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Monday, October 16, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Psychic Vampires and Ambrosia's Blood Elixirs

Image Source: Etsy.

There is a disturbing subculture on social media which is devoted to teaching people how to siphon off the life force of others in order to gain power and control in society. Immersed in the dark occult, these self-proclaimed 'psychic feeders' and 'psychic vampires' like to go to public areas, workplaces, or social gatherings to drain the positive energy from young families, the negative energy from sick people, and everything in between. They use holiday periods such as Christmas to exploit the prana'chi' or 'qi' of others. They regard this ability as a honed skill. Even if you don't believe in any of this, there are people who do, and they are worth avoiding.

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You may not recognize them. Psychic vampires intentionally steal life energy from sexual interactions and will feign love or sympathy for people in order to partake of others' spiritual forces. They 'store' this energy inside themselves, or inside crystals and objects, so they may direct these forces later at other people. They are so malevolent that I will not embed their how-to videos, or link directly to their material, on this blog. However, you can see searches for their videos, with typical results, here and here.

Millennial Van Helsings

Occult psychic vampires bleed into communities of black magic practitioners; these are people who cast curses and perform dark rituals to hurt and control others.

There are gateway communities to these magical underground movements. VICE reported in 2015 on vampires who drink others' blood, as long as the donor gives willingly and has been tested for STDs. These 'psy' and 'sang' vampires regard psychic energy sucking and blood drinking as beautiful spiritual practices of Millennial awakening, aided through contacts made on the Internet. Most, at least among the novices, don't take a hard look at what this really is: cannibalism and sex magic. One of VICE's interviewees thought that cutting her lover was more authentic and honest:
"Sex didn't feel like enough, and no emotions were really enough, nothing felt like it was really... I didn't feel... there was always something I wanted to break out from, to feel more connected to someone, something more honest. And in a moment of kind of wanting to find something honest, I grabbed a knife, and cut him across the chest. I rubbed my hands in it. I tasted it. That was my natural instinct; I was liberated. And he cut me back. Blood ran down my chest, and we had this exchange of something. Somehow covered in blood, feeling my heart racing, there was something dangerous and alive. It suddenly felt more honest than whatever this 'sex' thing was supposed to be."
These vampires are confronted by a host of Millennial Van Helsings, who call themselves 'light-workers.' They use various principles, including hypnosis, meditation, grounding in nature, prayer, and a belief in angels and God (or more often, the Abrahamic God, plus several eastern gods), to defend themselves and others from negative psychic attacks.

Light-workers merge pseudo-science, popular psychology, New Age spiritualism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, folk belief and superstition, Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga, and occult practices. Light-workers are humanists who are not secularists. Even if they are semi-secular, they believe in the paranormal: clairaudience, telepathy, clairvoyance, clairsentience, and claircognizance.

Shungite Orgone ~ Ganesh Traveling EMF Protection Orgone Conductor ~ Red Jasper and Shungite. Image Source: Etsy.

In the above example, an Etsy protective trinket promises to act as a 'conductor' of energies and harmonizer of personal electro-magnetic frequencies, while channeling the power of the god, Ganesha, remover of obstacles. The seller assures that the object will convey the protective mantra of the elephant god, which you can listen to in the video below:
"A Ganesh orgone conductor intended to remove obstacles on the path by aligning EMFs. This pocket size orgone conductor is the perfect size to hold in the palm of your hand during meditation, moments of stress, or when seeking clarity. Keep in your pocket, purse, in your car, on your desk or by your bed to align your energetic environment throughout the day and night!

This Ganesha orgone conductor is filled with red jasper, amethyst, shungite and bronze. My custom EMF Protection blend is poured in the base.

You may choose to chant Ganesha's mantra to awaken the manifesting energy of the Universe during meditation or throughout your day.

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha"

GANESH MANTRA: VERY POWERFUL MANTRA FOR SUCCESS ! (11 July 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

Light-workers are highly organized on the Internet and run a variety of healing communities, courses, retreats, astrological services, and businesses. In one breath, they will appeal to Archangel Michael, and in the next, to Kali. They lean on scientific findings while reading the Bible, the Apocrypha, and the Tarot cards.

A Dutch protection decoration on Etsy combines west and east, featuring a woven tapestry depiction of the Madonna and Child, with crucifixes surrounding a Turkish nazar, or amulet, which repels the evil eye. Image Source: Etsy.

Light-workers tend to be anti-rationalists, and weirdly liberal while being anti-liberal. Believing that 'matter follows energy,' and that we are energetic beings whose lives are shaped by our souls, not our egos and minds, they easily equate quantum physics with eastern mystic chakra clearings.

