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What Is The Evil Eye &

How Does It Work?

by Lawren Leo

Shiviti Amulet.  Used for protection from harm, c. 18th century.

Many people have asked me what the evil eye is and how I remove it. With roots in Mediterranean folklore, there are various ways to do this. After more than twenty years of esoteric study, I am now honored to be the recipient of a particular method passed down to me from my mentor and great friend
“Mother” Mary Glomb.  Utilizing all five elements – fire, water, air, earth, and spirit – it is a powerful technique and can be used to remedy obstacles in every area of your life, including health, career and love.

 Its potency, however, is not only the words of the ritual. They can be found easily enough. The force, however, lies in the power of tradition:  passing it on, keeping it alive, and always hiding its true secret. Knowledge, experience and purpose also play an important role.

The word ‘evil’ can sound frightening.  It exists in the term ‘evil eye’ because it exists in the world.  The word ‘evil’ is not what should concern you. It is the purpose of the spiritualist who removes the evil eye that should always be in question. My purpose is to heal and to bring peace of mind. Removing the evil eye “with harm to none” is where I begin.

This is accomplished by banishing it into the earth where it is recycled. The evil eye removal should not send negative energy back toward others.  Evil or negativity is energy, and energy cannot be destroyed, only banished from one place to another.  Once banished, the cycle of negativity is temporarily corrected.  For, just as in nature, another cycle will surely begin. Now you can start with a clean slate and begin learning how to use your sixth sense to become aware of others’ thoughts and feelings towards you.

Each of us makes our way through life bombarded by other peoples’ thoughts or energy patterns.  Some of these energies are subtle and some are quite strong.  Because thoughts are usually motivated and propelled by emotions, they can range anywhere from love to lust, from hatred to jealousy.  While my overall experience has so far been good, I remain a realist.  In this vast sea called life, sharks do exist.  So how do we protect ourselves?

Manipulating our personal energy fields and controlling our own emotions are the best places to start. Most Western minds, however, find it difficult to meditate with enough force to make more than a mild psychic change within their aura. This still leaves you open to predators.

Listening to guided visualizations, practicing yoga and meditation or any discipline that involves clearing the mind will remedy this situation. But remember, these aids are called ‘disciplines’ for a reason. Choose one and practice it faithfully. After a long enough period of time you may notice subtle progress. In the meantime, do not be afraid to seek help from someone who knows how to remove the evil eye.

So just what is the evil eye? The evil eye is a thought or thoughts emanating from a negative emotion in one person and sent either willfully or unintentionally to another person.  In folklore this emanation was believed to have been transmitted via the eyes.  Although jealousy is the most common motive behind the evil eye it can also stem from anger, resentment, fear or - worst of all - pure hatred. The range of human emotions is complex. Following are some examples of what I call the passive and the aggressive forms of the evil eye.

The passive evil eye transfers from one person to another without intent and happens all the time. Depending on the level of intuition or how psychic the recipient may be, it can end up causing obstacles. The passive evil eye is transmitted by someone suffering from depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and/or any mental or emotional un-wellness. It happens in a seemingly harmless fashion. After being around someone in this state, you may feel deflated or let down. If you are in a vulnerable state, it may take you days to recover or raise your vibrational state back to its original level.

Amulet.  Used to ward off evil eye, circa. 18th Century.

We all experience mental or emotional distress at any given time. Being strong in the midst of another’s distress is the key in this situation. How many of us can admit to truly being strong in the face of a chronic negative environment? Coming home to someone who suffers from untreated, clinical depression can bring you down and deteriorate your quality of life. Removing the evil eye can help.

The aggressive evil eye is passed from one person to another willfully and with evil intent.  The most common situation is being in the company of a hidden enemy who wishes evil towards you because of jealousy, anger or any other number of irrationally justified reasons.  You may find yourself ill with a headache, stomach upset and/or fall prey to accidents and mishaps. Keep in mind that the person who sends this negativity your way may not actually be an enemy, but someone who just cannot control their own emotions. This harmful energy can be substantial enough to make its way through one or more of your chakras or astral nerve centers, as they are called by Israel Regardie (1907-1985). Once this happens, it is as critical to remove the evil eye as it is to remove a bullet in order for the wound to heal without infection.

Another form of the aggressive evil eye is willful psychic attack, curses and/or black magic. This occurs very rarely. A true practitioner of the arts is well aware of karmic law - what you put out there is what you are going to get back – times three; and, will usually not want to incur such wrath. But, if this is the case, removing the evil eye will disperse the attack depending on the strength of the spiritualist removing it for you.

Once the evil eye is removed you should have a sense of freedom, comfort and overall relief. Reiki, massage, chakra balancing and other holistic modalities will help maintain this positive energy and keep your aura healthy and strong. This, in turn, will allow for more creativity to flow and allow for peace of mind.

Seek inner strength!
Meditate every day!
Enflame yourself with prayer!
Stay strong in the face of adversity!


Lawren Leo


For further reading in New Moon Books, Crystals & Candles, Inc.'s library I suggest:

Psychic Self-Defense, by Dion Fortune (Weiser Books)
Italian Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi (Llewellyn Worldwide)
Spiritual Cleansing: A Handbook of Psychic Protection, by Draja Mickaharic (Weiser Books)
The Witch's Shield, by Christopher Penczak (Llewellyn Worldwide)
The Tree Of Life, by Israel Regardie (Llewellyn Worldwide)

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