Chapter 5: The Six Rules of Sex Intercourse - Part 5

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Before ending this chapter, a few words addressed especially to the male reader.

As already stated it has been my experience that a physically adult man over thirty years of age usually resents being found a poor lover. He tends to blame any unsatisfactory aspect of his sex relations on his wife's frigidity. He also wants to have his local satisfaction whenever he desires it. Inasmuch as many physically adult men are still emotionally immature, that is to say still accustomed, as during their spoiled childhood, to receive rather than to give in the love relationship, they are unwilling to try to control themselves in the manner described. Everything that hinders immediate satisfaction of desire they find either annoying or irritating.

To such men we can only say that to achieve perfection in the art of love requires as much application and patience as learning to playa violin or to speak a foreign language. As long as it is necessary for us to think how to use our finger muscles, or to remember every rule of grammar, just so long is our playing or speaking difficult and imperfect. As soon as we begin to play or speak without conscious cerebration the art begins to be our own. So it is with the art of making love.

In countries where children are raised to appreciate the values of love and sex, and are given an early education for their future sex life, the young people use correct and successful methods in their sex relationships from the beginning. In Western civilization, however, after possibly decades of a faulty type of sex union, it is often difficult for men to learn anew, or rather to learn for the first time, how to conduct a normal intercourse.

Very often we cannot force a husband to act on our advice. Some are obstinate and hostile from the very beginning and

unwilling to follow the rules; others are too weak in character to be able to do so. But those who have strong enough characters and are willing to cooperate are repaid a thousandfold when they attain, on the restoration of their marriage, real happiness and satisfaction.

When a marriage hangs in the balance and the husband refuses to co-operate, it is better for the wife, if she wishes to save the marriage, to refrain from the sex act entirely rather than permit intercourse wrongly performed.

Still another problem presents itself to those unfortunate women who are divorced, separated, going through the menopause or, though married, have an unhealthy sex life forced on them. These are often worse off than those who have no mate at all. What can they do to rid themselves of the unbearable tensions in their bodies and avoid their ill consequences which include high blood pressure, neurasthenia, headaches, restlessness, depression, extreme nervousness-all symptoms that tend to make them unbearable to themselves and their associates.

How can such women attain relaxation when the natural method of bodily contact is denied them? Teachers, sports women, women in business or the professions, can find some outlet in their activities. But what help is there for the others? To give them female hormones, as is commonly done, may only increase the tension, producing torturing sex desires impossible of normal fulfillment. If hormones are given, a physician has to decide whether male or female hormones should be used. As a rule, only women who still have healthy sex relations may be permitted to use female hormones if their ovaries have ceased to produce them.

The author has noted some remarkably good results from a more natural method for relieving these states of tension, the simple use of warm water, a good conductor of electricity. The most successful means combines a warm bath with a cer

tain kind of vaginal douche, taken every other night before retiring. The bath alone, of a temperature so agreeable as to induce complete relaxation, is often effective if taken immediately before going to bed. But the effect is more certain if the bath is combined with a strong, continuous, warm douche but not from a little bag that has to be refilled every half minute. The water should come in a continuous stream for about a quarter of an hour. This can be arranged by fitting a rubber tube over the bath faucet through a "faucet adapter." The woman then lies quietly in the bath, at whatever temperature she prefers, and concentrates her thoughts on the "outflow of radiations" from her body. She must then go to bed at once, to rest the whole night through, without turning on the radio, answering the telephone, or reading a book.

A certain amount of practice is sometimes necessary before satisfactory results are obtained from these douches. Some users have to overcome an initial prejudice against them before they can achieve complete mental and physical relaxation.

The principle which operates here is the same as that observed in the marital relationship: the local relaxation of the sex organs through orgasm would diminish the body's tension less effectively than the expulsion of the bio-electricity from the whole body. That is the reason why the local irritation produced by masturbation brings depression and still greater tension in the wake of the few seconds of local satisfaction, the friction itself having served to produce a further charge of radiations, thus tensing the body's cells. Reasoning along these lines, it becomes clear that sexual intercourse, inadequately prepared for and of too brief duration, is nothing other than a form of masturbation, since it fails to take into account the necessary delivery of the whole body from its "overcharge."

