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We have already had the occasional question from site-visitors and a young person interested in orgonomy has contacted me with lots of questions, so it seems a good idea to collect all these questions together on one page for the benefit of curious visitors who want to learn more about orgonomy. Obviously these questions are going to be anonymous and if an enquirer wants more information I will be happy to give it in private e-mails. We can't call this page FAQs as we don't get enough enquiries to call them frequent. That doesn't matter. If one person wants information, I shall be happy to give it as best I can. So... please feel free to ask anything you want about orgonomy or related topics. To do so, please go to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a coincidence that two questions are concerned with birth and feeding babies. I will be happy to answer questions on any aspect of orgonomy as best I can and when I can't answer a question I will say so and openly appeal to site visitors who may have an answer themselves. That is unlikely to lead to many responses as I often appeal to readers for help and answers and never get any replies at all. Still, we can but try.
Question: what are you going to do to attract more people to orgonomy?
I was asked this question recently, (November, 2014), by a young woman who seemed very positive about orgonomy and very keen to help C O R E. She had computer skills, a very desirable item for someone in my position! We were having a very lively, interesting exchange of e-mails until she asked that question and I replied. My reply was? Nothing! Because experience in the UK has taught me that there is nothing one can do to attract people to orgonomy. I think this lady may have had a background in marketing, though that is just a guess. In the commercial world, if you want to sell more of something, you work out a campaign with so much advertising and various steps by which your sales increase, (you hope), with regular assessments of your progress and, I presume, changes of plan according to what is happening on the ground. There is just no way you can do that with orgonomy in the UK. Advertise an event in a suitable journal with readers that you will think are going to be sympathetic to orgonomy? Done it, several times! No response at all. Get articles in relevant magazines? Done it. Again, no response. Send literature to likely organisations or individuals whose interests seem to be close to orgonomy? Done it, many times. No response. Publish a book on an important question in science that should arouse a great deal of controversy? Done it, (Artificers of Fraud). Sales outside orgonomy? Negligible, possibly none at all. If the organisers of a breast-feeding festival refuse to let you have a stall at their event, (which they have done, twice), who the hell is going to give you a voice? All we can do is keep this website going in the hope that the occasional, highly motivated and curious individual will get in touch and eventually get involved. Since I sent this woman this reply, I haven't heard from her again.
Getting people involved in orgonomy is far more than selling something. When you sell something, as soon as the buyer has paid their money, that's it. You are done with it, as long as your product doesn't break down or fall to bits or generally not do what you claim for it. If someone becomes interested in orgonomy and starts studying it and possibly even contributing, they may need a couple of years' support before we can rely on them to stay. It is hard to stay with orgonomy. Its insights and discoveries contradict almost everything we are taught at school and university. Anyone else who knows of your interest will consider you a complete idiot for accepting what they see as rubbish. If you start writing things about orgonomy or conducting orgonomic research, you will either have to conceal your activities or accept at best a lot of raised eye-brows and queries as to your sanity, at worst abuse and ridicule. It may disrupt family or sexual relationships. Who wants to take on all that? Very few people indeed are even willing to give it a second look. There are, of course, great joys in orgonomy, but people rarely see those when they take a first look. A first, fleeting look is all that most people allow themselves. Think about it. We get 3,000-4,000 site visitors a month at the moment and a serious enquiry about every three months, if that! (13. 12 14.)
Question: can you use other solutions apart from potassium chloride in the bion experiments? (The questioner, on YouTube, connected the use of potassium chloride, KCl, with the origin of life in the sea.)
I had not thought of that evolutionary connection. Reich suggested KCl, because of the part played by potassium ions in the expansive functions of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Aware of this I tried using cacium chloride, NaCl, which provides the opposite ion, Ca, in the contracting side of the ANS. I guessed that it would not produce bions so easily, but it did. I have also tried bion experiments with NaOH solutions (sodium hysdroxide), which can be easily bought as drain-cleaner from pharmacies. This produced a high pH, around 12 or higher, if you add enough, and it seems a general principle of bion growth that it does not occur above a pH level of 12.0 or higher. Two German workers, Palm and Doering, first discovered this. You can, of course, use plain tap-water! If some student of orgonomy has access to a proper chemical lab with a wide range of everyday chemicals, it would be a good idea to work one's way through a long series of commonly available chemicals. You can make a start with a few common domestic items such as lemon juice, (low pH) and vinegar, (also low, but not as low as lemon juice). Both those items produced bions quite easily. The juice pH was about 2.0 and the vinegar's about 4.0. It would be easy enough to prepare a sugar solution at home. (3. 10. 13.)
Question: why can't people embrace orgonomy?
Ah! Yes! The biggest question of all. So big that it's got a page of its own. Please have a look at that page to see what I have said, which is, of course, not by any means the last word at all. But it gives you some ideas. A question that follows on from that one and which I have not yet answered is: is there anything we can do about it? (So far, I haven't been able to think of anything we can do about that problem.)
Well, the reason why I'm writing is, that I've one short question to you that bothers me. In his book "The Emotional Plague" Charles Konia describes that severe labour pains result from pelvic armor. My question is, if all women, armored or unarmored, have labour pains or are there unarmored women who don't have these pains at all?
