Dear Dr. Reich,
I found out about you and your work recently in December 2013 and have been absolutely fascinated by the research you’ve done on the subject of human sexuality. It quickly became clear to me why you were regarded as one of Dr. Freud’s most promising students. I’m truly disappointed by the fact that I didn’t come across your work much earlier, because it would have saved me a lot of time doing my own personal research in the same and related areas.
Ever since my early childhood, I’ve always had a lot of questions regarding human sexuality. I couldn’t understand the often conflicting ways in which society treated the subject. Even at such a young age it was quite obvious to me that something was terribly wrong. At the same time, I was also fascinated with women, in the same way that any healthy young boy usually is, but even more so because I could detect problems and inconsistencies in their thoughts and behavior. Back then, and still right now, there was this notion in society that women, by nature, were very difficult to understand, and that we’d never be able to figure them out. We just had to accept it and try to live with their irrationality. Even Dr. Freud was puzzled with their behavior for as long as he lived.
But it was clear to me from the very beginning that women were suffering from a mental problem; I just had no idea back then how to explain it. And being the type who wants to understand everything around me, this was just unacceptable. I promised myself to solve this puzzle in my lifetime, and I would often mention to friends and other people that I spoke to, that a time would come when I would have an answer for this mystery.
In 2011 I was finally able to solve the mystery of irrational female behavior and point out the root cause of the issues they are suffering from, which as you know, all revolve around sexual repression. I wrote a series of five blog posts in the course of a year, detailing what I had found. I was aware of the fact that the contents of my blog posts were potentially quite controversial. Yet slightly to my surprise, I did get a lot of positive feedback on the blog posts — even from women. Being that I’m essentially pointing out in those posts that most women today are suffering from a mental problem, I didn’t expect people — and especially not women — to readily agree with me. But it turned out that people could actually understand what I discussed, and even women complimented me on my efforts. The feedback I got from women mostly was that I was quite accurate in describing the issues they were dealing with in private and that I understood them very well. Some were afraid to talk to me because they feared I could see right through them. A few even demanded that I stop writing articles on the subject, apparently because they felt threatened in some way. Others thanked me because according to them my blog posts helped them understand themselves much better.
One thing that I couldn’t understand however is why I was the first to discover this information and put it together in the way I did. I couldn’t believe I was the only one who could see what was going on and what society, and especially women, were suffering from. I suspected that there had to be more people who knew, but kept quiet because of the controversial nature of the subject. I also realized that secret societies had to have known about what was going on for thousands of years, but kept quiet about it because of various reasons — one of which was probably because most of civilization wasn’t ready for it. I’ve read that eventually you came to the same conclusion regarding much of your research, and that you ordered your papers to be kept locked away until 2007, when you estimated that people would finally be ready for your concepts. 1 It’s interesting that I recently also wrote about Sir Isaac Newton, who also kept much of his work private, because he knew publishing it would have been dangerous for him at that time. A lot of his writings have only recently been published.
You have to revamp your whole way of thinking, so that you don’t think from the standpoint of the state and the culture, but from the standpoint of what people need and what they suffer from. Then you arrange your social institutions accordingly.
So when I stumbled upon your work recently completely by chance, I was delighted to find out that I wasn’t alone all this time, and that at least 80 years ago you had already worked out a lot of the things I recently discovered on my own. For me it meant validation of mostly everything I wrote about and it confirmed again that I was on the right track all this time. At the same time though, I was very disappointed that I never heard of your work before, because it would have saved me a lot of time which could have been spent on other issues. Had I also known about your work when I grew up, I would have understood my environment a lot better as well. But then I also think that discovering these truths for myself first, and later getting validation from another source, also has its advantages; instead of just accepting your research as being true, I now definitely know out of my own experience and research that your research on the subject of sexual repression is spot on.
While I read your book “The Sexual Revolution”, a book which every self-respecting psychologist and social engineer should read, very often it was almost as if I were reading my own thoughts. I had this exact same experience previously when reading books by social engineer and futurist Jacque Fresco. A friend of mine even joked that perhaps I am a reincarnated version of you, that came back to continue our work. That’s how similar my thoughts and ideas on the subject of sexual repression are with yours. On a number of points I do think that I’m able to provide better explanations and solutions, and I will be publishing my thoughts on that in the future. Compared to you I have a more universal approach, also thanks to the fact that we now have a lot more (related) information available, including the power of the Global Brain, which did not exist when you were still alive.
I also want to mention that it’s with great sadness that I read about the issues you had to deal with eventually in the USA because of your research, and your ultimate fate of dying in prison in 1957. Back when I was in elementary school, a teacher of mine had mentioned during history lessons how once, a long time ago, people actually thought that the Earth was the center of the universe. And anyone who believed otherwise and said so was prosecuted and ended up in prison or was even killed. I also learned about entire libraries of books being burned in order to keep certain information away from people. And I remember being quite astonished that these kinds of things really happened, and that people could be so primitive back then. I felt glad that I wasn’t living in that period of time. Little did I know that humankind in general is still very primitive, and that we still have quite a way to go before we can really be considered civilized. What happened to you back in the 1950s proves this, and we still have similar cases happening around the world right now.
