Instead of lip-kits and pouty selfies, she and her inner-circle of friends seemed intent on capturing themselves partaking in their latest hobby. A hobby that saw them creating pieces or monuments of a substance called ‘orgonite”.
One image in particular that gained a lot of attention and prompted a stream of comments from followers was an image posted by a then 16-year-old Kylie that showed her hand cradling a triangular piece of orgonite.
So what exactly is “orgonite” you may reasonably want to know? Well, it’s a substance made of resin, metals and quartz that is said to balance bio-energy, otherwise known as orgone, chi or prana.
The material is also allegedly imbued with healing and cleansing energies and back in 2014 the social media feeds of Kylie Jenner, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith and Kylie’s now famous-by-association best friend Jordyn Woods were filled with both pictures of the organite they had created and the little gatherings they had to create them.
The group of privileged Hollywood offspring even went a step further in their devotion and fascination with the crystal-like rocks, creating and recruiting members to a “secret” organisation they called “A Secret Society Of Individuals Who Create And Place Orgonite To Balance Gaia’s Energies,” or “The Orgonite Society,” for short.
According to an article by Morgan Baila for Refinery29, the group also shared pictures from their secret society on a social media account called “MSFTS” which, according to the publication, Kylie and Jordyn still follow today.
The group’s interest in the orgonite in 2014 also overlapped with their association with actor Moises Arias (who you might remember from that other 2014 controversy, the one where a picture of the then 20-year-old actor lying in bed with a then 13-year-old Willow Smith was posted to Instagram and caused uproar.)
According to 2014 reports in publications including Gawker and Refinery29, Arias reportedly introduced the group to the work of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a controversial spiritual leader who is also known as “Osho” and is known in the United States as “the sex guru” thanks to his emphasis on sexual liberation and it was this introduction that sparked the group’s interest in orgonite.
Members of Rajneeshs’ Rajneeshpuram cult were reported to use methods and ideas instigated by Dr. Wilhelm Reich in their own controversial practices and Reich actually invented the term “orgone,” which is thought to be the foundation on which the practices adopted by Kylie and her friends who were interested in orgonites are based.
According to a 1947 New Republic article about the cult of Dr. Reich, he would manually stimulate orgasms for his patients in a bid to relieve their tension (among many other troubling practices).
In order to continue this practice, Reich constructed human-sized boxes made of organic and inorganic materials layered on top of one another. As well as helping participants achieve prime sexual awakening he also claimed that if a patient sat in one of his boxes (naked, of course) that their tumours would shrink and their cancer would disappear.
ORGANITE PARTYYY! pic.twitter.com/oZ54mmGpga
— Gwee (@OfficialWillow) April 24, 2014
In a shocking turn of events that will surprise no one, Reich was sent to jail for two years for spreading medical misinformation and the majority of his research was destroyed.
Once you have all this information, you can see why people and publications started to question Kylie’s interest in orgonites and in a practice that has such a dubious history.
It’s also possible that she and her famous friends were oblivious to the idea that their latest hobby stemmed from a sex cult, but we’ll probably never really know the truth.
Or maybe Kylie Jenner just realised that the cult of lip-kits would be a much more lucrative one.