Lisa Smith had no idea she was a walk-in when she began searching for answers to explain what had happened to her. When she came upon my website, she felt a strong resonance with what she read about walk-ins, yet she thought, “No, this cannot be!” Even though she did not quite understand why, she decided to contact me, Yvonne Perry. I am glad she did because she shared a very typical story of how things shift after a walk-in occurs.
In March 2012, she was scheduled to do an equinox ceremony. She was normally in her head, and had these kinds of events planned out in detail, but this day she felt as if she was being cocooned—like something had wrapped itself around her, and she was outside of her body. She was flowing from her heart, and felt like she was not herself.
Soon after, Lisa went to a Reiki circle where she received a channeled message from her spirit guides. She learned that she’d had several checkout points in her life in which she could have died, and that there was another pivotal point coming in forty days. If she chose to stay at this time she would have two paths: to continue in her struggle as she had done for the majority of her life, or exit the struggle. She expected a near-death experience or at least some miracle that would help her flow more easily through life. Let me say here that just because you have a pre-incarnation agreement for a soul exchange, does not mean you must go through with it. There is always choice and free will, and a walk-out candidate can say no.
In July, exactly forty days later, Lisa downloaded a Kindle book and was reading it when she felt something “snap” inside. It felt like her soul had been splintered or fractured. She started laughing hysterically thinking this was all a joke. After that, she experienced a lack of memory and started noticing missing spaces of time as she was blogging. There were things she had written that she did not recognize or resonate with. None of the things she had been doing up until that point mattered anymore. But rather than letting up, her life struggle intensified and she wondered if she had chosen the wrong road.
Everything she believed suddenly seemed irrelevant and she no longer knew how to relate to people. She pulled away from the metaphysical community where she had been active, and cancelled the workshops she had written on her itinerary. Part of her wanted to teach the old material, but part of her did not resonate with it and she felt she no longer had a story or identified with her own life. When she did the Reiki attunements, which she had done for years, it felt like an out-of-body experience. It was as if the cellular memory of her body was performing by rote, but the words she was speaking felt like they were coming from somewhere, or someone, else. So, she stopped doing Reiki, which meant she also lost her income. A friend asked her if she thought she might have a mental illness. Lisa felt so strange that she honestly could not answer that question. Yet, in her heart of hearts she knew there was nothing wrong with her and that everything would work out fine. I had the same feelings when my walk-in occurred. I have learned since then that “normal” is just a setting on the clothes dryer and is highly overrated. No one can determine for another person what is right, wrong, or normal for them.
Things really began to unravel for Lisa. She and her husband separated, her mom got sick, and life in general started falling apart. Friends did not understand why she was doing nothing to change her situation. She was going through the motions but not making an effort to control anything. She and her daughter almost ended up homeless before they found a smaller place to live. One person said to her, “You cannot expect Spirit to just waltz in and solve all your problems. You have to take action!” Lisa could not explain what was happening to her, but she did not feel as if she needed to do anything or go back to the metaphysical community. She had an inner calmness and Spirit seemed to be saying to her, “Be still and watch.” She felt led to return to school to get her master’s degree. She started compiling the material she had written in her journal, trying to remember and put together the missing pieces of the puzzle of her life.
Lisa was about to enter into a two-year shaman program at the end of July 2012 when she decided not to go through with it. Instead, she decided to review the tools and gifts she had already acquired, and re-use them in a new way.
She got a friend request on Facebook from a couple who mentioned a book called The Joining by Vishara Veda. The author told about her walk-in experience, and when Lisa read it, she said, “That is what happened to me.” The next thing she knew, she was on WE International’s blog, where she found me.
Most walk-ins are not a quick in-and-out event in which one person suddenly becomes a different person. It is typical to have a “blending” or transition period in which the two souls try on their new roles, switching back and forth for months, or even years. The natal soul may reside in the auric field of the body and give input and direction about the life in progress. The incoming soul may feel this guidance as something “outside” the body and may ignore those suggestions and decide to do things differently since it is temporarily in charge. Thus, there can be internal conflict as both souls try to “steer the boat.” Then, the time is right for the final transfer to occur. This is when we have a “moment” in which something so unusual happens that we never forget it. It is common for a walk-in to look back in retrospect and put two and two together to make three. No, my math is not off; it is just that we never have all the answers and always feel that there is more we could know about this abstract phenomenon.
In our interview, Lisa brought up an interesting point about her past trauma. After her walk-in, the abuse she had experienced as a child was no longer an issue. There was no trigger, anger, emotional response, or relationship to the energy associated with those events. It felt as if those things had never happened, or that they happened to someone else. It took me a decade to arrive at that point in my journey. Lisa, a more recent walk-in, cleared this within months after her exchange.
Lisa says she feels like a totally different person than she was prior to her walk-in, and does not know what her next step will be. She is not trying to force anything to happen. She is an observer, and not dictating how her life should be. Now when Lisa does readings for people, she plugs into a higher consciousness to glean information much differently than she did before. Before this shift, she was writing a book. People keep asking her how that and other projects are coming along, but she is not sure she will finish it because her story is still changing. I can so relate to this. The books I wrote prior to Walk-ins Among Us may not be congruent with the teachings of any future books I write. I never want to be so set in my ways that I cannot change my beliefs and methods of ministering to others when I find something that works better. But, my previous books and teachings still serve a purpose. There is always going to be someone who is now where I was when I wrote the material. It served me then and it will serve others who are finding the well I have left in the valleys of my own journey.
Like Lisa, I had lofty goals of ascending and transforming my physical body into a light body that could travel to other dimensions. I now realize that we cannot ascend a body or shift its DNA if we are not in it! It is super important to integrate and embody higher frequencies and future selves in order to gradually shift and restructure the body. After her walk-in, Lisa began to really value the experience of being a spirit in a human body and she has no plans for checking out. In fact, now that she is fully aware and appreciative of her physical body, she no longer feels like a misfit, as she had for most of her life. But she admits it was challenging at first to stay in her body. She had to touch physical objects whenever she felt like floating away.
About a month after Lisa and I spoke, she reported that she had spent much time in reflection about the process that seems so fluid. She says, “I am learning to appreciate the new experiences I am having, and I am super excited to do the clearing and embark on my new journey. It really is not about figuring out what happened, but rather to embrace who I am at this moment.”
That is wisdom we can all embrace!
This article was excerpted from Yvonne Perry’s book, Walk-ins Among Us. For help with integrating your walk-in experience, please contact Yvonne for a phone call or request a light language energy or coaching session.