Dec 18, 2021 I Nick Redfern

The Dog-Man: Could the Werewolf-Like Creature be a Tulpa/Thought-Form?

A few days ago, I was asked about one of my articles that concerned the controversial matter of the Dog-Man phenomenon. Or, what we might call the modern day equivalent of nothing less than a werewolf. The question was an interesting one: could the Dog-Men be Tulpas? Well, such a thing certainly shouldn't be dismissed. It's a mystery that suggests when enough people believe in something, that same something can stride out of our darkest imaginations and right into the heart of our own reality. The phenomenon of the Tulpa has its origins in the ancient teachings of Buddhism and is a Tibetan term that roughly translates into English as "manifestation." In essence, it is the process by which the human mind can allegedly bring some degree of alternative, physical existence to an entity that is created solely within the depths of the imagination - and from within the dream state, too. In other words, and as incredible as it may sound, each and every one of us may well possess the ability to give "life" to certain "things" that don’t exist in the same way that we do. That may very well extend to the matter of the Dog-Men. Why do I say that? Well, I'll tell you why. It's because not only are the creatures bizarre in their appearances; they are also weird in their activities. And, here is what I mean by that.

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(Nick Redfern) The deadly Dogman. A Tulpa, perhaps?

The primary reasons why I say that the Dog-Men might be Tulpas are several. Although strange wolf-like creatures - many that have the ability to walk, and run, on their back legs (hence the werewolf imagery) - have been seen for centuries, they are growing in number. That is exactly what happened when the Tulpa version of the Slenderman surfaced: more and more people believed it was real. And, as a result, it did come to life. And more and more Slendermen were seen. There's also the fact that the Dog-Men appear on so many occasions crossing roads. And at crossroads. And, although they terrify people, they never actually slice them into pieces or kill them. It's like a loop going over and over again. What's even more significant is this: there is a very important case that mixes the Tulpa puzzle with a supernatural wolf. It's a case not to be dismissed. And it all revolves around a woman named Violet Mary Furth. Born in North Wales in 1890, she is far better known within occult circles as Dion Fortune – a woman who, at a young age, immersed herself in the worlds of the supernatural, the work of the renowned neurologist Sigmund Freud, tales of the legendary land of Atlantis (of which she had several extraordinary and graphic visions), and ceremonial magic. She also claimed regular contact with so-called "Ascended Masters," powerful beings who were once human, but who, over numerous reincarnations, became something far more than human and who dwell in higher dimensions than those of our 3-D world. Fortune also claimed contact with the mysterious and ancient wizard, Merlin, of Arthurian lore and legend. She went on to write numerous books, including Through the Gates of Death, Aspects of Occultism, Sane Occultism and Psychic Self-Defense, the latter being undoubtedly her most well-known and influential title.

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(Nick Redfern) Nick Redfern at the rails of the Defiance, Ohio Werewolf. Or, the Dog-Man.

It was in the pages of this particular book that Fortune told an astonishing story, one which may very well get to the heart of how and why the Slenderman has successfully achieved a strange form of reality outside of the barriers of the Internet. On the matter of how, on one occasion, she succeeded in creating a Tulpa, Fortune said: "The artificial elemental is constructed by forming a clear-cut image in the imagination of the creature it is intended to create, ensouling it with something of the corresponding aspect of one’s own being, and then invoking into it the appropriate natural force. This method can be used for good as well as evil, and ‘guardian angels’ are formed in this way. It is said that dying women, anxious concerning the welfare of their children, frequently form them unconsciously." It was at an unspecified time in late 1928 that Dion Fortune created her very own Tulpa, one which was filled with malevolence – something which was almost certainly dictated by the fact that, at the very same time in question, Fortune’s own mind was in a distinctly negative, and anger-filled, state of flux. On the afternoon of the day in question, Fortune was lying on her bed, brooding and fuming deeply on how, then just recently, she had “received serious injury from someone who, at considerable cost to myself, I had disinterestedly helped, and I was sorely tempted to retaliate.” She certainly did that.

From the way Fortune describes things, it sounds as if – while still on the bed – she did not fall completely to sleep, but was plunged into a distinctly altered-state of sleep-meets-wakefulness. It was a state which allowed her to create a mind-monster that leapt out of her dark and swirling imagination with truly incredible speed and ease. In that same altered-state, Fortune later recalled, "The ancient Nordic myths rose before me, and I thought of Fenris, the wolf-horror of the North." Fenris – a centuries-old Scandinavian supernatural beast was a wolf of paranormal proportions, one that was perhaps far more a werewolf than it was a regular wolf, at least in terms of its sometimes human-like appearance. Within Norse lore, it was said to have been the terrifying offspring of the Nordic gods Loki and Angrboda and the sibling of the serpent Jormungand and the underworld goddess, Hel. Mere seconds after thinking of Fenris in her state of semi-sleep, the beast put in an appearance. In fact, it materialized right next to her, on the bed. The appearance of Fenris coincided immediately with what Fortune described as "a curious drawing-out sensation from my solar plexus." She went on to describe the creature as "a well-materialized ectoplasmic form. It was grey and colorless and had weight (Ibid.)."

If you are wondering who or what Fenris is, take note of the words of the website “Norse Mythology for Smart People.” We’re told: “Fenrir (pronounced ‘FEN-reer;’ Old Norse Fenrir, ‘He Who Dwells in the Marshes’) is the most infamous of the many wolves in Norse mythology. His importance for the pre-Christian Scandinavians is demonstrated by his being depicted on numerous surviving runestones, not to mention his ubiquity in Old Norse literary sources. He’s the son of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboða, which makes him the brother of the serpent Jormungand and the underworld goddess Hel." That the monstrous wolf had noticeable weight suggests that Tulpas are not mere ethereal specters, but entities which, under certain circumstances, can display a fair degree of physicality. At the time, Fortune had no real, meaningful, understanding of the nature or concept of thought-forms and Tulpas – it was only after her own experience that she chose to look into the matter to a deep level – and to what became almost an obsessive degree. It’s notable, though, that she managed to create such a perfect example of the phenomenon, and all without knowing how she achieved it – which may very well have a major bearing on why so many people, today, are seeing the Dog-Man, but without fully understanding how and why such a situation could ever be. People are manifesting the Dog-Man, but as Fortune’s experiences shows, you hardly need to be an expert to cause imagination to become reality. Could that be the case with the Dog-Man - now that it has a growing "following"? Maybe...

Nick Redfern
Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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