Orgone warrior

Have you noticed a wave of positive energy overtaking Augusta? It just may be the effort of Dwayne Dotson and his “orgonite” workshop.

Metro Spirit
Mar. 20, 2008

AUGUSTA, GA - If a hero is somebody who altruistically acts to eliminate a common danger, then Dwayne Dotson is definitely a hero.

He devotes his free time, and much of his money, to a workshop in National Hills where he toils on a project that some people would call crazy. He is undaunted. He is passionate. He is Augusta’s only orgone warrior.

Dotson makes “orgonite tower busters,” organic resin disks the size of hockey pucks that are filled with metal filings and crystals. He and a small army of “cell-tower gifters” around the world say that the disks, when placed near cell towers, convert “deadly orgone energy” from radio transmissions into “positive orgone energy.”

Dotson receives no thanks for his efforts. In fact, he shuns the spotlight. But if he’s right, you’re the beneficiary.

To me, writing about tower busting is cruising on journalistic thin ice. There is a tendency to put every weird-sounding phrase in quotation marks as proof of one’s sanity. But to hell with this skittishness. It’s time to give tower busters some props for their selfless actions and colorful history.

While anybody can hope for world peace and good karma, orgone warriors actually engineer devices that charge the ether, ward off the fascist plague and disrupt government mind-control experiments.

And just as the governor believes that prayer can bring rain, Dotson has installed an orgone device that he credits for our recent spell of rainy weather.

Tower busting is gaining attention around the world, and part of its appeal is an intellectual family tree that includes some heavy hitters of the 20th century. Enter one Wilhelm Reich.

In 1934, Reich presented a research paper called “Psychic Contact and Vegetative Current” at the 13th Annual Congress of Psychoanalysis in Switzerland. At the time, the academic community was being flooded with studies on the social origins of neurosis, and Reich was bringing a new angle to the debate. While most studies focused on what an analyst could learn about a patient, Reich wrote about patients who went through cathartic episodes during their sessions.

Reich noticed that, during sessions,some neurotic patients described a stream of electrical energy pulsing through their bodies. These patients often experienced unusual physical symptoms, and later appeared partially “healed” by the experience.

The paper led to the growth of Vegetotherapy as a psychoanalytical method. Patients were asked to simulate the bodily effects of emotions, reliving those emotions and releasing pent-up psychic energy.

From this experience, Reich developed a theory of radiating biologic energy. He later called this life energy the orgone.

Reich also began using a device similar to a polygraph machine to measure the electrical energy of the male orgasm. He created a scale of “orgastic potency” — the presence of concentrated amounts of orgone. He argued there was a therapeutic value in high levels of orgastic potency.

Critics argued that these trace amounts of electric energy on the surface of the skin were the mere byproduct of metabolism, and most mainstream scientists began accusing Reich of insanity. A nervous breakdown he suffered shortly after immigrating to the United States in the 1940s only provided further ammunition for the claims.

While searching for treatment methods that would increase a subject’s orgastic potency, Reich stumbled upon what he said was a curious physical phenomenon: multiple layers of thick metal separated by air prevented the escape of orgone. (Orgone technology has advanced since Reich’s time and the Reichian community now claims that thinner, lighter, alternating layers of organic and inorganic matter has the same effect.)

Thus was born the “orgone accumulator” — a therapeutic box large enough to seat a human subject. In 1954, Reich came under assault by the Food and Drug Administration for claiming that his invention had therapeutic benefits. The federal government destroyed hundreds of Reich’s orgone accumulators and sentenced him to two years in prison.

In 1956, the government burned several tons of his publications in an attempt to stamp out his ideas. Reich died in prison in 1957, days before he was eligible for parole.

Adding to the suspicion on the part of current-day Reich followers is the peculiar fact that Reichian research continued in the Soviet Union after 1957. And it has long been rumored that, during the Cold War, the U.S. government conducted covert experiments on the effect of electromagnetic energy on human brain waves.

I’m sitting in Dotson’s living room, next to a four-foot copper-frame pyramid. Under that is a four-fold stacked pyramid, a gigantic electrified crystal and an array of smaller tower busters. There seems to be an energy field in the room, but I am aware that it could be a placebo effect.

Dotson hands me a pyramid-shaped device containing the same elements as a tower buster. It is called a “Holy Hand Grenade” in the gifting community,emphasizing the martial aspects of the etheric battlespace. It smells faintly of organic matter, burnt metal and petroleum,not unlike the tower busters. He talks about Wilhelm Reich.

“They killed the man,” says Dotson emotionally. “He discovered one of the secrets of life, and it was a secret they didn’t want people to know. Reich was actually healing cancer victims with orgone boxes, and they just couldn’t tolerate it.”

The “they” Dotson is talking about is the government and the legions of people who make money off sickness: doctors, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies.

Burning books and locking people in jail for their beliefs can leave people a little disturbed even 50 years later.

In those 50 years, Reich’s followers have marched on. In 1987, a group of students at the University of Marburg in Germany conducted their own experiment with an orgone
accumulator as part of a dissertation.

They divided test subjects into two groups and had one group sit in orgone boxes while a control group used fake orgone boxes.

The group that spent time in the orgone accumulators reported a healthier sense of well-being than the others.

The test was replicated at the University of Vienna in 1995. The studies followed standard methodology, but critics say they were never peer-reviewed.

Orgone proponents have, by all indications,a sense of “lessons learned.” Listings on eBay for tower busters, Holy HandGrenades and other etheric devices are filled with the caveats that the products have no therapeutic effect, although followers clearly believe they do.

