|You Only Live Twice
Does Reincarnation Exist?
In a New TV Series, Celebrities Are Hypnotised
and Regressed to See If They Have Lived Before,
While a 'History Detective' Looks for Factual
Evidence of Their Stories. Here, Three of the
Stars Describe the Experience.
Actress TOYAH WILLCOX,
47, discovered that her past life was spent as a
hermit in a church cell.
She says: I've done past
lives regression several times and it's never the
same experience - but I have come up with quite
surprisingly tangible characters. Once I was a
gamekeeper, John Adams, on an estate near
Bournemouth in 1750, and, when we looked into it,
we found he was a relative of my husband, Robert.
I'd never heard of him and Robert hadn't, either.
So that was quite disturbing.
The theory is that, if
it's a good marriage, you stay with your partner
through several lives, swapping sexes - and I've
been married to Robert for 19 years.
This time I came up with
the story of an anchoress - a woman who would
have been bricked up inside a church to live the
life of a hermit. I was in a film called
Anchoress some years ago, so I knew something
about them, but the anchoress I emerged as during
hypnosis seemed to be part of a completely
different cult, from an exclusive community of
women who were hostile to men.
Most anchoresses were
educated, well looked after and had gone into it
voluntarily. But I was living in my own
excrement, which rang alarm bells with the
historian. I had foot rot and my hair was falling
I named her - she was
Naomi Gunter - and I said I was in Holland. Most
anchoresses had all the comforts. People came to
see them to tell them their sins. But mine was
bricked up in the lepers' corner of this church
and the visitors had stopped coming. She was
dying and she'd been forgotten. I said the
village had gone pagan.
Also, she'd been forced
into this life, aged 14.
The researcher said that
wasn't what usually happened, which led him to
explore further, and his detective work suddenly
pulled the strings together.
In 14th-century Holland,
there were women called the Beguines and,
unusually, one of them was always chosen as an
anchoress - so I could have been there
If I had time, I'd
research it further.
Personally, I believe that
we have genetic memory, as well as, very
possibly, a memory of past lives. I think it's
all there, stored away in the biological
microchip of who you are. So I'm very openminded.
The experience didn't really affect me, but the
John Adams regression, years ago, did, because at
that point I didn't believe in reincarnation. I
thought about it for years after
Have I Been Here Before?
is on ITV1 every weekday at 1.30pm.
21st May 2005