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Sensing the Orgone
After posting information on the news page on the current BBC discussion of music and tingles, I realised that we needed to have the text of C O R E's booklet Sensing the Orgone available to site-visitors, so here it is. Apologies, if one.com's software does its usual best and distorts the endnotes and anything else it can distort. I have no control over the site software, alas. If the text is not visible when you get to this page, it should appear very shortly today (29. 7. 14.)
Well...as I feared, the software has done its worst and distorted things here and there. The asterisk to a footnote in the second paragraph appears at the bottom of page one in the printed booklet, but it has been shunted to the top of the endnotes here. I daren't try to move it back for fear of even worse complications. The diagrams illustrating the orgone spirals moving in the atmosphere haven't come through at all. Still, the text is better than nothing and will interest a few readers, I hope. If you want the whole thing, perfectly coherently and legibly, you can always buy a copy of the booklet or request it as your free booklet. (See news page for information on this offer open to all site-visitors.) And it insists on keeping the subtitles at 12 points, whereas the text is 14 points. Whatever I do I can't change this. Sorry!
Many of the booklets in C O R E’s series on orgonomic topics and my first book, (now published), are scientific in nature and introduce various practical and scientific areas of orgonomy. This little book is different, and shows you an entirely new way of looking at orgonomy – the experience of the orgone energy with our own senses without any artificial equipment or instruments between ourselves and the orgone. It assumes, therefore, some ability to sense the orgone moving in your own body or around you and close to you. You will not be able to do this if you are very rigid with a great deal of armouring, though a very armoured person is not very likely to be reading this booklet. I am writing this with younger readers in mind. Most children, even those with quite a lot of armouring, still seem to be able to feel their own orgone energy moving within themselves and also seem to be aware of the orgone in the world outside themselves. If you are the parent of a young child who is too young to read this book or understand the text from reading, can you please explain things and read the instructions out aloud to your child or the child you are looking after, so that he or she can try some of these exercises. None of them depend on an intellectual understanding of anything. They demand only a bodily awareness of things, something that even a lively child of three or four is capable of. In fact most younger children feel these things more easily than adults.
Reich discovered the cosmic orgone energy in the nineteen thirties in Oslo, Norway and went on to study it further and in great detail in his years in the United States, where he died in 1957. He did not claim to have found anything new, but simply to have scientifically confirmed the beliefs of many cultures that there is a life force at work in nature and the cosmos as a whole. It is a strange paradox that in the era when many people, even scientists, accepted the existence of the ether, (sometimes spelt aether), it was always assumed that the human organism had no way of perceiving it.* Of course the last thing that a modern scientists will want to pay any attention to, let alone make part of his experimental work, will be his bodily sensations. In orgonomy, on the other hand, bodily sensations are a crucially important part of our research technique.
Without ever having read a word by Reich many young children have the same belief, a belief based on their own bodily experience of sensing this orgone energy. They often say and do things that show that they sense this energy moving in their own bodies or that they sense it outside themselves in the atmosphere. This booklet aims to show you how you, too, can sense the orgone in yourself and around yourself in the atmosphere. It is, of course, possible that you have never lost the capacity to feel it. If so, you are lucky and, I hope, happy much of the time. Most children lose their capacity to feel the orgone as their armouring develops, especially when they go to school and are trained to sit still, not to move about spontaneously, and to become quiet and ‘well-behaved.’ Unfortunately in our world many children have already lost this primary sense that we are all born with long before they go to school. The loss of this sense comes about because babies and children armour themselves against the pain of basic childhood needs that are frustrated in almost all children in our world, sometimes because adults do not like children and deliberately think their liveliness should be destroyed, and sometimes, more often, because parents and other adults caring for children are unaware of the importance of children’s emotional needs.
Adults who call children’s liveliness naughty are often afraid of it and deliberately do anything they can to control children and to make them quiet and well-behaved. As you will know, if you are a child reading this, you are often quiet and well-behaved anyway, because you are busy at something you are interested in and enjoying it. That sort of quietness is very different from the quietness of children who are quiet because they are frightened of making a noise or showing that they are enjoying themselves in any way. Knowing this is part of sensing the orgone in your own body, because if you are quiet and well-behaved because you are frightened of showing any signs of life, you are all the time deliberately, without knowing it, denying the movement of the orgone in your own body and so losing your awareness of it.
