The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
Matthew 6:22-23 KJV
Here’s something you don’t hear everyday; beware the evil eye! You may think I’m kidding, but Malocchio, otherwise known as the evil eye, is real – and it’s deeply imbedded in popular culture. It’s not something North Americans think much about – but they’re the exception. Malocchio, also known as the fat eye or evil eye, has been mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts as well as the Bible and Koran. In fact, according to folklorist John Roberts, over 40% of the world’s cultures, past and present, have believed – or continue to believe – in some form of the evil eye.
What Heinrich Had to Say?
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, a nobleman born in Cologne in 1486, wrote in his masterwork “The Occult Philosophy of Magic”, “Malocchio is a force that starts from the spirit of the fascinator, enters the eyes of the fascinate, and comes up to his heart; the spirit is, therefore, the instrument of fascination.”
Although a bit vague on details, Heinrich’s description of Malocchio expresses at least three of its essential properties.
1: The evil eye is projected from the spirit of the fascinator (the perpetrator’s subtle field of energy and consciousness) through their eyes. 2: The power of the evil eye derives primarily from the spirit (one or more non-physical beings integrated into the perpetrator’s subtle field). 3: The distorted fields cast by the evil eye interfere with the normal functions of the victim’s subtle field (humans are inter-dimensional beings who exist simultaneously in a multiverse of physical and non-physical dimensions).
From what Heinrich wrote, it’s evident that, to understand Malocchio, a person must expand their world view to include non-physical dimensions and the influence of non-physical beings and distorted fields of subtle energy in human affairs.
For some people, that’s a no brainer because they recognize intuitively that humans live in a multiverse teeming with life on all physical and non-physical dimensions.
Later in this article, I will explain the metaphysics of Malocchio in greater detail and how non-physical beings and distorted fields can influence people. For now, however, I would like to continue with a little more background.
The Proof is in the Pudding
The description of the evil eye and its effects has been remarkably consistent throughout recorded history. Even cultures separated by time and space have recognized that the evil eye has enormous negative power – and the potential to affect its victim for years.
Jealousy and envy are the most common motives for casting the evil eye. The perpetrator need not be conscious of their power or the negative effects of the evil eye to cast it either. All they must do is gaze at another person while they’re attached to feelings of envy, jealousy or some combination of resentment and contempt.
A Slavic folktale relates the story of a father afflicted with the evil eye who blinded himself in order to avoid injuring his own children accidently.
Hindu mystics and Islamic shamans and Imams hold these traditional views to be self-evident. Even Mohammed weighed in on the issue. In Shahih Muslim, Book 26, he warns about the dangers of the evil eye and says that one must take a bath in order to counteract the effects.
It’s a common belief that babies and children are especially vulnerable to injuries caused by the evil eye, and in many countries, including Greece, Romania, and India, praising a child publicly is considered taboo because the compliment can draw the attention of the evil eye.
Hindus teach that an individual is most vulnerable to the threat of the evil eye when they experience major life changes, such as ego development and puberty. They also believe that animals, such as snakes, are capable of casting the evil eye.
An Ounce of Prevention
Actions taken by people, in diverse cultures, to avoid the evil eye have varied. In southern Europe and the Near East, people began to wear amulets and jewelry with the evil eye symbol incorporated into them. If an individual wore one, it was believed the evil eye would be reflected back to the person casting it – along with the negativity associated with it.
Another measure that has been used to deflect the evil eye is the eye charm. Parents, particularly in Greece, pin them on walls doors and even baby blankets to safeguard their homes and children.
In some Asian and African societies, it’s believed that a person who casts the evil eye can also steal a person’s soul when their mouth is open – which is why eating in public is scrupulously avoided.
The Oil Ritual
In her online article “Xematiasma: Getting Rid of the Evil Eye,” Amber Charmei describes how her grandmother dealt with the evil eye.
“There’s no drama or mystery. She doesn’t put on a turban, or anything like that. In fact, she doesn’t even shut off the TV. She gets out a glass – usually a champagne glass. … Then, from under the sink, she takes the 1.5 liter recycled Fanta bottle of olive oil from her village in Crete and fills a teaspoon with it.
I sit, and she sits or stands next to me, making the sign of the cross with the spoon full of oil over the glass, while saying a barely audible incantation under her breath. … Then she traces the sign of the cross with the spoonful of oil next to my temple. I can feel a kind of lightness, like something burdensome is leaving out of that side of my head. We’re almost done now.
