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JD's Guide to Imposition
dedicated to cheesebread
(if you have not yet, read my visualization guide first)
The original images of this guide broke, however I have replaced them using an archive
For many people, complete visual imposition of their tulpa is the end-goal of development. An imposed tulpa can be considered a voluntary, but unconscious, visual hallucination, allowing the host to see and believe their tulpa has a space in the physical world just as any other physical object. The imposition process can be considered complete when the host can no longer immediately see through their tulpa. The most important prerequisites to imposition is that you are able to visualize your tulpa flawlessly and consistently for extended periods of time, and that you have no doubts about your tulpa's existence or "realness."
Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing
Before we begin imposing, we must discuss a few things about how we see, and how we visualize. Human vision starts with light traveling into your retina, containing tons of rod cells and cone cells responsible for vision in low light and color/detail respectively. The retina contains rhodopsin, which is a chemical that converts light into electrical signals conducted through the optic nerve that the brain interprets as vision. Your brains interpretation from visual data is considered a bottom-up process by brain theorists, because low-level details are turned into high-level models. Perception is largely data-driven because it must accurately reflect events in the outside world. Naturally, the interpretation is determined mostly by information from the senses, not by your expectations. In imagination, the process works in reverse. The brain starts with high-level goals and generates mid-level and low-level details that are consistent with them -- a process that is responsible for things such as spontaneous unconscious generation of details in your wonderland. Visualization of your tulpa is a top-down process.
Most people are born with the ability to differentiate between self-generated and external sources of information, as bottom-up and top-down processes must occur without much interference. However, this skill may break down to cause hallucinatory experiences; a hypothesis from cognitive and neuroscientist Stephen Grossberg suggests that overactive top-down processing, or strong perceptual expectations, can generate hallucinations. By exercising influence over our own systems of belief and expectations (as we do in many other areas of tulpa development), we can create an unconscious need for our brain to accept top-down visualizations in the place of bottom-up interpretations of physical perception.
In psychology, a set is a group of expectations that shape experience by making people especially sensitive to specific kinds of information. A perceptual set is a predisposition to perceive things in a certain way, leading us to see what we expect to see. Perceptual sets can be created by motivation and suggestion; with mental discipline, we can create a perceptual set that our tulpas are physical and allow it to become an unconscious expectation, hence imposing our tulpas. It is fortunate that imposition is usually considered one of the final steps of creating a tulpa, since it requires expectation-building techniques that are used in much earlier developmental processes such as reaching sentience, sapience, and hearing your tulpa's voice.
You can use any expectation-creating technique you like, whether it be meditation, hypnosis, forcing, and so on (although take note, you cannot use these to improve your visualization ability alone.) You must convince yourself that there is literally no difference between what you can see with your eyes, and what you can visualize, as the end result either way is an entirely interpreted construction in your brain. Your mental image of the world is entirely subject to your conscious will. Every physical object you see with your eyes is constructed in your mind by the bottom-up process of your eyes reacting to photons emitted by those objects, and your brain translating them into colors and forms. Mental objects you see with your mind's eye, including your tulpa, are constructed by the top-down process of visualization, with details being filled in as needed. A perceptual set must be created to enforce an overactive role for your brain's inherent ability to use top-down processing. You must commit yourself to constantly visualizing your tulpa, ensuring that all details are consistent throughout the day, and accept your tulpa as "real." As time goes on, this constant visualization will become an unconscious routine -- a passive ability. The more your visualization remains consistent not only with itself, but with its surroundings, the sooner you will begin to confuse this as actual perception. Top-down visualization will begin to take priority, dulling your bottom-up perceptions, creating the illusion that you cannot see past your tulpa.
Realistic Visualizations: Basics of Compositing
In order to accelerate the confusion of visualization with perception, you will want to practice the basics of compositing your visualizations into reality in much the same way that a graphic designer or visual effects artist composites computer-generated images into a scene. This is a step by step process that can be replicated through visualization to integrate your tulpa's image into your surroundings as realistically as possible.
