Episode 191

Paul Levy - Undreaming Wetiko: Breaking the Spell of the Nightmare Mind Virus


December 8th, 2023

1 hr 15 mins 51 secs

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In this episode, I introduce Paul Levy, a pioneer in spiritual emergence and the author of Undreaming Wetiko: Breaking the Spell of the Nightmare Mind Virus.

I’ve been fascinated by this concept for years, since it ties in with how I describe the way the “trance of unworthiness” impacts women. In fact, I think Wetiko and “the trance” may be the same thing, just impacting men and women differently. For men, it’s a consuming and a tendency to destruct on the outside, for Women, it happens more covertly, turned inward on themselves instead of a tendency of harming others.

Ultimately, Wetiko is a term, aptly named by Native Americans to describe what they saw as a "mental illness" that came with white colonizer settlers who aggressively stole land from the indigenous, and were driven to kill and take what was not theirs. They would destroy and consume, even at their own expense, and behaved in ways that seemed “possessed” as if by an evil spirit.

Paul expands on this by sharing his personal encounter with Wetiko- which he believes is a byproduct of unhealed generational trauma that gets passed on. His encounter is hrough his father's abusive behavior and his subsequent realization of its pervasive nature. In this episode we explore how Wetiko manifests in our psyche, and how it influences our "collective madness” - the profound impact it has on individuals and society.

Many would consider what’s playing out in Israel and Palestine a form of Wetiko.

Paul emphasizes that we must recognize darkness as a form of illumination and we discusses the role of personal projection in the perpetuation of Wetiko.
We delve into the shamanic archetype of the wounded healer, healing trauma, and retrieving lost parts of the soul as a means of healing Wetiko.

The conversation also touches on childhood experiences, ancestral trauma, how to break generational patterns, and the power of expressing our creativity as our access to healing. The power of being disruptors in our families and society, challenging the status quo and creating change.

*Throughout the episode we also cover: *

  • What it means to “awaken” from the dream
  • Mass Psychosis and how we could see this through Covid
  • What the nightmare of our reality is
  • The parallels between Wetiko and the trance of unworthines
  • How Wetiko consumes us
  • The importance of awakening to our true nature
  • Embracing grief, and forgiving ourselves for the harm we have caused
  • Nurturing our inner creative spirit
  • Questioning our perceptions of reality
  • The importance of connecting with others to transform the collective unconscious
  • The power of being disruptors in our families and society, challenging the status quo and creating change

Topics discussed: Wetiko, spiritual emergence, Carl Jung, Tibetan Buddhism, colonization, mass psychosis, mental illness, psychiatry, collective madness, projection, shamanic archetype, trauma, ancestral trauma, generational patterns, expressed creativity, perception of reality, grief, interconnectedness, creative spirit.

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