Right to Ramble
Build your own accumulator!
Rangeley, Maine, U.S.A.
Inscription on Reich's tomb
if the museum is
you are anywhere near the area, this is an adventure worth
you are equipped with some basic information concerning Reich.
through the grounds are pleasant, and mostly on the wooded
up to the observatory at the top of a hill, where Reich
worked. A bird
observatory is situated along a trail in the woods, as is
the tomb is an energy “cloudbuster” that was meant to
clouds to produce rain through the accumulation of bioenergy.
older-looking cloudbuster sits outside the stone walls of the
you look closely, on this cloudbuster is pinned a rusted sign
only.” The backside of the sign may have read “on,” although
might be an upside-down “no.”
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An interesting short trail is called the “trail of thoughts.” All along the trail are plaques with pithy quotes that range from the banal to humourous to profound.
To back up: the first building you encounter on the grounds is the conference centre. Inside that building is the orgone accumulator room.
If there are folks around on the day you visit, they should allow you to visit the room. When we visited, we were shown the room, which is encased in sheet metal walls. Person-sized boxes (see photo) are made of sheet metal on the inside and wood on the outside, with glass and/or steel wool in between. We each sat in one for five minutes. It’s rather like meditating in a stuffy room.
If I look serious or out of it in the photo it's because I'm still getting over two days of hard slogging on the Appalachian trail. Could the orgone accumulator help me out here with a little surge of energy?
bookshop on the grounds that sells Reich's works along with a
CDs and the like.
in the orgone accumulator
in the orgone accumulator
The Orgone Institute controls the publication of Reich’s works. My copy of The Mass Psychology of Fascism, for example, is the third (approved) edition from 1942, which has been extensively revised by Reich. He has included more information on orgone theory into it as well as softening the original 1933 publication’s use of Marxist terminology. Reich felt that "vulgar Marxists" had helped destroy revolutionary forces. Therefore Marx needed to be reassessed and updated. That was the only way Marx could be useful and help the people “get to the root of things” as Marx wanted.
born on March 24, 1897. His
original work in
In 1947, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated Reich for his claims concerning orgoneenergy and the sale of orgone accumulators
. An injunction forbade Reich to sell anything related to his theories of orgone energy. Reich ignored the injunction and in 1956 was sentenced to two years in jail as a consequence. In fine fascist style, the FDA also burned tons of his work. In 1957, just over a year after going to jail and just before his expected parole, he died of heart failure.
Reich’s orgone energy is directly related to sexual energy, or what he called “orgiastic potency.” He developed his theories in a conservative country in which many people were outraged by such outright discussions of the place of sex in our lives, so it is not surprising that he ran into problems with government authorities and conservative groups.For me, the crux of his work lies in his analysis of fascism.
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one thinks of his orgone energy theories,
analysis of fascism should not be overlooked. It is fascinating
considering the present-day neo-fascist tendencies of recent
in the U.S. like
George Bush or present leaders like Stephen Harper in Canada and
the tendencies of democratic countries to support
leaders. He felt left-wing thinkers were wrong to constantly
failures as “mistakes.” On the contrary, working-class people
the right in difficult times, and embrace ideologies that in
A number of writers have been influenced one way or another by Reich. They include Jack Kerouac, Paul Goodman, Saul Bellows, Norman Mailer, A.S. Neill, Robert Anton Wilson and William Burroughs. Philosopher Gilles Deleuze appreciated some of Reich’s political/psychological work. Reich worked with Freud early in his career, but later rejected much of Freud’s thinking. Einstein tested some of Reich’s machines and concluded they did not work, but encouraged Reich to be more scientifically rigorous in his approach.
short, many on a hillside.
How to get there
property is 115 kilometres (about 2
hours) east of Skowhegan by road. From
July and August, Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
September, Sundays only, 1 to 5 p.m.
The grounds are open year round from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (We phoned ahead and were told we could walk the grounds until 4 p.m., so a phone call would be wise.)
Cost: Adults, $6
Children 12 and under: free
The museum also rents two cottages on the shores of Dodge Pond. Call or see their website for more information.
Email: email@example.com Interesting
Karl Hans Welz offers various machines that purportedly generate “life energy” and lots of videos describe how to supercharge your body with energy. If you use the energy machines that Karl invented, he says you are "assured overall success" and "positive permanent change." Can't lose.
A very critical assessment of Reich’s work.
overview of Reich and his
work on Wikipedia.
Good old Wikipedia (again) overview of orgone energy and related issues.
At the Tools for Wellness site you can buy yourself an "Experimental Life Energy Meter" for $380.00. An "Orgone blanket" is somewhat cheaper.
Or do like William Burroughs did: build your own for a few bucks. They are Reich's own, taken from the Public Orgonomic Research Exchange (PORE) pages, a site worth investigating if this stuff turns you on.