function of the Orgasm," which has a completely different text.
The Invasion of Compulsory Sex-Morality
Reich attempts to explain historically the problem of sexual disturbances and neuroses. '..Reich sets out to analyse and explain, from the historical viewpoint, the problem of mass human neurosis. He argues in this book that the root of mass neurosis lies in sexual repression, which in turn lies in patriachal society. Translation of: Einbruch Der Sexualmoral: Zur Geschichte Der Sexuellen Ökonomie
Listen, Little Man!
Mass Psychology of Fascism
Reich's important interpretation of authoritarian character. Ideology as Material Power; Authoritarian Family Ideology and the Mass Psychology of Fascism; The Race Theory; Symbolism of the Swastika; Sex-Economic Basis of the Authoritarian Family; Organized Mysticism: The International Antisexual Organization; Sex-Economy in the Fight Against Mysticism; Some Problems of Sex-Political Practice; the Masses and the State; Work Democracy. Reich speaks of "three different layers of biophyschic sructure;" the outer layer being restrained, polite, compassionate and conscientious, the inner layer--under favorable conditions--honest, industrious, cooperative , loving, and also "rationally" hating. The problem comes in the middle layer, which he equates with the Freudian unconscious--cruel, sadistic, lascivious, predatory and envious. He sees liberalism as representing the outer layer, all genuine revolutionary art and science as stemming from the deep layer, and fascism as representing the middle layer.
The Murder of Christ: Emotional Plague of Mankind
An exploration of the meaning of Christ's death and responsibility of mankind for this murder through the ages. 1953.
The Oranur Experiment
The Orgone Energy Accumulator, Its Scientific and Medical Use
Printed pictorial white wrappers with front cover color photograph of orgone energy luminating in a pressure vacuum tube. This booklet is a legendary rarity, which was the FDA's raison d'etre for arresting Reich and burning his books. Reprint by CORPS, London. 1972 (without the photographs).
Passion of Youth: An Autobiography, 1897-1922
People in Trouble: Emotional Plague of Mankind, Vol.1)
Record of a Friendship: The Correspondence of Wilhelm Reich and A.S. Neill (1936-1957)
Reich Speaks of Freud
Edited by Mary Higgins & Chester M. Raphael. Pelican, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth 1975. "Reich discusses frankly his professional and personal relationship with Freud..."
Selected Writings: An Introduction to Orgonomy
The book that began the Reich revival.The classic introduction to thought and art of one of the century's most innovative, and controversial figures.
The Sexual Revolution: Toward a Self-Governing Character Structure
Translation by Theodore P[eter] Wolfe of "Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf", 1936. Vertaald in het Nederlands als: De seksuele revolutie. De Bezige Bij. Amsterdam. 1974.
The Einstein Affair, 1953
..OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST..:
"Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child-Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence, In the Deserts of the Old World" by James DeMeo
HeroesSigmund Freud, Mother
Wilhelm Reich (March 24, 1897–November 3, 1957) was an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
Reich was a respected analyst for much of his life, focusing on character structure, rather than on individual neurotic symptoms. He promoted adolescent sexuality, the availability of contraceptives and abortion, and the importance of economic independence to women's psychological health. His biographer Myron Sharaf writes that Reich's work left a deep impression on influential thinkers such as Alexander Lowen, Fritz Perls, Paul Goodman, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and William Burroughs.
He was also a controversial figure, particularly in later life, who came to be viewed by the psychoanalytic establishment as having "gone astray" or succumbed to mental illness.
Reich is best known for his studies on the link between human sexuality and emotions; the importance of what he called "orgastic potency"; and for what he said was the discovery of a form of energy that permeated the atmosphere and all living matter, which he called "orgone." He built boxes called "orgone accumulators," which patients could sit inside, and which were intended to harness the energy for what he believed were its health benefits. It was this work, in particular, that cemented the rift between Reich and the psychiatric establishment.
Reich was living in Germany when Adolf Hitler came to power. Labeled a "communist Jew" by the Nazis, he fled to Scandinavia before taking refuge in the United States in 1939.
In 1947, following a series of critical articles about orgone in The New Republic and Harper's, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into his claims, and, in 1954, won an injunction prohibiting the interstate sale of orgone accumulators. Two years later, Reich was charged with contempt of court for violating the injunction. He insisted on conducting his own defense, which included sending copies of all of his books to the judge. In June 1956, he was sentenced to two years in Federal prison; that August several tons of his publications were burned by agents of the FDA. He died of heart failure in prison just over a year later, days before he was due to apply for parole.
Reich joined the Austrian Army after school, serving from 1915-18, for the last two years as a lieutenant.
