Film: The Twilight Saga, by Parvati Devi and Pranada Devi
Films, with their moving, flickering images, can capture the elusive yet magical qualities of the temporal world we inhabit like no other art form. Yet not all that shimmers is gold. The Twilight series is no exception.
Not all energies present on the Earth today, nor all information available to us, are aligned with our highest good. Some may have heard, for example, that the number 911 symbolizes DNA completion, or that it is some kind of “angel number”. In fact, the number 911 references a vampiric interference pattern, a tricky energy that violates and feeds on others. When the world watched the twin towers fall on 9/11, we saw the horror of violation in action. Seeing the number 911 is a wake-up call that interference is at play and that vigilance and fierce discernment are required for conscious action.
Interestingly, the first Twilight book, romanticizing vampiric energies, emerged a few years after the 9/11 tragedy and quickly became a part of popular culture. The reach of the Twilight series comes at a time when we need to learn as a people about what to take in and what to discard. We pollute our planet with chemicals that harm its balance. We pollute our minds with romantic thoughts of vampiric beings, whose very nature is to take and feed.
This is not to say that the Twilight series is poorly made. Many moviegoers and avid readers have enjoyed it. The suggestion here is not about the craft of entertainment, but of what energies we are entertaining and amplifying as we engage with them. It seems to us that the Twilight books and films proliferate an impossibilities energy dynamic through a co-creation with vampire consciousness.
In the Twilight saga, Bella, the leading character, who has low self-esteem and little personality of her own, falls in love with a sparkly and predatorial creature who violates her boundaries. This does not mirror to us a healthy relationship but gives us the opportunity to witness how passively waiting for rescue can attract energies that seek to take advantage.
As the series concludes, Bella has become a vampire in order to survive the birth of a half-human, half-vampire daughter. Some viewers celebrate, in the latest and concluding movie in the saga, that Bella has become more powerful and finally has some character of her own. The problem here, though, is that the power she has taken on is not her own and it comes at the expense of her humanity. Instead of being fully human and fully herself, the saga suggests that it is a better choice for her to become the same as the sparkling, too-good-to-be-true, super-powered boundary-blurring energy to which she has been attracted.
The energy in the movies as a whole feels to us like a hall of mirrors, shining and apparently dynamic but devoid of life and vibrancy.
Rather than dismissing vampiric energy, or the Twilight series, as bad, we can see them as an expression of our own resistance to our true magnificence. When we engage this resistance, we cloud our light and interfere with our evolution.
The atrocities of 9/11 left lives ravaged. And as with all endings, there were beginnings. The US had to look deeper into its psyche as a nation and evolve. One could argue that the Occupy movement was an expression of a transition into a deeper maturity as a people, learning to live in greater balance on the planet.
So too, the movie industry reflects back to us the greatness of the transition we are facing culturally. We can choose to let seductive ideas of dark romance sugar-coat our attachments to being victimized, leeched upon or vamped, or treating others that way, and continue to cling to those attachments. Or we can choose to let go of the inevitable suffering that comes from holding on to the vampires that hide in the shadows of our psyche.