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Switching: Letting the tulpa take full control of the body while the previous controller steps out of control. Usually the previous controller then enters a tulpa-like state.


Welcome to the Switching General Discussion thread! This is where any questions, topics, ideas, etc. regarding switching can be freely posted. Below is a complete list of all switching-related threads I have found on the forums.




Concentrational meditation for switching [Reddit]

Dissociation Guide [Guides]

Guide on how to switch. [Guides]

Guide to Tulpa Control [submissions]

How to Switch [submissions]

How We Switch [Progress Reports]

Malfael's Switching Guide [Reddit]

Parallel Processing and Personality Switching [submissions]

Selfawarebot's switching guide [Reddit]

So you wanna switch? Do you, really? Might be able to help that. [submissions]

Switching Tips And Articles [Tulpa.io]

Tulpa's Practical Considerations for First Switching [Tips and Tricks]


General Discussion

Do tulpas who know how to switch have more "brainpower"?

Does This Method Work and Is It Safe? - surrendering/integrating

Dominant Mindvoice During Forcing

Experiences with switching. 

For hosts who switch and go into a wonderland or dissociated void

Hosts, what happens to you when you switch?

Initial Foot-hold of Switching?

Is There a Connection Between Switching and Imposition or Visualization?

How many people can possess/switch?

Is this actually possible? (Mental Suicide)

Models for Switching: Transfer and Retraction

On switching, and defining terms in this community. 

Possessed/Switched Tulpa Mannerisms

Possession & Switching

Possible switching method/theory, making the mind "tick"

Possible way to achieve switching

Pros and Cons of Switching

Switching/Fronting in Reverse

Switching - who can do it?

Switching Effects on Mindset

Switching Hypothesis

Switching Tips and Advice

Switching without the Tulpa?

System stalemate! (taking over the front forcefully)

The relationship between possession and switching

The Road to Bodily Control (Possession/Fronting/Switching)

The wrong side of the bed test

Theory on How Some People Switch

What am I really? / What is a person?

What are your opinions on switching/permaswitching?

What is "you" and What "you" is Getting Switched?

What switching or possession feels like.

What's switching like?

What's switching? Can you do something complex when switched w/ host still conscious?

Who Leads a Switch?


Questions & Answers

A Few Questions on Switching

A Sort of "Personality Swap" vs. Posession/Switching

Am I Confusing Our State of Consciousness For the Host's Presence? 

Are there outside literary sources that describe something like switching?

Association and Dissociation Troubles 

Can you switch with your tulpa(e)?

Consciousness switching/posession - please give your opinion

Could my Fear of Merging Prevent a Switch?

Difference between switching and MPD?

Difficulty to ressociate after a lengthy switch

Dissociation, separation, etc. help? 

Do you think servitor could be used for escapism? If so how does one does that 

Expectations V reality, projection, switching and persistence.

GPS: Goal-Pursuit-Script; Switching with Servitors 

How does switching in a Wonderland feel?

How does the mindscape feel to a switched tulpa?

How to Share or Make a Body Identity?

How would one go about creating an alter-ego?

I need info on switching

I really want to switch, I need advice on what to do.

imposing yourself during switching?

Is it possible to switch permanently?

No Luck with Switching

Personality Switching

Possession/Switching and Driving Cars

Possession/Switching while asleep?

Possible result of being switched too long

Problem through switching.

Question about possession and switching

Question for tulpas who both switch AND impose

Questions about switching

Safe extended switching?

Seamless, accidental switching or fronting

Switching & imposing the host

Switching Euphoria

Switching Hygiene? (I fell over...)

Switching Out Question - going "catatonic"

Switching questions

Switching via WILD Method? 

Switching while unconscious?

Switching with out a wonderland/poor visualization skills

Trippy questions about switching (sorry if I am supposed to know already)

Tulpa-host switching?

What are the effects of long term switching, and when would these be helpful?

