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This page is now more or less complete, though doubtless I will be making small additions and changes as I become aware of faults and think of things I have forgotten to include. It contains a great deal of useful information on the topic. Please have a good look at it, if you are interested in this area of orgonomy. (PJ, 30. 3. 12.)
Without my mentioning the topic, suddenly I find I am having interesting exchanges with one or two people about observing the atmospheric orgone energy, the west-to-east orgone wave motion, and anything interesting going on in the night sky, so here is a page on a topic that interests me greatly, in the hope that there are other orgone-observers out there who want to exchange information. C O R E's booklet, Observing the Atmospheric Orgone Energy, gives more detailed information for the student who wants to set up an amateur's orgonomic observatory. Start with a pair of human eyes. These must be commonly available, as most people own a pair, even though they don't seem very interested in using them. Further optical equipment is helpful and I'll give more information about this later. If you are short of money, you can go a long way without equipment at all
An Important Orgone-Therapeutic Experience Relevant to Orgone-Watching
As a child I had always had excellent binocular vision and still remember losing it at about the age of twelve as I armoured up in a desperate attempt to cope with the assaults of life in the dreadful school I went to. This was an ultra-male environment with a huge taboo on tenderness and vulnerability and a great deal of physical violence. I can remember my vision flattening out and suddenly finding myself able to cope with the appalling pressures. During orgone therapy with the late Ola Raknes I recovered this binocular vision to some extent, though it was never as good as it had been when I was a little boy. However the experience of orgone therapy showed me that what one saw and how one saw depended very much on one’s energy state and one’s armouring pattern. It is clear from what some people say that they cannot ‘see’ the atmospheric orgone energy at all and that other people see it quite spontaneously without even needing to have it pointed out to them. I remember vividly the experience of being able to see the orgone dots dancing around the railway lines of the Hollmenkollenban in Oslo as I waited for my tram after an excellent therapy session with Raknes, when I left in a very high-energy state, with my orgone energy massively mobilised and tingling throughout my body. I had never lost the ability to see the orgone in the atmosphere but I had never before been able to see it doing this dance of attraction and repulsion around the iron railway lines on this beautiful arctic morning with a bright blue sky and high white clouds. Such weather with a very expanded atmospheric condition was very common in the arctic winter in Oslo. (An extract from C O R E's recent booklet, Eyes, Armouring, and Orgone Energy.)
What to observe - the freely-moving orgone particles in the air
It may seem unnecessary to say this, but it is obvious from the few enquiries that we get at C O R E that most people who contact us have read little, if anything, by Reich or other orgonomic writers and researchers and so do not really know what orgonomy is about. So I may need to advise you what to look for and at. Well... orgonomy is the study and science of the cosmic life energy, as discovered and investigated by Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957, if you don't know his dates). You can observe this energy quite easily in the atmosphere in the right conditions. One of the right conditions is an internal factor, the state and mobility or otherwise of your own orgone energy. If you are denying its natural spontaneous movement within your own organism, you are unlikely to be able to admit to seeing it outside yourself.
But the orgone energy particles are whizzing about freely in the atmosphere all round you. In good atmospheric conditions, that is, in typically high pressure weather conditions with a fairly low relative humidity and a clear blue sky, if you look up into the sky, and let your eyes drift off into the distance and remain looking for a few minutes you should find that eventually you can see little 'silver' particles whizzing about the sky in spiral patterns. You may also be able to see little silvery flashes coming towards you or moving away from you. These are the free, unorganised orgone particles seen end-on. These are what people very occasionally will mention as what they see when thy are looking up into the sky at a bird or a distant view. The typical motion of these particles is a spirally spinning wave that turns in on itself, more and more tightly. Reich illustrates it in The Cancer Biopathy (page 106). Once you become aware of the atmospheric orgone you will find that you can see it indoors even, especially if you can find a large empty room with a plain visual background. I first noticed it indoors when working as a decorator in large empty village hall whose walls had been lined with 'lining paper' in preparation for painting. Ths paper is off-white and has a slightly grainy texture. A well endowed orgonomic research centre could have such a room for atmospheric and light studies, (as well as an orgone dark-room).
