Wilhelm Reich

Orgone energy is cosmic life energy, the fundamental creative force long known to people in touch with nature, and speculated about by natural scientists, but now physically objectified and demonstrated.

The orgone was discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Reich, who identified many of its basic properties. For instance, the orgone energy charges and radiates from all living and nonliving substance. It also can readily penetrate all forms of matter, though with varying rates of speed. All materials affect the orgone energy, by attracting and absorbing it, or by repelling or reflecting it. The orgone can be seen, felt, measured and photographed. It is a real, physical energy, and not just some metaphorical, hypothetical force.

The orgone also exists in a free form in the atmosphere, and in the vacuum of space.

The orgone charge within a given environment, or within a given substance, will vary with time, usually in a cyclical manner.

It (orgone energy) is a ubiquitous medium, a cosmic ocean of dynamic, moving energy, which interconnects the whole physical universe; all living creatures, weather systems, and planets respond to its pulsations and movements.

The orgone is related to, but quite different from other forms of energy.

The orgone is also the medium through which electromagnetic disturbances are transmitted, mush in the manner of the older concept of cosmic ether (or aether) though it is not itself electromagnetic in nature.

Still, the mass-free orgone energy is not any one of these physico-mechanical factors, or even the sum of them. The properties of the orgone energy derive more from life itself, much in the manner of the older concept of a vital force, or elan vital; unlike those older concepts, however, the orgone also has been found to exist in a mass-free form, in the atmosphere and in space. It is primary, primordial cosmic life energy, while all other forms of energy are secondary in nature. The scientist detects the orgone energy as ether or plasma-energy, describing it mechanically as something dead, while the ordinary person feels the life-energy as love…

In the living world, orgone energy functions underlie major life processes; pulsations, streaming, and charge of the biological orgone determines the movements, actions, and behavior of protoplasm and tissues, as well as the strength of “bioelectrical” phenomena. Emotion is the ebb and flow, the charge and discharge of the orgone within the membrane of an organism, just as weather is the ebb and flow, the charge and discharge of the orgone in the atmosphere. Both organism and weather respond to the prevailing character and state of the life energy. Orgone energy functions appear across the whole of creation, in microbes, animals, storm-clouds, hurricanes, and galaxies.  \orgone energy not only charges and animates the natural world, much like a cosmic protoplasm; we are immersed in a sea of it, much as a fish is immersed in water.More, it is the medium which communicates emotion and perception, through which we are connected to the cosmos, and made kin to all that is living.

The free, uninhibited expression of emotion, and natural sexual excitation and gratification during orgasm were identified by Reich as expressions of unimpeded energetic movement in the body.

Reich’s early observations regarding human behavior, emotions, the orgasm, and vegetative streaming sensations strongly suggested a real, tangible nature to the emotional ebergy. He later used sensitive millivoltmeters to confirm this point of view, and to quantify bioelectrical energy currents, and their emotional correlates.

Pleasure, he observed, was identified by an increasing bioelectrical charge at the skin surface, while anxiety was accompanied by a loss of this same peripheral bioelectrical charge.

Reich noted that the ameba had no “nervous system”, “brain”, as with the higher animal, yet it expended towards or contracted away from its environment in a manner similar to the higher animals. He believed that many of the functions attributed to the brain were really functions of whole-body processes, involving the participation of the autonomic nervous system, but primarily being the result of the energetic forces he had documented in a clinical and laboratory setting. These currents of biological energy, he argued, functioned the same in all living creatures, and he sought to test the idea by making millivoltmeters measurements of ameba during states of expansion and contraction.

Reich made the moss and grass infusions, but also made careful microscopic observation of the process whereby ameba developed. He did not see spores on the grass blades, swelling up to become new ameba. Instead, he observed that the moss and grass itself would disintegrate and break down into blue-green vesicles. The tiny vesicles would, over a period of several days, develop and clump together, after which a new membrane would form around the clump; the clump of vesicles would roll and pulsate inside the membrane for a period, and eventually the whole thing would move away on its own, having turned into a new ameba. Moreover, Reich observed that a number of materials, both organic and inorganic, would, when allowed to disintegrate and swell in a sterile nutrient solution, form the tiny blue-green vesicles.

Reich gave a new name to the unusual microscopic vesicle he had discovered: the bion… The bions exhibited a bluish coloration, and radiant energy effects were otherwise observed. It was during these microscopic observations of the bions that Reich first discovered the orgone radiation, and later, the principle of the orgone energy accumulator.

His findings on the bions also resolved two parallel riddles, the origins of protozoa from disintegrated dead plant tissue in the natural environment, and the origins of  protozoan cancer cells from the energetically (emotionally) deadened tissues of the human body. Reich observed similar processes at work in both dead grass and deadened animal tissue: disintegration into bions, followed by a spontaneous reorganization of bions into protozoan forms. In both cases, of soil or tissues, Reich argued that the process was initiated by a loss of life energy charge of the tissues, followed by putrefaction and disintegration.

One special bion preparation, made from pulverized beach sand heated to incandescence and immersed into a sterile nutrient broth, yielded a powerful radiant energy phenomena.

Reich also noted that the air in rooms containing the special bion cultures would feel “heavy” or charged. When observed at night, in full darkness, the air would visibly scintillate and glow with a pulsating energy.

Reich eventually became convinced that the special enclosures were capturing a free atmospheric form of the same energy that he also observed coming from living organisms. He called the newly discovered energy the orgone, and he developed ways to amplify the energy accumulating effects of the enclosure, mainly through multiple layering of the metallic and organic materials. No electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, or nuclear radiations were employed in these accumulating structures, which were entirely passive in design. The special enclosures were thereafter called orgone energy accumulators

Reich and his co-workers published a host of research articles on the orgone energy accumulator, its unusual physical properties, and its life-positive biomedical effects. These effects have been repeatedly confirmed, and a research tradition in orgone biophysics continues to this day.

Properties of the Orgone Energy: A) Ubiquitous, fills all space. B) Mass-free; cosmic, primordial in nature. C) Penetrates all matter, but at different rates of speed. D) Spontaneously pulsates, expands and contracts, and flows with a spinning wave. E) Directly observable and measureable. F) Negatively entropic. G) Strong mutual affinity and attraction to/by water. H) Accumulated naturally by living organisms through foods, water, breath, and through the skin. I) Mutual excitation and attraction of separate orgone energy streams, or of separate systems charged with orgone (cosmic superimposition). J) Excitability via secondary energies (nuclear, electromagnetism, electrical sparking, friction) to the point of glowing lumination.

From: The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, by Wilhelm Reich & James De Meo

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