Prayers from The Bowl of Fire | Understanding Wetiko (Episode 3)
The experiences of Wetiko - or the "coming up against it" (Evil) or the perception of it has been a defining feature of my life - particularly in my "work" in Ceremony (Sacred Medicines or otherwise). It's as if the experiences gave "balance" to my experiences of the Divine - of My Great Hanuman-ji. I've come to the realization that what I often write about - talk about - makes ZERO sense to others. If not make me somewhat suspect as being completely delusional. I suppose the "Divine Madness" is meant to be that way - a cross to bear by each one of us in our own unique ways. Many choose not to speak about such things, much less write about them. Everyone's experience is different. For me, I became compelled. I never really had a choice. I HAD to talk about these things - write about these things - because the "madness" was something that had to brought forth or "get out" of me in a way. And the talking and writing was (is) my way of integrating and healing - and grounding. And then it became at some point - necessary to Pray and Honor (Perform Ceremony) - quite publicly - in the ways I've been taught and in the ways I've been Blessed to learn. Even at the cost of a certain "standing" among my family, friends, colleagues, etc. What's more, Wetiko became (or maybe always was?) my most sinister, cunning, powerful adversary - because it was hidden in my deepest, darkest Shadow. My most inaccessible blind spot. And at the same time, hidden in plain sight! Something I did not expect. It turned my world completely upside-down. As with so very many things this last year, many expectations, many norms, many assumptions, much of what and whom I trusted, became "inverted" - THIS is Wetiko. I consider myself lucky and Blessed to have the Great Strength to "See" it and respond accordingly, appropriately. Praise Be To Hanuman.
From the Youtube description:
Hard topic to address / discuss - but it's what came-through. Tried to do my best. Jai Hanuman! Wetiko - in the current manifestation(s) - is like a cornered, wounded GREAT BEAST in the center of the village. It doesn't like or want to be "seen," but as more-and-more people are in fact "seeing" it, it is lashing-out at everything and everyone around. It is VERY DANGEROUS. It wants to kill you. It wants to enslave you. It wants to deny you your Sovereignty / Freedom and your connection to Great Spirit. How do you face such a thing? I try to address Wetiko based upon my own experience. Be very careful. Wetiko is the (your) most cunning adversary - your most cunning Shadow - and they are inexorably intertwined.
"Let the lie come into the world. Let it even triumph. But not through me. The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.. The line dividing good & evil cuts through heart of every human being”—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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