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"This book brilliantly exposes how the very roots of the madness that is threatening life on earth are ultimately to be found within our own psyche. I love that Paul is taking seriously the profound implications of what it means that all of us are living in a mass, shared dream. His startlingly clear premise challenges me to reflect upon both the world and myself in radically mind-altering ways. Something important is coming through his imagination-filled musings; his visionary insight into the intrinsic genius of our species feels inspired by a truly creative, compassionate, and enlivening spirit. I always look forward to reading Paul's work; it stimulates me to greater heights of lucidity, disturbs me enough to awaken me out of my complacency, and encourages me to fly on the wings of the creative imagination. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book. His vision is a royal gift for all of us. It makes me want to sing. Bravo!"

"Dispelling Wetiko is one of those rare, courageous books that leads us where we would prefer not to go: into the depths of our own shadow. Yet this is the most essential journey for our present time.… It is a must-read, without a doubt."
—Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit

"Paul Levy summons us by Wisdom's call to community, action, and our higher humanity. Truly initiatory, this book is inviting us to step through the looking glass and consciously participate in our own evolution. In exposing our psychic blindness, Levy is helping us to open our eyes and see."
—Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

"When I read Dispelling Wetiko, I was unprepared for a work of such true brilliance and depth. Paul Levy should be congratulated on writing a seminal work."
—Brad Steiger, author of Revelation: The Divine Fire

"No one else writing in America today, in whatever genre, sees into the real nature of our crushing global endgame emergency more deeply, steadily, or wholly than Paul Levy."
—Eric Larsen, author of A Nation Gone Blind and professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

"Paul Levy has broadened his hard-won personal insights into a trenchant diagnosis of the mass-mind psychosis afflicting our Western (and indeed now global) civilization. I honor Paul's courage and discernment in taking on this most elusive and treacherous of topics and showing the steps one can take to move toward liberation. Dispelling Wetiko deserves to be widely read and studied."
—Ralph Metzner, PhD, professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies and author of The Unfolding Self

"I very much recommend Paul Levy's writings. Synthesizing a deep understanding of Jungian psychology and spirituality, his work brilliantly illuminates the dreamlike nature of reality."
—Dr. Arny Mindell, founder of process-oriented psychology and author of The Shaman's Body

"The world is suffering from the globalization of selfishness, materialism, and militarism, and Paul Levy, in his magnum opus, Dispelling Wetiko, identifies their roots in a cancer of the soul.… An insightful and provocative manifesto on how to combat this global epidemic before it is too late."
—Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, chair of the Interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, and author of The Left Hand of God

"As a people, we seem to be seriously impaired. It is as if we have suffered a culture-wide stroke that has damaged the higher centers that control our ability to reason and act in rational ways. What will see us through? What will help us wake up from this slow suicide? Paul Levy's Dispelling Wetiko is a valuable step in the right direction. This desperately needed book not only sounds an alarm, but also points to a solution."
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of The One Mind and executive editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

"In these dire straits, many extraordinary people—in all walks of life, speaking in different tones and voices—envision the nondual experience of the nature of mind. Paul Levy is one of them. [He] evokes a clear and scintillating vision, resolving much of the incongruity of our existence."
—Keith Dowman, author of Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen

"Paul Levy hits the archetypal nail on the head when he identifies debt pushers, consumption pushers, and GOD (gold, oil, and drug) pushers as the cannibalistic offenders in today’s society.… I can’t express how brilliant I find this book."
—Iona Miller, coauthor of The Modern Alchemist: A Guide to Personal Transformation

"This rich and fascinating book is full of original insights that challenge us to see the human predicament in a new way."
—Timothy Freke, author of The Jesus Mysteries and The Mystery Experience

"Paul Levy's provocative and insightful book Dispelling Wetiko shines a light on the darkness and exposes evil as an illusion—one that nonetheless impacts our reality. It is particularly important in these evolutionary times that those who see themselves as 'bringers of the light' understand the heart of darkness as well.… Kudos to Paul Levy for taking on this topic."
—Steve Bhaerman, coauthor of Spontaneous Evolution

"Paul Levy is a great social critic and public intellectual—his distinctive metaphysical idealism and experience-based mysticism gives his oeuvre a spiritual depth that is lacking even among  our best critical theorists. Unlike many other spiritually informed political activists, Paul’s spirituality is never saccharine or cliché, his politics never compromising. His profound psychological insights and treasure trove of metaphors and literary tropes enable him to advance a highly original theoretical perspective grounded in Jung’s thought, quantum physics, Buddhism and his own transpersonal revelations. His message to social activists is that the alternative to neoliberal barbarism and the advent of ecological catastrophe is the willingness to cultivate the power of the communal imagination…Paul Levy represents the future."
—Seth Farber, Ph.D., Assessing Editor, The Journal of Mind and Behavior and author of The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of The Mad Pride Movement

"Paul Levy is one of the wisest, most spiritually-wide-awake people I've had the privilege of getting to know."
—Kevin Barrett, Truth Jihad Radio

"Paul Levy is one of our time's most original thinkers on the human condition."
—Alan Steinfeld, NewRealities

"Paul Levy's Dispelling Wetiko is among the very best books on the nature of evil that I have ever read, and because it offers a workable way out of the universal psychosis that native peoples call Wetiko, possibly the most important on the subject that I have had the pleasure of adding to my library. A real treasure."
—Whitley Strieber, UnknownCountry.com, Dreamland radio show

"This volume, like its predecessor, is not only fascinating, riveting, and, like all Levy's work, consistently crunchy and prickly with thought, but it is also, in two words, overwhelmingly revelatory... A guarantee: Neither while reading nor after reading Dispelling Wetiko will you again look at the world around you the same way as you might have before."
—The Oliver Arts & Open Press