What do possession and switching feel like?

What is switching like for the host and tulpa?

what's the deal with switching?

Who can switch




Switching guide in dreams (in progress)

Tulpa-host Switching & OBE: Practical Explanation and Experiment


Here is a useful resource for logging switching!

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Posts #2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 original posted in this thread - Apollo


I have new insight after successfully being able to go dormant. This is how I understand it, though clarification may be needed, so please ask questions if you don't understand fully.


I wanted to add, now that I understand switching better, it no longer matters if the tulpa is assertive, distinct, or strong, but those did help at first, Dashie was all three at least, Ashley was 2/3 of those.


Here's the first key. What helped Dashie and Ashley early on was having something intense to do for the duration of the switch, so they could use 100% of the system resources and completely ignore me. Then switch back out afterwards. I literally couldn't think, they were doing all the thinking. In our case it was intensely writing about controversial topics, or talking to someone who was being aggressive irl.


However, I was still 'watching' even if I wasn't reacting or even thinking.


What we did recently was achieve dormancy of the rest of the system, including host, which gives the one switched in full autonomy, they're effectively a singlet.


For me, those memories during that time would then be marked with their essence, so that even when the host comes back, they remember it as if the one switched in at the time were the one who had the memories.


As in, before the switching, all my memories are mine. When a switch like I described happened, some memories of that time aren't identified as mine. Some thoughts that were imprinted at that time weren't even the thoughts of my gender. They're 'alien' to me. (Either Dashie's thoughts or Ren's who were the two who achieved this.)


The body belongs to me right now, I am generating the memories. But with one of these switches, where I go dormant, the body wasn't mine.


Stages we saw:

1. Possession

2. Ignore the host (like doing something very mind intensive) practice this, remember this feeling. Later you won't need the intense activity.

3. Forget the host, don't think about them

4. You are a singlet, you own the body, don't think of anyone else, you're alone.

5. Effectively, no one else exists but you.


Using this method I can see how a system could effectively replace the host with the tulpa. The new host could force the other system mates normally and use Gavin's dissipation guide to keep the original suppressed.

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One thing we wonder sometimes is if learning to switch will affect our memories/how we perceive our memories. As of right now, Radio is always present, so it's kind of like he's keeping our memories linear to each other. We still know which memories belonged to which system member, but there's not a whole lot of feeling of disconnect. We wonder if perhaps having Radio actually switch out will make them feel less liner, more personalized to the individual members, something like that. Can't know for certain until we actually learn to switch, of course.

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Vesper: We still only have one memory stream, from the perspective of the front. Our memories form lightly marked with the identity of whoever happens to be fronting at the time, but sometimes it takes a few seconds thought to remember who was fronting at a particular moment in the past. And sometimes we can't figure out who was fronting at all, if it was a situation we wouldn't react very differently. So in that regard, switching only increased our memory problems.


Ember: I used to identify all memories as mine. Now we identify this world memories as belonging to the front rather than to any particular individual.

I'm not having fun here anymore, so we've decided to take a bit of a break, starting February 27, 2020. - Ember


Ember - Soulbonder, Female, 39 years old, from Georgia, USA . . . . [Our Progress Report] . . . . [How We Switch]

Vesper Dowrin - Insourced Soulbond from London, UK, World of Darkness, Female, born 9 Sep 1964, bonded ~12 May 2017

Iris Ravenlock - Insourced Soulbond from the Winter Court of Faerie, Dresdenverse, Female, born 6 Jun 1982, bonded ~5 Dec 2015


'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you.' - The Velveteen Rabbit

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Vesper: ....So in that regard, switching only increased our memory problems.


Ember: I used to identify all memories as mine. Now we identify this world memories as belonging to the front rather than to any particular individual.


Vesper; Issues with memory, long or short term, can be associated to a variety of issues, but isn't 'switching' in an of itself complicit with limited memory retrieval? Or at least, a common reported feature, and not necessarily a causal relationship.


