“In as much as the mind creates the world of appearances, it can create any particular object desired. The process consists of giving palpable being to a visualization, in very much the same manner as an architect gives concrete expression in three dimensions to his abstract concepts after first having given them expression in the two-dimensions of his blue-print. The Tibetans call the One Mind’s concretized visualization the Khorva (Hkhorva), equivalent to the Sanskrit Sangsara; that of an incarnate deity, like the Dalai or Tashi Lama, they call a Tul-ku (Sprul-sku), and that of a magician a Tul-pa (Sprul-pa), meaning a magically produced illusion or creation. A master of yoga can dissolve a Tul-pa as readily as he can create it; and his own illusory human body, or Tul-ku, he can likewise dissolve, and thus outwit Death. Sometimes, by means of this magic, one human form can be amalgamated with another, as in the instance of the wife of Marpa, guru of Milarepa, who ended her life by incorporating herself in the body of Marpa.”
– W.Y Evans-Wentz
“Visualizing mental formations, either voluntarily or not, is a most mysterious process. What becomes of these creations? May it not be that like children of your flesh, these children of our mind separate their lives from ours, escape our control, and play parts of their own? Must we not also consider that we are not the only ones capable of creating such formation? And if such entities exist in the world, are we not liable to come into touch with them, either by the will of their maker or from some other cause?”
– As related to Alexandra David-Neel by Tibetan adept Kushog Wanchen in “Magic and Mystery in Tibet”
I’ve been knee-deep in reading a few books right now, namely Neil Kramer‘s “The Unfoldment” (fantastic), Bulgarian spiritual master Beinsa Douno/Peter Deunov (heavy duty Gnostic mysticism) and American New Age motivational speaker/channeler Esther and Jerry Hicks and their Abraham Hicks material (there are literally thousands of Abraham videos on Youtube now).
It was Neil’s book which first brought me into contact with the idea of tulpas, spiritual creatures/beings created by pure thought and meditation. It comes from the original Bon pagan religion
of ancient Tibet which then became absorbed into Tibetan Buddhism when that religion came into the area. The Tibetan Buddhists have very detailed and meticulous teachings around how to create tulpas but these teachings are very dangerous and they come with many, many warnings. Normally they are reserved only for advanced adepts and monks with sufficient spiritual maturity. As Kushog Wanchen warned ” One must know how to protect oneself against the tigers to which one has given birth, as well as those that have been begotten by others.” Recently, VICE covered a story about a whole online subculture of tulpamancy
but somehow a bunch of online gamers and anime freaks creating imaginary friends isn’t something I can take that very seriously.
It’s easy to dismiss these things as stories but when you really sit down and think about it, everything which controls us in our minute-by-minute life is our mind and our mind is a collection and population of our thoughts and ideas. We’re also motivated by feelings, both conscious and unconscious but the origin of feelings is not the mind and brain, but rather the body itself, I believe. It takes an enormous amount of discipline, life experience, insight and training to define them, identify them, separate them, and “see” them and then, work with them.
There’s a world of a difference between thoughts and feelings.
Here’s a trick I learned during my time as a hospital chaplain. The next time you’re talking to a friend and they’re telling you about a personal problem, just ask them how it makes them FEEL. I can almost guarantee they’ll reply with something like “Well I think, this means blah, blah, blah…” Again repeat, how did it make them feel. Don’t stop till they name a real emotion. It takes a few tries before it dawns on them to express what emotion they are experiencing or experienced, before they say something honest like “I feel angry” or “I felt scared”. That’s where the truth finally begins. It just goes to show you how disconnected many people are from their own emotions. (Pro-tip: people who don’t fess up to their own emotions and are obsessed in hiding them under a veneer of friendliness, coyness or control, drop them ASAP. They usually end up as duplicitous types, in my experience.)
I’ve been grappling with the whole you-create-your-own-reality thing for a long time. Most of the time, it comes across as a kind of conceited smugness which annoys the living hell out of me and places the blame-game on people who in some cases, are suffering deeply. When someone reads “The Secret” in a place like Syria and a bomb eviscerates their home, did their “vibration” attract it? Did their thoughts create that reality? Was it their fault? Did their energy attract that bomb?
If it’s so easy why aren’t we all rich?
That’s why writers like Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale or motivational speakers like Anthony Robbins, bother me to no end. I get where they are coming from but I find when an immature civilization (i.e Western and Occidental) tries to express advanced spiritual teachings, they don’t quite verbalize it or express it in an intelligent, wise, mature, logical or compassionate way. The focus always inevitably is about attracting money.
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On the other hand, when you start reading no-bullshit spiritual masters like Deunov or Aivanhoc, it becomes very clear how our thoughts control us and how to put out positive thoughts out there, how to change our perspective in a good way and in doing so, change our outlook and energy completely. Prayer and meditation help but it’s also tapping into expansive feelings and sensations within the body itself. When your energy and emotions change, then magic can happen. I’ve had moments in my life where peak spiritual experiences took place, not full-on samadhi or nirvana, but where there was almost a swirling, light-hearted, floating feeling in my solar plexus, with almost unbelievable happiness, clarity, expansiveness and easy joy. Those were times where it was impossible to feel anything negative. Whatever negative thought came, was easy to dismiss.
I had heard of Abraham Hicks for years but never really paid any attention to the Abraham material because I’m normally leery of channeled stuff. For years Jerry and Esther Hicks had been distributing the Abraham materials via books, cruises, tapes, videos etc. It’s a veritable cottage industry which is usually a red flag for me. Jerry passed on a few years ago but Esther is still putting out Abraham material. According to Esther, Abraham isn’t a single entity but rather a collective of beings in much the same way esoteric musician Tom Kenyon channels a group called the Hathors.
In “Abraham-talk”, your spiritual body, chakras, soul etc. is called simply the Vortex. Because of my own personal experiences, I know at least “that” is real. Like I wrote earlier, there are thousands of Abraham videos. Some of it is very good and some of it is a bit hokey but one thing I will give them credit for is that some of the Abraham material is fantastic in helping someone change their perspective and take control of their thinking in a good way, even by an inch. In these trying times, it certainly can’t hurt.
Check them out and happy thought-form creation. In a good way 😉