In the film, I AM, Wetiko is described as a mental illness, an illness from which the the Native Americans early on realized we from Europe suffered: Wetiko means cannibal – not one who literally eats the flesh of another, but one who eats the life of another.
You haven’t heard from me very much during this past year because I’ve been busy writing my new book, which is now available – both on my website (free shipping in the U.S.) and anywhere books are sold. Help spread the word about my new book and share with your friends. Below is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy!
Keep lucidly dreaming,
“A must read, without a doubt.”
- Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit
EXCERPT FROM DISPELLING WETIKO
OUR TRUE NATURE
The greatest protection against becoming negatively affected, and in extreme cases possessed by the evil aspects of wetiko, is to be in touch with our intrinsic wholeness, which is to be ‘self-possessed’ – in possession of the part of ourselves that is not possess-able, which is the Self, the wholeness of our being. We truly ‘defeat’ evil when we connect with the part of ourselves that is invulnerable and cannot be vanquished by it. In Buddhism, the wholeness of our true nature is likened to a mirror, which embraces and reflects whatever is put before it. The mirror itself, however, no matter how vile the object it is reflecting, is detached from and never tainted nor stained by its reflections, always remaining the same, retaining its intrinsic purity and never wearing out. The reflections do not affect our mirror-like nature, which is transcendent to the reflections, just like a mirage of water in the desert doesn’t make the grains of sand wet. Fire can’t burn our true nature, earth can’t bury it, water can’t drench it, and the wind can’t blow it away. Pure from the beginning, our true nature is ‘unimpeded,’ in the sense that it cannot be bound by anything. In the same way, when we are in touch with our true nature, the evil of wetiko cannot ‘touch’ us. Paradoxically, while on one hand the reflections seemingly obscure the empty, open surface of the mirror, on the other hand we would never notice the mirror without the reflections, which is to say that the reflections are the revelation of the mirror. The reflections in the mirror are the inseparable, indivisible, unmediated expression of the mirror, as we never have reflections without a mirror, nor a mirror without reflections. The reflections are the expressions of the mirror, indistinguishable from the mirror, while simultaneously, ‘not’ being the mirror. Read more >>
A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of the new book Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil (North Atlantic Books, 2013). He is also the author of The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years. Feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. Please visit Paul’s website www.awakeninthedream.com. You can contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org; he looks forward to your reflections. Though he reads every email, he regrets that he is not able to personally respond to all of them. © Copyright 2013.