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[General] Detailed Creation Guide
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INTRODUCTIONN

Before reading this guide, make sure you have already read the glossary.

Welcome to tulpa.info! If you've found this guide, you likely know already what a tulpa is, and where they come from. If not, I'll go ahead and tell you.

Traditionally, a tulpa is a centuries-old upaya concept in Tibetan Buddhism, specifically the Dzogchen tradition. The term literally means "to build", or "to construct". In the Buddhist tradition, a tulpa is a manifestation of the Five Pure Lights, or the Five Wisdoms. Tulpa creation was a means of reaching towards enlightenment, and even today that still holds true.

The word was purportedly first rendered into the English language as "thoughtform" by Evans-Wentz in 1954. Although probably the best way we have to describe the concept in the English language, the term "thoughtform" can be misleading, as it also refers to a plethora of other mental constructs.

Properly, according to the psychological school of thought on tulpae, a tulpa is an independent consciousness capable of forming its own thoughts, opinions, and ideas. The tulpa exists as a thoughtform, a mental construct. Although it cannot be seen by others, and cannot have a physical effect on the physical world except through its host, a tulpa is very real to the person who choses to create one.

Due to their nature as creatures of the mind, developed tulpae can and sometimes do acquire abilities seen by most people as superhuman. This includes near-perfect memory recall, the ability to do math quickly, and a host of other abilities. Keep in mind that these are often restricted to mature, sentient tulpae, and your tulpa is not guaranteed to develop these abilities without practice.

As well as mental exercises, there are a number of other things a host and tulpa can do together: imposition (the ability to see your tulpa in the physical world), possession (where a tulpa controlls the host's body), and even switching (where the host and tulpa switch places, with the host experiencing the world as a tulpa does, and vice versa). Once again, these skills take practice on the part of both host and tulpa in order to master.

With practice, determination, and a proper knowledge, you too can create a tulpa! Doing so involves a wide variety of mental exercises with one goal in mind: to create a person. As your tulpa begins to gain sentience, you will notice more and more that you can hear its thoughts and reactions to things you do together. Whatever role you seek to create a tulpa for, you can rest assured that it will probably be the best friend you have ever had.


PERSONALITY

The biggest part of what defines a tulpa is personality, and as it is the most important part of the creation process, we will be covering it first.

There are many methods and ways of developing a personality for your tulpa, but before you do anything else you should sit down and plan out its personality trait by trait. Doing so will give you a greater understanding of how each trait interacts and meshes with other aspects of their personality, and how it affects their decisions on the whole. The whole goal of making a personality is having such a deep understanding of what your tulpa will do in a given situation that imagining their reactions becomes second-nature to you.

The tulpa community has been around for a relatively short time, but in that time we have compiled a very impressive number of resources for almost every aspect of creation. When first creating a tulpa, utilizing these resources can help streamline things so that you, the new guy, can become more efficient and effective at tulpaforcing.

To begin with, it could be very helpful to have an introduction to the Five Big Personality Traits [broken link], including an explanation [broken link] of each trait and how it affect personality overall. Take the time to think of what you want your tulpa to be like. The orderly tulpamancer may find Pleeb's personality tables to be very handy at this stage also. Keep in mind that they will most likely deviate (in big and small ways), and that you should not limit how they chose to change themselves.

*Kudos to Phi and Pleeb for putting those links together.

Now that you have an idea of what you want your tulpa's personality to be like, it's time to actually sit down and do the deed.

There are a number of ways to force personality, each as varied as the people who created them. There's the traditional repetetive semi-chant from the days when tulpaforcing was just being rediscovered, outlined here* (keep in mind to be careful to avoid hour counts!). This is the traditional method of personality forcing, and for the average user also seems to be the most popular.

*credit to the illustrious FAQ_Man

Other people prefer to parrot their tulpae's responses early on, such as in JD's Guide, and to a lesser degree in Fede's Guide. Although parroting and puppeting can be beneficial early on, it is usually a good idea to stop once your tulpa begins showing signs of sentience. These guides use parroting and puppeting as a tool so that, as you grow used to imagining or acting out your tulpa's responses, it will eventually become second nature to you and become a subconscious process.

*Credit to JD1215 and Fede for those two guides

For the highly visual and imaginative tulpamancers, there is also Bluesleeve's method*, which involves creating visual representations of a trait and infusing it into your tulpa. There are many variants of this method, some involving imaginary balls of energy, other making the tulpa eat or drink a trait. All of these are effective.

*Credit goes to Bluesleeve for this excellent guide

The degree to which you define your tulpa's personality is ultimately up to the individual. You can define it extensively so that you have a more intimate knowledge of your tulpa, or you can define personality to a lesser degree so the tulpa has more say in what it's like. Again, keep in mind deviation does happen and should not be limited by the creator.

As a last note on this section, it is important to remember that it doesn't matter what traits your force, or how many traits you chose to do so with, you cannot get something from nothing. Skipping this step will most likely prolong the creation process past what it could be if you had forced personality. (NOTE: tulpae have been know to sort of spontaneously appear, although such cases seem to be isolated in nature.)

VISUALIZTION, FORMS, AND WONDERLANDS

Visualization

Visualization is the act whereby you "see" something in your mind's eye. You aren't trying to see things on the back of your eyelids, but rather in your imagination. Initially, your ability to visualize may be poor, but like everything else, it will imporve with practice. There are a number of guides and exercises that dea with improving your visualization skills.