Ember: What I hear in 'this world's memories' is you make a categorical distinction between 'real world' activity and 'wonderland activity.' I compartmentalize my experiences this way, as well, but have been trying to have less compartments in hopes of having more 'leakage' into whatever place my awareness is occupying. My conjecture based on my perception of your trajectory is that I am going backwards, and I need to increase compartmentalization to make this world just this world, and other world as other...???

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Originally posted in this thread - Apollo


More comments from your tulpa.info mascot:


It is kind of an "ah ha!" moment, i think you're going to have to unlearn that fronting that you've been doing a little (to Felights)


I don't feel like we ever really full-body possessed, our partial possession counts as possession for us, but it's more like directing body resources and not owning the body. The full switch is "owning the body, like forget about tulpamancy and this body is mine now, I don't have headmates anymore" that was a total freaky shocker for me to come back to after the body was Dashie, or even stranger, a 6'4 200lbs male petite catgirl. Those memories are still like... what the f. It literally feels like "i was a catgirl". That means I could be a catgirl switch genders, the whole thing; not "I" the bear, "I" the mind and memory. The fundamental realization to this level that I am not me, was just a little frightening and exhilarating experience. I put this on par to the freaky things you guys don't hear from us that have happened.


"You too can be a catgirl, news at 11."


Misha still hasn't switched and doesn't want to, but she was very far up front, even more than me and still wasn't  that feeling of ownership, (i bet she could, but she's just so against it still.) I.e. switching can be prevented by mindset. No symbolism needed.


Now for the meat:


Link to Apollo's (Piano's) switching notes. Very insightful. A lot of these tips are probably system specific, counterintuitive, or even contradictory if used together, but excellent nonetheless



Ember.Vesper's insanely good detective journalism outlining history and other good stuffs.


Also, I might add, they spoke about the soulbonders of the 90's being able to switch, they called it something else, but the term escapes me.



And this excellent but shamful (because it was in LOTPW) post. We talked about this Flandre, next time it's a time out.


Learning to switch with someone who doesn't think like the host really shows you exactly what is the host and what is the mind. It also shows you what's really you, too, but that's probably more obvious.


EDIT: restructured huh? This as good place as any to put it I suppose anyway.

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Vesper; Issues with memory, [...] and other world as other...???


Vesper: In DID systems, absolutely. For us, not at all. Our retreval of one another's memories has zero loss of clarity, which is part of the problem. It means that we can't be absolutely sure who did a particular thing weeks or months ago that is consistent with more than one person's personality. Actions that are distinctly consistent with only one of us, on the other hand, are clearly marked as such in memory.


Ember: No, "this world" contrasts with Vesper's native World of Darkness and Iris' native Dresdenverse, which they usually refer to here as "back home". Their memories of home are uniquely theirs and not system memories. Iris is still acquiring new memories of home as she plays herself in games. Only the in-universe memories are uniquely theirs, not the memory of playing.


We don't do much with the mindscape because it's really boring, but it's conceptually a separate space with just us, where we interact if physical world conditions don't permit -- not enough space, too many other people, too many distractions, too much sunlight, etc. If we remember what was said in the mindscape, we remember who said it. If we remember the camera perspective, we remember who was fronting. But purely mental memories have less staying power than memories that engage the physical senses.

I'm not having fun here anymore, so we've decided to take a bit of a break, starting February 27, 2020. - Ember


Ember - Soulbonder, Female, 39 years old, from Georgia, USA . . . . [Our Progress Report] . . . . [How We Switch]

Vesper Dowrin - Insourced Soulbond from London, UK, World of Darkness, Female, born 9 Sep 1964, bonded ~12 May 2017

Iris Ravenlock - Insourced Soulbond from the Winter Court of Faerie, Dresdenverse, Female, born 6 Jun 1982, bonded ~5 Dec 2015


'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you.' - The Velveteen Rabbit

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Here's something that hasn't been entirely clear on our switching research so far: what might stop someone from switching, despite trying? I know the typical answers: belief, mindset, possible fear, not knowing how to dissociate, things like that. Besides that stuff, why might someone be unable to fully disconnect from the consciousness and switch out? My idea is perhaps some people just have way more active minds and have a harder time zoning out, and that translates to switching, of course that's just a mini-theory and I am in no way saying that applies to everyone. What do you guys think?

