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First Enquiry Ever from an Organic Farmer!
For our many foreign visitors, there is a saying in UK English, (I don't know whether they have the same saying in American English), there's a first time for everything, and it seems to have been proved true, yet again. C O R E has had an enquiry and a warm, friendly message from an organic farmer, our first ever such enquiry. And where does this gentleman work and do his farming? The sunny south-west of the UK? In the rich arable areas of the UK Midlands? No, he works in Mexico. He managed to find C O R E while searching for information on orgonomy and organic farming. He is already using some orgonomic devices and plans to experiment with orgone-treated seeds for his coffee crop. Thank you, Jared, for your interest. How ironic that this enquiry comes just when we are waiting for a response from the Soil Association to the feeler we put out to them last week. So far, still no reply from the person to whom our initial contact handed on our information. (28. 5. 13.)
Contact with the Soil Assocation
Well... I was told that my booklets had been handed on to the research specialist at the SA, but it turns out that he hasn't had them and knows nothing about them. The mistake has been rectified and I now have to wait again for a few days to give this busy person time to read them, C O R E's two booklets on the seed-germination experiment with the orgone accumulator and the general one on organic farming and orgonomy. (20. 6. 13.)
My contact in the SA has acknowledged receipt of these two booklets and has handed them on to the appropriate person in their organisation. (22. 5. 13.) Still no response by May 29th.
Well...the ball is in their court now. I posted copies of two of C O R E's booklets to the SA yesterday, first class post, so they now have in their possession A Seed-Germination Experiment with the Orgone Accumulator and Orgonomy and Organic Farming - Why organic food-producers and gardeners should know about the science of the life-energy. If the SA shows some interest in what orgonomy has to tell them and invites me to tell their members about the use of the accumulator in agriculure, it will be major advance for orgonomy in this country, not to mention a great help to the organic farming community in their efforts to save the earth and our animals from the ravages of industrial farming. (21. 5. 13.)
Further to the paragraphs below I am happy to report that this time someone from the SA has responded to my attempt to make contact with them. I had an e-mail at the end of last week, inviting me to get in touch. I have duly done that this morning, (Monday, May 20th) and explained to the person in question about the orgone accumulator and the basic orgonomic science behind it. We both had this web-page open in front of us and I guided him down to the pictures of the germinating bean-shoots and the small experimental accumulator. He agreed that this should interest organic growers. I also told him about the experiment carried out in Italy and reported on by our colleague Roberto Maglione at our 2007 conference where a farmer conducted an experiment on a commercial scale, sowing one area with untreated seeds and an another with seeds that had been kept in an accumulator for some period prior to sowing. There was a statistically significant positive difference bwtween the yield from the orgone-treated harvest in comparison to the non-treated harvest. Yes, not many people know that, do they? And we would never guess that such an experiment has been conducted from a reading of all the abuse and lies about the accumulator that we have recently seen in the UK press. (For example two recent references in the Guardian to the 'fraudulent device' and the 'ludicrous, once fashionable orgone boxes'.)
The difficulty with trying to appeal to bodies such as the SA in this way, (and individuals, too), is that we inevitably bump into people who almost certainly have not heard of orgonomy or Wilhelm Reich, (understandable in the present climate), and who therefore look him/it up on line. They come across all the confusing garbage that is available on line, not to mention the downright hostile, and conclude that orgonomy is a load of rubbish. C O R E's application for charitable status, some years ago, suffered this fate. Will the SA be any more open-minded? Will they ask C O R E for further information or a demonstration? Or will they rely on the on-line mixture of mystical clap-trap and slanderous lies to form their opinion of orgonomy? Here's hoping for the best, though all previous experience suggests that at best we will get a polite brush-off. I shall keep you informed. (20. 5. 13.)
More from/about the Soil Association
Well, blow me! Exactly the same thing has happened again. Another fund-raiser, on behalf of the Soil Association, rang me yesterday to ask if I could give them more support, ie, increase my subscription. Yet again, I explained my frustration with the SA, saying I might give them a bit more support if they gave C O R E some support, and explained about my efforts to make contact with them and their complete lack of interest. This lady sounded a bit more direct and was anyway interested in what I was telling her on her own account. She wrote our URL down, promised to hand it on to the SA and said she would look our organic farming page up. Will the SA respond? Don't expect too much, This is the UK, isn't it? (8. 5. 13.) Amazing news! At last someone from the SA has responded, sent me all his contact info and invited me to get in touch. This was on Friday, too late for me to ring back, so it will have to wait until Monday now. Watch this space! (17. 5. 13.)
A very pleasant lady from the Soil Association rang me up tonight asking if I was a UK tax-payer. For our many foreign visitors, I need to explain - in the UK if you pay income-tax and donate money to a charity, the charity can claim the tax you have paid on this money back from the government. So, in these hard times when the funds available to many charities are severely reduced, they ring round their members, asking you to donate money or if they can activate this income-tax reclaim option in your name. This lady seemed quite approachable and I told her how I was not very pleased with the Soil Association for their lack of interest in orgonomy, which seems to me to be of great importance to the organic movement. I gave her the link to this page and asked her if there was anyone responsible for making links with organisations whose field overlaps with that of the Soil Association. If there is, could she please be kind enough to hand on the link to them? So... watch this space. Will we get a response from the Soil Assocaition? I am not too hopeful, but... let's give them a chance. And in case you are only going to read this first paragraph, I had better explain the point: orgonomy provides scientific evidence for the 'living principle' that organic growers presumes is at work in nature, especially in soil and plants, and for which they get roundly abused by mainstream science and agriculture and accused of peddling unscientific 'muck and mystery.' Combine this knowledge gleaned from experiments with the orgone accumulator and seed-germination experiments with our well-established knowledge of bion production from SEER Centre rock-dust and we have some serious and highly significant foundations for collaborative research with the organic community. (4. 2. 13.) PS (15. 2. 13.) Alas, it was too much to hope for, wasn't it? No response to this little feeler that I put out towards the SA. For God's sake, Peter, wake up! This is the UK and everyone knows that orgonomy is illegal in that country, don't they? (Further PS 11. 4. 13. Five weeks ago I sent a complimentary copy of Artificers of Fraud to the librarian at Schumacher College, in Devon, possibly the best-known green organisation in the UK, which runs degree courses, amongst others, on organic farming and related subjects. No reply, not even a polite thank you!)
