Castes and the Quality of Energy
Written by: Michelle Belanger
The caste system exists to help us better understand our differences, particularly in the manner each of us relates to energy.
Those that I term Priests have the greatest energy need. This greater need exists for several reasons. First, a priest's connection to his physical body is very fragile, and in order to keep both the body and the spirit in a balanced and healthy state, a certain amount of energy is required. Second, because of his disconnectedness from the physical world, a Priest can better interact with the subtle reality, but the workings he effects upon this level also require the expenditure of energy. Finally, a Priest's system cycles energy at a very high rate, and thus that system requires energy of a very high quality in order to function properly.
It helps to think of this in alchemical terms. The alchemist puts a great quantity of ordinary mercury into the athanor, or alchemical forge. The extreme temperatures of this forge then burn away all the impurities in the ordinary mercury. What is left is alchemical mercury, a refined component crucial to the making of the elixir of immortality. Yet in comparing the final product of alchemical mercury to the original quantity of ordinary mercury, there is a huge discrepancy. Much of the original substance has been lost, burned away, and so the quantity seems diminished. And yet in terms of quality and purity, even the smallest amount of alchemical mercury outweighs ordinary mercury.
If this comparison seems inapt, keep in mind that much of the alchemical language was symbolic of deeper meanings. Alchemy used chemical reactions as metaphors for spiritual transformations. Thus, mercury was not intended as such in most alchemical descriptions. Mercury was simply the actual, physical element which most closely mirrored the qualities of the subtle substance the alchemists were working with. This substance, equated with mercury throughout all alchemical texts, was the very energy of the subtle reality. It is fluid and mutable, solid yet flowing - precisely like mercury in the physical world.
If a Priest were to take energy from an ordinary person he passed on the street, he would have to take a massive quantity of this person's energy in order to feel like he was taking anything at all. Then, after taking this energy, the Priest would have to expend a considerable effort changing it to a state that he could use. This is not to imply that a Priest is necessarily better than an average person on the street; only that the Priest's energy cycles at a higher level. Without some amount of spiritual cultivation, a person's energy is unfocused and stagnant. There are many impurities, and the energy cycles at a very low rate. This is like comparing alchemical mercury with ordinary mercury. They are two aspects of the same thing, but one is greatly more refined than the other.
If required to sustain themselves upon the energy of ordinary people, the Priests would constantly be taking energy in and fighting to process it. The amount of energy expended in taking and processing would almost equal the end result, and so the priests would be in a constant state of need. This is where the Counselors come in.
Counselors exist in a state of balance. Where the Priest is predominantly a being of spirit with a tenuous hold upon the body, a Counselor exists in the union of body and spirit. Where a Priest must constantly take energy in to sustain himself, a Counselor can take or give and still maintain her natural equilibrium. Where a Priest cycles at such a high rate that taking energy from ordinary people is almost counterproductive, the Counselor serves as a bridge between states, able to interact with the lower cycling energy of ordinary people as well as energy that cycles at higher and higher rates. Thus, if the Priests can be seen as needing energy transmuted in the alchemical forge, the Counselors are themselves that forge.
A Counselor is a bridge between states. Whenever a Counselor comes into contact with someone's energy, it is natural for them to balance that energy out. This is what makes them so very empathic, so driven to relate to people, to touch, to merge, to connect. They sync up with others, sharing with them on deep and unspoken levels. This is a physical, emotional, and psychological manifestation of a metaphysical process.
Within the Counselors, energy is constantly being cycled and exchanged; their state of balance is not a stagnant one, but one of dynamic change. In exchanging energy with others, a Counselor refines that energy, clearing out impurities and making the stagnant move once again. Thus, when a Counselor takes in energy from an ordinary person, they can then turn around and give that energy to a Priest, and the energy shunted through the Counselor will be able to sustain the Priest. However, were the Priest to take the same amount of energy from the ordinary person that the Counselor had taken, that energy would not be sustaining for the Priest. The intermediary step is one of transmutation, and it is a vital interaction between Priest and Counselor caste.
By constantly taking energy in and transmuting it, however, Counselors often develop a build-up of energy within themselves. They are not meant to take all the time; there is a need for equilibrium. And so the natural and necessary function of a Priest is to take this excess energy, thus clearing and resetting the Counselor's system so they can achieve equilibrium and start the whole process of transmutation over again. A Counselor can donate to a Warrior as well as a Priest, although Warriors need to take far less frequently than members of the Priest caste.
Warriors are anchors and foundations. They are spiritual beings, but they are very firmly grounded. Like Counselors, the Warriors serve as forges as well, but they are self-contained forges. A Warrior does not give the energy he takes as a Counselor does. A Warrior's energy is not meant to sustain. Instead, the Warrior takes in energy and transmutes it to something volatile. Warriors can harness this volatile energy to sustain themselves, but it is best put to use for external effects. This energy is then stored deep within, against the time when the Warrior requires it to enact something potent.
Warriors, more than either of the other two castes, are intended to function on their own. Their systems are self-sustaining, and they do not need the kind of energy interaction that often typifies the relationship between a Counselor and a Priest. Warriors have natural shields, a kind of spiritual armor, that keeps their energy in and other energy out. These shields make it nearly impossible for anyone to psychically attack a Warrior and it also makes it very difficult for anyone to feed from them. These shields are very strong and are sustained unconsciously. It usually takes a conscious effort on the part of the Warrior to lower these shields, and even then, the barriers are never completely gone.
Many Warriors are never even recognized as vampires. They rarely need to feed, and when they are unawakened, this capacity is almost completely dormant in them. The shields often obscure any kind of beacon a Warrior may have, and the difficulty with which Warriors sense the subtle reality makes it easy for them and others to presume that they have no potential for awakening at all. But once the volatile forge within a Warrior has been stoked and he has begun to learn to work around his natural defenses, the members of this caste are formidable energy workers, especially because of the quality of energy they are capable of producing when it is needed.
As you can see, much of this is not really about taking and feeding so much as it is about changing and transforming. Priests take energy in, cycle it to a higher level, and immediately put it back out again. They take and they give. Warriors take energy in, change it into something volatile, and store it deep within. They take and they store. Counselors take energy in, transmute it to a higher state, and store it so it can be given to another. They take, store, and give. All three castes function like alchemical forges in that they take in energy at one state but transmute it in their systems to something finer and more intense. But all three are different compliments of the other. Each achieves within them different stages of the Great Work. This is how, through the right interaction between these castes, a small quantity of energy exchanged among them can generate something massive and potent.