It should get our attention that every person or group of people that have discovered what the Native American people called wetiko unanimously consider it to be the most important topic - there's not even any competition - to understand in our world today.
To give one example:
Called by many different names throughout history, the spirit of wetiko renders every other issue secondary, for wetiko is the over-arching umbrella that contains, subsumes, informs and underlies every form of self-and-other destruction that our species is acting out in our world.
If we don't come to terms with what wetiko - which can be conceived of as a virus of the mind - is revealing to us, nothing else will matter, as there will be no more human species.
Wetiko inspires the darkest evil imaginable while, at the same time, potentially helps us to wake up to our true nature as creative beings.
How wetiko winds up
actually manifesting depends upon whether we recognize it as the
on-going revelation that it is - it is showing us something about
ourselves that is of supreme importance for us to know.
Wetiko can be thought of as being a parasite of the mind that operates through the blind spots of the unconscious in such a way that hides itself from being seen as it deceives us into thinking and acting in ways contrary to our best interests.
In addition to
independent researchers like myself, many artists have also been
creatively and imaginatively expressing the insidious workings of
wetiko psychosis in a wide variety of mediums.
Oftentimes creative artists are the canaries in the coal-mine of humanity's psyche, presciently giving communicable form to what is emerging within the collective unconscious of our species.
I am so accustomed to writing about wetiko "non-fictionally," that the idea of approaching it through the made-up medium of fiction, i.e., through creative art that isn't as "serious" as nonfiction, opens up new orders of freedom within my soul.
Wetiko can be likened to
a "bug" that hampers the creative imagination - potentially even
"killing" it, if it's even possible to talk in such fatalistic terms
about imagination - which is to say that it makes sense to use the
creative imagination as a way of dealing with its
Austin's astonishment is due to his feeling that Weissman,
In Austin's words,
In his shakily written suicide note, Weissman expressed his wish that Austin take charge of his scientific papers.
Austin finds it curious that Weissman wanted Austin to be contacted immediately after his death, wondering why the urgency and whether Weissman's papers contained a clue regarding his friend's suicide.
And so the story
This sounds remarkably like the wetiko virus - which can be conceived to be a cancer of the psyche that slowly metastasizes, gradually subsuming all of the healthy parts of the psyche into itself to serve its nefarious agenda.
Wetiko is a
self-devouring operating system that leaves nothing untouched,
ultimately killing its host as well as itself if it is not stopped.
In reading Weissman's extensive "cultural history" of the last couple hundred years, it became clear to Austin that Weissman was of the opinion that,
Upon initially encountering Weissman's seemingly paranoid and conspiratorial line of thinking, Austin's knee-jerk reaction was to assume that his brilliant friend had gone truly insane.
After reading Weissman's carefully reasoned analysis, however, Austin began to wonder if maybe his friend wasn't crazy after all, but rather, had actually stumbled onto something really profound.
Feeling that he would remember this day for the rest of his life, in Austin's words,
Continuing to read his friend's papers, it became clear that Weissman had been doing an exploration inside of his own mind, and he was beginning to realize that there was something "alien" - an "autonomous other" - living inside of him that appeared to have its own independent will that was resisting his inner investigations.
To quote Weissman,
This wasn't a passive
form of resistance; whatever these inner forces were, they were
involved in active resistance, as if being discovered was their
Weissman was beginning to realize that these inner forces were simultaneously feeding off, reinforcing and hiding within his unawareness, as if his psychic blind-spots were the open doorway through which these forces insinuated themselves into his psyche.
The more Wilson's creative fantasy unfolded on the pages of his novel, the more my ears perked up,- I began thinking,
...as I recognized that he was pointing at wetiko, which is a vampiric bug that operates within our psyche in a clandestine way, draining our life-force in the process.
In Wilson's novel, Weissman, as if passing on a precious gift to his friend, was transmitting what he had stumbled upon to Austin, who, once he realized what Weissman had discovered, continued his deceased friend's investigations by following in his footsteps.
Descending into the
depths of his own mind, Austin wound up corroborating what Weissman
was insistently pointing at by having his own direct experiences of
the seemingly "alien" forces that had now taken up residence in his
Speaking about the mind parasites, Austin writes that,
The main channel through which these vampires work is consciousness, or more specifically, our lack thereof...
