Other Religions New Age / Metaphysical Understanding Walk-In Souls About Souls that Swap Places Share Flipboard Email Print Scott MacBride / Getty Images New Age / Metaphysical Holistic Healing Divination Chakra Balancing Reiki Crystal Therapy By Phylameana lila Desy Reiki Expert Phylameana lila Desy, the author of "The Everything Guide to Reiki," is a freelance writer, holistic healing consultant, intuitive counselor, and an energy medicine practitioner. our editorial process Phylameana lila Desy Updated May 09, 2019 Walk-in souls are souls who choose to incarnate into an established body rather than a newborn infant. Theses souls take on the personality of a life already in existence. A walk-in birthing happens when there is a contractual agreement between two souls to swap places. One soul exits from the human body and re-enters the spiritual realm. The second soul walks into the physical body and takes over the current life midstream. This transition can take place immediately, OR sometimes the souls will share the body over a period of time. This allows the soul that wishes to depart to stick around for a short while to offer the new soul an introduction or cram-session about the life it is about to take over. Why a Soul Swapping Happens Walk-in souls do not steal or kidnap another person's body. A walk-in happens when two souls agree to swap places, making a soul contract. The original soul makes the decision that it wants out of a life and contracts with another soul to continue the lifestream. The walk-in will reside in his body and continue living out the personality that has already been established. Reasons, why a soul decides to depart from the physical and return to spirit, can vary. When the soul has met or surpassed his purpose for incarnation into the body it may choose a new experience elsewhere and chooses to exit the body. It is not unusual for souls to "re-negotiate" their soul contracts one or more times during a lifetime and continue living in the body. But, in some cases, the soul wants out entirely and will offer the body along with its formed personality for another soul to walk into. Other times a soul will choose to opt-out because it feels the challenge of being human is too difficult and wishes to be released from the physical and reflect on its choices, and re-evaluate his life plan while residing in the spiritual realm. When Do Soul Exchanges Happen? When a soul decides to vacate the physical form another soul may opt-in and take up residence in the body. Both souls have to be in agreement for a swap to happen. The exchange or transfer of souls will usually happen during a trauma in a personality's lifetime such as an auto accident, major surgery, suicide attempt, episode of depression or some other suffering. Sometimes a soul will exit the body at the end stages of life allowing another soul the opportunity to experience being in a coma or other pre-death experiences. This could account for some terminal patients not recognizing family members sitting vigil at their deathbeds. Transient Walk-ins Sometimes a soul will "rent out" its body to another soul for a short period of time, allowing itself a respite from human life. Transient souls will walk-in to a human body similar to professional house-sitters. The transient walk-in will play house with your family, friends, neighbors, etc. until the original soul returns. Guest Walk-in Souls Sometimes a soul will agree to walk-in and reside in the body alongside the original soul as partners. This is much like opening up your home to a guest, having a roommate, or employing a live-in housekeeper. The guest walk-in will agree to co-inhabit the body for different reasons. A walk-in may come in as an observer, merely wanting to shadow your life. This may happen when the original soul is considering exiting the body permanently but hasn't made its final decision. Or, a guest walk-in will arrive to help out or support the original soul while he is recuperating from a trauma or facing a difficult challenge. Sometimes the original soul will serve as an "interviewer" or "on the job trainer" to teach the walk-in for a short period of time before he exits permanently. Many different scenarios can be played out when two souls choose to co-inhabit one body/personality. Do You Think You Could Be a Walk-in? Walk-in souls often struggle to identify with the personality that they are taking over. This is because they usually come in when the personality is emotionally damaged or the body has been harmed in some way. Walk-in souls also have the responsibility to learn how to live among other souls who are the original soul's life mates (friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc.). If you are feeling estranged from your own being, or are having difficulty relating to the people in your life, in theory, you could possibly be a walk-in. Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.