Chupi's visualization guide, Phi's lemons (burn their houses down!), and my own visualization guide. These involve as many senses as possible in order to improve visualization, and I would recommend following one of these methods. Phi's open-eye visualization guide [broken link] is also good if you prefer to force with eyes open. Practicing your open-eye visualization can potentially help with imposition later down the line. There are also methods utilizing physical objects, such as Nikodemos's visualization guide. You can also work on visualization with small objects in the wonderland, trying to imagine things like a TV, a ball, rocks, etc. The easiest way to improve your visualization skill is simply to get started. So, on to womderlands.

Wonderlands

A wonderland is an imaginary environment that you can create and control. You can forget about that saying "the sky is the limit"; in this case, you can do anything you can imagine. Wonderlands range from your classic beach scene all the way to space stations in orbit. Physics in wonderland are very elastic, and the only rules are the ones you make up.

When first creating a wonderland, I have found that it is very useful to start off small. Begin with a single room, a house, a clearing in the woods, and so on, as long as you feel comfortable with it. Having less to focus on allows you to see what you have in greater detail. As you progress and explore your wonderland, your visualization skills will get better.

Wonderlands are actually quite fascinating in the way they behave. You don't have to actually devote a lot of time to creating a wonderland beyone where you first enter it. In this experiment, people were asked to explore their wonderlands as far as they could go. When people explore a wonderland, their brains will automatically fill in any unexplored places they go. It seems that while a wonderland is formed by a conscious mind, they can still be affected by the subconscious mind.

The unpredictable nature of the wonderland can make for some great adventures once your tulpa starts movign on its own. Again, what you do is  limited only by your imagination. You could go sailing, fly through space, visit a distant galaxy, or climb Mt. Everest. It's a great way to bond with your tulpa and can be a lot of fun for both creators and tulpae. Although not strictly necessary to create a tulpa, wonderlands can be very beneficial and aid in the process.

Forms

A form is an imaginary body that your tulpa can inhabit and move at will. While the first form is up to the creator, and like wonderlands their appearance is literally unlimited. The tulpa can and often will change their appearance as they desire. You should not interfere in this, as it is essentially your tulpa's body to do with as they want. some tulpae also don't chose just one form, and instead decide to be shapeshifters.

When thinking of a form, ther are a couple of things you should consider. Avoid making a reflection for yourself. You can use characters with fleshed-out personalities from TV shows, but make sure that your tulpa has a strong sense of self-actualization as this has been known to cause an identity crisis in the past.

After you have chosen what you want your tulpa to look like initially, you can start making the form. This may take a while, and involves using all of your senses for maximum realism. Begine by creating a sort of blank body devoid of all features, generally close to what you want their form to be. Make it naked or wearing underwear, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Start at the feet, and begin to feel how you want them to look. Imagine sculpting the blank form into shape with your hands, and watch as it becomes more vivid as you go along.

Do this for the whole body, and pay special attention to getting facial features correct. Once you've done this once, repeat it. Make sure you made no mistakes, going over each body part individually. Add more and more detail each time you go over the form until you feel comfortable that you've recreated what you wanted to as accurately as possible. Eventually, you will be able to visualize your tulpa down to the smallest detail, although facial features may be hard to visualize at first. As with everything else, practice, practice, practice.

THIS GUIDE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. I WILL POST MORE SECTIONS AS I CAN.

A big thanks to Polite for assistance with proofreading and research


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Done for today. I will be back posting updates tomorrow.
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#3
I like this guide... I'll add it to "Guides I must use"
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#4
Very nice. It's not overly complicated, makes enough sense, and actually seems familiar to what I did...
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#5
You got JD's and my guide switched around. JD hinted on a reply to my guide that he didn't reach the same "levels of parroting" as I did.

Pretty shit guide, though. And I damn well know what Pinkie thinks about it and I'm not going to write it down.
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Superseded by this I think, maybe I'm just imagining that.
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Approved. Short, sweet, and to the point. Nice.
"Assert the supremacy of your Imaginal acts over facts and put all things in subjection to them... Nothing can take it from but your failure to persist in imagining the ideal realized."

-Neville Goddard
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Approved.
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Approved.
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#10
Approved, Guides.

This is a general-purpose guide which goes through most of the creation process.

The author has a more recent guide, but after comparing it, I'm seeing that while there is some overlap, both guides contain original material that's not overlapping.

The introduction has a few strong claims, but they haven't been falsified, and the attitude/mindset is quite decent, thus I find it mostly agreeable.

The personality section is comprehensive and the attitude is again fine, although some of the links to trait-based forcing are dead due to Phi's mass deletion of his own posts - however, most people will be able to find equivalents of those if they search the forum or even the web, thus it's not a big deal.

The Visualization section has a few more dead links (to Phi's stuff), but this important concept is covered regardless.

The Wonderland section informs people about the limitless potential of their own imagination while explaining what a wonderland is and how to make it.

The Form section, again, mentions some things I've seen some other guides mention less, although the wording is a little bit unclear in parts:

> make sure that your tulpa has a strong sense of self-actualization

Should I be reading this as if the tulpa should have a strong sense of self, or should I read it as if the tulpa should desire to be independent and do things by themselves and realize their potential? Either way, those are good traits in a tulpa.

Overall, this guide could use a "final" chapter as it feels a little bit incomplete as it is, but in that case, one can read the author's newer guide which covers a few different things compared to this guide and is a bit more "complete" in some other regards.

A particular part that I feel is lacking in this version is narration and maybe a bit on "independence" (or in his newer guide, "self-reliance").
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