Blog-style comment added January 17th, 2013.
Wow, thinks I! An e-mail from an organic farmer. We're getting somewhere at last. On the very day that I get another e-mail from an organic farmer friend in Italy, telling me how many of his British volunteers and those working on a friend's farm are interested in orgonomy. Well, you could have fooled me! In my experience organic people do not give orgonomy a second look, even when, at my prodding, an orgonomic event gets a mention in the Soil Association's magazine, LivingSoil, not even when I send all local organic growers a circular, written specially for organic growers, and offer them cheap-rate admission to an important orgonomic conference with an orgonomic contribution from an organically farming professor of soil science! It does not seem to occur to organic people that there is a connection between the human psyche and what we are doing to the planet.
But no, I've received it, I think, because I am a member of the Soil Association, (though I often wonder why I bother).
C O R E's booklets relevant to this page
I have now posted the complete text of C O R E's booklet A Seed-Germination Experiment with the Orgone Accumulator below at the bottom of this web-page. Copying a text like this to a web-site page does funny things to it and the format may not be too easy to read. I will edit it as best I can. Please excuse any minor problems of presentation. (There is now also a page on the accumulator, how to use one, and how to build one.)
There is an important connection between orgonomy and organic growing. Unfortunately organic growers, either commercial or amateur, are very unlikely to see this connection, as most of them do not seem to be interested in the scientific study and application of the 'life principle', which they assume plays an important part in organic growth and the vitality of the soil. Life principle is the phrase used by Eve Balfour in her classic on organic growing, The Living Soil, recently reprinted by the Soil Association and first published in 1943.
I am a member of the Soil Association and so have access to their membership lists. When C O R E's 2007 anniversay conference was being arranged I wrote a leaflet specially for organic growers and sent a copy to all the members in the local counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, and Cumbria. If I remember correctly there were 50-60 members on the list. I informed them about a conference contribution that would be of special relevance to them, a talk by a professor of soil science at a top US university. The leaflet also included an outline of orgonomy and the seed-germination experiment and explained the relevance of orgonomy to soil science and organic growing. We received not a single reply to this invitation to attend for a day on favourable terms with a generous discount. We did not even get any phone enquiries. So... if you are reading this, please tell your organic colleagues and friends about it. Orgonomy and organic farming are two communities that should be collaborating. Orgonomy can provide solid scientific evidence for the 'life principle' that organic growers assume exists and which conventional chemical farmers and scientists dismiss as mystical fantasy, as 'all muck and mystery'.
What is the crucial connection between orgonomy and organic farming then? It is quite simple. Orgonomic knowledge provides scientific evidence for the existence and effects of a life principle hitherto claimed to exist by organic growers. This claim is simply an assertion, a loose belief which all organic growers accept, but which can be easily ridiculed and dismissed by orthodox science and agriculture for lack of evidence. This living principle is of course our old friend, the orgone. There is a great deal of hard evidence for the existence of the orgone and its effects. (The fact that conventional scientists reject this evidence without even looking at it is irrelevant. It does not invalidate it in the least.)
The Seed-Germination Experiment with an Orgone Accumulator
This photo of bean sprouts that have germinated in an orgone accumulator and untreated control seeds was taken at the Carunchio Easter 2012 seminar in Italy. Thanks to Nadia for preparing these two samples. See the paragraph below for details of this classic orgonomic experiment.
The pictures above show a small experimental accumulator suitable for seed-germination experiments. The six panels rest on each other with no securing devices and it can be dismantled and moved in seconds. It was built from the scrap materials left over after the construction of a full-size 'sit-in' accumulator. The internal space is a little less than a cubic foot, approximately 25 x 25 x 25cm. It is not the one used for the bean sprouts pictured above. This accumulator is part of C O R E's extensive collection of equipment in Preston.
If you have already seen the page on Scientifically Repeatable Demonstrations of the Effects of the Orgone, you will know of the seed-germination experiment. In this simple experiment we sow two batches of identical seeds in trays, one an experimental batch and the other a control batch. We treat them both identically except that the experimental batch is placed in a small orgone accumulator for a few hours around mid-day and early afternoon, when the atmospheric orgone energy is at its most expanded. By the time the seeds have germinated, grown into seedlings, and produced two or three leaves, there is a recognisable difference between the two batches, the experimental seedlings showing more advanced growth, more leaf development, and a greater total weight than the controls. This experiment has been repeated many, many times by different researchers in different countries and climates using different seeds. The results are always significant and impressive. If you wish to follow up the reports of these experiments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. As far as I know, no-one has ever tried to adapt this experiment to commercial growing conditions, but it may well be possible to do so. At C O R E we would be glad to hear from growers who are interested in developing this possibility.