It was vital for these vampiric-like entities to keep us in ignorance of their existence, for once we began to wake up to their covert operations within our minds, their gig is up, as they would then have no power over us.
These darker forces will do everything in their power to avoid being "outed," including trying to inspire the person who is onto them to turn self-destructively on themselves in suicide.
When someone gets close to illuminating these darker forces, they can obscure the person's connection to their intrinsic life-affirming creativity so that their creative life-force turns against itself and gets acted out self-destructively, potentially even resulting, in extreme cases, in suicide.
This puts Weissman's suicide in a deeper context, as his act of self-destruction becomes more comprehensible once we see what he was in the process of exposing.
Getting closer to the
light within ourselves simultaneously illumines these vampiric
forces and catalyzes them, as being illumined is their worst
nightmare, which is to say that the closer we get to the light, the
more fearsome the forces of darkness can appear.
This understanding can also help us to re-contextualize when we experience seemingly darker forces getting evoked in our mind-streams.
For example, when we feel "attacked" by what seem to be the darker forces of the psyche, instead of interpreting this as evidence confirming how screwed up we are, we can realize that this is an expression that we are getting closer to the light within ourselves; shadows are not merely the absence of light, but are also an expression of its presence.
In other words,
Since the darker forces want to derail us from our path, we can learn to understand that their manifestation is a reflection of exactly the opposite - that we are on our right path.
We tend to think of
illumination as "seeing the light," but "seeing the darkness" is
also a form of illumination.
What Weissman had stumbled onto - that there were negative forces in-forming and shaping humanity's mind so as to compel us to unconsciously act out their agenda, all the while hiding themselves from being seen, sounded crazy, absolutely crazy, to people who subscribe to the agreed-upon consensus reality - which unfortunately, is most of humanity.
Weissman's realization was too much for the "unprepared mind" to take in; what he was pointing at creates too much of a shock - is too traumatic - for most people.
Weissman was realizing that if our species continued to stay asleep to what was actually happening, that these negative forces could potentially destroy our species.
Reflecting on the position he found himself in as he tried to communicate his discovery to others, Weissman writes that it is,
For when someone has seen these mind-parasites, which is to be in touch with a deeper level of our basic sanity, to the ones still afflicted by and unconscious of these entities - i.e., the majority of our species - the one who is pointing out what is actually happening is typically seen as insane.
I can totally relate to
Weissman's predicament; it is as if he is describing the situation
I've found myself in for most of my life.
These vampires can possess someone, who unwittingly becomes their secret agent - their secret being secret even to themselves - as they then become the channel through which these higher-dimensional forces actually enter into our third-dimensional reality and enact their seemingly counter-evolutionary agenda.
The person so possessed -
without being aware of their depraved circumstance in the slightest
- becomes a marionette on a string, the human instrument for these
nonhuman darker forces of deception to act themselves out in our
The person so possessed identifies with this counterfeit version of themselves, assuming the mind they are experiencing is their own - while the truth is that what they then experience as themselves is anything but.
Instead of being themselves, they become a duplicate of themselves, a master copy.
The Bible itself points at this - referring to the mind parasites as the antimimon pneuma, the "counterfeiting spirit," which is to say they impersonate us, with the hope that we identify with their false version of who we are.
Interestingly, the revered Gnostic text
'Pistis Sophia' claims
that the antimimon pneuma has affixed itself to humanity like an
Here's what I wrote in 'Dispelling Wetiko,'
Not just capable of taking over an individual's mind, these mind-parasites can operate through and possess a group, a nation, or even - potentially - to varying degrees, our entire species.
Wetiko is, after all, a
These malevolent forces occlude us in such a way that our occlusion becomes self-perpetuating, the result being that we can't even tell we are occluded.
Once our mind is "programmed" - massaged into shape - by the mind parasites, we become more like automatons and zombies than creatively alive human beings.
Speaking of people who have fallen under the thrall of these sinister forces, Austin comments that they,
If we ask people in the grips of the mind parasites why they are acting out in the unconscious habitual way they are, they will often have a ready-made rationalization and justification.
unknowingly serves the agenda of the mind parasites, as it
camouflages these sinister entities' operations within their own
minds so that they continue to remain ignorant of the source of
their own impulses, thoughts, beliefs and actions.
