Wednesday, 8 April 2015

THE ORGONE CONTINUUM - A LIFE-FORCE THEORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Part 1 - Orgone & Non-locality.

By Leon Southgate

INTRODUCTION

Wilhelm Reich discovered a life-creative cosmic and biological force which he called orgone. For years I have tried to understand how such a life-force may relate to consciousness – mostly without success. I propose however that this relationship, between orgone and consciousness, is comprehensible theoretically and that there is preliminary evidence for such a position.

If one doubts that orgone itself exists please see the synopsis of 50 plus years of orgonomic research within my Reich Biblio or check out this link to Dr Demeo’s current research at www.orgonelab.org. There is good evidence for a life-force both within orgonomy and outside of it. Orgonomy has good evidence for the anomalous functioning of the orgone accumulator (Synopsis section, page 228 of Reich Biblio) and the cloudbuster (Synopsis section, page 207 of Reich Biblio) amongst other aspects of Reich’s original research. The scientists, Alfven, Arp, Benveniste, Berkson, Becker, Brown, Kevran, Miller and Sheldrake all detail evidence which supports the existence of orgone in separate fields to orgonomy (Appendix 1).

In previous essays I have outlined a map for how I think this relationship between orgone and consciousness might work. As a foundation for understanding I found I had no choice but to re-evaluate the definition of orgone. Instead of orgone being purely an energy phenomenon (something that performs work in time and space) I posited that it may be a three part continuum. It would range from a unified 'physical-consciousness' field then to ‘energy’ and lastly to ‘matter’.

It is impossible to understand something like consciousness, something that is clearly not an energy phenomenon, in terms of energy. Our sense of self, our observing ‘being’ is not energy. We cannot gain more of our self, concentrate or discharge our self as though it were energy. Self, perception and consciousness are not quantitative like energy. Something about oneself stubbornly stays the same despite the flow of time. In addition, aspects of cognition have been shown to be outside of the flow of time altogether, precognition in humans, or precognitive behaviour in animals being examples. The latter has been shown to exist experimentally in animals by the scientist Sheldrake (Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, R. Sheldrake). Such abilities cannot be energetic as energy only exists as changes in time. Consciousness may have energetic aspects but it is essentially not an energy phenomenon. Modern consciousness research, for example using Random Event Generators, has detailed these aspects of consciousness extensively. A good summary of such research can be found in ‘The Field’ by Lynne McTaggart.

Also, Blasband in his original article, 'The Ordering of Random Events by Emotional Expression' and in his discussion with Demeo in 'Implications of Current Consciousness Research' comments that there is strong statistical evidence in 'precognitive' studies to support the view that consciousness can bypass time. In precognitive studies a 'percipient' attempts to visualise what an 'agent' in the field is seeing prior to the agent actually going to a randomly determined location. In other words, it is remote viewing outside of time. Jahn and Dunne, discuss that consciousness can be defined as everything that we call the self and everything that the self experiences (including matter). The phenomenom that is consciousness itself however must in some way be beyond time. Consciousness is thus both non-electrical and non-energetic in nature. In this essay I concur with Blasband that there is a realm deeper than space and time and that the mass-free orgone energy may well be the 'operative force' in this realm (Implications of Current Consciousness Research). In fact, that is the nub of my whole argument. I believe that it is orgone that is conscious, the orgone that is non-local and the orgone that is the medium, or to use Blasband's term, the 'substrate' for all these functions.

Matter and particles may not be non-local in themselves, they may just merge into the non-locality of the universal orgone field. So in one sense I agree with Caroline Thompson in her critique of quantum physics - that the apparent non-locality in the quantum physics experiments (based on the original double slit experiments) might simply be threshold wave effects and that the particles do not themselves violate locality. However, I don't agree with her that locality and causal time effects are always preserved, to say that science should always have that as its starting point is not scientific. Science, to be worthy of the name, should never say, the universe 'must' or can 'only' function in a certain way. Science can only really honestly say, 'thus far it looks like this, according to our experiments, but it might change in the future.' Demeo has argued in personal exchanges that quantum physics is not actually used in much engineering, wave physics are much more useful practically. Also it is debatable whether quantum physics has actually resulted in any useful real life applications.

To return to our definition of 'spirit', if we view orgone as being the conscious, non-local substrate, of the universe, this is actually indistinguishable from a non-religious and physical defintion of the term, 'spirit'. I believe there could indeed be a scientific definition of ‘spirit’. I proposed that the first part of an orgone continuum would be a non-material but strictly physical entity that possesses consciousness. As a background to this I have argued in the Preliminary Essays that we need to separate physicality from materiality, they are not the same thing. As I have stated, a physical-consciousness field is essentially no different to ‘spirit’. Those with a materialist outlook may prefer other words but although it was tempting to invent new terminology, the term ‘spirit’ is simpler and strictly used, already has the same meaning as I intend here.

McTaggart refers to a similar concept with the notion of a universal 'field'. However, McTaggart's ‘field’ is a quantum physics-based interconnecting but essentially mystical non-physical field composed of nothingness (although she recognizes that this intangible, immeasurable universal field has real-life effects). I believe the primary realm to be entirely physical so I have used the term, 'spirit'. Please overlook any religious connotations, they are not intended. I did consider alternative terms such as Physical-Consciousness Field, Unified Field or Prime Field but opted for 'spirit' eventually. Time will indicate the appropriate term. The word 'spirit' is not considered politically correct presently (2015). I also challenge the notion of a universal emptiness or vacuum underlying the universe such as is the view in certain mystical views or with a zero point field. If a universal physical substrate is conscious it does not have to be material to be physical. Consciousness is not empty. Consciousness is physical and physicality is also not emptiness.

I see physicality as a shared, continuing and lawful experience or reality. I define spirit as a universal field, force or entity that is non-material (not made of gross matter or particles) but physical (having lawful, continuing, shared reality) and that is conscious. I have indeed defined physicality in terms of consciousness but this is rational. As quantum physics concedes, consciousness may be the grounding of physical reality. Besides which, there is no other way to define physicality than in terms of consciousness. One could argue that physicality is something that can be measured with scientific instruments but this falls down eventually for what is a measurement but a shared reality? And of course, a shared reality is a form of consciousness. Physicality always comes back to consciousness. However, this does not mean consciousness is ‘nothingness’. Consciousness is always physical. One cannot be aware of something that is not in effect a ‘body’. So all consciousness is bodily and all bodies are physical by my definition (having lawful, shared, continuing reality). A virtual reality may appear to have some of the characteristics of physicality I have described but not all and the characteristics are limited (for example the virtual reality ends when the equipment is switched off). Alternatively, perhaps all realities, virtual or otherwise, are physical but in varying degrees. Some people have been able to share the dreaming states and when more than one mind dreams together the reality becomes more physical in character it is said. But these are asides, I believe the definition of physicality still broadly applies.

