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Slenderman: Proof of a Modern Tulpa

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I have often presented the concept of media portrayals of various themes or events as not only programming of the mind, but even mechanical invocations of entities and ‘tulpas‘, which are actually our fears personified.

The themes of the “enemy within” in the political arena have often bred suspicious phantoms that are called demonic.

It becomes more and more evident that we invite the demons and evil spirits into our world by not controlling our bloodletting, our xenophobia and our ever-increasing need to find a scapegoat. The mind is a very fragile thing, it can be broken open and destructive thoughts can be placed into the collective consciousness or zeitgeist.

The purpose of my show on prayer was simply a gateway discussion about the very real act of causal engineering. Causal engineering is more of a scientific way of speaking about conjuring or manifesting things both positive and negative from the existential world.

In my life time I have had the opportunity to interview many remarkable people. Every one of them has remarkable minds. The minds they have are able to look at the infinite possibilities that exist in the universe. One of my favorite interviews was with Robert Anton Wilson. He was getting on in years and a stroke had hindered his ability to speak loudly and clearly. I have read the ‘Illuminatus! Trilogy‘ and many other books where he spoke of the open conspiracy and how it can be utilized to suppress our inner abilities to take control of our future and manifest things that are positive and faith promoting.

In Wilson’s case it wasn’t about a faith in god, but faith in humanity itself.

Wilson throughout his life gave us inspiration about an existential construct that exists and the psychological retreat we have called the “real universe.”

The model of this existential and real universe is quite simply the obverse of what we might think. The truth, according to Wilson and others, is that the existential part of our lives is what we are supposed to be aware of and that the “real world” is the trance world of safety that we have created. Reality is the safety net we have that protects us from falling into the existential part of our existence.

Every so often we find that the existential world is trying to awaken us from the hypnotic and safe reality world.

It is simply put that what we consider to be paranormal is truly what IS normal and that the normal world that we say is reality was created as a safety net.

What is interesting is that in both worlds there are horrors that await us, and it is quite evident that these horrors are created by the collective unconscious. Eventually both worlds coexist simultaneously and this is why we are fully aware of a world we call supernatural or preternatural.

The real world is what we are taught by others as the “normal” world.

Robert Anton Wilson has stated: “The “Real” Universe overwhelms us and large parts of existential, sensory-sensual experience are easily ignored, forgotten or repressed. The more totally we are hypnotized by The “Real” Universe, the more of existential experience we then edit out or blot out or blur into conformity with The “Real” Universe… We have repeatedly employed Nietzsche’s metaphor in which existential reality is abysmal…the deeper you look into it, the more you see.

As Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Sometimes things that belong in the dark abyss jump into the real world and there is no running away from what does not belong in the world of the real.

In the old sci-fi b-movie “Forbidden Planet,” an alien civilization called the Krill creates a machine that enables them to create anything and everything with mere thought; but, their fear and anger created a real nightmare, a monster from the id that eventually destroyed them.

The ‘monster’ was all of their fear and anger personified.

A tulpa is the product of a story or parable that generates enough energy to manifest visually outside of the existential world.

It is conceptually similar to that of a spiritual architect that designs a thoughtform. There eventually is a template and a blue print that is followed and repeated. When the process becomes ingrained in the collective unconscious the thought form can manifest visually as if it is being constructed piece by piece until it shows itself.

A tulpa is quite literally the idea that objects and events can happen by sheer willpower alone. It is causal engineering that can either benefit or destroy the group or person that has created it.

We live in times of viral populous acceptance of ideas both negative and positive.

Messages no longer travel from mouth to ear. They travel digitally and conveniently from house to house via uplink. These viral ideas are visualized through carefully placed predictive programming and hyper-reality.

In 1984, there were worries that perhaps the movie ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ inspired the real life “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez. Ten years later, Wes Craven explored the possibility of the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger leaping out of the screen into reality in ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare‘ in 1994. The film was laughable, but two years later that Craven had to face the possibility that his films that featured complex killers were creating some sort of force that possessed people into murdering others.

He worried that perhaps Freddy Krueger was becoming a very real tulpa and that through Richard Ramirez manifested in reality.

Wes Craven also directed the movie, ‘Scream’. That movie featured a character wearing white face mask that looked very much like the character that screams in the famous Munch painting, “The Scream.”

However, the killer wore a ghostly face mask, hollow eyes and a black cowl. Craven seemed to satirize himself with this film but the imagery and the feel was enough to inspire real killers.

Years after the ‘Scream’ series was released a boy and his cousin obsessed with the film murdered his mother by stabbing her 45 times in Los Angeles, California. In Florida, a man wearing the mask shot and killed a woman; a boy in France killed his parents while acting out as the ghost-faced killer; and in England, a pair of boys repeatedly stabbed a third one, claiming the film had prompted them to do it. (There’s a complete rundown on the ‘Scream’ copycat murders at the

Another example of a tulpa effect that was brought on by the power of the digital age is the various sightings of a very frightening character known as “Slenderman.” While many people will still say that Slenderman is just a bogeyman created on the Internet, many people have seen him in the real world and many people are very frightened of the entity.