It’s quite sad that you were essentially punished for trying your best to help humanity and to set humanity free, because the people of your time were simply too stupid to understand the brilliance of your theories, and/or had way too much invested in the old ways of thinking to let go. I can imagine what a painful experience it must have been for you; watching your work being destroyed, all your books being burned and being punished by the very people you were trying to help. 2 In the same way the biblical “Jesus” also had to die because the barbarians among which he lived, couldn’t understand his teachings back then, and indeed even felt threatened by it, while in fact he was trying to help them. I’m also reminded if a quote by the character Morpheus, from the movie The Matrix, where he mentioned:
But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
Being a fan of the movie “War of the Worlds,” you would have absolutely loved seeing The Matrix. Similar to what Morpheus said, you were very aware of the dangers of publishing your research and the fact that most people were not ready for it, and wouldn’t be for many years. Yet you still had the courage to speak your mind and defend that which you believed in, in the hope to bring about positive change for humankind in general. You made many personal sacrifices, and I greatly admire you for that and will be forever thankful to you. While it appears that Dr. Freud at times was careful not to threaten the status quo too much with his theories, you on the other hand clearly had a lot more courage to state exactly what you thought and to stand by your research regardless of the consequences.
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 scientist. 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 Future.
I’m confident that while you may not be very well known today, you will get the worldwide recognition you deserve in the very near future, just like many of the other great men from history who weren’t quite appreciated by their own generations. It’s going to be similar to the way in which Nikola Tesla is now practically worshipped by people all over the Internet for his great contributions to humanity. Even Tesla once remarked that the work he did was for the future, because very few people back then could appreciate Tesla’s brilliance and could understand the significance of his contributions. The same will also be true in your case; your work was done for future generations, starting with mine.
Another thing that fascinates me is your experience with UFOs back in the 1950s. 3 It’s very interesting that you named them “Ea” which was your abbreviation for Enigma Alpha, or Energy Alpha. It’s also very interesting that you chose to write the abbreviation as “Ea,” with a small letter a, instead of the all capital “EA,” which is how abbreviations are usually written. And the reason why I find this very interesting, is because Ea is the name of one of the extraterrestrial Sumerian “gods” — the one said to have been the creator of humankind. I understand that this information is new to you, but if you were still alive, I’m sure you’d find my recent article on the Apple brand, where I also discuss Ea, very interesting. You may not have been correct in assuming these UFOs mean us any harm; in fact there’s considerable evidence right now that they are helping humankind to evolve in a positive direction. However, I understand that you may have been influenced by the cultural climate back then. 4 Nevertheless the fact that you named them “Ea” is a very important sign that your work is connected to their efforts, even while you apparently didn’t fully understand their presence.
Firmness in the pursuit of truth and sharp self-criticism in the execution of this task. Restriction of the disease called “socialitis,” i.e., sacrifice of basic principles to social affiliations.
I know that during your later life, you felt increasingly more lonely because there was nobody around who you could discuss your new concepts with. I know that even your personal friends thought that you were going crazy because your ideas were too far out at that time. It’s too bad you’re not around anymore, because you and I would have a lot to talk about together. Rest assured that we will continue your work where you left off and that you’re now among the giants whose shoulders humankind stands on.
Thank you, Dr. Reich, for your work, your dedication, your humanity and especially your admirable courage and immense personal sacrifices. Humankind will forever be indebted to you.
Wilhelm Reich was a psychologist and author who came to the United States in order to escape Fascism and the ravages of the Second World War. The American authorities showed their subsequent appreciation for his work by burning many of Dr Reich’s books in 1950s. (Not unlike how the Nazis did twenty years before.) He died on November 3rd 1957 in Lewisburgh Penitentiary. In his will, Reich stated that his unpublished papers were to be locked away until the year 2007, 50 years after his death, when as he put it, “man would be ready for his concepts.”
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.”
From Project Camelot:
Reich returned the questionnaire along with a copy of a short essay, “Survey on Ea,” providing background on other unusual occurrences around the Orgonon research facility, including the revelation that friends had told Reich “of saucers having been seen over Orgonon in 1951.” However, he had taken little personal interest in the reports until 1953, when his discovery of Keyhoe’s book made him wonder whether UFOs – or, in his terminology, “Enigma Alpha” or “Ea” – might be propelled by orgone.
Reich was familiar with Donald Keyhoe’s groundbreaking 1953 book Flying Saucers from Outer Space, leaving him predisposed to look for extraterrestrial explanations for the unknown lights weaving across the sky near his Maine research facility. Moreover, the fact that he had seen ‘War of the Worlds’ only three weeks before reporting his sighting was also likely a contributing factor – as Reich called the film “a rather realistic approach to the planetary emergency,” it evidently made quite an impression.
Furthermore, the cultural climate of the 1950s not only predisposed Reich to look beyond the Earth, but to look for evidence that his UFOs were engaged in “warlike” behavior.
The threat of war was in the air, both in Reich’s embattled personal life and in the broader political framework. The Keyhoe book popularized several apparently hostile encounters between Air Force pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena, while no less a personage than General Douglas MacArthur would warn only a year after Reich’s sighting that “all countries on Earth will have to unite to … make a common front against attack by people on other planets.”
There’s a lot of evidence that points to the fact that UFOs may be assisting us instead of being engaged in “warlike” behavior. I discuss some of that in my article Apple – The Occult Secrets behind the Brand.