To continue our thread here, this primary orgone ‘physical-consciousness’ would morph into what is traditionally termed orgone ‘energy’. This secondary energy realm would have all the properties Wilhelm Reich outlined. For example, a non-mass but mass-creative, life-creative energy which fills all space and is the basis of movement in matter and organisms. Then the last part of the continuum is the most material – what we call ‘matter’ (which Reich believed arises from life-energy). So orgone, I believe, is primarily a physical-consciousness or 'spirit' field. Secondarily it becomes energy. Tertiary - it becomes matter - a tripartite continuum. On the subject of physics and 'mass', Reich believed that orgone was a pre-atomic energy that is free of mass. He contrasted orgone to nuclear energy which is a post-atomic energy dependent on the destruction of atoms. He believed that the superimposition processes of orgone - its spiral attraction to itself - leads to the creation of mass in the universe. So at some point orgone must develop some level of mass in order to create mass I believe. Some other researchers think that orgone may originally have slight mass. I believe it is a continuum from non-mass to slight mass. The ancient Chinese conception of life-force is also characterised as a continuum interestingly.

Tripartite Orgone Continuum 



Non-locality

The finding in quantum physics that particles may behave at times with non-locality (to be two places at once, behaving like a wave) spelt the beginning of the end for materialism. This is because many quantum physicists now believe that particles are not always particle-like in their behaviour. Particles may be able to behave at times like a wave, going through two experimental slits at once. Consciousness began to come into the equation too. This was because measurement of the two slit experiment appeared to affect the outcome - whether the particles behaved like particles (and went through one slit of the double slit experiment) or behaved like a wave (going through both slits). The double-slit experiment appears to show that electrons can behave like waves or like particles under certain conditions possibly to do with our interaction with the experiment. This changed some physicist's perception of matter. As the electron ‘wave-or-particle’ duality seemed to depend on our observation of the process, physicists began to talk of the primacy of the mind in creating physical reality.

Double Slit Experiment


The above illustration shows photons or particles being propagated at the first line which then goes through two slits at the second line (thus no longer behaving as particles but as a distributed wave). The apparent evidence that the particle has become a wave is demonstrated at the third line (a photographic plate) which shows the interference pattern of a wave. (The pattern of particles would be a singular vertical line). Caroline Thompson argues that quantum physics has misinterpreted much of its data and experimental evidence and that the apparently non-local effects may simply be threshold wave effects - an energy phenomenom. Indeed as we have noted earlier wave mechanics are much more useful in terms of everyday engineering than some apparently non-local statistical behaviour of particles. Are we actually observing a single particle in quantum experiments or are we misinterpreting wave and energy effects of multiple particles? I do not know and am not qualified to be able to discern the answers to that, but I do feel that it is a mistake to view the surface phenomenom of matter as being the substrate of non-locality. It would make more sense if matter merged into and out of the deeper realm of a physical, conscious, non-mass and universal orgone.

However, such a field may be pretty close to what some quantum physicists are currently speculating must exist. When aether physics was thrown out in the 20th century we took a long and costly detour. By insisting that the speed of light was constant despite evidence otherwise and by the making of Einstein and his theories into a global hero worship circus we erased both the aether and perhaps a unified field theory of physics - see here for more http://www.einsteinconspiracy.co.uk/ and here for a general overview of how we may have gone wrong http://einsteinwrong.com/new/

So perhaps it is a universal orgone that may account for any non-local aspects we observe in the material world. If orgone has non-local properties then it means that orgone is not always behaving like energy. If orgone is not always behaving like energy it is much easier to envisage it behaving like a physical consciousness field. I recognise that the possible non-locality of orgone does not prove it is conscious independently but it is a major step in that direction. Orgone cannot possess a consciousness field if it does not also possess non-local attributes (because we know that consciousness possesses non-local aspects). To return, energy cannot be in two distinct places at once as it is bound in time and space. Energy is not completely instantaneous. So it would appear that energy is not itself consciousness. If orgone has non-local aspects and in addition possesses consciousness, then it could be argued that it is like ‘spirit’ in its primary manifestation or at least possesses some of the qualities associated with that term. It should be noted that I am not arguing that orgone is not energy. Most of its known functions remain describable as energy. I am merely arguing that it also has aspects of its functioning that are not energetic.

Previous Orgone Theories

I should mention that I believe Reich himself to have never made a firm decision on whether he viewed orgone as possessing consciousness in its free state, what I call orgone as, ‘conscious-in-itself’. This is because he simultaneously argued that perception may arise as a consequence of orgone’s movement within the membrane of an organism (the ‘movement-within-a-membrane’ theory of consciousness as I call it). This is actually not that different from the mechanistic views of consciousness which argue that consciousness arises from the processes of matter in the brain. Both are ‘consciousness-as-a-consequence’ theories (epiphenomenom). However, no one can show where exactly consciousness resides in the brain or in the body. Sheldrake gives convincing arguments scientifically (The Science Delusion, Freeing The Spirit of Enquiry by R. Sheldrake) against memory being stored as material traces. The non-localisation of memories does indeed contradict mechanical theories of consciousness.

Orgone researchers might argue alternatively that consciousness is localised in the body. Certainly it is true that the body, like the brain, expresses and is an instrument of consciousness but to say that the body is our consciousness and without it consciousness would cease to exist is to ignore the growing body of data that suggests consciousness can survive material death. For example the large quantity of Near Death Experiences and research as recounted by Dr Eben Alexander or Dr Ray Moody. Alexander examines how none of the conventional materialist explanations for NDEs reflect the actual evidence – see Appendix B in Alexander's book, Proof of Heaven for a synopsis. The growing body of Western and Asian Past Life Research also contradicts consciousness being exclusively tied to the material realm, for example that of the US academic, Jim Tucker(http://uvamagazine.org/articles/the_science_of_reincarnation). Sheldrake’s arguments against materialisation of memory in the brain also apply to the body.

Reich hinted toward both the views of consciousness I have outlined (orgone as ‘conscious-in-itself’ and orgone creating consciousness through ‘movement-within-a-membrane’). I believe he was actually undecided on the matter, unless it was detailed in his two books written in prison and presumed stolen ('On Poems and Prayers' entrusted to Aurora Reich and 'Creation/Silent Witness' entrusted to the prison chaplain). He had other more pressing problems at this stage of his life (the 1950s), such as just surviving and of finishing the huge amount of work he had started in so many fields.

I should also note that if the view that consciousness arises from the movement of orgone ‘within-a-membrane’ is taken that this is not an orgonomic but a systems theory. However, it is interesting that Reich was an early proponent of systems theory in relation to consciousness.

Some within orgonomy (the study of orgone) have argued that perhaps free orgone possesses a limited amount of undeveloped consciousness. However, this concessionary argument seems to suffer from unnecessary restriction. If free orgone is conscious why should that consciousness be primitive? This is saying that without the material boundaries of an organism, orgone is primitive. But orgone is primary whereas the material realm is not even secondary but tertiery I believe. Additionally, consciousness may transcend material boundaries in for example, Near Death Experiences, Remote Viewing (seeMcTaggart’s The Field or Vibrational Medicine by Gerber) and Reincarnation research. So to say that the level of consciousness is entirely defined by organism boundaries is not supported. Such a view is actually just an opinion based on accepting some evidence (material existence) but ignoring the other fields stated above. To believe that consciousness is defined by matter alone I would have to forever ignore any evidence that suggests psychic, spiritual or non-local consciousness phenomena are real (an example of the latter would be remote viewing).