In 1918, when the war ended, he entered the medical school at the University of Vienna. As an undergraduate, he was drawn to the work of Sigmund Freud; the men first met in 1919 when Reich visited Freud to obtain literature for a seminar on sexology. Freud left a strong impression on Reich. Freud allowed him to start seeing analytic patients as early as late 1919 or early 1920. Reich was accepted as a guest member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association in the summer of 1920, and became a regular member in October 1920, at the age of 23.
He was allowed to complete his six-year medical degree in four years because he was a war veteran, and received his M.D. in July 1922.
He worked in internal medicine at University Hospital, Vienna, and studied neuropsychiatry from 1922-24 at the Neurological and Psychiatric Clinic under Professor Wagner-Jauregg, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1927.
In 1922, he set up private practice as a psychoanalyst, and became first clinical assistant, and later vice-director, at Freud's Psychoanalytic Polyclinic. He joined the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute in Vienna in 1924, and conducted research into the social causes of neurosis. It was at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association that Reich met Annie Pink, a fellow analyst-in-training. They married, and had their first daughter, Eva, in 1924 and a second daughter in 1928. The couple separated in 1933, leaving the children with the mother.
For those who don't know, Reich was one of Freud's inner circle - some say he was being groomed to take over leadership of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) - but he was ultimately centrifuged out of that organization for his social reform and anti-Nazi work. Historians have since documented the general capitulation of German psychoanalysis to the Nazis, but not so Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian-Ukranian of Jewish background. Freud's early work strongly suggested emotions and sexuality were expressions of a tangible energetic "something", but it was Reich who provided the clearest evidence that the Freudian libido was a real energy, discharged during emotional expression and sexual orgasm. Parental or social punishments against the youthful expression of emotion, or of sexual love, led to internalized repression -- but this was accomplished only by literally tightening one's muscles, binding the energy down within the body and creating a powerful conflict of internal bioenergetic tension. If repression became chronic, the consequent chronic internal tension formed a neuro-muscular armoring (much like the metal armor of a Medieval knight) by which the individual protectively walled themself off from an outer world of painful experiences. Reich developed therapeutic methods to help people give up their emotional armor; but he also approached the problem from the social and political side of things, working to pass laws against child abuse, to give women equal rights and pay, and to make divorce and contraceptives more freely available. For this, he was severely attacked by the Nazis, who were in fact very extremist "moral majoritarians".
"The discovery of orgone energy was made through consistent, thorough study of energy functions, first in the realm of the psyche, and later in the realm of biological functioning." - Wilhelm Reich, Ether, God and Devil
Reich developed a theory that the ability to feel sexual love depended on a physical ability to make love with what he called "orgastic potency." He attempted to "measure" the male orgasm, noting that four distinct phases occurred physiologically: first, the psychosexual build-up or tension; second. the tumescence of the penis, with an accompanying "charge," which Reich measured electrically; third, an electrical discharge at the moment of orgasm, and fourth, the relaxation of the penis. He believed the force that he measured was a distinct type of energy present in all life forms and later called it "orgone."
Reich’s orgasm theory set him apart from his colleagues, because it indicated that the libido was a real physical energy that possibly might be measured quantitatively. Reich’s clinical work also led him to develop new therapeutic techniques to eliminate the patient’s character and muscular armor and allow for the flow and discharge of this bio-energy to achieve what he called "orgastic potency," the capacity for total discharge of sexual excitation in the genital embrace.
But the widespread existence of sexual misery forced Reich to conclude that the solution to the problem of neuroses wasn’t treatment, it was prevention. "You have to revamp your whole way of thinking," Reich said, "so that you don’t think from the standpoint of the state and the culture, but from the standpoint of what people need and what they suffer from. Then you arrange your social institutions accordingly." (Reich Speaks of Freud)
Freud, on the other hand, maintained that culture takes precedence, that sexual instincts must be adapted to the existing social structure. These conflicting positions would lead to an eventual break between Reich and Freud.
Reich was a prolific writer for psychoanalytic journals in Europe, and his book Character Analysis brought forth a small revolution in the practice of psychoanalysis itself, and is still used today as a textbook for analytically oriented classes in medical schools. Originally psychoanalysis was focused on the treatment of neurotic symptoms. Character Analysis was a major step in the development of what today would be called ego psychology. In Reich's view a person's entire character (or personality), not only individual symptoms, could be looked at and treated as a neurotic phenomenon. The book also introduced Reich's theory of "body armoring." He argued that unreleased psychosexual energy could produce actual physical blocks within muscles and organs, and that these act as a "body armor," preventing the release of the energy. An orgasm was one way to break through the armor. These ideas developed into a general theory of the importance of a healthy sex life to overall well-being, a theory compatible with Freud's views.