Sensing your own orgone moving within yourself is the basic orgonotic sense. (Orgonotic = charged with, excited by, orgone energy.) Although I am taking time to explain this to you, you almost certainly have some inner awareness of your own orgone energy and probably use expressions that show this awareness without even noticing this.
People say that music they love gives them a tingle somewhere, often down their backs. This is so common that people talk of the tingle factor when talking about music without anyone ever questioning the words. We just take it for granted that everyone knows what we are talking about. No-one ever asks what is causing this sensation of movement within us. And if something is moving, what is it that is moving? When people have very strong feelings they also experience a similar sensation. Reich’s patients in psycho-therapy reported very strong sensations of something moving when their strong feelings were aroused and Reich paid attention to this. He dared to ask the forbidden question – what is moving? And when a person loses the ability to feel this movement, what have they done with their energy? Where has it gone?
Part of sensing the orgone is our response to other people. This is something we all do all the time, hardly aware of what we are doing. Younger children particularly react to people in this bodily way, with what we call a ‘gut feeling’. Some people, the minute they walk through the door, invite a response and we sense them reaching out towards us. There is somebody in, at home. Other people seem to be a blank: we sense no heart, no warmth, no energy within them. Even worse, a very small number of people, thank goodness, make us want to leave the room. We feel really disturbed by something about them, often something that we cannot ‘pin down’, but which we nevertheless sense and react to. Again, the less verbal and thinking people are the more they trust these feelings. Therefore babies, very young children who can’t even talk yet, and cats and dogs react all the time in this way. This orgonotic sense is a vital sense for them and for infant animals almost the only sense they have to go by.
So, as a way of becoming aware of yourself feeling the orgone in this way, remember to focus on your own body sensations the next time you are listening to your favourite music or when you are having a particularly enjoyable, relaxing experience. You may also notice this tingling movement within yourself, when you meet someone you love a lot after a long separation. However, there are some more focussed ways of sensing the orgone within your body.
To try out these ways of feeling your own orgone energy, you need a warm, quiet room and the company and help of a really close friend, someone with whom you feel completely at ease with and with whom you feel free to share your innermost feelings and thoughts. You will find you get the strongest sensations doing these exercises, if you both undress down to your underwear. Obviously you can only do this with someone you feel really comfortable with. You should try this in a really safe environment, in a room where you are sure you will not be disturbed by anyone. Do it at a time when you are free for a nice long time with no calls on you to do anything else. You will also need a firm mattress or something fairly comfortable to lie on, such as a yoga mat or a camping mat. If you have none of these you can improvise perfectly well with a blanket folded up into two or three layers. It is vital that you feel you can completely trust the partner you have chosen to do this work with. If you can’t find a suitable friend, please don’t try to persuade someone to work with you somewhat against their will. Just wait a while until you can find a suitable partner for these exercises.
Let us assume you have found a partner and have all the necessary conditions in which to try these exercises out. Decide between you who is going to be the ‘patient’ first. It is important that as well as safe physical space for this work you have plenty of time, so that you can rest afterwards. Any benefits will quickly disappear, if you have to rush off to work or to keep an appointment afterwards. If you are going to start, lie down on your mattress or substitute and relax into your breathing without trying too hard. ‘Listen in’ to your breathing. Now your partner, (I will call him or her the therapist to distinguish between the two of you), should kneel down by your side and focus carefully on your breathing. She should notice how you breathe, any jerky stages, in particular a noticeable pause between breathing in and breathing out and any holding of your breath at any point at all. I shall now change points of view and talk to the therapist while you, the patient, are relaxing into your breathing.
