(ORDO NEWS) — Can thought materialize? In the literal sense of the word? I think many of you will only sneer in response. Nevertheless, there are cases when images invented by a person were brought to life in the form of real entities. In the East, they were given the name “tulpas” – thought forms.
Alexandra David-Neil’s book “Mystics and Magicians of Tibet” tells how she created a completely “material” image of a monk with the help of mental practice. The famous mystic and occultist Dion Fortune claimed to be able to create monsters in her mind. True, she considered this practice quite dangerous.
This is confirmed by the story of Rich Freeman, the former director of the English zoo Twycross.
Freeman is fond of cryptozoology and believes that some of the so-called cryptids – representatives of extinct animal species that allegedly exist today, may well be tulpas.
To prove his hypothesis, Freeman decided to create his own tulpa. He settled on the spider deity Atlakh Nacha from writer Clark Ashton-Smith’s short story “The Seven Giz”, published in 1934.
The author describes him as a creepy evil creature with huge limbs and a hairy face that resembles a human. Atlach Nacha lives in underground caves located under the fictional mountain Voormitadreth, moreover, in two worlds at once – the real and the world of dreams.
So, in the summer of 1997, Rich, then a student at the University of Leeds preparing for a degree in zoology, along with his university friends, built an altar dedicated to the spider god from the story.
They placed it in the basement of the house, which at that time served as a dwelling for the entire company.
For this purpose, young people hung a large piece of cloth in the basement, which looked like a huge cobweb.
For several weeks they performed special rites and concentrated on the image of Atlakh Nacha.
And it worked! One night, Rich went into the basement and saw the shadow of a giant eight-legged spider crawling along the wall.
Despite the fact that he himself wanted this and prepared for it, the student was seized with such horror that he immediately ran out of the basement, carefully locking the door behind him. After that, the friends decided to stop the experiment and destroyed the “altar”.
Dark Lord at the diner
The tulpa was also encountered by the famous comic book author Alan Moore, whose works were based on the popular TV series Watchmen and V for Vendetta.
In 2005, the film “Constantine: The Dark Lord” was released, on the script of which Moore worked together with writers Steve Bissett and John Totleben. The main character of the film was an exorcist and medium named John Constantine, able to communicate with dark forces.
Shortly after the release of the picture, Moore was having lunch in London, in one of the Westminster cafes, and suddenly saw his hero: he walked past his table.
“He looked exactly like John Constantine,” the writer later recalled.
“He looked me straight in the eye, smiled, nodded almost conspiratorially, and then just walked around the corner, into another part of the diner.”
Of course, Moore was very scared. He was sure that his fantasy revived the character he created. Fortunately, Konstantin did not appear in his life again.
Perhaps the same thought forms are many characters of urban legends – Bloody Mary, the Queen of Spades, and so on.
Take at least Slenderman. It all started with the fact that a certain Eric Knudsen using Photoshop created an image of an ominous pale, faceless, very thin stranger in a black suit and with tentacles instead of arms.
Then he placed it on pictures of groups of children and launched information on the Web that this otherworldly monster was hunting for the younger generation.
Soon, reports began to appear from people who allegedly saw Slenderman with their own eyes, and he looked exactly like in Knudsen’s collages.
On May 31, 2014, two young women from Waukesha, Wisconsin, stabbed their former school friend about twenty in an attempt to sacrifice her to Slenderman, who allegedly had to let them into his mansion hidden in the forest in return.
Fortunately, the victim managed to survive, and the would-be killers were diagnosed with a mental illness, due to which they were recognized as insane and irresponsible for their actions.
These events led thousands of people to tell how the Slenderman entered their bedrooms at night. He came across someone in the forest, allegedly contacted someone via the Internet …
Are tulpas something like hallucinations? Hard to say. Moreover, in some cases they were observed by several people at once.
In addition, as a rule, tulpas live independent lives, and do not obey the commands of their creators. One way or another, you should remember that your thoughts can be embodied in something material, and not always in a pleasant way.
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