An Orgone Conclusion?

June, 2010 by Ray Bendici
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So I was recently reading this article from Fortean Times about the alleged "miracle" of orgonite -- especially when used in vegetable gardens. Essentially, the article suggests plants that were exposed to "pucks" of orgonite -- featuring a simple mix of resin, metal shavings and crystal -- generally produced larger and more significant vegetables. Okay, you're probably asking the same thing I am at this point: "What in the name of Joe Willie Namath is 'orgonite'?" Fortunately for you, within my limited skills set is an uncanny ability to use Google and Wikipedia to get to the bottom of such mysteries, and then bring them back here for your reading convenience! From Wikipedia --
Orgone energy is an idea which was proposed and promoted in the 1930s by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, who originated the term to describe a universal life force. Beginning with a materialist concept of the Freudian libido, Reich ultimately came to see orgone as a massless, omnipresent substance, similar to luminiferous aether, but more closely associated with vital, living energy than inert matter.
Not surprisingly, Reich had a hard time selling his tough-to-prove concept to the mainstream science establishment. Part of his numerous experiments included efforts with "cloudbusters" -- devices he created to drain clouds of their orgone and thereby freeing the rains trapped within. Despite decades of work by Reich and his followers, no definitive proof of orgone and its effects was ever established. Of course, that hasn't stopped others from following up on Reich's ideas -- hence, sites like, where the many benefits of orgonite are extolled. From that site --
This is not a joke, or a game, or an advertisement. This is not a business opportunity. We don't want your money. Orgonite vendors exist only to serve those who are not able to or interested in making orgonite themselves. Orgonite does not require belief or conscious intention in order to work. This is not a religion, a cult, or a product of disinformation of any kind. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the "new age movement." We have found that tactical deployment of orgonite (e.g., "gifting") by throwing, hiding or burying it near sources of electromagnetic radiation or other pollution or in polluted areas, such as near cellphone/TV/radio towers, power plants, in lakes, rivers and ocean harbors, has a powerful and noticeable effect on the area. The skies get clearer and return to the deep blue color you remember from your childhood, complete with normal puffy white clouds. Water pollution levels decrease precipitously, as documented in Toronto, Ontario. Drought conditions are reversed, as documented in South Africa and in Death Valley, California. The general mood or "vibe" in the area improves dramatically as people are kinder, happier and more easy-going. Neighbors either become friendlier or suddenly leave town. A renewed sense of hope begins to pervade the community. We have seen this effect in our own communities as a direct result of tactical orgonite gifting, and have found it truly self-empowering, but don't take our word for it. Try it yourself and see what happens!
Blue skies, decreased pollution, friendlier neighbors -- can it cure cancer and fix the effects of global warming, too? For the record, I've never come into contact with orgonite and have absolutely no idea if it works or not. But I understand the skepticism. As I tell my kids, "If something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is." But hey, the apparent beauty of orgonite is that it's something you can make yourself for a very reasonable cost. Considering the vast benefits, maybe it's worth the investment? Any takers?

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Submitted by Friend of Reich (not verified) on
Orgonite is interesting, but is a cheap knock-off and frequently distorted misrepresentation of the original work of Wilhelm Reich. While there are no controlled studies showing orgonite does anything, Reich's orgone discovery is authentic with many published proofs. But it was made in the context of a device called the orgone energy accumulator, which has been proven to boost the growth of plants -- see here Reich was a natural scientist and had no interest in the mystical clap-trap which tends to be the common currency of the orgonite crowd. Suggest to investigate Reich's original works to get the facts from "the horse's mouth".

Submitted by Enlighten Me (not verified) on
"Friend of Reich" post is grossly misinformed. I always find it incredible how people who know absolutely nothing about a topic will have strong opinions and pretend to be experts. Orgonite is not a cheap knock off of Reich's work, its an evolution in his work. Reich's original devices, the accumulator unfortunately collected negative and positive orgone energy. Because of this, using the device in a area with lots of negative orgone could make people sick. Orgonite collects orgone and converts it into positive Energy. ( BTW orgone is just another name for chi, prana, life force etc. ) You can take an ion reading meter and place it near Orgonite and you will find an highly dense amount of negative ions emitting from the orgonite. As you know, negative ions are scientifically proven to be helpful to the body and positive ions have negative effects on the human body. Orgonite is also proven to grow plants and make them bigger and stronger. If one were to actually study Reich's orginal works then one would know Reich did believe in mystical energies, and one would know that Reichs original technology could only accumulate orgone, it could not convert it. I hope people reading this post and future posts do their own research instead of listening to people who post negatively charged posts on forums. There is this magical technology called "google", you can use it to find tons of stories and research to improve your understanding. You can also do something wild and crazy and do your own experiments since anyone can make orgonite with resin, crystals, metal, and fiberglass resin, Come to your own conclusion. I first heard about Orgonite 7 years ago, unfortunately I was skeptical because I didn't understand it. I thought it was nutter talk. Its never a good idea to dismiss something just because you don't understand it or because it goes beyond the perceived realm of what is possible. I believe we've all been guilty of that.