Wilhelm Reich's Contact With
Date: 2/18/00 4:55:38 AM Pacific Standard Time
Wilhelm Reich's Contact With Space
"There is no proof. There are no authorities whatever. No president,
Academy, Court of Law, Congress or Senate on this earth has the
knowledge or power to decide what will be the knowledge of tomorrow.
There is no use in trying to prove something that is unknown to somebody
who is ignorant of the unknown, or fearful of its threatening power.
Only the good old rules of learning will eventually bring about
understanding of what has invaded our earthly existence."
The invasion that Reich refers to in his introduction to CONTACT WITH
SPACE is the invasion of earth by intelligences from outer space. Very
few copies of this remarkable book were made available, and Reich's
extraordinary experiences during this turbulent period have been swept
under the carpet by 'orthodox' orgonomy.
To speak openly of UFO experiences still invites ridicule or polite
smiles of disbelief. Consider then the atmosphere of the mid 1950's when
Reich was not only claiming the existence of space visitors, but
carefully documenting his battle with these 'invaders', while developing
his now well-known cloudbusting techniques.
Reich termed the space craft Ea -- 'E' standing for 'Energy', 'a' for
alpha or primordial. Ea also represented 'Enigma'...
"Ea is a new event without precedent in our lives," he writes.
"Humanity, with the exception of a few philosophers, had no idea of the
possibility of visitors from outer space. Earthman had not developed any
view, method or scientific tool to cope with the problem. In addition he
has developed in his offspring a character structure and a kind of
thinking which obstructs the approach to the new fact by way of
ridicule, slander and outright threat to the existence of the pioneer of
space engineering. Therefore our new approach must start from scratch,
as if no science existed at all."
Reich's ability to 'start from scratch' had characterized his
revolutionary approach to psychoanalysis early in his career, long
before he left the restrictive climate of Europe to pursue his ideas in
'free' America. He is best known for his research into the fundamental
life-energy and for his controversial methods of sex therapy. His
greatest contribution to real science was his discovery (or
re-discovery) of what he called 'orgone', the life energy at the very
roots of existence. Blockages in the free flow of this energy in the
individual caused 'character armoring' which inhibited the spontaneous
expression of joy and pleasure in life. The nature of this cosmic
energy, depending on circumstances, functioned either as a 'life giving,
life furthering, and reproductive force (OR), or in the absence of such
conditions, turns into a killer of Life (DOR)."
During his orgonomic research Reich was able to measure this orgone
energy and he successfully treated many patients in the orgone
accumulator, a specially layered box wherein the life-energy was
concentrated. It was this unorthodox method of treatment which brought
down the wrath of the Food and Drug Administration upon Reich, an attack
which finally secured his imprisonment, and death, in a federal
"Orgone energy does not exist," the FDA officials said to the Judge.
Having declared that Cosmic Energy did not exist, it was obvious that
its discoverer must either be a "quack" or a "lunatic". That, after all,
is the rationale of orthodox, mechanistic science chained to its
conceptions of a dead universe.
For Reich, the Universe was very much alive and his approach to
scientific research was functional, taking into account the subjective
perceptions and emotions of the researcher. After all, he writes,
"Classical knowledge may all be wrong, such with the perfect Copernican
circles, the ellipses of Kepler, the empty space of Einstein, the
airgerms of Pasteurian bacteriologists, the atomic nature of the
Universe, etc. To see new things from scratch, to expect the impossible
to be true, belongs to the emotional equipment of the true pioneering
"We shall no longer hang on to the tails of public opinion or to a
non-existent authority on matters utterly unknown and strange. We shall
gradually become experts ourselves in the mastery of the knowledge of
THE FIRST CONTACT
"From the historic Oranur Experiment of 1951, Reich knew that nuclear
radioactivity had a deleterious effect upon the living sea of energy in
which we all live. From the observations made of the reaction of a
milligram of radium put inside an Orgone Energy Accumulator, Reich knew
that there was an antagonistic relationship between the energy of life
(Ether, Prana, etc...) and the manmade nuclear energy so recently
unleashed upon the planet. The effect of the nuclear 'irritant' seemed
all out of proportion to the physical amount of radioactive material.
