A walk-in is a new age concept of a
person whose original soul has departed his or her body and has been
replaced with a new soul, either temporarily or permanently.
Do you ever feel you are not from this planet, timeline, or
dimension? Do you feel that your soul came here to live out certain
experiences ... then something life-changing happened and you became
another person - more evolved with a mission to heal and help
Such is the journey of the walk-in.
Interest in the "walk-in" phenomenon was initially stimulated in the
1970s by the popular "Seth
Speaks" series of occult books written by channel Jane
Roberts, as reputedly authored by her various "spirit-world"
In 1979, author Ruth Montgomery contributed to the
fascination with Strangers Among Us, a collection of accounts
of walk-ins. She included prominent historical figures among her
subjects, such as Thomas Jefferson as having hosted walk-in
spirits who actually wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Subsequently, a belief system grew up around the walk-in.
It included New Age attributes such as
the concept of ascending into higher frequencies of evolution, a
variety of psi powers, traditional "predictions regarding Earth
Changes" first cited in the Bible (Book of Daniel and the Book of
Revelation) but popularized by
Edgar Cayce, and predictions of dire fates for those
whose vibrational levels remain in lower frequency.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s a channeling team known as "Savizar
and Silarra" (Extraterrestrial Earth Mission), emphasized their
walk-in status, claiming successive walk-in experiences together
with corresponding name changes.
The New Age walk-in belief system now includes a number of variant
experiences such as channeling, telepathic contact with
extraterrestrial intelligences, or soul merging, where the original
soul is said to remain present, coexisting or integrating with the
For the most part, walk-ins are higher frequency aspects of
someone's soul, here to heal and help during this time of
Once they allegedly enter a person,
often after a traumatic experience, serious illness, or New Death
Experience, the person's grid consciousness is forever change
always going from negative to positive.
Walk-ins were featured on the June 4, 1999 segment of the Unsolved
Mysteries television series. According to information presented on
this program, there are walk-in conventions, one of them drawing
approximately 500 people.
Souls experience in many grid realities simultaneously. As of 2011,
there is an increasing number of people claiming some type of
walk-in experience, which has to do with souls in different
realities merging back into One, as the consciousness hologram of
our experience ends.
Walk-in is an ancient concept first described in Hinduism whose
modern name originated in the Spiritualist faith and was popularized
by the related, but not identical New Age movements and beliefs.
A walk-in is thought to be a person
whose original soul has departed his or her body and been replaced
with a new soul.
Walk-ins first appear in Hindu sacred literature. In Hindu belief,
each person is comprised of several bodies, including the physical,
astral, mental, refined, and so on. The only essence that is not a
body, and therefore not transferable, is the Atman.
So according to this belief system, a
walk-in, as described in the book Merging with Siva by
Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, can take one or many of these bodies.
The most famous Hindu story of a walk-in is that of the missionary
Legend has it that he voluntarily left
his body in order to reanimate a young cowherd who had just died.
His own body was subsequently taken up to heaven by the god Siva,
leaving him to spend the remainder of his life on earth in the body
of the cowherd. He was able to access the dead man's knowledge,
including his ability to speak Tamil.
In modern times, "true" or sincere walk-ins might be a rare but
possibly real medical or mental health phenomenon. A typical walk-in
report involves an individual (frequently, but not always, female)
who is badly injured, falls ill or is in some way incapacitated, or
seems to "die" on the operating table during surgery, perhaps later
reporting a near-death experience.
Others claim that deep emotional trauma
and suicidal desires alone may set the stage for a walk-in
After resuscitation, the person may behave in a manner completely at
odds with earlier, established behavior patterns. She or he may
speak in an unknown language and identify by a different name, and
may be very frightened and confused, or supernally calm. While the
experience cannot be determined to have any objective reality,
subjectively it is deeply and importantly real for the affected
Almost invariably, a walk-in will state they either do not know
where the original inhabitant of the body has got to, or that the
original soul has left it and gone on to heaven, or reincarnated,
etc., leaving them in charge. The new individual may claim he or she
is an angel; a "new" version of the former self; an older, more
experienced soul; less often, a brand new one who has never
incarnated before; or any manner of other origins.