Observe your partner’s breathing pattern. Before you actually do anything ask him or her where, if anywhere, in their body he or she can feel their energy moving at all. They will most probably answer no to that question. If so a secondary question is helpful: where are they most aware of themselves at the moment? Where do they feel most alive? Remember the answer. Their awareness of themselves may change as their breathing deepens and their energy level rises. After a few cycles, very gently place your hand on his or her upper rib-cage and just ‘listen in’ passively and receptively to her breathing with your hand. If he holds his breath at any point during the cycle you may notice a slight jerk, especially a slight bump as the diaphragm stops moving. The most likely place for a jerky stop is at the end of the inbreath. Most people hold their breath briefly at this point. You can point this out to your partner. If she carries on holding at this point, ask her to make no pause between the inbreath and the outbreath. Most people are, in my experience, capable of breathing like that for a while without too much difficulty. Even this small movement of the breathing towards a more natural pattern can have quite a marked effect on your energy. Ask your partner if he can sense any change in how he feels. Can he feel his energy moving anywhere? If clients in orgone therapy can continue to breathe like this for a few minutes they often report feeling energy moving in parts of their body that they have not been aware of at all until now. Often awareness moves down into the pelvis and legs. Some people even report feeling their breathing in their legs or feet.
If she is comfortable with what you have done so far try to help her maintain this fuller breathing for a few minutes and see if she reports any changes that she becomes aware of. Ask her the same questions as you asked at the beginning and see if the answers are any different. It is surprising how differently we perceive ourselves and our energy once its level has been raised for a short time.
You could try a similar exercise without any work with your breathing, by, for example, listening to your favourite music, something that you know gives you a tingle. You could try hearing it while you are still breathing deeply and fully after a breathing session and see if your ‘body’ hears and reacts differently to the music. You, yourself, may have noticed that on some days something you normally enjoy a lot gives you little or no pleasure. This is probably because your energy is contracted that day. Maybe you can feel what has made it contract. Once you are aware of your own energy and its levels and movement or lack of it, you can use this awareness to help you manage your life more protectively towards your orgone energy.
A good example of this awareness speaking to you is that feeling many people recognise when they meet someone new or when they go into a gathering or a new building. Sometimes we ‘feel right’ in such a situation, even though in theory and on a conscious level we do not have enough information to decide how we feel. At other times we may feel quite the opposite, that things just are not right in there and we do not want to spend any more time there than we really have to. Much of the time, of course, we get no strong reaction either way and are quite happy to feel our way into a group or a social situation and decide how we feel about it after some time there. It is probably only an extreme situation that gives us that very strong positive or negative feeling about a situation or a person. I think that when we get such a powerful, intuitive reaction it is because our own orgone energy system is either contracting (shrinking, pulling in) or expanding (getting bigger, reaching out) very strongly, so strongly that we are aware of it.
It is strange that we can even have such a reaction when no-one else is present. Buildings or even just single rooms appear to be able to help us to expand or contract just by the way they are designed or laid out. A whole school of architecture and design has been developed based on this realisation by Christopher Alexander. He describes and explains it in his book The Timeless Way of Building. He claims that there are certain architectural patterns that simply have a directly positive, biological effect on people and that people know this, if only intuitively. He states that the sorts of features which attract people and make us feel at ease are the same in all cultures and that people spontaneously gravitate to such buildings or places for those reasons. As far as I know, no orgonomists or architects are active in this field. It is an important field of study that an orgonomic approach would help a lot. If you are artistically or architecturally inclined you might find an opening for yourself in this area.
This is a very interesting area indeed for the beginning student of orgonomy. It is a field in which you can do really important scientific observations without needing to buy a great deal of expensive scientific equipment. Yet again, at first glance this may seem another weird idea to you, that you can actually see the orgone in the atmosphere. In practice you are probably seeing it all the time and just taking what you see for granted as one of those things that humans see without asking any questions about it. Older people often dismiss children who ask questions about the atmospheric orgone.
So, how and where do we see the orgone in the atmosphere? It is probably easier for most people to see the effects of the orgone rather than the orgone itself. Still, let’s try and have a look and see if we can see anything. It is best to try this on a dry day with plenty of bright blue sky about. Look up into the sky into the middle distance without trying hard to focus on anything. In fact we need to do quite the opposite, to let our eyes go and not to focus at all, just to look into the distance. If you have already tried the breathing work in the first section, let yourself breathe deeply and slowly, in particular focusing on breathing out without any jerky stops as you do so.
