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Parallel Processing and Personality Switching



EDIT 2: edit has been made, still defining guide based on criticism.


Hey guys, so I know a lot of you wanted to know how I approach switching and what the hell parallel processing is. So here's my little christmas present to you all - a guide on switching!


I'm not entirely sure if it's of professional quality, although I tried to write up a little on what switching/processing are, what it feels like during a switch, and how things like painkillers can affect your ability to tulpaforce.


Either way, the guide is on google docs and the link is right here:



I can put this under a spoiler tag as well if admins prefer guides to be posted on the forum itself.

Thanks guys, have fun~ <3


EDIT: Mirrored https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N37G-HkNMjgwz1WVCB3koI5MVKw9odYwzq8DwxD1BF4 - waffles

EDIT #2: Also put it in the hide tag and attached in PDF format to this post - waffles








Hi, everyone. My name is Ayla “BlackStatic” Kurone, the host and creator of my tulpa Kaigan Kurone. While I'm new to the names tulpaforcing, possession, imposition, wonderlands etcetera, I have managed to unintentionally create Kai about six to seven years ago and form a completely sentient thought form whom happily shares his life experiences with me. Since discovering tulpa.info, I have created three more tulpae; Liana, Vincent and Spencer. However, this guide will focus on the experiences of Kaigan and I.


Kaigan and I have shared conciousness through the use of Parallel Processing, which I have briefly covered in The Tulpa.info community knowledge bin on Google Docs. However, the method we will focus on here is Switching – what happens during a switch, how it affects the host, and how to do a personality switch while trusting your tulpa not to make you do anything stupid during the process (Kai and I have had our slip ups from time to time, haha.)



“In the general sense, switching is kind of like being possessed or having an out of body experience – the host and the tulpa “switch places” so to speak, with the tulpa being able to control the body while the host watches from the sidelines. In Parallel, you and the host are both concious and aware of what's going on at the same time.”

- Kaigan Kurone



Following on from what Kaigan said, being switched feels a little like lucid dreaming, from a host sense. You're not quite “there” and, like in a dream, some of your senses are either dulled or heightened. My sense of touch usually becomes fuzzy, with my eyesight or sense of hearing making up for inability to smell. Anyone who has had experience with dopamines or marijuana highs will know this sensation. Sometimes, during a switch or parallel processing, Kaigan will cause me to sneeze uncontrollably as he tries to work out how to control my physical body.


In Parallel Processing, the effects on your subconscious and mind's eye share similarities to Personality Switching. The mind of the host begins to see and experience the world in the same way a tulpa would, watching the world from the background while the tulpa's thoughts, actions and sentience are the body's current priority. The host will feel like the body belongs to the tulpa rather than themselves, and this can be an unsettling situation at first – being able to hear your tulpa's thoughts as if they were your own, and having to communicate to your tulpa as the minority entity. But with time and practice, the ability to switch conciousness between you and your tulpa will eventually become second nature.




“When you first decide to create a tulpa, you have to trust them and they have to trust you. You guys are gonna become friends for life, or mortal enemies, depending on how you trust each other. Remember this guys; TULPA MEANS TRUST.” - Kaigan


You also have to trust yourself. You might not think anything is happening at first, or that it's all a waste of time. Without trust, the confidence required to achieve switching flies out the window. Things will be difficult at first, as this act of viewing the world from outside of your body can be a strange new experience. Not everyone can achieve this on their first try, so persistence is necessary for best results.



Any form of mental training, be it meditation or simply learning a new language, involves focusing your attention for long periods of time. This is why we suggest that when first practising switching, it is a good idea to start in a quiet environment with minimal distraction, and at a time when you are less likely to lose concentration e.g. sleep deprived, thinking about that overdue homework etc. Some people may prefer to work with music or binaural tones playing to avoid distraction, but Kaigan and I find that music or outside noises will more than often interfere with our switching.



Focus and Sense go hand in hand. Your ability to sense your own thought patterns and when you experience new or unusual emotions is a vital part to understanding switching and parallel processing; the way you or your tulpa reacts to a certain emotion or event can be different depending on their personality or view of their (your) environment. Sense is a common part of tulpaforcing in general, as it allows for the host to perceive and observe their tulpa as it interacts with them. The stronger and more unique these reactions can be, the more sentient and independent your tulpa is. If you're beginning to doubt your senses, or if something begins to feel uncomfortable, remember that you and your tulpa have to trust one another and communicate your fears and doubts else anything feels wrong.



