Orgasm Definition (2) – Formula

May 20, 2012

It must have been around 1980, that´s when I have been in my early 20s. At that time I was eager to learn more about sexuality (in general) and orgasm (in particular) and it was then, when I purchased a book and a second one a couple of years later, which had an impact on me lasting to date. The first one is called The Function of the Orgasm, written by Wilhelm Reich.

He was born in what was then part of Austria in 1897 and became a psychoanalytic learning from and working with Sigmund Freud in Vienna. Early on he focused on sexuality and bio-energy. He had worked in Berlin and Scandinavian countries before he emigrated to the US where he died in 1957. In his book he analyses the physiological process of an encompassing body orgasm among other implications in relation to neuroses and a theory on individual and public mental health.

The second book is written by a former student of Reich! His name is Alexander Lowen and he became a psychiatrist as well. He was born in 1910 and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetics in NYC. His book is called Love and Orgasm published by MacMillan Publishing Co. in 1965. As the title of his book suggests Lowen was focusing on the orgasmic reaction in connection with love.

Based on the findings of his teacher and mentor Reich, Lowen took a close look on the sexual peak experience in cases he encountered in his daily work, which in turn confirmed the theories of Reich. His approach, the combination of emotion and sexual climax, may sound conservative, but had a great appeal with my personal attitude nonetheless. I believe that orgasm and love indeed provide the ultimate combination concerning a state of a (ever so short) transcended existence, unsurpassable by anything else known to mankind.

The findings of both these scientists deal with devotion in its purest form. Both, love and orgasm, need to be met with utmost devotion to unfold their full potential. Or, in other words, love and orgasm without devotion won´t just work at all! Hence it comes to no surprise that in my opinion, orgasm in the (ideal) understanding of Reich and Lowen does indeed serve as a benchmark for any sexual climax being addressed as «orgasm».

Now to the facts: Reich proposed a simple formula of the energetic cycle of the whole sexual reaction with an orgasm at its core. Quote: «First the organs are filled with fluid: erection with MECHANICAL TENSION. This brings along strong excitement of which I assumed it to be of electric nature: ELECTRICAL CHARGE. Through orgasm the muscular spasms will release the electric charge i.e. the sexual excitement: ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE. This discharge will merge into detumescence of the genitalia by drainage of the body fluids: MECHANICAL RELAXATION.» The conclusion for Reich was: «An orgasm is nothing other than an electrical discharge.» He regarded his formula as the most important, the most vital process of any living matter, because this cycle also applies to cell division.

It may have become a bit clearer at this point, why sexual climaxes obey the rule of change. It is because we deal with «electrical charge» which can be translated into «sexual excitement» or «lust», which naturally is subject to many factors in- and outside of a body. Thus men and women are not only subject to an ever-different peak experience, but also capable of a broad variety to qualitatively different sexual climaxes.

This is a first hint to why we can design our sexual climaxes, why we can learn and direct certain sexual reactions. Now Reich and Lowen aimed for the ultimate reaction, what they called «complete orgasm», at which the whole of the body is deeply moved. They preferred this variant as being the «genuine orgasm», so to speak, because it was the (only) uninhibited one, identifying the experiencer as a truly healthy person (remember both have been psychoanalytical professionals).

Alexander Lowen is the one who I will follow in the description of parameters for such a climax in my next post.

… to be continued!

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