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Community is not dead... just in a coma *lol* [Apr. 24th, 2010|02:26 pm]
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Well, we have a couple of new members to the community so WELCOME!

Haven't posted on here this year at all, and I apologize for that... but life has been busier than normal lately.

I have a couple of posts that I will put up in the next couple of days about a couple of topics.

I recently attended a seminar given by a rather strange character named "Raven Kaldera" who is a northern traditionalist shaman. Pretty much a Pagan who deals mostly with the Norse Pantheon who does shamanic practices based on the northern european traditions.

Here is his webpage for anyone who is interested.

http://www.ravenkaldera.org/

Later tonight or tomorrow I will post about the talk he gave and my general impressions of him.
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[User Picture]From: kuukiventomu
2010-04-24 07:39 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I wonder why he calls himself a psychic vampire though?
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[User Picture]From: rodshark
2010-04-24 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think it is because he feeds of peoples mental and spiritual energy the same way a regular vampire feeds on blood. I thumbed through his book on it and it has something to do with taking mental and spiritual energy from a willing subject (kinda like modern bloodletters/vampire wannabe subcultures).

Course for people who believe in that sort of thing, it could be misused very badly.
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[User Picture]From: kuukiventomu
2010-04-24 09:50 pm (UTC)
I wonder why anyone who is familiar with the Life energy that is everywhere should ever need to take their energy from other people like that? I understand getting inspiration and reflecting other people's thoughts & emotions but why take spiritual energy from other people when the greater source is always available?

I mean, it's complicated in a way... we use other life forms to secure our own survival & well being (by eating plants & maybe animals/animal products too if you eat meat) and it is all about connections and cycles and giving and receiving but somehow I do not understand the concept of spiritual vampirism unless you somehow think you're unable to connect with the greater source of energy and thus need to get your energy from where you see it. But somehow for me it is kind of against the worldview of shamanism as I see it. But I'd love to understand it better.
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[User Picture]From: rodshark
2010-04-25 04:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, it seemed strange to me as well. Especially since he went on at length about how he routinely spoke "eye to eye" with gods, goddesses, and spirits of the land and was empowered by them.

If you are getting god power... why need psychic energy fro joe schmoe?

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[User Picture]From: rodshark
2010-04-25 05:30 am (UTC)
Here is the description to his book on the subject "The Ethical Psychic Vampire"

"If you've ever felt that your energy or life force was being continually drained by someone - especially if it was someone that you loved - then you probably should have given them this book. This is the definitive guide to psychic vampires, with exercises and advice to help them learn control and compassion, and get their needs met in ethical ways. Far too many books on the subject treat psychic vampires as "those awful people over there who should be avoided"; this book treats them as real human beings who may need a little help coping with a challenging and ambivalent psychic gift. Written by a psychic vampire and shaman, "The Ethical Psychic Vampire" also covers such controversial topics as spirituality, sex magic, and ceremonial blood-drinking. From coping with vampire children to dealing with your vampire lover, this book covers it all in straightforward style."

I still think that it is a very negative and easily abused practiced even if done "ethically". To me it's like saying "The Ethical emotional abuser" or the "Ethical drug user". It should be about weaning off and stopping the negative practice altogether and not just a more "ethical" way of doing something negative and harmful.
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