You will probably find that you can see tiny silver dots dancing about the sky, apparently in all directions. You can make out the actual curves of movement of these little dots. They are moving thus;
Reich called this the Kreiselwelle, which is German for spinning wave. It is the basic form of movement of the free atmospheric orgone energy. Sometimes it appears as a pulsating blob, thus. (Both sketches after Wilhelm Reich.)
This is how it looks when it is moving directly towards or away from the viewer. Try observing these forms against the clouds or other backgrounds. Do you find it as easy to see them there? Once you are more aware of what you are seeing, you will be surprised where you can see the orgone dots. I have found that the best conditions for observing it are in an empty room in good atmospheric conditions, as described above, with a matt or plain background, with no furniture or interfering items to distract the eye. I discovered this quite by accident when working as a decorator and I found myself in a very large meeting room that had been stripped and papered with backing paper, prior to being painted with emulsion paint. The backing paper was matt in texture and its colour was very slightly brownish, mildly off-white. If C O R E ever has the resources to have or build its own research centre, it would be a useful piece of orgonomic research to prepare a room in that way and do some serious, consistent observations, before the room was eventually finished and furnished.
Reich also claimed to be able to see the orgone at night against the ground and around plants. He built a simple orgonoscope and said he could see the images magnified by the apparatus, which was a cardboard tube with a simple convex lens at one end. We can get the same effect with a pair of small binoculars with a short close-focus distance. Many lightweight binoculars made for birdwatchers and naturalists will focus down to a few feet and there is a monocular on the market that will focus down to 30 centimetres. The question of whether or not these images are magnified is vexed one and orgonomists have concentrated on clearer tests that definitely demonstrate the presence or effects of orgone energy. However, I am satisfied from my own wide experience of observing the atmospheric orgone energy both with the naked eye and through optical instruments, in daylight and in the dark, and in orgone dark-rooms, that what we see does exist and that it can be magnified easily. Once you have got used to observing the orgone you may be able to think of a new way of objectively proving that what we see really is the orgone, something out there in the air, and not something in our eyes.
We can also observe the effects of the orgone in the atmosphere if we study lights at night. You can only do this in certain conditions, where you can observe a large number of lights at varying distances from your vantage-point. In the UK such geography is fairly common, though not in the south-eastern side of the country. I doubt you could make these observations in East Anglia, unless you had access to a very tall building.
Just as with your daylight investigations this work is done most effectively and easily in bright clear weather. We shall assume that you can view surroundings that are suitable. It helps if you know the geography of the area well, so that you can identify lights in the dark and know where they are in relationship to you. You can then calculate distances quite exactly from a town-plan or an OS map. Take a good look at the lights close to you, say, in your own road, no further than 200-300 yards away. Whatever the atmospheric conditions are you will find that these lights appear stable and immobile. They will not be twinkling. Now take a good look at some lights a lot further away from you, say, about a mile or so. If atmospheric conditions are good, you should find that these lights are wobbling, moving gently. People say these lights are twinkling. Astronomers refer to this effect as bad seeing and claim it is caused by convection currents and the varying refraction of light because of ‘cells’ of air at varying temperatures. (Remember that some lights may appear to be twinkling when in fact leaves of a tree are moving in front of them.)
You will be able to relate this twinkle to the state of the atmosphere. The strange thing about this twinkle is that it is at its strongest in very still atmospheric conditions, when there can be very little, if any, convection from heat sources. I say this from the experience of extensive observation of the atmospheric orgone energy over several years, usually with binoculars or a telescope. You cannot see this without binoculars, unfortunately, but when we observe the orgone waves as first described by Reich in Ether, God and Devil, against a hill-top or power-lines, we see that it is most vigorous in very cold, high-pressure conditions with no wind and a completely still atmosphere. Correspondingly, you will see the strongest twinkle at night in such arctic conditions, often with a temperature well below freezing. It is occasionally possible in this country to see the atmospheric orgone stream with the naked eye when the atmosphere is very excited and lively. In many years of watching for this effect I have only seen it a few times quite close to, at a distance of a few hundred yards. It appears to be more commonly visible close to the sea or over land surrounded by sea.
