Dispelling Shaytan (Wétiko) – Part 1

A'udhu billahi minash shaitan ir rajim
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
I seek shelter in Allah from the accursed Satan

"Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism." ~ Jack D Forbes

What is Wétiko? What are the Shaytan? Who is Iblis?

Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko. The phrase and collective sickening spirit it describes was first brought to wider public attention by Jack D. Forbes, a Native American healer, scholar and political activist. He used his manyfold talents to first frame the „Wetiko“, the malignent spirit within narcistic, pretatory humans and the ill-faited civilisation that rewards and protects their criminal endevours, murders, theft, genocides and other horrible crimes. Forbes was also active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and was directly confronted with „the Wétiko“ throughout his life. Wétiko, the predatory egomanic spirit, is nowadays a psychic reality all over the world. It affects us all in various forms and with bitter results. Forbes informs us that  “Wétiko (...) refers to a cannibal or, more specifically, an evil person or spirit who terrorizes other creatures by means of terrible acts…the consuming the life of another for private purpose or profit.” He tells us that for the Wétiko, “Brutality knows no boundaries. Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders.". One look at colonial history and the history of the 3rd Reich can only confirm this. Present day events, and the raging machinery of greedy neo-liberal capitalism all over the world further confirm this devastating truth. The author, artist and healer Paul Levy took on the endevour of framing the Wetiko further. He describes the effects of evil working within the average person, who acts neither very evil, nor very good, but enables evil through his unreflected, unconscious entanglements and silent corruptions. Paul Levy describes in particular how these entanglements with evil create a literal force-field of psychic control that force individuals to be part of evil's psychic control games. When a person goes "mad" it can be a sign of great hope, because it can mean that the healthy part of the psyche of an individual revolts and seeks to break out from the force field.

"Genuine civilization, in essence, means not killing people. It is not a coincidence that the development of Wetiko corresponds to the rise of what Europeans choose to call civilization instead. The unsustainable nature of industrial civilization is based on, and increasingly requires, violence to maintain itself". ~ Paul Levy, Dispelling Wetiko

Spring, 2019

Shaytan, Iblis & Wétiko
After some correspondence with the author, I finally read the book on Wétiko by Paul Levy and was taken on a deep journey with many Aha! moments and revelations. I waited for a long time to finally find a book that talks about experiences similar to my own, about encounters with the Wétiko in the psychic realms. Levy, Forbes and other healer-activists call this malign spirit "the Wétiko". We call it by the name we know in Islam and in Arabic - "Iblis". Personally I refer to it mostly as "the Shaytan" (which is a Plural in Arabic, interestingly there is no singular Shaytan in Arabic). The correct way in Arabic to refer to this spirit is as "Iblis".

A'udhu billahi minash shaitan ir rajim
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
I seek shelter in Allah from the accursed Satan

Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

The term Iblis (إِبْلِيس‎) derives from the Arabic verbal root blsب-ل-س (meaning "remaining in grief") or بَلَسَ (Balasa, "he despaired"). Furthermore the name is related to Talbis meaning confusion, and to Balisa, despairing by means of desperation or fear, and to Balas, which is a thorny sack-cloth (as it was used for farming in the days of the Prophet, as).  We can identify very clearly by way of the Arabic language the nature of Iblis and of the Wetiko. Iblis is the force that throws us into cowardness, fear of false authority, disbelief in good, intellectual poverty, and consequently into imaginary and real hells on earth. The force of Iblis is the source of our individual and collective chronic social sickness which seperates us from God, who is the pure light of creation, of hope and the divine good. The force of Iblis wants nothing else but use our intellect, our goodness and intelligence for it's own sinister purposes. Like every crafty criminally minded perpetrator and propagandist the Iblis employs our assorted weaknesses to make us his unwitting minions (just like everybody who shares bad stuff on the internet is a viral tool for propagandists in service of assorted sinister political forces).

The Shaytan (noun, plural) and Shayatin (noun, plural) are demonic forces that spread evil and misery amongst mankind. Very often the name “Shaytan” is used to refer to Iblis, who is actually their spirit overlord. According to the Quran (18:50) his fall from grace (for voicing doubt over the creation of humans) enraged him against humanity. He rallied an army of Shaytan, Shayatin and Djinn to persecute and torture mankind from thereon to lead us astray. Another story about Iblis leads us to Adam and Eve and their tasting of Iblis' fruit - the fruit of grief, depression and despair.

In Sufism, the role of Iblis is seen ambigious: That he exists to test humanity and functions like a type of terrible and twisted angel. Only when we overcome the Iblis and Shaytan within ourselves do we find God. As such the Shaytan and Iblis are the sacred guardians of a threshold, as the Persian Sufi mystic Ayn al-Quzat Hamadani explains, to a holy space between worlds of no-where and everywhere, a topographic place of the sacred, the land of the divine, that exists within us and everywhere if we just overcome the Iblis. The Shaytan and Iblis in this revelation are the infamous "Black Light" in  Sufism. Those who overcome the Iblis, the Black Light, are lead to true divine grace, knowledge and wisdom. In German exists an interesting phrase too, it is the "Irr-Licht"  (which relates to  the English "Ghost Lighting", a form of psychological abuse) - a seemingly supernatural light, that distracts and confuses to lead astray and into dispair, death, depression and grief. It reminds me also of the teachings of early Christianity and Isa (Jesus), and his battle against our false beliefs and assorted states of mesmerisation (hypnosis) that make us sick, numb and dumb.

References, Resources & Links

Paul Levy, Dispelling Wetiko, Breaking the Curse of Evil, North Atlantic Books, 2013

Paul Levy: http://www.awakeinthedream.com

On James D. Forbes and Wetiko:  http://www.skeptic.ca/Wetiko.htm

Ibn Arabi on the Shaytan: http://www.ibnarabisociety.org/articles/futuhat_ch009.html

Paul Levy on Ta'wil - Esotericism  (The Battle for our Angel): http://www.awakeninthedream.com/the-battle-for-our-angel/

The Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an (Ta'wil):

Al-Islam on Ta'wil



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