This is an article both me and Mirath collaboratively wrote some months back and we felt this would be a good place to publish it. Overview: Mirath: Basically, they're sentient thoughtforms, sharing the mind with their host. Well that's how I like to think of them, a second consciousness. Originating from the Tibetan thoughtform, which was first used as a means of self-discovery, tulpas soon became recognised and formed as companions, guardians, even lovers. It is still debated in the tulpa community whether tulpas are truly real or sentient, and like anything else, a belief is just that - a belief. AshenFall: Despite being seen as a spiritual occurrence in origin the modern day tulpa is much more widely believed to be a psychological phenomena. As in, they are created by the pure power of the host’s brain as opposed to being a spiritual force. This does not mean they are any less “real” however, just that they are not of a supernatural origin. This dispels the myth that creating a tulpa is harmful. They cannot and will not hurt you, they are what you create. Another myth to dispel is that creating a tulpa is essentially giving yourself DID, schizophrenia or other related mental illness; this is simply not true, as whether you believe they are “real” or not, something is only a mental illness if it has a negative impact on your life. Which tulpas should not. Tulpa Creation: M: Just remember this: a tulpa thrives off your attention. So it's no good thinking “Oh this is great, I don't need to do any work”, if you don't put the time and effort in you won't get very far. Even if it's just a few minutes a day of sitting down and concentrating, or talking to them throughout the day it's still better than nothing. Creating a tulpa takes weeks or months, if not years. Although some have reported to have made a tulpa in less than a week. Patience and persistence are the best tools in creation. Now, there's no rules set in stone (Don't want to visually impose your tulpa? Then just ignore that stage). Another thing to bear in mind: you can't mess up unless you don't try to force at all. A: There are several main steps of tulpa creation These can be done in any order but it is generally recommended to start off easy and work your way slowly up to more advanced stages. Visualization is a nice place to begin; it’s always useful to have an image in your mind to be narrating to and get the sense of talking to a presence as opposed to yourself. Your tulpa can take any form you want, but bear in mind that as they gain sentience they can sometimes change their appearance to suit how they wish to look. This shouldn’t be something to get mad over as they are their own individual and if they wish to deviate, let them. M: (Side note - There's also some debate over having a fiction-based character, whether this will lead to an ‘existential/identity crisis’ and generally make the tulpa’s life hell as they doubt their own existence. Now some say if the tulpa is told that they aren't the character and the backstory doesn't apply to them, it's fine. Others like to be more cautious and just loosely base their tulpa on said character. And others just make completely original characters.) A: Another stage often done alongside visualizing is vocalization. Helping the tulpa develop its own voice and communicate with you. It's likely this stage will take a long time before being able to fully communicate with your tulpa, and despite what it may sound like in theory, does not instantly mean you will be able to hear your tulpa’s voice like there’s someone else in the room. Often they will communicate in what is informally known in the community as “Tulpish”. Images that may pop up suddenly in your mind, head pressures and the likes. Even when they do begin to “speak” it is often first through mindvoice. Mindvoice being that little “voice” you likely hear in your head now as you are reading this. M: With newly developing tulpas, it's very easy for their mindvoice to sound exactly the same as yours. Over time, though, their mindvoice will become more distinct and easier to hear. Some in the community often talk about getting an “alien feeling” when it comes from their tulpa, but some have found that they don't get any strange feeling for a long time, and that's fine. Another stage that is usually done early on in the creation process is personality. Now, this is a completely optional step, as your tulpa develops they will piece together their own personality from their hosts memories and/or experiences. You can do as much or as little work on personality as you like, so you don't have to spend hours on end over it. A: Once you are well on your way to developing your tulpa, there comes an optional step: imposition. Depending on what you want out of a tulpa this can either be the main step to work towards or just something do start at on the side. There are two types of imposition: audial (when you can hear your tulpa in the same way as you would hear another person speaking to you) and visual (when you can impose your tulpa into the real world and see them). Keep in mind that only you, the host, will be able to see or hear your tulpa in this way, much like a controlled hallucination. With both, it will not be an instant transition and both are likely to start out faint and become more “real” as you and your tulpa practice. M: One of the more advanced stages of tulpamancy is switching, which is very similar to possession, only during switching the tulpa has control of the full body AND the host is able to do things other than be connected to the body in that moment. Switching is when the tulpa and host “trade places”, so to speak, with the host residing in the wonderland/mindscape/void whilst the tulpa has control and gets to experience reality as their host does. Again, like possession, the host can grab back control at any time, so you're not about to be stuck there permanently (although some tulpamancers have tried it). Pros and Cons: Pros: A: One of the main pros of having a tulpa is companionship. A tulpa is always there with you and can understand you on a level far more than anyone else you could ever meet. They have a direct link to your subconscious, able to remind you of things your conscious mind may not be able to recall. M: Yeah, what AshenFall said. And unlike friends that will leave your for arguments or misunderstanding, a tulpa can almost always see past that, like unconditional love. A tulpa essentially feeds off your subconscious to find out what the ‘best’ form/voice/personality for themselves, and their host, is. Cons: M: Before I begin, I should say that you shouldn't make a tulpa if you're just going to be a dick to them, or have the intention of hurting or even killing (‘dissipating’) them. Think of it this way - you want to be treated great? Treat others great. You want to be hated? Be a terrible person to someone else. Just because they don't have a physical body, doesn't make a tulpa less of a sentient being. This isn't something you can run around and tell absolutely everyone about (well, you can, but I personally wouldn't advise unless you know them well enough), as in a worst case scenario you could be institutionalised for ‘hearing voices and hallucinating’. Also, like any friendship/relationship, there could be a rocky ride, but most issues are able to be fixed, although it's not as easy to just ‘walk away’ from each other. There's also the issue of privacy, sharing a head and all that, but you can always restrict their access to memories, dreams, and so on A: With this in mind you should only make a tulpa if you are certain you can deal with the negatives. After all, they're here for life and if you start making first and thinking later, you may regret it. This is why before beginning the creation process it is a good idea to have a long think about why you want a tulpa and how this will impact your life. It’s all well getting overexcited at the thought of having another consciousness sharing your body, but if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons or to curb your boredom then you may find you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. This isn’t to put anyone off, just a warning to really think about it. On Old Guides: M: You may be wondering why some sites have warnings when it comes to referencing the older tulpa creation guides - FAQ_Man’s and Irish’s guide being prime examples. One of the biggest reasons for those warnings is the use of hour counts. Hour counts are often said as “This stage should take you <x amount> hours”, and is often seen as detrimental to creation, as it gives the mindset that so much should be seen/achieved by a specific point in time, and if something does happen before that specific time, then it isn't a tulpa. The older guides are also outdated in some respects, but the information can still be used to an extent. A: Every individual and their tulpa will take a different amount of time to reach their goals. So discarding the old method is recommended to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of expecting too much or too little. With all of this said, if you still feel you do wish to create a tulpa there are many resources out there to help you along the way. But in the end, what works for one person is different to the next, so see it as a learning experience.