"Paul Levy's book is the finest recent example of what Jungian or archetypal criticism has to offer in the diagnosis of contemporary culture and, specifically, the problem of evil and how to find a way out of its dominance in our world."
—Walter Davis, author of Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche since 9-11, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Ohio State University

"Every so often a book comes into one's possession that dramatically and radically decimates one's world view. For me reading 'Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil' has been one of them."
—Peter Morris, LightoftheLogos.com, MysteriesofSirius.com

“For millennia, humanity has struggled to understand the manifestation of evil in our world. In this regard Dispelling Wetiko is an extraordinary book, and author Paul Levy has made a great contribution to our understanding of the evil that is happening in our world today, as well as who and what we are.”
—Hank Wesselman PhD., anthropologist and author of The Bowl of LightThe Spiritwalker Trilogy, and the award-winning Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation with Sandra Ingerman

"A true book of genius; one everybody should read."
Nailed magazine

About the Author

In 1981, Paul Levy experienced what his doctors considered to be a nervous breakdown. In actuality, it was a spiritual awakening, one that changed his life's path forever. Since 1993, he has been giving talks and facilitating groups to help others in the process of awakening from the collective dream. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for more than thirty years, he has intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma. The author lives in Portland, OR.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 4/15/13 edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583945482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583945483
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tamera S. Allred on January 31, 2013
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"Dispelling Wetiko, Breaking the Curse of Evil," by Paul Levy is a couregous, fascinating, and thought-provoking book. Many years ago when I was in my early twenties I had an eery and disturbing exposure to true evil. I was working as a newspaper reporter and reported on the famous Gary Gilmore murder case and execution. I was given access to over 1,000 pages of letters Gilmore had written from death row recounting his life story, and confessing and describing the murders of the two young men he had murdered. Gilmore had said in his letters that murder is an acceptable act of rage. The evil I was exposed to in reading the letters shadowed me for years. How I wish this precious offering of a book had been placed in my hands earlier. But few their be that have the guts to touch such a touchy subject.
With his own life experience with evil as a powerful motivating force Levy writes, "There is a pscyhospiritual disease of the soul that originates within ourselves and that has the potential either to destroy our species or to wake us up.. ." He speaks of evil as being at "the root of humanity's inhumanity to itself." And he explains that it grows in the petrie dish of unconsciousness.
Recent violent acts in the United States shine the light on our culture as a whole. There is a compelling need for introspection about the kind of emotional climate that gives way to senseless acts of violence. While a reasonable discussion about gun control is relevant, to not go deeper would miss the mark. What are our attitudes toward the mentally ill, the different and odd among us? Do we care about how we tend to criminals and those who have been labeled criminal who are innocent? How is power shared? How are we desensitized?
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I read all the praise and positive reviews and realized that I had a somewhat different view of this book. Prior to reading it I had never heard of the term wetiko but I came across it in the documentary, "I Am." So I bought Levy's book, started reading it, then discovered Levy's website and his many articles, some of which really resonated with me. I am African American and a few years ago I had travelled to the Amazon Basin of Peru. I took the shaman's visionary medicine and saw for myself many of the same things that Levy was saying about wetiko, but before I knew the word. In effect, Levy was validating my experience and speaking to some deeper truths in my life. I grew up in the Jim Crow South under segregation. My mother, younger sister, and I came to the NYC, the south Bronx. I was 12 years-old during the 70s and in the urban jungle I found at least as much segregation and prejudice and poverty that we ironically sought to escape in the South. These conditions, as far as I can tell from visiting family still there, have deepened since I left the 'hood. So looking in the rearview mirror, I went to the Amazon and sat with the shamans in five ritual ceremonies over nine days to understand 1) how my experience being black and poor had affected me and 2) why conditions in the 'hood persist to this day with seeming tenacity despite the "wars" on crime, poverty, and drugs. In the real jungle I saw in my visions, among other things, that conditions in the `hood were not necessarily what they seemed to be. Namely, they were not independent and separate, standing alone and isolated, from what was going on elsewhere. Rather, the `hood was a microcosm for what was happening in world, especially to indigenous cultures, when faced with disease, guns, steel, and Western education.Read more ›
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Thanks to Paul Levy, the cat is now out of the bag, the genie out the bottle. The very nature of Light, is to expose or illumine that which is not light, i.e. darkness; which is precisely what Levy masterfully illustrates between the covers of "Dispelling Wetiko ..." With this book's release, there is no longer any excuse for being oblivious as to how Evil operates in the World. Evil diminishes and distorts our shared dream, turning our so-called "reality" into a simplistic Spy v. Spy cartoon of "seeming opposites", which left unchecked, relentlessly exploits polarities to spawn epidemics of war, addiction, genocide, and a host of other Archetypal Evils onto the world stage -- conjuring all manner of pointless suffering for millions of the poorest and most vulnerable, caught in the cross-fire.

But Mr. Levy turns all this on it's head, by redirecting our attention to the collective non-local field of potentiated lucid consciousness, ready to interconnect us in wakefulness to creatively recover a right-sized sense of aliveness, and joyful abundance. In this amazing book, Paul Levy artfully puts into words what few have dared to even try: he convincingly sheds a light of compassion to illumine the Darker Side of human consciousness, meticulously tracking the psyche's unconscious shadowy machinations. Chapter by chapter, this book deflates, deciphers and dissipates Archetypal Evil's illusory powers, excavating the way to long hidden Treasures buried there.

Letting no one off the hook, Mr. Levy calls upon every human being to step up, to muster the courage to do personal "inner work", to expose evil where ever it is, within or without, dispelling it's faux-power.
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