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Re-Blog: Tulpas, Thoughtforms and Monsters, Oh My!

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This is a blog that I wrote back in 2013 but, given some of the rumblings about thought forms I have been hearing on-line, I thought this was a good time to re-post it.  

I am an inveterate podcast listener. The job that puts bread on the table can, at times, be very repetitive, requiring little in the way of thought, so I often spice up my day by listening to one or the other of the paranormal podcasts on the Web. The other day I was listening to an interview with the noted paranormal author, Nick Redfern and the discussion turned to the place of tulpas in monster lore. I realized, as I listened to this show, that while I had referred to these beings obliquely in some of my posts, I have not dedicated a post to this subject.

First off, a point of definition. In my view a tulpa and a thought form are the same thing. The only difference is that the term tulpa originates with the Tibetan esoteric tradition while thought form is used in the Western traditions to describe the same process. You will also sometimes see Western magicians refer to a thought form as a servitor. While some people will quibble and say that each of these concepts is a slightly different thing, I am going to throw them all into the hash together and refer to them, from here on out, as thought forms.

So what is a thought form? Pared down to basics, a thought form is a being of desire, visualization and imagination (see Magical Use of Thought Forms: A Proven System of Mental & Spiritual Empowerment by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and J.H. Brennan). To create a thought form, the magician pulls an image from his or her inner storehouse of images (imagination), visualizes it powerfully and in Technicolor detail (visualization) and empowers it to perform a certain task or tasks according to his or her desire. Simple enough until one realizes how flabby human visualization skills have gotten since the advent of television and film. The other skill that the magician must master in order to work effectively with thought forms is the skill of placing limits on them and de-constructing them once their purpose is finished.

What can a thought form be used for? Almost anything. As I mentioned, some modern magicians refer to these creations as servitors because that is precisely what they are supposed to do – serve the will of the magician. Thought forms have been used for everything from helping a writer with inspiration for a project (no, I do not use thought forms for this purpose) to providing a soldier with actual physical protection in battle. In general, a thought form is not visible to the majority of people (some psychics can see them) but, if you read enough magical lore, you will find stories of magicians who created thought forms that were not only visible but were able to physically interact with this world. In chapter 3 of the excellent book I mentioned above, one finds the story of a Tibetan lama who, after considerable effort, managed to bring a yidam, a type of meditation deity, into physical manifestation as part of his movement toward enlightenment.

That chapter is instructive not only in telling the reader about the possibilities of thought form creation but also in bringing to the attention the knowledge that the process of thought form creation is not as easy as it sounds. In order to do this type of work, one really has to be able to make an image real in the mind and then be able to infuse it with all the force of desire, directed by magical means so that the being is limited in its scope. This is important since magical lore also tells us that a thought form created without proper limits can take on a sort of life of its own.

One of the best known stories in this regard also comes from Tibet. One of the early theosophists, Alexandra David Neel, journeyed to Tibet and, during her stay there, worked on the creation of a tulpa (thought form) in the image of a short, fat, jolly monk. After several months of meditation and practice, this tulpa manifested and was seen by David Neel and others. David Neel also reported physical contact from this thought form on a number of occasions. Eventually, though, the monk began to take on a darker aspect and David Neel was forced to learn how to take the thought form apart and re-absorb it. I suspect that this had to do with David Neel’s not having a clear desire for the thought form when she created it; the being was an experiment and so did not seem to have a distinct purpose other than to assuage her curiosity.

Now, how does the creation of these magical beings tie into the world of the paranormal? I think that an excellent example might be some of the Manwolf sightings around Native American mounds in the Wisconsin/Michigan area of the United States. Archeologists argue about what purpose the mounds served but they are agreed that these were sites of importance to the indigenous people of that period. I think it is entirely possible that some of the Manwolves reported in those areas are actually thought forms, created by ancient shaman as guardian spirits for the mounds. If such a thought form were created by a group of shaman, given the assignment to guard the mounds indefinitely and then turned loose to do that bidding, there would be no reason for the thought form to dissolve. Over time, it would take on a single minded life of its own and the only thing that would prevent it from doing its job would be a lack of energy. It would have gotten a powerful shot of energy in its creation and would have been “fed” periodically by its creators but when those people died or moved away, the thought form would have languished and dissolved unless it found alternate ways to feed itself – such as scaring the heck out of people and feeding off that energy.

