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Meredith Method

Meredith B. Mitchell, a retired Jungian psychoanalyst, devised this method for communing with the shadow-complex in his essay Shadow Work(approve sites). You can easily use it yourself for your own tulpae.

A. Procedure or Approach: the Opus

(Assume that the projection of the [tulpa] is directed onto a person named Z. Also, define "internal" reactions or responses to mean thoughts and feelings, and "external" reactions or responses to mean actions taken.)

  1. In fantasy, put Z in every possible situation in life that you can imagine and write his/her internal and external reactions to each one.
  2. Imagine how Z would respond internally and externally to the same situations you find yourself in (as it is happening). In other words, ask Z internally, "What do you think and what do you feel about this situation? What would you do here and under these conditions?"
  3. Imagine Z's internal reactions to your actions and reactions, that is, to everything you think, feel, and do. Ask Z internally, "What do you think and what do you feel about how I am responding to this situation?"

B. Discipline

  1. Always write or type everything -- thoughts, reactions, expressions -- everything! When possible, keep a notebook with you wherever you go to record Z's comments and your dialogs with Z.
  2. Write for at least 20 minutes religiously each day, patiently and persistently, no matter how repetitious and boring the content seems to become. (This can go on for days, weeks, and even months.)
  3. Continue this regimen until you experience internally what you assumed to be only on the outside and until it feels truly acceptable.

As with other methods, this guide should be used in tandem with other techniques. The writer may be a doctor of psychology, but they are not a replacement for preference and common sense.

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