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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Wilhelm Reich and energy

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was an Austrian psychoanalyst best known for his analysis of vital energy. Mystic Benjamin Creme said,


"The reality of this etheric energy, of what he called 'orgone energy', was demonstrated palpably by Wilhelm Reich in various simple experiments. Nevertheless, he was arrested because he used instruments which he called the 'orgone accumulator', boxes which accumulated the etheric energy of some levels..." (Interview with Benjamin Creme with Share International, 2002)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Reich.




"I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages. However, the basic task of natural science consisted of making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge." (Quoted in The New American Medicine in the Journal of The Mindshift Institute)


"The discovery of orgone energy was made through consistent, thorough study of energy functions, first in the realm of the psyche, and later in the realm of biological functioning." (Ether, God and Devil, 1949)


"Psychic health depends on orgastic potency, i.e. upon the degree to which one can surrender to and experience the climax of excitation in the natural selection act... Psychic illnesses are the disturbances in the natural capacity for love." (The Function of the Orgasm, 1927)




"Rooting in work is crucial to any accomplishment. Rooting in mere enthusiasm will in the long run force illusory measures to keep the fires of empty enthusiasm going. And this makes politics and politicians." (Writings, 1951)




"Work democracy is the natural process of love, work and knowledge which has always governed economy and the social and cultural life of man and always will, as long as there is a human society." (The Psychology of Fascism, 11th edition, 1946)


Great man


"You are different from the really great man in only one thing: the great man, at one time, also was a very little man, but he developed one important ability: he learned to see where he was small in his thinking, and actions... the great man, then knows when and in what he is a little man." (Listen, Little Man! 1948)


Modern man


"The character structure of modern man, who reproduces a six-thousand-year-old patriarchal authoritarian culture is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against the social misery that surrounds him. This characterological armoring of the character is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility, mystic longing, sexual misery, and neurotically impotent rebelliousness." (The Function of the Orgasm, 1927)


"In the course of thousands of years of mechanical development, the mechanistic concept, from generation to generation, has anchored itself deeply in man's biological system. In so doing, it actually has altered human functioning in the sense of the machine-like. In the process of killing his genital function, man has become biologically rigid." (The Psychology of Fascism, 11th edition, 1946)