While reading The Serpent Power by Woodroffe (which is about the chakras and kundalini yoga), I came upon this interesting paragraph: "Thus, an author who, I am informed, had considerable knowledge of things occult, speaks of the Suṣumnā as a " force" which "cannot be energised until Īdā and Piṅgalā have preceded it," which "passes to the accompaniment of violent shock through each section of the spinal marrow," and which, on the awakening of the sacral plexus, passes along the spinal cord and impinges on the brain, with the result that the neophyte finds" himself to be an unembodied soul alone in the black abyss of empty space, struggling against dread and terror unutterable".
It is the idea that in order to use Suṣumnā, the initiate has to be shocked (or traumatized) first. What it immediately reminded me of was Nicholas DeVere's writings on the Derkesthei experience, which stated that in order to be fully awakened, one must go through a deep psychological shock. Only then can the subconscious be aroused and the dormant areas of the brain come to the fore. What is interesting is that he was of course speaking about the Dragon legacy, which was associated with vampirism, which he explains:
"Vampire stems from the word "vber" or "uber", and means "witch." It originates in Anatolia; the location of the seven yearly Druidic gatherings: the Nemetons. "Witch" in Gaelic is "Druidhe", or "druid." In practical terms and suggested by the term "uber" itself, a Scythian druid was an overlord, and so originally a vampire was an overlord, and hence a Dragon.
The purpose of vampirism depends on the type of vampirism practiced. Starfire was the purpose of "royal" or druidic vampirism in the ancient Scythian families, and in Scythian "warrior" vampirism, drinking the blood of fallen brothers in battle was intended to take their essence and bravery into the recipient. The blood of vanquished foes was also drunk. In both cases, this also had the advantage of topping up one's adrenaline and testosterone levels in the heat of conflict. The folklore image of the vampire in Europe stems from this historical root. Vampirism was an integral part of Scythian/Dragon life."
Somehow the myth of the vampire and the awakening ritual became popularised through fiction, so that what was an initiation ceremony- a symbol of death and rebirth into a new, more intelligent and self-aware body (that participates in star-fire, or blood drinking, ceremonies)- is now part and parcel of becoming a vampire