*PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES ON VAMPIRISM*
Sylvere ap Leanan - Real-Vampires Community Alliance
Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions
Define vampire and vampirism.
A person who experiences a deficiency in energy that cannot be attributed to any
known medical cause such as leukemia, lupus, hypoglycemia, porphyria, or
Epstein-Barr virus, nor is the result of engaging in magic(k)al practices to an
excessive degree, and which cannot be alleviated by typical methods including
eating a balanced diet, resting, and routine social contact with friends. This
deficiency can only be corrected by ingesting blood (typically human) or other
bodily fluids or absorbed through various meditative, spiritual, or "psychic"
practices. If left untreated, the deficiency leads to various physical effects
on the person's body, including but not limited to: migraine, extreme
photosensitivity, severe mood swings, lethargy, nausea, or a chronic feeling of
hunger or thirst that cannot be satisfied by food and drink.
Vampirism-The condition that causes the need for and/or the act of drawing out and
ingesting (human) bodily fluids for the purposes of gaining the living energy
they contain or absorbing that same energy through psychic and/or spiritual
means in order to maintain one's health at optimum levels. While one may engage
in vampiric practices, if the consistent need to do so to ensure good health is
not there, then the person is not a real vampire. The difference is subtle and
is often overlooked or misunderstood by those who are not truly vampires.
Would you define vampires as human or non-human?
Both. Our bodies are physically human. There is really no question of this.
There is absolutely no credible evidence to suggest that we harbor an unknown
virus, carry a genetic mutation, suffer from an enzyme deficiency, are missing
or have a flaw in certain mitochondria, or are the descendents of an ancient
subspecies of proto-humans that crossbred with modern humans or an alien race
that crossbred with prehistoric humans. We are normal and generally healthy
homo sapiens, end of story.
However, based on my personal spiritual philosophies, I believe that the soul of
a vampire is no longer "human." Either vampires were not human in the first
place and have incarnated into a human body in order to learn some spiritual
lesson or the soul has reached a stage of spiritual evolution that is a step
closer to reconnection with the Universal Soul than an average human. Because
of this spiritual "otherness," our human bodies are unable to adequately meet
our needs. In some cases, vampires simply use more psychic energy on a routine
basis. Others may lose energy similar to the way a faulty seal will allow air
to seep out of a tire.
Do you believe that there's more than one kind vampire? If so, what do you think those kinds are and what defines them?
All vampires require living energy. The only difference is the means by which
they acquire it. While some prefer or require blood as a focal point, others
are more adept at or have a preference for drawing the energy from other
sources. These may include but are not limited to: the ambient energy of a
large crowd, natural sources such as electrical storms or running water, the
intense emotional states of others nearby, sexual energy, or the energy of
artists in the process of performing or creating.
Section 2 : Traits
Do you believe vampires are born, made, or some of each?
All vampires are born as vampires. The state of the soul is what causes vampirism and that state is achieved prior to incarnation into a human body.
If the human body were more compatible with the higher state of the soul inhabiting it, the vampiric condition would probably not exist.
Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
Not in this lifetime. However, it is possible for anyone to achieve a state of
spiritual evolution that would create a vampiric condition if they inhabit a
human body in the next incarnation. To become a vampire in a single lifetime
would require an experience or series of experiences so intense and profound
that most humans would not be able to cope with the resultant trauma to the
psyche. I suppose that those who managed to do so without going insane might
then manifest vampirism but I find this highly unlikely
If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
No human who is not Other Souled at the time of birth can be made into a
vampire. However, it is certainly possible for that soul to be "sleeping" and
may, therefore, be Awakened. Most of the time, the Awakening process takes
place over many months or even years. However, it is possible for a single
emotionally or spiritually intense event to act as a catalyst to set that
process in motion. This "Catalytic Event" (CE) may appear to be the cause of
the changes to those who are not particularly self-aware. However, in a real
vampire, this appearance will prove inaccurate as the individual explores
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?
There is no specific set of symptoms, per se. The defining factor is the
persistent energy deficiency. If this is not present but the person greatly
enjoys the sight, taste, and smell of blood and is erotically aroused by it,
then I would classify them as a blood fetishist. If there is no energy
deficiency and no arousal, then the person is either suffering from delusions
and in need of help from a mental health professional, is simply a poser in
search of attention, or is attempting to manipulate the na´ve and gullible for
personal gain. It is also possible to exhibit a combination of these
I would say that the only trait shared by all vampires is an energy deficiency
that can neither be explained nor remedied by Western medicine. Many vampires
tend to exhibit similar tendencies toward photosensitivity, a nocturnal
circadian rhythm, an ageless appearance, and an unusually compelling and
charismatic presence. Some display greater psychic sensitivity or stronger
psychic ability than average. However, there is no set of defining features
beyond the inability to produce enough energy to meet the needs of the body
through the usual methods of balanced diet, rest, and recreation.
