Lisa I’Anson is a British radio presenter and television presenter. Between 2000 and 2003 she presented a weekday discussion programme on BBC London. In January 2005, I’Anson was a contestant in the third series of UK Celebrity Big Brother. In 2008, she hosted a Sunday afternoon show on London radio station Magic FM.

In 2005 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 be verified.

Speaking before the regression she said, “I am excited and intrigued. I definitely believe in karma. I definitely believe in the whole issue of reincarnation and energy and the soul”.

During the session Lisa experiences a life as young Monk in a monastery in Sienna, Italy around the year 1739. His daily life is to wash, prey and tend to the vegetable gardens. Later there is a great fire and many people die. He has to leave the monastery and journeys for a while. It is cold, damp and muddy. But later he finds employment with the family of a merchant as a spiritual guide and adviser in Venice. Lastly, he is old and dying and surrounded by kind faces. A strong light comes and takes him up. He reflects that he has leant simplicity and piousness in that life. 

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Immediately after the regression Lisa says, “God that fire. I was so scared. Like proper fear”.

Jules Hudson looks into the account and starts with the name which Lisa struggled to say. He believes she meant Damianus (Damien in English) who is a Catholic Saint who lived in the 3rd century. He also thinks that the monk Lisa described was likely a Franciscan based on his plain brown habit. Also given his lowly duties, gardening, etc., he was likely a lay brother not a friar.

The Franciscan order was founded in 1209 by Saint Francis of Assisi and they adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of their founder. These being the importance of charity, benevolence and selflessness. They also do not believe in living lavishly.  

Talking about the regression she said, “Honestly, either I have a very vivid imagination or it was a genuine experience… But then the most emotional point, the fire, you know, that really got me. Really got me”. She went on to say, “I was drained afterward. I was so exhausted. Mentally and physically, I was drained”.

She mentioned that her mother was always trying to instil the importance of humility. She said, “It ties in doesn’t it. With this story of a guy who was very humble, at least for most of his life until… Well even after he went to Venice”.

She also said, “If I could really choose my own past life I would be so much more glamourous. And especially, I don’t want to be a bloke”. When asked about reincarnation she said, “I would have to say yes. There is something there.