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Actually, while someone may not be able to view the entire world at once, there are some people claiming to have entire planet wonderlands running that they've worked on for years (since kids).

 

That's called a paracosm.

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That's called a paracosm.

 

Do I need to do this shit again?

 

No. A paracosm does not mean a large wonderland. A paracosm means a detailed, large conworld, a constructed world often made for a book or a game, but could be just done for your own fun as well. While it's possible for this conworld of yours to also be a wonderland or a place you explore in your imagination as well, not every conworlder does that. Some just write or draw without exploring it like you explore a wonderland, and I could never call any place I don't actually visit in my imagination a wonderland, at least.

 

Also do note detailed in my list there. A large wonderland does not mean detailed. If you look at examples listed at paracosms on something like Wikipedia, Middle Earth is listed as one. So, for your wonderland to be a conworld and an actual paracosm, you're going to need a lot more than just size. You need details. Animals and plants? What are they, do they have names, how do they grow, can they be eaten? What do they eat? Are there people, cultures, history and languages? What kind of countries are there, have you drawn a map, named cities or special landmarks? Any religions or special people? What about the laws of physics, are they actually different from our world? Is there magic? What about astrology?

 

That is a paracosm. And once your wonderland has that detail put in it? Then you can call it a paracosm. But you better actually know it instead of just thinking you see it all, because work goes into actually developing that.

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Well, I'm open to suggestions on titles. Wonderland Blueprints? Sophie's Symposium? The House That Your Mind Built?

 

To add to what Sands said on Paracosms, it occurs to me that there are different kinds of detail. Let's use Middle Earth as an example. As Sands said, we have information on Middle Earth that we don't have about the average wonderland, like history, culture, language, geography, and so on. But if the Shire were your wonderland, you might know which direction the major streets run, what geographical features the town is built around, and how to get from one house to another -- none of which is included in our books about Middle Earth.

 

To use the ever-popular Minecraft/wonderland comparison, the game Minecraft maps out places the player is going to see in the near future. You might start the game in the forest, and Minecraft knows where each individual tree is. Until you go north, the game only knows about what's north in a very vague way. It'll know, for example that there's tundra or desert or ocean in that direction, what sort of plants and animals might be found there, and how the land might be shaped. Until you actually go north however, the game won't know where each individual cactus is in the desert, or whether there's an oasis, or what animals might be found there.

 

Middle Earth (and any paracosm, really) is more like the area that's far away in Minecraft. We know that hobbits live in the Shire, and we know what it's 50 leagues from the northern moors to the marshes in the south. We don't know, however, where each individual house is, and although we get a few names and personalities of hobbits, we don't really get to know most of the inhabitants of the Shire in the way that we would if it were a wonderland.

 

Wonderlands, by contrast, are more like the area nearby in Minecraft. We know where that craggy tree is, and where the fork in the road is, and where that pack of wolves lives. This is the kind of detail I'm saying that the mind can't maintain on a planetary scale. Google tells me that the worldwide population of wolves is something like 150,000. That'll be more than 21,000 wolf packs, which is probably more than your mind can keep track of.

 

And of course I'm talking about Earth-sized planets. If your wonderland is a "planet" like the one in The Little Prince, about the size of a house, you probably can maintain the entire thing in your mind with ease.

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Not liking this statement. "No matter how long you've been making wonderlands, you won't be able to keep the entire surface of an Earth-sized planet in your head."

Very frontloading esqe, and untrue. Easy enough to imagine an earth sized desert planet for instance. Or an earth sized grassy debug type world with repetitive grass patterning.

 

"Scent and taste are harder to incorporate into your wonderland"

Frontloading. Who says it's harder? Some people are great at smelling things. Others not so much. Very depending on one's person, yes?

 

"When you first start with your wonderland, it won't feel very real."

Frontloading, way to increase the probability of people having a very real wonderland experience from the start.

 

"The other senses can be even harder to incorperate than scent and touch, but they're very important as well.''

can be. closer.

 

"One of the hardest things about wonderlands is getting a sense of really being there. " Is it the hardest? Is it?

 

Honestly you could say "Your mileage may vary" every time you give frontloading. Neutral terms, use them. You're attempting to help people, yes? Then why are you giving your readers suggestions that things will be hard? Talk about making things harder than need be. If you want to be an author, consider what effect your words will have on your readers. Here to help, not hinder.

 

Disapproved for tips until you make neutral these phrases.

