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Dark Nature and Practical Living

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Dark Nature and Practical Living

Postby deacongray » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:39 pm


“Finding my measure between the savage dark predator, and the guilt at the pain and chaos it causes.”-



“I wanted to devour her. Over the last few nights I had found her at the club, watched her moving her body sensually to the dark industrial beats. She smiled at me over her demure shoulder that stood out against the dark shining hair that screamed Asian decent. It was a smile that said more than yes…it begged to claim, to be taken to new places in life and lust. It was a smile that said she would fold to me, to my black hunger.

The music faded and a new song stirred the souls of the dancers, but my beautiful flower moved off the floor and over toward her table, her green eyes searching the crowd and finding me, than darting away girlishly. I could have her, every fiber of my being knew it was true, and I felt a quickening inside me at the idea of her flesh molding around mine.

I would have her, and claim her, make the beautiful daisy of a girl she was, wilt in the heat, and be diminished in the storm of my need.

Guilt flooded over and through me, and with out a word I slipped away from my table and wandered off into the night. My hunger would have to be satisfied by lesser delights. I simply couldn’t raze her soul like I had so many others.”

In the vampire movies and books the struggle has been played time and again in the darkening hearts of the main character. Always there is that pull toward the wicked, the dark aspect of their being, and than the moral foundation on which they had been raised. The struggle is a wicked torment, dramatic and in its own way romantic. We don’t live in novels and movies however, and real life has trials all of its own.


The way were are raised often comes into conflict with the very nature of our being. The Night Kind, those of us, no matter what you call yourself, that have found ourselves living a shadowed life. A life that at one extreme leads toward the darkest parts of our souls, and at the other extreme the tragic suffering at the denial of what we truly are and hunger for.

A friend recently told me that he felt like the community as a whole was pressing the Predator inside him back into the coffin. Like many others he felt the strong pull toward the hunt, toward the aspects of hunger and need that for so long in his life he had been told wasn’t moral. Now the very community that once roared its way out of the darkness, was now sitting in the edge of declaring its own soccer mom rules. Worst they declare themselves victims of a foul affliction.


It seemed like I was looking at two extremes one end of the bell curve sat the most wicked, the most savage of us. Perhaps it is those we all poopoo when they step outside of what the community, indeed humanity, feels is acceptable. The killers that proclaim themselves vampires, the ones we rightfully disavow.

One the other end is the Victim. The ones to whom this community itself is a sham, one that sprung up under the shadow of being forced to need energy from others. Those who struggle against their nature, wishing they could be cured of it, that their illness could be uncovered and fixed so that those hungers would simply go away.

I have always wondered at it, the balance it seems to me we all need to find, the classic yin yang in the very nature and disposition in which we currently reside. How is it that we can have such dark drives, the hunters drive, and yet not loose control, and still be able to live with who and what we are?

Finding a balance to me seems like the only way, but of course that is the obvious way as well. Yet how do we find this balance, this Twilight between our night side and the day side of our existence? It is perhaps the most common question, even the first question people as when they come into the community, and yet still the divide remains in the community and is not quickly to come to a end.

It is not just the individual balance at peril; it is the very soul of the community swing on the pendulum. The divide between those on one side or the other of the debate seem unable to find any real balance between them.

Perhaps this is where we start our path, perhaps this is in it self the point of awakening the point of understanding our nature, and learning we have to find out how to abide it, and make it become at one with who we are day to day. Perhaps we it is truly what we are learning, how to be who we are, and yet survive in this humanity in which we also reside, with out getting lost in the light. Perhaps these are not new thoughts, but they have been on my mind.

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balance?

Postby Darkness » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:16 pm

Deacon:
After reading your thoughts, once again, I ask myself as I have many times in the last few years. What is balance, this "finding of twilight"? I've read many thoughts about it and yet I still come to the same conclusion forme that is: It is a very personal thing this idea of balance. Should it be a united definition for the entire community similar to the Black Veil? Or should it be a personal journey that are alike fingerprints and no two are just alike. What do you think?
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Postby deacongray » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:13 pm

It has to be personal to each of us otherwise the term simply wouldn't apply. The basic concept is a balance between that side of us which works, has a family, obligations and a life that we lead day to day, and that life which comes with being who we are.

Certain parts of each community can through us a little out of balance and it shows. Like the ability to be a night lifer, party person, can plainly conflict with being a day job person.
Some people find balance in moving totally to one side of their beast, embracing who they are in all aspects of their life regardless of the issues it might bring up to others around them.

If you don't believe being a drug dealer, for example, will have an impact on your kids, your only fooling yourself.
The same is true with vampirism. If you are always about vampirism, work breath, and die for every aspect of the community it will affect your family to some extent.
Still those things too can be managed, but we have expect that it will take time for the balance to be re-obtained.
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Postby Taris » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:53 pm

Hmm an interesting line of conversation here. I wonder, what about the idea of integrating your nightside into your dayside? I mean they are both a part of us but one is less socially acceptable and can lead to problems in life (Working world still being biased). I mean personally using "glamour" during dayside existence isnt uncommon. Ambient feeding during dayside "time" is also not uncommon. Granted we dont want to lose ourselves in the dark so to say but we dont want to deny it so fully that we forget who we are in every aspect.

You can use the things you learn and experience from your nightside in your dayside activities. You can do so without harming anyone. An example being emitting a calming energy at a job that you know people are going to be irritated (customer service) or ambient feeding when you are feeling sluggish, tired, and hungry.

Just some thoughts on the subject.
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Postby deacongray » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:36 pm

This is very true Taris,

It is my belief that Balance can only be found when we learn more about ourselves and how that fits into life. People look at it as being two different things, but thats not true, just different aspect of the individual that we are.

There are parts to keep to yourself, and learning those things is highly important, just like learning what to share of yourself in any situation regardless of who and what you are is important.
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Postby Taris » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:36 am

Yep. Just like how we are in physical day to day life. Do we always act the same? Are we always the same way in different places? We have different facets to the physical conscious mind as well as different facets of the spiritual and subconscious. Think of the old Hawaiian belief of the 3 portions of a person spiritually (Child Self, Conscious Self, and Higher self).

They are all a part of us. The more we deny one or favor one the more out of whack and imbalanced we become :)
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Re: Dark Nature and Practical Living

Postby The Madame X » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:41 am

Deacon, is this the same article as "Twilight between predator nd Prey" with just a different title or did you make changes?
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Re: Dark Nature and Practical Living

Postby deacongray » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:12 pm

Nope same piece, I think I duplicated the file when I forgot the title.
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