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Rip no responses to that. Oh well it's been 9 hours so I'll make my own post on a thing.


Earlier we were playing a game with our brother, and he couldn't stop hiccuping. So we said, "I'll give you a quarter if you hiccup." He then stopped hiccuping. He said, "How did that work?" We said, "I don't know, placebo or something."


That sort of got me thinking. What if switching, in some cases at least, might follow this same logic? Like, you want the quarter, but you suddenly can't hiccup. What if wanting to switch too much prevents a switch?


If it does, how does one balance that out? We wouldn't want to stop our switching studies/efforts, would we be able to downplay our desire to switch during our actual attempts? It would be quite the mental balancing act, methinks. Worth thinking about at the very least.

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Besides that stuff, why might someone be unable to fully disconnect from the consciousness and switch out?


the thing we've been afraid of for you guys for forever now is that you might've associated the baseline of conscious experience itself with your host, but you've so like.. shaped a subjective reality for yourselves at this point NOW my fear is our advice doesn't even apply anymore


("Stop trying because trying is making it not work" stuff)


we've never been a fan of people telling us this.. it feels incredibly wrong when people tell us to stop thinking about lucid dreaming as something we really super want to do, and also kinda scary (we already stop "trying" pretty often from our fading motivation so every few weeks or so we like refresh that trying again and again)


anyways, it's a very real thing that taking a break from pretty much anything (especially puzzles or creative exercises like art/writing) will give you a fresh perspective when you come back to it, but only as a break, not just stop trying in general y'know?



Oh, I forgot to give the car analogy for switching! It's really the best guide we could ever make for switching I think!


Okay so, Lumi once described switching like driving a car. So, once you've ditched the singlet perspective of the host being uber special compared to tulpas and realize you're on equal ground: The body is like a car, with the host as the one driving, and the tulpas as passengers - still very much the same type of people in the same situation, but not directly in control of the car. So, obviously, the host can get out of the driver's seat and switch places with a tulpa, who knows plenty about driving from watching but might need to get used to it.. Then the host is just a passenger like the other tulpas


The car can also act on its own, a little! Cruise control is the "autopilot" some people experience while, say, showering and focusing on the wonderland or somethin'. The vehicle is also what enables any of y'all to do anything at all, but it's powerless without you and vice versa (pretend you can't walk). You can zone out in the car while driving on a long highway (doing a boring and simple activity IRL) and talk to the passengers maybe, and while you're still technically in the driver's seat (in control of the body) effectively if your mind isn't on the road you're just kinda a passenger with immediate access to the controls again, yeah?


For the singlet perspective, who think they are the car!, of course when you're driving you'll treat any potential danger to the car like danger to yourself: it's an extension of your sense of self, and you probably would react to the immediate threat of the car getting scratched up as you getting scratched up, maybe worse! But don't forget that you aren't literally the car. And of course, maybe you're the parent and your children have never considered driving, maybe they never will. But hey, once they get their switching license (if they want to) while it can be crazy weird to let one of them drive instead (and to sit in the passenger seat lol), it's not so unnatural with the right perspective..

Hi, I'm one of Lumi's tulpas! I like rain and dancing and dancing in the rain and if there's frogs there too that's bonus points.

I think being happy and having fun makes life worth living, so spreading happiness is my number one goal!

Talk to us? https://community.tulpa.info/thread-ask-lumi-s-tulpas

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