The distance of this irritating and wildly exciting Orgone anti-Nuclear
effect seemed to reach much farther than the actual radioactivity of the
nuclear material would indicate. Perhaps, Reich reasoned, the Orgone
Energy was a continuum; and this anti-nuclear reaction of the life
energy (Oranur) extended and perpetuated itself in a chain reaction
fashion far beyond the original limits of the nuclear radiation." (1)
The development of the Cloudbuster was a response to the aftermath of
the Oranur Experiment. Around Reich's Oranur laboratory near Rangeley,
Maine, the atmosphere became polluted with DOR (Deadly Orgone
Radiation). The black and bleak DOR clouds were remarkably similar to
what would later be called air pollution or smog. These clouds were
present even in the midst of sunshine, and where they gathered the
atmosphere felt 'suffocating', the sky seemed to lose its sparkle and
animals and humans felt lethargy and other symptoms of malaise.
Not only were the DOR clouds a noxious presence, but a black powdery
substance poured down onto the area, a substance that Reich came to
directly associate with the presence of Ea in the skies above Rangeley.
It was here that UFOs began to appear, big yellow and reddish pulsating
'stars' which were easily discernible from the planets and bluish
colored fixed stars.
Previous to this Reich had no experience with UFOs and had never studied
the subject. Now he was faced with a direct confrontation.
Some nights there would be 3 or 4 Ea hanging in the sky above Orgonon.
They would make the atmosphere black, but by mobilizing the cloudbuster
Reich was able to clear the air and make the sky blue again. It was
under these peculiar conditions that the 'Spacegun' came into existence,
and the war with Ea began.
"I made actual contact by way of the cloudbuster with luminous objects
in the sky on May 12, 1954... During this hour men on earth saw for the
first time in the history of man and his science two "Stars" to the west
fade out several times when cosmic energy was drawn from them." "Easy
contact was made on that fateful day with what obviously turned out to
be a heretofore unknown type of UFO. I had hesitated for weeks to turn
my cloudbuster pipes toward a "star", as if I had known that some of the
blinking lights hanging in the sky were not planets or fixed stars but
SPACE machines. With the fading out of the two "stars", the cloudbuster
had suddenly changed into a SPACEGUN... what had been left of the old
world of human knowledge after the discovery of the OR energy 1936-40
tumbled beyond reprieve. Nothing could any longer be considered
'impossible'. I had directed drawpipes, connected with the deep well
toward an ordinary star, and the star had faded out four times."
Reich had first hesitated on using the spacegun on the Ea, considering
the possibility of them being some kind of American craft, but the
situation became so intolerable with the noxious OR influence, that he
finally decided to. He found the power of the Oranur Spacegun tremendous
due to the sensitivity of the OR energy ocean. The energy equilibrium of
Ea could be disturbed or even put out of order by withdrawing energy
from it directly. The affected Ea seemed at first to struggle, pulsating
erratically, then shrink and even fade out completely. But the space
visitors seemed to be retaliating by increasing the DOR pollution in the
"There was no doubt left as to the purposefulness of the activities of
Ea: Energy was being drawn from the planet, with the consequences known
now, 1956, far and wide as 'DOR-emergency'; decay of vegetation, the
crumbling of granite rock, a feverish atmosphere. OR energy laws, mostly
unknown to us earthmen, were used technically in the Ea operations."
A detailed report on the Ea problem was forwarded to the American Air
Force who appeared to be 'burningly interested' in the subject, but not
To further test the correlations between Ea and the desert forming DOR,
Reich and the cloudbuster crew made their preparations to go to the
fully developed desert, and the OROP Desert Expedition was underway.
SURVEY ON Ea
A simple chart Reich made to differentiate between stars and UFOs
hovering high in the sky. Certain facts about the appearance of the UFOs
such as their noiselessness, their shimmering lights, sometimes bluish
in appearance, rotating discs underlying their motion, fell into place
with some of the facts Reich knew well from cosmic OR functioning:
1. The 'CORE MEN' (CORE = COSMIC ORGONE ENGINEERS), as he came to call
them, apparently were thoroughly conversant with the laws of functioning
in the cosmic OR energy ocean.