Once you have understood the concepts of Trust, Focus and Sense, you can apply them to the actual switch itself. Find a time and place where you can sit comfortably so that you are unlikely to be disturbed or distracted. It is generally a good idea to be sitting up with your back straight; if you choose to lie down when switching you may end up falling asleep. Like mentioned in the Focus step, music can either help or interfere with your ability to stay awake during general tulpaforcing.


Try to imagine your thoughts and emotions like bubbles or smoke. You can do this via the wonderland or simply through reminding yourself periodically. Keep yourself aware of every thought your mind has; however, don't try to follow that thought or get stuck chasing that one bubble! This leads to distraction! Remember that you want to keep your mind clear and that your thoughts should drift, just like bubbles. That way, when your tulpa tries to communicate with you, your sense of their mindvoice or actions will be easier to notice.


Kai: Some advice for the tulpa now – while they are detached from their thought bubbles, try to narrate your own thoughts to your host. Is it cold in the room? Are you hungry for chocolate covered nachos? Can you try to move your host's hand or get them to sneeze spontaneously? Practice some possession while your host is watching these bubbles, and see if they can begin to recognise any thought processes or behaviours that seem to belong to your sentience rather than theirs. If you and your host can think and sense with the body at the same time, then you've managed to achieve parallel processing!


Once your host is content enough, you can communicate with them that you want to try and switch. This may be approached in various ways. One particular way I've seen this done is to “knock out” your host, sending them into forced unconciousness while you have control. However, I find this method a little... harsh, at times. If your host is knocked out against their will, then that's breaching our first step: TRUST. How can your host be sure they can trust you in a switch if you've beaten them over the head with a crowbar, so to speak?


For the host, if you are able to send yourself into a meditation-like state when switching this is essentially like training yourself to have an out of body experience. In some sense, you are telling another part of your subconcious mind to take over while “you” are floating off somewhere else, say, the wonderland for example. Wether you want to compare it to astral projection or the symptoms of a bipolar mood swing is up to you – the key point here is that your conciousness is “in the background”; detatched from the body, in some “other place” while your tulpa is in control.


Remember those thought bubbles we were talking about? Extend the thought bubbles into sensory bubbles. Any form of touch, taste, smell or sight you are currently experiencing should be treated as yet another bubble, each rising up and leaving your body as you enter the switch. Imagine your tulpa absorbing these bubbles and shaping them into a way of piloting your body, taking in what was originally your own sentience and adapting it into their own.


Kai: for the more creative-minded tulpa, imagine the body as a suit made from these bubbles. When your host has removed this “consciousness suit”, you simply get into it and wear their “skin” as your own. You can even treat it like a mecha, and you're now the one behind the controls.






One main thing to remember about switching in comparison to parallel processing or full possession is that you will have no control of your body – essentially, your tulpa has knocked you out to take over your consciousness. Some hosts will experience the feeling of blacking out or going into a sleep-like state; this can mean you have no recollection of your memories while switched. This is why you have to trust your tulpa beforehand that they won't do anything stupid while switched.


Kai: You know, like, running in front of passing traffic. Probably a pretty bad idea.


This is why switching in public can have its precautions. It's recommended that any switching occurs when both the host and tulpa know for a fact that they can trust each other not to take advantage of the physical body while another mind is using it.


Painkillers and medications can also have their effects on switching. Paracetamol, Panadol and other pharmaceutical drugs are, to a degree, mind altering drugs and can affect the thought processes and sensory perception of the brain which can have its effects on switching and tulpaforcing. It is recommended that if anyone is to take a painkiller or any form of drug during switching, please be aware of the consequences and take any side effects into consideration.



With that being said, we bring this guide to a close. Our final notes are to remember the three steps discussed in this guide – trust, focus and sense – as these apply to all forms of tulpa interaction and serve as grounding rules for any switching or parallel processing you and your tulpa may attempt.


Please also remember that this is not the only guide or method to switching! There are many different ways to approach the tulpa phenomenon and anything that may happen in relation to your thought forms and minds eye; we are only providing what information we know has worked for us, and these methods may or may not work for you.


Thanks guys, and happy tulpaforcing!


- Ayla and Kaigan Kurone





This guide has been written by Ayla “BlackStatic” Kurone for members of tulpa.info and the tulpa community. All credit should be given to the original author of this article, and may not be edited or reposted outside of tulpa.info without given permission.