Many walk-ins claim heightened psychic sensitivity and may take up
work as New Age healers or ministers. Others claim inability to
accomplish basic tasks of daily living. Clearly, at least for some,
claiming a walk-in experience may have a number of secondary gains.
While the New Age belief system about walk-ins claims that these
transitions can't occur involuntarily and that no soul walks into
another's body without reason, the behavior of some "new" people
indicates that it may not always be so.
In classical cases, the change is immediately apparent. However, in
cases where the "new soul" has enough information to take up the
life of the "previous occupant" seamlessly, it may take weeks or
months before a walk-in notices, or comes to believe, that a
transition has indeed occurred.
Occasionally, the "old self" returns
after a period of months or years, and either the "new self"
departs, or they coexist and may try to integrate into a single
being, or work out a means of cooperation and live as two persons in
This kind of walk-in is very similar to old-time, pre-Sybil cases of
multiple personalities such as Mary Reynolds. A period of
unconsciousness is followed by the manifestation of a new self.
William James studied Reynolds and Ansel Bourne, and thought of
multiple personality as something natural but not yet understood,
rather than a mental disease.
Boris Sidis in his 1903 book Multiple Personalities
recorded similar cases, involving both men and women.
In 1979, Spiritualist author Ruth Montgomery published
Strangers Among Us, a collection of accounts of walk-ins. She
included her own New Age theories and some improbable historical
research, naming some renowned figures such as Thomas Jefferson as
walk-ins. This and her follow-up book Threshold to Tomorrow
brought the concept of walk-ins to the general public.
A belief system grew up around the walk-in experience, complete with
all the usual New Age attributes such as,
"ascending into higher
frequencies of evolution"
predictions regarding Earth
the concept that the new person
may possess a variety of psi powers unknown to ordinary
human beings whose "vibrational levels" remain in lower
The New Age walk-in belief system now
includes a number of variant experiences such as channeling,
telepathy contact with extraterrestrial intelligences, or soul
merging, where the original soul is said to remain present,
coexisting or integrating with the new one.
As of 2006, an increasing number of people claim some type of
Walk-ins were featured on the June 4,
1999 segment of Robert Stack's 'Unsolved Mysteries'.
information presented on this program, there are now walk-in
conventions, one of them drawing approximately 500 people.
Checklists to determine walk-in status include,
new interest in the study of
a feeling that one is not really
a sudden desire to move to a new
Reported physical changes include memory
loss and the sudden onset of allergic reactions.
Since all of these factors could
possibly be attributed to simple life changes such as adolescence or
middle age, it's difficult to determine solely from such a checklist
if a "true" walk-in has occurred.
The most logical method might be to determine if any specific event
historically connected with walk-ins (anesthesia for surgery is one
of the most common) occurred around the time one first started
feeling differently. There is, however, no known scientific method
to prove whether or not the walk-in experience has any objective
reality, let alone how to determine if one has occurred.
The belief system states that all souls come to earth in order to
accomplish missions of cosmic significance, and that a walk-in is a
highly evolved soul who is here to help raise the vibrational levels
of humanity and doesn't want to bother with the tedious process of
incarnating in the usual fashion (i.e., birth).
Walk-ins, according to New Age teachers, are not perfect like
Ascended Masters, but are invariably more spiritual,
compassionate and sympathetic than the original person.
This interpretation is sometimes disputed by the spouses of people
who abruptly discontinue marital relations on the grounds that they
are not the person whose name appears on the wedding license or that
carnal love is not for those of higher vibrational frequencies.
Separation, divorce, and remarriage
are very common to the New Age walk-in experience.
Otherkin and Multiplicity
The "otherkin" community defines a walk-in by the standard
definition, with the caveat that people with multiple personalities
may have one or more perceived entities in their body who "walked
into" the body of their host, without the host needing to depart.
