Who is Wilhelm Reich?

Dr. Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a student and a protégé of Dr. Sigmund Freud. He began his career in 1919 working alongside his teacher. Dr. Wilhelm Reich is the pioneering scientist in the discovery of a ‘vital energy’ which he called ‘Orgone energy’ (a name given to the cosmic life energy).   His studies was primarily investigations into the human sexual functioning.

He believed that the discovery of the Orgone energy identify it permanently with life, organic functioning and with the orgasm, which may be termed as the root of physical life. Consequently, he became a controversial social theorist and researcher.


What is Orgone energy?

Orgone energy demonstrably exists in everything living as a pulsatory, specific biological Energy of non-electric character. Externally, in nature, Orgone energy exists as primordial mass-free energy in the soil, water and atmosphere of the earth.

How did he apply the Orgone energy?

In 1940, he constructed devices intended to concentrate and focuses the Orgone energy, called Orgone accumulators, and claimed that they could be use to cure cancer and other illnesses. And in the latter medium, it is accessible to, and manipulable by extremely simple mechanical contrivances known as cloud buster (CLBs).

CLBs areWilhelm Reich legacy; he believed that orgasmic energy could control the weather. A Cloud buster is a pseudo-scientific device designed by Reich which he believed could produce rain by manipulating ‘Orgone energy’ present in the atmosphere.

A Cloud buster was intended to be used in a way similar to a lighting rod. The Cloud buster consist of an array of parallel hollow metal tubes which are connected at the rear of flexible metal hoses which are equal or slightly smaller in diameter to the parallel tubes. The open ends of the hose are then placed in the water, to draw the Orgone energy out of the atmosphere.  Reich believed water to be a natural Orgone absorber.  The pipes are aim at areas in the sky to draw energy to the ground; this causes the formation of clouds and rain. Reich had conducted dozens of experiments with the cloud buster, calling the research ‘Cosmic Orgone Engineering’.

How did he use the cloudbuster?

In 1953, Blueberry farmers in Maine offered to pay Reich if he could end a drought that threatened the crop. Reich set up his cloud buster and operated it just for just over an hour; the next morning it started to rain and the crop was saved. Although, skeptics suggest this was merely a coincidence.

What happened to his scientific theory?

In 1956, Dr. Wilhelm Reich was condemned for unscientific claims by the FDA because of his theories about sexual freedom and his discovery of an alleged ‘Orgone energy’. FDA ordered the destruction of Reich’s accumulator, pamphlets and books in his experimental laboratory. Then, Reich received sentences for two years for continuing to market the Orgone accumulator as a cancer cure. He died of a heart attack in prison, just one day before he was due to apply for parole.  TIME magazine printed the following when he died.

Died. Wilhelm Reich, 60, once-famed psychoanalyst, associate, and follower of Sigmund Freud, founder of the Wilhelm Reich Foundation, lately better known for unorthodox sex and energy theories; of a heart attack in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, Pa; where he was serving a two-year term for distributing his invention, the “orgone energy accumulator” (in violation of the Food and Drug Act), a telephone-booth-size device which supposedly gathered energy from the atmosphere, and could cure, while the patient sat inside, common colds, cancer and impotence.

Years later after his death, science still rejects his ideas, however, Reich’s influence is still strongly felt in psychotherapy today.

My discovery of the Life Energy is today widely known nearly all over the globe, in hundreds of institutions, whether acclaimed or cursed. It can no longer be stopped by anyone, no matter what happens to me– Dr. Wilhelm Reich