The second part of “why not” series focuses on working on a tulpa’s mind form.
Why not to focus on form and visualisation?
Picking tulpa’s form, looks, and gender is considered one of the first steps in development. Making progress with visual sensory feedback, through mental visualisation or hallucinations is deemed one of the most advanced skills of tulpamancy and one of the most desired.
Form is the appearance of a system member inside the wonderland. Can be literally anything, even absent (formless). While the form is often considered a crucial part of personality development, the census results of 2015 show that the influence on the personality is none to average.
It is easy to envision a new consciousness as a personification of some other character, possibly one that the originating consciousness is idolising. That causes a mental trap, where a new consciousness is created to fit the pre-existing mentality, forcing it to comply and limiting its personal development.
The way consciousness is imagined to look is always secondary to who it is as a person. Devoting time to the imagination can be a severe distraction and might hinder the consciousness’ development progress.
Why to focus on form?
A form defines many attitudes in a quick way. If the form has wings, most probably the personality will include a love of flight. If the form is one of an animal, it could define a set of core morality rules (e.g. it is fine to kill for food). Obviously, a form with a distinct gender will skim the personality development to act in the accordance to that specific gender, as based on the pre-existing knowledge on how other persons of said gender react to external stimuli.
Coming up with a form is a simple way to bootstrap the development. With that, it can limit the progress, as noted previously.