How funny. In my new book, I make a reference to Slender Man. Awesome.
Do you? I thought about you when I watched it, because both you and Larry have some Eastern…
I think the monster that they are thinking of is the Tulpa, which are basically phantom things that a person can think up, but- that will eventually have their own free will the stronger they get.
According to Alexandra David-Néel, tulpas are “magic formations generated by a powerful concentration of thought.” It is a materialized thought that has taken physical form and is usually regarded as synonymous to a thoughtform.
The term is used in the works of Alexandra David-Néel, a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist and Buddhist, who observed these practices in 20th century Tibet. Alexandra wrote that “an accomplished Bodhisatva is capable of effecting ten kinds of magic creations. The power of producing magic formations, tulkus or less lasting and materialized tulpas, does not, however, belong exclusively to such mystic exalted beings. Any human, divine or demoniac being may be possessed of it. The only difference comes from the degree of power, and this depends on the strength of the concentration and the quality of the mind itself.” Alexandra also wrote of the tulpa’s ability to develop a mind of its own: “Once the tulpa is endowed with enough vitality to be capable of playing the part of a real being, it tends to free itself from its maker’s control. This, say Tibetan occultists, happens nearly mechanically, just as the child, when his body is completed and able to live apart, leaves its mother’s womb.” Alexandra claimed to have created a tulpa in the image of a jolly Friar Tuck-like monk which later developed a life of its own and had to be destroyed. Alexandra raised the possibility that her experience was illusory: “I may have created my own hallucination.”
This is kind of crazy, because while Buddists teach that the Tulpa is a deity onto itself, the student who accepted this was immediately failed or rejected, and even possibly trapped by the illusion that is the Tulpa.
I love the idea of the living thoughtform. Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), once said that your thoughts create your reality. This provides an interesting framework for the Tulpa.
In a small way, I think it’s true. Think about when we first really get into a television show or a comic book or film. Then “suddenly,” we’re seeing it everywhere! We didn’t really cause it to exist, but our perception makes it seem that way. We seek out the things we like and don’t like by our focus.