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Tulpas who started out as imaginary friends or characters are quite common. I am one of them, and so is another in our system.

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I would like to say hey. The name is Cody and I've never made a tulpa. My girlfriend has... More than I can imagine. I believe... 9? 7 are mostly talkative, but it's hard to keep track of them all. So I'm trying to make some of my own to keep hers company.


I'm just trying to make my first tulpa. Wish me luck or something.

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Hello Cody! Only a few tulpamancers around with that many headmates. Much more common with different forms of plurality. Welcome and good luck!

Funny thing is she made them all without even knowing what a tulpa was. She was so scared she was crazy or had DID that she never told anyone before me.


I'm just trying to make my first tulpa. Wish me luck or something.

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Cool. If she didn't make them, she may still not be crazy. There are strong competing perspectives on this, and the side which says it's crazy basically amounts to "I can't imagine more than one person in a head", and "1: multiple personalities, 2: ??? 3: dangerousness" as far as I can tell.


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Well this is a surprise. I recently stumbled across the word "tulpa" elsewhere on the 'net, and though I had never heard about it before, the context was very familiar, so I did a little googling, and ended up here.

 

I am a writer; I've been writing since childhood (I'm now on the far side of 50). Over the years, some of my characters have, shall we say, very much taken on lives of their own, to the point that some of them have become very distinct people who happen to inhabit my head. My oldest such character was created more than 30 years ago. I am certainly not alone amongst writers; we tend to call them "muses", particularly those with fanfiction connections.

 

I have three main characters/tulpas/muses that I consider "permanent", they have been with me for many years and are very much part of my life. But, as with any story, I also have "minor characters" that will come and go, maybe staying for a short while as I work on a particular project and then fading away once that project is done.

 

I chose the name "flock" because several of my characters are or have been associated with birds.

 

-Lewis

writer of Cas, Timo and Karl


- Lewis

Host/writer of Cas, Timo and Karl

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I'm familiar with soulbonding and did hang around on such a community for a while. Actually to be fair, it was mostly Cas who participated in that; he got involved via the otherkin community, given that he's an elf rather than human. I think it was around 1999 or so when he started that.

 

Good lord, that makes me feel old!

 

How do you define the difference between "muse" and "tulpa"? And also between "soulbond", if you also consider those to be different?


- Lewis

Host/writer of Cas, Timo and Karl

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Soulbonds usually identify as characters. Tulpas usually don't. Soulbonds must be attached to a fictional canon somehow. Tulpas almost never are.

 

A muse is different. Technical term for any spirit that assists with writing or other creative pursuits.


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Ah, in that case, Timo is very definitely a Soulbond (he is Maitimo, aka Maedhros, originally created by Tolkien). Cas is kind of borderline; he is attached to a fictional canon but both he and his canon are original and created by me. Karl is just... complicated.


- Lewis

Host/writer of Cas, Timo and Karl

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