An Encounter With Walk-Ins: Hallucination Or Reality?

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I got a phone call.  It was from an acquaintance living on a higher floor in the building where I live.

“Dave, can you come up and help Tony.  He is laying on the floor in the hallway.”

I frowned…and sighed.  Ok, lets get up there and see what is happening.  I put on my shoes and arrived on this higher floor.  I saw Tony sprawled on the floor at the door of our mutual acquaintance.  I approached them and asked, “What’s up?”

Tony had trouble walking recently, and had crawled down the hallway to his friend’s door, then pounded on it asking for help.  Tony said there were three people in his apartment, people he didn’t know.  He was escaping them.

Now, it must be known that Tony was a drinker, a binge drinker.  He was an older retired guy whose pastime were mainly libations.  I entered his condo to make sure there was nobody there, and to get his walker.  I looked around and no surprise nobody was there.  When I returned to Tony with his walker the paramedics had arrived to take him away.  Our mutual acquaintance had called 911.

Days later I visited Tony after he got back from his stay at the hospital to see how he was doing.  He insisted that there were actual people in his condominium.  He had a habit of leaving his door unlocked since he had trouble walking and didn’t always want to get up to open the door for visitors.  However, his story got pretty strange.

While he was drying out from one of his binges, Tony said someone who resembled his nephew visited him.  Tony’s nephew didn’t say anything outside of a few words.  His nephew look-alike sat and watched television with him for quite a few hours and then left.

Later someone resembling a former lady friend arrived.  Again, she said little and sat and joined him in watching television, saying little.   Finally someone arrived who he thought was his good friend George.  Little words were exchanged and they just hanged out.  The following day he had his encounter with three strangers whom he called ugly, scary guys.  That is when he escaped and crawled for help.

Tony was probably having alcohol-induced withdrawal hallucinations.   Yet there were curious aspects to his hallucination.  He didn’t see snakes, pink elephants or such fantasies.  He saw versions of people he knew that seemed real.  These were long hallucinations seemingly lasting for hours at a time.  They appeared totally real to him.  Even now he insisted his visitors were not his imagination. Tony totally believed actual people visited him.  His friend George was with us as Tony told his story, and George and I glanced at each other.  George had not visited him when he had his hallucination.

Let us speculate about Tony’s hallucinations.

First, Tony’s hallucinations were fairly extraordinary.  They were grounded in reality and lasted for hours.  Their reality was such that it led to him fleeing his condominium to escape his “visitors”.  If nothing else this shows that hallucinations can be utterly convincing, which could explain away a great deal of paranormal occurrences.

It has been speculated that individuals who are in altered states of consciousness can contact “other realms”.  Shaman would consume fly agaric mushrooms to attain such altered states of consciousness where they would have visions.  It is possible that Tony had entered such an altered state of consciousness.  He might have experienced the same visions a shaman had.  A shaman would consider such “visitors” as dead ancestors or spirit guides.  Tony thought they were real people.

However, what if shaman actually encounters actual spirits during altered states of consciousness?  If this is possible, then perhaps Tony did so as well.  Tony might have had an encounter with Walk-Ins.  In his case the term is nearly literal, as they literally walked into his home.

A walk-in is thought to be a spirit that inhabits one’s body, not unlike possession, except without the drama.  Consider it a kinder, gentler form of possession.  When the barriers of one’s identify are lowered with substance abuse, something might “walk in”.

The walk-in may be our subconscious mind manifesting itself into our conscious mind.  The walk-in could be the conscious and subconscious merging.  There is nothing paranormal about this.  Tony’s vivid hallucinations could explain away such things as alien abduction.  People may insist (like Tony) that it was real.

On the other hand what if something else inspired his hallucination?  Did Tony actually experience spontaneous shamanism?  Could he have encountered true walk-ins?  Were there actual spirits sitting on his couch?  Tony insists they were real people.  Maybe they were real, but not people.  They could have been walk-ins.

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7 Responses to “An Encounter With Walk-Ins: Hallucination Or Reality?”

  1. Mark Lindstrand Says:

    Enjoyed the article about about “Walk Ins.” If you haven’t already and might be looking for another level of validation I think I can offer some avenues that may inspire you. Look up Karl Jung and then cross reference with his “red book.” Also look up the following terms (even if you think you already know them): hepaticencephalopathy, neurogenichyponatremia, wet brain, proto-science the third eye (not the book). Now take all of those and put them into a Venn diagram and see what you get.If nothing else you can apply science with proto-science and give a twist of the pure unknown. it might be fun. Ya never known unless you “look beyond what you think you see.”

