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  1. Blank vote for now, leaning toward disapproval until author fixes a few issues, but I'm liking some parts about the guide enough that it could fit into its own guide or even in Tips section, so I hope the author considers my comments. If those issues are fixed, you can count on my implicit approval, in the event I won't be able to reply in the next few days. Some of the things you've mentioned do sound close to possession, but that's all a matter of definitions used. I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment here. Most people in this community severly limit their tulpas with their belief systems. In practice, a lot more things are possible than they think, but most things are made insurmountably hard by all kinds of negative expectations. This is less of a problem with tulpas, and more a community-wide problem where beliefs come pre-baked and given to newbies before they had a chance to truly find out for themselves what's possible or not. I find it a fairly sad situation, but in a way, it's also what keeps some weirder things from happening, even if they're possible, so the wide majority of people merely experience tulpas as perfectly safe and harmless in all possible situations, and tulpas that develop in this and that way, which match community expectations of how they're supposed to develop and grow. This isn't to say tulpas are likely to be unsafe: they usually would be safe even without those limiting beliefs, because most healthy tulpa and host relationships are symbiotic/cooperative, after all, sharing a body and head, and empathizing with the other person will result in that. While this is a good example of a resilient tulpa that wants to survive, I do think obsessing about wanting to get rid of a tulpa won't really do anything. Possible real ways to "get rid" of a tulpa would be any of the following: a. complete ignoring and short-circuiting of all thoughts and memories related to the tulpa - note this may not be effective for a sufficiently developed tulpa, and would be dangerous for one that can switch (no communication + switching = losing time in the worst case, de-facto what makes DID troublesome for some) b. treating tulpa as part of yourself, think you're parroting all the time, or simply, take agency over all their actions c. merging, similar as b, but making the tulpa more of a part of your identity, retaining continuity with all their actions and memories, that is, you being both as one person. Obsessing about getting rid of a tulpa/alter/headmate/etc, will never work as it just gives them more attention and gives them more opportunities to develop, if anything, it may give them the right emotions to accelerate their growth, even though, I can't imagine it would all that positive to start with - who would want to live in the head of a person that doesn't want you alive? Your own mental state is unique, you have (mostly) good communication, imagination, imposition and switching skills (from what I recall seeing in your mentorship post on r/tulpas), that makes having a tulpa easy for you. Put it differently, your brain is used to having tulpas/alters/etc. Forcing isn't just for the tulpa, it's a lot for the host, for them to have good imagination, for them to be able to develop a relationship with their tulpa, for them to see their tulpa grow, etc. Especially, for the host to be able to realize the tulpa as being their own person, if they're so inclined to go down that wonderful path. Realizations which are only possible the more the tulpa shows the host their abilities to do things and grow, and the more the host realizes they can just let the tulpa do things and starts letting go of control over parts of their imagination, when they stop taking agency over every damn little thing in their imagination, and let another coherent personality/will do it (such as the tulpa). Another way of putting it, would be to say that once your whole psyche/brain/unconscious is capable of tulpas, there's not that much required to maintain (or even create) them. Yes, this is essential, not just for switching, but for having a tulpa in general, at least a tulpa that feels like a real person, capable of their own will/actions, emotions, thoughts, ideas, opinions, etc. This realization may be gradual, or it may be sudden, or it could even be forced, but in the latter case, one should be careful how they do it. Of all things you said, you should realize that a lot of tulpas in this community are limited, but some are worse - some people may say they have a tulpa, but not truly believe the tulpa to be a person, and even if they may call it a person consciously, it's just a belief-in-belief, they don't really believe at a deeper, implicit, unconscious level that their tulpa is as real a person as they are, or that they're not as capable of their actions, or less independent, and so on. And who would you switch with, if you don't believe deep down that you have a person capable of just handling the body things so that you could go off have imaginary adventures in your wonderland or even sleep? A lot of the problems you may encounter are related to hosts not yet fully trusting their tulpas as being full persons - how they get there is up to them, sometimes you can just do it, but don't underestimate the stubbornness, lack of suggestibility, etc of some people - many times they need to be convinced by their tulpas (through subjective evidence). One could go into far longer discussions about the development of independence/autonomy of a tulpa, all the limiting beliefs and expectation people in this community hold, and how echo-chambery some parts of the community are at times, and how this is detrimental to the development of truly free and independent tulpas. On the bright side, this situation may be having a slightly positive effect on the average/mean mental health of the entire community: consider for example, all those soulbonders from early 2000s and how many of them became *plural*, while having expectations that plurality worked in similar ways as sometimes the less than orderly kind worked - you'd find experiences go all over the place, when at its core, "soul bonding" creation/"summoning" methods worked similar enough to tulpa creation methods, just usually with a little bit less originality. From what I've seen in the past 2.5 years, enough people