Are Curses Real?

A small portion of the inquiries I receive are from distressed visitors, who are convinced someone has cursed them because they’ve had a series of unfortunate events happen to them recently. In this article, I want to talk about what curses really are and how they can happen.

Are curses even real? Or are you just paranoid?

First of all, yes, curses are real. People do place them on one another (although it is fairly rare and nowhere near as scary as people tend to think).

In this article, I will talk about some common scenarios of how curses get placed.

What are curses and how do people place them?

Have you ever felt so angry or mistreated by someone that you wanted some kind of revenge? In our darkest moments, we can utter words like ‘I hope he suffers like I have’. Any time we wish ill on another person and when we put energy and emotion behind it (even if it’s only in that moment), that is curse energy.

Creating curses isn’t rare. After all, people get in conflict with one another, hate one another, have moments of anger and get resentful about things that happen. Curse energy goes out to people. That’s no big deal.

But here’s when it starts to affect people…

…When the person who has been cursed decides to take on that curse energy into their energy field.

That doesn’t happen that often, but it can happen in one of two ways:

1. When the cursed person feels they deserve the curse because they feel guilty about something.

Here’s an example: let’s say Mary is dating a guy called Rob. They have been in a relationship for six months and Mary is crazy about Rob and Rob seems to be crazy about her. She is convinced that she has found ‘the one’. He seems to feel the same way. Then a few months later by chance she finds out he already has a fiancée and has had one the whole time they were seeing each other. She is gutted, but above all, angry that he deceived her.

Rob is a bit of a ratbag so although he feels a bit guilty, he doesn’t do much to say sorry. He just disappears off the scene, which makes Mary even angrier. She wants revenge. At her angriest, Mary wishes Rob a very unhappy married life with his fiancée.

Rob feels guilty that he deceived Mary and that he never really apologized to her, and on an unconscious level, accepts the energy of that curse into his energy field.

If he’s very sensitive or perceptive, he may actually have some conscious awareness of having taken the angry curse energy from Mary somehow. He may notice it weighing on him.

His sense of guilt and responsibility for her anger acts as a receptor for the curse energy she sent him.

So that’s one common scenario for curses. There is one more receptor for real curse energy and that is fear.

2. When someone is really scared

Let me give you an example of this:

Let’s say Mary joins an evangelical church that is very controlling. The people in the church want to dictate how she dresses, who she spends time with, the work she does. It’s all a bit cultish. She decides it is not for her and she is going to leave. The people in the church attempt to keep her in their church, saying that God is angry with her and that she needs to do as they say (this is a true story and actually happened to me.)

The next bit is not a true story though… 🙂

Let’s say even though Mary is really scared. She decides not to have anything to do with the church again and ignores their calls and invitations. One of them gets angry and asks God to curse her for her sins. God doesn’t oblige so he goes ahead and curses her himself. Mary is at a real all-time low in her life – she is scared of these people, she is vulnerable and her defences are down. She has a panic attack. That fear acts as a receptor for the curse energy because she doesn’t have much control over her own energy field at that moment. The curse energy attaches to her simply because she believes it has real power over her.

That is really the key here – curses can only affect you if you believe they can OR if you believe you deserve the curse.

BUT the thing to remember about curses is that they don’t really affect you in the way the person intended. No-one can ruin your life through a curse or make bad things to happen to you. If you do receive curse energy, it usually just makes you aware that the other person hates you or is angry with you. 

When You Are Probably Not Cursed

Sometimes people write to me because a ‘psychic’ has told them that they have been cursed and that they need to pay a fee to remove it. This happens a lot online, especially when free readings are advertised – you hand over your email address and the person gives you a general cold reading that is sent out to everyone. You think it might be real. Then the intuitive starts to harass you day after day, telling you that you’re cursed and for $50 they’ll remove the curse. These ‘psychics’ are scammers. This has happened to me online several years ago (I got hounded every day by a psychic who wanted to convince me I was cursed) and it’s what often happens when you enter your email address into a form for a free reading.

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I’ve written more about curses here:

And if you would like more advice on choosing a reputable psychic, check out this article: 4 Tips for Choosing an Intuitive.

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  1. Kate

    I left my marriage for another man. I didn’t handle it right and in retrospect needed an out, but I still felt guilty. I always felt that someone was sending me bad vibes, and after quite a few years my ex told me that he had put in a lot of energy resenting me and wishing me doom and gloom.

  2. Sherry Andrea

    Great article! Thoughts have real power. It’s too bad that there are still a lot of psychic’s out there that try to make money by instilling fear in people. If someone came to me and needed my help, helping them comes first and then I always feel like I don’t have to worry about money…God will look out for me in that department and he always does. Thanks for a great blog…I always find really good articles every time I come for a visit. 🙂

  3. Ryan

    It’s nice to find a quality blog post. I really enjoy lots of the articles on your website.

  4. Jonny

    the first example on how u get a cursed is alot like my situation. i left a girl who was crazy for me. it was really for no reason other than my own selfishness. it wasn’t till a few months later that i realized that i hurt her so deeply. i was horrified of what i did to her and felt so bad. and that was the begging of my slow downfall. Now the type of bad luck i have is ridiculous and after reading this article i am convinced it has happened to me. what do i do? i seriously need help. if this is true how to i get rid of it?

