Jane Anne McDonald is an English Singer, Songwriter and Television presenter. Jane spent her early career performing in pubs and clubs before working as a singer on cruise ships. She came to public attention in 1998 following her appearance on the BBC observational documentary ‘The Cruise’. The same year, her debut album ‘Jane McDonald ‘topped the UK Albums Chart and stayed there for three weeks. She has also co-presented a number of daytime television shows including Loose Women between 2004 and 2014.
In 2005 Jane took part in the UK ITV series ‘Have I been here before?’ hosted by Phillip Schofield. In this series celebrities had the chance to be regressed to a past life by Hypnotherapist Andrea Foulkes. Their past life experiences are then investigated by Jules Hudson, a historian and archaeologist, to see if these accounts can very verified.
Speaking before the regression she said, “Regression is not something I have considered before but I have always been very interested in it and I’ve read an awful lot about it… I suppose the help I would want from this regression would be to find the right man. To look for something deeper than I always look for”.
When she was regressed she saw a life as a young female dancer called Zara. She is 18, has fine clothes and sandals and dances for the Tsar (King or Emperor used in East and South Slavic monarchies) in a beautiful palace. She doesn’t like him, but he likes her and want her to be one of his wives. She feels she has to comply but wants to leave and return to her home near the Sahara (North Africa).
Later she is 30 and has married the tsar. As a queen she appears to have everything, but feels anger and emptiness. She does not dance anymore. Later still she is paralysed and can’t use her legs. She is being bathed by a maid who suddenly drowns her.
Speaking immediately afterwards she said, “Zara and the palace, it did feel very real. And it felt very grand and luxury and rich. It has been an emotional and quite physically draining experience”.
Jules’s researches finds that Zara is an Arabic name and she mentions her home village as being near the Sahara. The Ottoman Empire rules north Africa, much of the middle east and up into southern Europe from the 15th Century. The use of the term Tsar suggests Bulgaria or Serbia. Having more than one wife was common and they would have lived in a harem (a mostly female only area of the palace). Also the style of dress she described fits with an Arabic dancer of the time.
Speaking about the regression she said, “I remember it being very vivid and I was covered in silk. Silks not sequins and you know like what we would call a belly dancer now”. Then when speaking about her drowning she said she recognised the person who did it in this life. She said, “I knew it straight away when I looked into her eyes and even some of her mannerisms were exactly the same”.
She went on to said about her death, “It’s very strange because when I was being drowned it happened so quickly that now I am not afraid of dying. Even how painful it would be I know it would be very, very quick. That’s been good for me”.
She also reflected on how the regression had changed what she looked for in men in this life. Before she would look for someone who could look after her financially and ended up being in controlling relationships, much like the life of Zara and the tsar. Now, she realises that this sort of relationship is not what she wants. Finally, when asked if she believes she has been here before she said, “Yes, I honestly think so”.