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Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

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There is a contagious psychospiritual disease of the soul, a parasite of the mind, that is currently being acted out en masse on the world stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions. This mind-virus—which Native Americans have called "wetiko"—covertly operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche, rendering people oblivious to their own madn ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by North Atlantic Books (first published June 2011)
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Richard Stuart
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book describes a psychological virus that is so pervasive that it isn't even regarded as such, but instead, is understood to be the natural working order of 'reality'. A disease that invades our psyche at its most vulnerable moments: when we experience horror or trauma or fear, wetiko then feeds on us from the inside out while we refuse to face its grim existence. Why? Because wetiko in
Amanda Mcclure
Feb 28, 2013 is currently reading it
This concept has been actively boggling my mind all day. I don't know whether to run to the looney bin with arms flailing or to succumb to the insanity of spiritual awakening. Do I even make sense anymore???? Ahhhhh! ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the Ground Zero radio program -- and immediately, I was hooked and had to download it that very night. I wasn't disappointed. This is a thoroughly fascinating read, and very timely -- both personally for me (I'll get to that ;)) and for our world today.

Wetiko generally refers to evil, but it's more than that. Our Western concepts of evil get in the way of dispelling it, so that definition is not sufficient. We are trapped by our Western
This is amateurish depth psychology. The author mixes his metaphors…a lot. The book starts out with some promise, but frankly is over complicated by the author’s own narcissism.
This book is a healing draught distilled by a wounded healer. This man has seen through our culture's unconsciousness and exposed it to light. He did this by giving this unconsciousness a name: Wetiko, a Cree word for a kind of spiritual disease they saw progressively affecting the world. And by giving it a name, he removes it's power.

Wetiko is a vampire. A parasite, it consumes our life force by draining us and making us into vehicles to drain others. It is what hates to be seen, has no psycho
Zac Sigler
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If ever there was an explanation for how Trump tricked 80,000 voters in 3 states...this is the book to explain it. Evil can only be outmaneuvered when we see it, and shine a light on it.
Manda Scott
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deeply moving and inspiring

This book is a shamanic initiation for our times. As we watch darkness-of-spirit enfold our realms, Levy teaches us how to look at the darkness within - and then how to begin the being-ness required to transcend it. Thank you.
Randall Wallace
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Paul reminds us that Orwell’s 1984’s “doublethink” means believing two thoughts that contradict each other, which explains the cognitive dissonance experienced by the wetiko (the greedy mindset of western civilization a.k.a. the “taker”). At a personal level, we have all met wetikos who “project out their own unconscious blindness and imagine that others instead of themselves, are the ones who are blind. When the disease is at a sufficiently developed stage, the very sight of goodness is the ver ...more
Mikhael Brown
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paul Levy touches on a paradoxical nature of the shadow and how it manifests our world experience. I highly recommend this book to any seeking answers to the insanity of the world today. However, like anything else, never take the word of another as gospel. Ask your own questions and do your own research and experiments.
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
For the record, I think this topic is very interesting and necessary however this book is the worst book I've read in my adult life.

This book could very easily have been half as long. The author seems to go in circles as he falls in love with the possibilities and pathways of the mind. If you start a chapter with "What is Wetiko" and you write for 10 dense pages and then you have ask again, "So What is Wetiko" we all need to take a breath and get an editor to focus this thing. It seems he is sti
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First Read win.
I began this book, and although the material is very interesting, it has a sort of text book feel.
That being said, I have set aside for a time when I can devote more time and energy to it, make notes, and so forth. From what I have read, it should prove to be very interesting.
Kristen TenDyke
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important to read!

This book is a work of art--brilliantly written, with words carefully chosen or created to de-spell Wetiko. Reading it was powerfully transformative. It's the most important book I've ever read.
Bastard Travel
Apr 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Incomprehensible and charmless, Dispelling Wetiko attempts to answer questions nobody asked with more meandering, answerless questions that don't really even pertain to the initial question. Through the fog of schizoid babble and overuse of the meaningless signifier "nonlocal", Paul Levy attempts to argue... something. He borrows heavily from Lovecraft in that, "Wetiko cannot be put into words (except the word Wetiko), Wetiko is so powerful and ultra spooky and pervasive that if you talk about i ...more
Michael Grove
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TRUTH - is one that we are ALL destined to make. NOT with a friend, a partner or a lover - or in accordance with some religious, political or scientific - creed, cult, dogma or otherwise collective understanding - but ON YOUR OWN !!! The true "Way" cannot be used to look into the heart of another, and can only be appreciated and found on one's own. What others say is but "oral Zen" -- Zen not practiced but simply preached or talked about - Henry Chang

