Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian scientist who spent his life investigating human emotions and energy functions, his work centring around an unknown form of energy which Reich postulated existed in all living matter and permeated the cosmos.
Nearly all Reich’s publications have been reprinted, apart from his research journals which are available as photocopies from the Wilhelm Reich Museum. “Wilhelm Reich in Hell” (Robert Anton Wilson) is an interesting collection of thoughts and ideas regarding the “truth” about Orgone energy, the man behind the ideas and his ultimate downfall. Wilhelm Reich, MD, died at the age of 60 after serving eight months of a two-year prison sentence.
Reich supplied Einstein with a small accumulator during their second meeting, and Einstein performed the experiment in his basement, which involved taking the temperature atop, inside, and near the device.
Orgone, named after the sexual orgasm, is, according to Reich, a cosmic energy. Orgone becomes the universal explainer, not only of life but of inorganic matter and the entire universe. When Reich was studying “bions”, he also observed that red blood cells, when not fixed and stained, also disintegrate into bions much like grass does in water. ” He built boxes called “orgone accumulators,” which patients could sit inside, and which were intended to harness the energy for what he believed was its health benefits.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into his claims and won an injunction against the interstate sale of orgone accumulators. He also designed a “cloudbuster,” which he said could manipulate streams of orgone energy to produce rain. Reich said orgone was the “primordial cosmic energy”, blue in colour, which he claimed was omnipresent and responsible for such things as weather, the colour of the sky, gravity, the formation of galaxies, and the biological expressions of emotion and sexuality.
He conducted clinical tests of the orgone accumulator on people suffering from a variety of illnesses. Devices are the orgone accumulator, the orgone shooter, the orgone blanket, the orgone generator, orgonite, orgone radionics, the cloudbuster, the orgone booster, noble gases, the chi machine, and the orgone wand.
There is some use of orgone accumulator therapy by psychotherapists in Europe, particularly in Germany. In therapy, instead of digging into the deep meaning of the information people present, he would notice how they breathed, held their shoulders, etc. His first step in therapy –to get patient to breathe easily and deeply. In this regard, emotional therapy is additionally helpful, if not always essential, to aid in releasing the spastic muscles and inhibitions that led to the chronic holding, to begin with. He was a pioneer of body psychotherapy and several emotions-based psychotherapies, influencing Fritz Perls’ Gestalt therapy and Arthur Janov’s primal therapy.
Wilhelm Reich in the trash bin of medical science, he might eventually prove to be the most inventive and far-sighted physician-scientist of the twentieth century. Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy are for anyone fascinated by nature, from the general public to physicians and psychiatrists to other scientific and mental health professionals. It was from his own life experience and his understanding of the nature of existence that Wilhelm Reich studied the science behind sexual attraction and the human orgasm.
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