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This is a new page for those who wish to study orgonomy seriously and gives pointers to relevant books, websites, activities, and other learner's materials. If you would like information about particular areas of orgonomy, please contact C O R E at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to meet your needs. This page will be directed at students in the UK, but may still be helpful to those outside this country. I am very keen to hand on my knowledge and skills to UK students, as the future of orgonomy is so precarious in this country.
Study Opportunities This Summer
We were, in response to requests, planning to run a study week for beginners in orgonomy this summer. Alas, as seems inevitable with attempts to organise events in the UK, both students have withdrawn and we have had no further enquiries. That event is, therefore, now cancelled. You can still arrange a private visit to C O R E. Please contact C O R E at email@example.com if you would like to arrange a visit. (19. 7. 15.)
Personal Experience of the Orgone
Most people in the so-called developed countries who have gone through the automated process of compulsory education think that learning about something involves reading and learning lots of 'objective' facts that have already been accumulated by other people, experts in the subject concerned. In orgonomy, your own experience and your own sensations are an important part of learning about orgonomy. So... as well as starting to read books on orgonomy, there are other experiences which are absolutely necessary, before you can form an accurate picture of the science. Any would be critic of orgonomy should also experience all these before they start dismissing orgonomy. Most 'scientific' critics, of course do exactly that, dismiss orgonomy as rubbish, without actually testing any of Reich's basic claims through experience.
As well as reading the basic texts, you should, if at all possible,
Many of these experiences will be available during our forthcoming study weeks next Easter on orgonomic midwifery and the bion experiments and the Reich blood test. Please see our events page for details. These are rare opportunities, especially in the UK. (PS January, 2015: The beginners' week in August will include even more of these experiences, as it will be a much wider introduction to orgonomy.)
Students are welcome to visit C O R E by arrangement to experience some of these themselves. We have a continual trickle of small numbers of actively interested students who come and observe some of these items. As I have said elsewhere and have repeated below, if you have done some of the above, and have either witnessed or conducted some of the classic orgonomic experiments yourself, you are in a very strong position in the face of irrational criticism. One experiences an indescribable sense of strength and delight when one repeats something according to Reich's own reports and guidelines in his books and the experiment comes out exactly as he claimed it should. Sometimes, of course, you discover something new that adds to the body of orgonomc knowledge. I have experienced this again and again.
Before we go any further, I must issue a health warning. The serious study of orgonomy in the UK is well-nigh impossible. There is no established teaching centre offering regular courses with generous facilities and hardly any other students to speak of, though C O R E has a tiny handful of students who visit now and again and are getting on with their own studies.
So, where do you start? The obvious answer is, with the only book by Reich in print in the UK, The Function of the Orgasm. It has in fact just been re-printed in a new edition, which is promising, as that suggests that there is still some demand for this book, and therefore still some small interest in the work of Reich. Even if all of Reich's books were in print in this country, I would still recommend this book as the best one for a beginner. In practice all of Reich's main works are in print in this country, because there are several suppliers advertising on www.abebooks.co.uk who import his books from the US and offer them on-line via this system. C O R E still has a few copies of the earlier edition of The Function at a reduced price of £5:00. The new edition is £14:99, I believe. A second option for the complete beginner could be Reich's Selected Writings. This contains a much wider range of his writings than The Function and will give you a good impression of how far Reich's work stretches. Three particularly important chapters from books written after The Function and contained in this selection are Animism, Mysticism and Mechanistics, The Function of Superimposition, and The Living Orgonome. This volume is more likely to be in your local library than the original texts, respectively Ether, God and Devil and Cosmic Superimposition.
A reading of The Function brings you up to the discovery of the orgone in Reich's life, about 1940. There is, of course, a lot of work to come after that. Where you go after FO depends on your interests. There seem to be three main pathways, lines of interest, that students of orgonomy wish to follow, what I will call the therapeutic, the scientific/medical, and the social/political. I don't divide orgonomy up in that way myself, but realise that many people do. (The thing that I love about orgonomy is how it links things normally seen as completely separate by conventional learning.) You can, of course, approach it as a whole, which makes for a fourth pathway. I offer here a suggested reading list for a beginner according to which of these pathways you wish to follow. I shall call the fourth pathway the generalist's.
If you want to reconnoitre the ground before reading anything by Reich you can of course start with some of C O R E's booklets. If you go to the full list you will be able to pick out those relevant to your own interests. Please don't think of these as substitutes for Reich's own books. They are not in the least. There is no substitute for his own texts and I cannot emphasise this enough. Before you can do very much at all in orgonomy, you need to read all his basic books and become thoroughly familiar with his work. The full text of several C O R E booklets is attached to various web-pages on this site. These are marked accordingly on the list on the Booklets page. An important point about the booklets is that as well as containing summaries of what Reich wrote and discovered they contain, for their limited length, large numbers of references, so if you want to widen your studies and are wondering what to read next, you will find many leads in C O R E's booklets. (C O R E plans to publish in the near future all our booklets in a single volume. This could be a useful resource and reference work for any serious student. Plans are well advanced and the book should be available by June or July. The price will be £21:00.)
