That is Kirsten Dunst as new vampire Claudia in the movie version of the Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), realizing she has a new source of incredible vitality and life force.
“Blood stands for life, and blood is also the archetypal symbol of the soul (life energy). Therefore blood is a central symbol in many religions, including the Christian. The central image of all vampire lore is blood.”
“The image of the vampire is dark. Like an insatiable void, vampires consume another person and suck away their life energy.”
From article: “ Vampire, The Archetype ” by Robert L. Johnson, Ph.D., M.Div., L.M.H.C.. The Tallahassee Center for Jungian Studies.
A similar concept of creatures who steal life energy is found in the Harry Potter stories and movies.
“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them… Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you.” – Remus Lupin to Harry Potter.
J. K. Rowling revealed that the inspiration for Dementors “came from her bout with severe depression before her phenomenal success. She described the feeling as an ‘absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad.’” [From the page harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Dementor ]
The new movie Snow White and The Huntsman – with a revised story far away from the Disney version – also includes that theme of stealing vitality and power from others.
The evil queen Ravenna (portrayed so dynamically by Charlize Theron) maintains her dark supernatural powers by sucking life from others, such as Greta (Lily Cole) in this image, who then quickly ages and withers.
In another scene, Ravenna says: “Do you hear that? It’s the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair. But now their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power.”
And she fears that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) will overcome her power, restoring positive energy to the kingdom.
But do we need to steal life force and energy from others to have it for ourselves?
There are many quotes and excerpts from articles and books throughout the TalentDevelop sites that indicate ways we can enhance our vitality, using ideas of psychologists, personal growth authors and counselors.
In his stimulating book The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive, Brendon Burchard details specific strategies, and writes:
“You’re waiting for some kind of permission or right timing to live full out every single day. You feel a restless desire for something more.
“Well, I’m here to tell you that you deserve something more. But there’s a catch: to get it, you’re going to have to demand more of yourself. Those words might discourage you or even stop you dead from reading on, I know.
“You’re already fighting hard to stay afloat and awake, hammered by a tough economy, unreasonable demands from every quarter, and not enough sleep. Probably the last thing you want to hear is that you’ve got to try harder, work smarter, or give more in life.”
But, he continues, “The problem is, you do. And whether it makes me popular or not, I’m going to challenge you in these pages—and I hope you let me and then rise to the challenge, because I think you know there actually is more for you out there.
“I think you’ve tasted plenty of magically happy, engaged, and satisfying moments in your life and are willing to do what it takes to enjoy more of them.
“You can remember times when you had more fun, when you were wild and carefree and felt more excited and hopeful than you ever imagined possible. In short, you’ve already had a glimpse, a taste, of the Charged Life — a heightened existence that makes you feel energized, engaged, and enthusiastic about living.”
How will his book help us do that?
I have just started reading it, and am impressed with the range of inspiration and information he provides.
The Amazon.com summary says in his book Burchard uses “pioneering studies from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, as well as great stories from his own experience.”
The ten simple drives of human emotion and happiness he identifies:
“The Charge is an inspiring guide to the one thing we all want: more life in our lives. Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness our emotional drives to feel more alive, and that it’s our internal charge that helps us meet life’s challenges with joy and courage. I love this book.” — Paulo Coelho, New York Times best-selling author of The Alchemist.