Reich agreed with Freud that sexual development was the origin of mental disorder. They both believed that most psychological states were dictated by unconscious processes; that infant sexuality develops early but is repressed, and that this has important consequences for mental health. At that time a Marxist, Reich argued that the source of sexual repression was bourgeois morality and the socio-economic structures that produced it. As sexual repression was the cause of the neuroses, the best cure would be to have an active, guilt-free sex life. He argued that such a liberation could come about only through a morality not imposed by a repressive economic structure. In 1928, he joined the Austrian Communist Party and founded the Socialist Association for Sexual Counselling and Research, which organized counselling centers for workers—in contrast to Freud, who was perceived as treating only the bourgeoisie.
Reich employed an unusual therapeutic method. He used touch to accompany the talking cure, taking an active role in sessions, feeling his patients' chests to check their breathing, repositioning their bodies, and sometimes requiring them to remove their clothes, so that men were treated wearing shorts and women in bra and panties. These methods caused a split between Reich and the rest of the psychoanalytic community.
In 1930, he moved his practice to Berlin and joined the Communist Party of Germany. His best-known book, The Sexual Revolution, was published at this time in Vienna. Advocating free contraceptives and abortion on demand, he again set up clinics in working-class areas and taught sex education, but became too outspoken even for the communists, and eventually, after his book The Mass Psychology of Fascism was published, he was expelled from the party in 1933.
In this book Reich categorized fascism as a symptom of sexual repression. The book was banned by the Nazis when they came to power. He realized he was in danger and hurriedly left Germany disguised as a tourist on a ski trip to Austria. Reich was expelled from the International Psychological Association in 1934 for political militancy. He spent some years in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, before leaving for the United States in 1939.
By the mid-1930s, Reich had been kicked out of the IPA, his books attacked and burned by the Nazis and German Communist Party. He fled to Denmark, and later to Scandinavia; while there, he undertook some of the first bioelectrical experiments on the subject of human sexuality and emotional expression. Reich's bioelectrical experiments proved that human emotion, sexual excitation and orgastic discharge were measurable phenomena. It was a breakthrough discovery in the field of human sexuality and psychology -- but the first of a series of discoveries that would increasingly put him at odds with the prevailing academic/scientific status quo of his time, and of the present time as well. Science of the 1930s was intolerant of open discussion of "orgasm", and Reich's books uncompromisingly focused upon such issues: The Function of the Orgasm, The Sexual Revolution, People in Trouble, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism are classics hardly mention even today.
Reich's later microscopical experiments with ameba would produce other breakthroughs in the biological sciences, in the discovery of the specific process of bionous decay of tissues, which lay at the basis of cancer cell formation. Reich's findings on cancer are directly observable, and not just some speculative theory - his observations on pre-cancerous cellular processes significantly predated those of George Papanicolaou (of "Pap-test" fame), and Reich believed his scientific priority had in fact been stolen. Unlike conventional medicine, Reich's discovery also revealed the role of emotional-sexual energy in the psychosomatic process. What at first appeared to be only "bioelectricity" was later clarified by Reich as a much more powerful bioenergetic force - a form of life-energy at work within living organisms, expressing itself as emotion and sexuality, but also directly observable in the microscope as a bluish-glowing field around living blood cells and other substances. This bluish-glowing energy, which he eventually called orgone energy (to preserve its relationship with living processes), was later observed as a blue-glowing aura-like phenomenon around organisms, trees and even mountain ranges. The blue orgone also exists in a free form within the atmosphere - Reich wrote about an "envelope" of blue-glowing energy surrounding the Earth long before the first satellite photos confirmed it.
Reich designed a "cloudbuster," which he said could manipulate streams of orgone energy to produce rain.
During the course of Reich's investigations, he developed a special metal-lined enclosure which attracted a high charge of orgone energy inside itself, directly from the atmosphere: the orgone energy accumulator . The orgone accumulator was proven to charge seeds and increase garden plant growth, speed the healing of burns and cuts, and there are a number of physical experiments which demonstrate anomalous phenomena inside the accumulator. Reich observed that certain kinds of low-energy illness, such as cancer, would symptomatically yield to careful application of the orgone accumulator. After he moved to the USA, he treated people experimentally with his combined emotional/orgone-energetic approach. Within a few years, however, he was attacked by US Food and Drug Administration, which was at that time (1955) in an all-out "war" against natural healing methods (the repression of natural healing methods has always been a major agenda of the FDA). The FDA obtained a court injunction which ordered the banning and burning of Reich's books -- any book containing the forbidden word "orgone" was ordered destroyed, even his classics on human sexuality which only mentioned orgone energy in the preface! The FDA factually burned Reich's books and journals on several occasions (most recently in 1962), while Reich was given a 2-year jail sentence for a misdemeanor technicality, dying in prison in 1957. The FDA's attack against Reich constituted a fraud upon the courts and the American people, and the Reich legal case continues to overshadow the better-known Scopes Monkey Trial in constitutional significance, in that an American court authorized the burning of scholarly books and the jailing of scientists for maintaining unorthodox viewpoints.