Society is lop-sided toward materialism and is very particular about what science it accepts. For example, it accepts that there is no cosmic aether based on a handful of often poorly conducted experiments such as by Michelson and Morley and by rejecting Dayton Miller’s superior work (aether is a related concept to life-force). In the same vein society dismisses psychic and spiritual phenomena that have centuries and libraries worth of detailed documentation. Is that really rational?

On a sidenote, even the early Einstein (like Newton and Descartes before him) believed that a background substratum to the universe must exist. To make sense of relativity theory and its view that time and space are physical mediums he embraced the concept of an aether (which he later rejected). This reminds me of Freud's initial acceptence of the libido as a real physical energy which he later rejected, again in favour of a 'nothingness' theory. 

Synopsis of Introduction

I am proposing the hypothesis that in its primary state orgone is independently conscious and physical but mass-free and thus corresponds to what could now be called ‘spirit’ but in a strictly scientific sense. If preferred the terms, ‘Primary Field’, ‘Prime Force’, 'Unified Field' or ‘Physico-Consciousness Field’ could be used to describe this level of the life-force or orgone. Star Wars fans and Jedi enthusiasts could continue to use the term, 'the Force'. I tend to use the phrase life-force rather than life-energy to describe orgone in totality as this phrase is more compatible with orgone being a continuum as detailed. The physical consciousness level of orgone could well be called a 'force' in that it may be capable of creating movement within the realms of energy and matter.
As discussed, I solved the relationship problem (of orgone & consciousness) theoretically by postulating that orgone is a tripartite continuum of spirit, energy and matter properties.

Allowing that orgone has a primary aspect as a spirit-like field (physical, shared, lawful consciousness) would allow orgone to be reconciled with non-local consciousness and spiritual phenomena such as ESP, telepathy, psychic phenomena, personal consciousness, perception beyond the material body and spirit entities. It would also explain how consciousness and orgone interrelate – at the primary unified level of a physical consciousness field. This relationship then expresses and develops at the secondary level of ‘energy’ and is then substantively embodied at the tertiary level of ‘matter’. All three of these phases are aspects of a single orgone continuum I believe. There is no need for a new term for orgone, just to drop the epithet ‘energy’ unless one is specifically referring to the secondary aspects of orgone.

PRELIMINARY EVIDENCE

Does the orgone that can be objectively measured possess non-local aspects? Yes, it almost certainly does I believe and there are initial phenomena that support this assertion. I started by exploring the relationship orgone and consciousness may have by using my imagination. I have then found that there are physical observations that support the relationships that seemed most logical to me. I will start with acupuncture.

Acupuncture

The Chinese traditionally believe a life-force exists and that this force is concentrated within channels of flow within the body. My MSc study and peer reviewed, published experimental studies indicated that the qi energy in acupuncture and orgone may be the same energy. My MSc was also published as a book by academic publishers, Lambert Scientific. It posited dozens of theoretical parallels and found that orgone has a real effect on acupuncture in a double blind, placebo controlled experiment with 72 participants (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reichian Theory, European Journal of Oriental Medicine article). 

In acupuncture it is a well known phenomenon that a point can be activated at one end of the channel by using the opposite end of the same channel or even a related channel. For example the face can be affected by needling a point on the same channel in the leg or foot. This also works from side to side - one can affect the right foot say by needling the left foot.

The qi in the channels often feels like it is ‘leaping’ from one point to another, intelligently. Someone may feel a pulsing at acupuncture point Heart 7 on the wrist and then all of a sudden the pulsing leaps to Liver 3 on the foot. This might also help explain how certain points such as Bladder 67 on the toe can have a documented effect on entirely unrelated areas of the body such as the uterus. Bladder 67 can be used to help turn a breach fetushttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14564112. One can also activate the points merely by thinking about them – demonstrating the conscious nature of qi.
Korean Hand Acupuncture has aspects which appear to be non-local too. It uses the 'holographic' or 'mirror' principle of Chinese medicine. This is the non-local principle that a part of the body can exactly mirror the whole of the body - like a part of a hologram mirrors the whole.

The Koreans have given us a whole new set of points, a great rarity in such an ancient medicine. Every acupuncture point on the body is exactly mapped on the hand. Needling the hand point activates both the body point and the body channel. Perhaps because the hands require such a large portion of neurological function they are the best mirror or hologram that I have noted clinically. The other maps, such as on the ear, do not have the exactness or power of the hand maps in my experience. Needling even a single point on the hand can activate a whole body channel. I once needled a 'facial' point on the hand for acute toothache and all the face pain 'jumped' from the face into the hand point at once (which was extremely unpleasant for the person). I took the needle out after which the toothache returned to the face then gradually dissipated over about 10-20 minutes. This was an extreme case but generally I've found the Korean hand points to be more effective at relieving dental pain than the actual local face points. I believe Korean hand acupuncture, which is scientifically validated to have strong biological effects (see Koryo Hand Therapy by T. Yoo) works purely through the non-local aspects of qi or orgone.

Dr Tan (http://www.oxfordmedical.co.uk/uploaded_files/1038/downloads/article_rothenbg.pdf) is a very successful acupuncture practitioner. His clinical practise is studied across the West and relies on the non-local aspects of acupuncture. He has moved away from the herbal or substance-dominated Chinese medical theory in favour of the ancient energy-based channel theory of acupuncture (both theories are contained within Chinese Medicine). In order to relieve pain at one end of the channel system he will use an opposite end of the system rather than the local points. Or he'll use another channel completely and the opposite end of it to relieve pain in the viscinity of a different but related channel. His treatments are very well regarded for their speed and efficacy. They are popular with the growing Community Acupuncture movement for this reason.

Other Treatments

Reflexology also utilizes non-local effects I believe. Areas of stress in the body often show up as grittiness in the corresponding zone of the foot. Reflexology itself seems to have strong effects on the internal organs and may affect mental states such as depression (http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology/what-does-research-say-about-refloxology)

Non-local Healing

Patients and even cell cultures can be affected by 'healing energy' sent from a practitioner's hands. However some healers can affect the object of their attention without even being in physical proximity, again demonstrating both the non-local aspect of qi/orgone and that it has a consciousness aspect to its functioning (Vibrational Medicine by R. Gerber). See also the amazing healing work of the Russian Levashov, which has often demonstrated both non-local aspects and very refined consciousness qualities. There is another set of observations I have seen that also supports my contention that orgone has a non-local aspect. This experiment is found in modern day Mesmerism.

Mesmerism

Mesmerism is the forerunner of hypnotism. It uses more physical and bodily methods than are generally used within modern talk-based hypnotism. It is a very powerful method and has even been used in the past to perform thousands of operations without anaesthetic in Mesmeric hospitals in India, something that has been lost to the annals of 20th Century history. Mesmer believed in a life-energy and the force he postulated had much in common with Reich’s orgone. See here for a synopsis of the common ground between Mesmerism and Orgonomy, blog link.

