Having been a disciple of Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich examined the physical energy, which is released during sexual activity and consequently he discovered that this energy, which he called orgone, is life force.
We are very certain that Mesmer's research and inventions in fact have influenced Wilhelm Reich and his work.
Having studied Hypnosis under Freud, he certainly was thoroughly familiar with Mesmer and his theories.
In fact, in European literature about hypnosis, Mesmer and his accumulators of "animal magnetism" are very basic common knowledge, and Franz Anton Mesmer is mentioned as an important pioneer of hypnosis in practically all introductory works on the subject.
Reich may have been pragmatic enough not to mention Mesmer's name anywhere in his works, because Mesmer was widely considered as having been a quack who promoted "animal magnetism" and even showed how to feel it, as Reich did, coming from a different scientific approach.
In Wilhelm Reich's works there is also absolutely no mention of Karl von Reichenbach and his research of life force & life energy.
Reichenbach and his extensive work about life force, which he called "Od," has also been part of the introduction into hypnosis in almost all books about the subject, just as Mesmer, Coué and others.
Therefore von Reichenbach too was widely known among students of hypnosis in Vienna, where Reich studied under Freud, and hypnosis was one of the subjects he studied.
Coming from an entirely new angle and living in a scientifically more advanced era than his predecessors, Reich was capable to formulate a significantly more modern approach to orgone energy, an approach, which was as extensive as the research that Karl von Reichenbach had published.
Wilhelm Reich observed orgone energy and he used it for many purposes.
As a first, he showed that orgone energy followed the principle of reversed energy, i.e., that the stronger potential of orgone energy is drawing energy from the weaker potential, and he showed how this reversed entropy was the motor of many biological, meteorological and other processes in nature.
Furthermore, Wilhelm Reich was the first person to be aware of the existence of "DOR," or Deadly Orgone energy, as he called it.
DOR, according to Wilhelm Reich, is a stale form of orgone energy, which can cause serious health problems in humans.
With his Oranur experiment, massive amounts of this DOR developed, which made necessary a temporary abandoning of his facilities and the dismantling of the orgone accumulators in that area.
Although Wilhelm Reich apparently was the first scientist to recognize that orgone energy (life energy & life force) follows the principle of reversed entropy, he was entirely unaware of its transfer at any distance.
A closer examination of the processes involved in his "cloud busting" techniques (the devices for cloudbusting were also an invention by Reich) could have led him to this conclusion, as would have a deeper scientific approach of the characteristic of reversed entropy itself.
Karl Hans Welz, soon after having started his own research of orgone energ, he recognized that the principle of reversed entropy, or negative entropy and transfer at any distance, when seen within the space that is defined by electromagnetic energies (the "visual" space), are two modes of expression of one and the same characteristic of life force, just as the principle of entropy and the distance-characteristics of the "visual" space can be viewed as two modes of expression of one and the same principle.
Similar to space-time (indicating that these two principles are inseparable), we can hyphenate the term "reversed entropy - transfer at any distance".
It would go way beyond the framework of this web site to expound more on this.
Karl Welz discovered the scientific basis for the transfer of life energy & life force (orgone energy, prana & chi-energy) at any distance years before he invented the orgone generator® in 1991.
Soon after his invention of the orgone generator®, still during the same year and before he began to market the first orgone generators®, he was capable of establishing proof of this transfer by succeeding in a signal transfer from machine-to-machine.
Witch 'doctors' or shamans of the old, of course, knew about this and used it in their practices for tens of thousands of years.
They needed no scientific proof, since they have had immediate evidence of this characteristic of life force/orgone energy on a daily basis, whenever they did (and still do) their "spiritual" work.
One way of mapping this situation is to view it as being expressed by simple coordinate tranformations: when the space of electromagnetic frequencies is set up as continuous, then the space of orgone energy becomes "choppy," non-continuous, and vice versa.
With the establishment of scientific principles and scientific thinking, many researchers examined the phenomena of orgone energy, and they developed specific theories with which they explained their observations and practical applications..