The Secret Life
By Scott Blum
One of the
first concepts one must accept “on faith” when embarking on a spiritual path is that of a soul
being separate and distinct from the physical body that contains it. Not only
is this one of the fundamental similarities shared by many of the established religions of
but it is also one of the few
places where the New Thought movement is wholeheartedly in agreement with the religious establishment.
There is so
much discussion surrounding how and when a soul enters the body during birth, and ultimately what happens to the soul
after death, but there is a general agreement that the separation of soul and body is both fundamental and regarded
in a positive manner.
there is substantially less agreement surrounding the fascinating subject of
what happens when more than one soul inhabits a single physical body. Part of the reason
for this dissent is the
negative connotations associated with the concept of possession. For years,
Hollywood horror films have sensationalized the event of a body being taken over against its will, which is akin to a forced
gentler sibling to possession is known as a Walk-In. It is accepted that a
Walk-In stems from an agreement be-tween two souls, oftentimes made before a
physical body is born. From a human perspective, what this means is that a body is “taken over” when the previous
inhabitant is finished with their time on Earth and is no longer interested in continuing on.
Those familiar with Walk-Ins
describe the initial experience as a distinct shift of personality or thought patterns
following a traumatic event or miraculous recovery from a severe illness. The subject is
concerned with their own challenges, and uncharacteristically begins to show a preoccupation with the burdens of others.
described further as having an inner poise or quiet radiance and are genuinely interested in helping humanity, without establishing
overly close ties with individuals.
They tend to emotionally distance themselves from previous friends or loved
understood that Walk-Ins come to a host body for two fundamental reasons: the first is to help the
individual complete their tasks on Earth that they were not willing or able to
do; and secondarily, to accomplish the Walk-In’s own work on this planet. This
work is typically more focused than a traditional soul’s work, which is why
utilizing a body that is already mature is desirable for a Walk-In.
the learning opportunities inherent in being born, developing language and motor skills, and accumulating childhood
experiences are significant, it is believed that Walk-Ins tend to fast-forward
past these experiences in order to “get on with it” and begin their work
without enduring the nascent lessons of being human.
When Ruth Montgomery published her seminal book, Strangers Among Us, in 1979, she stunned the spiritual community
with the assertion that not only was this previously fringe concept more common
than had been imagined, but people in prominent positions of power were the subjects of Walk-In experiences. In her book she has named
Christopher Columbus, Gandhi, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, in a long line
of influential Walk-Ins. She
on to explain that not only
are Walk-Ins attracted to substantial positions of power, but many are working
quietly among us in all levels of our society.
What’s ironic is although some religious organizations denounce Walk-Ins as having malevolent
intentions on par with possession, the very same organizations tout a fundamental shift in consciousness that happens to
their followers when they begin to perceive a soul within their body that is previously unfamiliar to them. For
example, in Christianity this experience is named awakening, Buddhism calls it
bodhi, and Hinduism refers to it as moksha.
these experiences are described in unique ways, what is common is that there is
a profound shift in consciousness when the mind acknowledges the existence of a
that was not perceived before.
In fact, Christianity asserts that pivotal event stems from the act of “inviting
Jesus Christ into your heart,” which could be perceived as similar to the
“agreement” that is made
with a Walk-In.
There is much work to be done in the field of metaphysics to help us
comprehend how experiences
common to us all can be understood and shared with one another. This is one main reason I was compelled to write and direct the feature film Walk-In (Hay House DVD).
I am fascinated by how these
occurrences define our relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, and
ultimately the world around us. I hope to provide a catalyst for discussion
about one of the most profound challenges that affects us all: how to come to terms with having a
spiritual experience in a physical body.
Scott Blum is an
a best-selling author, and the co-founder of the popular inspirational website
DailyOM. His new film, Walk-In, was recently released on DVD and VOD by Hay
House. Visit walkinthemovie.com for more information.