BlackLight - Les Vampires

Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions

Define vampire and vampirism.
One who has a need to supplement his or her energies by feeding from other, usually human sources. This hunger rises as a natural part of how the vampire is subtly formed. Not feeding won't necessarily kill a vampire, but I think it can happen and is attributed to secondary symptoms. For someone who is a vampire to flourish and fully unfold as him or herself they must feed. There are lifestyle preferences and tastes that vampires are more inclined towards than non-vampires but the presence or absence of any one of them isn't a marker of being a vampire. I think vampirism is a spiritual condition as well, a dharma. There are diverse theories on the whys and hows of vampires being on earth but here vampires are also human beings molded in the same matrix as every other homo sapien--though the vampire's place in consensual reality is a tad more ambiguous than most. Some un-bodied vampiric entities exist was well. Being an Energy Thief is as morally neutral as being a lion is. Every mode of being has a range of possibilities from degraded to sublime. We do what our nature draws us to do.
I also believe vampires have a number of traits, adaptations that facilitate them doing what they do. Not all vampires are seductive in the obvious way but most of them have some type of enhanced "people skills". The psi abilities of vampires are usually kinds geared towards connecting.

Would you define vampires as human or non-human?
Biologically I believe vampires are human. I've never seen credible evidence to the contrary. I believe vampires differ significantly from non-vampires in the architecture of their subtle energy bodies. "Spiritually" I also think vampires and humans may be on slightly different parallel paths.

Do you believe that there's more than one kind vampire? If so, what do you think those kinds are and what defines them?
I believe that vampires are one thing that has taken on different adaptations. These are determined by individual circumstances and inclinations though some vampires are so sharply specialised that they do seem to *be* rather than practice a particular type of vampirism.

Section 2 : Traits

Do you believe vampires are born, made, or some of each?
I believe vampires are born as such. I don't think any random person can be turned into a vampire but that it is possible for someone who already has the inclination latent in them to be pushed into full awakening to it by another vampire or some other precipitating event. I believe the physical self is formed around the subtle or spiritual self and vampires were inevitably slated to be vampires from before birth.

Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
See above. A normal person might acquire a vampiric hunger if the subjected to the right kind of pressure but when equalibrium is restored they'd revert their norm. I don't believe vampires can turn people at will.

If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
For a normal person to truly be made into a vampire they'd have to be altered on a very deep level. Just draining the person for instance wouldn't accomplish it. There are those who say it can be done to someone by way of magic or that someone might become a vampire by their own efforts if they knocked on the right--or wrong--doors. It still comes down to if the change would be permanent. I'm skeptical but would like to see such an operation.

Do you think there are certain traits that all vampires share. What are they? If a self-proclaimed vampire doesn't exhibit these traits how would you classify them?
No absolute ones. I think there's a syndrome of sorts that many vampires share that includes heightened photosensitivity, enhanced night vision as well as other physical abilities, higher than average psychic sensitivity and intelligence and possibly charisma. And another cluster of symptoms that will manifest if the vampire isn't fed that includes pain, especially headaches, gastric sensitivity, mood swings, diminished vitality, inability to concentrate and obsession. I believe some vampires can be atypical and not manifest some or even all of these traits, but very rarely the latter. The ratio of vampires to proclaimed vampires is small and I'd be skeptical if someone didn't have a certain number of the usual vamp traits. In face to face situations I'd just look at them, I can almost always tell.

Section 3 : Sang~Psi~Self-Perception

How do you know you're a vampire, or if you're not, what would make you think someone else was one.
A good bout of hunger will keep you in pain til you do something about it and leave you disinclined to debate if its real. That's entirely subjective but then it's not like I have any interest in advocating the existence of vampires to non-believers.

If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?
I say it's 'chi' as a default term but it's not completely satisfactory; too clinical perhaps. So it's back to saying its the lifestuff that's everywhere that manifest reality is, flowing through all planes and coalescing intricately around living beings sustaining them, and fortunately for the vampire forming nodes he or she can then tap to enhance their own energy.

Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?
Yes. I believe there are many finer modes of perception than the five senses well as other abilities that are veiled for the most part. Everyone, vampire and not, has at least the potential to utilise them. I think vamps generally have more awareness of their psi talents than average people. Vampires traffic in subtle energies the average person is oblivious to. That makes dealing with the psionic a regular part of their lives and encourages an openness to other psi possibilities. But every creature's awareness becomes more refined as they evolve. It can be seen in terms of unlocking ones own possibilities.

Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?
Do you beleive that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?
Its the donor's energies rather than the blood substance that feeds the vampire. If they can get sufficient without blood, then they don't need to have it. I didn't discover the possibilities in blood til after my first couple of years during which I fed without it. Consuming, when I did do so, was intensely satisfying, much more so than psi. All the senses quicken, it's like breathing pure oxygen.

Section 4 : Spiritual and Social

Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
The chaos metaparadigm comes close to describing my overall attitude towards things spritual. I'm particularly drawn to vajrayana and dzogchen and dabble in a mixed bag of western traditions.

Does your spirituality or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?
I don't feel vampirism has much to do with religion except sometimes in a negative way. Some religions hold beliefs that paint vampires as sinful or worse.

Do you believe in physical immortality, and if so can vampires be immortal? What about spiritual immortality?
Not absolute immortality, all composite things being subject to change. I'm open to the possibility of extended life and of enhanced physical well being. But I don't believe that just having the V-trait in itself extends lifespan.
Spiritual immortality-I believe we live on past our physical selves but if it can be called immortality is debatable. Considering how different an individual is at 16 and 60 and extending the changes over many lifetimes; the question of if it's the same "I" gets very murky. Rather than saying that my spirit is immortal I'd be more inclined to say that there's a casual connection between me now and what I was manifesting as in the past, and that whatever I am in future time will arise out of my present self.

What do you think would be the ideal relationships between vampires and society? What do you see the real relationship between vampires and society as being?
I like the current arrangement--an underground culture consisting of vampires and people who are inclined to be sympathetic. I think its a bad idea to force society to reconsider the existence of vampires, better to be considered "eccentric" and better still to not be considered at all.

Do you think there should be an overall community or organisation for all vampires? If so how should it be structured? If not, why not?
I don't like the idea of Vampire Central. I distrust politicians of all kinds and if such an organisation ever formed, given the nature of vampires and of politicians I can't see any good coming from it.