Reich claimed to be able to magnify these particles with an 'orgonoscope', a simple apparatus consisting of a tube with a lens at one end. (See Cancer Biopathy, page 102, Seite 112, in der deutschen Ausgabe von Kiepenheuer und Witsch.) Students of orgonomy argue endlessly whether these are real images of something outside the viewer or something within the eye. I had an experience that convinces me that they are external and real in Norway while having orgone therapy with Ola Raknes. I had just had a session with him and was waiting on the platform of the Hollmenkolenban, the light railway that serves Olso's northern suburbs. I was in a very energised state, buzzing with energy throughout my body and was absent-mindedly looking at the railway lines while I was waiting. Suddenly I realised that I could see the orgone dots zooming in and bouncing away from the iron lines in an endless pattern of attraction and repulsion rather like water drops in the air in a fountain, only there were two directions of flow, one towards the lines and one away from it. These orgone dots looked exactly like those that we see in the open atmosphere as described above.
What to observe - the west-to-east wave motion of the earth's orgone envelope
Reich states that the earth's orgone-energy envelope flows round the planet in a west to east direction in a wave motion which can be seen on the horizon, (Ether, God and Devil, pages 150-151). Our observations at C O R E confirm this. To observe this wave motion you need to be able to see a horizon or some longish horizontal plane running roughly west to east, so many people will not be able to observe this wave motion from their own home and may have to go to some suitable vantage point to do this. You also need some optical equipment to see this motion, although in very good conditions I have observed it twice in the UK without optical aids and doubtless if you were out of doors much of the time, as, say, a farmer or fisherman might be, you would probably be able to observe it much more often with the unaided eye.
If you observe the horizon or, for example, as I frequently do at C O R E, the power-lines which run from west to east across my field of view from a fourth-floor balcony, there is usually a wave motion visible along the wires. This motion usually follows the direction of any wind at the time, however slight that is. So if there is the smallest wind from either the west or east the wave motion shows that and is presumably convection motion being blown sideways by the wind. Consequently we have to observe many, many times in all sorts of conditions until we have conditions where the atmosphere is absolutely still. That is relatively rare and you will have to be patient to find such conditions, But, when you do you should see that there is now a vigorous west-to-east wave motion along the horizon or horizontal surface that you are using as a reference line. Sometimes this is quite a torrent with vigorous ripplings visible.
What to observe - the twinkle on lights at night
This is another item that you can observe and make serious scientific readings of with the naked eye. If you observe the lights at night, (assuming, that is, you can see a suitable variety of them), you will notice that the twinkle on them varies greatly according to atmospheric conditions. On some nights there may be hardly any twinkle at all, whereas on others the twinkle maybe prodigious and the lights almost look as if they are flashing on and off. If you have a huge array of lights visible from your vantage point, as I do, you will find the effect of this pulsation truly impressive. It is possible to turn all this into serious scientific research. If you mentally number a sequence of lights from one quite close to you to one or a row of them in the further distance and some in between, you will realise that you always need a fairly large 'thickness' of atmospheric orgone to see through before you get a twinkle. In bright expansive conditions you will see lights twinkling fairly close and on dull, contracted nights you may see no twinkle at all, or only the lights a great distance away may show a twinkle. You can record the number at which the twinkle begins and correlate this with other atmospheric variables, temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure.
You will also notice that on occasion the twinkle disappears quite suddenly while you are watching, as if someone has switched it off. You will usually find that rain moves in quite soon after this. The opposite process takes place and a twinkle can suddenly appear. Brighter, expansive, high-pressure weather will move in soon after. (Once you get used to noticing this, you can show off to your friends by forecasting changes in the weather with amazing accuracy!) Perhaps there is something to all that orgonomic rubbish after all!