One observation that you can make with the naked eye quite easily is the sudden start of a strong twinkle as atmospheric conditions change or the opposite the sudden disappearance of the twinkle, often within a few minutes. The twinkle can start quite suddenly, apparently, in very cold conditions in the middle of the night when there cannot possible have been any sudden source of heat to cause convection currents. You will, though, have to be quite patient to make such a decisive observation, as the sudden change does not happen very often. Again, remember that by making these observations you are contributing to serious scientific research and establishing important truths.
A rare experience in observing the atmospheric orgone is the sight of the Aurora Borealis, which I have not yet seen myself. According to conventional science this phenomenon is explained as the ionisation of the upper atmosphere by streams of particles erupting from the sun during sun-spot activity. According to Reich’s orgonomic interpretation of the aurora, it is the excitation of the atmospheric orgone. This may sound like a wild claim but it is based on the similarity of phenomena seen in the orgone dark-room (see below) and the aurora and also on the visual phenomena seen when the concentrated orgone energy of a vacor tube is excited by an electric current. You will need fairly extensive laboratory facilities before you can afford and use an orgone dark-room, but you can see some of these vacor tube experiments on various videos available from OBRL or Orgonon, the Wilhelm Reich Museum.
If you wish to take these observations further you will need to buy or borrow a pair of binoculars and a stand to hold them steady. This is not prohibitively expensive, but does cost at least a couple of hundred pounds. See C O R E’s booklet Observing the Atmospheric Orgone Energyfor more details on observing and instruments to do it with.
Some people claim to be able to see the orgone energy field round people’s bodies. I can see this sometimes when I am orgonotically speaking, in a very good, expanded state. Some people say they can make out different colours and emotional states from a person’s energy field. If you are not too heavily armoured you may be able to see these yourself, too. It is worth trying. You won’t lose anything by doing so. There is a piece of orgonomic equipment, the Heliognosis experimental life energy meter, which actually reacts to a human or animal energy field and even to the field of a non-animate item such as a leaf or a dead animal before its energy charge has completely dissipated. The scanner version of this device, one of the prototypes of which C O R E has, gives a print-out of a human orgone energy field. It may eventually be possible to confirm scientifically some of the effects and states that people claim to be seeing when they observe a human energy field.
When we say touch we all think of our fingertips and hands. In fact touch can involve anywhere on our body surface. Even when scientists accepted the existence of the atmospheric energy as the aether or ether they always assumed that we had no sense to detect it with. They simply took it for granted that this ether was a static, invisible something that filled space. Reich’s life-work showed us that this energy in the atmosphere is motile, pulsating all the time and that it exists within all living creatures in an organised form and that we can sense it in many ways. Have you ever had the experience of ‘feeling’ someone’s touch before their hand actually is in contact with your skin? You can, if you are lucky, (ie, if your energy field is healthy and therefore responsive enough) repeat this experience to order when you are doing the breathing work described above.
Let one of you settle into the breathing and the other kneel up above him or her. Now, bring your hand slowly downwards towards your partner’s body. You may sense your hand ‘going through’ something very light and barely tangible, as your hand gets close to them. When I have tried this I have felt two tangible layers, one some distance out form the other person’s body, 18-20 inches or so and another one much closer, only a few inches away from the skin.
You can do another version of this experiment and see if your partner can sense when your hand goes through their energy field. Do this experiment with your partner lying on their front, so that they cannot see where your hands are and make it up, imagine they can feel your touch or vice versa, when they are influenced by what they can see as opposed to what they can feel. Pass your hands stretched out together with your thumbs almost touching down your partners spine a few inches from the surface of their skin without actually touching them. Ask if they can feel where your hands are and if they feel their own energy moving at all as you move down their back, still without touching them physically.
