Quotes by Wilhelm Reich

Not finding the courage to write

I am gaining ever deeper insight into the fact that the more one progresses in understanding, the less courage one finds to write!

The Passion of Youth, page 172, 1921

Wilhelm Reich on difference between observing basic nature and changed nature

"They break up light by putting it through a prism and then they think that they are investigating the real thing, but they aren't.... They have a child do certain things and then they describe it as natural functioning instead of seeing how the child behaves when he plays by himself. Again and again they alter nature and so they never get to basic nature....I have great respect fro what they have accomplished but it was not nature they were investigating. I am very strict about this with myself and with my students."

Newsletter from Orgonon no.49 /2008

Wilhelm Reich and the armored person

"It is precisely this "simplicity" in human intercourse that is so incomprehensible to the armored organism. Everything natural and profound is simple. The simple, grand lines of emotional expression are known to characterize the great painter, musician, poet, novelist and scientist. But the simple is alien to the armored organism. Its impulses are so complicated in their form of expression, the manner of their utterance is so muddled and contradictory that it has no organ for the simple and unequivocal emotional expression. It even lacks a sense of simplicity. Its love is mixed with hatred and anxiety. The unarmored organism loves unequivocally in love situations, hates unequivocally where hatred is legitimate, and fears unequivocally where fear is rational. The armored organism hates where it should love, loves where it should hate, and is frightened where it should love or hate. Complexity is the specific life expression of the armored person He is trapped, as it were, in the multiple contradictions of his existence. Since he approaches all experiences with his complex character structure, his experiences become equally complicated. He is amazed at the accomplishments in the area of special talent barred to him. "Genius" become a kind of abnormal monster, because he cannot understand the great simplicity in the life expression of "genius." In the consistent stripping away of the layers of character, one discovers that complexity epitomizes the defensive mechanism in its purest form. The armored person is complicated because he has a mortal terror of everything simple, straightforward and direct. I say: mortal terror. This is no literary exaggeration. The word accurately describes the process: the simple, straightforward, direct expression inescapably leads periodically to orgastic plasma convulsions.
The armored person cannot express himself with immediacy because his natural impulses are distorted, fragmented, inhibited, and transformed in the tangled net of his character structure. The armored person perceives himself and the world as complicated because he has no immediate contact, no straightforward relationship to the world around him. The secondary result is that over the years this world becomes actually complicated. Since these complications make an ordered existence impossible, artificial rules in "human intercourse" emerge: rigid mores, customs, rules of etiquette, diplomatic maneuvers."

"Ether, God and Devil"

"Utilizing orgonotic pulses to set a spinner-type motor into rotary motion

My attention was first called to this basic difference between p and w in 1935 when I measured and photographed bio-energy at the skin surface. It was not until 1948 that I understood the inner functional interrelation between pulses and waves in the orgonotic system. This was made possible by utilizing orgonotic pulses in setting a spinner type of motor into rotary motion. (Communication in Orgone Energy Bulletin 1, 1949, pp.10-11.)

Ether, God & Devil - Cosmic Superimposition, page 149 ("Cosmic Orgone Energy and "Ether"")

Making the universal energy usable

"I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages. However, the basic task of natural science consisted of making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge."

Inquiry into Basic Natural Law is outside the judicial domain of any social administration anywhere on this globe.

Inquiry in the realm of Basic Natural Law is outside the judicial domain of this or ANY OTHER KIND OF SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION ANYWHERE ON THIS GLOBE, IN ANY LAND, NATION, OR REGION.
Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word FREEDOM should ever be more than an empty political slogan.

Response to the FDA's Complaint for Injunction (22 February 1954)

Man-made laws should not claim they are greater than Natural Law.

No man-made law ever, no matter whether derived from the past or projected onto a distant, unforeseeable future, can or should ever be empowered to claim that it is greater than the Natural Law from which it stems and to which it must inevitably return in the eternal rhythm of creation and decline of all things natural. This is valid, no matter whether we speak in terms such as "God," "Natural Law," "Cosmic Primordial Force," "Ether" or "Cosmic Orgone Energy."

Response to the FDA's Complaint for Injunction (22 February 1954)

I have never heard you complain "you don't tell me the mistakes in my thinking and my actions"

I have never heard you complain: "You promote me to be the future master of myself and the world, but you don't tell me how one is to be the master of oneself, and you don't tell me the mistakes in my thinking and my actions."

Listen, Little Man!

Discovery of orgone energy through consistent thorough study of energy functions

The discovery of orgone energy was made through consistent, thorough study of energy functions, first in the realm of the psyche, and later in the realm of biological functioning.

Ether, God and Devil (1949)

Liberation of natural capacity for love can master their sadistic destructiveness

Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.

, on Sigmund Freud's hope

Let us proceed cautiously, otherwise we will have generations of mystics who conceive orgone metaphysically only

Unless we proceed cautiously, there might well arise a few generations of mystics who conceive of the orgone metaphysically, divorced from non-living nature and who do not comprehend it from the standpoint of natural science. And it seems to me that we have more than enough mysticism as it is.

Orgonotic Pulsation in International Journal of Sex-Economy and Orgone-Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, (March, 1944); Reich throughout his writings seem to use the word "mysticism" in a sense strongly related to claims of "mystical authority over others" and on

"We do not try to convince him"

In our thinking we have rid ourselves of the question of guilt. We blame nobody, but we remove barriers to our rational freedom of movement. If a rock on the road blocks my car, I do not declare that the rock is guilty but I get it out of the way; I do not destroy or condemn or imprison it, but simply move it aside. If the rock is too heavy, I drive around it. If there is no road by which I can drive around it, I take the trouble to build a piece of road. This takes time and effort but it is unavoidable. Under no circumstances do we accuse the rock. We do not blame the backward educator; we go around him. We do not try to convince him; we do not quarrel with him. If he does not understand us, we explain our standpoint to him. If he becomes vicious, we avoid him.

Orgonotic Functionalism