Non-local Energy Fields In Mesmerism


The above illustration details a modern day Mesmeric experiment. I have seen this experiment performed successfully in England a number of times and have taken part in it as a participant. Both times I was impressed with the apparent objectivity of the results. I have been informed by the leading exponent of Mesmerism in the UK, Lee Gerrard-Barlow that he has seen this experiment conducted a dozen times or more in France, all with positive results.

To further emphasise the non-local connection between the two participants sometimes one of them is in another floor of the same building in a separate room (usually directly above the experimental area). Most often however, the participants are seated back to back as illustrated above.
In the above example the man on the left and the woman on the right are both put into a light trance using Mesmeric methods by the practitioner who is illustrated standing above.

The following Mesmeric methods may be used to put the participants in a light trance: the practitioner’s visual focus (eye to eye contact with the patient), controlled breathing (of practitioner and patient) focusing of the patient’s eyes on an object, focus on an external light and ‘massage’ of the person’s energy aura.

Once the participants are in a light trance and sat in the chairs as above, the practitioner then directs energy, or strokes the energy field of one of the participants. In the illustration above, he directs or strokes the energy field of one arm of the woman. This may cause an unconscious auto-reaction in the second participant’s body. In this case, one of the man’s arms is rigidly raised upwards.

In summary, the practitioner directs or strokes the energy field of one of the participants. The other trance-connected participant, whether next to their partner or in another room may react unconsciously with automatic body movements in a corresponding part of their own body.
In the above example, once the man and woman are in a light trance they become one unit and the interactions of the practitioner with one participant are immediately reflected in the other. This may indicate a non-local life-force field governs both people and with which the practitioner is here interacting.

In my own experience of the experiment I found the automatic movements to be quite compulsive and not easily controlled consciously. It is not that I couldn’t stop the movements with effort but that I had no wish to either be in control or to direct my body consciously.

Blasband's Orgonomic Random Event Generation Experiments

Blasband conducted a series of experiments over a period of several months using an electronic Random Event Generator (REG). Further useful discussion can be read here in the 'Implications of Current Consciousness Research' within Pulse of the Planet 5. The hypothesis was that strong emotions might disturb the REG output, making it record slightly out of random. The REG was placed 10 feet away in Blasband's orgonomic psychiatric therapy room and hidden from view. When patients were strongly emotional (as can occur in cathartic episodes of psychiatric orgone therapy) the therapist noted the time on special software. The investigation used 8 female patients who were successfully involved in long term orgone therapy (women are known to be more strongly emotive generally). A strong, statistically significant correlation was found between the emotive episodes and less random REG output.

I believe that this experiment indicates that a non-local orgone field associated with the women was affecting the output of the REG. Although the REG was local to the room it was not within the direct electro-magnetic or energetic aura of the women, being 10 feet away. Thus it can be argued that it was not a local body field, as we would understand it normally, that was disturbing the output of the device.

Orgone Blankets

My father had an interest in Reichian psychotherapy and he had a small orgone blanket. He used to tell me not to wear the blanket all night as I would have overly vivid dreams. This is certainly the case as I have noted since. Such an effect might not entirely be due to overcharge of the body but could partly be a direct stimulation of the person's consciousness field.

CONCLUSION

A theoretical framework for understanding how orgone and consciousness may relate has been detailed (as a primary force-field that has the indistinguishable characteristics of physicality & consciousness). Evidence from Acupuncture, Mesmerism, Natural healing and Orgone Psychiatric Therapy has been cited to support the non-locality of orgone (or life-force). This in turns indicates orgone may possess consciousness at its most basic level. If this indeed reflects reality there are a number of practical implications to be considered.

Firstly if the primary realm of orgone is a non-material, non-local, physical consciousness field this could give rise to any number of energetic and material dimensions. So other dimensions like our own could be possible or realms that are more energetic or spirit-like in nature. An entirely spiritual realm of existence could be possible too. Having said that I am not aware of evidence for other matieral dimensions. Evidence for spiritual dimensions exists I believe. It would also help bring to an end the Cartesian argument between reality being either mind-based (idealism) or matter-based (materialism). Duality would be superseded by a trinity of spirit-energy-matter, all three states being ultimately real at their particular level of experience. However, it would indicate that the spirit realm transcends the other two levels and is the most basic mother of the other two realities.

If the primary reality is spiritual physical-consciousness it also implies that as 'spirit' may be the mother of energy and matter, both energy and matter would be infinite. There would only be as much energy or matter as can be imagined. The conservation of energy and matter would be contradicted.
It would also imply that it is possible that matter could enter into or out of the material realm (tertiary level) and energetic realms (secondary level). So such science fiction favourites as warp drives should indeed be possible at least theoretically.

If the primary realm of orgone is non-local, in other words, universal, and conscious without restriction then such an entity would be close to what some have called, 'God'. This doesn't mean the deistic notion of an all-powerful creator God necessarily. Perhaps the theistic, Gnostic, Buddhist or non-religious conceptions of an intelligent universe might suffice. Personally I have gone from being a devout atheist to becoming a spiritual but hopefully, scientific, theist. If the universe is one intelligent, physical entity why should it not also possess personal consciousness? Some assume that such a field as I am describing would be impersonal, but there is no reason to assume a field of physical consciousness would not possess a personality. The future of science may be an uncomfortable place for materialist atheists. I do not believe in a creator God as I do not believe it is proved that the universe has a beginning that would necessitate one (being sceptical of Big Bang theory). However I remain a theist as I believe that is the most coherent position scientifically.

The orgone continuum conception would also indicate the primacy of the 'spirit' in problem solving and all relations. Perhaps in order to change energetic and material reality it might be best to start at the primary level of spirit. It would support prayer as a fundamental activity. It would indicate in reverse that energetic and material aspects can be used to increase the quality of meditation and spiritual aspects of consciousness. I have noted that meditation is easier in groups or when having acupuncture. This is probably why we pray in groups and why watching sport in crowds is exciting.

The continuum theory would explain and harmonise non-local healing, consciousness and so called paranormal and spiritual phenomena with the existence of a life-force. It would also explain the placebo effect and the power of the mind in healing plus the existence of synchronicity. It would support the notion of groups or entities creating a group mind that is entirely distinct from its components. A consciousness could manifest in a body or group of bodies and matter and energy in turn could limit and define consciousness.

The primary realm of orgone, if instant in terms of time and non-local in terms of space implies that it is a realm of timelessness. Time may only exist in the energetic and material planes. It should be possible for consciousness to step outside of the stream of time by entering the primary realm. It would confirm time-travel as an activity of consciousness. Whether that means that time travel of material bodies is possible I do not know. I have experienced precognition in dreams and there is no means to explain such occurrences energetically.

The greatest interest of the orgone continuum theory for me is that it allows a basis to begin to experimentally investigate consciousness itself - not as abstract phenomena but as a physical force.
Orgone is not merely a theory - it is a physical force that can be measured and objectified.  If this force turns out to have a tripartite reality the basis of which is a non-mass, physical and conscious force-field then we have the basis of a fertile marriage - a marriage of spirituality and science.