The best natural method to diminish or neutralize the body's strong "radiations" and the resulting tension is, for

single persons, hard, concentrated work; for married couples, a normal, well conducted sex life.


Those readers who are interested in recent research work in biology and physics, are invited to read this postscript.

(1) In his book Leuchtende Pflanzen (Jena, Germany, 1912), the botanist Hans Molich expressed the opinion that certain chemical compounds are formed from living sub stance which combine with oxygen, either in the cells or outside them, and in so doing produce light.

And in his book Allgemeine Physiologie (Jena, Germany, 1915), Chapter III, "Production of Light," the famous physiologist Max Verworn suggests the possibility that, under certain conditions, certain cells of our body produce light.

(2) In its section on electronics, under the title "Electricity from Hair Sets off Photo-Flash Tube," Science News Letter for November 20, 1948, reported that the crackle of hair, as combed by a girl, has "electrical" value. The crackle is worth some 8,000 to 10,000 volts of potential electricity, according to the estimate of a scientist of the General Electric Company. A photographer succeeded in making the crackle ionize a high-speed photo-tube, enabling a girl, combing her hair, to take a picture of herself engaged in the task.

A metallic collector rod, connected to the trigger electrodes of a photo-flash lamp, was attached to the comb. Each stroke of the girl's comb supplied the necessary 8,000 volts of power to set off the flash. The static electricity developed in combing the hair is low in comparison with that of scuffing the feet across a rug. In this latter case some 18,000 volts are generated, the scientist stated.

(The next scientific step would be to prove the existence of different electrical potentials in male and female persons. The

sparks between the bodies of the Arabian couple point to this assumption.)

(3) That a crucial period of development in physical science is at its dawn is indicated by the experiments and investigations of Albert Einstein. He said recently, relative to his having found a new solution for one of the greatest mysteries of science, a new law to explain all the phenomena of the material universe, that "solid matter may be only radiation in a changed form, that all matter is made of particles which seem to be nothing but bits of electricity."

Everything on our earth, organic or inorganic, is nothing else than an electrical system.

There are, in the whole world, only ninety-six building materials, called elements. Out of them every kind of matter is built, including every cell in our body. And each of these elements is constructed on the same principle: in the center of each is a positively charged particle called a proton, and around it revolves a certain number of particles called electrons charged with negative electricity. These electrons revolve around their protons according to much the same laws as those which control the planets circling around the sun.

The number of electrons around the protons varies. If only one electron revolves around one proton, then the element is called hydrogen. If twenty electrons revolve around twenty protons, the element is calcium; if the number is fifty the element is tin; if seventy-nine, gold; if eighty-eight, radium; if ninety-two, uranium. That means that, in reality, all substances in the universe - uranium, tin, hydrogen, and even our body cells - are built up of the same material: positive and negative electricity. The kind of element depends on the electrical change of the nucleus. One electron more or less and the material is entirely different in appearance and chemical reaction.

All organic matter is composed of the same material: atoms of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, etc., - nothing else than a specific

amount of electrical materials (electrons, protons, neutrons). Specific arrangements of these electrical systems result, for in stance, in the different kinds of hormones with their entirely different effects.

We know that positive and negative electricity has the tendency to unite while units of electricity of the same kind repulse each other. We know now - we repeat again - that every cell of an organism is composed of nothing but electrical material in different systems. Therefore it would be logical to believe that female and male organisms have different bio-electrical potentials, urging them toward union, neutralization and relaxation.

(4) We know that a molecule is a system of electro-magnetic fields created by the motion of electrons within the atoms. If, aided by a powerful microscope, we watch the chromosomes in a maturing egg cell as they are gradually drawn toward the two ends of the spindle, just before division takes place, we are inevitably reminded of the pattern created by iron filings strewn on a white paper in an electro-magnetic field.