My answer was the following:
Thanks for your enquiry. You are a good orgonomist! You have hit the bullseye with this question. The answer ist ganz klar [quite clear]: with most women having some armouring and many a lot of it, there are still a small number of women who give birth without any real distress and who enjoy giving birth. The best birth I have witnessed was that of a young girl having her first baby. She didn't need any external pain relief at all and gave birth squatting in an atmosphere of complete calm and silence. As we say in English, you could have heard a pin drop. I have witnessed maybe half a dozen other, similar births. Careful, gentle orgone therapeutic support can also help a woman to give birth much more comfortably than she would have done otherwise.
I was so delighted to receive this enquiry that I sent off a reply almost immediately. On reflection I would add that in my years in the NHS I witnessed many more births that, although not entirely pain-free, were still completely bearable, enjoyable, and satisfying for the mother, who just made use of Entonox (a gas mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen commonly used in UK midwifery) for the strongest contractions. Most women expecting their first baby are fixated on how much it is going to hurt and see the pain as an immovable obstacle to be avoided or dealt with as effectively as possible. The 'pain of labour' is not a fixed item at all and changes according to the woman's position, movements, how fully she is able to breathe, and the moral support she gets. The keys to a good labour (from the mother's point of view) are remaining upright, moving about, breathing fully, and having contactful moral support that helps her to feel safe.
See C O R E's booklet on Orgonomic Midwifery for more information on birth and muscular armouring. The text of my as yet unpublished book on orgonomic midwifery gives much more detailed information on this, but it has not been published and is unlikely to be published in English, alas. It is being translated into Portuguese, Greek, and Italian, so it will probably be possible to make the text available to serious or urgent enquirers. Please contact me for information on these translations. They are being done by volunteers and I have no idea at the moment how far they have got with them. The book is going to be published in Greek in the autumn of 2016. (PS August, 2016: my introductory text book, Orgonomic Midwifery, written for midwives and birth-teachers is now available and can be ordered via the Artificers PayPal page. If you want the midwifery book, be sure to say so on an attached message. Cost £10:00, postage the same as for Artificers.)
Having given birth at home to two boys and expecting to become pregnant again sometime in the future I am interested in your birthing information. Also, I am currently breast feeding my youngest but have had a shortage of milk with both children and had to supplement. Could your therapy help with milk production? Emily. (Real name, used with enquirer's permission at her own suggestion. If other enquirers who give permission for their question to be posted wish to remain anonymous, I will use a pseudonym, either supplied or agreed on by the enquirer. I promise absolute privacy, if you wish to remain private. No questions will be posted without the consent of the enquirer. ).
Paragraphs in blue are my further thoughts added as I type this up on the web-page.
Yes, orgone therapy, even short-term 'first aid' therapy, could almost certainly help with milk supply as lactation is a classic example of an 'autonomic' process mediated by hormones and smooth muscle.
I daresay, and this is only a guess based on intuition and experience, skin-to-skin with your baby, especially when he is asleep, might help your lactation. I base this on the following amazing anecdote. It occurred in one of my early baby-therapy workshops in Germany. The event was over two days, and on the second morning, after mothers had had a day of watching, listening, and maybe seeing me do OT with their own baby. During such an event on the second day I always ask participants whether anyone has had any interesting reactions, experiences, or dreams while they have been at home overnight. One quiet lady who had not offered her baby as a demonstration guinea-pig the day before, said, yes, I have got something really amazing to tell. And she told this story. She had watched carefully what I had done with the babies and decided, as she was putting her 2-year-old child to bed that evening, to have a try at the therapy herself. So she did it as best she could and her toddler loved it and in the end fell asleep while she was doing it. So she dressed her and put her to bed, herself feeling very relaxed and happy with the way things had gone. She had not been feeding her baby for 6 months. She decided to go and have a shower. As she was absent-mindedly soaping and squeezing her breasts in the shower, she realised that she was lactating again!
To put that briefly, in other words, emotional contact has a huge effect on the physiology of lactation. (And on other physiology, too, needless to say.) Anything that helps emotional expansion helps lactation. Even in the armoured UK Health Service, where there is certainly no awareness of the bio-energetics of breast-feeding and bio-energetic contact between mother and baby, recommended practice, if a baby is unable to latch onto the breast, is to give him/her a long period of direct skin-to-skin contact, research findings showing that this helps a baby to root and fix more actively. I do not know where the research to support this practice was done, possibly in Sweden. I will try and find it and post it here for interested readers. We can be certain that such a gentle, pro-baby policy must definitely have solid research support to be official policy in the UK Health Service. The explanation for this effect is very simple in orgonomic terms, though. The contact with the mother helps the baby to expand bio-energetically and his natural urge to root and suck becomes stronger and he decides to feed. He feels the strong urge to feed that any healthy baby normally feels.
The skin contact is pleasurable for the mother, too, and this helps her to expand and encourages her lactation. Expansion = parasympathetic effect = vaso-dilation = increased blood supply to the breasts = increased lactation.
For more information on this see C O R E's booklet, The Bio-Energetics of Breast-Feeding. The full text of this is available on the page of that title. It is also included in Orgonomic Midwifery.
Posted December 23rd, 2012, last revised July 9th, 2015.
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