Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meandering in the spheres . . .

Today is the birthday of Wilhelm Reich (March 24, 1897 – November 3, 1957), psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is best known as a controversial social theorist and researcher, who believed that he had discovered a "vital energy" which he called "Orgone energy".

Wilhelm Reich is another writer whose works were destoryed. In August 1956, several tons of his publications were burned by the FDA. It has often been referred to as one of the worst examples of censorship in U.S. history.

"Love, work and knowledge are the well-springs of our life. They should also govern it." - Wilhelm Reich

"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." - Wilhelm Reich

"You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion; when your thinking will be in harmony with your feelings; when the teachers of your children will be better paid than the politicians; when you will have more respect for the love between man and woman than for a marriage license." - Wilhelm Reich

"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." - Wilhelm Reich

"Psychic illnesses are the result of a disturbance of the natural capacity for love." - Wilhelm Reich

"Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one's life well and happily..." - Wilhelm Reich

"Only you yourself can be your liberator!" - Wilhelm Reich

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