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WHAT IS ORGONE ENERGY?
Charles R. "Chuck" Kelley, was the co-founder with his wife, Erica, of the Radix Institute and later, Kelley/Radix Education in Feeling and Purpose. He passed-away April 30, 2005.With his passing, the "Reichian Movement" lost one of its finest.
Vol. II Nos. 2&3 September 1962with an introduction by the author July 1999Copyright © 1962 Charles R. KelleyKELLEY/RADIX13715 SE 36th StreetVancouver, WA 98683-7770, USATel & Fax: 360/896-4004; E-mail: email@example.com
INTRODUCTION TO "WHAT IS ORGONE ENERGY?"
was the only journal in Americain 1960-1965devoted to developingReich's work.The article WHAT IS ORGONE ENERGY? appeared in Volume 2.The articlehasbeen quoted,misquotedand plagiarized byother Reichianpublications in the 37 years since itfirstappeared.Hereit is reprinted asit appeared,with the exceptionthat two figures from theoriginalarticle depictingcloud destructionexperiments with Reich's apparatus couldno longerbe used.Theoriginal plates and photographs deteriorated too much.A new Figure 2 from the sameoperationhasbeen substituted.Charles R.KelleyVancouver,WashingtonStateJuly 1999
WHAT IS ORGONE ENERGY?
byCharles R.KelleyFranz AntonMesmer called it animal magnetism;Charles vonReichenbachcalled it odyle.ToHenriBergsonit was the elanvital,the "vital force;" whileto HansDrieschit was the entelechy.Sigmund Freud observeditsfunctioning in human emotionsand termed it libido.William MacDougall,the great British- Americanpsychologist of a generation ago,labeledit hormic energy.Dozens,if not hundreds,of lesser -knownscientistshave recognized itspresenceand have given it a name to characterize itsspecialproperties.Amongthe 20th-century proponents of the concept are,for example,DoctorsCharles Littlefield and his vitalmagnetism and George StarrWhite and his cosmo-electric energy .Mechanistic science in the 17th through19thcenturiesembraced manyof its essential qualitiesin the concept of the ether,whilemysticalhuman beings have embraced other essentialqualitiesof it in the conceptof god.Orgoneenergy is Wilhelm Reich's name for the substratum from which allnature is created.The best definitionthis author canprovidefor it is this:Orgoneenergy is the creative force in nature.This article willdiscuss briefly the historyof the discovery oforgone energy byReichand will describeits properties.Itwillthensummarize the evidencefor and against the concept and,finally,will undertake toexplainwhy it is that the conceptmeets suchgreat resistance.Reich's Discoveryof OrgoneEnergyOrgoneenergy was originallydiscovered byWilhelm Reichin hispsychiatric work.Asa psychoanalyst and student of Freud,Reich's point of departure was,quite naturally,Freud's conceptof "libido." "Libido" is life energy,desire,the source of humanstriving.Reichdevelopedthe libido concept,concentrating onitsphysical expressionand simultaneous psychologicalcontent,until hewas able to show the relationof bodilyattitude and emotion.This he described in CHARACTER ANALYSIS,a bookwhich wentfurther thanany work in history in