  2. David Says:

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for the comment. I think “wet brain” is a good description for Tony’s experience. I talked with him since, and I suggested the pillow test. If you see a vision, throw at pillow at it. If the vision swats the pillow away, then you have a physical visitor. If the pillow passes thru the vision, then it is all in your mind mind. The pillow test could also be used during instances of alien abduction. You see gray alien trying to abduct you, throw a pillow at it,. Then you’ll know for sure.
    Dave

  3. gloriagirl Says:

    OK! WHAT THE HECK IS A WALK IN? COULD IT BE A DIFFERENT REALM..OR A TIME TRAVELER. I REMEMBER A STORY FROM “MONSTER AND PHANTOM” IT’S ABOUT A COUPLE OF GHOST HUNTERS WHO TOOK A PICTURE IN A BATHROOM?…AND WHEN THEY CHECK ALL OF THE PICTURES ONE SHOWED WHAT LOOK LIKE A MAN HOLDING SOMETHING IN HIS HAD IN A MIRROR…HE WAS BETWEEN THE TWO GHOST HUNTERS..THE PROBLEM WAS THEY WERE CLOSE TOGETHER SO THAT MAN WHOULD HAVE TO BE A PIECE OF PAPER IN ORDER TO BE THERE. THE TWO PEOPLE WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT..THEY SAID IT LOOK LIKE HE WAS ALSO LOOKING AT SOMETHING…WE REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE HECK IS AROUND US.

  4. Michelle Says:

    Hi Dave.

    I expect it was VERY real for him. I remember my son having a similar occurrence a few years ago…. when he was running a temperature. He went to have a shower, then screamed out to me; ‘Mum – will you get these people OUT of the bloody room? I am TRYING to have a shower’ He was convinced there were several people in the room with him! It was not until I opened the door, (thinking what the heck????) ….that he said they just ‘went’….and he realised it had been a hallucination. The power of the mind…….

    I personally believe that altered states of consciousness exist like this and we can contact other realms at that point.

    I also believe in walk ins. I sat in ‘circle’ for many years and witnessed overshadowing of Spirit many times. For myself, it is something that happens all too easily…..so is not something to have continued to do. One time, I felt a strong physical change in my body, the shape of my teeth and jaw change etc and the energy of an old man come in….. freaked me out a little to say the least! I don’t mind receiving messages etc, but actually ‘feeling’ them, is another thing!

    One thing that crossed my mind was that if the numbers of visitors match, then perhaps your friend witnessed both sides of some spirit entities….. the good and the bad.

    How is your brother doing btw?

  5. David Says:

    Hi Michelle,
    My brother is still hanging in there. He is thin, can’t eat, throws up when he does. He can barely stand, but he is still alive. He has lasted longer then I would have expected, with kidney cancer, lung cancer and perhaps a brain tumor. But so far, I can still hang out with him. At least he is not in pain…yet.
    Dave

  6. Tony Says:

    I like the ‘pillow test’ idea but, any hallucination may well adapt to it, to incorporate it.

    It would also be problematic with ‘contactee’ type experience, when some of those appear to be rooted in sleep paralysis and subsequent PTSD, and it’s ‘flash back’ reliving. (Though if you’re suffering sleep paralysis, wriggling the fingers can shorten the experience.)

    With a recovering alcoholic, you might be getting some confabulation. Where the recollection can be made more ‘real’ by the subsequent adding of details.

  7. Beverly Prather Says:

    I have suffered this. While people try to make this “vicim specific”, PTSD, “mental delusions”, “hallucinations” specific to the victim, …it is not “a delusion” I am having , when other people have experienced the same “spitual abuse” from this particular cult operating here in Delaware. I have been battling a demonic cult priest, (Egyptian) here in Delaware, the priest and his cult are operating a money making scam here in Delaware, The largest part of the problem is the US Fed. The federal government is allowing corporations to rape women at several million dollars per case, without putting any rapist out of business….Philadelphia is the worst of it, a single case of a woman raped on her job, translates to six or seven figures of “civil case money”….”revenue by rape”…..Media investigated and found cases with 50 -60 million dollars in the appeal court in Philadelphia…

    This sounds like money to the priest and his cult, so they started causing these rapes and murders, that generate “case money” in the courts,

    the priest demands his “cut” of “settlement money” out of these cases….

    The priest is somehow making money on women being raped, children murdered, the government is making money at this as well…..

    I have lost count of the women and children raped and murdered on this same serial rape / homicide case, over the course of 20 years, all of this is pure evil, it is hard to battle a demon priest from hell, when the government is so corrupt, they are making money on each case of priest sex abuse, women raped on their jobs…

    How the hell can anyone make money on rape and murder of women and children?? The US FED has been doing that for many years….

    Does anyone know what to do about the cult priest from hell? They are an Egyptian cult….coptic, one side of the coptic cross is black, the other side is red, the black side of the cross gives a “curse”, the other side is a “blessing”….all of it is straight from hell as far as I am concerned…

    I never believed in this stuff, until it happened to me.

    The priest put a “generational curse” on my family, I know that sounds stupid, but suffering this thing, is very real…

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