The Bions and Soil Fertility
This needs some explanation, as very few people in this country know about the bions, let alone anyone in the organic community. The bion experiments on the origin of life were first conducted by Wilhelm Reich in Norway before World War II. They were part of his investigations into the biological functions of expansion and contraction. He had observed this occurring in patients in his new body-orientated form of psycho-therapy, then called vegeto-therapy, (later orgone therapy), and wanted to find out if these functions were basic biological processes observable at all levels of nature. He started the observation of amoebae and their origin in grass under water. He was the first scientist to observe and describe the process of bionous disintegration, by which grass under water breaks down into microscopical, highly-charged energy vesicles. He named these bions. He also discovered that almost any material, even inanimmate ground minerals that had been previously heated to red-heat, produced these motile forms when added to water or a nutrient solution. The bions originating in grass formed clumps within a membrane which in some cases developed into independent organisms. Bions from minerals also formed motile clumps. (For more information on these experiments and how to repeat them, please go to our Bion Experiments page.) You can see video clips of rock-dust bions on our YouTube video on Robert Brown and Wilhelm Reich, (http://youtu.be/8dLMvzpdsYo) and also in another video filmed down our new Brunel SP150 microscope last year. (http://youtu.be/Epi1-qMj9JU)
(Added May 6th, 2013.) Site visitors interested in following up this lead to the bion experiments can now read much more detailed information of the history of their discovery by Reich and Robert Brown in 1828 and also how to do the experiments themselves in ArtificersofFraud, now available direct from C O R E or from bookshops. 1828? Yes, Robert Brown first described the bions in a famous paper on ActiveMolecules (the full text is in the book). His discovery was covered up in the most bizarre way and has remained hidden to this day. Artificers tells this long-buried story. For purchase details, please go to Artificers'own page.
Many organic activists will know of the rock-dust sold by SEER (www.seercentre.org.uk) to revitalise exhausted soil. This is of volcanic origin and is mainly basalt, according to their information. At C O R E we have found that this rock-dust, when ground finely in a mortar and pestle and passed thorough a fine sieve, and then added to boiled water produces a prodigiously vital bion growth with vast quantities of extremely motile and long-lasting bions. This finding raises the obvious question, obvious to those of us involved in orgonomic research, - is the vitalising effect of this rock-dust caused by the massive bion growth that it must produce in the soil as soon as it gets rained on? A bion is a highly charged orgone energy vesicle and so large numbers of bions in a soil will mean that seeds are germinating and roots are developing in a highly orgonotic (orgone-charged) environment. To observe the bions you need a biological microscope with high magnification. We have several such microscopes at C O R E and will be happy to demonstrate the bion experiment using rock-dust to anyone interested. Please go to contact C O R E and visiting C O R E.
C O R E plans a simple experiment to see if seeds germinating in a bion-rich environment produce stronger and/or larger seedlings than those without such an influence. We will report on it on this page. Watch this space.
If you can put two and two together you must appreciate now that this is a huge field for future research and collaboration between organic researchers, organic growers, and orgonomists. To realise the full potential of this work C O R E needs an area to plant crops, perhaps items as large as apple trees as well as obvious horticultural plants such as potatoes, tomatoes, and the common food crops grown in the UK. At the moment we do not even have space for a few window-pots, let alone apple trees and tomato plants, so our work is stymied completely by lack of resources and space. If a few organic growers came forward who were interested enough in this work to do the growing side of the research, we could make some progress. Please contact C O R E, if you are interested in collaborating.
This is especially urgent at the moment as the protagonists of mechanistic agribusiness invent ever more horrible methods to squeeze yet more food out of our long-suffering animals, not to mention the soil. Also the use of the Life Energy Meter can demonstrate scientifically at last that there is a measurable difference between organically grown and industrially grown food. C O R E has made repeated efforts to get the organic farming community interested in orgonomy without success. They are surely one group who 'ought to be interested' in orgonomy, as new enquirers often tell me. Why hasn't C O R E contacted them? Well, we have, and elicited no response. The organic community, like the rest of the broad public, does not want to know orgonomy. Funny that. I wonder why...? Can it be that organic agriculture in the UK is already perfect and needs no help from any other sources? Err...? (That's enough question marks, Ed.)
This booklet is an introduction for farmers, gardeners, and horticulturalists to a little-known area of alternative science, orgonomy and plant growth. The experiment outlined here is straightforward and can be done by any motivated and careful amateur. All the materials are readily available and the construction of the simple experimental accumulator is no more difficult than any common DIY job.
The belief that a life-force drives all nature is not new and will be familiar to practitioners of alternative medicine or health-care. It will probably also be familiar to organic farmers and horticulturalists. Almost everyone who does not accept the mechanistic model of science has some feeling, however vague and undefined, that there is some sort of life-force at work in nature, even if they acknowledge it in theory only. The belief in such an energy is common to many oriental therapies and schools of thought, who may know it as chi or prana. Reich’s discoveries go much further than these philosophical or metaphorical concepts and give us contact with a force that we can actually work with in concrete and highly positive ways. As far as I know, we cannot help seeds to germinate more healthily with chi or prana; they are mere words. We can, however, positively affect the germination and growth-rate of seeds and seedlings using orgone energy by way of the orgone accumulator.
For all the spread of alternative ideas and information about natural therapies and organic agriculture and horticulture over the last twenty years, the science of orgonomy and Wilhelm Reich’s discovery of orgone energy remain almost entirely unknown in this country. The few people who do know of orgonomy are most likely to be psycho-therapists working in the field of orgone-therapy, though that expression is little used here and most of these practitioners will call themselves ‘Reichian’ therapists. This brings us to the origins of orgonomy and the term orgone energy. The science of orgonomy is the study and knowledge of the orgone and this body of knowledge is almost entirely the work of one man, Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), although workers since his death have added discoveries and developments here and there. The discovery was made by Reich in the period 1936-1940, the actual discovery being made in Norway, further developments relevant to the questions raised in this booklet being made in the USA in the early years of Reich’s time there.1 Reich did not make this discovery in an agricultural context and so organic growers and agricultural scientists can be forgiven for not knowing about it. Suprisingly though, workers have strongly confirmed Reich’s discoveries in these fields and pointed to new avenues of research.2,3,4 Much orgonomic research with plants can be carried out with little or no specialist equipment and is therefore very accessible to the amateur and non-specialist worker. Much of it can be conducted by intelligent, motivated children.