Etsy and Ebay are awash in thousands of anti-evil eye amulets, witch balls, dream catchers, and crystals which repel negative spirits and curses, defend against vampires, and protect the bearer from directed negative intentions. These trinkets freely combine spiritual traditions from different continents. Images Sources: Etsy (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

An interest in 'energy clearing' leads light-workers to use amulets and crystals, claiming them to be inherently 'anti-evil' or 'anti-negative' because of a high level of energetic vibration. There are many Websites devoted to explaining this metaphysical lore, including the blog, Crystalpedia. The use of materials against psy-vampires has spawned huge markets of crystal-selling, especially of:
The New Age Cannot Tell Who is the Vampire and Who is the Victim

Typical positive affirmations advise social rejection of anyone who complains too much or who takes a negative perspective. Image Source: pinterest.

Light-workers have their pitfalls, too. The road to Hell is paved with their good intentions. While 'psy vamps' openly crow about their malignant energetic exploitation, light-workers tend to see this exploitation everywhere, and that view appears in popular psychology and self-help advisories. In New Age circles, anyone experiencing or expressing negativity can be branded as an energy sucker who plays victim and must be avoided at all costs, especially by well-meaning, but overly sensitive people who deem themselves to be healers. Empathic Perspectives provides definitions commonly used in these discussions:
  • An Empath is a person who has an acute or highly developed sense of empathy. Empathy is the capability to share your feelings and understand another's emotion and feelings and is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes".
  • Psychic Vampire is a term used to describe a living person who "drains" others emotionally either empathically (draining the auric life force) or metaphorically (someone who takes emotionally without giving anything back; a "user").
  • Psychic Vampires are those which are born with (latent or active) an internal need, a physical need for pranic (life) energy which they themselves cannot supply. 
  • Psy-Vamp is one who has a psychological dependency for pranic energy. 
  • An Energy Vampire (or more commonly known as an "energy vamp") is a person that feeds off the life force or energy (or ch'i) of other living creatures - mostly other people. Can also be known as pranic vampire, empathic vampire, energy predator, psy-vamp, energy parasite, or emotional vampire.
  • Emotional Vampirism is the act of manipulating another into an intense desired emotional state; such as love, passion, anger, in order to absorb the resulting emotional energy. Emotional vampirism includes such practices as learning what someone needs in a mate and accentuating those traits so the person thinks he or she is in love.
  • Emotional Energy arises out of an intense emotional state; such as love, passion, anger.
  • Pranic energy, also known as life energy, is the energy needed to live.
  • Prana is the life force or vital energy, which permeates the body and is especially concentrated along the midline in the chakras. It is life sustaining energy centered in the human brain governing inspiration and the conscious intellect.
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Unfortunately in some cases, negative labelling of people in distress pathologizes their normal reactions to general stresses. The New Age insistence that all negative, unhappy, fearful, financially-challenged, ill, or angry people are energy vampires is profoundly anti-social and does not acknowledge the shock from changes of recent years.

Even people who think they are ahead of the curve can fall victim in our transformed landscape. History bears this out and is littered with earlier examples of forgotten occupations. Technological shifts always render certain groups of people obsolete, in terms of their social position, moral outlook, or economic standing.

The same holds true today. As Douglas Coupland put it, "Remember travel agents? Remember how they just kind of vanished one day?" If you think your position is safe, it would be best to reconsider, since technology has decoupled productivity from employment. These are real situations; they create genuine distress; and those who suffer are not completely to blame for their problems.

However, there is a New Age conviction that anyone coping with negativity is a psychological vampire, who secretly loves the attention and support they get for their suffering; and so they perpetuate their suffering. Light-workers may blame the vulnerable for their own problems and conclude that they should be isolated and left to their own fate. This is not realistic; nor is it compassionate. Even on a spiritual level, this attitude discounts acknowledgement of the 'shadow' as part of Jungian healing. How spiritually kind or enlightened is it to abandon people who are already injured, and to label them 'psychic vampires' as a form of light-workers' self-empowerment?

In 2016, Michael Stone wrote for the progressive secular humanist site, Patheos: "Mother Teresa was a moral monster, a sadistic religious fanatic guilty of medical malpractice." Millennial pop psychology celebrates positivity and self-healing, but attacks those who express compassion for, and who actively help, those stuck in negative perspectives and conditions. Image Source: pinterest.

In this line of thought, those who self-sacrifice to help others in pain are equally pathologized as 'co-dependents.' They, too, are portrayed as negative energy vampires. Paradoxically, those who need help, and those who give help, are cast as monsters.

Image Source: Youtube.

