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When switched with a tulpa, can a tulpa possess the hosts body while the host is unaware or unable to perceive what the tulpa is doing?

 

Is the host still aware of the real world and able to perceive it while switched into the wonderland?

 

Can a switch become permanent deliberately or on accident?

 

Who is actively imagining the wonderland during a switch, the host or the tulpa or both?

 

Is there memory loss or blackouts for the host associated with switching, similar to fronting in DID?

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All of these answers will be based on my own experiences. Keep that in mind and compare them to any other answers you get.

 

1. The definition of switching would be the tulpa controlling the body while the host is dissociated/in wonderland, so yes, the tulpa can control the body. If what you're asking is "Are hosts unaware of the body during a switch?" then also yes. While in wonderland I don't know what's going on unless I'm told by whoever is switched in and in control of the body.

 

2. See above answer.

 

3. On accident, no, I don't believe so. The body would eventually snap you out of dissociation as the level of dissociation required to remain dissociated in the face of extreme external stress is relatively unobtainable, at least to me. I'm sure theoretically it's possible, but I highly doubt anyone will ever reach that point here. As to deliberately? I'm not sure. I'd say it's more likely than accidental by a wide margin. It would require effort on both parts, however. The tulpa would need to actively be staying in the body, and the host would need to actively attempt to stay dissociated. And when the body sleeps? That's probably when the permanent switch would be most likely to fall apart, in my opinion. In our experience, sleeping in the body as a tulpa usually kicks you back to the wonderland, but that could always just be a self-imposed thing I'm unaware of doing.

 

4. I would assume the host is, since it's his/her brain.

 

5. Yeah, sometimes, but not always. More often at the beginning of dissociation there are blackouts/memory losses, but as you get more and more used to it, it happens less often.

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Thank you Joshua. It is clear to me that what you are doing and what I am doing with Melian are on two entirely different levels. LOL It gives me a lot to think about. I am curious what others are going to say.

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[Tri]

 

When switched with a tulpa, can a tulpa possess the hosts body while the host is unaware or unable to perceive what the tulpa is doing?

 

Is the host still aware of the real world and able to perceive it while switched into the wonderland?

 

Yes. That is actually the definition of switching. It is hard to achieve for two reasons. One, the host has to get fully inside or black out. Two, the tulpa has to be able to control the body in that state (not lose too much processing power or control when the host blinks out). Since switching means a complete disconnect from the bodily senses, the host would be unaware of what is going on outside unless they are told, sync memory (in the case of memory sharing), or decide to reconnect to the bodily's senses.

 

Can a switch become permanent deliberately or on accident?

 

Yes to both, though one must be careful about one's definition of permanent - how many years is permanent? There are a few examples within this community. In our own system, a similar (or possibly identical) thing happened on accident. Hail, our host, was not the original here. She was either a split or a tulpa from an early age (not known which, which is why we say "similar or possibly identical"). She and the original ended up doing a very gradual switch over a couple years which was essentially permanent (S, the original, didn't attach to the senses or control the body again for over 15 years). This was accidental. Another example in this community would be kerin and kevin. Kerin ended up switching with kevin for about a decade on accident, as kerin describes at RE: My host killed himself... #11 and kevin describes at RE: kerin - Experiments in Progress #19. If it can happen accidentally, it can surely happen intentionally. We think we have read about a few systems in the wider plural community where a system member who would meet the definition of tulpa deliberately permanently switched with their host (voluntarily by both parties).It certainly can be done by force. If a tulpa is strong enough to do dormancy possession (full body possession where the host goes dormant and can no longer think, despite being aware) indefinitely without accidentally re-activating the host when various things happen (or can suppress the host when they reactivate), it is just a matter of keeping the host dormant for long enough for them to fade away. Shouldn't take more than a year or two, probably would take less.

 

Who is actively imagining the wonderland during a switch, the host or the tulpa or both?

