Myth…The Human ( Living Vampyre) Existence

20 Dec

Property of DarkRose Productions
Copyright 2013
By Julia DarkRose Ray

This is an article that I wrote for issue 2 of the new cyber version of The DarkRose Journal. The DRJ magazine is filled with so much more than you probably can even imagine that a magazine dedicated to Real Living Vampyres could ever possibly contain.
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Myth…The Human (Living Vampyre) Experience

I feel the need to clarify some of what, might seem to many, my rather harsh, unforgiving views of humanity and other “vampires”…

Human existence is so very fragile yet with the same breath, so very powerful.

Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives-they explore our desires, our fears, our longings, and provide narratives that remind us what it means to be human.

Human beings have always been myth makers. Archaeologists have unearthed Neanderthal graves containing weapons, tools, and the bones of a sacrificed animal, all of which suggest some kind of belief in a future world that was similar to their own.

From a very early date, therefore, it appears that human beings were distinguished by their ability to have ideas that went beyond their everyday experience.

We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as we know, do not agonize about the canine condition, worry about the plight of dogs in other parts of the world, or try to see their lives from a different perspective. But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.

Another peculiar characteristic of the human mind is its ability to have ideas and experiences that we cannot explain rationally. We have imagination, a faculty that enables us to think of something that is not immediately present, and that, when we first conceive it, has no objective existence. The imagination is the faculty that produces religion and mythology.

Mythology and science both extend the scope of human beings. Like science and technology, mythology, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it.

There are moments when we all, in one way or another, have to go to a place that we have never seen, and do what we have never done before. Myth is about the unknown; it is about that for which initially we have no words. Myth therefore looks into the heart of a great silence. Myth is not a story for its own sake. It shows us how we should behave (according to whom, I’m not entirely sure, lol).

All mythology speaks of another plane that exists alongside our own world, and that in some sense supports it. Belief in this invisible but more powerful reality, sometimes called the world of the gods, is a basic theme of mythology. It has been called the ‘perennial philosophy’ because it informed the mythology, ritual and social organization of all societies today. According to the perennial philosophy, everything that happens in this world, everything that we can hear and see here below has its counterpart in the divine realm, which is richer, stronger and more enduring than our own. and every earthly reality is only a pale shadow of its archetype, the original pattern, of which it is simply and imperfect copy. It is only by participating in this divine life that mortal, fragile human beings fulfill their potential. The myths gave explicit shape and form to a reality that people sensed intuitively. they told them how the gods behaved, not out of idle curiosity or because these tales were entertaining, but to enable men and women to imitate these powerful beings and experience divinity themselves.

In the ancient world, the ‘gods’ were rarely regarded as supernatural beings with discrete personalities, living a totally separate metaphysical existence. Mythology was not about theology, in the modern sense, but about human experience. People thought that gods, humans, animals and nature were inextricably bound up together, subject to the same laws, and composed of the same divine substance. There was initially no ontological gulf between the world of the gods and the world of men and women. When people spoke of the divine, they were usually talking about an aspect of the mundane. The very existence of the gods was inseparable from that of a storm, a sea, a river, or from those powerful human emotions–love, rage, hate, or sexual passion–that seemed momentarily to lift men and women onto a different plane of existence so that they saw the world with new eyes.

Mythology was therefore designed to help us cope with the problematic human predicament. We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help to explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbours and customs. we also want to know where we are going, so we have devised stories that speak of a posthumous existence–though, not many myths envisage immortality for human beings. and we want to explain those sublime moments, when we seem to be transported beyond our ordinary concerns.

A myth was an event which, in some sense, had happened once, but which also happened all the time. Because of our strictly chronological view of history, we have no word for such an occurrence, but mythology is an art form that points beyond history to what is timeless in human existence, helping us to get beyond the chaotic flux of random events, and glimpse the core of reality.

An experience of transcendence has always been part of the human experience. We seek out moments of ecstasy, when we feel deeply touched within and lifted momentarily beyond ourselves. At such times, it seems that we are living more intensely than usual, firing on all cylinders, and inhabiting the whole of our humanity. Religion has been one of the most traditional ways of attaining ecstasy, but if people no longer find it in temples, synagogues, churches or mosques, they look for it elsewhere: in art, music, poetry, rock, dance, drugs, sex or sport. Like poetry and music, mythology should awaken us to rapture, even in the face of death and despair we may feel at the prospect of annihilation. If a myth ceases to do that, it has died and outlived its usefulness.

Mythology is not an early attempt at history, and does not claim that its tales are objective fact. Like a novel, an opera or a ballet, myth is make-believe; it is a game that transfigures our fragmented, tragic world, and helps us to glimpse new possibilities by asking ‘what if?’–a question which has also provoked some of our most important discoveries in philosophy, science and technology.

There is never a single, orthodox version of a myth. As our circumstances change, we need to tell our stories differently in order to bring out their timeless truth. Human nature does not change much, many of these myths, devised in societies that could not be more different from our own, still address our most essential fears and desires.

I do not begrudge humanity their need for myth. Believe me, as I have just written, I get it. It is just that for me, and apparently a few select others, we do not require the myths, the legends, the fictional stories, and in some cases, deliberate lies, to feel our entire humanity, to connect with our divine, to be entirely self-realized.

What and who I am, is not founded in myth. What I am is very real. I am a part of nature. I am a force of nature. I am what the great Dark Mother (oh, here I am using myth) created me to be.

I simply write, speak and do, what it is in my nature to do. No myths, no bullshit, just real, tangible, truth. For some, that is better than a myth. I am completely aware, I do not need myth to explain anything about our world. For those who resonate with this philosophy and live their lives the same way, you are the ones that I am always reaching out to. For everyone else, I am in no way berating, or discounting your beliefs or your need to believe in the invisible plane. Do what you need to do. Just live your life the best way you can, live your life to the fullest that you can.

It is one thing to build a community based on ancient myths. It is another thing altogether to spread deliberate lies and not help those within a community understand that their lives, their belief systems, are being built around myths, legends, stories, and not factual truth. That they are not truly experiencing real living vampirism, they are only believing in and building their walls around myth not reality.

I hope this article helps those Dark Angels who are trying to understand who they truly are, as well I hope it helps many to better understand and weed through all the bullshit floating around and infiltrating our air of erotic purity and truth…if not, I hope that it was at least a good read.

~JDR

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