2. They used cosmic OR energy in propelling their machines.
3. Their 'blue lights' were in agreement with the blue color
characteristic of all visible OR functions, sky, protoplasm, Aurora,
sunspots, the color of OR lumination in vacor tubes, etc.
4. The CORE MEN were obviously riding their space ships on the main OR
energy streams in the Universe.
5. Just as space is not empty, light does not 'come down to us from the
stars and the sun'. It is an effect of lumination in the OR energy
envelope of the planets. It is a local phenomenon. Therefore, there is
theoretically no limit to speed in cosmic space, and the Ea were able to
achieve tremendous speeds.
DEADLY ORGONE RADIATION
Driving across country to Arizona where the expedition would make its
base, Reich closely observed the atmospheric conditions. DOR tended to
concentrate over cities and became more pronounced as they entered the
desert regions. Here it was observed to sink down into the valleys and
hover low over the landscape like a ceiling. The tops of distant
mountain ridges were seen to project clearly above the DOR shell, like
islands above the ocean, and on these peaks the primal vegetation was
still alive; while the lower vegetation, covered by the low-lying DOR
blanket, died off, leaving only desert in the valleys -- especially in
the areas near atomic testing sites.
Reich described the mountain ranges as being "eaten out", gnawed at by
DOR as if a monster were feeding on the rock itself. The DOR functions
were characterized by "a silent, invisible and inaudible gnawing away
and insidious consumption of the life force of a host or organism."
"The process of disintegration of trees and whole forests is due to
progressive DOR prevalence in the atmosphere. A slight DOR prevalence
causes dryness, dryness in turn increases DOR. Thus, in a vicious
circle, the water-hunger grows together with diminishing precipitation.
The process is slow and not easily discernible. Not much is known about
its secret attrition of life."
"It has great significance for the mastery of our future, that DOR
surplus causes deserts in the landscape as it does in the organism.
Desert souls will enhance desert development; and desert development
will increase DOR or staleness in human emotions."
DOR is hungry for nourishment, for water, for oxygen. As the DOR
increases it vampirizes its host, in this case the abundant life energy
indigenous to the planet.
Reich observes that "the pestilential character shows the same type of
behavior. He saps juicy, emotionally rich people, deprives them of their
strength, akin to the behavior of a tapeworm, within the host victim.
The pestilential character thrives on the energy loss in the victim, but
in the end he perishes with the host. From here to sociological
conclusions regarding the secret dynamics of political dictatorship is
only a logical step: from here, too, a bridge can be built toward
understanding the connection between desert development on our planet
and visitors from outer space. These visitors are using fresh cosmic
energy for their locomotion and pour the slag, DOR, into our atmosphere.
Whether this is being done on purpose or by accident does not matter as
far as the effects upon life are concerned."
Reich foresaw the complete destruction of life upon mother earth looming
on the horizon, unless DOR energy could be reverted again into OR or
OROP DESERT Ea (1954-55)
"Life holds only a narrow wedge as its own domain in the infinite
vastness of cosmic energy."
The desert around Tucson Arizona was chosen for Operation OROP, one of
the hottest and oldest deserts (25,000 years) of the U.S. There was no
primary vegetation growing; there had been no rain for five years. By
October, 1954, the base was operating.
It was not the primary objective of the expedition to "make rain over
rainless desert". Reich had no ambition to impress anyone with rain
making. Rather he wanted to find the borderline where their artificial
efforts at a new atmospheric technology could end "and be replaced by
the self-regulatory, self-sustaining laws that governed the behavior of
cloud formation, rain cycles, cosmic energy metabolism in the
atmosphere, etc, as they do in the living organism."
He had observed that the living organism apparently metabolizes freshly
taken in OR energy into DOR, which is expelled in the form of CO2,
urine, feces and sweat. In the healthy organism the energy equilibrium
between the charge and the discharge was easily maintained, however,
during sickness more OR seemed to change into DOR. Thus, Reich
concluded, a prevalence of DOR would be a basic feature of all disease.
Subjectively Reich and his co-workers experienced the DOR atmosphere in
the desert as oppressive and irritating, with the blinding heat seeming
to draw the juice and life energies out of their bodies.