Part 2

Having explored that orgone may be a non-local universal force-field of physical consciousness at its most basic level, Part 2 of this series will likely be titled, ‘The Orgone Continuum, Is Orgone Conscious in Itself?’ and is my current working project.

Current orgonomic consciousness projects by other researchers include observing how orgone accumulators may affect REGs. I suggest, that as Blasbands experiment indicates, the stronger the movement of any underlying orgone field the stronger the effect upon a REG would be (emotions, associated with orgone movement elsewhere, appear to be stronger 'movers' than thoughts for example). The effect of an orgone field 'at rest' would be unlikely to be strong enough to perturb a REG significantly. It would be a bit like looking for a cosmic, dynamic aether in a basement (like Michelson and Morley, although they were looking for a static aether, if 'looking' is a good enough word for their experiments). 

Also the metal shielding around a REG might influence the experiment by deflecting what orgone there is (Demeo). I suggest that cloudbusters may affect the greatest mobilisation of the orgone field and that this would be an area to observe orgonotic effects upon REGs.
Other avenue of exploration of orgone's possible consciousness may continue as possible.

SELECTED TERMINOLOGY - Meanings as Used By the Author

Consciousness - experience, perception and awareness of existence.
Energy - the ability to do measurable work.

Force - the ability to create changes in an object which has mass.
Life-energy - a cosmic and biological energy capable of affecting organisms and matter inherent everywhere in the cosmos, as discovered by Wilhelm Reich and others.
Life-force - includes the concept of life-energy as detailed by Wilhelm Reich but in addition I use it to describe a continuum from a non-mass physical consciousness to life-energy to matter-like properties. I believe orgone is life-force.
Orgone - the term used by Reich to describe life-energy. I use the term in a slightly broader sense to include the continuum of physical consciousness, energy and lastly matter-like properties of a cosmic and biological force.
Physicality - separate to, and independent of matter - the understanding that physical reality is a shared and lawful experience, a certain type of continuing consciousness.
Spirit - a physical field/force or entity which is mass free but that is conscious.      
              

Wilhelm Reich - 1897 -1957, born in the Austro-Hungarian empire to a German speaking family. After WW1 Reich became a medical doctor, then a leading psychotherapist within Freud's inner circle. He believed that the libido was a real physical energy finding bio-electrical evidence for this. He then discovered a biological entity whilst researching plasma currents associated with pleasure and pain. This biological entity, the Bion, an intermediate form between non-living and living matter had a radiation. This radiation had unique properties. He called it orgone, a contraction of organism and orgasm (the orgasm function helps regulate the energy of the organism and led to his discovery of the Bion). The orgone accumulator cabinet, cloud-buster and other devices were attempts to utilise and isolate this radiation. Reich also was the father of all body-based psychotherapies. There have been other discoverers of the Bion but Reich's work is the broadest of any single scientist from the perspective of a life-force.

APPENDIX 1

A Partial and Selected List of Evidence Supportive of Life-force Independently of Orgonomy.

Alfven, H. (1981) Cosmic Plasmas, Boston, Kluwer press.
(Evidence of cosmic plasma).
Anderson and Spangler (1973) Serial Statistics: Is Radioactive Decay Random?, USA, J. Physical Chemistry, 77 : 3114-3124 (Evidence that 'random' radioactive decay is affected by an underlying energetic reality).
Arp, et al, (1973) The Redshift Controversy, USA, W.A. Benjamin ; Arp, H. (1987) Quasars, Redshifts, and Controversies,Berkeley, Interstellar Media. (Evidence that the universe is constantly evolving and did not start with the 'Big Bang')
Benveniste, J. et al (1988) Human Basophil Degranulation Triggered by Very Dilute Antiserum against IgE, Nature, June 30 : 333:382. (Experiments indicating that water has an energetic memory. Media reports that this work has been dismissed have not been backed by reliable published evidence).
Becker, R., and Selden, G. (1985) The Body Electric : Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, New York, William Morrow. (Includes evidence that low pulsed electrical charges can be used to stimulate re-growth of limbs contrary to DNA theory)
Berkson, J. (1966) Examination of Randomness of Alpha Particle Emissions, New York, Research Papers in Statistics, Wiley.(Authors indicate that 'random' radioactive decay may be affected by an underlying energetic reality).
Burr, H.S. (1972) Blueprint for Immortality, The Body Electric, UK, Neville Spearman. (Burr's work suggests that changes in weak electrodynamic fields surrounding organisms can predict disease and other changes such as ovulation).
Brown, F. (1975) Evidence for External Timing in Biological Clocks, An Introduction to Biological Rhythms, New York, J. Palmer, ed., Academic Press. (Evidence that biological clocks, which are affected by cosmic environmental changes, exist in animals and plants).
Coats, C. (1996) Living Energies (Concepts of Viktor Schauberger), UK, Gateway Book. (Schauberger studied the biological energy functions of water and discovered that these functions could be increased using vortexes. Made many discoveries remarkably similar to Reich's).
Jones, J, O'Hara and Elrod, University of California, Irvine, Quantitative Evaluation of Pranic Healing Using Radiation and Cells in Culture, University of California, Irvine
Kevran, L. (1980) Biological Transmutations, Beekman, Woodstock, NY. (Evidence that animals can transmute chemicals from one element to another).
Miller, D. (1933) The Ether-Drift Experiment and the Determination of the Absolute Motion of the Earth, Reviews of Modern Physics, 5 : 203-242. (Evidence for the existence of a cosmic aether. See also www.orgonelab.org/miller.htm for modern evaluation of Miller's work).
Nordenstrum, B. Biological Closed Electric Circuits, Coronet Books (only available from British Library). (Bio-energetic circulatory system seen via X-Rays, bio-electric treatment of cancer tumour).
Sheldrake, R. (1981) A New Science of Life, The Hypothesis of Causative Formation, J. P. Tarcher, Los Angeles. (Energetic theory of inheritance evidenced by large scientific studies. Theory of morphic fields that shape and structure organisms).
Yount, G. (2000). The Effects of Qi-Gong on Normal and Cancer Cells, 15th International Conference on Human Functioning, Kansas, Centre for the Improvement of Human Functioning International, Cassette tape number 2938. (Qi-Gong energies can affect cell cultures from a distance).

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Orgone Motor


You can measure life-force in an apple, so why shouldn't you run a motor off it? There was a film in existence of the original devices which I have the journal references see my 'Reich Biblio' Review Number 375 or Journal of Orgonomy V11 N1 1977 pp28). http://leonsouthgate.com/reich-biblio.html 

I have since found an excellent film available on the net which shows working orgone motors at just past 18.30 minutes. It is a very good general introductory film to orgonomy as well and I would recommend viewing it in full. https://archive.org/details/wilhelm_reich




The above shows a spinning device in the glass ball being spun from orgone collected from the atmosphere.




This shows a spinning device being spun from the orgone from Reich's hand.