I often feel a strong response in my hands during my NHS work as a midwife, when I have to palpate a pregnant woman’s abdomen to work out the position of her baby. This is a very basic midwifery skill and something we frequently do in midwifery. I notice my reaction all the more when it happens, as the atmosphere in an ante-natal ward is not very orgonotic and orgone energy fields are not in the forefront of my awareness. Nevertheless I still feel a reaction in my hands often before my hands have actually touched the woman’s abdomen. On some occasions this reaction is so strong that it feels like a mild electric shock. I think we can reasonably assume that the energy charge in a pregnant woman’s abdomen is very strong indeed, much stronger than in a non-pregnant condition. If you find you can feel people’s energy fields quite easily without actually touching their skin you could try this out yourself if you know a pregnant woman who is willing to let you do so. You could also try it with a pregnant animal, if you know of one.
You will find this test depends greatly on your and your partner’s energy states. You may get no reaction in yourself or your partner or both of you if one or both of you are in a poor energy state, say, feeling depressed, recovering from a serious illness, or contracting for some emotional reason. Again, you may have a completely opposite experience if one of you are very expanded and in a high-energy state for some reason, say you are in love or something very positive has happened for one of you. All this may sound a bit strange to you, if you are new to the science of bio-energy, but once you start to train your awareness of your own and other people’s energy states, you will soon take it for granted that these are changing all the time. This is one reason why repeating orgonomic experiments accurately can be so difficult, as they are affected by the energy state of observers involved. If you are aware that you are in a contracted state on a particular day for some reason, it is probably not even worth trying some of these ways of sensing the orgone, as you will probably not be able to feel it, either in yourself or in other people. Even observing the atmospheric orgone energy we find that we see much more when we are in a good state than when we are in a bad, contracted state.
A good way of making use of a poor energy state is to try these experiments and compare your or another person’s response. You might find, for example that you cannot see the orgone dots in the sky or sense your partner’s energy field with your hands in this condition. This is also apparent in the use of the orgone accumulator. A healthy person with a good overall energy charge will soon feel ‘full’ from a short stay in the accumulator. Someone who is chronically contracted with a very low energy level may need weeks, even months of daily sessions in the box before they feel any reaction to the orgone in it. If you had both an accumulator and an energy-field meter, you could do some serious and significant experimenting in this field. This takes us beyond the simple sensing of the orgone energy. I should point out the risks of this happening, if you take this work seriously. You will start by discovering simple but important things and may find you want to go on and get involved with experiments that need instruments beyond those of the human senses. This can get expensive, as we then get into the world of optical instruments such as binoculars, telescopes, and microscopes. Good quality models of these are expensive and you do need good instruments to make accurate orgonomic observations.
Another way in which we can ‘touch’ the orgone is with our whole body. Have you ever had the experience of feeling that a room, a building or a particular site, for example, a clearing in a healthy wood, feels exceptionally comfortable to be in? You can test this quite easily. Think of somewhere that you really like to be and next time you go pay special attention to your own energy response to the place. We readily acknowledge such a feeling in certain groups of people. Yet again, it will be possible to test many of these subjective reactions with laboratory equipment. As you may realise, we are beginning to develop an orgonomic life-work here with many pathways to follow.
This may seem to be a complete impossibility and as far as I know it is not possible to hear the orgone. However, there is one possibility that comes to mind as I write this. Conventional science explains the Aurora borealis as the ionisation of the atmosphere caused by charged particles from the solar wind stimulating the earth’s magnetic field. This can only occur at very high altitudes. However eye-witness accounts of the Aurora describe it sometimes as reaching down to the ground and making loud noises. The only way of testing this is to go and see and hear (if it is possible). This means a trip to Alaska or northern Norway or somewhere similar where you can expect to see the aurora easily and often. I imagine you may well need to see it several times before you see it coming down to the ground. According to the explanations and theories of classical physics the atmospheric conditions for an aurora exist only at very high altitudes. Reich claimed that the aurora is an orgonotic phenomenon from his experience of observing the orgone in his dark-room and noticing many similarities between the aurora and other orgonomic observations that he had repeatedly made. Above all, he noticed the blueness of all orgonomic visual phenomena and the predominantly blue colour of the aurora and the gentle pulsating movements and the lumination of the orgone. Pulsation and lumination are, of course, two main functions of orgone energy. (If you are alive enough, you can sense them both within yourself.) During the years when he was making these observations he was living in two areas, Norway and the northern US, where the aurora is a common occurrence and had seen it many times.