have already reached most possible extremes of development for a tulpa, for example, there are a few people who would seem close enough to that of a plural system that has a lot of "hosts", with switching and even a few who lost time (which is obviously not desirable by most people). Of course, the wide majority of people never reach such extremes, which may be a bit more positive for their overall mental health, if somewhat limiting for what a tulpa truly is as far as their psychological workings are concerned (that is, most tulpa's development and abilities are severely limited by community/socially enforced expectations). Not everyone can easily "let go". You should possibly be more specific here as to what you mean, even if I sort of know what you mean, I don't know if enough other readers will understand. Trust is an important factor as well, and people will have to learn to work out their trust issues before they can switch. A lot of your ideas resembles these switching tips/methods present on a for-multiples wiki: Consider for example these tips from there, and compare with your own: While I do agree that it's a gradual thing, your definition here doesn't match this community's definition precisely. As Sands showed you earlier with his picture at possession and switching are a continuum, or a sliding scale. Your definition of switching seems to be more relaxed than the definition commonly used in this community, that is, you include anything with the host not in full control as switching, up to full-on, fully-dissociated from senses/ignoring senses as switching, while we usually consider switching as "tulpa being alone in the body" and maybe "host being in some imaginary world, sensing it vividly, while not sensing the body", and more rarely, "host being asleep or unconscious" (host and tulpa are equivalent functionally here, the use of 'host' here is merely to give an example). The multiple definition of switching is sometimes more relaxed as well, but more commonly it does actually imply the full sensory dissociation definition we're talking about, but also including the unconscious host (or "losing time"), for those less fortunate. It's also worth considering that 'possession' best fits the multiple 'co-fronting/co-presence' terms, but not always precisely so. Some multiple sites have 'possession' in their glossary to usually mean the metaphysical (read: occult) interpretation of a spirit taking a body, along with various other connotations. In multiple vocabulary, switching is a change in "fronts", with a person going into the "back" and another coming to the "front" (of course, many variations are possible). The definition of the "back" many times does include sensory dissociation though, while "front" means being strongly in the body, acting and sensing through it. It's also worth considering that redefining switching to include co-fronting/possession is detrimental in that it loses an important goal people strive for - for the tulpa to be alone in the body and the host to be somewhere in his mind, not sensing the senses. Saying it's possession is a bit like saying imposition is visualization, which while not inaccurate as imposition is usually reached through visualizing in the right way, it misses the point that imposition is a hallucination, despite being a very high-level form of "visualization" (one which is direct and immediate and ~real~ and felt as if physically perceived or hallucinated). I know of quite a few people who did do switching by first fully dissociating from senses *then* the tulpa ending up in control. I'm not sure it counts as the most common method, but it's common and important enough that one shouldn't forget about it. You shouldn't forget how many people in this community just can't "get out" at all, they barely feel sensory dissociation or move past possession, and sometimes possession doesn't quite feel alien to them, and so on. Some could go on for months. A common, but far from unique, example of this would be koomer, who many people thought he was switching, but in reality it was a permanent sort of possession with him simply watching the tulpa do things without feeling any less in the body. If I recall right, the host would forget about their identity and sort of assume the tulpa's identity and just watch their actions, possibly even slightly identifying with them. That sort of thing rarely leads to switching and one should generally learn to overcome that sort of thing and get a real switch. If people just think that that will lead them to switching while they haven't perceived any changes in their perception, they may end up just wasting a lot of time possessing while expecting to be switched and not noticing anything different - this is why there has to be just a little shred of sensory dissociation for it to start turning into switching (however, I will give you one point - most people that properly treat their tulpas as a person, wouldn't identity with them too strongly and thus learn to dissociate from senses naturally, which will make that possession slide into switching gradually). Yes, very yes. I wish you would stress this point more. That wiki switching guide actually does this more than you do. There's so many useful relaxation tips, especially in the context of possession and switching - I'd like to see more in a guide. Agreed, a host and a tulpa shouldn't place such excessive limitations on their existence, however at the same time, I'm not sure all the limitations you describe are truly there in everyone's mind! Most people who do this process right end up realizing the tulpa's personhood and everything that implies, which at the same time should get them to understanding the tulpa's autonomy/independence and their ability to sustain themselves - it's just thinking after all (obviously, a host would have to do the same when they switch and are no longer bombarded by their physical senses, otherwise, they could become unconscious in the worst case scenario). However, one thing you may miss is that some things come easier to some people, and some things come harder, for someone you could conceive it would take years to make a tulpa or to switch, because maybe they're slow at learning the right things they require, but enough times they do figure it out, even if it takes a long time! That's not as simple as you may think. Sometimes someone may consciously say they