2018-12-25T16:38:21

Yes, sir. No, sir. There was a real security in knowing I had to obey orders.

Here are my notes from two books A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich. and The Orgone Accumulator Handbook by James Demeo. I've read both quite a while ago.

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  • p69 At times, you have to take some pain and some restriction of happiness; only you should feel, as you do, that happiness is so very important in life. It grows best if you know how to keep yourself clean inside. Then you never lose your ability to be happy, even if things are very sad and lonely at times. --Wilhelm Reich, in a letter, 25 January 1956
  • p92 That is what Daddy was like. He had lifted himself so he was looking over the horizon to a new world, a free and happy world. He stood there on the edge of the universe looking into the future, and when he turned around to say, 'Come on, let's go,' they pulled the ladder out from under him and killed him.
  • p119 'It is a battle because I have discovered the Life Energy, Peeps. Orgonomy provides a whole new way of freeing man from the emotional armour he has worn for centuries. But mankind has learned to hate what it loves. Men do not want to be free or healthy, so they attack anybody who say that man can be free and happy. It is an emotional plague that is attacking me, and it is deadly. That is why people are running away. They are afraid.' 'Are you afraid?' 'Yes, of course.'
  • p121 He always said the only colour an artist couldn't capture was that of a dying fire.
  • p154 We started in the west because Orgone Energy flows from west to east and when we operate, it helps the flow. Daddy said never to draw from east because that interrupts the streaming energy and causes storms.
  • p161 Every man has a deep need for some freedom. And now the question of armour comes in. As you know, "The psychological armour is just the psychological part of muscular armour." It is extremely hard to break the psychological armour. People can participate in something and then go back into their shells. The problem with this film was to make a playful structure that could lose the audience so they can be led. So gradually they are deeper and deeper in places where they never actually voluntarily or consciously go. Step by step they are in some sort of humanistic or fatalistic world but actually they are in touch with the desocialized part of themselves ... deep sexual feelings. Or fears. Or terrors. Private terrors...
  • p190 Yes, sir. No, sir. There was a real security in knowing I had to obey orders.
  • p199 I felt confused about how freedom worked - every time I thought I was free of one thing, another popped up.
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  • p7 Exemplifying the axiom that "no good work should go unpunished", Reich was attacked for his findings in the Danish and Norwegian newspapers, in a smear campaign from both left-wing and right-wing press. Reich's Freudian background and interest in sex-political reforms, his endorsement of greater social freedoms, his laboratory investigations of sexuality and emotion, and findings on the origins of life and cancer - no matter what he did, his work infuriated nearly everyone, though typically for different reasons.
  • p33 When the individual experienced great pain, as from childhood traumas, when the emotions were rigidly suppressed and held back ("big boys don't cry", "nice girls don't get angry"), or when chronic sexual stasis and starvation was expreinced, the entire nervous system and musculature participated in the process of emotional suppression, or warding off of feelings. The "hold back" of feeling was also accompanied by a greater or lesser anxious retreat from pleasurable, or even potentially pleasurable situations, which would otherwise stir up suppressed and unplesant feelings. Reich observed that when this kind of response to feeling and pleasure became chronic, so too did the individual experience a chronic stiffening and desensitization of the body, along with a reduction in respiration and contactfulness. This chronic neuromuscular armoring, as Reich called it, was not a natural condition, though it had a certain rational survival value for situations of pain and trauma. When the armoring became chronic, however, as a way of life, it would thwart the individual's natural biological functioning, and affect their behavior even in circumstances where pain or trauma was not likely.
  • p34 Deep seated fears, and pressures to conform to the prevalent armored form of social life, usually prevented the individual from moving towards emotional health, or taking effective steps to change their situation.
  • p34 When sexual urges and other emotions were chronically frustrated, dammed-up, and repressed, however, great internal tension could build up to a bursting point, where neurotic symptoms or sadistic urges would appear.
  • p35 As a child grew to adulthood, and became habituated or conditioned towards pleasure-seeking, or pleasure-avoiding (pain seeking) behaviors, so too would their skin charge, and other physiological measures, reflect a corresponding high or low energy charge. This movement of the organism, and their energy charge, in a direction toward or away from the world, he argued, was the result of one's life history. Life naturally moved towards pleasure, but retreated away from pain. Chronic painful expreience would eventually armor the organism, and make it difficult for them to reach out, towards the painful world.
  • p60 Other researcher has been done to show that living creatures, and the physical chemistry of water, are sensitive to weather to cosmic factors in a manner that cannot be explained according to simple mechanical phenomena, such as light, temperature, humidity, or pressure. Frank Brown, spent decades demonstrating that the biological clocks of various living creatures were sensitive to lunar cycles and other cosmic forces.
  • p61 For example, inside the metal box, the metabolism of potatoes followed a cycle that correlated with lunar, solar, and galactic parameters. Potato metabolism additionally demonstrated a correlation to local weather; not the weather today, but the weather two days into the future!
  • p129 In some cases when the patient's bioenergy level was being recharged by the accumulator, they began to feel a welling-up of buried feelings, which they often did not want to deal with. In some cases, as they began to recover, they developed pains in the genital are or thighs, related to their sexual stasis. Reich that almost all of his cancer patients had not had sexual intercourse for years, and were trapped in a loveless, compulsive marriage. In such cases, overcoming the obstacle of sexual stasis and blocked emotion, and restoring their desire to live, was the key to a remission. In a few cases, as these emotional problems surfaced, his patients would discontinue further treatment with the accumulator, even though significant tumor reduction and restoration of body function had occurred.
  • p129 For these reasons, and also to emphasize his interest in cancer prevention, Reich focused upon the central role of emotional and sexual resignation in the life histories of cancer patients. Where this resignation from life and feeling could be overcome, Reich observed that the prognosis was better than where the resignation was left untouched. This factor appears to explain the common observation that cancer patients who become emotionally mobilized, who learn to express their sadness, rage, and terror, and who regain a desire to live, will have a better prognosis.
  • p142 Not all people suffer from a lack of energy, or even from "low energy". Quite often, people suffer more from a clamping down, or holding back of the emotional energy which they already have. In some cases, additional energy from an accumulator may simply give a person more energy to clamp down with. One should recognize this fact, and understand that regular accumulator use is not mandated for everyone, nor is it a mystical panacea.

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