"Thus, having seen and felt the desert, Expedition OROP proceeded to
begin cloudbuster operations, in order to find out whether such a
climate could be changed."
"With cloudbusting operations, much DOR was removed and fresh Orgone
Energy was brought in from the Southwest (along the Galactic Orgone
Stream). The immediate result was a freshening of the atmosphere and
environment: gone was the parching dryness and gone was the blinding
whiteness of the sky. Rainmaking was not the goal; in fact, noticeable
results occurred prior to any rain falling on the dry, sandy desert
floor. By November, the barren desert north of Tucson began to turn
green with a fine growth of new grass! In December, the greening of the
desert had spread to cover an area 40 to 80 miles from Tucson with new
grass up to one foot high! This happened without any rain falling, due
solely to the fresh atmospheric Life Energy and attendant moisture from
the Pacific Ocean, 250 - 400 miles to the Southwest." (1)
The arrival of denatured Radium (ORUR), from the Oranur experiment at
Rangeley dramatically increased the effectiveness of the cloudbusting
operations. "While the clearing of the atmosphere had previously been
done by drawing off the DOR clouds into a lake, now, within a few
seconds, using ORUR material, the sky cleared and became blue... The
change in the atmosphere was immediately felt by all observers. Even
dirty steel-gray, DOR-affected rain clouds seemed to fill up and become
white in a brilliant, formerly dull, stale atmosphere."
However, Ea were also observing the operations. Whenever the familiar
pulsating craft were seen in the sky, the rain clouds disappeared and
severe DOR infested the atmosphere, making conditions extremely
unpleasant for the crew. If the Spacegun was not used, the atmosphere
became unbearable. One operator at a Spacegun was paralyzed by DOR while
drawing from an Ea. Reich wrote: "There was no escape from the fact that
we were at war with a power unknown to man on earth."
But the ORUR was found to be extremely effective in combatting the Ea
menace. "One could now reach far into space with ORUR: the range was
limitless theoretically, since the OR energy ocean is endless and most
sensitive to stimuli as demonstrated by the processes of dawn, dusk, and
our actual operations over vast stretches of space."
Another DOR-creating problem was atomic testing within the desert
region. Reich was later to consider the possibility of immunizing the
atmosphere against atomic explosions, much as living systems are
immunized against infection. By creating a highly 'orurized' atmosphere,
he reasoned, the DOR energy from atomic blasts or from Ea could be
siphoned off. It was noticed that during the ORUR operations, there were
'coincidentally' many publicly announced postponements of atomic tests.
It became apparent to Reich that although there was moisture in the
atmosphere, the lack of actual rainfall around Tucson was due to a DOR
barrier somewhere west of the experimental site in Arizona, preventing
the clouds and moisture flowing in from the Pacific. The barrier was
found to exist on the Sierra mountain divide, where a concentration of
DOR was breaking up and dissolving the rain clouds coming in from the
By March 1955, continuous DOR removal operations were set up just to the
west of the divide. Within two weeks the barrier was breaking up with a
black precipitate form of DOR ("Melanor") falling to the ground and
turning the white sand dark. By the end of March rain began to occur in
the desert. The breaking of the DOR barrier had accomplished the full
breakthrough of fresh OR energy into the desert basin.
The expedition was successful. The atmosphere had undergone a radical
change, breaking a five year drought and turning completely barren
desert land into green pasture again after thousands of years.
It proved conclusively to Reich that desert development was clearly and
doubtlessly reversible, that through a new kind of orgone technology,
humanity could convert life-destroying energy back into life-sustaining
Winding up his affairs, Reich left the desert in April 1955. It was to
be his last major operation. Within two years he was to die in prison,
destroyed by a system that could not tolerate the free expression of
live-giving energy. But the Enigma remains...
(1) 'The New Age' by Klark Kent, The Journal of Borderland Research,
CONTACT WITH SPACE by Wilhelm Reich, Core Pilot Press, New York, N.Y.
THE WILHELM REICH MUSEUM, PO Box 687, Rangeley ME 04970.
FURY ON EARTH by Myron Sharaf, St. Martin's Press, New York. 1983.