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Not liking this statement. "No matter how long you've been making wonderlands, you won't be able to keep the entire surface of an Earth-sized planet in your head."

Very frontloading esqe, and untrue. Easy enough to imagine an earth sized desert planet for instance. Or an earth sized grassy debug type world with repetitive grass patterning.

 

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I suppose saying "Many people have difficulty making their tulpa visible to other people" is frontloading? :) Oh, alright, that's some valid criticism. I believe I've changed everything you mentioned.

 

I even get the point you're making about a grassy debug planet, and I've changed that as well, but if you think a realistic desert planet can be easily held in memory, you're crazy. Mars is technically a desert planet. Head over to Google Mars and see how much of that you can memorize.

 

Also, there's a whole lot of variation between deserts. Deserts are defined by the amount of annual rainfall they receive, so even the polar icecaps of Mars are still desert, as are the Siberian steppes here on Earth. There's a whole lot of variation in flora and fauna, types of sand, rock formations.

 

If you're talking about a simple debug-style desert, like your grassy plain, sure. *Maybe* even if you took a square mile of a real desert and repeated it endlessly. But any realistic planet (by the current scientific definition of "planet") will probably be impossible for any human being to memorize. Still, I'll change the text so it applies equally to cyborg prodigies, just in case.

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"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."

 

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Approved for Tips and Tricks.

 

I had some similar objections as mayormorgan's, but seeing as they're fixed now, it's mostly fine.

 

> But any realistic planet (by the current scientific definition of "planet") will probably be impossible for any human being to memorize.

 

Your brain can generate a lot of amazing landscapes on the fly, you could perceive entire entirely original 'worlds' if you so wish, thus any new wonderland adventure could end up being of a new place.

This is more of a matter of training your imagination rather than actually memorizing more information than could ever fit in your head (and even if you could perceive it all, you'd end up forgetting everything except the memorable parts).

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      Suggestions
      The key to this method is slowing down and shifting your attention to what you are visualizing. If you get bored and you warp yourself to a parade or a war zone, that can lead you to getting distracted again.
      More complex objects are supposed to be interesting for you to look at. If a tree isn’t to your taste, you could also do furniture, a vending machine, a weapon, etc. I recommend picking something you find interesting, because why have it in your wonderland if you don’t like it? Visualizing moving objects are fine as long as it is not your starting object. I don’t recommend loud or overwhelming objects because the point is to calm down and focus, not feel overwhelmed and become distracted. Unless you are really comfortable with what your Tulpa’s form looks like, I don’t recommend starting off with that. Like any other complex object, their form may be too much for you to focus on right now, but it won’t be after you built your way up to that level of complexity. If your Tulpa is sentient, they can guide you to look at certain things, or they may ask for you to visualize something for them. Why not, right? They may surprise you with a real treat! In Conclusion
       
      Once you feel comfortable with your visualization, have fun! Now that your visualizations are stable, you can go ahead and visualize exciting things like flying on dragons or shooting aliens in space since your mind is so focused on the wonderland you most likely forgot about whatever else was distracting you and your immediate surroundings in real life.
       
       
      Submitted for Guides.
    • By Cat_ShadowGriffin
      How To Refocus On Your Wonderland
       
      Preface
       
      For a long time I struggled with poor visualization, but what I really struggled with is how to focus on my wonderland. When I saw a blur or darkness, I didn’t know how to get a viable image. I thought I was just bad at visualizing until I realized an image came in more clearly when I took the time to illustrate it bit by bit. The tricky part was knowing how to focus on a scene and use that skill to build more elaborate constructs. I put this guide together because this method helped me in the past and it boosted my confidence in my visualization ability.
       
      Summary
       
      This method is about stabilizing and solidifying your focus on your wonderland by applying visualization skills in a step-by-step process. You start with visualizing a simple object and illustrate one new detail at a time. Next, you continue to repeat this method with increasingly more complex objects until you become satisfied with your visualization quality. You can also use this method to improve your visualization quality for more complex objects and multiple objects.
       
      Prerequisites
       
      This guide assumes you have a wonderland, but this method can also be applied to visualizing objects in a void. This guide does not require having a tulpa or previous knowledge on meditation.
       
      Summary of the Visualization Skill
       
      This guide expands on concepts described in Chupi’s and Nikodemos’s guides by explaining when and how to apply these skills in order to focus and achieve better visualization of your wonderland. While I will briefly explain this skill, these guides explain this skill in more detail.
       