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.
Over the years, I've been tested for numerous ailments from diabetes to
hypothyroid, anemia to HIV. Other than a tendency toward low blood pressure and
borderline hypoglycemia, I'm as healthy as the proverbial horse. I have been to
counseling with a licensed mental health professional. While I do have Seasonal
Affective Disorder and trichotillomania, neither of these conditions accounts
for the often debilitating physical symptoms I experience when I have not fed.
These include but are not limited to: migraine including severe auditory
sensitivity, acute chronic fatigue, extreme photosensitivity, intolerance of
temperature extremes, and nausea. Upon absorbing psychic energy from another
person, these symptoms disappear. They recur in a cyclical manner, usually once
every 4 to 6 weeks, and worsen progressively the longer the interval between
feeding sessions. For others attempting to determine whether or not they are
vampires, I would recommend a similar program of medical testing, psychological
evaluation, and extended period of self-observation prior to drawing any
If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If
not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?
This energy is the living energy of the Cosmos. It has been described over the
centuries in various Eastern and indigenous philosophies as ki, chi, prana,
"spirit" or "breath." It is not the sort of energy studied by physicists;
rather it is the essence of the Universal Soul that is resident in all things
Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?
Yes, I have. While it is pleasant to taste, the energy contained in it is not the form of energy I require. Therefore, it had no effect other than being a
Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?
While I do believe that abilities currently termed "psychic" or "psionic" exist,
I don't believe they are intrinsic or exclusive to vampires. All humans are
capable of such abilities to a greater or lesser degree, barring any abnormality
of the brain. As for the source, the capabilities of the human brain and human
mind have yet to be fully explored and mapped. While I am not a neurologist and
cannot explain the exact processes involved, I anticipate that science will
eventually "discover" we have abilities that have been thought of as psychic or
magical for centuries and are actually perfectly normal for our species.
Do you believe that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?
Certainly not. The spiritual resonance of the energy found in blood cannot
sufficiently meet the needs of all vampires. Some of us require a higher
"frequency" or energy in a more pure state to attain any benefit from it.
Others simply choose to get the energy they need from other sources due to the
potentially serious health risks associated with drinking blood.
All vampires need to consume energy in order to enjoy optimum health. While a
vampire will not die from lack of feeding, s/he will experience detrimental
effects on health, extreme discomfort, and be an exceptionally unpleasant person
with whom to associate
Section 4 : Spiritual and Social
Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
I do not follow any particular religious path and am adamantly opposed to all
organized religions as fundamentally flawed and valuable only for purposes of
brain-washing and manipulating large groups of people by a handful of elite. My
spiritual philosophies bear strong similarities to the Smarti branch of Hinduism
although I do not consider myself a Hindu. I incorporate elements of Egyptian,
Judeo-Christian, Celtic, Native American, and Kabalistic spirituality combined
with personal revelation into my belief structure. At best, my beliefs are
described as "eclectic Paganism" for lack of more appropriate alternatives.
Does your spiritualiy or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?
Only insofar as my beliefs about the evolution of the soul and it's effect on
the human body serve to explain the "why" of vampirism. Vampirism is not a
religion in and of itself and being a vampire does not confer any special brand
of enlightenment. Vampires are not gods to be worshiped. Blood magic and the
spiritual paths that employ it are perfectly valid practices but should not be
confused with true vampirism.
Do you believe in physical immortality, and if so can vampires be immortal? What about spiritual immortality?
The idea of physical immortality at this stage in our technological development
is absurd. We are human; we age and die in normal human fashion. Perhaps at
some point our society will be technologically advanced enough to live
indefinitely but it will not be in our lifetimes. I may look younger than I am,
but I will still die at some point.
My views are difficult to convey in English so please bear with me.
The Universal Soul, of which we are all part, transcends the concepts of mortal
and immortal. It encompasses the totality of the universe and is beyond
existence and non-existence. Our individual souls are small parts of the
Universal Soul. As such, our souls also transcend the concepts of mortal and
immortal. We may incarnate into different bodies in different periods at any
point along several possible reality streams depending on what lessons we need
to learn to achieve the next phase of our spiritual evolution. When we reach a
certain point, we return to the god-head to share our experiences with the
To use an extremely simplistic analogy, drops of water (our individual souls)
evaporate from the ocean (the Universal Soul). When it rains, these drops fall
to Earth, forming tiny rivulets and streams that eventually merge to form larger
brooks and small rivers. These converge to form large rivers that eventually
flow back to the ocean. As the water travels, it picks up bits of soil,
minerals, vegetation, etc. and carries these back to join the other substances
brought by other drops of water from other places as they collect in the larger
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?