Reich started his life-work as an orthodox psycho-analyst and for years worked as a loyal Freudian within the framework of psycho-analytic doctrine and practice.5 He was particularly interested in the energy aspects of psychic life and took seriously Freud’s rather vague concept of libido,6 which most people now understand, if they understand it at all, as simply sexual desire. To Reich it was the excitation accompanying feelings and was much more than a mere metaphor. He wanted to know the source of this excitation and what it was that many of his patients felt moving within themselves when a strong emotion was mobilised. He set about observing conditions in which this movement could be felt and also what was actually moving within the organism. He thought it might be bio-electricity at first and conducted experiments to investigate changes in the electric potential of the skin in states of excitation or the absence of excitation.7 These experiments showed promising results, but the tiny changes in potential that he and his research team were able to measure did not correspond to the powerful sensations that many of the experimental subjects were reporting. At the same time he began to investigate protozoa to ascertain whether the processes of expansion and contraction that accompanied the sensations reported by his patients of ‘something moving’ could be observed in micro-organisms.8 Could the ‘something moving,’ be observed, too? Was this alternation of expansion and contraction and movement a basic life-formula itself, if not the life-formula? He set out to observe amoebae under the microscope and witnessed them coming into existence from degrading grass or moss via a process which he named bionousdisintegration.9 He studied inanimate materials such as sand and iron-filings and found that these materials also underwent the same process of bionous disintegration and produced highly charged vesicles with some of the characteristics of the living. The first stage in this process was swelling. He named these bions.10 They were extremely motile, pulsated and had a tendency to clump together to form micro-organisms. Thus were the old protagonists of spontaneous generation proved right after all. Reich’s discovery has been ignored completely and is known about by only a tiny number of people, despite his extensive and detailed writings about it in several books and many journal articles.
Reich found by accident that a culture of bions made from sterile sea-sand produced tingling sensations in his hands and arms and a reddening of the skin.11 These tinglings produced by a highly-charged bion culture are the same as those experienced by clients in orgone therapy when their musculararmouring begins to break down and their orgone energy becomes more mobile within the organism.12 As he carried on investigating the energy that he had discovered, he found that it was possible to exploit two of its major properties to build an orgoneaccumulator, a device which concentrated the orgone energy for therapeutic purposes.13 The properties used were the orgone’s attraction for and repulsion from iron and its tendency to be absorbed and held by any material that is an electrical insulator. Thus a container constructed of alternate layers of iron or steel and insulators with the iron on the inside would accumulate a stronger concentration of the orgone within it than the surrounding atmosphere. He found that this apparatus was extremely effective in the treatment of conditions in which the organism was undercharged with orgone energy, especially cancer.14
Apart from some passing comments on the occurrence of bionous disintegration in humus15 Reich had nothing to say about orgone energy and plant-life in his ground-breaking book on cancer, The Cancer Biopathy. He discusses the part played by orgone energy in the green coloration of leaves in Cosmic Superimposition16 and also discusses the forms of living organisms, both plant and animal in the same work; he draws several examples of what he calls the living orgonome, the forms taken by living matter as the result of the influence of the movement of orgone energy confined within its membrane.17 Although he had made this great discovery within the human and animal realm, it is obvious that he took it for granted that a plant is also an orgonotic system, just as a human being and an amoeba are. He refers in passing to an experiment to test the effect of the orgone accumulator on seed-germination.18
However, (I hope my readers have already thought of this as quite obvious), if the orgone does exist and it does play the vital part that Reich ascribed to it and also, if the orgone accumulator really does work, then, if we place a plant or germinate seedlings in an accumulator, should we not see some noticeable and positive effect on them? This thought seems to have occurred independently to quite a number of amateur orgonomic researchers, including myself. There is quite a large collection of research reports on experiments done with seeds, seedlings, plants, and the accumulator. This is an area in which the amateur with little formal scientific training or equipment can achieve great results. The frequently demonstrated positive effect of orgone energy on plant life confirms Reich’s discovery and the theories based on it. It is also something that farmers and horticulturalists could use themselves to their own benefit. These effects also confirm the organic grower’s intuitively held belief that plants are more than just bio-chemical engines that need the right sort of fuel, as provided by industrial fertilisers. Reich devised a fairly simple blood test, which could measure the orgonotic vitality of the red blood cells.19 If enough people were interested in this project, I think it would be possible to devise a similar test based on orgonomic findings and principles, to assess the orgonotic vitality of different soils, and possibly even the orgonotic vitality of plants and crops. This again would provide indisputable scientific evidence of something that many organic growers sense intuitively, that the soil is not just a source of the appropriate fuel for plants, but a living system with its own very important (to plant growth and welfare) level of vitality. Once orgonomic research in horticulture and farming has got established, workers will find several lifetimes’ work waiting for them. I have no intention of even outlining this lifetime’s work. I shall just outline one or two simple principles according to which we must work and some basic guidance on the construction of a suitable accumulator. I shall also recount a simple experiment with plants and the orgone accumulator that readers may like to repeat to get started. You will find, if you repeat my own experience, that even one simple orgonomic experiment throws up many different leads and ideas, if not inspirations, and that the problem is not one of doing the experiment but of dealing with all the information and ideas that it throws up.
Building Your Own Orgone Accumulator
I built my first accumulator, a full-size one for use with adults in the late seventies. Because of the standard size, 8’ x 4’, of galvanised iron sheeting, there is always a large amount of waste materials left over from building such an accumulator. I had always had a leaning towards experimental orgonomy. The possibility of conducting simple experiments that actually demonstrated the effects of the accumulator I found really interesting and exciting. I was delighted to find I had more than enough materials left over to build a small experimental accumulator for no cost. This small ‘orgone box’ is still in use and gives excellent results.
