- Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Format: Paperback
In those far-off days when rational philosophical debate was the order of polite society (before celebrity tittle-tattle and petty consumeristic concerns became the order of the day), groups of socializing people would discuss the essential themes of humanity and the core meaning of life.
Invariably, these would focus on what it means to be human, the true nature of reality and what, if anything, awaits us after death.
Today, these subjects have, in the main, become all but taboo as we regard their consideration to the world of professional psychiatrists, psychologists and social commentators.
During the times of greatest sociological testing (such as the World Wars), the most overriding questions tended to be
What is the nature of evil? Where does it come from? And is man be intrinsically evil or is evil a dynamic that resides external to himself and under whose influence one occasionally falls?
The fact that we no longer ask these questions has created the very terrain upon which evil, in all its guises, has wormed its way into the very essence of our modern world.
Evil has become so mainstream and pernicious within every fiber of our essentially patriarchal society, it has led to a position where very few of us actually recognize its existence.
Paul Levy, the author of ‘Dispelling Wetiko’, identifies it in a modern context, but describes it more as a ‘mass psychosis’ and a schism of the human ego.
The Nature of Evil
It seems that evil, as a dynamic, no longer expresses itself in the terms that we might once have identified it. Much like the proposed effect of homeopathic remedies, evil has become diluted, but increasingly effectual, as it rides the wave of mass consciousness, leeching its way into every faber of our beings.
Magicians, shamans and anyone who does regular spiritual work will encounter the evil Wetiko as an active principle, both within their own psyches and as discarnate entities on the inner planes. However, for the rest of us, we are only able to identify it by the trace elements that retain its essential quality.
Wetiko, according to Paul Levy, originates as an external power. In describing the world from which Wetiko emerges, he creates the impression of a dark world, such as that of the Old Ones as described by H P Lovecraft in his Cthulhu Mythos.
Indeed, throughout his writings, Lovecraft constantly warned humanity of the creeping darkness seeping into the heart of society.
This tendency toward ecological self-destruction as a consequence of our current economical structures was also characterized by writers such as J R R Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Although we have been warned about the creeping insidiousness of evil for centuries via such writers, the collective blindness that we carry has meant that we continue to express the Wetiko principle at the core level of our society.
Today, its form is mainly internalized. As a consequence, it is largely unrecognized.
This form of evil of today carries itself along on a tide of psychological imbalance that, if only we had the ability to see it, we could identify as expressing itself through our daily actions.
Most people cannot be classed as evil in themselves but do carry the distinct hallmark of energies that fail to strengthen their deeper psyches in any spiritual way.
The Roots of ‘Dispelling Wetiko’
Against this background of mass psychosis, Paul Levy wrote ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ following a tragic personal set of circumstances that brought him into contact with the Wetiko principle within the medical profession.
He eventually became aware of its existence, escaped its grasp and became free enough of its manipulation to recognize Wetiko permeating every key aspect of our professional, political and economic structures.
Indeed, in describing the modern face of evil, Paul Levy emphasizes how the Wetiko mindset permeates every facet of our monetary system and specifically deals with the corruption surrounding the current financial chaos and the psychological shields that those who perpetuate whole-scale financial fraud protect themselves.
This brings the whole subject of Wetiko and its pernicious evil into the real world.
However, the evil of Wetiko is not just about the impulses that lead certain individuals to perform terrible deeds against other members of the human race.
It has become too simplistic to suggest that evil only expresses itself through dark characters in human history, such as Charles Manson or Adolf Hitler.
Wetiko extends much further than this. It expresses itself through the major disconnections that reside within the psyche of modern man.
Our immense disconnection from the natural world, our own money as cash and as a form of exchange, even the food we consume and how it is produced are examples of the dissonance that invariably allows and sustains the immensely damaging Wetiko principle.
Invariably the first victim of this is ourselves and then secondly the environment around us so that we can now observe this through the spiraling impact of prescription drugs to deal with depression, fear and anxiety as well as in the irreversible impact that we are having upon the natural world.
Throughout its pages, ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ references the work of the eminent Swiss psychologist C G Jung—a genuinely insightful man, who was, amongst many other things, instrumental in bringing the term ‘Shadow’ into popular usage.
It is into the shadow-side of life that we tend to project our own Wetiko dynamics. ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ also calls upon important Buddhist principles—being that it is one of the few traditional religious philosophies that is perhaps not yet fully riddled with the Wetiko disease. For many, it might offer a powerful antidote to the Wetiko disease.
A Powerful and Important Book
Every so often, a book comes into one’s possession that dramatically and radically decimates one’s world view. For me, reading ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ has been one of them.
This is a book that gripped me from the off and refused to let me go until its final pages. It is a painful book. It is a dark book. It is a book that pulls few punches and one that will never cease to threaten its readers by taking them on a journey that is simultaneously frightening and exhilarating.
It is a book of truths of a type that you will never encounter in any religious or spiritual texts. It reveals the world for what it is and clearly identifies the reasons why, as a species, we appear to be falling deeper and deeper into a world of madness and lunacy.
To this end, ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ and the core principles it reveals must surely make it a contender for one of the most significant works on psycho-analysis written in this modern age. For anyone reading this book who has had direct experience of Wetiko, this book is a catalog of heartache and tears as it reaches deep into the psyche and pulls out repressed memories of similar experiences.
Coming face to face with the Wetiko virus, its permutations and pernicious impact is a heart-wrenching process. However, there are also whole sections in ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ that actively feel like they are tendrils of light and harmonization that weave their magic into one’s psyche, locating and negating the effects of Wetiko as it goes.
Despite the dark and complex psycho-spiritual themes within Dispelling Wetiko the author does a magnificent job in avoiding bogging the reader down in complex psychological terminology.
He presents his ideas in a beautifully clear, insightful prosaic way. Now, thanks to the brave and courageous work of Paul Levy, we have, as a society, been offered the necessary insight into modern evil as a social psychosis. It offers us the opportunity to start the long, hard road back to spiritual and psychological health—one that must begin with every single one of us confronting the irrationality of our modern lives.
This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone but, especially, to those who think they have transcended the darkness. It might just be that it is the darkness itself that is causing you to believe that false illusion!
Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy is a thoroughly masterful piece of work.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by North Atlantic Books.