Tower busters were invented in2000 when Reich-inspired researchers supposedly discovered that an organic fiberglass resin poured into small molds with metal shavings has the ability to transfer deadly orgone energy into positive energy. Through further trial and error, it was discovered that placing a quartz crystal in the mixture amplified the effect. The resin shrinks during the forming process and compresses the crystals, creating polarized endpoints in the crystal (called a piezoelectric effect).

“People who are energy sensitive, about one in every 100 people, can feel this energy,” Dotson tells me. The energy I feel in the room leads me to wonder if I am one of these few. He hands me a pyramid-shaped Holy Hand Grenade and informs me that the energy-sensitive can feel a force field emanating from the top.

I hold my hand over the pyramid and discover I am not one of these people.

Critics call the tower-busting community everything from paranoid lunatics to the “tinfoil brigade” to conspiracy theorists. But where does one place the thousands of people worldwide who swear that orgonite has changed their lives? Members of the community post their experiences with mainstream critics at, and and those comments range from sober observations to emotional pleas.

This subculture is all abuzz today with the unsealing of Reich’s papers last November at Harvard University. Reich, hoping for a better reception after the passing of time, had stipulated in his will that they remain sealed for 50 years.

So far, word in the Reichian community is that mainstream scientists have little interest in the papers. But Reich’s followers are said to be gleaning them for any insight into current orgone studies.

That Reich was a political martyr seems entirely within the realm of the possible when his theories and beliefs are viewed against the background of a paranoid 1950s federal government.

Reich was developing theories of “psychofascism,” which argued that repressed sexuality was one of the causes of an oppressive political state.

“Civilized man [became] angular and mechanical and he lost his spontaneity,” Reich wrote. “He developed into an automaton and ‘brain machine.’”

Mechanically thinking and acting civilized man, Reich says, encounters a “biological stiffening” and the loss of his “native function of self-regulation.” As a result, mankind acquired “the attitudes” that made possible “dictatorship plague: a hierarchical view of the state, a mechanical administration of society, fear of responsibility and... mechanical killing in war.”

It was the kind of thinking that would have made the U.S. vulnerable to Soviet influence.
Reich, furthermore, was an avowed Communist who, at one point, was kicked out of the Communist Party for being too radical. He promoted adolescent sexuality and readily available contraception long before it was acceptable in the United States. Reich blamed “the bourgeoisie” for sexual repression. He founded sexual therapy clinics for workers where he taught his version of the non-neurotic work performance.

In Reich’s non-neurotic work performance, “biological energy oscillates between work and sexual activity.” Work and sex complement one another and “build up self-confidence.” Reich called this model “the Genital Character.”

The “Neurotic Character,” by contrast, suffered from sexual repression that caused work to be performed “in a mechanical, dull way.” This type of work “deadens the sexual desires and is diametrically opposed to them.” Work is a drag, constantly interrupted by sexual fantasies. Work thus requires sexual repression and the result is feelings of guilt and neurotic feelings of grandeur.

Followers of Reich say that the nature of capitalism in the 1950s necessitated stomping out Reichian ideas before they became a mass social movement.

It’s Friday morning and I’m riding around Augusta with Dotson in his orgone-modified Toyota Prius. For this day, at least, I am an orgone warrior on a mission.

It’s a convenient mission that does not require me to travel far from home or encounter any dangerous obstacles. I will be home before noon. The sun is coming out and the pungent smell from a box of orgonite disks engulfs the Prius.

We drive out to gift a cell tower on Washington Road, not far from the I-20 interchange. We find one that doesn’t require trespassing, for even the honorable attempt to save the world from deadly orgone energy shouldn’t require breaking local laws. Dotson digs two holes with a stick and deposits the gift. We haul ass just as two men show up to mow grass around the tower. They give us funny looks.

Dotson navigates his Prius through the traffic, explaining the modifications he has made to the car that allow him to cruise for a hundred yards or so with almost no energy consumption. By meticulously monitoring engine temperature and fuel injector angle, he is able to tweak about another 10 miles to the gallon from the car’s already impressive gas mileage.

“This is how I got into orgone energy,” he explains. “I was researching gas mileage and the Prius, when I came across some secrets the government and the oil companies don’t want you to know.”

Dotson delves into another of his favorite topics: the “Joe Cell,” a device created by an Australian researcher that, when attached to the fuel injector of a car, allegedly manipulates magnetic energy and allows the car to run for several minutes at a time on pure etheric energy: orgone energy.

The blogosphere is abuzz with stories of how men in dark suits broke into Joe’s lab and hauled away his gear with death threats.

Dotson says he feels the same pressure at work.

“I was taken aside at work and told not to discuss this anymore,” he says, resigned to the fact that his view of the world is frightening to others. “If I talk about orgone energy again, I will probably be fired. But I understand. It’s because people are not educated about this.”

Orgone warriors like Dotson have a multitude of strategies aimed at saving the planet from destruction. He has installed what he calls a cloudbuster in his backyard. It’s five-foot-tall bundle of copper tubes imbedded in an orgonite and crystal base.

By focusing orgone energy on the clouds, it’s Dotson’s personal effort at protecting our climate.

Some may be closed-minded about Dotson’s work to manipulate life energy. And, in truth, I am at a loss to say whether my cell-tower gifting has contributed to the psychic well-being of travelers on I-20, or whether I have merely gone on a glorified littering run.

But (and perhaps most important of all) it felt invigorating to do something good. And perhaps that — positive belief coupled with action — is the key to the biologic, life-affirming energy Reich spent years studying. Perhaps that is... the orgone.

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