A tulpa is an entity created in the mind, acting independently of, and parallel to your own consciousness. They are able to think, and have their own free will, emotions, and memories. In short, a tulpa is like a sentient person living in your head, separate from you. Tulpas can also be inanimate objects, animals, furniture, or creatures.
It is currently unproven whether or not tulpas are truly sentient, but in this community, we treat them as such. It takes time for a tulpa to develop a convincing and complex personality; as they grow older, your attention and their life experiences will shape them into a person with their own hopes, dreams and beliefs.
The usual reason for creating a tulpa is having them around for companionship, which means that the most important aspect is being able to properly communicate with them. There are different ways of communicating with a tulpa; of which the most common one is through mind-voice. Hearing a tulpa’s mind-voice means hearing thoughts that are not your own, and you respond by directing thoughts of your own back to your tulpa. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to several months to hear your tulpa in this way, and in some cases longer.
An advanced technique in the community is imposition, which consists of hallucinating your tulpa with any of your senses. When you master it, your tulpa will seamlessly fit into reality as you see it with your own eyes, and you’ll be able to hear them speak, smell them, and even feel the texture of their skin and clothes, as if they were really there.
A Tulpa was considered dangerous and often grew bold and out of control, it was not uncommon for stories of Tulpas to turn sinister and even violent as the entities took on poltergeist characteristics or, in extreme cases, became almost demonic and capable of physical harm to others. This is evidenced in one of the most infamous of Tulpas, the Slender Man.
Once a Tulpa grows mischievous or violent it is said that only its creator holds the power to erase it and as such it is seen as vital for them to do so, some tales say that those who fail to do so may even become the final victim of the Tulpa. A tulpa is hard to define, as anything could possibly be a tulpa. While the idea is still being focused on, the object or creature may change and morph into different forms as the idea itself changes. Tulpa can only be destroyed by eliminating the thought (if the tulpa is not yet formed properly), or the diluting the concentration of the thought, then destroying the object or creature.