Slenderman is a very tall man. He is pale and lanky. He appears to have tentacles that come from his back and two main arms that look human with very long fingers. Slenderman’s most frightening attribute is his lack of a face.

He is a faceless phantom that was at first created from the collective thoughts of separate individuals. In the particular case of Slenderman, the very frightening entity was unintentionally made into a tulpa because of a collective belief in various beings with similar traits that allegedly dwell in the existential universe.

The Slenderman page says, “the idea of intentional creation of Slender Man as a tulpa came as early as August of 2009, as the idea was first thrown around in the Something Awful forums.

The entity literally left the Internet universe and now dwells in this one and makes his presence known in the nightmares of various individuals, even those who don’t even know or what he is.

There are several alternative theories that have been discussed to help explain the nature of Slenderman.

The “Core Theory” presupposes the existence of the Tulpa Effect, and explains the Slenderman’s origin and nature as a thought form created by the mind, that has manifested through causal engineering and intent.

This is much like the conjuring of a demon or, in the case of the ‘Babalon Working‘ ritual performed by Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard in the 1940’s, an entity brought forward through ritual magic.

A pseudoscientific theory has been put forth that Slenderman is a trans-dimensional being and argues that Slenderman is an entity from some higher dimension. I would theorize that Slenderman is nothing more than an entity that has always existed in the supernatural, only he has been modified to fit into the digital world.

Slenderman shares the same traits as his supernatural cousin, ‘The Rake‘: “During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, human-like creature sparked brief local media interest…

There seemed to be a number of people who were seeing a bed-side entity that was being called “The Rake.” The name was taken from an Internet meme that was created on a social network. The Rake was a hairless creature reported to be at least 6 feet tall, emaciated and sinewy with dark black eyes. The entity allegedly looked like a balding old man. The ribs could clearly be seen against the skin and the lips on the face were pulled back slightly giving the entity a death grin.

People lost interest in the Rake stories of the northeast after Slenderman appeared in 2009.

Both the Rake and Slenderman have similar traits to another supernatural entity known as the “Grinning Man.”

During the ‘Ground Zero’ show that aired on January 2, 2011, called ‘Dreaming Of Indrid Cold’ (more about him in a moment), I was fascinated by the claims of people having simultaneous dreams about a shadow archetype known as the “grinning man.” I had read on several websites that there were reports of people dreaming of a strange entity that was tall and slender man with a bald head, no eyebrows, and blank stare with a foolish grin. I decided that perhaps I could ask my audience if they had dreamed or had ever dreamed of such a man.

The phone bank at the studio was overloaded with calls of people who had seen the bald grinning man in their dreams. Some had reported seeing him in their rooms; others saw him pushing a baby carriage. There was a story of the bald, grinning man transforming into a bird who wanted to devour a child.

There is also the infamous story of Indrid Cold, a grinning man that visited “Woody” W. Derenberger, a salesman from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Indrid Cold was classified as an MIB – or a man in black – who, along with another Man in Black named APOL, was harassing people during the times of the “Mothman” sightings in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Both Indrid Cold and the APOL were grinning men with olive skin. Indrid Cold was a man with black hair with a fiendish look while APOL appeared to be a tall bald Hawaiian or Asian looking man with an electronic voice.

Derenberger claimed that Indrid Cold was an ‘alien.”

John Keel, author of “The Mothman Prophecies” said in his book that APOL made predictions and shared them with the people of Point Pleasant. He mentioned that the Pope would be stabbed in the Philippines, that the antichrist would rise up from Israel, Robert F. Kennedy’s would be assassinated and that there would be a horrible disaster in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

On December 15, 1967, the town’s seven-hundred-foot Silver Bridge collapsed, killing forty-six people. As the Telegraph notes, “In November of 1970 Pope Paul VI escaped an assassination attempt in Manila, Philippines when a Bolivian artist tried to stab him at the airport“. And on June 6, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in California.

Slenderman and his various incarnations have been seen in movies like ‘Hellraiser,’Dark City‘, ‘The Matrix‘ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Poltergeist‘.

Reverend Henry Kane appeared to the little girl Carol Anne and wanted to abduct her. Cane was actually an entity dressed in black, with the gaunt pale face of death. The psychic in the film declared that Kane quite literally was the grinning visage of the trickster, whose antics were most certainly influenced by ‘the beast” or Satan.

Slenderman has now become a shadow archetype that has captured the hearts and minds of people that are beginning to see him and dream about him in the real world.

Another website devoted to the grinning man tulpa is, where the site asks if anyone has had dreams about a bald nondescript grinning man. The website is a dream registry that seems to show that this grinning bald man or the slender man without a face is now in collective unconscious.

The sightings of Slenderman seem to happen occasionally and there are people that are willing to tell their stories about similar tall white entities that seem to be a hot topic in paranormal discussions.

Slenderman is a legend that is only five years old, but his image has been buried deep within us and the manifestation seems to be in our world of the real.


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