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There is a strange phenomena which is often overlooked on websites dealing with the paranormal or cryptozoology – the mysterious Tulpa from Tibet.
Tibet has long been thought of as a mysterious, spiritual place where the strange is commonplace. And it is here that we find the Tulpa. The word Tulpa is from the Tibetan language and refers to any entity that attains reality solely by the act of imagination. This entity can be seen by not only the creator, but by other people as well.
There are some problems associated with creating a Tulpa if you do not know what you are doing. The biggest problem is that as the Tulpa is given enough vitality and life, it tends to free itself from its masters control, much like a child when it leaves its mother’s womb.
Tibetan mystics often tell of a Tulpa which has been sent out to do a mission, failing to return on completion of its task. Rather it chooses to go out and become a half-conscious entity capable of all kinds of drama. This can often happen if its creator dies before dissolving the entity back into the land of thought.
In some cases the entity behaves like a rebellious child and the mystics report cases of great struggles between the master and the Tulpa. Often the Tulpa seriously injures or even kills its creator.
One scary aspect of this is that sometimes a Tulpa can be created unconsciously. When this happens it is often difficult to get rid of it because the creator doesn’t know what they have done. This seems to be similar to cases of poltergeist activity and its relationship with girls going through puberty.
As a general rule the Tulpa entity disappears on the death of the creator or gradually vanishes over time as its life-giving energies are depleted. But as we have seen – sometimes this does not happen!
The creation of Tulpas are not only limited to Tibetan Lama mystics but has also been documented by certain westerners. Alexandra David-Neel is one such person.
Alexandra David-Neel, a French spiritualist, writer, and explorer, was travelling through Tibet learning different mystical techniques. She discovered the Tupla creation teachings and was fascinated and decided to learn it.
She began to study the technique, as well as learning the lore from some of the Tulpa adepts.She began by visualising a plump, benign monk and as she progressed in her contration exercises, she could see him like a ghost popping in and out of existence.
Over time as she gained greater control over her concentration and visualisation, the monk began to take on a more solid aspect rather than the ghost-like form of before. But another more sinister aspect was beginning to occur.
Alexandra noticed that the Tulpa was gaining independence. It was now appearing at times when she had not willed it to appear. It’s appearance was also changing. It was slimming down and started to look less benign.
Eventually the creation became so real that her companions, who knew nothing of her experimenting, started asking about the strange monk who kept turning up at their camp and following them when they went out on expeditions. It was clear that the creature now had a clear objective reality and had moved away from being just an imaginary being.
By now Alexandra was getting extremely worried, so she started practicing a new technique which would allow her to reabsorb the Tulpa back into her own mind. The Tulpa was really not willing to participate and seemed to relish its freedom. After an extremely exhausting few weeks, she managed to destroy her creation. But the whole exercise left Alexandra extremely exhausted and spiritually drained.
Tulpas can be in the forms of animals, mythical creatures, and also humans. There are also accounts of persons who practice this actualization, and have been able to take digital photos of themselves with their tulpas.
The belief that thought can create form is not limited to the Tibetans. Many other cultures around the world share very similar beliefs. Central and South Asia, like Bhutan, Nepal, China, India, and Mongolia all believe in this, as well as indigenous tribes of Australia, Native Americans, particularly the Cherokee believed in the ability to create forms from thought.
Followers of some western occult traditions believe that they can create an ‘egrigor’ which can be brought to life by a group meditation. These egrigor’s can be seen and photographed on both film and digital camera. Like the tulpa, the egrigor can also cut their ties to the ethereal world and live on in the physical.
A tulpa should be distinguished from a tulku, which is either the reincarnation of a saintly individual or the incarnation of a non-human entity, such as a god, demon, or fairy.
Could a tulpa explain the existence of ghosts and poltergeists? Could they merely exist because they are willed to? In some cases this certainly seems to be the case.
Take an example of a haunted house. A person who stays there reports seeing a ghost of a woman wearing a large bonnet. After this other people report seeing the same ghostly presence, yet a search into the history of the house reveals no such person could have lived there. Does this make the ghost a fake? It could possibly be just that, but what if it is now real because of tulpa being created by the unconscious minds of the ghost believers?
This could explain ghosts such as that of Chloe whoc an be found haunting the Myrtles Plantation inn? (You can read about that ghost right here on Level Beyond by clicking here)
It has been pretty much proven that Chloe has never existed as a living person and all the stories about her are untrue. Yet people still report seeing her ghost wandering the inn. Is Chloe a tupla?
David and Davis: On the Creation of Tulpas
Buzzle.com: Tulpa – Thoughtform Brought to Life
Mysterious People: A Mystic in Tibet – Alexandra David-Neel
Official Alexandra David-Néel web site
Magic and Mystery in Tibet
University Books Inc., 1965
Initiations and Initiates in Tibet
Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
University Books, 1959.