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Symbolism, eh? Had some effect on me when I used it.


Approved for tips.

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The hell is personality switching. Isn't that the term the IRC kids use to claim they can possess when they can't do the real thing but they want to look "cool"?


I have no idea what a lot of this guide is talking about. It seems like it tries to redefine many terms, because how many of them are used just goes right over my head. Full body possession is... Well, "One main thing to remember about switching in comparison to parallel processing or full possession is that you will have no control of your body". Apparently full body possession means you have control of your body, but switching means you don't. Okay.


I'm also confused how at one point the author writes how they can sense things which I assume are imaginary so this is an actual switch and then later on states you will be unconscious. While I guess technically being unconscious while the tupper is using the body is a switch of sorts as you no longer perceive the real senses, that's not what hosts are after when looking to switch. They want imaginary senses that feel real. This guide does jack shit to help them towards that goal - you know, actual switching - and is just symbolism and words about something.


There's better possession guides out there. There's better tips too. A lot of what is written here is redefined garbage with potentially silly results. Disapproved.

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I disapprove, though it looks like we're out of luck as far as edits go, judging by when the OP last visited. You know, this probably could go in Tips but the tips Ayla gives here seem to be pretty redundant to me.



I don't really like this guide a whole lot. For one, it doesn't really help me with switching. "The Process of Switching" doesn't tell us much other than "relax" and "tulpa, make your host unconscious". There's some other stuff in there, like the bubbles, but that really is symbolism given that it doesn't really explain the point of it. I'm not sure if this guide is aimed at people who are dead from the neck up or something, but it seems that way to me because all we do get by way of explanation is this:

the key point here is that your conciousness is “in the background”; detatched from the body, in some “other place” while your tulpa is in control.

This is a bit of a "well, duh" line for me, because that's more or less the definition of switching.


I guess some other people also said that this guide doesn't have its priorities straight:

How can your host be sure they can trust you in a switch if you've beaten them over the head with a crowbar, so to speak?

it feels like you're hitting me over the head with this TRUST thing a lot, sure, but truth be told that's pretty obvious. You know, things like "why you shouldn't switch in the middle of a motorway" have been covered in other more comprehensive guides.


And as a last point, good job Capitalising every Concept. It's one of those things that puts you head and shoulders above everyone else on the wacko scale without even trying.

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I approve of this for Guides, however if more people think this should belong in Tips, I'm fine with the vote counting towards that, even if I personally consider this to be Guide section material.


Now for the critique.



The bad:


The definitions used for some words are unusual.


Parallel processing usually refers to your tulpa being able to think at the same time as you, some people consider it the same thing as independence, while others may consider it as something different, depending on which hypotheses they subscribe to (regarding a tulpa's nature, especially neurologically).


Since we have yet to have sufficient evidence regarding the true physical nature of tulpas, most people will usually refer to the feeling of parallel processing - when an independent tulpa thinks at the same time as you - perceiving multiple thoughts at once. Parallel processing tends to be considered something passive by most, that is, something an independent tulpa and host do naturally.


In this guide, parallel processing seems to be defined to mean the active act of thinking, perceiving and using the body at the same time (both host and tulpas) - this definition is of an activity a host and a tulpa can do, not a passive ability that's just there for a well-developed tulpa.


Personality switching is a term that's used by some people in this community to talk about "non-independent" switching, that is, a change of sense of identity of personality without a true change in consciousness. Essentially a very strong belief change or change in identity, which some may consider a delusion or even roleplaying at worst and a very fluid personality/self-concept at best.


The author of this guide uses this term to refer to true (unfocus/dissociation) switching, that is, switching which involves changes in conscious experience - the host disconnecting from senses, the tulpa taking control and starting to sense with the physical senses (sense sharing, although in this case, the tulpa would be the only one using them, otherwise it would become possession).


Sands' objection about these being redefinitions are true, however unlike most redefinitions found in this community (for example, people claiming they switched when they only did "personality switching" or "mindvoice switching" where the host's consciousness is still firmly glued to the physical senses) where someone is trying to redefine a term that describes something non-trivial to mean something more trivial (so that they can brag that they can do it too or make themselves feel better about their progress), the author of this guide merely uses the wrong term - a term which other people may think means less (such as a change in sense of identity), when it actually means more in the author's definition (a major change in one's conscious experiences).