Even twenty years ago, self-sacrificing devotion to help the unfortunate was considered a virtue. Figures like Mother Teresa (1910-1997) and Princess Diana (1961-1997), both hailed in their time for charity, are now dismissed by critics as maladaptive characters, who built false public profiles based on feeding off suffering. Armchair psychologists condemn Mother Teresa's and Princess Diana's individual core motivations for expressing compassion; they see these famous women as controlling and predatory.

Image Source: Daily Express.

Of course, over-giving and self-sacrifice can go too far and be destructive, toxic, and even deadly. The vampire becomes a symbolic shorthand for describing mental illnesses and social ills. It is true that narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths exploit sympathetic people, suck the marrow from their marks' bones, and publicly defame and blame their victims while hiding their own culpability, even from themselves. These vampires portray themselves as victims of their own victims. True emotional predators, they leave devastation in their wake. But for outsiders, the game of blame and counter-blame can make it difficult to identify who is the vampire and who is the victim.

The gist of Millennial social responsibility and compassion is: put on your own oxygen mask first. Image Source: ihave3daughters.

The confusion between vampire and victim explains why the Millennial light-worker promotes personal boundaries and spiritual self-preservation above all social instincts. Values have changed, with the locus of psychological advice centred on renewing and healing the self, first and foremost. After that, one may help others, but only if those one helps are already helping themselves and orienting towards positive energy. As I said in an earlier post:
"Under this system, social virtue, that is, caring for and about others while one is building something [to help oneself], is only necessary up to an intuitively-held subjective point of personal comfort around energy sharing."
Sadly, this is problematic. The narcissist, sociopath or psychopath would agree with the me-first dynamic, while light-workers are driven to it by a primary need for self-protection.

Social Media: New Home of the Vampire

Image Source: Joemonster via Les Vampires.

The real question is why has this concept of energy sharing, symbolically associated with egotistical and physical vampiric predation, become a worry? There are a few reasons.

First, the Internet has created a subliminal obsession with immaterialism and energy, virtual reality, the realness of the imaginary and the unconscious existence. Aspects of virtual life easily map onto earlier spiritual and psychological models.

Second, people are overwhelmed by information and constant exposure to global communications and culture. There is just too much stuff out there and everyone is distracted and stretched thin. For this reason, being drained becomes a topic of discussion.

Third, things are indeed changing. It is as if the whole global house has been rewired to use a new system of electricity. Can we be surprised then, that our old light bulbs, that is, old modes of living, working, and thinking, no longer work? People are trying to figure out where social responsibility resides. Given the new technological landscape, how do you define yourself; how do you define the group? How much do you give; how much do you take? What is right? What is wrong? Do you have carte blanche in virtual reality, especially when interactions are anonymous? Can you just serve yourself and your own needs, or are you expected to behave consistently with the way you do in real life? For some people, it is difficult in this new global virtual village to know what is exploitative and what is not.

Fourth, changing technology has made a lot of information and services available, which have not yet found their feet in terms of reimbursement. As a result, a lot of the Internet's content creation involves enormous effort to make effectively free material. In some ways, this has been taken for granted by users. Yet how can they be expected to micro-pay the thousands of sites they visit?

Until you build your own Website and join the fray as a dedicated content creator, you cannot imagine the work involved, nor the non-remunerative experience, which in the old system still is, or would be monetized, albeit under different expectations and conditions. Only now are sites like Patreon and systems like Pro-Tip appearing to respond to this problem. More broadly, this issue is a symptom of how the Internet is redefining work and productivity. Virtual reality is slowly eroding older professions, where actions deemed 'worthwhile' have been recognized and measured in terms of money.

This problem underpins the mood of the Internet. In the subculture of online content production, immaterialism creates a sense of over-giving to an insatiable audience, who give nothing in return, except a brief moment of attention. This is not exactly true, nor is it the fault of the audience, for they too are depleted and exhausted. Rather, over-giving of information online is symptomatic of a moment in time when new vocations are not yet framed - despite notable innovations - by reimbursement architectures.

