Our bodies are created of 5 layers divided into 3 zones, the Sthool sharir ie the physical body the astral/ subtle body called the Sookshma sharir and the causal or the Karan sharir. All of us are consciously aware of our physical body and the material environment. Some of us are aware of the subtle energy body and the astral/ psychic energies which surround us. These energies are visible as aura or the shadows that we see at the corner of our eyes or as flashes of random lights, colors, tastes and even thoughts. And a rare few are also aware of the innermost layer of the body the Karan/ causal body.
Our subtle body is a very happening place. This energy body controlled by the Moon is very sensitive and it also provides us security and protection from the random energies floating around us. However this energy body can be attacked, pierced and openings created through which discordant energy can enter the body and cause damage (Chhaya-chhidra). This discordant energy is called the chhaya, the projection or the shadow of the attacker. Sometimes the subtle energy body is also called as a chhaya.
‘Evil eye’ is a generic term used for psychic attack. But the underlying mechanism is somewhat similar. Conscious negative beings are involved. There are several spirits, entities, conscious beings who are essentially noxious and who can cause energy imbalances to humans. If someone goes to areas where such spirits are active at certain particular times, then they can create openings, chhidra in his subtle energy shields and exploit him, this is the first possibility. (I am using the work chhidra or crack as this is exactly what the evil eye attack looks like on the astral levels.)
A second possibility is this. If someone’s horoscope shows Ketu’s involvement with the ascendant lord or the birth Moon and there is further affliction to the thought processes by malefics, such a person is an ideal host for these spirits. Menstruating women are also susceptible during the 5 days of the cycle, and so are young children. These people are more like involuntary hosts. These spirits attach themselves to his energy body again by creating cracks (chhidra). Now this person is capable of casting an evil eye on others because he has now become a tool for these negative energies. These spirits use his subtle body as a channel to further create cracks in others. In this process the host also shows typical symptoms of stress and exhaustion.
(I live in the Himalayas, there are wild and dangerous places still on these mountains. Here if someone falls ill, the villagers will first contact the village shaman, who will set right the person’s energy body and the illness also vanishes. If the shaman is genuine he will tell them that the problems are purely physical and then they will approach a medical professional. It might sound crazy to city-folks who have never seen spirits in action but this sort of cure happens quite frequently.)
There is a third possibility, there are such hateful people who actively call such negative beings to cause harm to others ‘black magicians’. This is negative karma and its repercussions are horrible for the one doing it but still they do it.
This overall process is commonly called ‘casting a shadow’ or putting the ‘evil eye’. The gaze is the commonest way of accessing other’s energies. And here ‘shadow’ means the ‘chhaya’ a projection which is used to send these energies to the other person.
The weak points of a person’s aura are linked to the weak planets of his horoscope. The physical body parts controlled by these planets are, as it is, quite weak so its quite easy to inflict damage on these parts. (Eg a client has leaky aura, his sole chakras leak energy. So as he sleeps he shivers internally intensely even if the room is warm. So the solution was to seal his sole chakras using Reiki every day. Taught him how to do it, it has worked for him.)
Am listing out some physical symptoms which the recipient of the evil eye might feel. I had listed out the astral symptoms in my earlier posts. These are the purely physical symptoms which all of us can observe. But do remember that these are also indicative of genuine medical conditions so do refer to a medical professional. It is only if you suffer from a symptom from each of these lists that it can be attributed to an evil eye attack.
The common symptoms is a type of headache, there is generally no pain just pressure migraine, an internal pressure, pressure on the forehead, pressure in the center of the head, sense organs can be affected.
Voice timbre and pitch may change. Choking sensations and loss of breath are quite possible, you might actually gasp for breath. You run to a doctor thinking you have got asthama but the doctor gives you an all-ok calls it a psychological condition and sends you away with a pat on the head.
Then nausea, stomach upsets, cramps, noxious farts, loose motions are very common as the body tries to expel the negative energies through this physical channel.
Muscles freezing, sprains and paralysis of muscles. (This had happened to me once, someone had poked a pin in a doll, right in the neck. I could feel the thing in my neck and ultimately had to go to a senior shaman to get rid of it.)
Tiredness, general fatigue, emotional swings, hysteria, misplaced outbursts of emotions, illogical arguments, going emotionally dead to someone you love deeply, depression and general hopelessness. (I have experienced this a few times. Once this was done by someone so strong that I couldn’t see it, finally my Devi had to come and tell me that someone had cut a goat over me and then I took remedial measures.)
Dreams are quite indicative during this period. Out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, unnecessary astral travel, dreaming of getting lost in mazes, dreaming huge water bodies in an overall scary dream, leaking water, dams breaking, floods, being chased by monster animals, dreaming that you are dying but not dead. If you are in the habit of noting down your dreams you can get important information on what is happening to you on the sub-conscious and conscious levels. These sort of casting shadow stuff always shows up in dreams.
Then in the material life, losing objects, forgetting things, finding it difficult to concentrate, facing obstacles in life, frustration, losses, isolation, violence, accidents are also possible.
Once this ‘casting the shadow’ or ‘evil eye’ attack happens, it turns into a vicious vortex as negative energies invite over even more negative entities further complicating the situation.
(One person I know suffered from an attack a few years ago. Atheist types, so no pujas and no consulting shamans. A year later he developed a particularly severe cancer. Then he started consulting several astrologers/ shamans who all gave him the same reply, the negativity has now percolated fully into the physical body, only hope is a life-long medical assistance.)
There are several ways to get rid of these energies. I have written about them in my several previous posts. Shielding, cleansing and grounding are the basic things which everyone should practice routinely. Recovering from the evil eye is an active process which you should take up with a strong intention.
But the essential thing is that these negative energies also have been created by the same Shiv/ Shakti duo. Thus pujas and mantra rituals for Shiv, Shakti are equally effective in getting rid of any negativity. This will also stop negative entities latching on to you or attacking you. These negative energies are a part of the universe we live in and they will always be there. Their nature is to attack and cause harm. The only thing you can and should do is improve your power. There are shamans and practitioners of ‘white magic’, genuine tantriks. The easiest way of keeping your energy shell intact is to do your regular spiritual practice. Self-defence is always the best strategy.