Field Trip to Orgonon … The Wilhelm Reich Museum

The Saturday after Labor Day, my husband and I ventured three hours north to Rangeley, ME. Rangeley is halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. It’s also home to “Orgonon,” otherwise known as the Wilhelm Reich Museum, which also happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

Doc Grant's RestaurantReich was a medical doctor, scientist, and a student of Freud. In the 1930s, he discovered a life force energy that he named orgone that did not obey the laws of magnetism or electricity. Reich observed that this energy could charge organic matter and it could also kill bacteria and cancer cells. It was novel and alarming information at the time. After confirming its existence in the human body as well as in the atmosphere, Reich developed instruments to observe and to collect it. He then dedicated the rest of his life to its study. Preventing cancer and experimenting with weather were two key areas of focus. He promised no cure, nor did he charge for his work.

Reich’s studies and findings were challenged in conventional medical and scientific circles in Europe as well as in the USA, where he settled. As the result of a 1947 inflammatory article in the New Republic, the US Food and Drug Administration investigated him and found no wrongdoing. Reich continued his research.

One of Reich's Cloud-Buster Machines

One of Reich’s Cloud-Buster Machines

In 1954, an interstate commerce case was filed against Reich in Portland, ME. A resulting injunction forbade Reich from moving his orgone accumulators and writings out of state. While Reich was in AZ, a student moved accumulators and some of Reich’s writings to NYC, without Reich’s knowledge. This was a violation of the injunction and Reich was jailed in 1957, just shy of his 60th birthday. He died in jail eight months later.

Although tons of his books were burned in both ME and NYC, and some of his orgone accumulators were either dismantled or destroyed, many of his writings and his original accumulators remained intact. Over 200 archive boxes of his writings are stored in “The Center for the History of Medicine” in Harvard University’s Countway Library. His accumulators, writings, and art are in the museum in Rangeley. You can read more about the history here: as well as a “Mysterious Universe” blogpost perspective from 2014 here

I discovered orgone and became interested in it over 10 years ago, to diminish the effects of EMFS in my home and environment. Modern-day ogone accumulators are available on the web. They are also easy to make, using a combination of organic and inorganic materials: resin, metal shavings (including copper) and a variety of crystals. I have a muffin-sized disc near my computer and at my electric service box, as well as a larger cone near a power pole with a transformer. It’s one of those things that “won’t hurt and might help. Afterall, you never really know what you prevent.

Late this year I’ll be testing another method of mitigating EMFs in my home. If it works, I’ll let you know about it.

A muffin-sized orgone accumulator.

A muffin-sized orgone accumulator.