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“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 in making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge.”                                                                                                                           Wilhelm Reich:  1897 – 1957  

See the Video ‘ A Man’s Right To Know’ here.

Wilhelm Reich was a psychologist and author who went 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.)”

It’s never a good idea to burn books.  As  Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski said just today (6th of March) on BBC 2’s Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show:  “It’s fascinating that the insecure have always tried to destroy the books that contain ideas they find threatening.”.  The American authorities at the time thought it was a good idea.

Does it make you curious to know what these papers contained to warrant such a dastardly deed?

The information may have contained information which could empower individuals to understand the true and inextricable link between body and mind; it may have contained information supporting healthy empowerment of individuals; it may have contained information stating that politics should not be involved in science.

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 In his Will, Reich stated that his unpublished papers were to be locked away until the year 2007, 50 years after his death, when as he put it, “man would be ready for his concepts.” (www.wilhelmreichtrust.org).  

He was the forerunner of what Gerda Boyesen later developed as the Biodynamic Approach in Psychology.

This video describes the major steps in Reich’s work.  His journey from a young Doctor assisting Freud in his Vienna clinic to his internment in the USA and early death.

 

Wilhelm Reich

 

References:  The Wilhelm Reich Trust:  www.wilhelmreichtrust.org

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