What Is A Tulpa?
A tulpa can be considered to be an intentional form of hallucination. Some would call it a self-delusion, although technically it isn't delusion. It's a self-induced hallucination.
A hallucination is a phenomenon wrongly perceived as being truly observed by the senses, whereas a delusion is an incorrect belief resulting from various subjective contributing factors. It would only become delusion (or self-delusion) if a person believed that their tulpa was a real entity and not a self-created one.
How Are Tulpas Possible?
Tulpas can be created by using the power of the mind combined with our five natural senses and are possible due to what is known in psychology as the principle of holographic image processing. Basically, creating a tulpa is a way of intentionally fooling your own perception and a tulpa is therefore a thought-form.
There are many reasons why people choose to create tulpas. Some people do it to have them as a companion and some do it for self-entertainment or out of curiosity. The most amazing thing about creating a tulpa is that you can bring that tulpa to life and give it it's own consciousness. Creating a tulpa is very much like creating a fully animated and seemingly conscious character for a video game except by doing it with the mind instead of doing it with a computer. Just as with video games, it's a purely holographic experience.
Where Did Tulpas Originate From?
The act of creating tulpas originates from Tibetan Buddhism. However, creating a tulpa has become a popular form of recreation in recent times and is now what could be considered to be a form of New Age "art" just like creating crop circles except that tulpas are a purely subjective experience and are therefore personal.
Tibetan Buddhists used tulpas as a form of spiritual discipline to teach initiates the difference between imaginary spirits and real spirits. Initiates were told that their tulpa was a genuine deity to be worshipped and those who believed it failed the test and were turned away.
How Are Tulpas Created?
It takes time, persistence and dedication in order to be able to create a tulpa. Depending on how much spare time you have available to work on creating it, it can literally take months for your tulpa to fully "materialize" into form. There can also be mild side effects such as headaches and tiredness, although this is usually temporary. You can find out more about how to create your own tulpa by reading the Tulpa Guide For Dummies.
This article is for educational and informational purposes only. I do not recommend that anyone attempt to create their own tulpa and I am unable to accept any responsibility for any side effects that may arise from doing so.