24 March

indexThose who are truly alive are kindly and unsuspecting in their human relationships and consequently endangered under present conditions. They assume that others think and act generously, kindly, and helpfully, in accordance with the laws of life. This natural attitude, fundamental to healthy children as well as to primitive man, inevitably represents a great danger in the struggle for a rational way of life as long as the emotional plague subsists, because the plague-ridden impute their own manner of thinking and acting to their fellow men. A kindly man believes that all men are kindly, while one infected with the plague believes that all men lie and cheat and are hungry for power. In such a situation the living are at an obvious disadvantage. When they give to the plague-ridden, they are sucked dry, then ridiculed or betrayed.

Wilhelm Reich: born on 24 March 1897, with Sun in Aries, Moon in Sagittarius (1.9), Saturn and Uranus conjunct the Midheaven (Saturn/Uranus Flower), died 3 November 1957, is an outstanding multidimensional scientist and psychoanalist. He discovered all pervading energy, which he called “orgone”, and described as “a mass-free primordial power that operates throughout the universe as the basic life force” and “the scientific reality of what most people call God”.

He developed instruments aimed at detecting and redeploying it for healing and environental purposes. He was constantly persecuted in his research endeavour with charges which today would be laughed out of any court. His publications were burned or heavily censored, and his life controversially came to an end in an American Federal prison where he was serving a two-year term for distributing his “orgone energy accumulator”.

He particularly studied sexual energy and the function of the orgasm, trying to measure the different stages of climax and its underlying energy (the orgone). In his views unexpressed sexual energy was the major cause of grievances and the result of consensus reality conditionings.

His psychoanalytic healing method involved the use of touch accompanied by talking. He would also feel his patients’ chests to check their breathing or relocate their bodies, at times requiring them to remove their clothes, which caused some controversies in the psychoanalytic environment. His book, The Sexual Revolution, supported free contraception, abortion, and wide sex education.

Reich also conducted extensive researches on the origins of life, and built boxes to accumulate orgone energy in the atmosphere, which he regarded as a negatively-entropic force in nature responsible for concentrating and organizing matter. He believed that sitting inside the box might provide treatment for cancer and other ailments, yet the popular press describes these as sex boxes aimed at causing long erections. He was also involved with the study of multidimensional vehicles claiming that orgone energy was used to propel UFOs. He argued that illness was primarily due to blockages of the orgone energy within the body, and conducted several scientific tests to prove his theory. Most of his findings were confirmed by Einstein with whom Reich had a controversial connection.

Reich was the basic pioneer of body-oriented and emotions-based psychotherapies, and a major influence in Fritz Perls’ Gestalt therapy, Arthur Janov’s primal therapy and Alexander Lowen’s bioenergetic analysis. He also provided relevant inspirations to artists and musicians such as Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Frank Zappa and Suzanne Vega.

One of his works (Listen, Little Man!) left a most significant mark also on my formation. This very small book, written in 1946, is a penetrating dissection of the consensus reality man, who Reich calls the “little man”. As the author puts it the book “reflects the inner turmoil of a scientist and physician who had observed the little man for many years and seen, first with astonishment, then with horror, what he does to himself; how he suffers, rebels, honors his enemies and murders his friends; how, wherever he acquires power ‘in the name of the people,’ he misuses it and transforms it into something more cruel than the tyranny he had previously suffered at the hands of upper-class sadists.”

In his work Contact with Space he also spoke openly about connection with extraterrestrial intelligences. “It is not beyond actual possibilities that men from outer space have landed (or will in the future land) on earth and have begun to breed here for whatever reason they may have had. Am I a Spaceman? Do I belong to a new race on earth, bred by men from outer space in embraces with earth women? Are my children offspring of the first interplanetary race? Has the melting-pot of interplanetary society already been created on our own planet, as the melting-pot of all earth nations was established in the U.S.A. 190 years ago?”

A film about his teachings called W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism was made in 1971 by Yugoslavian director Dušan Makavejev,

“The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.”
“You have no sense of your true duty, which is to be a man and preserve humanity. You imitate wise men so badly and bandits so well. Your movies and radio programs are full of murder.”
“You don’t believe that your friend could ever do anything great. You despise yourself in secret, even – no, especially – when you stand on your dignity; and since you despise yourself, you are unable to respect your friend. You can’t bring yourself to believe that anyone you have sat at table with, or shared a house with, is capable of great achievement. That is why all great men have been solitary. It is hard to think in your company, little man. One can only think ‘about’ you, or ‘for your benefit’, not ‘with’ you, for you stifle all big, generous ideas.”
“I want you to stop being subhuman and become ‘yourself’. ‘Yourself,’ I say. Not the newspaper you read, not your vicious neighbor’s opinion, but ‘yourself.’ I know, and you don’t, what you really are deep down. Deep down, you are what a deer, your God, your poet, or your philosopher is..”

 

William Morris, born 24 March 1834, Sun in Aries, Moon in Virgo, English poet and artist.

Red or blue?: In the movie “Matrix” Neo is offered the choice between a red and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the separated reality of the Matrix, therefore living the “illusion of ignorance”, while the red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the real world, therefore living the “truth of reality”. Similarly, in “The Defence of Gueneveve”, by the English poet William Morris (born on 24 March 1834), an angel invites the dying protagonist to choose between two cloths. One of these cloths is heaven, and one is hell. The angel will not tell which is which, and the protagonist has to guess. “And one of these strange choosing cloths was blue, wavy and long, and one cut short and red; No man could tell the better of the two.” After a lot of pondering the protagonist says: “God help! heaven’s color, the blue” yet unfortunately the angel reveals that blue is the colour of hell. What is shown here again is the deceit of our separated reality, where everything is upside down.

Many choices are possible in this world, yet in the end there are only two options: red or blue, reality or illusion, Light or darkness. From an illusory perspective it is not easy to make the right choice. Having a separated perception we often end up seeing Light in ideas and behaviours which support the exact opposite. Paradoxically what promotes separation are not openly negative ideas or actions. These are opposed by the majority of people. What preserves the illusion, and all the related pain, are mainly ideas and behaviours commonly acknowledged as positive and luminous.

Illusion causes ignorance and deceit… And yet, if we acknowledge and trust our direct experience in life, releasing outer pressures, conditionings and cultural programming, we may find our way to the right pill…

 

James Ingall Wedgwood (1.7) (24 March 1883 – 1951) first Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, member of the Theosophical Society and a co-Masonic order.

Corbin Harney (March 24, 1920, Bruneau, Idaho – July 10, 2007, near Petaluma, California) elder and spiritual leader of the Newe (Western Shoshone) people. He inspired the creation in 1994 of the Shundahai Network, which works for  environmental justice and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

 

ACIM: 83. My only function is the one God gave me. My happiness and my function are one.

Saints: Feria.

Gospel of Thomas: (75) Jesus said, “Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.”

Concise Epitome: 9.6 Besides you would need a space suit whose way of functioning causes a lot to ponder on. (E come se non bastare di una peculiare veste abbisognate, sul cui funzionamento a lungo ponderare necessitate)