They believe this can happen right after
birth, or later in the life of the person concerned. Such a person
is described as an otherkin host, or simply as a host, and
the foreign entity residing in them would be a walk-in.
The theorized origins of these souls vary. Some are thought to be
human or animal spirits; others, creatures usually considered
mythological; or extraterrestrial intelligences. They are thought to
share the body space and take turns using the body, usually with
permission and awareness.
Unlike the classic or Sybil-like description of multiple personality
disorder, these groups of minds usually report getting on rather
well and contribute energy and ideas to the host individual's life
goals, as well as helping with activities of daily living.
Another phenomenon often confused with the abovementioned and
classical walk-in experience is hosting. A host is a person who
believes he voluntarily shares his body with other souls, usually
but not necessarily since birth, while retaining his own
consciousness and sense of self.
A person who believes he's sharing his body with otherkin walk-in
spirits can said to be hosting; but according to reports by people
who experience hosting, not all hosted spirits are walk-ins, nor are
they necessarily otherkin.
Some hosts claim that the presences they experience as residing in
their body are simply the spirits of deceased relatives, or friends
or lovers from past lives. This is very similar to the description
given by old-time Spiritualist mediums who believed they could allow
a departed loved one or a spirit guide to take up residence in their
body temporarily or permanently.
These mediums were the first to have the term "multiple
personalities" applied to them. They experience a sharing of space
and body time with the perceived spirit, usually with mutual respect
and caring uncharacteristic of stereotyped
MPD behavior as reported by
The concept of voluntary possession or sharing of the body by more
than one spirit is well known in many indigenous cultures. One of
practices of Vaudon is to allow
gods and saints to take temporary possession of human bodies, to
give advice and help to all the people.
Folk healing on the island of Bali can involve ceremonies in which
departed ancestors take over a living body for the same purposes.
For the ceremony called Sanghyang Dedari, two
little girls are specially trained to become temporary vessels for a
pair of angels, Tunjung Biru and Dewi Supraba, who come to remove
bad luck and sickness from the village at the end of the monsoons.
In some Gulf Coast Indian tribes, leaders and healers are chosen
"those who have the most spirits
living inside them."
Generally, hosts say they are able to
change body control between the persons residing in their bodies at
In such situations, they feel that the
main or host self (in most cases, this is the soul of the original
inhabitant) simply "takes a step back" and lets another entity "come
forward" to control the body.
People who find themselves in a hosting or walk-in situation are
also in a larger category, generally referred to simply as
"multiples" by the other-kin community. Some other-kin multiples,
and other people in walk-in hosting situations, stress that it is
important to make a distinction between themselves and people who
DID (Dissociative Identity
On numerous websites and Internet forums (where a certain amount of
anonymity is possible), these people report being aware of the
others and able to communicate and cooperate with them, again in
contrast to standard popular and psychiatric conceptions of MPD or
Such people often prefer to use internally-referential terms such as
"people" or "selves" over the popular "personality" or psychological
term "alter", which are considered misleading through the
implication that each perceived internal entity is not a person in
his or her own right.
Scott Mandelker wrote a book called From Elsewhere
describing the feeling of being an alien from another planet who has
wandered here at this time in Earth's planetary transition back to
Wanderers are thought of as souls connected to another place,
planet, or realm, who have come here on a mission, after which they
will return home.
That is true of all souls in this
experiment, though Wanderers often feel disassociated. They do not
always remember what their mission is, as the 'mission feeling' is
present in the DNA codes of all humans.
Sometimes Wanderers believe they have come here to prepare humanity
for coming changes - perhaps a visit from ET's or moving into love
and light, etc.
All awakened souls... moving through the
healing process into balance and higher consciousness, move into
this line of thought. It is not special and becomes more commonplace
in the passages of time.
A Wanderer who cannot find their mission will become depressed and
can develop fear, panic and anxiety, attracting various negative
Again - it is important to determine if
the person has a Personality Disorder. All souls are Wanderers in
this consciousness experiment, experiencing in many realities
It ends at Zero Point when all souls
leave the physical and return to higher consciousness as soul sparks