Fifth, on the Internet, billions of voices are screaming to be heard above each other. As of 30 June 2017, 3.8 billion people were using the Internet, or about half the world's population; that number is led at its highest rate per capita in North America, where 88 per cent of people have online access. In this lonely crowdFacebook particularly encourages self-promotion of mini-celebrities and micro-egotists. With its omitted dislike button, it pushes fake niceness. In New Age commentator Michael Tsarion's words:
"'The neuroses of earlier times, represented by the incapacitating guilt, anxieties, phobias, or obsessions are not commonly seen today. Instead, I see more people who complain of depression. They describe a lack of feeling and inner emptiness, a deep sense of frustration and unfulfillment. This absence of feeling gives one an impression of unreality about these people. Their performance, socially, sexually, and in the work world, seems too efficient, too mechanical, too perfect to be human. They function more like machines than people.' ...  
[O]ne of th[e] deeper causes ... [of many of our modern mental illnesses] is the whole question of suffering, the avoidance of suffering. We don't want to look at it. We don't want to acknowledge or give language to the hurts and the sufferings that we've experienced. We're against what Jung called, 'legitimate suffering,' and loath to examine the whole question of what we've lost in order to become ourselves. I mean, it's obvious ... that we've all experienced more failures and setbacks in life than we have had successes. ... Accept it, be OK with it. Look at the fact that you have had successes and look at the other setbacks as challenges. That's a more healthy attitude to take. 
But when it comes to the actual origin of these so-called disorders, we've already seen that they grow out of a chronic need for approval, as well as the avoidance of self-knowledge. They arise from a misuse of free will, because some have argued that free will only applies to whether we choose to be ourselves or not."
Tsarion goes on to describe psychic vampirism in terms of people who abuse themselves first of their own free will; they then look outwardly, exploiting others as mirrors to define themselves. They build a socially-prescribed, projected-upon, programmed false identity and lose track of who they really are inside; they become empty shells, defined by others' judgements.

Critics say that social media sites feed that compulsion. On Facebook, outer- and other-directed, externally-sourced, constantly-titillated egos are enmeshed in predatory self-defensive, self-serving, 'vampiric' behaviours. Not everyone on that site is like that, of course, but the dynamics of the site encourage it. Those who unconsciously rely on Facebook for these purposes further become addicted to the psychic ups and downs of the Facebook newsfeed.

News Catastrophes Suck the Public Dry

Image Source: Just Post.

There is a conspiracy theory that huge, world-spanning negative news events (or, believers would say, false flags) siphon off public trauma to feed establishment power and control. That attitude could be read sociologically: keep the mob in fear of their lives and they become easier to manage. Listen to the BBC's breaking news' BEEP BEEP BEEP, and the stressed citizen begins to twitch with anxiety about the hostile, collapsing, crazy world. A PNAS study confirmed that people suffer a kind of secondary PTSD in reaction to huge, horrifying news events.

BBC Breaking News Intro Remix: BBC // World News - 'BREAKING NEWS' (ticker tape) 【Full-HD】 (19 November 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Add to this the conspiracists' conviction that some of these events are faked, and one could glimpse - even if one does not agree - a view of the world that is diabolical.

Big News exhaustion is two steps away from Internet rumours of magic-immersed Satanic élites. Three examples of this mythology are 9/11 truth, Pizzagate, and Pedogate. All three mythologies point to ritualistic and murderous blood sacrifices of masses of victims, and all revive the anti-Semitic Blood Ritual Myth. I won't discuss those ideas further, since I do not subscribe to them. However, it is clear that the economic recession, combined with global mass communications, have exacerbated popular fears that those who rule us are vampires: evil, exploitative, and deadly.

Ambrosia's Blood Elixir Start-Up

Image Source: Real Clear Life.

Finally among the vampiric talk and trends of this year, 2017 saw the rise of Ambrosia, a Silicon Valley start-up which monetized Stanford research (here) that old mice were rejuvenated by the blood of young mice.

Ambrosia's promo photos. The first one of the boy with the bicycle is especially Hitchcockian. Go to the Website to see it in full. Image Source: Ambrosia.

It didn't take Ambrosia long to apply the idea to humans. Referring to a human trial, they offered teen and Millennial 'young blood' transfusions to ageing Baby Boomers - who were already traveling to Thailand (or looking online) for human growth hormone and other treatments; they have also been taking testosterone replacement therapy, drugs, and swallowing colostrum to stay young.

Now, for $8000 per transfusion, wealthy Boomers began receiving doses of Gen Y and Gen Z blood. The vampiric reference was not lost on ... anybody. Ambrosia fueled conspiracy theorists' claims that billionaires are billionaires not because they are brilliant entrepreneurs, but because they are secret ritualists who consume human blood. In the conspiracists' view, here it was, out in the open.

Silicon Valley Season 4 Episode 5 - Blood transfusion (23 May 2017). Video Source: Youtube and © HBO, reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use.

In May of this year, Ambrosia was satirized on Blood Boy, an episode of the HBO show Silicon Valley, which showed the show's fictional version of Peter Thiel receiving a blood transfusion from a surly Millennial. Some press articles claimed this show was based on Thiel's real support for radical life extension; other reports denied this.

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