As with all the theories I discuss on this blog, I do not think that thought forms constitute the universal field theory of the paranormal but, given what is known about them, they should certainly enter into the consideration of any paranormal investigator.

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Creating Your Own “Demons”

I was recently made aware of a case that I simply had to post about since it is so apropos to the subjects that we deal with in this blog. I am going to outline the case in very broad strokes to avoid any backlash from this “victim”.

The subject is a female in her early to mid 30’s with a husband and children. The family has seen escalating paranormal experiences around them for some years and have been involved with more than one ghost hunting team during that time. Experiences began with the woman’s and later the family’s perception of a fairly harmless entity in the home – the spirit of a child, according to the subjects – but, after a time began to show signs of a hostile haunting. Movement of objects, unexplained smells, voices without an obvious source, scratches spontaneously appearing on the subjects etc. The activity became so frightening to the female subject that the family actually moved house. There was a brief respite but then the activity followed the family to their new location. Several types of “spirit laying” were tried, including a purported exorcism, which seemed to calm the activity for a time before the occurrences flared back up.

Now, on the surface, this sounds like a pretty nasty situation but here is the kicker: this entire situation was actually created by the “victim”, in this case, the female subject. Now, lest someone immediately accuse me of blaming the victim, I do not base my assertions on conjecture. Rather, several people with whom I am acquainted either remote viewed the property or, as I did, “went there” as part of a shamanic journey. Each of us, independent of the others and without knowing what the others had perceived, reported to a central person who then collated the reports and drew out the common themes. Every single one of the people who took part in this experiment said the same thing – that this woman had literally created her own “demon” (she maintains that the haunting is caused by a demonic entity which she accidentally opened the door to via occult experimentation in her youth).

I chose to do this experiment via shamanic voyaging since that is a fairly safe way of getting around in the Otherworld and one that seldom takes you into the denser etheric planes where you might be physically injured if you encountered a hostile entity. During my journey, I encountered the spirit of one of the local natives of the target area who informed me, in no uncertain terms, that this woman was “dumping her s***” in the area and that the local spirits of the land did not appreciate it in the least. This spirit showed me how the subject had, at first projected something harmless, to bring some excitement to her life and then, when the thrill of that wore off, pulled together just about everything she was afraid of and embodied that. Her take away? She had become a local paranormal celebrity as the woman with the case no one could close. Let’s call her Mrs. X.

There is a very simple reason why the various groups had failed to remove the entity. Mrs. X had built up a whole legend around these instances, starting with her “accidental” opening of the door through occult experimentation in her teens, all the way through to the the demon that supposedly haunted her. As I mentioned, she had become something of celebrity in the local area and this is what the whole phenomenon centered on – getting and keeping attention.

Now the dyed in wool skeptic will, at this point, roll his or her eyes and suggest that the woman was simply hoaxing for that attention and this was all there was too the case. However, I can assure you that not only did the whole group involved in this experiment have very similar perceptions but, as I mentioned, there have been several paranormal groups in the house and almost all have come away with some fairly credible evidence. I think it is safe to say there is something plaguing this woman and her children but it ain’t no demon, folks.

Look up the search term “The Phillip Experiment”. We have already talked about the reality of tulpas/ thought forms and their uses and abuses in Western magic. The Phillip Experiment and others like it showed that this ability to create beings out of the astral does not just reside with magicians. The experiment showed that if you put a group of people together, give them a central “legend” to work with (even if it is completely fictitious) and have them use the old forms of doing a seance, they can effectively create a spirit. While a western magician might be able to do this process in a few days or weeks, it took this group several months but, eventually, they began to get “replies” from their “spirit” that were strictly in accord with the legend upon which they had established him.

In this case, what you have is a perfect storm for the paranormal. An individual with a touch of latent magical talent. A life situation which makes the person long for some attention, for a chance to stand in the lime light. An exposure to the Otherworld through experiments in the rebellious teens. Lots of subconscious energy with no outlet. Viola’, you have a recipe that allows the “victim” to create her own “Phillip”, only this is not a dashing noble from the 18th century who supposedly died a tragic death but a monster crafted from the darkest impulses of the human subconscious. The only one who will ever be able to banish the thing will be its creator and she would rather cut off her own hand than give up the attention she has garnered.

So,for all you investigators and would be investigators out there – if you will not have or can not find a working magician for your team then it might be a good idea to invest some time in schooling some of your team members in disciplines like remote viewing or shamanic voyaging. You do not have to take the findings of these folks at face value but having access to people with these skills might prevent you from going into a situation that is out of control and which you have very little hope of controlling.