EACH and EVERYONE of US on this PLANET has to
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Arguably the most important book to be written in our lifetimes. I would go as far as to recommend it for required reading in all high school curriculums, before teenagers make that great leap into the "real world".
It was quite intriguing reading this book at the mid-point of 2020, and noticing the "curse of wetiko" play itself out in real time all throughout the world. Here's to hoping this year is the moment of being "darkest before the dawn", as wetiko kicks and screams the loudest at the mom
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not a review but I wanted to make a note of this whilst the thought was fresh in my mind, this book is not an easy read, but is intensely interesting, my favourite chapter is titled Archetypal Psychohistory and if I'm honest the main chapter that resonated with me and I seemed to understand emphatically. ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helped put things into perspective....

Read this in basically one sitting. The author’s story was more interesting to me than the definitions. I think it got a little repetitive at times.

Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The world would be a better place if everyone read this book." - Sting

I agree.
Shannon Doyle
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible, really dense and packed with complex information. It’s does not disappoint. Opens your eyes to the insidious nature of Wetiko and how it has infiltrated every facet of our society.
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most important books I've ever had the pleasure to encounter.

It should be distributed en masse to everyone immediately.

It just may heal us all.
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Mike Bauer
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book, what a giant brainiac guy. When I listen to him talk, he seems as a (typi-called) crazy person, but wait. What is he thinking during those hesitations? Those slowing's downs and speeding's up? I am such a fan. I am looking at now Catherine Austin Fitts, hmmmm.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly exceptional. Well considered and thought out, often using Jungian ideas and quotations and easy to read. I recommend it for anyone seeking to understand people and how a darkness can challenge and even overtake their personality. Levy has formidable insight!

I would prefer to deal with life promoting and nurturing the positive side of life, but then again, an understanding of the darkness that we all carry to some degree and how it insidiously expresses itself is invaluable.

Abner Rosenweig
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most enlightening books I have read.

Paul Levy's brilliance and personal background gives him unique insight into the psychology of modern civilization. He draws from a broad variety of sources on history, psychology, economics, physics, religion, ecology, and more--many of which I feel now compelled to investigate--but though his perspective is well-rooted in established schools of thought, he synthesizes these ideas in ways I have never seen and he has many original insights of his o
Nov 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Why does the boogeyman do what he does? When youre a kid, you dont ask that question because duh, he's the boogeyman and scaring you is what he does. But thats not much of an answer. And this is why i cant get into so many stupid horror movies of a supernatural bend. The motive doesnt make sense. And in the real non-movie world, I still dont get the motives of "evil spirits". I have felt the terrifying presence of an unseen evil essence before and upon reflection have been baffled by the experie ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a gem. It resonates with me so deeply. In terms of mental health, trauma and recovery, our culture is at a point of great transformation. We are just NOW finding the vernacular and spiritual technology to navigate recovery. Levy adds to that dialogue with his book "Dispelling Wetiko." I am very thankful that I happened upon this book recently. And, I'll be referring to it and rereading passages over the years as I deepen my understanding around trauma and recovery ~ and how the ...more
Jessica Davidson
In Dispelling Wetiko, Paul Levy describes the mind virus known as wetiko. He doesn’t just hold up a mirror to our collective psychosis; he shows us how to overcome our blindness. In visionary and imaginative ways, he demonstrates what happens when our natural creativity is overtaken by our shadow. This book is essential reading if you want to challenge yourself to wake up from the collective nightmare now engulfing the planet. Full review here: ...more
Steve Wiggins
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a hugely important book. Using the American Indian concept of the wetiko/wendigo, Levy describes how evil is real and how it runs much of our society. Having studied religion formally for decades, it took some convincing, but Levy is persuasive and his conclusions are spot on. I found his economic insights especially noteworthy. For further thoughts on the book, please see: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to begin my journey on understanding the thread of what Paul Levy calls, the "psychospiritual disease" that is permeating humanity. It shows how deep it runs and has you looking at yourself as well. How can you make sure you are not getting sucked into this with your own behaviors as well. This is a great book too if you have experienced Narcissistic Abuse. It helps to understand the motivations of personality disordered people. I recommend this book if you are on this path ...more
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