I read a few posts into this and decided I'd better respond before I have to go offline. As J said and you agreed, there is only energy. It's a tool.
Now sometimes hexes and curses can do a bit of a ricochet on you, that you have to watch out for, but none of this suffering massively due to a cast spell bit. Taint the way it is.
Hi Lynn, I totally get what you are saying and this discussion has been a big eye opener for me and clarified a lot of confusion within. Is there a way to watch out for the ricochet or protect oneself from it, or even prevent it? I would be very interested to know what you think if you don't mind sharing.