In this picture, we can see the tulpa with weak visualization skills. Attempting imposition too early will be unconvincing, as visuals will not be vivid enough.
This will be the base of our imposed visual. Take note that the tulpa looks pasted in and unnatural, as if it was just a picture made by an unskilled nerd with Photoshop. The process of compositing will allow us to make this visualization look more natural given the setting. Rather than using computer graphics though, you will be doing it with your mind.
In graphics, color correction is often done through manipulation of the red, green, and blue channels. By fine-tuning each channel for the tulpa layer, the visualization ends up looking more like it belongs in its setting. This will be easier in your mind, since you don't have to worry about individual color channels. Just use common sense, if you're in a very green forest, there's more green light bouncing around. If you're in a volcano, things will have a fiery color palette.
You will also want to focus on visualizing proper shadows and highlights onto your tulpa, taking into account light-sources in your environment.
Finally you will want to make sure you can visualize any shadows cast by your tulpa (or lights, if your tulpa glows or something).
And voila, you have a more natural looking tulpa. Practice compositing your visualizations so they maintain a realistic look, and in time it will become something you don't even have to think about. After a month or more, depending on how often you practice, you may find you no longer need to put effort into imposition. When you realize your tulpa looks real, and you can no longer immediately see through it, then you have accomplished hallucination.
This guides general purpose will be to help people to get into imposition via mind synthesis, you can call it self hallucinations but generally these aren't intended to be involuntary experiences but rather a controlled process so that you can have an easier time getting into imposition which will be included in this guide as well. If you find it a bit difficult to understand what exactly is being explained here don't be afraid to ask questions to others or to me especially. Now this guide assumes you have a fairly well developed tulpa to the point that you have no trouble seeing or hearing them in your mind, if you're unsure your tulpa is ready to get into these practices have a talk with them about it. When your ready to begin just keep reading on and make sure to pay attention as there is no tl;dr version of this.
To start your practices you must first work on audio synthesis to hear your tulpa outside of your mind as if someone was actually speaking to you. This is basically the reverse process of the basic sense of hearing, but instead you will be creating sound in your mind and repeating it to the point your ear actually picks up the sound if it were real. The best way to practice this is in a quiet space where there is little to no noise going on. Once you're ready just relax and think about a sound, voice, or even song you are very familiar with and have heard a multitude of times. You should be able to hear it in your mind as you think about, imagine yourself hearing every detail and the tone of the sound.
The idea is to keep repeating the sound in your head in exact detail while focusing on it in your mind until you start physically hearing the sound. The length of this process will vary from person to person, so there is no particular time frame for this to take as you'll know the difference when you're synthing a sound to actually listening to it. If you cant think of anything to use just pick a song you enjoy and listen to it frequently to this point you have it memorized in your head that you would be able to repeat every word and beat of the song in your head. Once you have this process learned the next step is to start working on hearing your tuppers voice, if you know what it sounds like in your mind then all you need to do is the same practice you have been doing. Focus on the sound and tone of their voice, take anything they have said and repeat it over and over. It can be a simple phrase or basic sentence but the idea is to just keep repeating the sound of their voice in your head until you physically hear it. Once you're able to hear your tupper speaking to you outside of your mind rather then inside then you can move onto the next parts.
Visualization will be considerably more difficult than the audio part so practicing this will take its time but you must not rush it or count time put into any of these practices. If you have a strong imagination you may find it slightly easier for you to practice visualizing your tupper, again you should already have a strong detailed view of them in your mind to even be considering doing this. The way to go about this with a bit more ease is to imagine your tupper with you always, no matter what it is you're doing or where you are picture them there somewhere with you. It may be difficult to focus on both your tupper and the task at hand but it is doable, you just have to focus on both things at once. Keep on focusing them like this every day, every time, everywhere until it becomes second nature for you and your tulpa will be with you always regardless of what's going on. This can easily lead into imposing them through enough practice until you can physically see them around you. If you're struggling to fully impose your tupper continue reading.