      This skill is all about looking at an object and asking yourself how it should look, feel, take up space, etc. For example, if you have grass in your wonderland, one could ask about the color of the grass, the height and shape of the blades, what species of grass it is, if it’s made out of cotton candy, the texture of the grass, how it feels when you walk in it, etc. The more questions you can answer, the more information you will have about that particular object. Thinking of questions and answering them requires your focus and having more information allows you to visualize your objects and wonderland more effectively.
       
      How to Refocus on Your Wonderland: Detailed Walk-through
       
      First, find a block of time and a comfortable place to sit down. Since you will be applying this skill one small step at a time, expect this to take time. Stabilizing your focus involves walking through this process slowly. Rushing can disrupt your focus and cause your visuals to blur. If you have any doubts or feel frustrated because you’re looking at a black void right now, keep in mind your visualization quality will get better. If it helps, you may want to use a relaxation breathing technique before getting started.
       
      Start with taking a simple object such as a sphere or a cube. What color is the sphere? Is it smooth or bumpy? Is it soft and squishy or firm like a billiard ball? What is the temperature of the sphere? Are there any other questions that come to mind, such as how the ball reacts to gravity? Continue to illustrate more details with your simple object until you are satisfied and or bored. Once you can clearly picture your simple sphere or cube, you can move onto something more complicated.
       
      A more complex object like a chair is a good next step. How tall is the chair? What is it made of? How many legs does your chair have? How stiff is the seat if you sat on it? What are the designs on this chair? A chair is a friendly object to work with because chairs are usually easy to find in most living spaces and can be used as a reference or a source of inspiration.
       
      If you feel satisfied with your visualization ability at this point, congratulations! While this approach may no longer be needed to help you at this point, this process can be applied to more complicated objects and landscapes to produce a more vivid image of your wonderland.
       
      If you feel like your visualization is still fuzzy or you are growing bored and restless, you may want to try again with another somewhat complex object. If the problem is you need something more interesting to look at, you may need to move onto an even more complex object.
       
      For a very complex object such as a tree or your tulpa’s form, you may want to break the object into smaller parts and then visualize the object as a whole. For example, you can break up a tree into the trunk, branches, leaves, and roots. If you start with leaves, you may want to ask questions like: "What is the leaf's color?" "What shape is the leaf?" "If you squeezed a leaf in your hand, would it feel fibrous and maybe a little sticky?" Once you are satisfied with the leaf, you can move onto the next component and keep working until you have the whole tree. For your tulpa’s form, you may want to start asking yourself questions about your tulpa’s head, body, clothes, and so on. How broad or specific these groupings are is completely up to you. Once you are comfortable with visualizing each part, imagining the whole object may only require a few final questions such as: "Are all of the leaves the same color" and "How do the leaves and branches move in the wind?"
       
      Breaking a complex object down into smaller sections can also be applied to visualizing multiple objects. Instead of one complex image being made up of different parts, one complex wonderland scene is made up of multiple objects. I recommend starting with a small number of less complex objects, such as a chair and a rug, and then add one object at a time.
       
      Alternatively, you can do a mixture of both the original approach and a piecemeal approach by starting with very broad questions and then asking very specific questions for complex and multiple objects. For a tree, you could ask: “Is this a real tree or a fantasy tree?” "How tall is it?" "Could you climb it if you wanted to?" "Is the season changing the colors of the leaves?" And then ask: “What shape are the tree leaves?” “How deep do the roots go? "How tough is the bark?” For multiple objects, you can start with the broad questions like: “How many objects are there?” “Do these objects share a common theme, such as being man made?” “How much space do these objects take up?” Then, you can ask more specific questions such as, “How fuzzy is this pillow?” and “How warm is this blanket?”
       
      At this point, I recommend thinking of your collection of objects as a separate room, scene, or space you can revisit. The more time you spend with a scene, the easier it is to recreate it. A wonderland scene can store a surprising amount of information as long as the rules you set are consistent. The more practice and time you invest in a scene, the more detailed your recollection will be and the easier it will be to visualize in the future.
       
