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  1. I see your point, but there's a flaw in that argument. Appropriation isn't about stealing just any word from another culture. It's taking a word out of its original context, one that is sacred or significant in that culture. A word like "baseball" doesn't carry the same emotional significance as "tulpa", which comes from a very specific kind of ritual in Tibetan Buddhism that is still being practiced today. You just can't compare the two. We see the damage of appropriation when we look at the use of terms such as "smudging" taken from a Native American ritual, or using their sacred cloth
  2. I understand. One of the reasons I also use "tulpa" when I'm online is because people know what I'm talking about when I say "tulpa." The word has been in use in the West for quite some time, and there are plenty of relevant resources located under that term. Other terms like thoughtform, construct and headmate aren't quite specific enough, because Western tulpamancy has accumulated a lot of specific practices and techniques, and the experiences that come with it are... in a way, unique. I can't find resources with enough relevant detail when I search for words like "thoughtform". I do like
  3. I came across this post: http://www.blueflamemagick.com/index.php/2014/09/14/tulpa-not-what-you-think/ A quick look on the search engine shows very little discussion for appropriation on this forum. So I'd like to hear thoughts on this, even if it is a difficult subject to tackle. Reasons for and against using the term "tulpa"? How do you justify using this term out of its original, religious context? Is it necessary to change our terminology? What term would we replace "tulpa" with? I myself freely use the term "tulpa", but I'm concerned with the ethics of doing so.
  4. There are plenty of roleplayers around who do exactly what you say, Tim. But I still like to make room for doubt on both ends of the scale. Right now I have no reason to completely believe the majority of multiples are telling the truth, and I have no reason to completely believe the majority are roleplayers. Nevertheless, It seems quite improbable to me that, 90% perhaps, are pretenders wallowing in their pride, but I can only theorise until I've met a multiple for myself and decided that they are telling the truth, which is pretty much all you can do.
  5. That's it. Since the brain is accustomed to processing tons of sensory information everyday, a lack of it might well be very effective in inducing hallucinations. Not sure how long you'd have to sit in an empty room, though. I'm thinking, do you have to be relaxed or dazed to be able to get to that stage where you're really seeing things that aren't there? (I'm just talking about hallucinations in general here) because I imagine people in solitary confinement would get incredibly worked up. Maybe that has little or nothing to do with hallucinating, but I imagine them, being so starved of senso
  6. Looks like I'm getting ahead of myself. That's true. It's hard to impose when there's a lot of things going on. I somehow feel like my tulpa, or who/whatever it is I'm imposing has to reach that same level of realism, or live up to how realistic my environment is to me. You probably have to be a little dazed or space out a little (if you're a beginner, anyway), anything to blur that heavy distinction between what's there and what you're trying to conjure up. A quiet room, yes, perhaps one with not so many objects to take up concentration. A dark room, as long as there is some light (too dar
  7. Greetings, fellow daemian. Near of Sanderling, here.
  8. See this is what I mean about skimming texts... *Reads final paragraph* So expectations manifest sensory input in order to satisfy those expectations and relieve sensory deprivation. Now if you put it that way... Yes, that is plausible. I remember my teacher (who teaches psychology) drawing four dots on the white board. Then he asked, "What shape is this?" and all the naive little year 7s put their hands up and said "It's a square!" when in fact it wasn't a square, it was only four dots. But my teacher explained, using that rather lame trick, that the subconscious mind automatically fills i
  9. That may be true, Zaros, we might never know. But it is important to allow people to talk about themselves, whether or not it may be true. Having your ideas rejected and rejecting the ideas of others can be very damaging, and often does not work in your favour. So, even if I didn't think the Multiples are telling the truth, what they're saying isn't harmful, so try not to deny or reject what they're saying, just go along with it and treat it neutrally. In other words, humour them. After all, there are plenty of people out there who'd call us tulpamancers freaks and say we need professional hel
  10. I can see where you're coming from. My experience differs in that I am not as close to my first tulpa as I am to one of my later ones. And for me as a writer, the stories that I have the least expectations for turn out to have great potential, and the ones I thought had great potential... well, most of them didn't even make it past the first page. But somehow, the practice pieces which I don't intend to spend too long on end up growing and growing in pages and chapters. One creative piece I did was only meant to be a one shot to improve on my description of atmosphere and scenery, and it ended
  11. Forgive my rudeness for somewhat skimming your text, and thus making any mistakes or misunderstandings, if I have. Relating to what HazyM mentioned, if we were to apply your logic, then I think 'time' would not be such a great factor in contributing to the weight of an idea. Instead, look at the detail or, say, intensity of a thought. Like your example of a paranoid person. The fear that person experienced was conjured up in a moment, yet it is incredibly intense. If you were to argue that time has been invested into the paranoid person' fear in the past, such as a bad experience, however b
  12. I'm glad to see our thoughts concur on this. Yes, there is potential. I do believe that what we've talked about on what tulpas and their hosts can do, is possible and achievable. There are factors that influence the likelihood of that happening, but nonetheless it can happen. Perhaps in time, some of us will be able to contribute our findings to the forum in regards to this.
  13. Of course. Since you mentioned that, I have put a warning in bold. I understand how ideas can get to people sometimes. That is interesting. In fact, I am looking into that myself. So far I have recorded the development of my tulpa, Giovanni, on my PR, and I have often entertained the idea that he could develop enough to become that second personality, or alter ego, that you speak of. As is my habit, I will treat this idea with doubt until I have seen it with my own eyes, but I will say that for the most part, tulpas will tend not to become the "dominant force". For many reasons. The
  14. Unfortunately, yesterday I was ill, and conversation between Giovanni and I was scarce. I worked on a new story pretty much from dawn to dusk, and though I haven't yet thought of a title for it (you probably noticed already I'm bad with titles, haha) I have reached 59 A5 pages in less than a week, which is quite impressive considering my free time is limited. Sometimes I'll sit in front of the laptop and write for days on end, and I immerse myself so deeply into the story, I'll suddenly look up from the screen and get a little confused as to what the hell I'm doing in my tiny, cramped stud
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