I've noticed for some time now how most of the breakthrough energy/devices that are documented, work on the same, or similar principles. Although everyone seems to have a different theory for why they work, for me it all seems to boil down to tapping into the life-force. Richard Hall of www.Richplanet.com believes they may be tapping into the quantum vacuum. Orgonomy however has demonstrated that orgone charged vacuum tubes glow bright blue when highly charged with orgone and excited by the presence of an orgone system - such as a hand.


So the 'vacuum' of space contains a physical energy. This also leads me into a discussion of 'space' and how space itself is ignored in mainstream physics and replaced with a nothingness (of course as this is simply untrue physics has to tie itself in knots to explain reality). The powers that be don't want people waking up to the power of the underlying force-field in which we live. Hence anything that might lead people in this direction such as how the speed of light is changeable due to travelling through the aether (see the superb light measuring science in Miller's work) or gravitational constants being changeable (see Sheldrake's talks), the existence of so-called breakthrough energy or over-unity devices and lastly UFO's (because of their propulsion systems) are so thoroughly hidden and destroyed.

There is an increasing number of people coming forward with claims of motor substantiation, many may well be functional. The principle with all of them appears to be that a conventional power source builds a momentum and then the engine is switched to an 'ambient' source which then runs the engine without friction or heat and without more conventional 'energy' input needed. These devices are all taping into the life-force/energy field that exists below the world of matter I believe. That is perhaps why they behave similarly. Incidentally, Reich built a number of orgone motors and one may have gone to the USSR with a colleague of Reich's who disappeared (someone nicked it, but it could of been anyone I guess). Reich never disclosed the 'Y Factor' component of the orgone motor but I feel it might be related to the tauroidal shape function that has been mentioned in relation to these types of devices...


Breakthrough energy is one term used these days, http://globalbem.com . Richard Hall prefers the older term 'Over Unity' Devices. He is currently running a research project into these devices so if you are interested please contact him, he is a dedicated and honest guy judging from his long track record of research and films. http://www.richplanet.net/energy.php


James Demeo has summarised the main information we have on the orgone motor in an article in Pulse of the Planet Journal Number 5 http://www.orgonelab.org/cart/xpulse.htm

The Correa's claimed to have reproduced the orgone motor in the late 1990s/early century but after initial enthusiasm failed to demonstrate it to Dr Demeo's satisfaction. I personally do not know enough about it to comment either way. Here is their website: http://www.aetherometry.com/

The following quotations are from my Reich Literature Review and represent what we know for sure about the Reich motor (A Cross-indexed Synopsis of the Main Post-Reich Journals from 1957). http://leonsouthgate.com/reich-biblio.html .The numbers refer to the Review Entry and the page number of the quoted article. See here for links to the full work:

28) 83

Court
Reich felt that due to reasons of national security some of his evidence could not be divulged to court (this is felt to relate at least partly to the orgone motor). He hinted that his assistant William Washington had disappeared probably to the USSR with two of Reich’s orgone motors.

52) 61

Reference to Vacor Tubes and the (undisclosed) Y Function in Reich’s court appeal. The information regarding the orgone motor in the appeal document is summarised as follows:
‘The motor forces were discovered through observing an orgone charged Geiger Muller counter, a number of orgone charged vacuum tubes are used, speed can be regulated and depends partly on the number of vacuum tubes, weather and the undisclosed ‘Y Function’.

The motor force can be transmitted through an activated electronic amplifier. A 32 scaler Geiger
Muller counter registered 200,000 impulses per minute during its use. (as witnessed by Dr Blasband).

54) 31

Reference to Mills and Orgone Motor (Peter Mills, an attorney had signed an affidavit regarding
Reich’s orgone motor. Mills was later coerced into prosecuting Reich in a strange legal choice of the
FDA).

59) 42

Reich said that the Cloudbuster and the Spacegun are like twin brothers to the Orgone motor. The
Orgone motor is the Common Functioning Principle of the two devices.
(Space-gun is a cloud-buster with some 'de-naturalised' orgone-treated radioactive material used to
ground it. This material is called ORUR (ORgone URanium). It can be dangerous to produce.

145) 103

Reich explains how the orgone motor’s functioning was arrived at through a years’ work simplifying the orgone reaction of the Gieger-Muller (GM) counter (changes in background count at the GM counter when orgone charged). It was a continual process of discarding extraneous aspects not adding unneeded ones like simply increasing voltages. (A Geiger Muller counts radioactive ‘pips’ giving the radioactive background levels of an environment).

341) 165

William Washington-July-August, 1949. Was being paid $100 monthly to investigate the orgone motor whilst at Harvard. He is said to have disappeared with 2 motors. He spoke to Reich and Sharaf on phone but was vague in manner but claimed he had been abducted into custody. FBI never replied to missing report.  He was never found.

375) 28

Film of orgone motor. 25v electric motor ran on 1/2v electricity, noiseless, fast, sudden changes in
direction, affected by weather. (Reich first discovered motor function through observing the reaction of Geiger Muller counter to orgone energy).

Set up

Vacor tubes x5 set up in series connected to a small ORAC and transformer all of which were connected to a 25v motor. Vacor tubes are vacuum tubes soaked in orgone for 6 weeks. They glow brilliant blue with 300v electrical current. Reich took away the vacor tubes one by one and the motor continued running. The motor when running on electricity runs noisy. On orgone power was smooth and noiseless plus much faster.

417) 215

Orgone motor - charge may be able to transform into electrical impulse which in turn can be transformed into mechanical momentum. For example a high orgone charge in the vacor tube (excited by electricity) can be transformed into electrical impulse via the discharge process. This electrical impulse can then be transformed into mechanical work.

Static electricity would also represent mechanical impulse or friction being converted into charge.

1010) 19

Reich, in his court address said that all disease originates from DOR. Removing DOR from organism and environment is fighting disease at its roots. Reich also mentions 'positive gravity' 'counter gravity' and that the space-gun and cloudbuster are twin brothers.


The space-gun and cloudbuster are the variations and the orgone motor is the CFP (mentioned elsewhere). (My note - CFP is the Common Functioning Principle, a kind of material dialecticism in reverse! Instead of two opposing functions synthesising into a third new function - dialeticism which goes toward a future state, in Reich's CFP you go backwards from two opposite functions to find their common principle, a process which goes backwards toward the past and which reveals the root functioning.)


Monday, 26 May 2014

Consciousness or Spirit?

Consciousness or Spirit?



(This essay can be read on its own but will make more sense if read following the background work on a life-force conception of consciousness in my essays section here..www.leonsouthgate.com).

Common definitions of consciousness include aspects of perception, awareness, cognition, thoughts, self-awareness and so on. As with the view of the perceiving self as the ‘ghost’ in the ‘machine’ of the body, consciousness is seen as something that can have a separate existence to the body or more widely speaking, to the environment. However, in the last essay in this series I explored how the physical universe can be seen in three levels – Level 3 – the digital, material existence of matter which is transcended by Level 2 – the analogue, energetic existence of life-energy which in turn is transcended by Level 1 – the physical but timeless, energy-less, conscious existence of a spirit-force. We argued that as all three levels intercommunicate they must fundamentally be of the same essence. Further, as Level 3 depends on Level 2 and Level 2 on Level 1 the ultimate nature, or reality of things is described by Level 1 phenomena – a spirit-force. (However, I still view Level 1 and 2 as real but in a different, more casual sense).

