The Function of the Orgasm by Wilhelm Reich is a book that will challenge your preconceived ideas on sex and sexuality. A taboo, that many people vigourously hold on to and unknowingly allow to hold themselves back in life, love, health and happiness.
This book is not perverse or smutty or pornographic as some might imagine from the title of the book and it’s subject matter, but a serious, wholesome, clinical look at an all important phenomena of life and love that most people are too afraid to acknowledge or discuss.
The language reflects the period in which it was written (1920s-40s) and there is a lot of scientific jargon and historical background which may put off some readers, but stick to it through to the end and absorb the principles laid down with an open mind and hopefully, Wilhelm Reich would have helped another reader cast aside their fear of their own sexuality and capacity for love.
Over twenty years Wilhelm Reich, a psychologist and doctor of medicine, studied the relationship between the emotional, physiological and physical functions of biological energy.
He saw the orgasm as the key to the body’s energy metabolism, discovering that the biological emotions governing the psychic processes are themselves the immediate expression of strictly physical energy – which he named the cosmic orgone.
Initially derided, Reich’s theories are now seen as crucial to our understanding of ourselves and our fellow men. In appreciating why the orgasm brings a feeling of physical and emotional well-being, we can also gain insight into the physical and emotional ills that result from a thwarting of this bioenergetic function.
Many researchers into psychic energy believe that the aura recorded by Kirlian photography is nothing less than the manifestation of Reich’s orgone energy.
Finding a brief biography of this fascinating and controversial man was not easy.
Richard E. Ward
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