All of a sudden, there seems to be an enormous amount of attention placed on the term vampire and all of its modern day charm. While I myself find the some of Hollywood’s more alluring portrayals of these romantic blood drinkers to be rather entertaining, I am left wondering. Where did the myth come from?
There is evidence of blood drinking in almost every ancient and even some modern cultures throughout the world. UCLA historian Paul Barber in the Journal of Folklore Research states that “vampire stories prove to be an ingenious and elaborate folk-hypothesis that seeks to explain otherwise puzzling phenomena associated with death and decomposition”.
While I believe Mr Barber to be corrects I think it also bares mentioning that the term “blood” in times gone by was actually synonymous with the term “Life Force”, which brings me to my next point, “Energy”.
Have you ever found yourself in the company of a person that you find physically draining? Someone you try and avoid talking to just because of the way they make you feel. This person could be a friend, loved one, boss or co-worker or perhaps some random person you happen upon throughout your day. Either way, these people are unpleasant and downright exhausting to be around. Well, they are being dubbed as modern day vampires or “Psychic Vampires” as is the terminology.
According to an article by Joe H. Slate PhD in the LLEWELLYN JOURNAL, “Psychic vampirism is alive and flourishing in the world today”. Dr Slate goes on to say that “Long before the popularization of folklore vampires as blood-thirsty villains who sucked life-sustaining blood from their prey, psychic vampires as energy-sucking predators were common”.
While I cringe at the term “Psychic Vampire”, I do believe through personal experience that someone is capable of making you feel quite drained.
Have you happened upon one such individual???