      Suggestions/Tips
      If you are struggling with being bored, teleporting to a parade or a war zone can lead to you getting distracted and going back to having blurry images or a black screen. Unless you are prepared to flesh out a lot of intricate details very quickly, the task may be too overwhelming and you may start skipping details to keep up with the pace. The adrenaline rush can also break your focus. Instead of doing that, you should either move onto a more complex object or get creative and ask more interesting questions like “Is this sphere heavy enough to dent the floor of my wonderland?” If you don’t like the objects you are visualizing, why are you putting in the effort to visualize them at all? If a tree isn’t to your taste, you could also visualize furniture, a vending machine, a weapon, etc. using the same approach. When visualizing multiple objects, it is okay if an object only becomes crisp when you are paying attention to it. In real life, the human brain picks one point to focus on at any given time while everything else blurs out in the peripheral vision. As long as you know where everything should be and enough about those objects to know what they should look like up close, you’re doing it right. Visualizing moving objects can add another layer of complexity to make something more interesting. However, I don’t recommend loud or overwhelming objects early on because they can be distracting and downgrade your image resolution. Unless you are really comfortable with what your tulpa’s form looks like or you're really eager to visualize it, I don’t recommend starting off with that. Like any other complex object, their form may be too much for you to focus on right now, but it won’t be after you build your way up to that level of complexity. If your tulpa is sentient, they can guide you to look at certain things, or they may ask for you to visualize something for them. Why not, right? They may surprise you with a real treat! In Conclusion
       
      Once you feel comfortable with your visualization, have fun! Now that your visualizations are stable, go ahead and visualize exciting things like flying on dragons or shooting aliens in space. Chances are you forgot about your immediate surroundings in real life awhile ago.
       
      Submitted for Guides in the [Wonderland] section.
       
       
      I may edit my guide again, there were a few changes I want to consider but haven't gotten around too yet.

      Old version: https://community.tulpa.info/topic/14524-how-to-refocus-on-your-wonderland-first-submission/

      Pdf back-up of relaxation breathing website: Stress Management_ Breathing Exercises for Relaxation _ Michigan Medicine.pdf
       
    • By waffles
      Foreword: this isn't really my original dnt steel advice. Really, it's what everyone tells anyone asking for help on this.
       
      Screw Physics
      Ever walked in through the door to your imagination and have your mind decide that screw physics? You know, uncontrollable, erratic movement of objects, or yourself. What about getting stuck in a loop doing something, or getting stuck to things, or being afraid to move things because the world will end if you do? You're not alone. This happens to a lot of people. Most people at some point, I would venture. And most people will probably figure out some of what's below for themselves. If you're having serious problems, then here's offering the best.
       
      "La la la it's not happening"
      Ignore it. In general, paying attention to it makes it worse. You're only worsening the situation by freaking out over it, so don't. If it's not supposed to be happening, then it isn't. Don't even tell yourself that it's not happening, because that's acknowledging that it is; you don't think about it because why would you, it isn't happening. That's the idea.
       
      If you manage to forget about it completely, then it'll disappear completely. Of course, suddenly realising that it's not happening might start it up again, so the best thing to do is forget about it completely and never read this guide again.
       
      Yes, it's hard to just ignore something that's causing chaos or flying you through the air at impossible speeds and whatnot, but you need to. This is the only sure-fire way to get rid of anomalies if they're problematic. If it's not working then it's your fault.
       
      Back to Middle School
      You might not like the 'ignoring it' method, or it doesn't work, or whatever. Don't panic; there are alternatives. Next on the list is laying down some ground rules. Impose the laws of physics onto your imagination. If you don't know Newton's laws then look them up; it's educational, too. If you do then make sure everything operates according to them. It should be as simple as deciding that they are operational and understanding them.
       
      If your mindstuff defies the law, then remind it and yourself that it's not possible, and that this, therefore, cannot be happening. You can combine this technique with the one about ignoring for greater affect.
       
      More Or Less Every Other Guide Here
      If you're going to do tulpa then you're going to have to brush up on visualisation skills at some point. You may well find that - especially if you're encountering problems near the beginning of the process - that improving your visualisation skills will help. Now, advice on how to do such a thing is plastered all over the board, so I'll leave you to it.
       
      "He gets beaten up by his imagination"
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      Seriously, it's your imagination for God's sake. People say 'wonderland', which makes it sound like a mystical far-off world where anything is possible with magic, when in reality it's just your imagination. It's your mind, and you can and should exercise control over it. You'd do well to remember that for the whole process, quite frankly.
       
       
      I'm sure that's far from all the ways of dealing with this sort of thing, so if you happen to have a suggestion then do tell.
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