I define ‘spirit’ somewhat differently than some might – seeing an infinite force-field that is physical but not made of matter. In fact I also define consciousness as physical (but again not necessarily material) because consciousness cannot exist without a ‘body’. Let’s say a person has shuffled off his mortal coil and has no material body. This person, it would not be unreasonable to surmise might still have awareness of their own perceiving self (near-death and reincarnation studies would support this view, see 'The Field' for good synopsis). Let us just say that this person is completely free of any environment of which to perceive, if this person still exists it would have some awareness of itself, however dim. So this materially disembodied point-of-perception senses to some degree its own perceiving self. These perceptions have a degree of lawfulness and continuity because of the continuity of the perceiving self. Therefore even an entity alone, without a material body would create a ‘body’ of some sort due merely to its own existence. Therefore pure 'consciousness' cannot exist separate from a body. It follows that the two existences, body and consciousness are in fact the same thing. A conscious body is another way of saying a physical ‘spirit’ or as I prefer to call it a ‘spirit-force’ or ‘life-force’ (the latter term I define a little more exactly as a physical, conscious spirit which can give rise to life-energy which in turn gives rise to matter and living matter). The upshot of this is it is meaningless to talk about consciousness as if it exists separate to ‘body’ (I define body in the wider sense as an environment). So the further implication is that ‘pure’ consciousness is, as has been argued by many, impossible to define or talk usefully about. This is because it is an incomplete definition (as are perhaps all definitions but that is another argument). Anyway, a spirit-force is I believe a useful description. It is testable, allowing of scientific investigation and conforms to what we experience in the real world, especially now that materialism is widely discredited.

There are many examples that indicate we need a new paradigm. We have evidence that consciousness directly affects the material world (Random Event Generation, Quantum phenomena, Psi-Studies and so on) but we also know that the dualistic ‘Ghost’ (mind) driving the ‘Machine’ (body) is unworkable as what can possibly connect the two? (We are either all ‘Ghost’ or all ‘Machine’). But this model explains what we actually experience and feel to be true. Sometimes when the ‘mind’ (Level 1 phenomena) is overt enough we can see it directly affects matter (Level 3 phenomena). Or in other words, ‘mind’ (Level 1) is so strong it has bypassed the Level 2 phenomena of energetic interactions to directly move matter or Level 3 phenomena. So this would explain the miraculous cures, the shamans who appear to move matter with their minds and the placebo effect. It would also explain why we can’t all do it consistently at the present (it’s hard for Level 1 phenomena to break through directly into Level 3 phenomena). This model would also explain why when more people gather together (higher levels of Level 2 phenomena – energy/life-energy) there is in turn ‘higher’ levels of ‘consciousness’ (Level 1 phenomena). Level 2 phenomena (energy/life-energy) enables closer interaction with the spirit/consciousness that lies directly below it. Examples of this can be found when a group meditates or prays together, in energetically aligned buildings, when strong emotions ripple through a football crowd, or when world events take a REG machine out of random computation.
So to conclude, it appears that there is no such thing as a pure disembodied consciousness but that there is ultimately only a physical spirit-force and its temporary variants, energy and matter. The reason I believe this is important is scientific. The possible existence of a conscious spirit-force can be directly investigated.

(The above picture by Henri Rousseau, my favourite artist, captures some of the identity of spirit and body. Incidentally, not sure if it is just me but not many people have noticed that there are the 'ghosts' of faces in the water jug on the right hand side of the picture-its not easy to see them).

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mesmer, Reich and Mechanical-ness

In my recent reading I came across a new compound word. I like 'mechanical-ness' very much as a verb. Sometimes you see a person who is caught up in the system and you can predict their behaviour because they are following a programme. I like the word because it conveys both Mesmer and Reich's ideas on armouring. I also think a description I've heard of a 'computerised' society is very accurate. See here for further articles. This got me thinking about an observation I've made - every successful holistic practitioner appears to share something in common: they do a good deal of meditational work every day. Which is putting them in touch with 'presence', (in Mesmerism) or the 'force' (in Star Wars!) or being 'in contact' (Reich). The Mesmeric idea of presence, or Reich's conception of 'contact' is indeed at the foundation of successful medicine. Perhaps this is why no particular psychotherapy has ever come out on top - because it is the 'contactfulness' of the practitioner that is key rather than their theoretical background perhaps. On that note, I also must remark that sometimes orgone psychotherapists might consider that dearmouring is a continual lifelong process, especially in a society as armoured as our own. So even if a practitioner has done a deep and thorough dearmouring on themselves over the years they might still need to dearmour segments, every day even. This latter issue is something which Yoga emphasises well. Practically speaking there is much in common between yogic movement and breath work and the physical side of orgone psychotherapy. But before any orgonomic purists get upset let me point out that orgonomy emphasises the sexual stuckness and that I am not advocating a fusion of the two practices. Some pictures to illustrate mechanical-ness and the computerised society....






Friday, 20 September 2013

Reich and Mesmer - Orgonomy Journal Notes

Been looking through my Reich bibliography and rereading the articles on Mesmer and Reich. As the journals are not that easy to get hold of I thought I would post some notes here...

Numbered Notes from my Reich Biblio on Mesmer and Reich, see here for full Biblio:

35)

Other devices using ORAC (orgone accumulator) type layering:-

·         Atomic Piles (carbon/uranium)
·         Leydon Jars (glass/metal)
·         Mesmer's Baquet (charged water/stones/metal)

See also Demeo's notes on celestial influences upon above devices.

36)

Author notes that Mesmer, who discovered many aspects of life energy, was also awareof muscular armouring.

37)

Mesmer’s human dor-buster (healing hand-passes with one foot in a water-bucket, transforming the healer’s body into an ‘orgone’ conduit similar to Reich’s medical dor-buster). A DOR-buster is a tube device grounded into flowing water for removing negative orgone from an organism.

38)

Attack on animal magnetism in France was very similar to that on orgonomy (although that was in a later century and in the USA).

  • There was a refusal to honestly examine the evidence (Mesmer pleaded for a commission). (The FDA’s examination of Reich’s work was profoundly dishonest and unscientific).

  • Mesmer himself was excluded from any ‘investigations’. (Reich was also excluded from the FDA ‘investigations’ and the FDA scientists did not read his work or try and repeat his experiments).

  • Attacks on Mesmer were initiated by someone posing as a friend. (The attack on Reich was initiated by a journalist posing as friendly toward orgonomy).

  • Quack official investigation followed which simply pronounced animal magnetism doesn’t exist. (The FDA simply pronounced orgone doesn’t exist without honest scientific proof and without repeating his actual experiments).