Despite all this, the author makes his definitions clear, thus I don't think it's worth rejecting the guide just because they came from outside this community and either used terms differently or misunderstood the meaning of the terms used in this community - as long as they can define the meanings they use properly (which they do).


It also makes use of a bit too much symbolism, even if the other parts are sufficient even without the symbolism.



The good:


It starts by describing some subjective experiences and the words used to refer to them to the reader. Most confusion one has about the author's redefinitions of terms should be gone after this.


It then continues on with a list of requirements/skills a host and a tulpa must have to be able to attempt switching.


Some may think that these steps mean little or that they don't mean much, but I disagree, they can represent a major change in one's mindset about interacting with their tulpa. Let's examine them:


> Trust


Some people don't even know if their tulpa is there or if the tulpa is their own person or just themselves.

Some people have trouble distinguishing between their actions and their tulpas.

Some people don't even understand their tulpa is a person at an implicit level.

Some people don't think their tulpa can think on their own or is just a mental puppet.

Some people can't implicitly know if a thought or voice was themselves or the tulpa, that is, they can't tell the origin of the thought.

Some people can't distinguish their will from their tulpa's will.


Being able to trust your tulpa means that you, at a minimum, implicitly recognize them as a real person, one which is sharing an unconscious mind/brain with you (but have different perceptions than you do).


Trust also implies independence and "free will" (or at least as much free will as you have, or the ability to act/decide on "your own"), or a will different from your own conscious will.


On a more particular level, trust in regards to the context of switching implies that you trust them with the body and your life while you're off having wonderland adventures or meditating or whatever it is you want to do while not focusing on your senses.


If you actually fear the tulpa would mess something up, how could you start ignoring senses and letting them do everything without your approval?


Trust also implies good communication (also mentioned in the Sense step).


All in a single simple step, the author manages to capture a good deal of requirements which most people don't recognize or forget about. These requirements go beyond just switching - they're essential for truly having a tulpa.



> Focus


Being able to maintain attention and keep thinking for extended periods of time is important for most tulpa activities.


The host's part when it comes to switching does involve maintaining continuous/unbroken focus on your imagination.



> Sense


Yet another incredibly underrated/ignored part about having and developing tulpa is mentioned here.


It's really not uncommon to see people having parroting/differentiation/independence issues.


It starts with mentioning an often-forgotten (by some people) part of interacting with your tulpa, emotional communication/responses:


"Your ability to sense your own thought patterns and when you experience new or unusual emotions is a vital part to understanding switching and parallel processing; the way you or your tulpa reacts to a certain emotion or event can be different depending on their personality or view of their (your) environment. "


This tells you how you can better perceive your tulpa - at its core it teaches you how to perceive another "mind person" without boggling you down with everything else (even if visualization and the rest are also important).


I've seen too many people who don't get emotional responses from their tulpas or the ways their tulpa can express relative to the host are too limited/forced or meager.


Learning to pay attention to your own thought process and learning to pay attention to the tulpa's moods and changes in emotions or even their "essence" can greatly help with such problems.


"Sense is a common part of tulpaforcing in general, as it allows for the host to perceive and observe their tulpa as it interacts with them."


This line explains more about the subjective experience of interacting with a tulpa - the implied parallelism/independence of perception/thought:


You could be thinking about something and directing some thoughts at your tulpa while at the same time the tulpa reacts *while* you're thinking about something else.


This sort of "dual sensing" is enough for most people to truly trust their tulpa's independence/sentience and I truly wish to see more of this from other people.


It can also be considered as a step where you're being mindful of your tulpa (essential mindful meditation, but directed at your tulpa).


I would like to add here again that some people's troubles tend to run far deeper - there are people who can't perceive non-self-caused actions in their imagination, that is, they can't conceptualize the idea of another person sharing their mind with them and having their own actions/will which are distinct from their (the host's) own actions. One reasons for this is that they've yet to experience something in their imagination/mind they have no control over. There's a lot of makeshift tricks for getting you to experience such things, although if someone can't even have the idea that it's something possible, it would be far more difficult. Another thing that really makes such things go away is learning to perceive your tulpa's emotions, especially when they happen at the same time as your own emotions (which may be different from the tulpas) or their "essence".

At times it may require a major mindset change to get your imagination/unconscious to start doing things for you. If these three steps don't do it for you, I'm not entirely sure what will.