In addition, there are several books available on these subjects: The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, and James DeMeo's Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child-Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence In the Deserts of the Old World.
Who I'd like to meet:Those in touch with their universal life energy.
"I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages. However, the basic task of natural science consisted of making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge." - Wilhelm Reich, Archives of the Orgone Institute
Over the last decade there has been a slow and steady growth of misinformation and distortion about Wilhelm Reich's work, found on the websites of people promoting things such as the Montauk Project or "Trance Channeling" the dead Reich from the grave, to milder mixtures of his ideas with mystical religious ideas. Perhaps the most bizarre and widespread distortions are found in the promotional materials for people selling products such as "chembusters", "holy hand grenades", "orgonite", "orgone generators", "orgone converters", "orgone zappers", "orgone pyramids" and a host of similar things. Notably, they all claim (without evidence) to have made great "advancements", going "beyond Reich", in a manner which makes a mockery of Reich's original solid and authentic natural-scientific findings. There are "orgone crystal power accumulators" (bearing no resemblance whatsoever to Reich's original orgone accumulator), "orgone pendants" and "pendant-beamers" (again, no connections to Reich), "orgone manifestors", "orgone chalice transmuters", "tachyon orgone Reiki massage throw blankets", "therapeutic orgone wealth prosperity and money pillows" and "radionics rife orgone tesla HHG zappers", all sold with Reich's name and terms stuck to them like so much glitter sprinkled on glue. Virtually nothing in their materials or construction resembles Wilhelm Reich's original or authentic descriptions of orgone energy-accumulating structures.
Upon digging deeper, on their websites and e-groups one finds the people hawking this stuff also making allusions to demons in other dimensions, to large government conspiracies such as "chemtrails", and from there to "shape-shifting reptilian space aliens" who have "substituted themselves into key government and UN positions", "taking over the bodies of well-known politicians", with other references to "ascended masters" and such. The devices sold are in fact used for "self defense" against the same demons and space-aliens. The "HHG" term means, for example, "Holy Hand Grenade", and supposedly acts like a regular hand-grenade bomb in some nether-worldly dimension inhabited by demons -- putting one of these on your desk is said to drive away the demons." Some advocates of this madness are refugees from the old mystic Saint Germain "I AM" cult, out of Mt. Shasta, while others more generally espouse "magik" terms which even a dedicated alchemist would be embarrassed to associate with. Reich's name, and his term "orgone", "cloudbuster" and similar terms as developed with specific meanings and used in authentic natural-scientific research are included in their on-line discussions and products they sell, sometimes quite openly to "Obtain Money! Power! Sex! and Magik!", as if there were some direct and honest relationship to Reich, which there most certainly is not. Some actually abuse his findings in ways which may have more direct and potentially deadly consequences, as I've outlined here:
Taken together, the individuals promoting these distortions drag Reich's good name and work down into a dirty mystical swamp, and little recognizable remains of his authentic research findings, on orgone energy or otherwise. For those struggling to get a clear picture of Reich's findings, these efforts have the result of dramatically muddying of the waters. It is a toss-up to know which is more damaging to Reich's name and work -- the outrageous falsifiers of the CSICOP "professional skeptic" variety, who engage in deliberate distortions as a means to ridicule the man and his work (see for example my article here: http://www.orgonelab.org/gardner.htm), or the "madhouse" internet distorters, whose embrace of Reich provides an equally hideous misportrayal.
At some point in the future, I may write up a more complete disclosure, providing names and websites of the worst offenders, but a simple internet or eBay search on the terms "Wilhelm Reich" or "orgone" will turn up quite a few of them, usually at the "top listings" and also on quite a few of the internet "adwords" advertisements hawking their stuff. A Google search of "orgone" turns up a half-million webpages, with perhaps only 1 out of 100 providing authentic information. Ebay in particular is littered with products abusing the term "orgone", and which have no relationship whatsoever to Reich's discoveries. In a recent survey I made at the time of this writing, eBay was selling 236 items with "orgone" in the title (or 375 in the title and descriptions) -- out of this number a total of Three (3), or around 1%, used the word with accuracy, roughly paralleling the situation on the larger internet search engines.
As a help, the OBRL website includes a special Resource Guide which provides the names and weblinks of most authentic Reich/Orgonomy institutes and organizations, and the very few manufacturers of orgone-related devices which are authentic. Certainly there may be some others we have missed who are not included, but it is a reasonably comprehensive and useful guide for the beginner to consult: http://www.orgonelab.org/resources.htm
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