This is similar to when there is an abusive agent in the family system, they typically just have to act out their violence only once - the mere possibility of them acting this out again gets across their message loud and clear and keeps the family "in line."
We then only occasionally need their attention to remind us of the threat we are living under, which becomes internalized within our own minds.
Groups of people so conditioned can easily enact their inner state of fear and limitation in such a way that they police themselves, acting as their own control system - they then become complicit in keeping each other asleep.
Anyone snapping out of the programming is seen as a threat by those still under its spell...
Most people become so
accustomed to their confinement -
it seems "normal,"
just the way
things are - and not knowing anything different, they easily become
complacent, satisfied and actually "happy" with their current state
of limitation, confusing it with freedom, thinking they are simply
being in touch with "the real world."
Describing the multi-headed hydra quality of these darker forces, Austin comments that they are,
Austin was describing the nonlocal aspect of the tentacles - the arms - of wetiko, which, coming through different people or aspects of the environment, seem separated but are actually coordinated and connected parts of a greater "body" in which they are all contained and of which they are all expressions.
To quote Austin,
There was one deeper energy - seemingly originating from a higher dimension than the merely physical - that was animating all of the multifarious manifestations of the mind parasites.
In other words, something
seemingly plural was actually singular in nature that,
significantly, is to be found within our inner depths.
Though appearing like he
was having paranoid delusions, this statement by Weissman indicates
that he had become aware of the nonlocal nature of the mind
parasites, which is to say that - sounding totally "sci-fi" or crazy
- these vampiric entities are not bound by the conventional laws of
third-dimensional space and time.
Being a field phenomenon, the mind parasites existed in a realm that interfaced with and connected both the outside world and our minds.
These entities simultaneously operate through our consciousness as well as being able to somehow configure the seemingly outer environment so as to enact themselves in embodied form as a way of accomplishing their agenda.
They organize themselves
- be it through creating inner or outer obstacles - so as to oppose
any effort (including this very article) that brings attention to
their stealth operations to larger circles of people.
If we do manage to connect with the light within ourselves and try to share our light with others, these nonlocal vampiric entities (what I have in previous writings called "nonlocal demons," or NLD for short), will try, via their "connections" to the nonlocal field, to stop us by influencing other people to turn against us.
When someone begins to wake up, it is as if the forces of darkness, through the "control system" built into society and its institutionalized structures - which have become internalized within people's minds - becomes alerted and mobilized in such a way as to make sure the person who is becoming aware of the operations of these inner adversaries and beginning to remember who they are, gets taken back down, silenced, and put back to sleep.
The mind parasites are able to "draft" unsuspecting others to become portals through which these forces can exert their influence into our world so as to seduce, distract or obstruct us from our path.
People who are asleep to
these nefarious forces unknowingly become enlisted to be the
zombie-like foot-soldiers of the mind parasites, unwittingly serving
their agenda of making sure no one steps out of line.
Well-meaning psychiatrists then pathologize and medicate them - all for their own good - but,
As the drama unfolds, at a press conference in which Dr. Austin was trying to alert the world to the danger it faced, he said,
It gets my attention that the very situation that Wilson is describing through his fictional narrative is actually getting mirrored by the deeper process that is currently playing out in our world - darker forces, covertly operating in the shadows, attempting to enslave humanity.
This isn't a paranoid conspiracy theory, but is hidden in plain sight, visible to all who have developed the (inner) eyes to see.
In addition to the weak and defenseless, these psychic vampires seek out people who are on the verge of a quantum, evolutionary leap in consciousness, but have not yet fully integrated their realizations and stabilized themselves in the higher, more coherent level of consciousness that they are beginning to access.
These individuals are in an energetically sensitive and "charged" condition, and their openness and vulnerability invites these vampiric entities to gorge on the light of their prey's expanding awareness, thereby preventing them from having enough energy to evolve to a higher level of consciousness.
Like moths attracted to the light of a flame, these darker forces are particularly attracted to,
Continuing his articulation of these mind parasites, Weissman continues,
This sounds so similar to what I wrote in Dispelling Wetiko,
As he was beginning to realize the intent of these mind parasites, Weissman continues,
The strategy of these predators is to distract us so as to keep our attention directed outside of ourselves, thereby stopping us from finding and utilizing the immense light of intrinsic awareness within ourselves, which would "kill" the vampires by rendering them impotent.