Vampires are physically human. However, for the purposes of the question, I
will refer to those who are not Other Souled and/or who do not know of or
understand the existence of vampires as "human" while "vampire" shall refer to
those of us who experience the energy deficiency I have described elsewhere in
Ideally, humans and vampires would peacefully coexist. Humans would not fear
vampires, view us as "sick" or delusional, or feel the need to "save" us via
religious dogma. Human society would afford us the same reasonable
accommodations in the workplace and other public areas as someone with a
disability; for example, flexible scheduling and 24-hour businesses, including
government or utility offices, to accommodate nocturnal circadian rhythms.
Vampires would also not need to fear losing spouses, children, jobs, homes, or
freedom as a result of being discovered by humans. Our energy needs and methods
of meeting them would be viewed as no more threatening than the special dietary
needs of vegetarians or people with diabetes.
In Reality-Sadly, the norm is for vampires to be feared, ridiculed, forcibly
institutionalized, and pressured to conform to societal expectations. Fearing
to "come out" to friends and family, vampires often experience a sense of
alienation, disenfranchisement, and disconnection from peers which can lead to
depression and an "us vs. them" attitude. Since we are hard-pressed to find
willing, healthy, and trustworthy donors, vampires must often starve or go for
long periods between feeding sessions, thus exacerbating the already detrimental
effects to health that comes with the energy deficiency.
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 think need is too strong a word. I do think a unified organization of
vampires would be beneficial to those who desire a sense of kinship or who have
no other support system. Ideally, such a society would be organized and managed
as a social club with local chapters and a board of executive directors to
handle financial, legal, and other business matters as well as to perform
routine evaluations of individual chapters.
Members would dedicate themselves to charitable service in local communities as
well as individual philosophical and spiritual growth. Chapter facilitators and
veteran members would act as mentors to newcomers, introducing them to the
policies, procedures, and ethical guidelines of the club as well as assist them
in locating resources, whether the resource is a healthy donor or esoteric
treatises for study and contemplation. Facilitators would also organize social
events and make members aware of opportunities to perform community service.
Examples of these might range from gathering in a local coffee house for
relaxing conversation to attending a theatrical performance, from donating money
to a fund to aid the Red Cross to volunteering to build a house with Habitat for
Membership requirements would have to be relatively simple since there is no
litmus test for determining how "real" a vampire might be. Commonalities in
philosophy combined with adherence to certain ethical standards seem
appropriate. This might be measured or verified by utilizing a variety of
methods such as membership applications, opinion polls, or sponsorships between
established members and potential applicants. Additionally, the organization
should be open to donors and other supportive individuals rather than excluding
those who are not specifically vampires. The possibility of a small, annual
membership fee is not out of the question in order to cover any administrative
costs. However, efforts to keep such expenses to a minimum should be considered
With all that being said, I must apply the following caveat:
There exists an unfortunate trend in our community to attempt to establish
various nations, houses, covens, etc. that incorporate a hierarchal structure
with a select few "elders", "priests", or other figureheads backed by artificial
designations of authority at the top of the food chain. A few unscrupulous
and/or mentally unstable yet highly visible individuals have poisoned the well,
so to speak, by manipulating the na´ve for personal gain and ego gratification
while taking great pains to silence or discredit their critics.
The problem lies in the schism between the natural human desire for social
structure and the extremely individualistic nature of a majority of vampires.
The thought seems to be that, in order to avoid being oppressed, one must become
the oppressor. There exist also those people who are not consciously aware of
this attitude in themselves and who would deny its very existence, declaring
that they are working for the good of the community and have its best interests
at heart. Yet, simultaneously, they refuse to permit critique or even in-depth
discussion of topics related to the quality of their performance in their
self-appointed roles (or, in some cases, positions of dubious authority handed
to them by friends without a basis in competence).
This has led to dissatisfaction with, suspicion of, and outright hostility
toward anyone who claims a leadership role, thereby ensuring that those who have
the experience and wisdom necessary to perform well in such positions avoid them
like the plague. As a consequence, we have come to be entangled in a Catch-22
situation. Until such time as these issues are recognized, addressed, and
attempts made to remedy the situation, it is my opinion that no organization of,
by, and for vampires can enjoy any sort of tangible success. Furthermore, no
such organization should be permitted to exist until and unless it has addressed
these issues and put in place appropriate checks and balances.