want to switch, but unconsciously fear it, or lack a true "want" for it. Sometimes they may be more drawn to the senses or what the tulpa does, despite consciously wanting to switching. Sometimes, they have trouble separating their own focus from the tulpa's (lack of sensory dissociation), and so on. There are a lot of possible issues here where a host may say they want to switch, without truly, deeply wanting it, or maybe they have other wants that would keep them watching their physical senses or their tulpa more, alternatively, they may have fears or trust issues which would prevent them from truly giving the tulpa the reins, even if they, the host, want to do it a lot! That would be sort of possession or co-fronting, although blendy-ness (or gasp, merging (a most misunderstood word in this community)) usually does not involve sufficient alien feelings or sensory dissociation. And as I've said before, a host may say they want to do it, while unconsciously not wanting to do it, or feeling unable to do it. You should really seek out people who are having trouble switching and examine their mindsets so that you can be convinced they at least consciously want to do it, while unconsciously having all kinds of conflicting desires! That's essentially saying that if you (tulpa and host) want to switch, you should just do it, which is pretty true, but same is true for most tulpa things. Yes, it's all intent and many things can be simply done. A lot of people don't realize they can just do it, and they need to be reminded of it. However, not everyone can just do it, and some may need helpful hints for getting there - having more of that in your guide would be nice! But I do agree with your main point in that, when it boils down to it, the host and tulpa tulpa can just do anything they want in their mind as long as there is desire and intent, and some things, possibly switching included, are too simple to be elaborated in words, they may be the sort of things that just happen, like how we don't think of how we should move our muscles when controlling the body, we just do it! As for the lead up: as I've mentioned before, some people do it in reverse, they ignore senses and tulpa ends up in control, for them, the skill can be developed enough in that they just do it as easily as you would do it using your own method. I don't think their method is flawed at all, and they don't have to change anything - they do what works for them, and that's fine! This reminds me of a certain someone that wanted to switch, but couldn't trust a tulpa in the body, or even let them have their own desires and motivations. Seeing as how my view is close enough to yours in the way that, things sort of happen because 'someone' (host or tulpa or both) wants them, a tulpa without sufficient wants may be one whom switching with would very be difficult as they're not taking control of the body as they have no reason or motivation to do so. I suppose this point has a lot to do with the tulpa being their own person with their own motivations and drives and that if someone doesn't let their tulpa be that, how can they switch? (or worse, who would they switch with?) Ahaha. I hope you realize that a tulpa will have better ways of getting the host to relax than bossing them around. That's not always that relaxing! To give an example, they could hypnotize the host or guide their imagery in a way that calms and relaxes them and just gets them out from sensing those real senses. A tulpa can do a lot, including mess with the host's attention(if the host lets them, usually), so there are a lot of options for a tulpa to help a host relax which doesn't always involve "bossing them around", if that would be sufficiently relaxing to begin with (although, I suppose suggestions given from a position of authority do work on some people - this is a well-known technique used in many hypnosis inductions). Yes, sometimes all it takes for a tulpa to possess is for them wanting to move the body. It's as simple as that. Who is building up negative expectations in the reader this time? I know enough examples of non-short lived first switches. I'm guessing you're extrapolating from personal experience, but you should realize this is a limitation that may be specific to you and that it shouldn't be given to your guide's readers, especially when it's known to be false for other people. Pretty agreeable, although I suppose soon enough the host will realize how much responsibility having a tulpa is and that it involves a lot of compromises from them, especially if the tulpas start having a life outside their imagination. At the same time, I think this is something most tulpas realize on their own once they get there without it needing to be drilled into their heads - it's just a natural conclusion. You may also enjoy waffles' guide from 2014-08-25: Or Sands' guide from 2014-07-04: Ironic as it may be, many tulpa things just have to be done and there's no point in overcomplicating them. Many people may even disbelieve that some things can simply be done and rather that they need elaborate steps to do it. Your guide is a lot about this, and may also be useful tip in itself - which could belong in Tips and Tricks - to get people to just try doing it first rather than start with all kinds of overcomplicated methods which they may not need. However, as was said by others before me, simply telling someone to do it isn't much of a guide, even if many times there's not much to it than that. On a sidenote, I've seen some people who I won't name here, say that your first switching guide from 5 months ago, was more of an actual guide than the current one, because it guides the reader into doing it rather than simply telling them to do it - in particular, the point about dissociating first or getting into a sufficiently 'deep' state. Many people are stubborn to realize this, because they fear they themselves could be such "constructs" or vice versa, that a mere "construct" can be as full a person as their host's own selves are. Making a tulpa makes us confront our own selves, mind and psychology a lot, to the point were we may reach unusual and strange conclusions, but that's rarely a problem when the results are truly full of wonder (you could try to explain what it's like to have a tulpa to someone all you want, but for them to truly know how amazing it can be, they have to have their own (mental) person