How do we know when the air is really still?
Well...as in so many situations in orgonomic research, you will have to improvise. I don't know whether conventional science has a way of assessing atmospheric movement. I can tell you how we do it at C O R E. The vantage point is well above ground level on a fourth floor balcony, which is in itself higher than we would expect, as the block of flats is built on a small promontory a good 20 feet above the average ground level of the surroundings. This height is very helpful. We can see a huge range of lights and manifestations of human activity from the balcony. Flags are a good sign. When the air is still they hang limp against the masts. The slightest breeze pulls them out sideways. Smoke from fires is another good sign, even better than flags. In still conditions the smoke from a bonfire rises in an amorphous, roughly spherical cloud which disperses slowly outwards in all directions more or less evenly. An even weaker breeze than it takes to pull flags out from the masts will make a cloud of smoke drift in one direction. A similar effect, though harder to catch, is the steam from a venitlaor/cooker vent in a kitchen. There is also the time-honoured method of licking your finger and holding it up to the wind, if there is any. The tiniest breeze will make your finger feel cool on one side. (Beware of artifically generated local currents, though.) If you live in a suitable building and can afford it, you can buy an anemometer, which is, presumably, the definitive scientific way of measuring wind-speed or its absence. I presume one of these would work only on a roof or out in the open, and not on the side of a building. It is possible to buy very small pocket electronic weather stations that will give you readings for all the important atmospheric variables. These may have a miniature anemometer included.
Where to observe
If you live in a typical urban street or suburban road, your environment is not likely to be very suitable for this work. Still, you may be lucky and by accident, even in a built-up area, have a straight view to the horizon. Ideally you should be at least a little above ground level, so that you can see some lights around you at night. If you live in a flat part of the country, you will probably not be able to make any easy observations. You may have to wait until you can go on holiday or go and visit someone you know who lives in a more suitable area.
If you are about to move house take all this into account when you choose your new address. Some quite unlikely homes, such as my own address, do in fact make marvelous orgone observatories. I did not realise this when I first looked round the flat and moved in. At night, though, it soon dawned on me what a huge collection of lights I could see and without even thinking about it, I was soon on the balcony enjoying something that I had not done since I had been a child, watching the twinkle of the many street lights visible and how this changed according to conditions. Some of the lights visible at night are 10 or 15 miles away (16-24 kilometres). I soon bought a pair of binoculars, Helios 30 x 80s and am still at it. This observing produced the booklet Observing the Atmospheric Orgone Energy.
The ideal orgone-watching point would be the top floor of a tall house right in front of the sea or by a large lake with mountains in the background. On a holiday in Knott End on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire a few years ago, I came across a house for sale that fitted these requirements perfectly. It was four storeys tall, and looked out over miles of sand, dry at low tide, covered in sea-water at high tide. In the distance there were the Lakeland mountains. I had my spotting scope with me and was able to make interesting observations even at ground level. The view from the top floor of the house for sale must have been enormous. It cost only £400,000! You see what orgonomy misses because you are all sitting round doing nothing, when you could be working and donating for orgonomy, helping us to raise the vital funds for such facilities.
The best time to observe
Other things being equal, the natural maximum level of atmospheric excitation of the earth's orgone energy envelope is around the middle of the day, say from about 1100/1200 to 1500 or 1600. In the high summer this period will be extended into the evening. But of course other things are often not equal and you can get fine weather moving in in the middle of the night and see the changes this brings from the level of the twinkle of the lights, which will become much more lively. So...you really need to watch round the clock, as there is almost always something interesting to notice. To carry out really relevant, scientific orgonomic atmospheric obervations, we need a team of observers.
