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Daniel's Starter Guide to Creating a Tulpa




Welcome. A tulpa is usually defined as a consciousness inside your mind that is separate from your own. It functions and interacts with you from outside of your conscious thoughts through visualization, imagination and later through self imposed hallucinations (imposition).

Your goal can be simply summed up as trying to create another person inside your mind.


A word of caution you even consider starting

A tulpa is a commitment. If you undertake this process seriously then you are going to be stuck with your tulpa for a long time, perhaps even for the rest of your life. It is important not to rush into creating your first tulpa. Learn as much as you can, talk to people who already have tulpa and learn from them. Immerse yourself in the concept before you even consider taking the next steps towards taking your own.


A brief look at some "slower" techniques

The original techniques published on the forum take a slower and more cautious approach. This is deliberate. They offer a lot of information on meditation and on how to understand the inside of your mind. They have you learning about yourself before you even see your tulpa. All of it is highly useful, but, the guides are often ambiguous when it comes to the tulpa itself.

"After a while of narrating, giving attention, and building the tulpa, it should attain the ability to speak to you on it's own."

"During (the process) you might have noticed the tulpa doing something on its own, or gotten a sudden wave of emotion."

These are from FAQman's and Irish's guides, which can be found on the main page.


The point of this guide is to address this issue by taking charge. By understanding the process sufficiently and not relying on ambiguity we can learn about our new tulpa not by meditating but instead by interacting it.


Step by Step

1. You've read as much as you can about tulpa and understand the premise. You may have also spent quite some time just resting on the idea, weeks, months even. You've now decided you want to start.


2. You'll need to decide what your tulpa is going to look like. It can be a human, an animal or perhaps even a mythical creature. If you can imagine it then it can be a tulpa. If you'd prefer to be ambiguous then you can start with a ball of light or a wire frame and let the tulpa shape itself. You and the tulpa can force it's form to change at any point. Eventually your goal should be to achieve a consistent form but even then remember that some tulpa have multiple forms.


3. A wonderland is a popular but completely optional aid to creating a tulpa. A wonderland is an imaginary landscape inside you mind you can focus on to help your immersion. Such a place can give you common grounds to interact with your tulpa on.

The alternative to a wonderland is simply to use your actual surroundings. If you want to learn more about creating a wonderland there are plenty of guides out there.


4. We're ready to jump off the deep end. You are going to meet your tulpa for the first time. Imagine you are meeting a new person for the first time. You've heard all about them, you probably know what they look like and you have just a little idea what their personality will be like. Now you are going to have a staged encounter.

Imagine your tulpa in the same room as you, or in your wonderland. Then, introduce yourself to them.

Imagine what the tulpa's response will be. You have to make the response seem as real as possible by considering and visualizing every detail you can manage. Imagine their voice, read their body language, follow their eyes. Most importantly, don't stop talking. Keep the conversation flowing no matter where the subject goes, make small talk if you have to.


It doesn't matter how awkward the greeting is. In the beginning the tulpa isn't going to be independent from you at all. It'll feel like you're just talking to yourself. But, you have just created a shell for the tulpa to grow into. You have just started the tulpa process aggressively by taking action instead of passively observing something you don't understand until something might happen.


5. All you have to do now is continue your interaction. The more time you spend interacting with your tulpa the more progress you'll see. You can set a time to spend with them everyday or you can imagine them alongside you as you go about your day. Get them involved in what you are thinking. Discuss you interests, the local news, your opinions on the things you see. Remember to ask for your tulpa's opinions as well, let them hold the other side of the conversation.


Your goal is to get so used to their presence that you can imagine their actions without the actions actively crossing your thoughts. If you reach this point then you have your tulpa. It's still a part of your mind and always will be, but, it does things without you actively thinking about them.


Things to consider

What you've done is often called parroting and puppeting. Parroting means intentionally speaking for your tulpa. Puppeting means intentionally moving your tulpa's body. While many may oppose the use of these techniques to create a tulpa it might help to think of them as training wheels. If you use them correctly you probably won't even notice when the training wheels are taken off.


It is important to remember the entire thing is inside your head. That means the tulpa you create is only genuine if you believe it to be. If you think you'd be able to better convince yourself of your tulpa by taking it slow using another method then by all means. But, if you prefer to learn by doing then this method is for you.

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Blank vote or approved, if that's really what the majority ends up having voted.


It's a more concise write-up of Fede's method, with a few small additions and very slightly different belief system (compared to Fede's).


A good deal of things I've mentioned for Fede's guide also apply here.


As with Fede's guide, I'm a bit skeptical about skipping the part where you differentiate the origins of the actions (tulpa or yourself) at an unconscious level, that is, learning to perceive actions/thoughts not made by yourself.


While I do believe someone could end up with an independent tulpa following this guide (same as with Fede's), it's a murkier method than one which places independence as the foremost goal. Even JD1215's method which is parroting based still makes an important point about actually stopping and perceiving the tulpa do their own thing. This part is likely one of the trickiest things about making a tulpa, and I'm not sure why would you want to hide from it or hope that one day it just won't matter (and yes, it can be like that for some).


> That means the tulpa you create is only genuine if you believe it to be.


I'm not entirely sure I truly agree with this statement. It makes it seem to me like someone could just "believe" themselves to have a genuine tulpa and poof you get that instagenuinetulpa.


What I think actually happens in the case of genuine tulpas is that the tulpa ends up, sometimes slowly, sometimes faster, convincing the creator of their sentience and independence.


Sometimes, it even happens unintentionally, for example one can hear of people who one day found out they couldn't control their imaginary friends or that they had a mind of their own, had their own agency, memories, seeming autonomy and so on - sometimes there would even be stronger evidence (ex. possession or switching).


Some imaginary friends, roleplay/book characters, ... end up as tulpas, but that's not the same as saying that all of them are tulpas.


One day I was chatting with someone about the nature of a 'genuine' tulpa and we ended up finding a few things that rang true for both of us(paraphrased):

"It's when you truly doubt it, and it still works"

"It feels like you're talking to someone alive"

"Talking to my tulpa pretty much perfectly emulates talking to someone else".


Essentially when the tulpa is autonomous, your disbelief won't make it less genuine than you could make someone else's consciousness less genuine if you stop believing in it (that said, a strong disbelief may make communication iffier/worse).

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Three approvals (Sands, waffles, and Linkzelda)


One approval implied since the title changed to something related to content (Averian)


Two disapproval (GGMethos & Schlondark)


Two blank votes (NotAnonymous & Mayormorgan)

This will remain in the sticky threads for updates on voting from GAT members. Most likely, it may be approved seeing how there's two blank votes, and two disapproval that were mostly based on the initial title of the guide.
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Counting CyberD as a blank vote we get 4/6, which is approved.

CyberD, you can tag this with whatever you feel appropriate. Best remove the redundant one from the title.

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Right, tag is sorted. Due to the lack of a [Creation] tag I figure [General] will do as it's what was used for other "general" creation guides.

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