Imposition Tips and Articles

Assorted things too small to be guides, but that were still helpful.

First Tactile Imposition: The Two-Finger Trick – Quandary

Seeing a trend? This exercise is actually quite similar to the two-dot trick for visual imposition, as you might guess. It's nothing huge, but it should be an easy way to give yourself a taste of what it's like to feel things without actually touching them.

On one hand, bring your index finger and thumb very close together, but not quite touching. An almost sort of pinch. Focus on the space between your fingers and imagine, as strongly as you can, holding a tiny sphere—say, a bb—between them. It might help you to combine this with the two-dot trick and also impose a faint sphere visually between your fingers. You should feel a sensation of there being something between your fingers—for me, it's a warm little sphere that tingles to hold.

Congratulations, you've imposed a tactile object. Experiment with spreading your fingers wider, even holding the imposed object in your palm. Try out all sorts of things, like threads or even fabric—your imagination is the limit.

(Note that this was written from a psychological perspective. People interested in the metaphysical view might be interested in the topic of energy work.)

First Visual Imposition: The Two-Dot Trick – Quandary

Here's a very easy imposition exercise for the people who want to try imposition, but are too intimidated to leap right into imposing their tulpa or find it too difficult to leap that far off the bat.

Draw two dots, close together... or here:

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Now stare closely at those two dots, and imagine, as strongly as you can, a line connecting them—you can try visualizing it in your mind even as you watch the dots. Eventually, you will physically “see” a distortion between the two dots.

Congratulations, you've done your first imposition. From here, it's just practice and increasing the scale and detail of what you're trying to impose.

P.S.: /u/Evilandlazy of /r/Tulpas has mentioned that staring at the dots for too long will superimpose them on your vision—i.e. there'll be afterimages of the dots on your sight when you look elsewhere. This shouldn't be confused with imposition!

System list of Imposition 'Games' – Chaoticpix93

Imposition, like any of the 'advanced' techniques are easily lost if not performed every day until they are habit. Like the difference between driving a car a few times, and having driven a car for three years every day. You lose touch with it.

I'm always a fan of making these things a 'game' to play with your tulpas in idle moments. Usually, because if you're not having fun, then it's a chore and it's work and your brain is going to revolt against that quicker than you can say 'doubt'. And they're super simple games you can play just to make things a little more interesting. They're not super long, you can do them while doing other things, and they still work.

Walk Behind Me Game This is good if you're just starting out in imposition. Usually it helps if it's a sunny day, or even just an overcast day. Essentially the Walk Behind Me game is pretty much where your tulpa walks behind you. Pretty simple, right? This works for presence imposition, and for visual imposition. While they walk behind you, try to feel as if someone is actually walking behind you. If you do it right, you'll instinctively turn around as you immediately think someone is following you because of that instinct. And, if you do this long enough, you turn around, you might get a glimpse of your tulpa as well.

Mirrors This game works exceptionally well when you've got a two-way mirror, a window reflection, or a laptop screen that's dark enough. Essentially, not a clear mirror like a bathroom mirror. Functionally similar to the Walk Behind Me game, except that they are there in the mirror. If you expect to see them in the mirror and you look to where they would be, you could possibly see them.

Twins This is my favorite game to play because it helps with your tulpa not looking like a statue while sitting or standing. The basics of this game involves a crowd of people, usually someplace where you are going to be at for a little while with that other crowd. Examples are: in class, while on the bus, in a library, hell, watching a boring movie with a character that surprisingly looks like your tulpa. Once you've found your target, have your tulpa sit/stand next to that person and copy their exact movements. As a host, you want to pay attention to the finer details that you miss out on. For me, that's the things like, are they crossing their legs, are they fidgeting with the cable on their headphones, what are their hands doing, are they in their laps, are they drumming something, twiddling, etc. The subtle always moving cues of human interaction. Note: I don't actually stare at them head on, that creates awkward staring situations. 

Is Someone Home or Not Home and What Are They Doing? Long title, but this is a good game for presence imposition. I use this one a lot a long time ago when I learned a similar theory from a teen book series. Bare bones of it is to go sit in a familiar room when nobody's home someplace with high traffic like the living room, or the kitchen. Close your eyes. How does the room feel? I normally feel expansive and relaxed. And by expansive, I mean like, the whole space feels more open. Like the difference between having the curtains drawn and the curtains open. Or windows. Then. Go to the same room when there's one other person in the room. Make a note of how it feels. If this seems a little meta for you, it's really proprioception, or the feeling you get when you think someone is staring at you behind your back. 

Well these are some of the main ones we play.

A Glimpse at Presence Imposition – Quandary

Here is a crosspost of a brief overview of presence imposition I wrote in another thread. Hopefully someone may find it of use until a more detailed guide is written.


I will leave the meat of the process to another guidewriter, but if your system does not know how to impose presence, here is the essence of it. 

First, you must acclimate yourself to what it feels like to feel a presence. Walk somewhere with physical persons—preferably stationary—and turn so you cannot see them. You will find that you still have an inexplicable sense that they are still there, even if you are not seeing or hearing them in any way. That is presence.

Now, to learn to feel a presence that is not “physically” present. There are a variety of ways to go about this, most involving symbolism. Common symbols are a “field” of fluid or energy that one “feels” a disruption in, or a compass within one's mind with an arrow pointing towards the location of the person being imposed. Others that may be of interest are a radar screen or a “string” of sorts running between you and the imposed individual. 

That is not all, however. That is only the imposer's end. For a successful, authentic imposition, you must also have the cooperation of the imposee. In other words, the imposee must agree to being imposed and actively participate by imagining themself within the imposer's environment. Anything less results in an imposition that is lifeless—like imposing a doll rather than a person—and/or difficult to maintain.

— Rain