Life as a Power Struggle: The Vampire Myth

The Vampire Myth seems to me a natural outgrowth of many of the beliefs that our culture has formed itself around. Collectively, we long ago parted ways with the kind of mystic / shamanic thinking that insists that our energy is forever replenished by a source outside of the physical world.

The (Perceived) Struggle for Energy and Resources

Our popular science depicts a world of finite energy and resources, and envisions human minds and bodies that are born with certain “reserves” that then steadily deteriorate until the point of our deaths.

Given such deeply-ingrained philosophy and conditioning, it’s only natural that we would then perceive life itself as a power struggle, a competition for limited resources. And this is a primary cause of wars and other conflicts in this world.

If there’s no such thing as a Source then we (seemingly) have to derive energy from others somehow. Such beliefs encourage us to behave, essentially, like psychic vampires.

Reflections in Literature

It’s been ages since the initial publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but that novel introduced us to a character whose grip on the collective psyche is as strong now as it ever was. Only a handful of fictional icons – Conan of Cimmeria, Tarzan of the apes, Dorothy of Kansas, James Bond, Alice of Wonderland – have attained the kind of immortal status enjoyed by Count Dracula.

I’ve often speculated about the reasons why the myth of the vampire, as Stoker formalized it, endured for so long and through so many permutations.

I think we all recognize a part of ourselves in the vampire.

A False Sense of Estrangement

The vampire myth illustrates the darker aspects of our estrangement from Source; it mirrors the natural consequences of believing that the world is the source of our life rather than our consciousness being the source of the world.

Our cultural values and convictions teach us to ‘feed on’ each other in so many ways.

In a world where human beings realize that they create their own reality, vampires and demons cannot exist. Their prominence in myth, folklore, movies, novels, comics and television is indicative of some of the deep-seated beliefs that we hold about our world and about human nature.

Without understanding the power of creation, without feeling a connection to source, we’ll continue to recognize a part of ourselves in the vampire. Thus Count Dracula continues to be slain and yet he always returns.

The Road Back to True Source

A core theme that runs throughout the entire Edge of the Known series is the realization that we create our own reality. The story is told from the point of view of a young man who has, thus far, “lived by the sword” and seems likely to meet his demise in the same way.

His soul-guide and mentor, Saul, slowly teaches Brandon to trace his life experiences – both his successes and defeats, his joys and sufferings – back to their true origins within him.

This is the road that leads away from a psychic-vampire stance before the world and towards the recognition of our true power. The sources of abundance lie within us, not “out there” where we must try to grasp them at someone else’s expense.