Although vampires walk the annals of fiction and myth these stories
are based loosely on medical and scientific fact. Every myth contains
at least a sliver of reality, and it's by understanding the distinction
between that myth and the reality that we gain a fuller understanding
of what we seek.
Modern vampirism isn't based on the cultural myth of vampires but it
is based on the relationship intrinsic to the word vampire. Mythically
we refer to the vampire as a member of our society who feeds on that same
society to survive. This is the metaphor that is intended by the use of
the word vampire by the modern vampire community.
The danger of using the word vampire to self-define is that there are
more ideals attached to vampirism than just the feeding of one person
on another. Vampires are characterized by myth as immortal formerly human
beings with preternatural abilities. The members of our community don't
make the claim that we're preternatural, simply that we feed on one another
The idea of transferring energy back and forth from person to person
is not a new one. Many religions and belief systems hold true that every
member of society shares their energy with others as they interact. Indeed,
many people feel energized by being around people and by interacting with
them. We relieve our stress and enhance our contentment in life by sharing
our lives with those around us.
The difference in vampirism is that we generate less of that energy than
others do and need more of that energy from others. There is no special
bloodline or initiation to what we are. If you have a person in your life
whom you like, whom you enjoy being around, but despite those things makes
you feel drained; That person may very well be a vampire.
Identifying as a vampire means understanding the relationship between
your energy and the energy of those around you. Being aware of it. Being
aware of your needs. Think of vampirism as "spiritual diabetes".
We lack more of the energy that most people have and need that energy
We can't prove that metaphysical energy exists, it may not. The interaction
that happens between us and the people around us may very well be chemical.
It could be pheromonal. My hypothesis is that metaphysical energy is no
different than the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum in that it's a
natural phenomenon that we simply cannot see and therefore have difficulty
believing. We know so little about the human brain's effect on our environment.
Our thoughts and feelings could very well create vibrations in the space
around us that others can feel or interact with. Stories of psychic phenomenon
are common in almost every culture.
When it comes to vampires there are two basic types, though there are
many subtypes. The first is what's called "pranic vampirism".
Pranic vampirism refers to the individuals I mentioned before, who need
the energy of other people and feed on that energy to increase the quality
of their existence. The word "pranic" comes from the word prana,
a sanskrit word for 'breath'. Prana comes from Vedantic philosophy, it
refers to the living energy that surrounds us all and lives in us, but
it doesn't refer to the atma, or soul. An energy vampire feeds on your
living energy, but isn't trying to "eat your soul".
The second type is "sanguine vampirism". Sanguine vampires
literally drink the blood of others. The reasons given for this are many,
but one interpretation is that drinking the blood of someone else is a
more direct and powerful way of feeding on their energy. Whether this
experience is more direct and powerful because blood is a more potent
source of this energy, or if it has something to do with blood itself
Many vampires who drink blood also consume energy, giving credence to
the idea that there may be a connection between the blood and the energy.
It may even mean that we don't need blood, simply that we need energy;
that some of us believe that getting it through blood is the only way.
You'll find differences of opinion in the vampire community just like
you would anywhere else with any other group. Some people relate their
vampirism to their spiritual faith, if they have one. Modern vampires
come from many walks of life and they're just as inclined as any other
group to identify their condition with their religion.
A person with cancer may think it's God's will that they have cancer.
A blind practitioner of another faith may think of their blindness as
a gift or a curse from some divine or profane source. They may even incorporate
this idea into their religion. This fact, however, does not make vampirism
a religion. Being a vampire doesn't mean that you're in a cult, that you
worship Satan, or really mean anything else about who you are. Just like
any other characteristic it's only an aspect of who we are. Whether or
not we choose to believe that that particular aspect of ourselves stems
from something else is based on individual choice, not some dogma.
If vampirism exists it exists without choice, just as diabetes exists
without choice. That means that someone you know, even someone in your
family could be a vampire and not know it, just as they could be diabetic
and not know it.