to share their life with). Generally this is more "frontloading", or giving the readers expectations and beliefs you have, which while they may be backed up by your own personal experience, they are not generally true. I've seen a lot of counterexamples for the "snatch back" claim, at least, something like a tulpa being in the body themselves for a half a day to a day to more isn't that unusual for some people, even relatively "new" switchers. At the same time, some tulpas who have a better grasp of the body, despite being young also exist. Your suggestions may true for a lot of people, but they're not laws. They may be good suggestions, but if we're to fall into the "good suggestions" trap, you may want to refer to your own "disregard other people's advice" and my comment on that. I'd say the expectations you provide may lead to a more healthy experience (as with many other such artificial expectations), but they are not fundamental limitations a tulpa or host face. And to talk about your concrete case - there are people who disconnect in the right way such that they don't feel any need to snap back, unless of course, the situation requires them (thus they want to snap back, or are even unconsciously compelled to snap back, because associations!). Overall, I think your guide has the right mindset, but requires a couple of changes with regards to the definitions, either the wording needs to be changed to fit more closely to community definitions, or a glossary needs to be added which states the terms being used and that they different from typical definitions used around these parts. Also, I'd hope you'd mention that some things are personal biases rather than rules, such as the whole "snap back" thing.
  2. Quilten +1 - Phaneron does seem quite young, but the way he handles himself in the posts seems fine. I would have preferred to know more about his tulpa's progress/experiences and see some more actual critique from him though. sushi +1 - I think he can do the job, but I don't know if he has the time, also at the same time, I really would like to see him spend more time with his tulpa - which should be far more personally valuable to him than always answering other people's questions/threads on the forum! Dog +1 - I've already seem him critique one guide and seemed mostly fine, even if slightly blunt. Has a sort of troll-ish past, but he seems somewhat changed, so I'm willing to give him a chance. swashy +1 - he could probably do the job, but again, I'd like to hear about that tulpa progress more and see more actual guide critique. Kronkleberry +1 - has some really amazing tulpa experiences(if you've read his PR), and has enough experience dealing with the tulpa community (mostly r/tulpas). I think he'd be very good for it, if he wants to put the time into it. Likely has more tulpa experience/progress than 80% of the nominations, which is something I was worried some of nominees may be lacking in. Joshua +1 - yet another person with really good tulpa development and experiences, coming from r/tulpas part of the community, however much newer to it than Kronkleberry, which may provide a good contrast in viewpoints ("older" or "newer"), if such a thing even exists!
  3. I do recall a certain /jp/ anon maintaining a large collection of such clips/archives, mostly around 2011 or earlier. They were somewhat fun to listen to, but I hadn't thought about them as much in the recent years. As luck would have it, a week or more ago, I encountered a similar collection, this time made by some /a/ anon, and listened to a few clips. Results: binaural clips made me pay a lot of attention to the spatial position of the voice and a lot of qualities of the voice, sometimes results in ASMR, which itself makes me remember the voices and how they feel in 3D space much better. End result: improved auditory/vocal imagination. Early on, I would do something like this, but not with those kinds of voice recordings, as most are fairly NSFW, but instead I just loaded episodes of shows or anime in Aegisub and just played lines over and over while having myself or the tulpa try to imagine saying them. The most surprising result for me was that the next day when I interacted with her, she was able to do all the detailed vocal qualities I had heard the previous day while listening to those recordings, she could do it naturally from memory without even having to practice it - I just had to pay attention to her, and it was quite an amazing surprise to me. Of course, she has had plenty of earlier times when she did have a detailed voice, but lately she was slacking off on it, and examples like that reminded her she could aim much higher as to how realistic or detailed her voice sounds. I can say without a doubt she improved her voice in new ways after this. I don't see how listening to more samples that get one to better understand various unique vocal qualities or how voices work in 3D space would ever be harmful if you want your tulpa to learn to have a detailed voice. Having the tulpa change their voice entirely is of course an entirely different cup of tea, but it's not like they have to be limited to one form or one voice, or that they have to take an entire voice as is, rather than just incorporate qualities they like. In either case, the pros/cons of using these Japanese "voice" recordings for the purpose to improving or developing a tulpa's voice, as I see them: Pros: - Large variety of recordings (in the thousands) - Large choice in voice actors - Decent sample length: 20-60min+ - Decent quality/detail of voices - Helps with spatial recognition of voice - Helps with volume of voice and other qualities (for example, whispering, shouting, speaking softly, speaking loudly, and so on) - If ASMR is caused, may make retaining memories of them easier (oh, a tulpa may be able to easily replicate this too!) - Trains your auditory imagination Cons: - Not everyone knows Japanese, if someone doesn't understand what is being spoken that may limit how much they can get out of it. - Usually commercial, although short samples are typically available, and as with most Japanese media, some of it may be found on various imageboards and their archives, but I'm not going to link that here for obvious reasons. Could go other way: - Most recordings are for lewd/ero purposes (even a lot of "SFW" ones). Could result in awkward times if tulpa picks up habits from them.