(5) Professor Verworn explains that every cell develops certain electric streams. As the cell's activity increases, the strength of these electrical streams also increases.

Diablo Electric charges are present upon all cell surfaces. The membrane of a red blood corpuscle is positively charged. The membrane of a nerve cell is electrically polarized with positively charged ions on the outside, negatively charged ions on the inside. As already mentioned, every activity in a nerve is accompanied by changes in electrical balance.

"Our body uses up energy at about the same rate as a hundred watt lamp when you are sitting or lying still," Prof. Eric G. Ball, of Harvard Medical School, stated before the meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, 1947. "Like the lamp, the body obtains this energy by a process which involves the flow of an electric current."

(7) The science of physics has long dealt with certain electrical phenomena in the body, such as the resting streams of the muscles and nerves, and the consistency streams of hormonal glands. It is believed that all sexual excitations of the body produce strong electrical charges. For instance, the hair of a woman combed during menstruation produces stronger electric sparks than at other times.

(8) In December, 1943, L. Langman, of the University of Yale, was able to detect through the Yale galvanometer of D. H. Burr, the exact time when, and from which ovary, the mature egg was expelled. It is evident, then, that the process of ovulation produces a measurable amount of electricity in this organ.

(9) That the excitation of nerves is electrical in nature has such acceptance among scientists that we can speak of it as a fact. It was for work on this subject that the 1944 Nobel prize in medicine was awarded to Doctors Erlanger and Gasser, the latter of whom thus summarized their findings: "One of the signs of activity in the nervous system is a change in the electrical potential accompanying the events, and this sign is the only one that tells when the events take place."

(10) Harry Benjamin writes in The Urology and Cutaneous Review, vol. 47, 1943: "It seems impossible to understand the sequence of events in a sexual 'seance' without assuming a bio-electrical charge and discharge. The possible metabolic changes occurring during sexual excitement, under the influence of hormones and of nervous impulses, may therefore contribute to the as yet obscure bio-electrical processes. No therapeutic suggestion, however, arises as yet from the conception of the sex act as an electro-physiological phenomenon. In spite of its plausibility this explanation must necessarily leave a loose end. For the present, it merely points a way for badly needed future research."

(II) In Science News Letter for May 3, 1947, in the sec

tion on Biophysics, under the title "Electricity of Human Cells," we read:

"In the living cell, electrons flow from the foodstuffs we ingest to oxygen, thus reducing the oxygen to form water. The 'filament' of the cell over which these electrons flow is not of uniform composition as it is in a light bulb. The electrons in the cell are passed along over a chain of compounds composed of iron-containing proteins, the cytochromes, and vitamin-containing units named coenzymes.

"The over-all process involves a potential change of about 1.17 volts and a total flow of current in all the body cells which amounts to about 76 amperes. The process occurs, however, in a step-wise fashion which involves five or six successive transfers of electrons between the various components comprising the cellular 'filament' or oxidative chain. Each pair of components may thus be looked upon as forming a battery, with the pairs connected in series. A drop in voltage occurs with the interaction of each pair in this series, the magnitude of which may be estimated from our knowledge of the oxidation-reduction potentials of each of the systems involved."

(12) Wilhelm Reich, opposed by many scientists, performed experiments in Oslo,1 with an electro-magnetic oscillograph, measuring the actual changes in the bio-electrical charge on the surface of the various skin areas. Certain of his findings can be stated as axioms in support of the theory and prescriptions advanced in this book.

I. Feelings of pleasure on any skin area are accompanied by an increase in bio-electrical charge in that area of the skin. Feelings of displeasure (anxiety, fear, irritation, etc.) are accompanied by a decrease in bio-electrical charge. Thus, pleasure draws the charge to the outside of the body; displeasure drives the bio-

electricity back to the interior of the organism. Mental and bodily (or psychic and somatic) events are inseparable. Some subjects in the experiments were able to tell, by their feelings of pleasure or displeasure, what the apparatus in the next room was indicating about their bodily reactions.

