Thirst, Hunger, Desire – An Introduction
The one thing that unites us.
In addition to everything that we may not share by definition, “thirst”/”hunger” is a significant component.
This thirst, which for me has clear contours and is expressed very unambiguous, was one of the things I observed that led me to the topic of vampyrism. The thirst expresses itself differently from vampyre to vampyre.
We differentiate between Sanguinists and Energy Vampyres, whereby the latter, as “not-yet-awakened”, represent a special “danger” for others, inasmuch as they unconsciously and thus unregulated drool for energy. You can read more about energy vampyrism here.
Sanguinists then speak of a craving for blood. The thirst can suddenly break its course – perhaps because the V has been unexpectedly weakened (just one strenuous day is enough), but it can also swell up and down, i.e. return in cycles, while others notice it and hold it out or prevent it with the help of substitute actions – more about this in a moment.
What triggers hunger?
From psychiatry the term “trigger” has meanwhile entered the mainstream – it means a behavioral trigger, in our case an event that can “switch on” hunger. It can be things like a cut on the finger of a colleague at work or an appealing scene from a film. The triggers are manifold.
Each vampire decides for himself whether he exposes himself to these triggers. He can try to take the sting out of the trigger by lowering the threshold for triggering the behavior by “habituation”. Just as well he can decide to expose himself to the trigger consciously – because if I’m honest (and I’m only talking about me now), hunger and its stimulating accompanying emotions is a very attractive companion.
How does hunger manifest itself?
As I want to emphasize again – we clearly distinguish between the fictional vampire and the real vampyre. The former is known for not being able to live without blood, he is dependent on it as food, so to speak. Without it it becomes weak, maybe even dies.
The real vampyre is a variety of the human being. He does not need blood to live, he gets along in principle very well without it. But what he knows very well about “withdrawal” or a hunger phase are symptoms like tiredness, exhaustion, depression, lack of concentration…
Some people who define their thirst primarily in terms of iron deficiency or other nutritional deficiencies may also perceive themselves as anaemic, in the sense of their own anaemia. This is often accompanied by a higher pulse rate during exertion, etc. Vs that define themselves by medical conditions are therefor called “Med Sangs”.
From the outside, this condition can be recognized by increased paleness, restlessness or even dejection – and it can be assigned if one knows about the status of the other person. Hunger, which has been held back for a long time, can have these rather unpleasant side effects.
Hunger that occurs in the short term (perhaps because it has been triggered) can also be more than that: it can act as a stimulant – blood pressure rises, vision becomes clearer, a more conscious perception of one’s own body and focus on the immediate surroundings sets in – one’s own body adjusts to a kind of hunting. This can lead to so-called shifts (as described here).
A secular theory, which is discussed in the vampyre society, regards humans as hunters and vampyres as a form of the same, who have not lost this hunting instinct. Humans belong to the hunters (and gatherers of course), we all have gifts to hunt, kill and finally eat animals, only our refrigerators are well filled and this gift remains unused at least in our society.
The desire – is one at the mercy of it?
Especially in the awakening phase, many people report that hunger overwhelms their own thoughts and feelings. One’s own thoughts revolve around the subject of blood, its attraction and the longed-for calm when the thirst is satisfied… Usually the feeling of powerlessness in the face of the desire for blood subsides over time. Either because ways are found to avoid it, to prevent it or to satisfy it.
And even though it can be a very unpleasant companion, it does not force us to commit violent acts (as sometimes read in the tabloids or in crime stories) or to die from them. Vs should also always keep a rational overview of their actions because of their reflective nature.
So here it is necessary to give in to one’s own/religious/natural/… morality – no human should be taken by surprise. Nobody may be hurt who does not voluntarily agree to it. A donor who gives his consent to bodily harm and blood donation is of highest value for the vampyre.
Similar codes of conduct apply here as in any other scene entering the grey zone (for example BDSM). From a legal point of view, depending on how it is interpreted, it is immorality, bodily harm or similar. And even if I appeal to the intellect here, I have to admit that I cannot (yet) estimate “my” hunger. So if I can’t be sure not to hurt my donor, then I should avoid triggers or find other ways to deal with them.
Anyway, I will not die of my thirst, it just makes it harder than it should be…
Drink red juices
Eat a rare steak
Eat something hot
Do some walk
This is of course not an exhaustive list.
All of these actions can help to quench the thirst in a more relaxed way. They can be used preventively, if one tends to recognize it too late or as a substitute action in case it has already occurred. Not everyone has a voluntary donor on hand and so the V must take action himself.
My own thirst, for example, usually sneaks up on me for a few days and then takes me by surprise – I’m not very good at recognizing it in time yet. Apart from that I still lack insight. I see the thirst, I notice my lust for blood and yet I can’t bring myself to actually pursue it. Only when I have accepted this part will I be able to satisfy it – in agreement with a voluntary donor. Until then, I will do a lot of sports, eat a healthy diet and treat myself to a glass of iron fizz here and there. 😀