The original edition of his work on the orgone in the atmosphere and space, Cosmic Superimposition, contains a colour photograph of orgone energy luminating in a vacuum tube. We can see the similarity of this to the lumination of the aurora. Unfortunately this colour photograph does not appear in recent paperback editions of CosmicSuperimposition. I have seen a vacuum tube luminating in an orgone darkroom myself and an impressive video-film of the aurora, available from Natural Energy Works. C O R E now has one of these vacuum tubes and can demonstrate it luminating to interested students by arrangement. If C O R E were a well-funded scientific organisation it would be an important part of our research programme to set up an expedition to an area where we could guarantee sightings of the aurora and confirm (or not) this observation. As far as I know Reich never heard the aurora. I have read about sounds of the aurora myself and heard an eye-witness account.
In the descriptions above of ways of sensing the orgone you will have seen how we keep coming up against the science of the orgone and scientific ways of demonstrating what we feel subjectively. It is quite probable that some younger, lively readers will be interested enough to want to take their work further and make some serious scientific observations, in effect to become an orgonomist. You will have noticed that I have suggested several extra activities or experiments that you might try, if you are becoming seriously interested in this work. This is typical of orgonomic work. Many different and interesting pathways open before you without your even having to look for them. It is an extremely fertile field of enquiry that makes connections for you all the time.
The simplest scientific observations that a beginning student orgonomist can make are those of the atmospheric orgone. This is also the easiest technically and the cheapest as far as equipment is concerned. At C O R E we have investigated extensively the price and quality of optical instruments that you need to make accurate observations in this field. The very minimum, both as far as quality and price go, is a pair of Helios 20 x 60 binoculars and the tripod that you need with all binoculars and telescopes to make steady, trustworthy observations. A pair of 30 x 80 Helios binoculars do the job much better but are almost three times the price of the smaller instrument, (£250 and £100 respectively). Spotting scopes or small refractor telescopes allow you to see much more detail and are useful for other interests, especially bird-watching and astronomy, but will be even more expensive. You can acquaint yourself with what is available in the optical goods market by having a browse through the adverts in AstronomyNow, the monthly popular astronomy magazine. Spotting ‘scopes are advertised in the monthly bird-watching magazines.
Strathspey Binoculars supply what they call giant binoculars, which magnify 40x with objective lenses 100mm in diameter, ie 40 x 100 in conventional optical terms. With the addition of 2x Barlow lenses you can double this magnification to x80. These are enormous and powerful by the standards of binoculars. C O R E has a pair of these and they are our preferred instrument for observing the atmospheric orgone energy. However they are heavy to set up and would be beyond the strength of a small child. They also need a permanent area to stand in as they are too heavy and unwieldy to set up and take down every day. For all that they are very effective instruments and anyone setting up an orgonomic observatory should have a pair of these. Spotting ‘scopes designed for bird-watching are also excellent for observing the atmospheric orgone energy and are much easier to set up and move about. They do not need so much floor-space as a pair of large binoculars. They are relatively expensive but can be used for many other activities. They are quite portable, much more so than heavy binoculars. For further discussion of instruments for observing the orgone in the atmosphere see C O R E’s booklet Observing the Atmospheric Orgone Energy.
Helios binoculars are offered for sale by.many of the firms advertising in Astronomy Now. Strathspey binoculars can be found at www.Strathspey.co.uk , phone no 01479 812549.
The experimental life-energy field meter made by Heliognosis is now available from C O R E and the video-film of the Aurora Borealis is available from Natural Energy Works at
PO Box 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520, USA
Natural Energy Works sell a wide range of books including all the available works by Wilhelm Reich and many other titles relevant to orgonomy. A search through ABEBooks.com will throw up literally hundreds of secondhand copies of his works, many of them in cheap paperback editions.