 

This is a very complicated question. It would seem to be symmetric, in that if when the host is controlling the body, the host is imagining it, then the tulpa would be imagining it when they are controlling the body. An important question - does the wonderland and the people in it exist in an active state when the person in control is not interfacing it? If that is the case, then whoever is controlling the body is the person imaging it. If it can be imagined by someone inside, then whoever is inside is the one imagining it.

 

Is there memory loss or blackouts for the host associated with switching, similar to fronting in DID?

 

Yes, there can be. Depends on the memory sharing. The reason some systems have problems is that switching sometimes happens unexpectedly combined with no memory sharing and no ability for people to be conscious at the same time and pass on information by telling each other. Tulpamancy systems generally can stay conscious at the same time and pass information on and often have a degree of memory sharing. But this is not always the case.

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It is all a whole lot simpler if you discard the idea that tulpas are true sentience. That is where the most complicated weirdness comes from. You have got to be kidding me. Guys sometimes I just shake my head at this stuff. I am really sorry. I am trying ot get it but I have to leave off with full switching. I will live and let live and give others the benefit of the doubt as best I can. But, I cannot fathom how switching really happens. That is just so friggin out there. I understand how the things I do with Melian happens, it seems pretty straight forward. But switching, to me honestly, seems like trippy hippy way to much acid trippy. The last few days I have been geeking out on it all, but I am ready to move past it and just ignore switching from now on.


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I am pretty new to all this and have never switched, but my significant other explained it to me pretty well. He isn't involved in any of this, but I've explained what I do to him and asked him if he thought the concept of switching could be explained scientifically. I thought there was no explanation other than metaphysical phenomenon, but he surprised me.

 

He compared it to sleepwalking. Your body is doing something you are not aware of, but in your mind (what you recall when you wake up) is something completely different. In your mind you could be doing anything.

 

It made sense to me, as I've definitely sleepwalked before and had no recollection of that, but of the dream I'd had.

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Someone, somewhere is confused about something. It may be me, but I am not so sure about that.


Can you drive to work and do your job while sleep walking? That is the level we are talking about. Switching is not being described anything like sleep walking.

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Sleep walking explains that your mind can be unaware of your physical body and experience something different. The assumption with switching is that the tulpa taking over is as sentient as you, or can at least access the same reasoning/knowledge you have to complete the tasks.

 

Without sentience or access to the host's knowledge/brain I don't see how switching to that extent would work. Just my two cents though, as I have no experience with this.

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Either tulpas are really sentient and full switching of this type is possible or tulpas are not real sentience and it is not possible. They would have to be sentient for it to really work, as far as I can see. I will leave it alone at this point because it is totally beyond my capacity to grasp. I just don't want to go there anymore. LOL

 

Today is the last time I discuss it EVER as I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or upset anyone. I am just flat confused by it. I tell you what though, tulpamancy is definitely not what I originally thought it was. It just isn't.


There is another possible explanation for my confusion and failure to understand or accept switching. It could very well be that what I am doing with Melian is fundamentally different than what others are doing. If that is true, it would explain why the idea of switching feels wrong to me but right to others. I have to consider that possibility. Melian may not be independently sentient, but that doesn't mean that other tulpas aren't either. I have to just accept what people are telling me without applying it to myself necessarily. What is going on in another's person's mind is impossible for me to assess.

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Either tulpas are really sentient and full switching of this type is possible or tulpas are not real sentience and it is not possible. They would have to be sentient for it to really work, as far as I can see. I will leave it alone at this point because it is totally beyond my capacity to grasp. I just don't want to go there anymore. LOL

 

Even if you assume tulpas don't have true sentience, you could still assume switching is possible. If you assume tulpas don't have true sentience, I'm guessing that would require you to reach a state of unconscious puppeting to explain the tulpas existence and seemingly sentient state. If this is true, why is doing an action while believing you've switched such a far swing for you to take? It would seem likely to me that if tulpas aren't truly sentient, switching could be explained as doing an action under the impression that you are the tulpa, then convincing yourself that you've switched and falsifying memories of the wonderland.

 

Note that I don't believe this is the case.

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