Tulpas, Thought Forms and Monsters, Oh My!

I am an inveterate podcast listener. The job that puts bread on the table can, at times, be very repetitive, requiring little in the way of thought, so I often spice up my day by listening to one or the other of the paranormal podcasts on the Web. The other day I was listening to an interview with the noted paranormal author, Nick Redfern and the discussion turned to the place of tulpas in monster lore. I realized, as I listened to this show, that while I had referred to these beings obliquely in some of my posts, I have not dedicated a post to this subject.

First off, a point of definition. In my view a tulpa and a thought form are the same thing. The only difference is that the term tulpa originates with the Tibetan esoteric tradition while thought form is used in the Western traditions to describe the same process. You will also sometimes see Western magicians refer to a thought form as a servitor. While some people will quibble and say that each of these concepts is a slightly different thing, I am going to throw them all into the hash together and refer to them, from here on out, as thought forms.

So what is a thought form? Pared down to basics, a thought form is a being of desire, visualization and imagination (see Magical Use of Thought Forms: A Proven System of Mental & Spiritual Empowerment by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and J.H. Brennan). To create a thought form, the magician pulls an image from his or her inner storehouse of images (imagination), visualizes it powerfully and in Technicolor detail (visualization) and empowers it to perform a certain task or tasks according to his or her desire. Simple enough until one realizes how flabby human visualization skills have gotten since the advent of television and film. The other skill that the magician must master in order to work effectively with thought forms is the skill of placing limits on them and de-constructing them once their purpose is finished.

What can a thought form be used for? Almost anything. As I mentioned, some modern magicians refer to these creations as servitors because that is precisely what they are supposed to do – serve the will of the magician. Thought forms have been used for everything from helping a writer with inspiration for a project (no, I do not use thought forms for this purpose) to providing a soldier with actual physical protection in battle. In general, a thought form is not visible to the majority of people (some psychics can see them) but, if you read enough magical lore, you will find stories of magicians who created thought forms that were not only visible but were able to physically interact with this world. In chapter 3 of the excellent book I mentioned above, one finds the story of a Tibetan lama who, after considerable effort, managed to bring a yidam, a type of meditation deity, into physical manifestation as part of his movement toward enlightenment.

That chapter is instructive not only in telling the reader about the possibilities of thought form creation but also in bringing to the attention the knowledge that the process of thought form creation is not as easy as it sounds. In order to do this type of work, one really has to be able to make an image real in the mind and then be able to infuse it with all the force of desire, directed by magical means so that the being is limited in its scope. This is important since magical lore also tells us that a thought form created without proper limits can take on a sort of life of its own.

One of the best known stories in this regard also comes from Tibet. One of the early theosophists, Alexandra David Neel, journeyed to Tibet and, during her stay there, worked on the creation of a tulpa (thought form) in the image of a short, fat, jolly monk. After several months of meditation and practice, this tulpa manifested and was seen by David Neel and others. David Neel also reported physical contact from this thought form on a number of occasions. Eventually, though, the monk began to take on a darker aspect and David Neel was forced to learn how to take the thought form apart and re-absorb it. I suspect that this had to do with David Neel’s not having a clear desire for the thought form when she created it; the being was an experiment and so did not seem to have a distinct purpose other than to assuage her curiosity.

Now, how does the creation of these magical beings tie into the world of the paranormal? I think that an excellent example might be some of the Manwolf sightings around Native American mounds in the Wisconsin/Michigan area of the United States. Archeologists argue about what purpose the mounds served but they are agreed that these were sites of importance to the indigenous people of that period. I think it is entirely possible that some of the Manwolves reported in those areas are actually thought forms, created by ancient shaman as guardian spirits for the mounds. If such a thought form were created by a group of shaman, given the assignment to guard the mounds indefinitely and then turned loose to do that bidding, there would be no reason for the thought form to dissolve. Over time, it would take on a single minded life of its own and the only thing that would prevent it from doing its job would be a lack of energy. It would have gotten a powerful shot of energy in its creation and would have been “fed” periodically by its creators but when those people died or moved away, the thought form would have languished and dissolved unless it found alternate ways to feed itself – such as scaring the heck out of people and feeding off that energy.

As with all the theories I discuss on this blog, I do not think that thought forms constitute the universal field theory of the paranormal but, given what is known about them, they should certainly enter into the consideration of any paranormal investigator.