This is a sequel to an earlier post, “On Cursing and Being Cursed: a Hermetic Perspective.” In that post, I talked about my vision (based on The Kybalion’s Hermetic “Principle of Mentalism) of how a curse can take root in the energy field (the aura) of a target:
[A] curse will function by creating its vibration in the target, who will then radiate that vibration (usually without knowing it) into various aspects of his life. All retribution and judgment begins with the Self or, as The Kybalion puts it in “The Principle of Mentalism,” “All is Mind.”
If the target, truly in the deep core of himself, believes he doesn’t deserve to suffer, he will resist the curse vibration on some level. But, of course, to resist something is also to have a relationship with it. This is how an unjustified curse can make mischief in the life of an innocent. Essentially, by resisting, the innocent (consciously or unconsciously) accepts the reality of having to resist a curse and is then struggling against it and feeling some of its effects. But those effects are usually short-lived, if still upsetting.
Since I wrote this, two different readers have asked me the same question: if the target has to accept the curse vibration, why can’t a target just decide not to accept? After all, nobody wants to be cursed, right?
My first response to this question is to refer the reader back to the quoted paragraphs above. In my view, there has to be “acceptance” of the curse vibration in the target, but I’m suggesting that there is more to the mind than just our conscious everyday awareness. When a curse is effective, such acceptance takes place on a very deep level.
I believe we have many levels of “self.” But, for the purposes of this discussion, let’s say that we at least have something called an “unconscious,” aka an “inner child” or “deep self.” These terms are not perfectly synonymous, but they all point to an inner dimension in us which is alive and aware but which operates according to different rules than our everyday, responsible, rational minds.
Everything that seems true and authentic without us being fully able to explain why (“I have a good feeling about this”) resonates with this deep self. Gut reactions, hunches, psychic experiences, déjà vu, all kinds of things that seem mysterious to our daily conscious awareness originate in this deep self (which I also believe is the location of magical link or energetic connection point to everything else in existence, but that is material for a different post).
The deep self doesn’t function as a responsible citizen of the world; it’s not socially acceptable. It runs on urges, fear, lust, the Pleasure Principle. It loves and hates. And sometimes it passes judgement on the Self as a whole without the person even being aware of it. We might be able to consciously rationalize why we did a certain thing, but the deep self may still feel a lot of self-blame, guilt, and shame about it. Such self-judgement is how one accepts the vibration of a curse. In some way, a person has already decided that they should be punished. The curse vibration shows up at the edge of the aura and says, “Hello, I’m the essence of this punishment.” And the deep self answers, “Come in. I’ve been expecting you.”
Resistance comes when the deep self hasn’t passed this judgment. The curse vibration shows up and the deep self answers, “I don’t deserve this punishment!” Then a struggle ensues with the curse trying to convince the deep self to let it in and the deep self refusing. This is what happens when an innocent is cursed. Some of the curse effects will take place in a minor way because the curse is saying “You deserve to be punished!” and eventually the innocent deep self will ask, “Why?” which will let a little bit of the curse in past the outer barrier of the aura. But if the deep self is truly convinced of its innocence, the majority of the curse will not get through. There will be no acceptance of that vibration.
There is a way around this, however. The aura can only withstand so much before it is overwhelmed. Think of it this way: if you tie someone up in a basement and scream something in that person’s face every day for a long time, what you scream will eventually become the person’s reality. In mundane life, this is called “brainwashing” and it is sadly real. But it takes a long time to break a person’s resistance down to the point at which they accept an alternate vision of themselves and the world, maybe years. It takes far less time with magic.
This is a darker application of what we call “duration work”—magic worked over a consistent period of time. This is also why some practitioners, especially hoodoo workers and ATR professional sorcerers employed to curse and cross others, claim no one has ever resisted one of their workings. It is simply because they set up long-term curses that they maintain every day. So no matter what a person truly believes about themselves on a deep level, whether they feel they deserve the punishment or not, they will eventually let it in.* You can only say “no” so many times before you say “yes.”
This works even when a person is so innocent that he or she doesn’t even understand the situation. Consider what “innocence” actually is: it’s a combination of ignorance and sincerity. When a person is sincere, she is not lying or pretending or otherwise being false. When she is ignorant, she lacks experience and doesn’t possess the knowledge that comes from having taken part. Both of these qualities can be altered through violent brainwashing (i.e. convincing someone that they’re actually a blameworthy imposter—actually very similar to “gaslighting”) and, on a magical level, keeping up a vibratory assault on a person’s aura over time. When no becomes yes, even an innocent person will then say, “I deserve to be punished.”
Is this evil? In many cases, it is certainly that. But nothing is absolute. Sometimes, even an innocent person will deserve to be targeted with hostile magic. Consider the situation where a sociopathic teen is mocking and tormenting a disabled classmate on a regular basis (something I saw first-hand years ago when I was a high school teacher). The bully has a messed-up home life and enjoys taking out his frustration by releasing it on a defenceless target. This is abhorrent to most people, but this kid doesn’t understand how much suffering he’s causing. All he can see is his own pain and how much better it feels to be the torturer instead of the tortured.
In this case, the bully is “innocent.” He is ignorant of the significance of his actions and sincere in the sense that he doesn’t really know what’s going on. He doesn’t have the knowledge and experience of choosing to be a bully; he’s just an snarling little animal striking out. And this innocence might protect him the way it often protects children from magical creatures and harmful workings. But let’s also say that the bullying is not stopping and the disabled kid is in now danger of taking his own life; none of the parents want to be involved; and the school is so poorly run that no one will do anything. But something must be done. In this situation, baneful magic (note: not lethal magic, but potent enough to stop someone from continuing a course of action) is indicated. Even though the bully is relatively innocent, he needs strong medicine.
Obviously, the above example comes from my real-life observations. I will add that I did use magic to solve the situation and protect the disabled student. And it worked. But it caused a lot of distress to the bully, which was appropriate and not pretty. This is to say that nothing is open-and-shut, black-and-white. There are no absolutes, only shades of gray. It’s up to us to determine the highest good based on our subjective conditioning, values, and life experiences.
So it’s good to know how to overwhelm magical resistance in others. Although, this knowledge can be dangerous in the hands of an unethical person and it is not a license to go cursing others with impunity. I don’t believe in new-age concepts of karma and Law of Return, but I do believe that what goes around comes around because what we do defines our character. And character is destiny.
* A crafty sorcerer will also include elements that drain a person’s inner resistance to make the resistance collapse more quickly.