Have you ever woke one morning and felt like an entirely different person? Sure people change. As a kid you hate veggies. You get older and you acquire a taste for them. People change. But this is different. An overnight, or after an illness, sudden change. A couple of times in my life this has happened to me and for over twenty-five years, I have looked for an explanation.
This sudden change may be accompanied by perhaps a burst of energy, a loss of weight, a new love interest, an explainable attraction to a foreign country never before felt, or a craving for something not craved before.
Noted journalist and successful New Age writer of the seventies and eighties, Ruth Montgomery, offers an explanation. She poses an interesting theory known as Walk-Ins that might deliver answers.
Ruth—Not A Con Artist
Montgomery’s concept of Walk-Ins infiltrated the seventies’ New Age religion, but her fame came first as a well-respected journalist and political columnist not as a writer of unorthodox ideas. Instead, her career boasts such accomplishments as the first female reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Daily News in 1943, and the only female of the twelve reporters invited to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral. She was awarded honorary doctor of law degrees from Baylor University and Ashland College.
Many of her New Age concepts were published after her retirement from journalism in 1969.
Ruth Montgomery was a person of education, intelligence, and respect. A political influence ahead of her time—not someone generally associated with weird. Yet, she believed in Walk-Ins and automatic writing.
Her career and accomplishments give validation to the theory of Walk-Ins.
What Is A Walk-In?
According to Wikipedia:
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.
According to Montgomery:
A Walk-in is a high-minded entity who is permitted to take over the body of another human being who wishes to depart. Since a Walk-in must never enter a body without the permission of its owner this is not to be confused with those well-publicized cases (such as were described in The Three Faces of Eve, The Exorcist, et al) in which multiple egos of evil spirits are vying for possession of an inhabited body.—Ruth Montgomery (1912-2001), Strangers Among Us
This is where my theory deviates from Montgomery’s. In my experience, this entity doesn’t take over the body but inhabits the shell and coexists with its original owner, interjecting its likes and dislikes, its strengths and weaknesses, its memories and feelings into that of the host’s often making the host a stronger, more driven person.
Driven because the Walk-In and host won’t always coexist. One will journey on, continuing its path and purpose. The Walk-In may have only a limited amount of time to accomplish whatever task they have undertaken. I believe many times they come to inspire us, to coach us toward our purpose, or to connect with a loved one they once lost. Some writers and artists refer to this entity as their muse.
Although, I do believe much of Montgomery’s concept, she says that when a Walk-In enters another’s physical body, of course with permission only, the original soul moves on. I think they exist together, unless the original chooses to move on. The original’s memories with dominate, but there will be those fleeting moments of déjà vu or connecting immediately with a stranger for unknown reasons that are triggered by the Walk-In.
The original may experience a weaken state, maybe illness, and an empty feeling when the Walk-In decides to leave. There is no hard evidence to support my concept except for my own personal experiences. I believe I have housed a Walk-In or two in my life. My original self might take a back seat and let the Walk-In do the driving, but I don’t go any where. I don’t move on because I choose to stay.
As I searched the internet and books for more information on Walk-Ins, I found it to be sparse and out-dated to some extent.
My research did uncover that there could be three types of Walk-Ins. This coincides with my experience, but is contrary to Montgomery’s writings on Walk-Ins. She believed a Walk-In replaced the soul of the original and that the original moved on.
(Note: He and she are interchangeable.)
Montgomery’s type, type one, I named, The Swap.
The original is in such a mental and/or physical disarray that he/she wishes, or is required, to move on to her next form of existence, to evacuate her now physical being—perhaps due to illness or unhappiness—and allow the higher entity to replace it and carry out her life’s mission. The Swap might occur during a near death experience.
The Envoy, type two, is an ambassador, a messenger.
The original remains in its physical body, in a limited capacity, and triggers memories and expectations. The envoy moves in and enlightens the soul of the original causing her to see more clearly and to define goals. The original may have previously been self-centered or naive, now she feels an overpowering purpose and drive to help mankind and earth.
The Envoy might take control when the original feels too weary to make decisions and continue her mission. Or it may be as simple as the original’s plea: God, I need help. I can’t do it on my own anymore. Entry of The Envoy gives the original new life, energy, and direction.
In type three, The Woven, the higher entity and the original are completely interwoven. They are so entwined that there is no difference from where one begins and the other ends. Each takes over the lead, the driver’s seat, at different times, as dictated by the demands of their culture. If one entity is a visionary and writer, he will be in control when the time to write is indicated. If the original is nurturing and family oriented, she will take over when the need arises. The Woven will never feel alone, or feel the need for friends. They have each other.
Once the original acknowledges the presence of her Walk-In, peace and purpose surface. I speculate that the original and Walk-In loved each other at some time in their past lives and agreed to the woven union in lives to come. The original is as highly evolved as the Walk-In, which is what makes The Woven possible and the strongest of the three types.
I found other names for the three types of Walk-Ins during my research, such as The Woven is referred to as Braided in other articles.
I devised my own terminology to better understand the difference. I remember the names of the three types of Walk-Ins by using the mnemonic SEW—Swap, Envoy, Woven.
And sew, as we know, means to join. To remember what the three types of Walk-Ins do, I use this.
The Swap—I swap me for you.
The Envoy—I am your messenger.
The Woven—I am you. You are me.
In summer blogs to follow, I will continue to investigate Walk-Ins. If you are host to a Walk-In or believe in them please share your experience in a comment or email me. (There is a little envelope for emails in the upper right corner on my website home page.) It is greatly appreciated by those of us searching for others like us
Even if you have an speculative premise—scientific, fictional, or otherwise—I loved to hear it, except no demons, exorcism, or evil possession suppositions, please. This is something entirely different. The changes that I am interested in are not like the ones in horror flicks. They are not sinister. They don’t bring death, but instead, enlightenment for the individual and mankind, and the birthing of another soul into an existing body is done only with permission, not force.
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