  4. I don't see why anyone would mind having their replies to a thread quoted/linked in the same thread, so feel free to use whatever you wish.
  5. Approved, Tips and Tricks (or possibly even Guides, as some of the ideas behind it are important enough that they would deserve a Guide). I suspect you may be talking about this guide: A few of my comments to that guide may also apply to you own (see thread). It's essentially creating or changing an implicit belief. There is a huge lot that could be said about the sheer amount of things one can usually do with this. Your "relocation" method here is more of a subset of how to do this. Not everyone makes direct distinctions between Fiction and Fantasy, they could be clustered together, or someone could make even more distinctions than you mentioned: for example: "logically impossible"/inconsistent, low probability future event (ex. winning the lottery), ultra-low probability future event (anything close to 0 probability, things you would put in "Fantasy", but which would be theoretically possible, just infinitesimally unlikely, such as a white rabbit popping into existence merely by the virtue of countless particles moving and interacting in such a way as to cause said event), and so on. Then there are other distinctions like "physically real" and "subjectively real", your body is an example of something with physical existence (or so we assume, and have a pretty clear mental category for it). A dream or a hallucination may be something with a subjectively real (to you) existence, but without an objective existence. There's probably a class here which seems to be stronger, the class of what we think is our own mental existence, or our own consciousness and self(model) and sense of continuity and unity and all that. This seems to be that way to us, simply because of its complexity and stability, but it may be that as far as the unconscious mind is concerned, it's of a similar reality as other subjectively real things (such as those dreams, those hallucinations or those behavioral patterns), except this particular pattern is self-reinforcing itself over time. A sufficiently developed tulpa may very well end up like this too, even if at the very start they may be a mere fantasy that's not even given the label of being "mentally real", thus being even less real than a dream. Having an unconscious expectation, or an implicit belief of the tulpa being "real" or "alive" could very well start to give it as much stability as your own self's. I suppose there are some that would call that a delusion (false belief), and a few which are a bit smarter and call it a pseudo-delusion (seems to act on the mind like a delusion, without necessarily being false) - my personal opinion on this is that such beliefs are self-defining - beliefs about our own selves and consciousness, and beliefs about some other mental symbols and processes, and once certain mental loops are closed, the expectations end up self-reinforcing and internally consistent, thus 'true', or at least as true as we are to ourselves. I'm not going to comment as much on the Past, Present, Future axis, in as much as to say that the Present is usually about things in the working memory, thus is talking about immediate experiences, while things in the Past are typically memories, and those in the Future are typically predictions/fantasies, however it's not impossible for a person to mix the Past and the Future as they both have similar qualities - a person could potentially believe that something happened in the past, which didn't, in which case, they would have confabulated or fantasized about it (hence it being similar to confusing a potential event with an actual one that happened), and human memory being unreliable, this may happen more often than you'd think. The Present is far more valuable as it has that "real"-ness and quality, very similar in a way to the "subjectively real" quality on the other axis. In a way, the truly relevant part here is that someone can make something real or true to themselves, and it's many times as easy as the metaphorical flipping of a mental switch or just as simple as saying something is so and observing it being so - not much different from a self-suggestion or affirmation, but if the skill is developed well enough, it could result in great changes. Consider for example someone that can easily change an implicit belief about their immediate perceptions, so that when they think to themselves "I'm seeing a blue elephant (physically) in front of me", they would actually be perceiving/hallucinating/imposing a blue elephant in front of them. That's usually a skill few people have, but some are better at it than others. In a simpler way, you could say a skill like that is about someone learning to make certain things real to themselves, or "subjectively real/true", or simply creating or changing implicit beliefs and expectations with ease. As far as tulpas are concerned, the following suggestions are one of my favorites: "you don't control this" "this is outside your conscious awareness" "this is real to you" "this is unexpected/not coming out of your expectations, yet directed by a coherent will". That is, putting things outside of one's conscious perception or outside one's will are usually good tulpa recipes as they induce the right kind of dissociation that would result in a tulpa or more (as a side-note, there is a solid argument that sensory dissociation usually implies dissociation of consciousness, and most likely separate consciousness streams or separate perception(!)). Are implicit beliefs such as "my tulpa is alive" or "my tulpa is (subjectively) real" or "my tulpa has a will" better than simply developing them naturally the more one gets immersed into one's imagination? I would argue