I feel a need to edit or rather add to my previous entries on vampires. I believe I mentioned I was specifically talking about “fictional” supernatural creatures as opposed to real vampires.
I have to admit at the time I found the real vampires a skeptical concept at best. I was somewhat aware that they drew spiritual energy from others, many of them without the use of blood, but essentially I had not researched them and knew next to nothing. My impression was that this was a choice, that most of them took blood or energy from willing donors or drank animal blood, and as long as it remained consensual (and the animals were humanely slaughtered food animals to start with), I considered it just a lifestyle. A weird, possibly a little delusional, and certainly dark, sometimes to a dangerously imbalanced extent, lifestyle, but just that.
However, recently I have met and formed a personal relationship with a real vampire / otherkin. In getting to know him, reading books he’s lent me and exploring websites on the subject, I’ve taken in a tremendous amount and had to adjust my opinions.
Now, I still think a lot of those who call themselves “vampires” are wannabes who like the taste of blood and are looking for power and status. But those who are real vampires would agree with me on this. There’s a lot of witches and wizards like this too, people who throw magic around and wear Victorian or all-natural clothes and pagan symbols just because it looks and sounds cool. (And don’t get me started on non-dark religions)
But for those who are the real vamp deal, it’s a pretty complex concept.
If you want information, look it up; it’s all over: psi vamps, sanguinarians, incubi / succubi, or simply vampyres, and their black swans and donors. My friend lent me Michelle Belanger’s the Psychic Vampire Codex, which so far as I have read, I also recommend.
But now I will get on with my opinion:
Okay, I am of the belief that everything in life is a choice. Yes, real vampires need to feed off of others. They do not produce enough life energy on their own. But I believe that if this is caused by some severance from the Source of the universe, that connection could be reforged. If it is a leak in the subtle (spiritual) body, that hole could be patched and healed. If it is a blockage preventing them accessing energy, that could be cleared.
My friend assures me if it is possible it would take multiple lifetimes (much of this centers around past lives) and a tremendous amount of energy. He is a particularly spiritual type of person (way more well-read than me), and has tried many different paths, rituals, and different types of energy.
On the other hand, even if a “cure” is possible (I do not believe anything is impossible; humans could fly without assistance of machines or wings if enough meditation and energy was put into resisting gravity), I am also of the belief that each person’s soul comes into their current life with a purpose, an intention. And that soul brings with it its past life experiences and knowledge and also all the tools and talents needed to accomplish that intention (not just otherkin, who are somewhat defined by their awareness of their past lives, but all beings). Silly humans that we are, we often forget that purpose by the time we’re old enough to walk and talk and therefore set ourselves on the path to achievemen. But our Soul remembers. If someone Awakens to realize their soul is that of the vampire, then there is some reason for that, something besides flat fate or karma from previous lives. Of course that purpose may be to be the first vamp to “heal” and become fully human again. Or that purpose could be to use the vampire’s advantages to better their lives, to Change the World. Every vampire should strive to counterbalance the costs to willing beloved donors with a greater Purpose in Life. Preferably not one of dominance or “evolution” over “mortals”, but a purpose within what they call (unrelated to the stupid book) the Twilight: the balance between the Dark Side and the Light.