Doing: things you should do or experience:
Whatever form your interest in orgonomy takes, there are certain things that any student should, in my opinion, do or experience before they can even think of calling themselves a serious student of orgonomy. The first two are to build yourself an orgone accumulator and to experience a few orgone therapy sessions. If C O R E had more room, we would post a page on building an accumulator with lots of photos and videos. Alas, we haven't and so you will have to manage with the information already available out there or get a copy of C O R E's booklet, How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator. (There is now a site-page on the accumulator.)
Why should you build an orgone accumulator? The whole point of orgonomy is the existence and the effects of the orgone. These are, of course denied by mainstream science and ignored by most people. (When I say most, I don't mean 55% or even 75%, I mean 99.9999% of the public.) Many enthusiastic students of orgonomy rush out to convert the world, so pleased are they with their discovery of this body of knowledge. If you have a lively, spontaneous feeling for life energy functions, you can read the main body of Reich's work and start talking about it, trying to persuade others to get interested in it. This is the natural response of a lively, active person who discovers something valuable. You want to tell the world about it. You don't realise how hostile the rest of the world is going to be towards your discovery. It is very easy for an apparently knowledgeable person, typically, a scientist, to knock you off your perch with a few snide and apparently knowing comments. But if you have made your own accumulator, which the snide scientist certainly won't have done, you are in a very strong position. You can say that you have built an accumulator and tested it extensively and that it produces the effects that Reich claimed it will produce. Needless to say you must test it extensively, asking everyone you know who visits your home to sit in in it and have their temperature taken before and after. A single increased temperature does not mean much, but a repeatedly raised temperature begins to be statistically significant. If you are not sure what those words mean, please look them up somewhere.
Similarly, if you have built a small accumulator for seed-germination work and have repeated this experiment a few times, you are in a position to be able to say, honestly and simply, 'I have done the experiment several times and the orgone-treated seedlings are always larger, stronger, and heavier than the controls. Also, they germinate faster than the controls and a greater percentage of the seeds germinate successfully.' Someone can dispute the explanation for these differences, but they cannot talk them away, if you have done the experiments yourself, rather than just read about them, and your disputant has not. (Those who try to argue away orgonomic findings, you will find, have never done the experiments and are dismissing orgonomy on the principle of contempt before knowledge.)
As I re-read this a few days after I wrote it, it occurs to me that it would be a good idea to post the guidance for the seed-germination-experiment on the organic growing page. If you are waiting for this information, please go to the Organic Growing Page, where it has now been posted.
If you are using orgone accumulators, either for experimental purposes or as a medical device, you need to develop your awareness of atmospheric conditions and how these affect orgonomic experimentation. Whatever else you do in orgonomy, your work facility should include a basic observatory, ie a good viewing site and at least a pair of high-power binoculars on a tripod, or, ideally, a telescope and a thermometer, barometer, and humidity meter. You can get all these three readings via a 'weather station', sold by educational suppliers. Kestrel make a digital pocket device that measures all these and other values, including wind speed. It is small enough to go into a pocket or handbag. See our Orgone Watching page for more information on observing the orgone.
I have just (25. 9. 12.) posted a new page on Spiral Cultures. (PS 14. 8. 14. I have now also posted a translation into English of the original article, which inspired my own interest in this area of orgonomy. To read this, please go to Seiler. )This is a good example of a fairly clear-cut and manageable part of orgonomy that would be a good subject of study for someone whose interests are more cultural or historical or psychological or even artistic. Please see that page and the text of my booklet of that name, posted there, for more information. Although a graduate background in a related subject such as anthropology or art history or archaeology would obviously be helpful to the study of that topic, it is not absolutely necessary and any motivated student could just get on their bicycle with their camera and binoculars loaded on board and get on with the job. The necessary sources to guide you to the right sites are cited in the booklet. And if you are, say sixteen or eighteen years old and this project appeals to you and you are interested in archaeology or the history of art or anthropology already, then you might think of doing a degree in one of these before you start the project of recording all these spiral sites. It is as yet unheard of for a student in the UK to go to university specifically to qualify themselves better for orgonomic research, but people in other countries have often done exactly that.
A thoroughly detailed and researched study of spiral culture motifs on UK archaeological remains would be a major advance in orgonomic archaeology and would certainly put the author of such a study on the map. It would very probably become controversial and highly visible. It would change our view of our past profoundly. What a marvellous opening for a budding archaeologist! What are you waiting for? Please see James DeMeo's Saharasia, Gimbutas's The Language of the Goddess, and C O R E's booklet on Spiral Cultures for further leads on this great subject of investigation.
If your interests lean towards the scientific side of orgonomy, you will find a great deal of teaching advice about the bion experiments and their historical background in our new publication, Artificers of Fraud. This is now available and can be bought direct from C O R E or ordered at bookshops. You can also request a copy through your local library. A further publication, Bions for Beginners, will be available very soon, probably in early June 2016. This is a practical introduction to Reich's discoveries of the bions and bionous disintegration.
Please watch this space for lots of useful information about the study of orgonomy. I am adding to it from time to time.
First posted June 22nd, 2012. Last revised May 24th, 2015.
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