that sometimes they are, because immersion itself doesn't always create self-reinforcing beliefs, you could for example have a nice adventure in your imagination, but treat it like a dream of little importance, while an implicit belief about a mental entity being 'real', could end up self-reinforcing in that it itself is the cause of immersion and other mental effects on a persistent/semi-permanent basis, that is, it could end up becoming stable much quicker or more easily. And as I've been going quite a bit off-topic about these implicit beliefs, I'd like any potential reader to contemplate about what it actually means for them to consider a mental place "real" at an unconscious level - the usual result is that one starts observing that something (be it the place or the tulpa) as outside of themselves, stopping consciously generating it, but rather observing it as something "external" (even if it's internal to one's brain, it's perceptually external/unconsciously generated/immersive, in the sense of it being new information to your conscious self, thus capable of being surprising and stable). This is usually how one gets "autonomous wonderlands" that maintain themselves when one isn't observing and which seem to act like 'real' places - always changing, like any real place would be; various dreamscapes, immersive "otherworlds" even those with unique features like time dilation and more. There is a direct qualitative difference between observing a wonderland one recalls from memory and "being" somewhere where you're just an actor and observing everything being "alive" and immersive around you, while also retaining continuity through other sessions and possibly also allowing your tulpa to interact with it themselves and show you new things! It may also be worth noting that certain "metaphysical" belief systems do sometimes cultivate such kinds of unconscious beliefs that would more easily result in tulpas or autonomous/immersive imaginary worlds that feel completely real to the subject. It's also worth noting that other people do induce such things through hypnosis or even self-hypnosis, or even more direct methods such as what PsiQss' guide talks about. This section talks a lot about "feels" and how to work with them in your mind. This is usually unique to every person, but being mindful of one's own mental processes will eventually teach oneself tricks to more easily manipulate/change/create unconscious expectations/implicit beliefs. Some of the advice is a bit reminiscent of JDBar's guide, where one consciously generates a behavioral or imaginary pattern for their tulpa, then dissociates from controlling that part of the imagination (by assuming it's out of their control, or treating it as implicitly real(!), or making it real to themselves), thus giving one a tulpa that's quickly gaining independence and having an easier time to learn from what you show them. Some of the advice here is a bit symbolic, but in the end, to make something real to yourself in your mind, you have to... Just do it! (and I know I'll probably get some flak over this, but the process is many times as direct as moving one arm or thinking of one word, it cannot be simplified any more than that, it should already be mentally irreducible. You can sometimes observe your mind as it thinks (or just being mindful) to more easily realize how some beliefs form and how you react to certain things and that you can already do most things if you really want to do them or intend to do them). Overall, I do think this guide can work quite well in the guide section, however while I don't have as strong qualms about this being symbolic as Sands does, some parts are overly specific to how the author conceptualizes things, rather than being generalized enough to "most minds", thus I can only approve this for "Tips and Tricks". However, I do believe having a guide for how to "make things (subjectively) real to oneself in one's mind", or how to dissociate from various mental processes, or how to manipulate or debug implicit beliefs/gut feelings/expectations/etc, would really help - things like "mental blocks" or various emotional response patterns can sometimes form negative reinforcing loops that can hinder the tulpa development process (while some other positive reinforcement loops could more easily grow a tulpa). I would even suggest that if someone is having trouble figuring out why their own mind isn't working exactly like they want it to - that they should ask a psychotherapist or a hypnotherapist for advice on it, or if not that, learn to think like one themselves and learn to debug and introspect their own mental "issues" (for example, someone having trouble visualizing due to some bad emotions associated with the process is having an 'issue', but it's certainly not the same severity as some of the disorders in the DSM).
  6. Thanks for the prompt response/update/fix. I don't really do that much web dev, but can do it if/when needed. That's great to hear! I haven't installed MyBB locally to test, but nesting did seem to work if the bbcode tag expansion is done recursively. I don't really see much point in nesting aside from maybe allowing hiding some quotes or something, but that sort of thing could get messy. A plugin that allows the user to configure it would indeed be the cleanest way to do it, although if bandwidth concerns are high, one can always just put all the styles in the theme CSS and the JavaScript in its own .js file, or simply in the tag. Even without doing so, it would likely be possible to make the code much simpler using the already used by the forum, jQuery library, however at the cost of some slowdown as the hide/show/toggle functions do a little bit more than the current code that was used (as they're meant to be generically usable).