The last part of the ritual is sort of a proof. She dips her finger into the oil and lets a drop fall into the water. It spreads over the surface and vanishes. She does it a second time, and then a third. The oil is not pooling. It has spread to form a barely perceptible skin across the surface of the water. I yawn, and she yawns. We both yawn several times more, as though something is being released. This, coupled with the way the oil is behaving, indicate I was under the influence of the evil eye. I take a drop of the oil lightly with my fingertip and spread it on my lips. Then I take three sips from the glass. None of the water, powerful with the strength of the incantation, should be wasted; if I can’t drink it all, I should water the plants with the rest. I drain the glass, just to be safe.”
The Truth About the Evil Eye
Although many superstitions based on folklore have a tenuous foundation in reality, the evil eye isn’t one of them. Malocchio is real, and its impact on a person victimized by it, especially if it’s a child, can last a lifetime. This is not to say that the mythology surrounding the evil eye is true in all cases. Much of it is the product of tradition, and many of the methods to heal it are ineffective or even counterproductive. Whether the oil ritual is effective is something you’ll have to judge for yourself.
In any case, to fully understand the mechanics of the evil eye and how it can afflict a human being, it’s necessary to begin with the principle of correspondence, one of the seven Hermetic principles that govern energetic interactions in the physical and subtle worlds of energy and consciousness.
The principle of correspondence states, ‘As above, so below; as below, so above. As within, so without; as without, so within.’ By applying the principle to energetic interactions between living beings, two things become abundantly clear. If human beings have organs in their physical body that allow them to interact with creatures living in the physical universe, they must have organs in their subtle body that allow them to interact with creatures, in the non-physical universe – and if there are creatures in the physical universe that will actively harm humans when given the opportunity, there must be creatures in the non-physical universe that will do the same.
The truth is that healers and spiritual adepts have learned from direct experience that there are denizens of the non-physical universe that can block human energy; there are others that are parasitic or antagonistic towards human beings and their evolution. If a human becomes attached to any of these negative entities – or, even worse, integrates them into their individual mind and ego – the entities and their distorted fields of subtle energy and consciousness that support them can be projected consciously or unconsciously at other people.
These projections can be casted from three centers of energy in the subtle field, the hands, feet and eyes. When they are cast from the eyes, the target will become the victim of the Malocchio. The intensity of the targets distress will depend on their receptivity, the type of non-physical beings involved and the strength of the distorted fields projected through the perpetrators eyes.
Avoiding the Evil Eye
People who are exceedingly receptive, have weak boundaries or a distorted relationship to Shakti have always been the most vulnerable to the evil eye.
Fortunately, the Hindu goddess Shakti continuously nourishes the subtle field of every human being – and provides them with the healing energy they need to overcome Malocchio. In the subtle field, healing energy takes the form of prana, chi and jing. In the following text, you will learn how to use Shakti’s energy, in the form of prana, along with a technique known as the Prana Box, to strengthen your subtle field and release the symptoms of the evil eye.
Healing the Evil Eye
To use the prana box and the prana that lies dormant in your subtle field to heal Malocchio, find a comfortable position with your back straight. Close your eyes next and breathe deeply through your nose for two to three minutes. When you’re ready to continue, assert, “It’s my intent to create a visual screen eight feet (two-and-a-half meters) in front of me.” Once the screen appears assert, “It’s my intent to visualize an image of myself on my visual screen.” Take a few moments to observe the image of yourself. Then assert, “It’s my intent to locate the most distorted intrusion in my subtle energy field that accompanied the evil eye.” The intrusion will look darker than the surrounding energy – and will feel negative or even alien to you; in some cases it may even move erratically. Once you’re satisfied by what you’ve seen and-or sensed, assert “It’s my intent to create a prana box that surrounds the intrusion.” As soon as the prana box appears assert, “It’s my intent to fill the prana box with prana and to release the intrusion in my prana box.” Don’t do anything after that; just wait! Your subtle field and the prana in your prana box will automatically release the intrusion.
As soon as the intrusion has been released, there will be a sense of relief which is often accompanied by a pop that indicates that the only thing that remains in your prana box is energy with universal qualities.
After you’ve released the intrusion, take ten minutes to enjoy the changes you experience. Then count from one to five and bring yourself out of the exercise.
It’s possible that more than one intrusion entered your field when you became the target of the evil eye. If that’s the case, you will have to repeat the exercise with each additional intrusion in order to overcome all the symptoms of Malocchio and return to a state of radiant good health.