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What Is A Tulpa?

Updated on August 31, 2010

A Tulpa is a manifestation of mental energy.  In other
words, it is created by the mental concentration of one or more persons who train their thoughts toward the creation of a Tulpa.  A Tulpa is a true product of imagination.  These mentally created entities can not only be seen by their creators, but other people have reported seeing them, as well.

Since all living organisms posses life energy, with practice
  and meditation, some people are not only able to perceive
  this energy, (auroras) but are also able to control it.  The
  more people who concentrate this energy on the same goal,
  the more powerful they become—an example of this would
  be “the power of prayer.” 

  The word Tulpa is from the Tibetan language, but many
  other cultures around the world believe in the power of the
  mind to create tangible forms.  Religious beliefs of people in
  Central and South Asia,  Bhutan, Nepal, China, India,
  Mongolia, indigenous tribes of Australia, Native Americans,
  particularly the Cherokee, share much the same ideology. 

A relatively new branch of science has been created for the study of the power of thought.  Noetic Science is based on the theory that the power of human thoughts can have a physical affect in the real world. The word “Noetic” originates from ancient Greek word ‘nous’ and refers to “inner knowing.” 

Noetic science was envisioned by US astronaut, Edger Mitchell.  He was struck with the possibility of a Universal connection while he was on his 1971 space voyage and observed the Earth from outer space.  In 1973, he founded the Noetic Science Institute. Scientists who are studying this theory believe reality is far more complex than what we have been taught thus far; and that our thoughts have far more impact on our lives and environment than we can imagine.  

In the case of Tulpas, the practice of creating an energy form from thought has its drawbacks.  Someone who does not have full control of their thoughts and a spiritual degree of enlightenment might not be fully cognizant of the psychic forces that are in process during this endeavor.  Often when a Tulpa gathers enough energy to be capable of becoming a real being, it attempts to free itself from its creator’s control and manifests a will of its own.  Once this occurs, the creator can be in danger from its own creation. 

Tulpas do not always take human form.  There have been reports of Tulpas taking the form of animals, and mythical creatures.  There are also accounts of people who created Tulpas that have shown up on digital photographs.

I guess the moral of this dissertation would be to not mess with things that you don’t fully understand—and even when you do understand, don’t do it!  Tulpas have been created unconsciously—for instance “Gee, I sure wish I had a body double who could do this task for me…”  Be careful what you wish for.  Once a Tulpa is created, it is often difficult to get rid of.  


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      AR Bordon 

      4 years ago

      It doesn't have to be a creature of imagination could be lets say, an object (and that is far easier) that already exists.

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      6 years ago

      Nice article you have here, just stumbled upon it.

      I wouldn't consider a tulpa too dangerous, after all, unless it's suicidal, why would it try to hurt or kill you? It kind of depends on you.

      Except for maybe, there isn't many resources on the subject and its a shame because it's a really cool one.

      What do you think about Socrates' Daimon? Think it could have been a tulpa?

    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks for your input, Fellow. I appreciate the information and for you taking the time to comment.

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      6 years ago

      The tulpa lives on one's thoughts. Just ignore it, and it will go away after about a month or so.

    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Hi Jose~

      Well, I don't know how one can get rid of a Tupla... that's why it's so dangerous to create one.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment.


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      7 years ago

      great post...but what I don't see is HOW to get rid of one. That would make the article much more intriguing in the case that an individual were to actually create one. Like you said, we can do these thing subconsciously.


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