Dispelling Wetiko – Breaking the Bondage of Abuse

"Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism." ~ Jack D Forbes

What is Wétiko?

Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko. The phrase and collective sickening spirit it describes was first brought to wider public attention by Jack D. Forbes, a Native American healer, scholar and political activist. He used his manyfold talents to first frame the „Wetiko“, the malignent spirit within narcistic, pretatory humans and the ill-faited civilisation that rewards and protects their criminal endevours, murders, theft, genocides and other horrible crimes. Forbes was also active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and was directly confronted with „the Wétiko“ throughout his life. Wétiko, the predatory egomanic spirit, is nowadays a psychic reality all over the world. It affects us all in various forms and with bitter results. Forbes informs us that  “Wétiko (...) refers to a cannibal or, more specifically, an evil person or spirit who terrorizes other creatures by means of terrible acts…the consuming the life of another for private purpose or profit.” He tells us that for theWétiko, “Brutality knows no boundaries. Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders.". One look at colonial history and the history of the 3rd Reich can only confirm this. Present day events, and the raging machinery of greedy neo-liberal capitalism all over the world further confirm this devastating truth.

The author, artist and healer Paul Levy took on the endevour of framing the Wetiko further. He describes the effects of evil working within the average person, who acts neither very evil, nor very good, but enables evil through his unreflected, unconscious entanglements and silent corruptions. Paul Levy describes in particular how these entanglements with evil create a literal force-field of psychic control that force individuals to be part of evil's psychic control games. When a person goes "mad" it can be a sign of great hope, because it can mean that the healthy part of the psyche of an individual revolts and seeks to break out from the force field.

"Genuine civilization, in essence, means not killing people. It is not a coincidence that the development of Wetiko corresponds to the rise of what Europeans choose to call civilization instead. The unsustainable nature of industrial civilization is based on, and increasingly requires, violence to maintain itself". ~ Paul Levy, Dispelling Wetiko

Paul Levy, "Dispelling Wetiko"

Paul Levy approaches "the Iblis-Wetiko" from a perspective of a wounded healer, shaman, buddhist and Jungian psychoanalyst. He is a deep level scholar of psychic phenomena. Levy dives into the psychic world and the world of the occult via a Jungian Archetype approach. He speaks about his personal experiences with this "spirit from everywhere and no-where" and weaves together a dense tapestry of how Wetiko unfolds in our personal and collective lives and how it behaves as spiritual "non-local" (outside of ourselves) entity. Levy also quotes from many Islamic sources and makes clear that the fight against evil is an universal legacy and endevour. The rise against it and a cure of it is more urgent then ever. Instead of arguing against each other (which is part of the Wetiko effect) we must work together and dispell this evil. There are critics who explain that Buddhism and Jungian Psychoanalysis is itself too material in nature to really grasp and dispell this spirit, yet this does not take away from Levy's great work. His description how the Wetiko tried to capture him and how he fought it off are very compelling and realistic.

Levy has studied the Wetiko phenomena very close-up, and worked for many years crafting his arguments about Wetiko, what it is, how it entraps us and what the results of Wetiko's abuse in our global and individual psyche is. Yes, Wetiko is a real evil, and a force, it is the infamous Iblis-Shaytan which lurks in our own and collective minds. It is part of us, but it is also not part of us. It abuses us and is in truth a psychic parasite. The question of how to heal Wetiko abuse is answered in a nutshell as follows: Recognize it, confront it and dispell it. Confront your own evils, apply daily spiritual remedies and exercises (prayers, meditation, mantras, dhikr) and dispell evil. Find the voice of true compassion in your heart and give this compassion forward.

Paul Levy has done humanity a great service by diving deeply into the psychic weaves of this complex, malign spirit. And so has Islam, and in particular the Imams of Shi'ism who describe the workings of the Iblis further in their writings on the esoteric dimensions of Islam (Ta'wil) and prescribe to us the medicine against the Iblis. Isn't what happens these days on the internet and on the ground  like a text book unfoldment of Iblis and his minions on a global level, to spread despair, hopelessness and destruction over all of humanity? The only option is to turn to God, the force of pure light and pure intelligence, when one battles this evil, the Wetiko aka Iblis aka the Devil. One shall not over-analyse evil in my experience, one has to feel it out with psychic antennas and in prayers, and learn step by step to stand against it firmly, by being astute, and by having a firm belief in God and good.

There are many spiritual practises that help to dispell this evil spirit. What I find really helpful is to remember that one is made in the image and likeness of the One True Light and Intelligence, that is God - Good. Ultimately, we all know the difference between good and evil, even though certain propagandists try to twist our minds about it. Never ever loose your hope in the power of good.

This is an abstract version of an article that was published on my blog about Sufi healing "The Art of Islamic Healing".

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