You can strengthen your visualization and practice through touch and smell as well, find a smell you can recognize and enjoy and always think about smelling it when your tupper is around you so you have a stronger belief of their presence. As far as touch goes you can practice feeling your tupper depending on if they have skin, fur, and etc. If you aren't sure what your tupper might feel like try your best to imagine it. If you have to use something physical to help you then feel free to use it as guidance to help your process of feeling your tulpa. Ultimately this will lead to being able to physically see, hear, touch and smell your tupper through continued practice until you finally succeed in doing so.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this guide, if it has helped you any then I would enjoy hearing about your experience while practicing the steps detailed here. As I stated before if you have any questions at all or don't quite fully understand one or more of the practices detailed in the guide then feel free to ask away and I'll be happy to explain it to you so you can understand it better.
Hello! So far I have yet to have any such experiences in a normal wakeful state. The goal of this post is to collect information about this topic; no theory, only practical methods. I will start by listing some of the methods that I have tried so far:
a) By concentrating on my breath for 20 - 40 min I have been able to reach transcendental states and lose awareness of my body. I believe that If I pursue this course of action I will eventually be able to have an OBE, though it might take a long time.
b) Through meditation I have been able to turn off my sense of self and revert to just being conscious. One then notices that there is just a stream of perception and one could just alter it? - I don't know, I haven't succeeded yet.
a) OBE scripts on Youtube.
b) Self-hypnosis with autosuggestions, and hoping that if you snap your finger this time you might just go woosshh...
c) Whilst being in a deep trance, i.e. somnambulism or Esdaile state, inducing an OBE. I haven't been able to go this deep yet.
a) Waking up in the night and inducing an OBE - this one always work but I don't use this one often as I can't go back to sleep...
b) I assume lucid dreaming is insightful? - So, all methods of lucid dreaming.
c) Entering OBE's through hypnagogic or hypnopompic states.
a) Recently neo has posted about his experiences involving astral projection. To summarize, he recreated his body parts through imaginary sensations (tactile and visual) and consequently tricking his mind into thinking he was out of his body.
b) Sitting still for hours on end. I have tried sitting motionlessly for 3 hours without sleeping and I only got dissociated. The reason being, I was scared to fail so I didn't try; otherwise, I would get associated back because of the expected failure.
c) Imagining that you are ever so slightly rotating more and more, or moving up and down. - Has worked once.
d) Trying to slide out of your body through sheer willpower.
e) Hopping in a centrifuge.
a) Gradual possession.
b) Switching methods.
Ironically enough, it seems as though the harder you try, the harder it gets. After all, expectation triumphs will, and the more you will the bigger the downfall and the grimmer the expectation. Sigh...
This is only level one, however; just achieving an OBE is not enough. It needs to be consistent and eventually become as easy as breathing. I would also like to ask whether this is possible through practice, and if anyone has achieved this?
I have been practicing both visualization and imposition for a long time now and so far I have only used photo-realistic references. While I can visualize realistically, it has not become easy or comfortable enough to just have it there. I've seen people say they got to full on imposition quicker than me and I was wondering if the reason for this is the anime/cartoon style characters that may be way less taxing on the mind to keep consistent.
So I was wondering if by switching to visualizing in anime style I would be able to make it more consistent or lighter to visualize? Or would it be a better strategy to just increase the number of details so it increases my tolerance overall?
I would prefer it to have it be realistic in the long run but I'm tired of it being a struggle and I wanna just impose and chill a bit for now if it's going to take a while to archive full on photo-realistic imposition like I originally intended. The weird thing it's that I can impose realistically but it still feels like I'm trying to juggle and do math at the same time.
Any advice is appreciated.
Hello everyone. Faux and I have been working on imposition, and I’ve been struggling with visualizing him in the real world, without him fading in and out, and I’m also struggling with feeling him. We don’t have this trouble in the wonderland, it’s only when I visualize him with my eyes open. Any tips?