What is Tibetan tulpa?
Tulpa in psychology and psychiatry is explained as a strong individual hallucination. In Tibetan Buddhism, Tulpa is a materialized imagination, an inner visible and tangible image or illusion created by man. The term is used in the occult, and the Tibetan tulpa is perceived as a supernatural phenomenon.
In fact, a clear method and technique for the intentional and conscious creation of a tulpa appeared in Tibetan religious teachings, where signs and symbols are described that accumulate the energy of thought and materialize the illusion. But with this phenomenon, many people have encountered and face unconsciously, even in childhood. What is this phenomenon, how did it appear in European society? Is this a tribute to fashion or a religious teaching about the expansion of a person’s mental consciousness? Illusion or friend in our difficult time of the Internet and the latest technology?
Tulpa - what is it?
Tulpa is a hallucination that is perceived by several or all of the senses.It can create one person or a whole group of people, gradually or instantly. The Tibetan Tulpa practice is that if you concentrate on a thought or idea for a very long time, it will materialize. That is, the tulpa is a materialized thought form. For its materialization, a special sign of the Tibetan tulpa is used, which accumulates the energy of human thought and then materializes it.
The created thought-form does not remain in its original image, it is transformed depending on the change of the idea. Destroying it is possible only if it is possible to change or destroy the idea. If a materialized thoughtform is tied to an object, you can destroy it with it.
Tulps can take a certain clear form, be individualized and carry out purposeful activities. Psychiatry explains that the existence of a tulpa is possible with an altered state of consciousness, including an absolutely healthy person, but the consequences of such experiments with consciousness can be both positive and negative.
A tulpa created by imagination may have various abilities and weaknesses that a person himself endows him with. If you believe that this creature is invulnerable, omnipotent or cowardly, then it will be so.
The discovery of this phenomenon for Europeans
Of the Europeans, the first to see the Tibetan tulpa happened to the Frenchwoman Alexandra David-Neel, who had devoted many years to the study of Tibet. In the 20s of the 20th century, she lived with the Tibetan yogis and observed the repeated materialization of the pulps, after which she decided to create her herself.
After several months of deep meditation, a Tibetan monk materialized in front of her. Then he appeared and disappeared. But he soon became uncontrollable and impudent. She decided to destroy the illusory visitor, but it turned out to be very difficult. It took Alexandra about six months to destroy the Tulpa and bring her back to the world of imagination.
How to create a Tibetan tulip?
The earliest references to tulpa are found in Buddhist scriptures, where it is characterized as “a body imagined by the mind.” The significance of Tibetan tulpa for Buddhists is magical, caused by increased concentration.Hence the translation "tulpa" - a phantom, or "magical emanation."
To create a tulpa, concentration, long-term meditative sessions, which differ from spiritualistic sessions and trance mediums, are necessary. Tulpa can be created both in the dark and in daylight. In addition, Tibetans believe that even if they banish it from their thoughts, it still exists for some time by itself.
The very phenomenon of the appearance of an illusory thought form is closely related to the teachings of the Tibetan lamas. All that surrounds us is an image represented in the mind. That is, an image, not a reality. The goal of religious teaching in Tibet is to expand the boundaries of people's mental representations. Goals are achieved with the help of meditation and special breathing techniques. But Tibetan meditations are not so simple: they use special diagrams. These are real miniature worlds with a character in the center. A monk through meditation learns to animate this image or character, the images of the world materialize into reality. With the help of this technique, the student monk learns to understand that everything in life is a mirage and imagination.Thanks to this teaching, the monks have a truly extraordinary endurance, will and strength of mind. They can sit naked in the snow or walk on hot coals, as heat and cold are a psychological illusion of our consciousness.
Tulpa in Tibetan teaching is an element of our consciousness, with the help of which monks learn to control their emotions, sensations, feelings. The whole universe is just a mirage. All that is in the world is the fruit of our consciousness, it is born in it, and it dies in it.
In fact, many people encountered this phenomenon in childhood when they invented a non-existent comrade for themselves. In psychology, this phenomenon is called Carlson syndrome. This is quite normal. Impressive children with a violent children's imagination very often create imaginary characters, events and events in imagination. This imaginary friend is a tulpa.
Tulpa in the age of the Internet
The phenomenon has become widely publicized in the age of the Internet and social networks. The meaning of Tibetan tulpa has lost its original magical and sacred meaning. At the moment - this is a self-perceived hallucination, which can be completely independent, able to think and act independently.
In Internet communities, whole groups of tool makers or handlers have appeared who give advice on methods and methods of materializing illusions. The very process of creating a tulpa on the Internet is called the forcing, which is the use of special techniques of meditation and self-suggestion.
Scientific studies of the phenomenon
Western scientists from McGill University in 2014 conducted a study of this phenomenon. 166 Tulpovods from 18 countries of the world were invited. For six months, they were tested, interviews and psychological research. The results showed that young people, aged 19 to 24, are engaged in forcing, more often guys. They give their tulpe a beautiful image of anime characters or familiar girls.
Is visualization an assistant or an enemy?
Who is a tulpa — friend, helper, or enemy? For many young people, she acts as an assistant who can give advice, scold or praise, and express her opinion about the problem. It helps to socially adapt and often improves psycho-emotional state.
But it happens that a person has an internal conflict, and the created tulpa, instead of an assistant, friend and ally, will become an unbearable burden, whose help will be more destructive.
You should not expect that an imaginary illusion will become a friend or a salvation from anything. The more you go into yourself, the stronger the fire that burns the mind. You should act deliberately and prudently when you decide to flirt with your psyche.