Wilhelm Reich And Orgone Energy
Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst. Author of several influential books, most notably Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism and The Sexual Revolution. Reich became known as one of the most radical practitioners of psychiatry.
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), is a physical phenomenon similar to the older ideas of ‘vital force’ and ‘cosmic ether’ combined.
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. He called his device 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.
Reich’s experiments in these directions led to even more controversy. He developed new methods for ending drought and greening deserts which led to the development of his cloudbuster, and new approaches to the problem of nuclear waste detoxification. The cloudbuster was a device with rows of 15-foot aluminum pipes mounted on a mobile platform, connected to cables that were inserted into water. He believed that it could unblock orgone energy in the atmosphere and cause rain.