I have mentioned the accumulator here and there in this booklet. Building and using an accumulator is a vital part of any student-orgonomist’s education and is very much connected to the work described in this booklet. Sitting in an accumulator will give you some more controlled and scientific experience of the orgone energy in your own organism. As well as feeling its effect on yourself, you can also try to see the orgone in the dark, if you have an accumulator. You will need to be able to construct a temporary environment that is completely dark to do this. An orgone-room that is both dark inside and an accumulator itself allows many more advanced orgonomic investigations to be made. Reich constructed an orgone dark-room at Orgonon which still exists. James DeMeo also has one at OBRL in Oregon. Both these organisations run summer events in which students can observe in these dark rooms. C O R E hopes to build one eventually when we have enough space for one. See C O R E’s booklet How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator or DeMeo’s Orgone Accumulator Handbook for more information on building accumulators. A full-size accumulator large enough to sit in is a fairly expensive item but it is possible to build a small experimental one for scientific work for a very low cost.
If this short text has interested you in the wider study of orgonomy an excellent introduction to this study is a collection of extracts from Reich’s most important works – Selected Writings. This is still in print in the USA. C O R E publishes a series of booklets on various aspects of orgonomy, one of which is AStudent’s Guide to Orgonomic Literature and Resources. This gives newcomers to orgonomy some guidance to reading materials. If you wish to examine the optical equipment referred to in the text or would like to try out an orgone energy meter or scanner, please contact C O R E. You are welcome to visit by arrangement to see these items. C O R E also has some secondhand books by Reich and some new titles for sale. Please enquire for details.
* See for example the writings of Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940), a well known physicist and university professor of his time, who wrote much about the ether and says repeatedly in The Ether of Space, published in 1909, that human beings have no way of sensing the atmospheric ether. Another well known Victorian physicist, professor G G Stokes (1809-1903), quoted in LS Swenson’s history of the famous ether-drift experiments conducted by A E Michelson, E Morley, and D Miller, The Aethereal Ether, says ‘the very existence of which [the ether] our senses gives us no direct information.’
 Reich W (1973); Ether, God and Devil, chapter IV, Animism, Mysticism and Mechanistics, FS&G. This important chapter is also reprinted in Selected Writings.
 ibid; chapter III, Organ Sensation as a Tool of Natural Research.
 Holt J (1977); Instead of Education, page 8, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth.
 Reich W (1983); Children of the Future, pages 89-113, Armouring in a New-Born FS&G.
 Reich W (1983); The Function of the Orgasm, page 270, Souvenir Press, London.
 My own experience in orgone therapy and one reported to me by many other people during orgone therapy.
 Alexander C (1979); The Timeless Way of Building, Oxford University Press, London.
 Reich W (1973a); Cosmic Superimposition, page 205, FS&G.
 This is the 8 x 20 Galleryscope, made by Opticron and available from them direct or retail agents. Price in Opticron’s catalogue is £64:00
 Reich W (1973); op cit, pages 150-151.
 Reich W (1973a); op cit, page 240.
 Jones P (2004); Observing the Atmospheric Orgone Energy, C O R E, Preston.
 Lodge O (1909); The Ether Of Space, Harper and Brothers, London, available as a Kessinger Publishing’s reprint,www.kessinger.net .
 Reich W (1973); op cit, chapter III, Organ Sensation as a Tool of Research.
 Reich W (1973a); op cit, chapter VI, The Ring of the Aurora Borealis – R78
 Reich W (1951); Cosmic Superimposition (original edition), page 66, Orgone Institute Press, Rangeley, Maine. (This colour-photograph is included in the hardback version of this text published in 1973.)
 Brown N et al (1986); Aurora, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Available from Natural Energy Works, PO Box, 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520 , USA.
 Thomson S (2008); personal communication to me while I was on holiday on Fairisle, Shetland. Mr Thomson seemed to be an attentive, accurate observer and volunteered this information before I had even asked him about hearing the aurora.
 Reich W (1973a); op cit, pages 240-241.
 Jones P (2002); How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator, C O R E, Preston.
 DeMeo J (1999); The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, Natural Energy Works, Greensprings, Oregon.
 Reich W (1960); Selected Writings. This volume was originally published by FS&G and has been re-published several times over the years. The most recent edition is from Welcome Rain Publishers, New York, 2000.
 Jones P (2003); A Student’s Guide to Orgonomic Literature and Resources, C O R E, Preston.
FS&G = Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Last revised January 3rd, 2016