Host, or host consciousness is a term commonly used to describe the dominant consciousness in a body. It is usually applied to the consciousness that's developed with the body since infancy, but it can also refer to a tulpa or a merged consciousness, that has become dominant by means of switching or merging.
Hosts in practiseEdit
A host can be either an original consciousness (a consciousness developed since infancy), a tulpa (a consciousness created by another consciousness), or a merged consciousness (a consciousness created by combining several consciousnesses into one). What defines a host is that it is the conscious entity that is primarily in control of the body, as well as the conscious entity that makes up the primary personality perceived by other physical people in its surroundings.
When an original consciousness decides to begin creating a tulpa, they are automatically assigned the role of host, as young tulpas are typically not capable of switching. Once the original consciousness and the tulpa have gained sufficient experience in switching, reports from within the tulpa community suggest that it is possible for the original consciousness to gradually give up its role of host to the tulpa. This practise remains uncommon, and in a majority of cases, the original consciousness will remain the dominant consciousness indefinitely.
It is speculated that an original consciousness that has given up its role as host might be able to dissipate itself; effectively committing suicide by allowing its neural network to deteriorate from a lack of activity, while still allowing the body to continue functioning under the control of the new host.
The role of a host in relation to other consciousnessesEdit
Following the above definition, the host is generally the consciousness responsible for maintaining the body; tasks such as eating or determining when to sleep, usually (but not exclusively) fall upon the host to decide. The host consciousness typically exerts some authority over other consciousnesses present, on virtue of how it is usually more familiar with controlling the body. When performing exercises such as proxying or possession, other consciousnesses can work in tandem with the host in order to relay information to third parties, or perform tasks.