  • Enormous effort was expended denouncing animal magnetism world-wide (very expensive printed report circulated widely. (The FDA spent the majority of its budget for part of the 1950s persecuting one doctor and to destroy just 300 orgone boxes).

1020)

Mesmer's 'bacquet' was a large wooden tub in which bottles fillled with water or iron fillings were placed. The water had been 'magnetised' or healed. Attached to the bottles were metallic rods and flexible cords which were held by the persons surrounding the bacquet. Their free hand would be connected to each other. Thus the bacquet transmitted energy and connected energy at the same time using metal's ability to transmit life-energy. It has aspects of both the Medical Dorbuster and the ORAC (ORAC is short for Orgone Accumulator Cabinet).

Both men began by examining biological functions and electricity/magnetism but concluded that there was an additional force to electromagnetism at work in organisms and the environment. Mesmer's work has the following in common with the orgonomic view -

 A universal fluid can be intensified and it;

Ÿ  Fills all space
Ÿ  Penetrates all matter
Ÿ  Can be stored or conducted
Ÿ  Is associated with the nervous system
Ÿ  Mesmer’s bacquet can be charged with the universal fluid (Reich’s ORAC does the same).
Ÿ  A loss of muscular irritablity (Mesmer) is similar to muscle armouring (Reich)
Ÿ  Sudden release of this muscular holding and energy blockage (irritability/armouring) leads to profound crisis and then healing (and can need management due to possible medical crisis).
Ÿ  Health is wholeness.
Ÿ  Both views argue for the unhindered development of children

Some specific quotes:

‘Emotional Plague v. Animal Magnetism’, Jerome Eden (1967) Journal of Orgonomy Vol1 Num1&2 pp172)

From pp175:

“Grounded as he was in his postulation of a universal fluid, Mesmer considered every disease process to be nothing more than a disturbance or disequilibrium of the universal fluid of the body. In searching for the cause of this disequilibrium, he arrived at the conclusion that it was always the muscular fibre which, being either chronically contracted or expanded (or because of its inability to expand or contract at all), impeded the normal flow of the universal fluid. Mesmer therefore sought for the means whereby 1) the patient’s universal fluid might be increased sufficiently so that it could ‘overthrow the cause of the malady,’ or 2) the impeding muscular fibre might be restored to its normal condition of elasticity.”

From pp178:

“In order to accommodate the scores of patients who flocked daily to his clinic, Mesmer invented a simple structure for ‘accumulating’ the universal fluid and applying it directly to several patients simultaneously. He called this device a ‘baquet’ or tub. Essentially, it consisted of a large, covered wooden tub filled with glass bottles. In the ‘wet’ baquet,’ the bottles were filled with water and iron filings. Small iron rods protruded through the cork of each bottle. These small iron rods were connected by larger, flexible iron rods that emerged through holes in the lid of the baquet. The flexible rods were held by the encircling patients. Also, in the wet baquet, water and iron filings were added to the tub itself. In the ‘dry baquet,’ sand and iron filings were used. Individual baquets, or ‘magnetic boxes,’ were constructed for patients who were not ambulatory.

Those familiar with Wilhelm Reich’s discovery of orgone energy and his invention of the orgone energy accumulator and the DOR—buster can readily understand the basic similarities here.”

From pp180: The quack ‘investigation’ of Mesmer:-

“Twenty thousand copies of this voluminous report were printed and distributed throughout the world. (This in the days of hand typesetting and hand press demonstrates the incredible effort employed to obliterate a ‘non-existent’ discovery.) At the same time, however, a secret report was drawn up by the commission and presented to Louis XVI-its subject; the dangerous moral aspects of animal magnetism.”

‘Mesmer, Reich and the Living Process’, Marc Shapiro (1965) The Creative Process, Vol4, Num2.

From pp64:

‘The great common discovery underlying the work of Mesmer and Reich is PULSATION. Pulsation is the main action (called intensification and remission by Mesmer, expansion and contraction by Reich) of what Mesmer called the ‘Universal Fluid.’ This Universal Fluid, like Reich’s orgone energy, filled all space and was the agency of all movement.’

From pp65:

‘This question brings us to the most remarkable and significant relation of Mesmer’s work to Reich’s, for Mesmer discovered muscular armouring.’

‘This could be seen in breathing which Mesmer called the ‘universal expression’ of the Fluid.’

‘However, Mesmer not only passed his hands over the body; he actually pressed the chronically disturbed muscles in order to bring them back to irritability.’ (My note: this is the same process as in the physical side of orgone psychotherapy: pressing on the stuck muscle whilst breathing).

From pp66:

‘The muscular spasms, the strange sensations of movement within the organism, the trembling and the convulsive movements are all typical effects observed within orgone therapy. It goes without saying that this is not all of what happens in orgone therapy – but neither, I believe, does it fully describe Mesmer’s treatment. Mesmer describes people sitting around the famous bacquet having sudden outbreaks of laughter, anger or weeping. From the descriptions of Mesmer by his contempories, from his writings and from his general attitude toward life as shown in these writings, I feel he had a strong sense of contact with the patients he was treating, a sense of his own moving energy mingling with theirs.’

From pp67:

‘Mesmer and Reich both believed that the functions of the living organism were the expression of a cosmic process. Mesmer stated what amounts to an early view of self-regulation.’ (My note: Reich believed that healthy children were not truly known in our armoured, sick society but that we should attempt to study what health in childhood constitutes and that children should be free to express themselves safely without undue interference from adults, apart from loving care. Mesmer believed children should be ‘unimpeded’ and would naturally find his own ‘development and instruction’ if given freedom to express movement. Like Reich he believed children should be surrounded by children of their own age without overt adult interference and that infants should be immersed in the contact of their mothers. Both believed education should follow natural principles and follow the child. Mesmer believed children should not be taught words till later in childhood (6 or 7) according to this article.

Article also notes that both men believed that the true perception of the universal force was often hidden within distortions of mysticism and religion but not that these things are in themselves untrue. Reich would say that ‘everyone is right in some way’.

From pp69:

Table of Correspondences

Mesmer

1. Universal Fluid, (Intensification and Remission, Fills All Space, Penetrates All Matter, Carried by Nerves, Can Be Stored, Conducted)

2. Baquet, (Becomes charged with universal energy, employed therapeutically).

3. Loss of Muscular Irritability

4. Health is Wholeness

5. Unhindered Development of Children

Reich

1. Orgone Energy, (Expansion and Contraction, Fills All Space, Penetrates All Matter, Carried by Nerves, Can Be Stored, Conducted).

2. Orgone Energy Accumulator, (Becomes charged with universal energy, employed therapeutically).

3. Armouring

4. Health is Wholeness

5. Self-regulation

An extra note that has just reminded itself to me is the following: both Mesmer and Reich used iron or iron-based metal to attract the 'force' and water to 'ground' it. Also Oriental medicine uses iron-based metal (steel needles) to attract or disperse qi. It is not a coincidence because it is simply the same 'force' functioning in similar ways...

One of Mesmer's Original Baquets


A Medical DOR-Buster 
(tubes grounded into moving water)


An Orgone Accumulator Cabinet


My Orgone Cabinet