The internal dimensions of this accumulator are approximately 8” x 8” x 9” and the outside ones approximately 12” x 12” x 13”. These dimensions give exactly the right space inside for the standard small seed-box, 7” x 8”, which is widely available from garden suppliers and is suitable for germination studies using this accumulator. The size and shape of your accumulator are almost irrelevant to its functioning. Forget about pyramids and such-like. The functional element of an accumulator is the panels and their construction of alternating layers of steel and an insulator with a layer of steel on the inside. The size is only important insofar as the inner surfaces of the accumulator must be quite close to whatever is inside it, so the internal dimensions need to suit what you are thinking of working with. Thus an accumulator for therapeutic use with adults has an external size of about 36” x 28’ x 60”. This gives us an internal space with the wall surfaces about 2” away from the nearest body parts of the user. An accumulator for children would need to be much smaller and one for experimental use with seeds, seedlings, small plants, and even small animals would need to be even smaller. Hence the tiny dimensions of our experimental accumulator. An establishment that was hoping to conduct serious scientific research with the accumulator would soon need several accumulators of different sizes. If this preamble is interesting you and you already have in mind research work using particular containers or plants, you will need build your accumulators with this in mind, mentally designing it from the inside out. I shall give readers enough basic information to build their own accumulator, though this is covered in more detail in C O R E’s booklet How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator. James DeMeo, the American orgonomist, has written a much more detailed guide, The Orgone Accumulator Handbook,20 which I recommend unreservedly to any serious student of orgonomy and the orgone accumulator.
If you are building your accumulator from already available scrap materials which do not permit the construction of side panels of these sizes, please do not waste any effort trying to juggle with them to make them larger or smaller. If you end up with an internal capacity quite different to the one described above, finding a suitable seed-container should be no problem. Plastic containers of myriad shapes and sizes abound in our current throw-away culture and you should have no trouble finding an old margarine or ice-cream carton (to name a couple of obvious possibilities) that will be suitable for your accumulator. Whatever you end up using, the edges should be no further than 0.5 – 1” away from the inner walls of the accumulator. One of the advantages of this design with the walls standing free and just held in place by their own weight is that they can be pushed in or pushed out a little to alter the internal space without affecting the accumulator’s function at all.
Someone building their own accumulator for the first time who has had extensive experience of building, metalwork, or woodwork may well think of better ways of doing it than that presented here and someone with extensive knowledge of manufactured laminated materials may know of something that would make the job much simpler. I suggest that you follow these instructions for the first time and then branch out into new materials or methods after acquiring some basic experience. The main thing to bear in mind at this stage is that the alternating layers must be of iron or steel. This leaves us with only one choice for the inner walls, as far as I know, galvanized iron sheeting. This is relatively light, cheap, easily obtainable, and, most importantly, can be easily cut without expensive specialized equipment. This is cut to size and nailed across wooden frames made of 2” x 1” timber. The inner layers of insulator can be made of standard domestic insulating material, fibre-glass or carded wool, and the internal layers of iron can be steel-wool, preferably of the finest grade, 000. These layers are not structural and so the lack of strength and capacity to keep their shape is of no importance. (Since I first wrote this booklet I have come across ThermafleeceTM home-insulation material made from sheep’s wool. This is much more pleasant to work with than fibre-glass.)
The panels are, in effect, small wooden boxes of appropriate dimensions. The corner joints of these boxes are probably the most difficult part for the amateur worker. There two obvious ways of making these joints – either by cutting simple mitre-joints and attaching the members to each other with panel pins, or by cutting simple joints that fit together, the members being secured by screws. (See drawings, if further explanation is needed.) The actual areas of steel sheeting needed are quite small and should be readily available as scrap from any concern that uses large quantities of sheet metal. Even buying the sheets made to measure would presumably not be too expensive. If you are seriously interested in doing further orgonomic research the obvious thing to do is to buy a single 8’ x 4’ sheet of galvanized steel of the lightest grade available. You will then have spare available for other accumulators. If you decide to have the sheets cut professionally, I recommend that you make your wood frames first and have the sheets cut to their size, stipulating dimensions slightly smaller than the overall dimensions of the frames to avoid sharp metallic edges protruding beyond the wood. If there are slight discrepancies in the size of your wooden frames, you can take this into account when you order your sheets. I recommend the same sequence, even if you cut your own sheets. It is much easier to cut a small metal sheet to an exact dimension than it is to make a wooden frame with great precision.
When you have got your frames made and your sheets cut to size attach them to the frames on the surface that is going to be the inner wall of your accumulator. You need first to drill holes all round the edge of the sheet at about 1” intervals with a small metal-cutting bit. (Do this drilling with the underneath of the sheet protected by a piece of scrap-timber, so that your drill emerges into this and not into the surface of the floor or the table-top that you are working on.) You cannot hammer nails through the sheeting without first drilling these holes. Use 1” round nails. Before you attach the sheets make sure that your frames are more or less square and that corresponding opposite sides are the same shape. The simplest way of doing this is to square up one side with a try-square and nail the sheet into place and then to place the second panel over it and push it into shape, if necessary, taking good care that the shape is not accidentally distorted as you hammer. A good way of doing this is to clamp the panels together using G-cramps. (See drawings, if necessary.) Once you have got your metal sheets in place, the awkward work is done. You can place them together in the position that they will occupy and see what your little accumulator is going to look like. An accumulator of this design should sit together as one without any external attachment. This has the obvious benefit that it dismantles easily and is very portable.
Filling the sides of a large accumulator for human use is arduous, boring, and physically unpleasant, but a box this size should cause no problems. Cut your insulator into sizes to fit the inside of your panels, tease away from the layers a piece about half to an inch thick when completely uncompressed and place this against the inside of the metal sheeting. To produce a layer of iron from your fine-grade wire-wool unroll the wool, tease it out sideways so that you get a thinnish wide layer which can be trimmed to size and laid over the insulating material. This awkward and messy job must be done with great care. The wool sheds myriads of tiny, noxious particles. Wear a face-mask to protect yourself from these. Make sure that small children and animals are kept well away while you do this part of the job and hoover up the dust as you go. Do not be tempted to grip a steel fibre and pull. It will slice into your flesh as easily as a razor blade. Cut it to size with a worn-out pair of scissors that are no longer of any use. Cutting the metal fibres with a good pair of scissors will ruin them in minutes. Repeat all this until you have got four layers in place. (A layer is one sheet of metal and one layer of insulator taken together.) You should now have what looks like a mattress piled up about one and a half times as thick as the internal depth of your wooden box. Cut your hardboard sheeting to size, lay it over the inner filling, ease it down onto the edges of the wooden frame, attach it with a couple of nails and then complete the nailing, working your way all round the edges. You do not need to drill holes for these nails; hardboard is much softer than the metal and will readily accept them. You have now completed one panel of your accumulator and if you happen to be doing this in bright, expansive, high-pressure weather, you may be able to feel an orgonotic ‘draw’ in your hands, even from a single panel. Complete the remaining panels in the same way and you have done it. You have now completed your first orgone accumulator. You should find that it stands up quite securely; if you place the panels on or against each other with the top one across the walls. It will function quite adequately like this and can be easily dismantled, if you want to move it about or take it somewhere to demonstrate it. (Once people know about your ‘box,’ they may well ask you to demonstrate it at some meeting on a related topic.)