II. The erogenous zones (lips, anus, nipples, penis, mucous membrane of the vagina, earlobe, tongue, palms, forehead) are two to five times as sensitive as other skin areas; that is, they show increases and decreases in bio-electrical charge two to five times as great as do other skin areas.

III. Erection or tumescence of an organ such as the nipple or penis can take place (through mechanical stimulation, pressure, etc.) without the sensation of pleasure and its physical counter part, an increase in bio-electrical charge. (Thus intercourse can be performed but not be satisfactory.)

IV. "Whether or not an organ responds with excitation to a stimulus depends entirely on the attitude of the organ. Organs which have become disillusioned or accustomed react sluggishly even to pleasurable stimuli ... Emotionally blocked individuals, as for example catatonics, show no or only very slight reactions." In one experiment in which subjects kiss, an increase would ordinarily be shown, but persons averse to the experiment would, instead, show a decrease in charge.

Dr. Reich's conclusion is that "Sexual excitement thus is identical with bio-electrical charge of the periphery of the organism. Freud's concept of the libido, as a measure of psychic energy, is no longer a mere simile. It covers actual, bio electrical processes."

Later it will be seen that these findings support other observations made thirty years ago by the author already suggesting the electrical nature of sex excitement.

However, the author's theory goes further than the measurements of Dr. Reich. It seems that the bio-electrical charge, aroused in the prelude to intercourse, does not flow back into the same organism, but instead it flows between the two part-

ners; each "neutralizes," in some way, the bio-electrical charge of the other. The conditions necessary for this neutralization have given rise to the six rules for sex union.

What the physiological effects of this "neutralization" are upon the two partners is not yet known. Only the psychological effects, renewal of bodily energy, exhilaration, etc., can be ob served. Yet it seems that the physiological benefits are extensive, and that this neutralization or exchange of bio-electrical currents is just as essential to a happy sex life as is the detumescence satisfaction experienced from orgasm.

The hypothesis that the bio-electrical potential differs in the two sexes has far-reaching implications for our under standing of love choice, of masturbation and some kinds of perversion.

Homosexuals, for instance, are individuals attracted by persons of the same sex. If attraction between two persons is partly based on a difference of bio-electricity in their cell mechanism, then one of those two persons must have changed from his normal bio-electricity to the one which belongs to the opposite sex.

Insofar as the number or value of chromosomes has some connection with the production of male or female hormones, it may one day be scientifically proved that a true homosexual has changed physically, producing hormones which properly belong to the opposite sex.

We say a true homosexual, for most of the so-called homosexuals are not physically changed, but immature persons who merely have childlike, masturbatory sex relations with members of the same sex. Such a person has no actual sex attraction toward the other person who is only a means for masturbatory sex satisfaction.

The so-called narcissists, people who are in love with them selves, may then be explained, in bio-electrical terms, as per sons who achieve the neutralization of bin-electrical potential

within their own organism which has similar amounts of positive and negative bio-electricity.

These considerations are put forward as suggestions for further scientific research work.

Insofar as masculinity or femininity depends on the production of male or female hormones, it is logical to suppose a different metabolism in the two sexes. Research work will also, in time, find different qualities of bio-electricity on which according to our theory-every kind of attraction or repulsion, sympathy or antipathy, love or hatred is based. If the hypo thesis is correct, that male and female hormones produce a different bio-electrical potential, then the greater this difference in two individuals, the greater their attraction for one another.

Givelet (Paris) believed he could detect with his galvanometer that the palms of the hands are strongly loaded with bio-electricity. More strongly loaded, still, are the moist mucous membranes of the lips, and, most of all, the mucosae of the sex organs. This could explain why so many couples in love like to hold hands; the different potentials of bio-electricity flow to each other, the bodily tension diminishes and the two partners become relaxed and happy. A lover's kiss allows for a still greater discharge of electrical potential and becomes, in connection with the sex act, through the neutralization of the bio-electrical streams, a special delight.