  7. People do post long, rambling posts without needing them. They may sometimes put a summary or "tl;dr" at the end, for those not wanting to read the longposts. Anyhow, "hidden" section features tend to be accessibility nightmares in the majority of their implementations as far as them working without JavaScript enabled. (Their meaner cousins "registered-only users", or "pay xx points" to view are far worse, but luckily they don't exist here yet). They're still bad for accessibility even with JavaScript enabled - sometimes you want to expand all the hidden tags on sites that abuse them heavily and you have to click through a lot of them - or write some code to expand them for you! It's worth noting that the forum/site degrades quite gracefully when JavaScript is off for most features, remaining still quite usable for most things (I don't recall when I had to enable JavaScript last time for it to work). However, seeing as this system was implemented here, I could at least petition that the accessibility be improved (along with providing working example code, to save the site staff time): It's usually better to have no "display:none" styles when first rendering the page(on anything the user may want to actually read), so that if JavaScript is disabled, it would still be displayed - then the script would hide them as needed at load time. Here's my attempt at changing the code written by Chupi, with a few small additions to improve accessibility when JavaScript is turned off: [HIDDEN] <-- Click to show/hide hidden text $1 (close hidden text) or "minified": [HIDDEN] <-- Click to show/hide hidden text$1(close hidden text) What's changed? Text is shown when JavaScript is disabled (by default) "hiddentext" and "jsonly" classes added to simplify some of the code, and provide a class for user css to hook on, if someone wanted to change the default from "always hidden" to "always shown", or even have "always hidden" when javascript is off. Links that require JavaScript to function: "[HIDDEN]" "Click to show/hide hidden text" "(close hidden text)" are only shown when JavaScript is enabled, otherwise style is set to "display:none". A script is added after the 2 divs, which locates the parent div, and enables the links that require JavaScript (class "jsonly"), while hiding the content (class "hiddentext"). Other comments: anonymous function wrapper is there to prevent any environment/activation context pollution, the check for getElementsByClassName is there to have things degrade gracefully when in very ancient browsers (IE5-8, FireFox 2.x, and some really old versions of Opera (under 9.x)) which don't support looking up the class name without requiring a more resource intensive DOM walking - for those old browsers, hidden text works the same way that it would if JavaScript were off (although, other JavaScript features will work fine on those browsers, hence the graceful degradation of functionality). Another way of implementing this would be to remove the last script block and simply provide a block for the text that was hidden with "display: none" styles, however doing this means that the original text has 2 instances/copies in the generated page, which has implications for the bandwidth cost, especially if people were to abuse these hidden tags too much. On the subject of bandwidth, regardless of which implementation one uses (original, my modified one, or one that uses a noscript tag), a MyCode version will always duplicate the code (styles and JavaScript) for each use, thus it'll be more costly than having it as part of the site's styles and static scripts (or just part of the theme), which do get cached - a plugin would handle this more efficiently, as far as bandwidth is concerned, however, please keep in mind, most implementations of "hidden" sections in forums have accessibility issues and may have to be tweaked to avoid them, although most of the time, tweaking isn't terribly hard, as can be seen above, and in a few other cases (contact me for other examples, or if you need any help with this).
  8. Approved for Resources. I haven't tried this particular illusion out, but using some real-looking reference may help with imposition. Some people do use reference pictures - sometimes looking at them as if they were real. I've heard of others who went even a step further and used figurines, as their tulpa had a non-original form with a fig available for it. In either case, a "real seeming" reference may make imposition easier for some people.
  9. Approved for Tips and Tricks. I'm not really sure I think this is something most people need, or if it's even something they'd want to do: Some tulpas don't sleep, some have regular sleeping schedules, some don't have much of a regular sleeping schedule, but still get rest and so on. It's not uncommon that if a tulpa is resting, you may not get an answer from them, or maybe you would bring them back to "waking" consciousness then. I've yet to hear from my tulpa that they don't like being disturbed - they usually enjoy some attention, and if they're resting, it will become obvious to me. Maybe instead of making fancy arrangements/symbolism for figuring out a tulpa's mental state, one just learns better communication, so that you can sense their (mental) state yourself without the need for them to always explicitly tell you.
  10. Approved for Tips and Tricks. Some spelling/grammar issues remain, such as those pointed out by Sands (like "my self"). The 'guide' itself is quite redundant and boils down to just paying attention to your tulpas and spending time with them, which is a fine tip, but also something anyone with a tulpa should already know. The real challenge of dealing with multiple tulpas isn't really touched as it's something that's difficult to explain in any guide - being able to sense that many thought streams, varying emotions and the dynamics between them can be a bit overwhelming, and the only way of learning to get used to it is to just do it more.
