"When God Talks Back" is the most important tulpa-related thing I've ever read.
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This book is the account of Stanford anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann's two-year inquiry into a local Pentecostal community with a particular focus on these Christians' experience of "hearing" God. She visited, interviewed, and came to know this community with the aim of understanding their experience in an academic context, and the result, when read by a tulpa host, is downright disorienting.

If I did a full text replacement of the word "God" with the word "tulpas", about 80% of this book would still be completely applicable to us. It talks at length about doubt, forcing (in the form of ritualized, effort-focused prayer aimed at 'hearing the voice of God' that is nearly indistinguishable from our techniques), distinguishing the presence and actions of God from one's own thoughts, and much much more that I've still yet to discover. The only parts of the book that wouldn't be applicable to tulpas are the sections that consider religion in particular. It's uncanny. Here are some choice quotes from Chapter Two, subtitled Is That You, God?
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Sarah didn't know how to pray at first. She did a lot of Bible reading and didn't consider it praying. She was trying to listen for God, but she didn't really know what that meant. "It was often unclear to me what were my own thoughts, what were thoughts that God was putting into my head, and what were distractions." Now, looking back, she can see that God was speaking to her long before she recognized his voice. (53)

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She had asked God, she told me, and he had said no. "What does that mean?" I asked her, puzzled. She looked at me as if I were a little slow and said, "God puts the words into your mind. He just says no." It was as if the word just appeared in her mind, and she knew - she just knew - that it wasn't her own but came from God. (68)

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These days Kate experiences prayer as a conversation. She talks; God listens and responds. (69)

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For all the practice, hearing God's voice remains a complicated discrimination task for these congregants. Many of them clearly experience themselves as getting better at picking out God's voice from the everyday flow of inner speech, but they also clearly experience the process as inherently ambiguous, and they hesitate to assume that their interpretations are accurate. (70)
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Chapter Eight, But Are They Crazy?, is a long and involved examination of this phenomenon's relationship to psychiatry. Chapter Seven, The Skill of Prayer, includes on pages 190-191 a detailed set of instructions for 'prayer' that is a dead ringer for building a wonderland and going on a journey with one's tulpa.

I'm positively certain that Tanya Luhrmann has written the definitive psychological guide to tulpas without even realizing it.
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"When God Talks Back" is the most important tulpa-related thing I've ever read. - by Mdnthrvst - 04-30-2014, 04:32 AM

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