Wetiko is only able to
flourish when we are in "object-referral," focusing our attention on
the outside world - thinking the problem is outside of ourselves -
as compared to when we are in "self-referral" (i.e.,
self-reflection), in touch with our immense creative power as
observer/participants to shape our experience of both the world and
Either creating or feeding off of the natural potentiality of the psyche for dissociation, it is as if the mind parasites split the mind and compel a one-sidedness where we lose touch with our intrinsic wholeness and the full spectrum of possibilities that are always available to us.
Inspiring and then feeding off of the resultant polarization, the mind parasites exploit, take advantage of, piggyback on and encourage people's unconscious tendency to project their shadow outside of themselves.
To quote Austin, the mind parasites,
As long as we seek the
enemy outside of ourselves, our true adversary, who lives inside
our heart and is the very sponsor of our projection, gets off
It was when the mind parasites knew a person was "onto them" that they would use whatever measures were at their disposal to obfuscate themselves so as to keep their covert operations hidden.
Interestingly, in the
highest spiritual teachings, the one and only instruction is to not
get distracted from recognizing and abiding in the true open-ended
nature of our awareness.
The mind parasites are,
Though this can sound
like the ravings of a paranoid madman, it is actually the opposite -
a clear-sighted articulation of what we are up against.
It is as if "the beast" of war is a virulent collective incarnation - in living (and dying) flesh and blood - of these mind parasites writ large on the world stage.
If we look at the state
of the world today, once we cultivate the eyes to see these psychic
vampires, we notice their influence everywhere throughout our
planetary "culture" (or lack thereof).
He writes that,
This brings to mind Goethe's masterpiece Faust, in which Faust asks Mephistopheles (who represents the devil) who he is, and Mephistopheles replies that he is the,
The idea is that encoded in the darkness is actually a force that would potentially serve the light, if only it is recognized as such.
The mind parasites/wetiko
literally demand that we step into our power and become resistant
and immune to their deception, trickery and oppression such that we
discover how to step out of bondage and become free - or else!
They are true guardians of the threshold of our evolution.
How they actually manifest
depends upon whether we recognize and how we interpret what they are
revealing to us.
These seemingly darker forces are obscuring this nature, while at the same time their deadly challenge is the very thing that is, paradoxically, helping us to discover, wake up to and connect with our true nature.
For if humanity were to break free and withdraw its fixation on outward appearances and connect with the universe within, to quote Weissman,
In a very real sense, these mind parasites "cure" us of our wrong attitude towards both the world as well as ourselves...
Instead of a typical virus mutating so as to become resistant to our attempts to heal it, the wetiko virus forces us to mutate relative to it. It is as though the evil of wetiko is itself the instrument of a higher intelligence.
This higher power, through the revelation and understanding of wetiko, connects us to a sacred, creative source within ourselves that makes,
In Dispelling Wetiko I write,
Sometimes we have to try to imagine what's happening in order to gain access to reality.
By creating a made-up fantasy world, it is as if Wilson, like the proverbial figure of "the fool" in the King's Court, is "making light" of what is actually taking place as a way of getting the word out and telling the truth.
Telling his story as if it's fiction - i.e., not true - enables Wilson to break the taboo against speaking the truth in a world where to do so is fraught with peril, even criminalized.
Sharing his tale as if
it's merely a fictional product of his creative imagination
skillfully allows him to bypass the flaming editorial swords of the
gatekeepers of consensus reality with a liberating knowledge that
would ordinarily - if put out as a factual warning to humanity - be
seen as disruptive and taboo from the point of view of the
As if a member of a timeless underground resistance movement, Wilson has managed to sneak in "living information" into a world that is unknowingly imprisoned and in desperate need of exactly such knowledge.
Interestingly, while writing this article, I felt the mind parasites doing everything they can to stop me from getting this information out. Maybe, of course, this is only my overly activated imagination.
In any case, I can easily
feel like I am living in Colin Wilson's mind parasites novel.
The idea of mind
parasites invading both our world and our mind sounds completely and
utterly crazy, but sometimes an idea is so crazy that it just might