Are curses real? Yes. No. Maybe. People are divided on the issue. The answer may not be straightforward.
In this article, I would like to examine the argument built on the basis of psychokinesis, also known as telekinesis. The argument is that, if psychokinesis works, it is possible to affect human beings, even negatively.
By definition, psychokinesis is a mental ability to directly influence another person, object or event without any known physical medium. The most simple example is the mental influence over a spinning coin on the table to lend on the desired side. Of course, the most impressive example is the levitation of objects or people. Although few people have actually claimed to have levitated objects or people, many of them do claim that they can make the coin fall on the desired side.
There is scientific evidence to suggest that psychokinesis is a real phenomenon. For instance, Dr. Robert G. Jahn at Princeton University has spent 25 years studying psychokinesis and found positive results. His experiments involved Random Event Generator Machines. The machine randomly generated numbers and the subjects’ job was to influence the upcoming number. Individually, his experiments were not impressive or statistically significant. However, his massive research of 25 years, altogether, has generated significant results.
The argument is that, if it is true that people can influence things with the power of their minds, then, they can influence people, too. This seems to be true in the case of positive, healing powers. Several studies have shown that sick people who are prayed for spend less time in hospitals and revisit the doctor or hospital less often. Therefore, positive influence on people seem to work.
Can people negatively be influenced then? Despite all the Hollywood horror movies on Woodoo dolls and belief in curses, this is probably the least studied subject material in the world. However, here is one theory on curses that makes perfect sense. Belief is essential when it comes to influencing people. It matters what the person’s basic belief is, not just the person’s belief who is trying to influence the other person but also the person being influenced. It seems that, if the person being influenced does not believe in supernatural forces, curses or superstitions, he or she immune from curses. Why? The person seems to subconsciously reject the use of any non-physical force by refusing to believe in it.
On the other hand, as some spiritualists argue, a person who is afraid of being cursed or feels guilty about a situation will easily accept negative influences from others. If one is open to the idea of being cursed, the subconscious mind seems to allow that curse to take place. In fact, the person may attract negative influences by the act of believing in them. Has anyone heard of accident prone people who are not only clumsy, but also get into accidents that are not of their own fault? This is the philosophical position I also argued for in my first fiction book, The Curse.
So, should everyone be sceptical about curses to effectively defend him or herself? Of course not. There is another way to be safe. It is possible to remain safe simply by positive thinking. The positively wired mind that expects and accepts the best case scenarios in life is unaffected by curses.
But, remember, the theory is that, by the metaphysical law of return, the sender will receive the negative energy back multiple times! Basically, karma is a b****!