A walk-in is a being who takes over running a body when the original owner is unable to continue.
This is not a hostile takeover, from the examples I have seen. It is more often a mission of mercy, where the original owner becomes incapacitated through injury or illness and another being steps in and continues to manage the body as the new manager.
Sometimes, the walk-in is so different personality-wise that all of the person’s friends and family realize that something has happened to “Uncle Fred”. He doesn’t recognize his friends, or he speaks with a different accident or he has skills that the original Uncle Fred did not have.
One of the things we did not know until recently is that a walk-in may not realize that he is a different being than the original being who operated the body!
It appears that the walk-in dedicates himself to playing the role he has assumed and like a good actor, takes on the personality of the original player as much as possible so that he fits in. Since he is not the same being, sometimes there is friction with friends and family that did not exist with the original being.
I personally know of four people who are walk-ins and in every case, there was dissension between them and close family members. This is not surprising since these beings had slightly different purposes in life than the original. Their presence was noticed initially, but they soon were accepted as the real owner of the body.
All but three of these people have gone on to successfully play the role they stepped in to and as far as the world is concerned they were the genuine article. The fourth case involved a spiritual being with an entirely different cultural background and she could not pass as the original owner of the body.
In some cases, the replacement being has talents that the original being did not have and this can change the course of their life entirely.
Here is a recent article about Derek Amato, a Denver man who acquired a talent after an accident.
DENVER (CBS4)– A bang to the head changed a Colorado man’s life by revealing a hidden talent. Doctors say pianist Derek Amato is one of the few people in the world to have experienced the rare phenomena called Acquired Savant Syndrome. He says the music is in his mind. He sees it in his head, and his fingers do the rest. Amato has a gift that came about in an unexpected way.
Yes, that seems consistent with what we know about walk-ins, you acquire a savant. 🙂