Man Made Monsters; Golems, Tulpas, and Thought Forms
There’s a synagogue in Prague. It’s referred to as the New Old Synagogue. What’s so interesting about this place you may ask? Other then it’s the oldest functioning synagogue, there are people out there that well tell you that a golem’s lifeless body lies in the attic. It’s an interesting story to say the least.
In the year 1580 a Priest by the name of Taddeush was planning to blame jewish people of “ritual murder”. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel got wind of the rumors and decided to do something about it. The Rabbi asked for help in the form of a dream question. He got his answer. Rabbi Loew was to make a golem out of clay, to destroy his enemies. Rabbi Loew and two assistants a pupil and his son-in-law. The three men made preparations and sculpted a giant body our of clay from the river bed of the River Moldau. Using specific rituals they brought the clay form to life. The golem seemed to have accomplished his mission. When the creature was no longer needed (or perhaps the golem become unruly and had to be dealt with) Rabbi Loew took the golem to the attic of the synogogue and reversed the ritual.
Why it is a great story and indeed no one seems to be allowed to go into the attic (not even the Nazi’s would go up there) did it actually happen that way. It’s a legend and maybe the only way to know for sure is to get up in that fables attic. However making a creature out of clay is not the only way to make a monster. Sometimes you can just think it.
You watch a movie about a large werewolf terrorizing small town. That night you go to do bed and the only thing you can think of is that wolf. It’s stuck in your mind and it’s all you can think of for days. After maybe a week or so a story from a nearby town about a werewolf stalking about starts making the rounds. This is pretty much a Tulpa. A Tulpa or thought form is something created by pure concentration. It is said by just concentrating hard enough you can manifest anything just by thinking about it. And I believe to a point thats true. I’ve never manifested a cryptid but there have been times when I imagined scenarios the ended up happening. For example I used to deliver pizza while I went to school. A year or so after graduating I delivered a pizza to a large local business and though “I wonder if they have any need for graphic design around here”. I wondering about it off and on for a couple of weeks and low and behold I now work there.
The concept of a tulpa derives from Tibet. Tibetan monks seem to be the first people who perfected the art of the tulpa. The concept made it’s way to the west in the 19th century after Alexandra David-Neel claimed to have manifested a monk who later grew a mind of his own and later had to be destroyed.
The concept of a thought form would be an intriguing way to explain so many paranormal topics. Do people see Bigfoot because they do nothing but think about Bigfoot and so perhaps the manifest the creature it self. Could the same be said about UFO’s or even ghost? It might just be a little to good of an explanation.
Just promise me this if you try to make your very own tulpa don’t make anything to scary.