Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wilhelm Reich is a controversial figure amongst many circles, both “mainstream” and “alternative” alike. His is the story of a man who placed himself in the service of truth first and foremost, rather than social expediency or prestige, at every step of his career. And, like many pioneers in the field of science—especially those that go against the grain—his story, experiments, and findings are almost never cited for discussion. Instead, rumors and disinformation are shared with the public, presumably by those who want to keep his work secret, in an attempt to downplay the importance of what he discovered.
While it is impossible for me to encapsulate Reich’s work and story within a paragraph or two, we can say this much: he was, in the early days of his career, a protégé of Freud.
He investigated Freud’s notion of “libido” as a foundation to the human personality and managed to empirically verify that this “libido” is not only physically real, but it is indeed a distinct form of energy unto itself that permeates the cosmos.
This energy he referred to as “orgone” energy, for its orgastic, “pulsating” character, and its life-positive effects. Through his work he developed techniques to “greenhouse” or stockpile this energy (the most famous method being via an “orgone accumulator”) and used it to heal erratic weather systems. In addition to this, he developed a comprehensive psychological practice based on his findings and based around the goal of restoring sexual health to his patients.
Again, I wish I could say more, but to adequately cover his work would take a lot of writing to accomplish, and I only want to prime you for the video below. But after personally reviewing his writings, I can say that Reich may be one of the most misunderstood people in history—especially regarding his findings on spirituality.
In 2017, even in the alternative media, I continue to see his work misrepresented and maligned by people who claim to be “on the side of truth,” yet seem not to consult Reich’s work directly when criticizing him.
One example of anti-Wilhelm Reich slander says that he taught “promiscuity” as a way healing one’s psyche—and yet, this could not be further from the truth.
Instead, Reich advocated genuine love between people. Not all orgasms were created equal, and Reich’s work focused on healing the patient’s capacity for a fully satisfying orgasm—not helping patients become better seducers, promoting sexual deviancy—or whatever it is that people accuse Reich of promoting….