If you want to test it subjectively, set it up without the front and put your hand inside. Hold it there for a minute or two without holding your breath, breathing easily and evenly, and if your own orgone energy movement is not too inhibited by armouring, you should feel some subjective sensation as your own energy responds to the higher than usual concentration within the accumulator. In good atmospheric conditions you can even feel an effect by simply placing two sides parallel to each other and a few inches part with the metal sides facing each other. If you feel no response, it does not mean that your accumulator is not working properly. There are several possible reasons why the accumulator is not producing a reaction in your hand: in dull, low-pressure weather with a very damp atmosphere, which occurs very often in the winter in the UK, you may get little or no accumulation. You may be unwell, tired, or undercharged for some reason and so your own energy is not strong enough to respond. You may have inadvertently placed your accumulator in an unfavourable site strongly affected by electro-magnetic radiation or a source of radio-activity. Your accumulator should not be close to electric power-cables, television sets, X-ray machines or micro-wave cookers. Ideally it should be in a well-ventilated room well away from any of the above pollutants.
So…now you have made your accumulator, what can you do with it that is of scientific interest? You have already done the simplest of all tests, the entirely subjective one of putting your hand inside it. Try to persuade a few other people to do the same and describe their responses. To be scientific about it and to collect as much information as possible about your orgonomic research, record these responses from other people, especially from people who know absolutely nothing about orgonomy. Ask children to test it for you, too, and see if there is any significant and commonly occurring difference in the responses of adults and children. If you have any small animals wandering freely, try leaving the accumulator with one side open enough for the animal to get into the box and see if they are spontaneously drawn to it. Cats seem to enjoy sleeping in the accumulator.
These subjective tests can be done quickly and easily. However, if you want to conduct serious scientific trials, you need to think things through much more systematically, though many significant orgonomic experiments with an accumulator need no specialised or expensive equipment. The simplest experiment is to see if the accumulator has any significant effect on the germination and early growth of seeds and seedlings. We get results most easily if we use fairly fast-germinating seeds such as cress, peppers, sunflowers, or tomatoes. I have not done any trials with, for example, acorns or chestnuts, though tests with these or similar large and slowly germinating seeds might produce very interesting and significant results. These are not throw-away remarks. I am pointing out for you the great possibilities waiting for any serious orgonomic research worker. Although amateur orgonomists have amply confirmed that ‘extra’ orgone provided by an accumulator has a positive effect on the growth of smaller plants, no-one, as far as I know, for obvious reasons, has done any research on larger plants such as trees, shrubs, or bushes. As soon as we start the simplest orgonomic experiment we walk past the ends of the most interesting lanes, down which at the moment we are not going to go. If you are even half a true scientist, by the time you have got to the end of the modest experiment in this booklet, you will already have thought of many possible investigations or refinements of this basic experiment that you could conduct, if you have the time or interest.
The Basic Experiment
You will need;
2 small seed-trays
a quantity of soil, potting compost, etc (You can, if you wish, simplify the experiment by letting your seeds germinate on wet lint or other cloth.)
a receptacle that allows you to measure out identical amounts of water and to pour it easily and accurately onto your seeds and seedlings
Your Experimental Accumulator
a light-proof container of similar size in which to place your control-tray while the experimental tray is in the accumulator
tape-measure and (optional) scales capable of weighing down to 0.1gram
You now need to water both trays with exactly identical amounts of water from the same source. You do not need to quantify the amount of water used and so you can do this experiment watering the seeds with something quite ordinary such as a teaspoon or small jar. This is what I did when I did the experiment for the first time. If you do this, appropriate the item and keep it for your experiment only and nothing else. Clean it thoroughly before you start. For the experiment to be valid, all you need to do is to add exactly identical amounts of water to the soil, eg, 10 teaspoonfuls per watering or one jugful. I now use calibrated medical syringes (available cheaply from scientific suppliers. See notes.) I then know exactly the amount used and can also be sure the quantities are identical. These also make it quite easy to distribute the water evenly over the soil.
When you remove your experimental tray from the accumulator you must, of course, place both trays somewhere where they will receive equal amounts of daylight and warmth. You will find that once you have done this experiment a single time you can quite easily set it up again and again, using seeds of a different species and, for example, putting the experimental seeds in an accumulator at a different time of day, to ascertain whether there is an optimum time of day to gain a maximum effect from the accumulator. It is important to record germination rates and, if you have a sufficiently finely sensitive balance available, the eventual weights of the seedlings that you grow. It is also important to record the actual success rate of the two groups of seedlings. There are always failures to germinate in any collection of seeds. Does the orgone accumulator have any effect on this failure-rate? If you are a trained botanist or microscopist you could probably gain a great deal of information by examining your seedlings under a microscope and by dissecting the roots, stems, and leaves. How, in detail, can we account for the greater growth of the seedlings that have spent some time in the accumulator? Are the cells simply more turgid? Are they carrying more water? Or have the seedlings undergone more rapid cell-division, so that there are more new cells in the larger seedlings? We can answer this question quite simply and clearly with a yes simply by examining the seedlings at various stages of growth with the naked eye. For example, many of the experimental seedlings will have will have shown leaf-growth before the controls and so have clearly produced more cell growth. Do the experimental seedlings show better root growth, possibly with a higher number of trichomes, thus allowing the plants to absorb moisture and nutrients more easily? As soon as we start looking at our experimental subjects in this more precise way, going beyond mere weight, size, and numbers, we come up against important theoretical and practical questions of what we might call orgonomic botany.
