by Alison Davidson
"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
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 penitentiary.
"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
"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
"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."
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."
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
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 vicinity.
"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
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 particularly surprised.
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
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
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
They used cosmic OR energy in
propelling their machines
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...
The CORE MEN were obviously riding
their space ships on the main OR energy streams in the Universe
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
Driving across country to Arizona where the expedition would make
its base, Reich closely observed the atmospheric conditions.
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
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
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
"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
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,
into our atmosphere. Whether this is being done on purpose or by
accident does not matter as far as the effects upon life are
Reich foresaw the complete destruction
of life upon mother earth looming on the horizon, unless DOR energy
could be reverted again into OR or Life Energy.
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
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
"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
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 combating 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
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 west.
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
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
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
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...
’The New Age’ by
Klark Kent, The Journal of Borderland
Research, May-June 1987.
CONTACT WITH SPACE
Reich, Core Pilot Press, New York, N.Y. 1957.
REICH MUSEUM, PO Box 687, Rangeley ME 04970.
FURY ON EARTH by Myron Sharaf,
St. Martin’s Press, New York. 1983.