  5. Leighannablack

    Now what if one has uttered something to them self a curse so to speak. And has seen results. How does one remove curses they have placed on others?? Im a very spirtual person. Been told im psychic that im a healer. Not sure about all that now, just know im not what most call normal.

  6. Eric

    Could I be cursed….i have very bad luck .seems like something bad is always happwning to me…this has been going on for years..why is my life like this .its a ruff way to live do u have any advice that could help me please …..
    Thank u…eric merrifield

  7. Rich

    I saw a psychic one time that seemed kind of sketchy. The first time I saw her I only paid her $20 for 20 min. After that was up she said she had a lot more to tell me if I gave her more money. So I paid her $70. Then she gave me this candle and told me to write my name on it and burn it at night and after that she would tell me what I wanted to know. So I did and the next time I went to see her she said she need like $100 more or something and I told her I wasn’t going to pay her anymore. So a few days later I got this really strange itchy rash that seemed to come from no where and lasted for almost a week. I always thought that it came from this psychic lady cursing me.

  8. barb

    I was just reading your website here focusing on curses.
    I feel like i do not have a right to make money,reason being i feel someone or thing has put this curse on me.
    I would like to be able to identify more with this and remove this block.
    I would more than appreciate your input and help on this.

  9. Mary Hehl

    I believe in curses. I had a necklace that had brought pain, suffering, and depression. I have survived 4 pretty bad car accidents, a bad relationship to someone I really loved, a miscarriage, couldn’t get into nursing school, couldn’t find a job after I got my CNA, and I got into an abusive relationship with someone.
    I don’t why this necklace was cursed or who cursed it, but nobody should ever wish anything like that on anybody. Life is already tough enough let alone throwing things into the mix to make it harder. It came from my step mom and I still wonder who cursed it or gave it to her.

    • Anna

      Hi Mary, I don’t believe that an object can have that much power over a person or make things happen to us. If we think like that it absolves us of our responsibility for what we’re choosing. Some of the tough experiences that happen to us occur for learning purposes too.

  10. Rach

    I found this site while googling “are curses real. ?” And I know I’ve experienced competitive environments, being out in the public and these situations invoke cursing. Actors or famous people have to be careful when they parade their talents before the masses. You have to be stable. A few times I was betrayed and thought of simply reversing the energy but even when you feel justified to do this- it’s dangerous. …And recently after a relationship breakup I felt the need to look over my shoulder …

  11. Renee

    My neighbor was talking about cursing someone last night. It scared me which is why i googled are curses really real and that’s how I found this.
    It has opened my eyes. I have felt like my own family have placed curses on me. Curses of me not to marry, have friends, success etc. I didn’t realise that because of their imposed guilt on me like their mistreatment was my fault, I have let curses happen to me unconsciously because I felt guilty for going no contact with them. Also the same thing with the church. I went to hillsong for 12 years and I pretty much have had nothing to do with the church since but I do remember them all preaching saying if we leave the church God will bring about bad circumstances so that we will need him and ultimately have to go back to church. This shit has my life is a spin. From the guilt of the family to the fear of leaving church no wonder bad shit happens and I am getting what I don’t want instead of what I do want. How do we get free from this bullshit guilt and fear so that these curses have no more power?

  12. Torre McGregor Frasier

    I moved into a different house 5 years ago. One month after moving in I became very ill for a year and a half. When that was finally gone, I fell off a 2 step ladder and severely fractured my wrist. When I fell I flew about 5 ft and stopped only because I slammed into a wall. Much later I was in that very same spot and fell off the ladder again. That area is still unpainted. To summarize, since I’ve lived here, the entire time I have been either very ill or injured. I have developed so many illnesses I have to keep a list because I can’t remember them all. I have fallen through cement steps, fallen up & down stairs more than imaginable, my relationship with anyone no longer exists, I’m broke financially, the latest 2 things, that same ladder slipped from under me and I ended up with 3 fractured ribs. Now I need to move and that in itself is another story. I do a lot of research though don’t know how to change this. Things just keep getting worse

  13. Krish

    I’m very thankful to you for this article. I was in a serious relationship for the last four years. I was very sincere to him. He promised me that he will marry me. At last he threw me out without any reason. I was so depressed and attempts to suicide. All these happened because of him. Along with me my family suffered a lot. After this I cursed him with all my energy. I want him not to lead a happy married life. I want this to happen and now I believe he will never be happy again by reading this.

  14. stacie

    Hello, thanks for putting out this post, I always enjoy reading your newsletters, too!

    I have a question. There is a person that keeps telling me that my husband and I are cursed and this curse is blocking our financial abundance and it will eventually lead to health problems in my husband. Financially we are not in a very good condition, which makes me wonder if its true. This person says we need to do some tantric yoga and identify who is causing it, but the description this person gave me is nobody that I know, therefore I cannot identify anyone that would be causing this curse. But this person says until we identify the person and remove it, our finances are blocked. Is this kind of thing real? What advice could you give in a situation like this? Thanks again!

  15. bj

    I have a concern.
    Recently one friend of mine was going through some problems in her life. I was very happy about her misery and I wished her more bad things to happen. Now I am feeling guilty and scared that due to my bad wish for her will affect her. Is it possible that my negative thinking will cause harm to her and I will be responsible for that.
    Please help me.
    Thank you.


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