Correlating visual observations with other orgonomic observations
Atmospheric observations, correlated with the To-T readings for example, would be enormously important demonstrations of the effects of the orgone and be strong evidence for the existence and effects of an atmospheric energy. One could do those loosely by direct visual observations recorded over a longer period. I have long had a research project in my mind for C O R E which would involve recording the twinkle rate of a given, fixed light over a long period, say weeks or even months, and the changes in To-T during the same period. If there were a clear correlation, this would be a difficult one for orthodox science to explain away. We could do this using Labjack, a data-acquisition software system, and a photo-electric cell 'looking' down a telescope at the light all the time when it is dark. This experiment would be fairly easy to do, if, (the usual if), we had a helper competent in the necessary computer field. But, as always, C O R E has not got a single helper at the moment, let alone someone competent in the field of data-acquisition, so the project cannot go ahead. This is an important, original, and pioneering orgonomic project and it is a tragedy that, as always, we cannot get on with it for lack of assistance. But since I cannot even find helpers to lick a few stamps or print a few booklets for C O R E, there does not seem to be much chance of finding someone competent in this field.
Useful optical equipment
I started my observations with a pair of 30 x 80 Helios Stellar observation binoculars, (www.opticalvison.co.uk). These are very much middle of the market items, but have good optics and give a good image of the orgone wave and twinkling lights at night. They need a tripod, of course. A more convenient and flexible piece of equipment, relevant, if you have to take your viewing equipment down after use every time, quite probable, if you are improvising within a family home, is a so-called spotting scope, a small, portable telescope, in effect, designed for bird-watchers. C O R E has an 80mm diameter Opticron model with a 20-60 zoom lense and also a fixed-focus 100x lens. Opticron optics are extremely good, and consequently their models are on the expensive side, but by no means the dearest, (www.opticron.co.uk). I have had no experience of cheaper spotting scopes.
This picture was taken at C O R E's 2007 conference at Chipping and shows from left to right: Helios 30x80 observation binoculars, Opticron spotting scope, and Strathspey giant binoculars.
The ultimate in comfortable observing equipment is a pair of giant binoculars. C O R E has such a pair, Strathspey 100 x 40. With added Barlow lenses, easily available from astronomy shops, these give 80x magnification. The eyepieces adjust separately and they offer very comfortable, easy observation. If space and expense are not a problem for you, I would recommend these as the basis for an orgonomic observatory. They are no good unless you have space to leave them up. They are very heavy and need to be lifted up to install them on the tripod, which comes with them. This almost needs two pairs of hands and is certainly easier and safer with two people to do it. A small adult or young teenager might not even be able to lift them up safely. Remember you will need some redundant lifting strength to be able to hold them while you connect them to the tripod. You can't do this job safely if you can only just lift them. But once set up, they are heaven to use. Price is around £1000, (www.strathspey.co.uk .) All these models were available for students to have a look at and use during our summer school in August, 2012.
Telescopes are useful as aids to observation, though they need more space and are much less flexible than binoculars or bird-watching scopes. If you know someone who has a telescope and think of borrowing it for a while, so that you can get the hang of orgone-watching, that is a good idea. But you need to know a little about telescopes first. Most amateur astronomy telescopes are reflectors, which means that the image is reversed. This doesn't matter much when you are looking at dots in the sky, but it may be awkward and confusing when trying to make sense of the atmospheric orgone wave motion. We have such a reflector telescope at C O R E for night-time astronomy, but I have not tried to observe the horizon with it. I know from the occasional accidental view that the sky is below and the ground above when you do get an image! The other sort of telescope is a refractor, which is like a single tube from a pair of binoculars. These give clear images and Reich used one of these at Orgonon. You can still see it lying in its case there. C O R E owns a huge refractor with a 20cm main lens. It is too big to use in our limited space, but I bought it on ebay as it was such a bargain and orgonomy needed to have that telescope. (Such large refractors are very rare indeed and normally very (astronomically!) expensive. With several students present in August we may be able to set it up for a day. It is maddening that C O R E owns this superb piece of equipment and cannot use it for lack of space.
Exactly as with microscopes, remember that the better your optical equipment, the easier your scientific work will be.
First posted March 27th, 2012, last revised November 4th, 2018.
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