Dream alchemist, Planetary Artist and shamanic healer, Paul Levy has channeled his art into his new book Dispelling Wetiko, Breaking the Curse of Evil. Influenced by the works of Carl Jung and Tibetan Buddhism, in the following excerpts Paul explains his view on the state of the collective psyche, and the role of art and creativity to awaken to the dreamlike nature of reality and break the spell of linear time. Paul is White Crystal Wizard (Kin 194), the redemption of solar-prophetic Maldek, and the galactic signature of the opening of the tomb of the Red Queen.
"The world would be a better place if everyone read this book" -Sting
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 madness and compelling them to act against their own best interests. An inner cancer of the soul, wetiko flavors and manages our perceptions by stealth and subterfuge so as to act itself out through us while simultaneously hiding itself from being seen. Not constrained by the conventional laws of third-dimensional space and time, this ‘bug’ in the system deceives us by working with the intrinsic projective tendencies of our mind so as to appear external to and other than ourselves, utilizing the seemingly outside world as the canvas for its full-bodied revelation of itself. Wetiko nonlocally in-forms, gives shape to and configures events in the world so as to synchronistically express itself, which is to say that just like in a dream, events in the outer world are symbolically reflecting a condition deep within the psyche of humanity. Drawing on insights from Jungian psychology, shamanism, alchemy, spiritual wisdom traditions, and personal experience, author Paul Levy shows us that hidden within the venom of wetiko is a revelation as well as its own antidote, which once recognized can help us wake up and bring sanity back to our society. How wetiko manifests - will it destroy our species, or will it catalyze a deeper process of global awakening? - depends upon recognizing what it is revealing to us about ourselves.
Being that wetikos are the anti-artists of our time, it can help us to understand and deal with the plague of wetiko by stepping into and seeing it in contrast to its antithesis, the archetypal figure of the artist. When I use the term “artist,” I am not using it in a traditional, limited way of meaning someone who is solely painting, drawing, or using some other particularized medium; this is too circumscribed and flatland of a conception of what an artist is. When I use the term “artist” I am alluding to the fact that we are all creative, multidimensional visionary artists and dreamers whose canvas is life itself. Art is not just an activity that results in products but, rather, is a way of being and mediating experience. The very act of verbally or nonverbally language-ing our experience, of giving creative shape and form to what is happening both inside and outside of ourselves is itself the process through which we, as artists, deepen our realization of what we are trying to express. The fact that our realization of what we are expressing deepens through the act of creatively expressing it is the litmus test which certifies our act of creation to be worthy of the name “art.” In creating a new form of communication, the work of art is both an expression of a more expanded consciousness, as well as being its initiator. Art attains its greatest numinosity and ability to affect others when the creator of the work of art is re-creating themselves and being transformed in and through the act of creating the work of art. The artwork then becomes a living testament to, encoded with, and a carrier of this experience of transformation, as if the work of art unlocks the door through which this transformation becomes activated in and transferred to others in an act of living transmission. The artist’s creative endeavors are timeless artifacts, which act like transducers of the semantic, symbolic power encoded in the human psyche. Contagious in its effects, art can “virally” spread via the unconscious of our species in a way which liberates and unleashes the latent, creative energy lying dormant in the unconscious of humanity, which has the power to effect real change in the world. Ultimately speaking, the real purpose of art is not merely to momentarily express ourselves so as to make us feel better, but to awaken us and make us free.
Like all of us, the artist suffers from the spirit of the age. The creative artist, like a shaman and magician, however, is able to be in-formed by and constructively channel, transmute, and out-picture the seemingly obscuring daemonic energies of wetiko in a symbolic form that takes away wetiko’s spell-binding power over themselves, while at the same time helping to nonlocally dispel the collective enchantment pervading the entire field of consciousness. Discovering novel, creative, and ever-evolving articulations of language to express experience is a “spell-casting” activity, in that it serves to dispel the veil of illusion which limited forms of language can cast which seemingly obstructs us from the true richness of our own experience. Creatively expressing what is moving us is the very act which liberates us from the compulsion of having to unconsciously re-create these energies (self)-destructively in a way that continually re-traumatizes both ourselves and the world around us. In the figure of the artist, the creative spirit realizes itself through us, while at the same time we, as artists, reciprocally realize ourselves through it.
...This realization highlights the importance of the “storying” part of our psyche, that is, the part of ourselves that is endlessly mythologizing, imagining, and dreaming through the events in our lives, as if creating a work of living art, of flesh and blood fiction. We can become agents of awakening who help to creatively re-imagine and transform the prevailing myths of our culture, which have become rigidified, imprisoning, suffocating, and literally death-creating instead of life-enhancing. This is to creatively give (re)birth to the universe as an ongoing work of art, which is to realize that we are the creative artists through which the revelation of the universe as art becomes manifest. Just as in a dream at night, there is a deeper part of ourselves that is literally the “author” of our experience, a fundamental aspect of ourselves which invests us with genuine “authority” to create change in ourselves, and by extension, the world around us.
To awaken to the dreamlike nature of reality is to symbolically “kill” the mythic negative patriarchy, Saturn-Chronos. To be under the spell of the negative father, “Father Time,” is to be entranced and absorbed in “chrono”-logical, linear time at the expense of the timeless dimension of our being. There’s nothing inherently wrong with linear time; it’s simply a construct of the mind which can be a convenient tool for navigating our life, but it is a terrible master. To symbolically slay the negative patriarchy is to step out of being “time-bound” and find ourselves “syn-chronos,” in “dreamtime,” where time is experienced as a radial matrix whose center is here and now. Dreamtime is not linear but circular, not fixed but fluid, not mechanistic but natural, and not historical but ahistorical. Dissolving the figure of Father Time, no longer living by the clock in a world where “time is money,” however, we become introduced to the “syn-chronic” order. The synchronic order, whose timing frequency is a universal factor of synchronization, is a realm of infinite interconnectedness and interresonance between everything and everything else. In the synchronic realm the microcosm and macrocosm are synchronistic, mirrored reflections of each other, different iterations of the same underlying, harmonic fractal. This inter-nested fractal reflects a singular nowness eternally unfolding in endlessly diverse and novel patterns through multiple dimensions simultaneously. This realization not only changes our sense of time, but as if becoming “time travelers,” we have entered not only a different order of time, but a different time altogether. Symbolically slaying the negative patriarchy snaps us out of the spell and logic of linear time and introduces us to the four-valued logic of dreamtime and the synchronic order. This is to “die” to the sense of being a “separate self” who isalien to and alienated from the universe, and to be “reborn” in and as spirit, interconnected and at one with all beings. This releases us into and as the present moment, the access point through which we connect with our true powerto consciously change the shared waking dream we are having. As if agents from “outside of time,”we are able to be of genuine benefit to others and to our world as a whole, or so I imagine.
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). 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. Please visit Paul’s website www.awakeninthedream.com. You can contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org; he looks forward to your reflections.