Yesterday I promised you a good meaty entry so here you go.
I get a lot of emails from people with subject lines like this: “HELP VOODOO BLACK MAGIC CURSE!!!!!” - except the usually have more spelling errors and random punctuation. These folks are genuinely frightened and upset by things that are happening in their lives and they do need help. Are they cursed? Unlikely, but you never can tell.
Now, of the many emails I get from people who believe themselves to be cursed I’d say about 10% or less of them appear genuine. For me, a genuine curse is focused and potent negative energy sent from one person to another with the specific intent of doing them harm in a particular way. This almost never happens. In order to send a proper curse someone has to have a strong will, a deep understanding of energy work (including the consequences of lobbing a curse), a certain amount of skill, and the willingness to accept the consequences. Most people that have a deep understanding of the way energy really works don’t want to burden themselves with the consequences of cursing – it’s just not a very good idea 99.999% of the time. Most people who want to curse someone don’t have the ability to manipulate energy very well. Yes, the co-worker or neighbour that hates you can flood your surroundings with negative energy but that’s not a curse it’s just being a dick.
However, when you believe yourself to be cursed you can effectively curse yourself. If you look at everything that happens to you that doesn’t fit into your plans as some kind of deliberate attack you will make it so. The mind has power to affect the physical world –this is the basis of all forms of magick. When you believe yourself to be surrounded by the malefic you will draw it towards yourself. The principle of like attracts like is the basis of all sympathetic magick and that holds true to the negative as well as the positive. The more you allow your mind to unfoundedly color your experience negatively the more negative energy you will attract. Once you’ve stepped onto the downward spiral of negative energy - voilà, you’re cursed.
At this point it’s time to do a hex-breaking to help break the vicious cycle of bad begetting more bad. In my book I’ve got several different levels of hex-breaking broken down into simple, easy to follow instructions so I won’t got over them here. Performing a hex-breaking will sever any attachments to negative energies coming from within or without (so it doesn’t matter if someone’s actually out to get you or if you’ve worried yourself into things), clean up residual negative energy, and strengthen your personal shields to help protect you in the future. Hex-breakings are great tools, but wouldn’t it be better not to have done this to yourself in the first place?
The best protection against curses, from within or without, is a strong personal energy field. The aura, our personal energy field, is the natural shield that distinguishes us from our surroundings. A strong, solid aura is a natural defense against curses. Imagine a strong aura as a perfect sphere made of solid teflon – nothing sticks to it and nothing gets through it – if negative energy has nowhere to grab a hold of us then we cannot be cursed. Unfortunately, almost no one has that perfect an aura. As we go through life we experience annoyances, angst, and tragedy. Those negative experiences can scratch and mar the aura, giving external negative energy a handhold, and real trauma can even shatter it completely. The more we’ve been through the more pockmarked and scarred our aura can be, and most adults have at least a few decent cracks that make the very core of our beings vulnerable. Thankfully the aura can be healed and strengthened.
The goal of modern psychotherapy, ancient spirituality, and a good chunk of religions is to heal the mind and connect the self to greater powers (be it the collective unconscious, archetypal understandings, or deity). This is also the goal of shadow work. Working with the shadow is basically the process of looking at the cracks and craters in our sense of self and doing what is necessary to heal them. Each time we learn to accept a fragment of our shadow we heal a part of our souls. Each time we heal a part of our soul one of those auric craters fills in; the cracks begin to mend.
A whole, healed aura makes us curse-proof and it’s the only thing that can do so. All the shielding and energy work in the world will still leave you vulnerable if you’ve got a crack in your soul. If you think you’re under psychic attack take a good look at yourself and ask just what it is about you that left you vulnerable. Worry less about what might be coming at you from without and more about what about you lets it in.