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Reich was a controversial scientist who discovered orgone
energy and developed the science of Orgonomy. He was born
in 1897 and died in 1957. His scientific work spans the period from
the 1920's through the 1950's.
Reich should be likened to many individuals who were ridiculed
during their life for their search for truth. It may take years
for the knowledge discovered by him to be accepted as it was for
Galileo to have the world understand that everything did not revolve
around the Earth in space. Orgonomy is the scientific study of orgone
energy in organisms, the earth, and the atmosphere as well as outer
space. It is best described as a pre-atomic energy. Its natural
flow is vital to a healthy individual as well as life on earth.
Reich and Orgone Energy
A Freudian analyst born in Austria in 1897 Wilhelm Reich was trying
to prove the energetic reality of the "Libido" which Sigmund
Freud had coined. Reich worked on his own version of biophysics
for many years but by 1933 he had to leave Germany as Hitler's Nazi
regime and the threat to his own well-being increased. Eventually
after moving to Oslo he moved to the United States in 1939.
Using a high quality microscope for its time Reich observed that
under high magnification it could be observed that luminous blue/green
globules are released by decaying food. He described these as some
form of biological ether. He likened these globules to Bions which
were named and researched by H. Charlton Bastian (1837-1915), a
contemporary of Louis Pasteur.
Reich, pleased with the rediscovery of bions found that a side
effect of observing occurred. His eyes started to burn and caused
a form of Conjunctivitis along with tanning of the skin. He tried
numerous methods to shield, protect and contain the bions and by
1940 Reich had constructed his first 'accumulator'. This consisted
of a six-sided box which was then insulated alternately with organic
and inorganic substances (glass wool, steel wool, upson board and
galvanised sheet iron). Reich claimed that the particles he could
see in the microscope were actually an unidentified energy or radiation
form which in turn caused the conjunctivitis and tanning. Reich
named this energy 'Orgone' energy.
Amongst his findings Reich found that unlike most energy forms
where potentials flow from higher-to-lower, with Orgone it was the
reverse. He argued that the greatest concentrations of Orgone was
to be found in water. Eventually, Reich built accumulators big enough
to sit in and it was claimed to have noticeable healing results
in the cure of mental disorders and cancer. These became known as
'Orgone accumalators' and were later advertised and sold to the
public. This is when the USA goverment started to investigate Reich's
claims believing the claims that were made about its ability to
cure the ill were unfounded.
During 1941, Reich met with Albert Einstein. They talked for five
hours and corresopended for a number of years thereafter.
In 1948 Reich founded the 'Orgone Institute' at Rangeley, Maine,
USA. It was here that the experiments with orgone energy and electromagnetism
were carried out and discussed in the 1951 publication, 'The Oranur
Experiment' (first report 1947-1951).
experiments were being carried out, it is reputed that menacing
clouds formed above the institute, lab workers and visitors became
sick and it was said that the general area felt oppressive, with
an impending sense of doom. Even trees and shrubs were reported
to have blackened and died. It was then that Reich maintained that
he had started to produce what he called 'DOR'. (Deadly Orgone Radiation).
'OR' (Orgone Radiation) was believed by Reich to be a life giving
process, DOR was the reverse which is why people fell ill and plants
died. Reich then decided that he needed to clear the air of DOR
by producing OR to cancel out the effects.
It was at this point Reich invented what would be known as a 'Cloud
Buster'. This was a series of aluminium pipes/tubes of different
lengths which sat on a revolving platform. From the tubes came an
earthing cable which led to water. When pointed at the sky, it is
claimed that clouds could be dispersed or formed.
Many of Reich's published materials were burned by the United States
F.D.A. that were named in an Injunction against Reich by default.
This was done on two ocassions between 1957-1960 by the FDA in NYC.
(It is for this reason that the interest into Reich's work has for
many people a lot of unanswered questions!)
Reich died in jail of a heart attack while serving a criminal contempt
of court charge for disobeying the above mentioned injuction. He
was known to have had heart trouble. He died on Nov 3, 1957.
Response : thank you to Peter.
Dear Natural Earth,
It is good to see some friendly information about Wilhelm Reich
and the bions on anyone's website but alas, it needs to be accurate
and much of yours is not! Bastian did not discover or name the bions,
(though I think he was in fact working with them without recognising
them in many of his experiments). Reich was definitely the first
to name them as bions (see The Bion Experiments on the Origin of
Life, page 52). You are right to make the connection though. Reich
knew of Bastian's work and cites it in the booklist at the end of
The Bion Experiments.
Bastian's name for what he saw was plastides or plastide particles
and I gave a
paper on these and their apparent identity with the bions with a
microscope demonstration at the 2005 conference at OBRL on new orgonomic
can send you the text of this, if you are interested.
I think Bastian has been treated abominably by history. He has
been written out
of it and is now almost unknown, so it's great to see an honourable
him. Even by the end of his life he was treated as an obstinate,
nuisance. He wa a great pioneer and tolerated frightful treatment
brickbats with dignity, pushing on with his work till the day he
died. A better
fate than Reich's, I suppose, though at least Reich's books are
available and he
is known still.
Best wishes, Peter Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
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