Dispelling Shaytan (Wétiko) – Part 2
As long as our species is blind and numb, Iblis’ main goal, and by extension the main goal of his Shaytan and Shayatin, is to make us even more numb, and divide mankind further from the creator, Allah. Mind-games are the devils' weapon of choice. He and his minions are all crafty liars, who swarm around people when they are at their most vulnerable (is it only me who sees here certain parallels with our present day internet fascist troll brigades, their plots, gang ups and twisted propaganda?). They distract people, so that they forget to have hope; they plague humanity with despair and nightmares; and they dip wrongful behavior, crimes and hatred into a candy-coating of "heroism" and "rebellion". They inspire humanity to spread falsehood and rumors that turn friend against friend and brother against brother, to abuse those who are weak, to neglect and despise those that are needy and to cause war after war that kills Millions and makes Billions in hard cash (see Syria, Iraq etc).
To cut to the chase: I find much correlation between the spirit of Wetiko and the Spirit of the Shaytan-Iblis we know in Islam and who I see at work in various situations, in my community, as well as in international and national politics. All sincere people know the Shaytan. All sincere people know "the Wetiko", but what we often lack is the mental tools to frame and dispell it.
Paul Levy, "Dispelling Wetiko"
Paul Levy approaches "the Iblis-Wetiko" from a perspective of a wounded healer, shaman, buddhist and Jungian psychoanalyst. He is deep level scholar of psychic phenomena. Levy dives into the psychic world and the world of the occult via a Jungian Archetype approach. He speaks about his personal experiences with this "spirit from everywhere and no-where" and weaves together a dense tapestry of how Wetiko unfolds in our personal and collective lives and how it behaves as spiritual "non-local" (outside of ourselves) entity. Levy also quotes from many Islamic sources and makes clear that the fight against evil is an universal legacy and endevour. The rise against it and a cure of it is more urgent then ever. Instead of arguing against each other (which is part of the Wetiko effect) we must work together and dispell this evil. There are critics who explain that Buddhism and Jungian Psychoanalysis is itself too material in nature to really grasp and dispell this spirit, yet this does not take away from Levy's great work. His description how the Wetiko tried to capture him and how he fought it off are very compelling and realistic.
Levy has studied the Wetiko phenomena very close-up, and worked for many years crafting his arguments about Wetiko, what it is, how it entraps us and what the results of Wetiko's abuse in our global and individual psyche is. Yes, Wetiko is a real evil, and a force, it is the infamous Iblis-Shaytan which lurks in our own and collective minds. It is part of us, but it is also not part of us. It abuses us and is in truth a psychic parasite. The question of how to heal Wetiko abuse is answered in a nutshell as follows: Recognize it, confront it and dispell it. Confront your own evils, apply daily spiritual remedies and exercises (prayers, meditation, mantras, dhikr) and dispell evil. Find the voice of true compassion in your heart and give this compassion forward.
Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful (786).
Dispelling (Tasbi of Jonas):
La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin
There is only one God, and may God forgive my sins. I was part of the bad people.
There are more Tasbeeh (series of Dhikr/recitations in Arabic) that all very effective against different facets of the miseries Wetiko/Iblis can inflict. It is absolutely worthwhile to study and try them.
Paul Levy has done humanity a great service by diving deeply into the psychic weaves of this complex, malign spirit. And so has Islam, and in particular the Imams of Shi'ism who describe the workings of the Iblis further in their writings on the esoteric dimensions of Islam (Ta'wil) and prescribe to us the medicine against the Iblis. Isn't what happens these days on the internet and on the ground like a text book unfoldment of Iblis and his minions on a global level, to spread despair, hopelessness and destruction over all of humanity? The only option is to turn to God, the force of pure light and pure intelligence, when one battles this evil, the Wetiko aka Iblis. One shall not over-analyse evil in my experience, one has to feel it out with psychic antennas and in prayers, and learn step by step to stand against it firmly, by being astute, and by having a firm belief in God and good.
There are many spiritual practises that help to dispell this evil spirit. What I find really helpful is to remember that one is made in the image and likeness of the One True Light and Intelligence, that is God - Good. Ultimately, we all know the difference between good and evil, even though certain propagandists try to twist our minds about it. Never ever loose your hope in the power of good.
References, Resources & Links
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):
Forms of Propaganda:
".. Propaganda is defined as either white, grey or black. White propaganda openly discloses its source and intent. Grey propaganda has an ambiguous or non-disclosed source or intent. Black propaganda purports to be published by the enemy or some organization besides its actual origins."