Wow, I wish I had found this sooner. It sounds very Lovecraftian to me! Then again, the creepiest things in the world hide in the recesses of the human brain...
Truthfully, I don't actually know if this is ubiquitous to BTW - I imagine it is in some capacity, as in my experience you can't go through a genuine occult initiatory experience and not run face-first into a super-charged Dweller, but I suspect we wouldn't all use the same words.
My line has a corpus of material used to deal with the Dweller. The goal, however, is integration rather than eradication. The Dweller serves a vital purpose in the human experience. It's just that we have given it a lot of power and say over our lives. The goal is to return the Dweller to the proper place in the initiate's life - as an advisor, rather than a drill sergeant.
The running joke was that the only way to remove the Dweller from one's physical existence is to remove one's self from physical existence, and as the Dweller knows this, it's the voice that prevents you from taking a sharp turn off the Bay Bridge. ;)
(And for those not familiar, here's a shot of the Bay Bridge: http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles29993.jpg )
Needless to say, as we don't advocate suicide as a viable option for dealing with the Dweller, our choices are left to 1) integration and partnership or 2) manipulation by and subjection to. For a witch to progress in their studies and practices, active work must be done towards #1, otherwise the Dweller very quickly turns people away from the practice of witchcraft.
Your Dweller is a force for stability. It works to prevent change - ultimately, it "likes you just the way you are." In many ways, the Dweller works to help us achieve normalcy and stability.
The downside of this, however, is that the Dweller also tends toward stagnation.
Now, the Dweller seeks to use the tools that we give it. For most people, this means the things that impact how we behave: things like guilt, fear of ridicule, self-loathing. It will also use other tools, including a witch's own magic, to take whatever steps necessary to keep radical transformation from happening in the Self.
We all have a Dweller, but as we begin to practice magic, seek spiritual development, and/or immerse ourselves in the initiatory crucible, it gets more active. We're facing down the possibility of greater change through these mediums, so the Dweller fights it harder, generally by using the four approaches above: Embarrassment, Resentment, Enervation and Apathy.
***Just a Thought***
As adults, it is easier to see how the Dweller plays a role in our lives. Often, childen (especially teens), are faced with the same four factors of: Embarrassment, Resentment, Enervation and Apathy. They are quick to want to grow-up, yet often, lack the ability to deal with the Dweller. They are easily sidetracked from their goals, or infact, can't even make realistic goals, due to the presence of the Dweller. In the school setting, teachers witness their behavior in such roles as: the "Class Clown", the "Teacher's Pet", the "Jock", the "Nerd", the "Trouble Maker",and various other forms of titles. Within each of these, the outline of acceptable behavior is outlined, and must be adhered to, in order to maintain the title. In fact, there are some,that never outgrow these titles, even after reaching adulthood. Pushing to make a positive change, is not easy, yet, how often do we say, "grow up".
Wouldn't life be vastly different for all, if the dealing with the Dweller, was as simple as growing older....
Wow! oh I really like this post, it puts a lot of things into perspective for me : )