With these 3 rather condensed steps the author explains to someone what it is like to truly have an independent tulpa and how to raise your tulpa to reach that level of development (hint: it takes a lot of work/attention/friendship/trust from both the host and the tulpa).



As for switching? My personal belief is that switching is something that happens naturally when you have a few requirements:


1) independent tulpa

2) tulpa and host are fine with switching and there are no unconscious fears/aversions about switching.

3) tulpa can possess/control the body without requiring the host's attention (unassisted)

4) the host learns to ignore senses and get immersed in their imagination - with all the implications that come with that (such as trusting the tulpa alone with the body)


It's something that sometimes can even happen naturally whenever all the requirements are met and the tulpa is learning to control the body while the host is learning to ignore the senses.


The author's 3 steps take care of 1,2 and half of 4. It could even be said it takes care of 3 to some degree (with the "sense" step), even if possession requires the tulpa to actually put more effort/will into it as well - but an independent tulpa needs to do that while communicating anyhow (even if sometimes emotions may be more involuntary and may require less effort to "send").



The actual "switching" part of the guide has probably too much symbolism for my taste, although it's not an invalid method:


It first gets the host to relax and pay attention inward to their tulpas and their imagination.


A symbolism that promotes mindfulness (as with their "Sense" step) toward the tulpa is used after that. This sort of mindfulness can be passive and "ever-present", especially if one trains themselves to not ignore the tulpa - just like one is used to not ignore the physical senses.


Following that, the tulpa is instructed to do possession and getting the host to be mindful of it so that they can actually notice their tulpa moving the body.


Again, the use of "parallel processing" is not standard here and refers to possession where both the tulpa and the host are using the body and thinking at the same time with both of them being mindful of each other's thoughts/actions.



It also mentions a "knock out" method some people can do, although doesn't recommend it as it implies a breach of trust in a way.


I've seen a couple of people who learned to timeskip/stop thinking entirely while the tulpa possesses to the point where they just stopped existing for a short period of time. Usually it seems to be the result of not thinking and being too bored by what the tulpa is doing while possessing. They ended up learning to switch while focusing on the imagination afterwards - when they realized they needed to actively think about other things while the tulpa is using the body - if they don't want to end up getting "paused" or unconscious.



The next part talks about ignoring senses or more precisely meditating/thinking about other things than your senses - keeping your thoughts/focus outside of your physical senses.


It ends with a symbolism for transferring your physical senses to your tulpa (or it could be looked into it like sensory sharing followed by you ignoring them, but whatever works for you).


The symbolism may help some people better conceptualize how some things are supposed to work for each party (host and tulpa), although it may be written a bit weirdly, so I don't really know if it will truly work as intended for everyone - I've tried getting a clarification from the author, but I've yet to see a response from them, thus I'm assuming they're not really checking their blog or this forum much anymore.



The guide ends with some safety tips, few clarification on why trust is important and an obvious mention that this guide is more of a general tulpa interaction guide.


This final mention is mostly in line with my personal hypothesis that switching is something that happens when the tulpa is sufficiently developed/independent, when the host learns to immerse themselves in their imagination and when there's a mutual desire to switch or at least for the tulpa to possess and the host to be able to trust the tulpa enough to start ignoring senses and focusing on their imagination.


I find it slightly sad that this guide will most likely not get approved as it's far more gentle than Fuliam's which doesn't go into achieving the requirements as much (for example independence), while focusing most of the effort into inducing an OBE while awake on purpose - when achieving an OBE by cooperating with your tulpa (such as letting them do their thing while possessing, while you're focusing on your imagination) may be far more simpler for some people and in some cases is known to have happened accidentally - more often than people have achieved switching by doing it entirely on purpose.


I tend to think of these guides as complimentary and that they both lack a little bit of something to be "complete", yet both should be recommended to someone wanting to try switching, and this one to most people working on a tulpa, if only because of the potential mindset change it could cause in someone.


The guide could also be potentially revised to be improved, however the author seems to be inactive, thus I don't know if that's something that has any chance of happening, thus I approve it in the current state as it holds more useful information and the redefinitions aren't a huge problem as long as one keeps them in mind for the duration of the guide.

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I don't know. It seems for me reading this guide has actually given me a headache. I never get headaches. I'm not really understanding what you are talking about at all.


I've had switching and possession explained to me much easier than this and this is written extremely poorly.



"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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