It is one of the principles of orgonomic biology and physics discovered by Reich22 that orgone energy is attracted to water and vice versa. It could therefore be the case that a highly charged orgone energy system draws water to itself from the soil more effectively than a system with a lower charge. It may also be that trichomes are drawn more actively to a soil that carries a higher charge of orgone energy than to one with a lower charge. I think we can justifiably presume that the water of our experimental tray will carry a higher orgone charge than the soil in the control tray, because of its periods spent inside the accumulator. These are a few aspects of seed-germination considered from an orgonomic point of view. Microscopical investigation of the roots of the two groups of seedlings might give us further information on the growth of trichomes. (We hope to carry out such an investigation at C O R E eventually.)
If you have completed this experiment once, I suggest that you try it again several times, using different seeds and different times of day for the orgone irradiation. Another variation is to put the water that you are going to use to irrigate the seedlings in the accumulator a few hours before you use it without placing the seed-tray itself in the accumulator. You can of course, do exactly the same experiment using a different species. If you use a plant that may grow much larger or produce fruit in large quantities, you could plant the seedlings out in a greenhouse or the open, if appropriate, and see if the orgone treatment in infancy has any lasting effect on plants as they grow up. One research worker has gone as far as weighing fruit production.24
Another test of the effects, if any, of orgone irradiation of seedlings would be an assessment of the mature plant’s ability to withstand trauma, such as dehydration, excessive heat, and infection. Plant pathogens are easily obtainable from educational suppliers and it is not too difficult a task to contaminate plants with them and measure the outcome. Remember when doing any of these experiments that in theory orgone energy does not exist and that therefore the null hypothesis should apply. The orgone accumulator should have no more effect on your plants than playing a CD to them, waving a wand at them, or speaking to them in French. If there is any effect at all of a plant’s time in the accumulator, then mechanistic biology has some important explaining to do.
There are many interesting and profound implications for agriculture within these findings. One, as yet purely theoretical, is that it may be possible to assess orgonomically the orgonotic vitality of a given soil sample. To do this we shall need a good quality biological microscope and some experience of doing the Reich blood test.25,26 The reason for this is simple enough. Reich devised a simple test to ascertain the orgonotic vitality of his patients when conducting experimental cancer therapy on orgonomic principles. He found that healthy highly orgone-charged red blood cells broke down very slowly in normal saline and that the cells of people with a very low orgone charge broke down very quickly. In the advanced Reich blood test, we autoclave a sample of red blood cells in a 0.1N solution of potassium chloride (KCl) for 30 minutes. Healthy, ie, highly charged red blood cells, withstand this treatment much better than ones with a low charge. Cells with a high charge can still be recognized as red blood cells and those that have broken down produce highly orgonotic blue bions. Poorly charged cells break down almost completely and disintegrate into T-bacilli, the breakdown products of disintegrating devitalized tissue with a low energy charge. In his investigations Reich was actually able to observe highly charged bions immobilizing and ‘killing’ T-bacilli. It might be possible to observe highly orgonotic plant tissue resisting plant pathogens in a similar way. It may well be that the differences in orgonotic health of soils could be demonstrated using similar methods. This would demand competence in the Reich blood tests and some background knowledge of orgonomy in general. If you are interested enough to follow this interesting pathway into orgonomic research, you should not find it too difficult to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. It may also be possible to adapt these tests or to develop other tests based on orgonomic theory to assess the orgonotic vitality of both plants and their edible parts or fruit, such as carrots, potatoes, or apples. In this way it may be possible for organic growers to find scientific proof for their intuitive awareness that organically produced food both tastes better and is more healthy than industrially produced food. Although these investigations are a long way beyond the simple experiments outlined in detail in this booklet, I mention them here to demonstrate to readers how many interesting avenues of research there are for the aspiring orgonomic plant scientist.
If investigations on these lines prove positive and turn out to give us an objective way of assessing the orgonotic vitality of plants and soils, this would provide irrefutable support for the arguments for organic agriculture as well as support for the orgonomic understanding that plants are not just machines that need the correct fuels, (ie, chemicals), and that the soil is indeed a vital system, not just a supplier of chemical fuels to plants.
Another area in which this research could be developed is the production of food. Might it be possible to devise a model of accumulator that can irradiate a large number of seeds and seedlings at once? In our small-scale experiment outlined above we have removed the seed-tray from the accumulator each time it needs to be watered. An accumulator as described here would be easily damaged by water and for it to function well it is vital that the accumulating panels remain dry. I have no solution to this difficulty myself; I leave the question here in the hope that some inspired worker, whether they be a biologist, orgonomist, engineer, or nursery manager may think of a solution.
Galvanised Iron Sheeting
This is easily available in 8’ x 4’ sheets from sheet-metal suppliers. You should be able to find one easily in your local Yellow Pages. Make sure you get the lightest possible grade, so that you can cut it with a pair of ordinary snips. Tell your suppliers that you want to cut it in this way. If you know of a small business locally that makes things from sheet-metal, say ventilation ducting, or similar, you may find that you can obtain suitable sheets from scrap for almost nothing. The material must be galvanised iron. Aluminium will not work. Remember that the dimensions of your accumulator are not crucial at all to its effectiveness and that you can easily adapt the measurements to the sheeting that you have available. Bear in mind though, that you do want to be able to insert one of two identical containers into it to do the experiment correctly. If you do juggle with inner dimensions, make sure that you can do this. The ‘seed-trays’ do not have to be purpose-built seed-trays. They could be two margarine cartons, tea-plates, or even cut down bottle bases.
The ones I have used seem to be a standard item available from garden suppliers quite cheaply. they measure approximately 7" x 8". The dimensions for the accumulator are worked out on this basis.