  11. Approved, Guides, but I'm also fine with it going in Tips. That said, despite my approval, you should still look over my suggestions/comments: I do recall a certain person who swore by hour counts for imposition, he did at least 2 hours each day for a couple of months until he mastered it. As imposition is a visualization skill, repetition and habit is quite useful. As long as hour counts aren't used as a way of gauging progress, but rather as a way of building habits, I see no problem with them, and I've seen others who have completed imposition recommend it. I'm not sure about this, I've had clear detailed memories which I haven't found hard to visualize at all. Visualizing tulpas is a bit more complicated as it depends on how/where they got their form - if it's entirely original, it's not nearly as easy as visualizing something you've already seen in detail. Also, describing a visualization and talking about its details usually results in one visualizing those details - this technique is used, for example, in "image streaming". Again, I think this is personal, the human mind can visualize 2D, 2.5D, and 3D, as realistic (or not) as you want, as long as you're somewhat used to seeing/visualizing those. I found more variance in visualization difficulty depending on the mental source (generated by myself, sent/willed by the tulpa, unconscious imagery, etc) rather than any particular style (most seem to work fine as long as you know what you're visualizing) - unfortunately this bit may be more personal than can be explained reliably in a guide. The technique is common enough and was mention in other guides, although not using your particular chosen term. Most people do it without even thinking about it - using references, recalling and manipulating them under different circumstances or stress conditions and so on. Your use of WM(Working Memory) in this subsection is a little bit non-standard, most often working memory refers to things in one's immediate moment-to-moment focus, items which are consciously accessible and "on the surface", basically the moment-to-moment self and things associated with it. WM typically refers to specific models of short-term memory, while short-term memory is a more generic term which could be a bit wider or less defined than WM. The rest of the things mentioned in this subsection seem agreeable. The "Visual implanting" section is agreeable as well, but you might want to include more sites for references/samples if you're going to go that way - the one you listed is nice, but costs money, while there are are other free resources one can find online for reference pictures, usually depending on what the themes you're searching for. "Auditory implanting" is agreeable as well, although I'll mention a bit of advice readers may find useful: if you have a subtitled video (with audio, of course) of the voice you and your tulpa like, you can use a subtitle editor like Aegisub to play any line and work on memorizing certain speech patterns as well as getting your tulpa to try speaking in that voice - it's sometimes easier to work on it together with your tulpa rather than to mindlessly listen to samples in hopes that they stick. This works with any stimuli, also see image streaming or regular hypnosis or self-hypnosis. To summarize: this technique is well-known and has been mentioned in other guides as well, it was simply never referred to by any particular name. Having a name for it may make things clearer/easier to explain. Response to other comments: I've tried having white noise play in the background along with a few other ambient noises. The effect is that you end up focusing entirely on the voice and nothing else, it has an amplifying effect.
  12. Approved for either Tips of Resources (prefer Tips). While this seems like a random list of activities to do with your tulpa of the likes I've seen before in another place, enough of the activities listed are fine ways to spend time with your tulpa, thus it's approved. This list also seems a bit like it was community-contributed - in which case, why not just let people comment with their ideas and you can add them to the original thread - although it seems to me that in the latter format it might better work in General Discussion rather than the Guides section as it'd be a collaborative guide. You should also take into account some of waffles' comments regarding title capitalization. Your URLs are also broken, use [url=url goes here]url text[/url] tags, so the links would be correct and actually go to the right URL.
  13. New guide also approved for Guides. It's still quite useful and works well for improving/bootstrapping one's imagination and visualization.
  14. This is a guide people are aware of and it was posted before as far as I can remember, such as here: Anyhow, if we're fine with approving external guides formatted for the forums, then this gets an Approval for Guides from me, however if we don't approve external content, then it can't be approved. This is an useful and well-known technique for developing one's imagination and people should do it more.
  15. Approved for Tips, although I really think this could have been written in a clearer manner. I sometimes do something far simpler to enhance my imagination, visualization or even lucid dreams: look at some reference stimuli to 'prime' my mind with it, then when I visualize I end up visualizing in that way - this doesn't even take doing it for extended periods of time (it also works with video games, or movies or anything that has a specific style or 'feel' to it). This is a more powerful technique than you'd think - for example, if you look at something detailed for a minute or so (try using glasses or a lens to see something more detailed than your eye can see by default, unless you have perfect vision already), you'll find that everything you visualize after that may easily end up as detailed as your earlier senses - basically what you can see you can recall and you can visually, not only that, you can take qualities from it. Do it enough and you don't have to put any effort whatsoever into it, it can be come involuntary (at least for some time).