But how disgusting if, on the other hand, two men should kiss each other on the mouth! Their feelings of disgust could be explained through the fact that the same kinds of electricity repulse each other.

The work of all these scientists supports the idea of the electrical nature of our sex life, though the difference of bio electrical potential in man and woman has yet to be proved. Therefore the experiences of the author are submitted to the physicists who deal with this matter.

The delicate nature of the necessary tests leaves it doubtful whether authentic proofs can be expected in the near future. The process may be hastened by experiments on animals.

Our theory works so perfectly in practice and has proved to be of such great value in marital life as to warrant more thorough investigation. Then, step by step, it might also be possible to support our eight tentative conclusions:

1. That love-making before the sex act may call forth from the cells of male and female bodies bio-electrical streams of different potentials, which so stimulate and tense them as to drive them to mutual relaxation first through bodily contact and finally through sex intercourse. Without this love-making no such potential is aroused.

2. These streams of bio-electricity, these radiations of the two bodies, or whatever they should be called, require at least twenty-seven minutes of intercourse before they are neutralized.

3. The hypothetical, bio-electrical streams are aroused,
locally, by bodily contact wherever the caressing occurs; for instance: on the mucosae of the lips, the nipples, breasts, arms, legs. If this bodily contact lasts long enough, the bio-electrical streams of the two partners flow directly toward each other, neutralize each other and bring relaxation, even without inter-

4. With the beginning of the sex union itself, with its highly stimulating frictions, all these bio-electrical streams flow through the nerve system to the sex organs and can be neutralized through the mucosae of penis and vagina, if the union of these two sex organs lasts long enough to give the streams time to flow toward each other. If these streams are not allowed sufficient time to reach their goal (twenty-seven minutes) they remain in the two bodies producing irritation and unhappiness in both.

5. If after a premature ejaculation, the male partner does

not withdraw his penis from the vagina, but waits in full attention the necessary twenty-seven minutes, the two bio-electrical streams can reach each other and full relaxation will set in.

6. If intercourse is satisfactory, no need for repetition will be felt for about five days.

7. Sex occurrences, such as too-brief intercourse, menstruation, or ovulation, increase the bio-electrical tension in the body even though local relaxation may be achieved in the sex organs. This tension can remain stored in the body and disturb the normal work of the cells, and even produce diseases.

8. In intercourse without preparation, and therefore with out animation of the sensitive skin cells, the sex act itself needs a longer time for the full relaxation of the two bodies. Some times relaxation cannot be achieved at all, even in a prolonged intercourse, because the bio-electrical streams are blocked by resentment in one of the partners.

By means of this, still scientifically unconfirmed, piece of sex education: the explanation of the essential element of sex union, as assumed by the author, and insistence on the undisturbed exchange of the bodily currents, many couples seeking divorce have been reconciled, their marriages pre served and their children kept from the consequences of a broken home.

Furthermore, with the establishment of a "normal" sex relationship, many disorders, such as high blood pressure, ulcers and some skin diseases have disappeared entirely, indicating that the original cause of these ailments lay mainly in the over-tension of the organism unable to relax during too short intercourse.

Amazing results can be achieved in cases of neurasthenia by the right application of the rules for human sex relations.

Neurasthenia and anxiety neuroses are regarded by Freud as "actual neuroses," though they are distinguished from the

"psycho-neuroses": hysteria and compulsion. Both neurasthenia and anxiety neuroses seem to be based, according to the therapeutic results, on bodily tension resulting from an in adequate sex life. The consequences and symptoms of all four kinds of disturbances may be similar, but the origin seems to be different. Hysteria and compulsion neurosis are the con sequences of unconscious emotional conflicts, while neurasthenia and anxiety neurosis are, as already noted, the consequences of bodily tension. Unreleased tension produces fear (anxiety neurosis) or nervous disorder (neurasthenia). This new conception has saved many patients from being sent to institutions.

  • 1. The Function of the Organism, by Wilhelm Reich, M. D., Orgone Institute Press, 1942. Pp. 326-337.