"...it's not scientifically proven..."
"It's too rpgish!"
"It affects my life in a negative manner..."
"It's too hard!"
I've been hearing it for many, many years. Almost EVERY vamp goes through
it at some point. -- They TRY to QUIT being a vampyre. I understand how
it goes. I've even tried it myself, for a number of years. So, what do
I tell Vampyres who come to me and say they are not going to be a vampyre
anymore? I tell them the same thing I tell people who want to know if
they NEED blood. I tell them to go ahead and try. Why do I tell them that?
In my experience, if you are a non-vamp and want to try blood, a rare
steak will NOT do anyone any harm. (It's what I always recommend new vamps
to try FIRST.) Literally MILLIONS of people like their steaks rare and
bleu [French for "bloody"] rare, -- not all of them are vampyres,
-- and I don't know of anyone who has become ill from eating a good rare
steak from an inspected source. If the person is NOT a vampyre it will
not do them any harm, nor will it do them any vampyric good; if the person
IS a vampyre, they often know right away if it helps them.
The same applies to NOT drinking blood, or trying to STOP being a vampyre.
If they are NOT a real vampyre, a person SHOULD be able to walk away from
blood drinking and not look back. If the person really IS a vampyre, they
will know within a few months if they actually NEED blood to be healthy.
If they are FINE without blood, chances are they are not and never really
were a Sanguine Vampyre.
If you are going through this phase, my advice to you is:
- TRY abstinence.
- Watch for any and all signs of becoming emotionally unstable.
- Watch for any and all signs of becoming physically weak, constantly
sick or apathetic.
IF you don't have any trouble with leaving it all behind, and remain
healthy, happy and stable, RUN as far away from the vamp communities as
you can and stay away. You do not need the OVC if you are NOT a vampyre.
Feel free to find a place you really DO belong!
If, on the other hand, you find yourself becoming apathetic, extremely
ill, raging over a thirst you cannot cure with water -- GO SEE A DOCTOR.
If the Doctor cannot help you, go back to trying rare steaks and see if
you feel better in a week.
There is a great deal more to Sanguinarian Vampyrism than just the need
for Blood. Unfortunately it's the need for blood that tends to make our
lives unnecessarily difficult.
If you find you NEED blood, and it is creating difficulties in your life,
I stongly suggest that you take up loving bleu rare steaks. Some people
are grossed out by rare steak, but most people realize that it is not
abnormal to like them. As a waitress for many years, rare steak was the
2nd most popular way to order a steak cooked. The first is medium-rare.
Family and friends are very unlikely to abuse you much, or think it terribly
odd if you develop a taste for getting your blood this way. No, it's not
the way we crave it, but it IS an easy way to deal with being a vampyre,
when a need for blood causes difficulties for a vampyre with friends
and or family.
No responsible person in the vamp communities will ever encourage a NON-VAMP
to think or believe they are Sanguine if the person in question believes
they are NOT a Vampyre. If Anyone TRIES to push the belief that you are
a vampyre ON you, leave the community immediately. The things that are
good and healthy and applicable to vampyres are often NOT good or applicable
for a non-vamp and thus "playing vampyre" can do you more harm
than good both physically AND mentally.
Balance comes when a person, ANY PERSON, accepts who and what they truly
are. Very little good comes from trying to be someone or something you
Sometimes it takes YEARS to come to terms with, and come to understand,
what it means to truly BE vampyric. For those of us who are, it takes
patience, and a lot of trial and error. Don't worry! IF you ARE a vampyre,
it will not go away. If you ARE NOT a vampyre it was never really there
in the first place and you will never go through the stages and changes
that real sanguine vampyres have to deal with.
Be patient with yourself. You have your whole life ahead of you to figure
it all out. Hopefully, by then, the Community will have even better help
and information than it does now, since research into vampyrism is ongoing.
We are the first generation to really keep records of what we are and
what kind of changes we go through. We are learning more about our state
of being EVERYDAY. Hopefully a time will come when we will have answers
for everyone. Till then, we'll just continue to muddle through it together.
From Practical Vampyrism for Modern Vampires ©
By Lady CG
Smoke and Mirrors Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reprinted by LesVampires.org with permission from the author.