October 08- Vampires
“He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please. “- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
A vampire can only enter a dwelling when he is invited in. How many times have we allowed vampires to enter our plans and dreams, not realizing their power to consume our life force, our precious energy, feast on our hopes and leave us empty? A vampire doesn’t always have fangs or is dressed in black, though the dark force they bring into our artistic lives often parallels these demons of the night.
Vampires are jealous significant others who create problems with our chosen path at every turn. Vampires are unreliable music business people, who fill us with hope and promise and then do nothing. Vampires are demanding bandmates who cannot pull their weight, but expect the world of you but yet complain about your every decision on their behalf. They understand how to play the blame game with an almost psychic vengeance. Vampires are illusionists, dishonest business people, manipulators who enter our lives intent on draining us of precious energy and the love of our artistry. They encourage us to only seek the material when our innate gift focuses on connection to spirit.
Learn to recognize vampires and don’t invite them in. Traditional protection charms against these children of the night are garlic necklaces, silver bullets, wooden stakes and crucifixes. Modern repellents for energy vampires are focus, meditation, and careful,purposeful scrutiny of who you allow into your creative circle. A clever energy vampire can infiltrate a band circle and suck each member dry in a matter of months. Be vigilante about protecting your creativity, learn all you can about the people you invite in as techs, players and support personnel.
Vampires do exist. Once you learn to recognize these monsters of the dark, the more you’ll learn to protect yourself with your inner light and utter knowing that you are a child of bright hopes, a purveyor of positive energy and a beacon of energy to those around you.