Insulating Materials for the Side Panels
The material that Reich recommends in his original booklet on the accumulator is fibre-glass and I have used this in all the accumulators that I have built bar one. This is not pleasant material to work with and you need to take precautions that tiny particles shed from it do not get into clothes or living premises. Be particularly careful if you have small children or animals around and keep them out of the way until you have hovered up the waste. You may find that you or anyone coming into contact with this material is allergic to it. Even if you are not truly allergic to it, the tiniest particles on the skin can cause persistent itching. James DeMeo, the US orgonomist, has used carded wool as the insulating material in accumulators and this appears to work just as well as fibre-glass. I have not yet been able to locate a supplier of this in the UK, but I imagine there must be plenty of wool suppliers dotted about the country. Finding one to let you have some cleaned, carded wool will not be too difficult. This will certainly be much more pleasant and much safer to work with than fibre-glass. If you do locate a supplier, please let C O R E know, and we will add their address to this section for the benefit of future readers. The other material that I have used in my most recent accumulator is felt-carpet underlay. I used this for a small cylindrical accumulator for the To-T experiment.28 In this we build an accumulator and a control container which is identical to the accumulator except for the crucial steel layers that provide the accumulating capacity. In good atmospheric conditions we then get a positive draw and a small positive temperature difference with that inside the accumulator slightly higher than that inside the control container. The interesting, and to conventional science, inexplicable finding in this experiment is that the difference varies according to atmospheric conditions and is sometimes zero. The carpet underlay that I used in this accumulator has so far worked very well. Like most of our materials this, too, is cheap and readily available. You could probably obtain off-cuts for almost nothing. This is already in layers of a suitable thickness and so spares us the labour of teasing out the layers of fibre-glass as well as the trials of working with a rather noxious and awkward material.
You will need only a small amount of insulating material for this small accumulator and yet again, if you know of anyone who has recently insulated their roof-space or had carpets fitted in their home, they may well have enough of either material in their home to let you fill the panels without cost.
This, too, is cheap and easily available. Hardware shops and DIY suppliers will sell it by the pound. A single pound should be ample for a small accumulator. Ask for the finest grade possible, usually designated as ‘000’. The finer the grade, the easier you will find it to cut the wire-wool and to spread it out to produce a consistent layer of an even thickness.
Syringes and Calibrated Jugs
Calibrated plastic jugs are readily available from kitchenware suppliers, though these are accurate only when filled with great care. Calibrated plastic syringes, which make it very easy to measure an exact amount of water very accurately, are available from:
Philip Harris Education or ebay.
If you have built an accumulator and done the experiment described in this booklet, you are obviously beginning to get interested in the serious study of orgonomy. This is an enthralling and deeply satisfying path to follow, though it is also difficult in some ways. There are no thriving orgonomic institutions in this country where you can meet fellow students and have access to generous resources, as you might in other, better known fields. You will to a great extent depend on your own commitment, initiative, and curiosity. C O R E publishes a series of booklets on various aspects of orgonomy, which should help you to orientate yourself in this very wide field before you get down to the study of details and original texts. All these booklets contain extensive references, which should give you plenty of pointers to further reading. Many of the texts referred to are out of print and difficult to find in libraries. You will probably have to order them from the British Library via your own local library. C O R E will be able to help you with photo-copies in case of real difficulty. As C O R E becomes established we plan to set up weekend courses and summer schools on various aspects of orgonomy. (See events page for details. We hope to run a summer school for beginners in 2016 and already have several students planning to attend.) If you wish to see the bion experiments demonstrated, see an orgone accumulator, or have a look at any orgonomic experiments referred to here you are welcome to visit C O R E by arrangement to do that. Our booklet, A Student’s Guide to Orgonomic Literature and Resources, should be helpful in your research.
FS&G in the footnotes = Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.
3 Schwarz J (1986); Some Experiments with Seed Sprouts and Energetic Fields, in Offshoots of Orgonomy, No 13, Autumn, 1986, Offshoots Publications, New York.
4 Parimal Sellers A (1987); The Effects of Orgonotic Devices on Tomato Plant Growth, in Offshoots of Orgonomy, No 15, Winter, 1987, Offshoots Publications, New York.
6 ibid, chapter II, Gaps in Psychology and the Theory of Sex.
7 Reich W (1982); The Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety, FS&G.
8 Reich w (1979); The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life, 1 The Tension - Charge Formula, FS&G.
9 ibid, 2 Bions as the Preliminary Stages of Life.
11 Reich W (1973); op cit, chapter II, 2, The Cultures of Radiating Sand-Packet Bions (SAPA).
12 Reich W (1983); op cit, pp 271-272.
13 Reich W (1973); op cit, chapter IV, 4, The Orgone Accumulator.
14 ibid, chapter VIII, Results of Experimental Orgone Therapy in Humans with Cancer.
15 ibid, p 25.
16 Reich W (1972); Cosmic Superimposition, chapter IV, The Living Orgonome, pp 28-29, FS&G.
17 ibid, pp 42-44.
18 Reich W (1973a); Ether, God and Devil, p 102, FS&G.
19 Reich W (1973); op cit, pp 170-171.
20 DeMeo J (1989); The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, Natural Energy Works, Ashland, Oregon.
21 Reich W (1973); op cit, pp 60-73.
22 Reich W (1960); Selected Writings, pp 439-446, The Principles of Cloubusting, Vision Press.
23 DeMeo J (1989); op cit, pp 101-103, The Accumulator Evaporation Suppression Effect.
24 Parimal Sellers A; op cit.
25 Reich W (1973); op cit, pp 170-171.
26 Baker C F and Burlingame P S (1989); The Amateur Scientist in Orgonomy – The Reich Blood Test, in Annals of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Vol 6, No 1, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylavania.
28 DeMeo J; op cit, pp 98-100, The Accumulator Temperature Differential Effect.
First posted June 25th, 2011. Last revised July 9th, 2017.
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