Wilhelm Reich

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Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm Reich was born in 1897 in the Austrian province of Galicia. He served in World War I( Between 1914 and 1918) and rose to the rank of lieutenant. After being granted leave from the army to further his education, he enrolled in the Vienna School of Law. Soon realising that law was not his cup of tea, he converted to medical school. Due to an extreme lack of funds, he managed to survive by coaching other students and lived on a diet of oatmeal and dry fruit for two years. Despite this, he still managed to pass his exams in physics, chemistry, and biology with honors and graduated in 1922.

He became a student of Sigmund Freud and was accepted into Freud's Viennese Psychoanalytic society. Near the end of 1922 Freud asked Reich to be his clinical assistant for his psychoanalytic clinic. Later on, Reich became a member of the Austrian Socialist Party, but after moving to Berlin in 1930 he joined the Communists. However, his views and theories on matters such as birth control and sex education conflicted with those of orthodox Marxism, and Reich was expelled from the Communist party in 1933. His theories also concerned the Freudians, who expelled him from membership in 1934. Reich's 1933 publication of The Mass Psychology of Fascism categorised the fascists as sexually-repressed neurotics. His book was banned by the Nazis when they came to power. This is when Reich realised that he was in an extremely dangerous situation and he hurriedly left Germany and spent a couple of years in Norway, before his eventual arrival in the USA in 1939.

It was in America that he continued his investigation of energy functions in human emotions. This led to his discovery of an unknown energy which exists in all living matter and in the cosmos. He called this energy "orgone." Reich characterized orgone as a type of primordial cosmic energy, blue in colour, which is omnipresent and believed to be responsible for such things as:

  • weather,
  • the color of the sky,
  • gravity,
  • the formation of galaxies,
  • Reich also speculated that this energy might be used for propulsion of UFOs.
He came to the conclusion that illness was primarily due to depletion or imbalance in the orgone energy of the body. Reich devised devices known as orgone accumulators, which he claimed could concentrate and store orgone energy. Published descriptions of orgone accumulators depict a box made of alternating layers of metal and non-metallic material, with the metal on the interior. The outer, non metallic layer attracted orgone energy, and the metal inner layer trapped it and reflected it within the box: multiple layers amplified the effect.

At roughly this point in time Reich claimed the existence of a second form of energy, oranur or DOR (for "deadly orgone radiation"). DOR seems to be the opposite of orgone.

Reich designed orgone "guns" called cloudbusters to suck DOR from the sky. It has been claimed that they can be used to manipulate the weather and to create rainstorms in a process called weather engineering. According to some accounts, the Russian Government has adopted the technology as well as some Private individuals.

In 1954, the Federal Food and Drug Administration sought an Injunction which ordered Reich's literature to be banned and destroyed. As a result, several tons of Reich's published books and journals were burned, in one of the most gross acts of censorship in U.S. history. Reich asserted to the Court that "Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word FREEDOM should ever be more than an empty political slogan." The Court rejected this defense and Reich was convicted of contempt of court and imprisoned in Lewisburg Penitentiary where he died on November 3, 1957. There is much speculation whether he died of natural causes or was the victim of foul play.

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Post Date: 4th Feb, 2005 - 7:10pm / Post ID: #

Wilhelm Reich
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Reich Wilhelm

As mentioned at the bottom of the last post, many works of his were destroyed, but I found out that there is actually a museum, called the Orgone Energy Conservatory, open to the public in Rangeley, Maine to learn more about his life and work. As explained, in the 1930s Reich discovered a physical, biological energy in all living matter that he called "orgone," and for the next two decades devoted his life to the investigation of its laws and properties. Orgonon preserves and presents the natural and scientific environment in which Reich researched orgone energy functions in living matter and in the atmosphere. Here is a description of what to expect when visiting the museum:

"Orgonon was the home, laboratory and research center of Wilhelm Reich, M.D., a pioneering psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and scientist. Visitors to the Orgone Energy Observatory are introduced to Reich's life and work with a half-hour documentary video, exhibits, Reich's inventions and scientific apparatus, his library and study, and personal memorabilia including his paintings and sculpture. The Observatory is located on a hundred and sixty acres of land covered with a young pine forest, fields, a lake in front, mountains on the horizon, and offers a system of woodland nature trails and two rental cottages. Annual summer conferences are held in the conference building on various aspects of Reich's work and their significance for current social, medical, and scientific issues."


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