Have you ever heard of a being born of a thought? I’m not talking about in a birds and bees kind of way, but literally, an entity created from a person’s mind? For this episode of Nightmare Fuel, we take a look at tulpas.
A tulpa is an entity created by your mind and imagination that can sometimes gain a physical form with intelligence and sentience. Tibetan Buddhists believe that by concentrating on a thought hard enough can make it become a real person, animal, or object. The more you focus on the thought form, the stronger and more tangible it becomes. Some say that a tulpa only exists in your mind, but there are some stories where they took on a physical form.
One of the more famous tulpa stories is about Alexandra David-Neel, a woman who created one in the form of a jolly monk. She raised it like a child until it evolved into a separate entity. Eventually, it became evil and needed to be destroyed. David-Neel considered that the monk existed only in her mind, but some people claimed to have also seen him. The Philip Experiment, previously covered in an installment of Nightmare Fuel, is another possible tulpa case.
The tulpa also plays a role in the world of fiction, especially in horror and fantasy tales. Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Half” is a story about a writer’s pseudonym that comes to life in a murderous way when the author attempts to “bury” him. Other examples are the entire cartoon series of “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” and an episode of Power Puff Girls, “Imaginary Friend,” where an imaginary friend begins being able to affect the real world, causing the girls to create a tulpa of their own to fight him. Stories involving tulpas have also appeared in episodes of The X-Files, Supernatural, Dr. Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as in other mediums.
So, the next time something gets broken or taken, and they blame it on their imaginary friend, don’t be so quick to think of them diverting the blame. It is a probability that they don’t want to get into trouble for doing something they knew shouldn’t, but there is also the possibility that they are telling the truth. They may, through their powerful gift of imagination, have created a tulpa.
Until next time Addicts.