Orgonon in Rangeley, Maine, USA
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Pilgrimage to Orgonon
Jerome Greenfield, Ph.D.
I sat on a bench on the path leading through the estate and viewed the scene over lakes, woods and fields stretching down and out to the blue-hazed horizon. In Cosmic Superimposition Reich had written about the sense of harmony, peace and oneness that a person experiences in natural surroundings, and the contrast between this and the strife-ridden life-tone of "civilized" existence.
At its deepest level, his whole life's work—from his earliest writings on the quality and characteristics of a full genital orgasm to his last formulations on weather control and desert formation—could be seen as a single, unified attempt to overcome this contrast, this difference; to bring human social existence into closer alignment with the harmonious, "oceanic" feeling of the scene I was observing, that he had observed daily and over which his bust on the mausoleum now brooded in a permanent, clear-eyed gaze.
It occurred to me that somehow, in my effort to unravel and fit into some kind of coherent order the events, forces and issues of the ten-year process that had ended with his imprisonment, I had forgotten something crucial, lost touch with something basic in the ultimate meaning of Reich's life and work. That something now began to stir and quicken somewhere on the outskirts of my consciousness.
And realizing this, I realized at last the purpose of my pilgrimage. It was to try to re-experience that part of Reich I had lot touch with in dealing with him and his work as an objective body of knowledge to be coherently communicated. I had, in short, forgotten that in the deep subjective reaches of one's life Reich was primarily an experience of self perception, and as such, ultimately incommunicable. And now I had found it again—that part of Reich, that part of myself—and I slept as I had not slept for a year.
Greenfield, Jerome. Pilgrimage to Orgonon. International Journal of Life Energy. 1981; 3 (1-2):66.