Indigenous Americans have long known of a psychic curse called Wetiko (known also as windigo, weendigo, windago, waindigo, windiga, witiko, wihtikow, and numerous other variants depending which tribe’s lore is consulted), equating essentially to the tolerance of evil via self-ist inertia, a “contagious psychospiritual disease of the soul . . . currently being played out en masse on the world stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions,” according to Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko, available shortly at local bookstores and available now for pre order online. Everybody’s infected by this to some degree. Certain of us are heartless military dictators. Others want to quit smoking. It’s happening all the time everywhere, and you surrender or you resist. Writes Levy, “Wetiko is a mysterious ‘no-substance’ which is empty of independent, inherent existence, in separable from consciousness itself, yet it physically displays itself and ‘fleshes out’ its immaterial, transcendental nature in, through, and as the seemingly embodied, substantial forms of our universe.” With less than a week to go before the release, Paul Levy has already been featured on Coast to Coast AM, Red Ice Radio, The Jeff Rense Program and endorsed by everyone from Sting to New York Times Bestselling author Caroline Myss.
In the words of Gordon Sumner aka Sting: “This book brilliantly exposes how the very roots of the madness that is threatening life on earth are ultimately to be found within our own psyche. I love that Paul is taking seriously the profound implications of what it means that all of us are living in a mass, shared dream. His startlingly clear premise challenges me to reflect upon both the world and myself in radically mind-altering ways. Something important is coming through his imagination-filled musings; his visionary insight into the intrinsic genius of our species feels inspired by a truly creative, compassionate, and enlivening spirit. I always look forward to reading Paul’s work; it stimulates me to greater heights of lucidity, disturbs me enough to awaken me out of my complacency, and encourages me to fly on the wings of the creative imagination. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book. His vision is a royal gift for all of us. It makes me want to sing. Bravo.”
The most insidious thing about this psychic blind spot is its tendency to be so ubiquitous as to go uncontested and in many cases escape notice entirely. Witness George W. Bush’s disputed electoral victories, or the infection of the US food supply by GMOs, or the recent legalization of greed via 2010‘s “Citizens” United ruling, recent school shootings and or the recent US drone fetish, and it may be apparent that our society is decidedly infected by a condition blinding us to our madness. This occurs on every level of society, from the upper echelons of Washington D.C., where the two parties apparently serve little function lately beyond mutual opposition to sub-radar backwaters like Yuma County, CO, where a woman’s alleged drugging-to-death and sexual assault goes uninvestigated from alleged sexist cronyism.* Allegedly. “When we recognize the psychic origin of events in the woirld, we recognize that the psyche is not just within our skulls but rather, just like a dream, we are within the psyche . . . where the apparent ‘matter’ of the dream is a direct, unmediated reflection of the psyche that is dreaming.” Are you ready to wake up? With this book, Levy shows us that hidden in the venom of Wetiko is its own antidote.
In 1981, Paul Levy experienced what his doctors considered to be a nervous breakdown. In actuality, it was a spiritual awakening, one that changed his life’s path forever. Since 1993, he has been giving talks and facilitating groups to help others in the process of awakening from the collective dream. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for more than thirty years, he has intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma. The author lives in Portland, OR.