The term Zombie conjures up images of walking dead corpses with a thirst for human flesh. Nothing like this actually exists. However, there is a class of zombie-like spirits that may temporarily roam the transitional plane (in exclusively spiritual and non-material form) and appear as ghosts in certain hauntings, sometimes associated with some of the more violent entities.
Submissive people often find themselves in abusive relationships while living, but abusive relationships can also manifest after death on the transitional plane and in the darker planes beneath them. This form of enslavement is called enthrallment and is discussed in chapter 12 under the heading of “hypnosis, abusive relationships and cults”.
Souls who linger for long periods on the transitional plane are generally poorly evolved souls who remain ignorant of their after-life status and don’t realize that they are dead. They don’t understand their new status and, like people who join cults, are looking for someone to “guide” them. They may then find a dominant lower spirit similarly wandering the transitional plane who “befriends’ them and eventually begins abusing them. The submissive spirit, not knowing that it has the ability to free itself, takes on injuries from the dominant spirit’s attacks. In reality, nothing can inflict a physical injury on a spiritual being, but these souls, being ignorant of their spiritual status perceive their injuries to be real and over time they see themselves acquiring zombie-like appearances. Their appearance mimics their mindset, and when their spiritual abusers take part in a haunting, they take their slaves with them.
Sometimes a corps-like appearance can result from an ignorant soul’s tendency to hang around its dead body while the process of decomposition takes place. Psychologically, the soul modifies its spiritual body to correspond to the deteriorating condition of the physical body. As you recall, ghosts seem to wear clothes. The clothes are really just a part of the mindset of the spirit. The zombie-like appearance of these mentally ill spirits is really the same thing as the clothes a ghost might choose to “wear”.
Of course, their appearance is “all in their mind”. Even these souls, once they have crossed over into the mainstream sequence will eventually learn that they no longer need their crippling disabilities or zombie-like appearances. There are always old friends and spiritual missionaries from higher levels trying to help them. The spiritual body simply heals itself as soon as an injured soul comes to realize that it can!