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Past Life Regression & Life Between Lives Regression

NANCY CANNING: “Ever wonder who you were in a past life? A past life regression can tell you. Ever thought that having a near-death experience might be cool–without the nearly dying part? A life-between-lives regression is the next best thing to having an NDE. And Nancy Canning is the expert I personally chose to lead me through my first (and many) past life regressions and life-between-lives regressions. In this interview, Nancy tells us what these experiences are like, how they benefit our spiritual growth, how our past lives might be affecting our current life, even how birthmarks and phobias might be related to past lives. And if you’ve never heard of a life-between-lives regression (aka spiritual regression), this video will blow your mind to a new awareness of what is possible. These regressions can even be done via Skype.” ~ Bob Olson, Afterlife TV

NANCY CANNING’S BIOGRAPHY: Nancy received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1982, is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and a trained clairvoyant. From 1982 through 1990, she was very active in a metaphysical/psychic institute and church in California where she became a minister and teacher, spending much of her “free” time doing energy healings, reading auras, doing past life readings, giving spiritual direction and counseling, as well as leading Sunday church services. It provided Nancy the foundation for much of the work she does today. She has been working with the connection between, and the healing of, the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives for over 30 years.

In February 1998, Nancy Canning attended an intensive month-long hypnotherapy training at the Alchemical Institute for Healing Arts, located in Santa Rosa, CA. She returned home to begin her hypnotherapy counseling. Six months later, she began assisting at their basic training, as well as attending advanced hypnosis healing workshops. As a result, Nancy accumulated over 350 hours of hypnotherapy training and assisting.

In November 1998, Nancy read Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton and by the time she was halfway through it, she knew two things for sure: (1) she had to have a session, and (2) she was born to do this work! Nancy Canning knew instinctively that all she needed was to experience the journey and then she could lead others on it. It was as though the prior 20 years had been preparing her for this work.

Nancy contacted Dr. Newton and was placed on his waiting list. Two years later, her turn came. In 2000, she had her own spiritual regression. Nancy then returned home and began working with friends, guiding them on this extraordinary journey. A few months later, she returned to California and attended a 3-hour mini-training with Dr. Newton and validated that she was following all the correct steps! Six months later Nancy assisted at the first professional LBL training and became certified as a Life-Between-Lives Spiritual Regression Therapist. In 2002 Dr. Michael Newton invited Nancy to become a founding board member of the Society for Spiritual Regression. Nancy held the positions of treasurer and training registration coordinator for over three years. During that time, she helped create an intensive training program for other hypnotherapists and co-taught these trainings nationally and internationally.

As of Spring 2013, Nancy Canning has led over 750 people into their life-between-lives journey, and has led well over 2000 clients into past lives. She says she’s quite grateful for this unique work which enables her to guide and facilitate people’s journeys as they experience the “bigger picture” of who they are as a spiritual being in this life, and beyond. Nancy adds that she feels truly honored to be a part of (and a witness to) a soul’s journey home. Nancy Canning’s website is

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Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Hey everybody, Bob Olson here with Afterlife TV. You can find us at This is where we search for evidence of life after death and ask the meaningful questions around that subject. Today we’re going to be talking about past life regression and life-between-lives regression. If you’re not familiar with either of those terms, we’re going to define those for you and explain all you need to know about them upcoming.

We have a very special guest today, someone who’s really a good friend of mine and has transformed my life because of the work that she does in this field. I can’t say enough good things about her. I think we met in the year 2000. Her name is Nancy Canning. Welcome, Nancy Canning. I appreciate you talking to us here on Afterlife TV.

Nancy Canning: It’s great seeing you again, Bob.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, same here. Nancy Canning gave me my first past life regression and first life-between-lives regression. I can’t wait to tell you all about those experiences. It is really a life-changing experience, wouldn’t you say, Nancy?

Nancy Canning: Yes, yes. So many people say it’s the most profound work they’ve done. It just changes how you see yourself.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: It does, and it falls into line with how I talk about there are experiences that you can have that are a little bit more vicarious. Let’s just say a psychic tells you what your past lives are, or you can have what I call a personal experience where you can actually experience a past life for yourself. There are miles and miles between those two in difference. I believe that the only way we can get to a knowing versus a belief is through personal experience.

Nancy Canning: Right.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: So that’s why this subject is so important to me. Tell us a little bit. How did you get into this field?

Nancy Canning: So, I started back in 1980, ’82, right around in that time. I was in California. I didn’t particularly believe in past lives. I was in my early 30s. This is so California. I was in a hot tub with my therapist and his son-in-law. They were friends of mine. I spontaneously flipped into a past life in which I was a little 10-year-old Japanese girl in a ditch with my little brother hiding from some warriors. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that that girl with that long, black hair, that was me. I started screaming out loud because it shook me to my core.

I thought I was making it up, and I’d never had anything like that. So I was really lucky that my friends believed in past lives and helped me through it. Then I started reading books on past lives because the world had opened up and I had to deal with what had happened to me. So I always say it was like a big, swift kick in the behind from spirit saying, you, get on your path.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: No kidding. Life can be that way, can’t it?

Nancy Canning: Yeah.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Interesting. I mean, what do you think now that you’ve been doing this for how many years?

Nancy Canning: Over 30.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Wow, that doesn’t seem possible just looking at you. But what do you think initiated it? What do you think led you to have that experience?

Nancy Canning: I think what I believe for all of us: We’re all on our soul’s path. We’ve all come in with a real strong intention to do, to be, to accomplish, to learn. There are times when spirit steps in and makes something happen, when our own intention steps in, so I just say it was time.

I had come in with a real clear intention this lifetime to clear up lifetimes and lifetimes of baggage. It was like this is a pivotal lifetime. I think it’s a pivotal lifetime for many, many people to end a lot of karma, meaning lessons we just keep repeating, and you’re part of this because being able to talk about the afterlife, talking about spirit and psychics and who we are is huge for helping people to get onto their soul’s path.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: It’s a lot of fun for me, and this particular subject is interesting because of the fact that people can go and have this. Anybody can have this experience. I mean I’m sure there are people who maybe had trouble their first or second time, but have you ever run into anyone who was persistent with it that wasn’t able to sort of have one of these experiences?

Nancy Canning: No, I had one gentleman who came, and he was 72, something like that, had never done meditation, never done anything. But there was something inside of him that was calling him. He had read Journey of Souls, Michael Newton’s book, and he knew he had to have it. So he came for the past life the first time and couldn’t see anything. All he answered was I don’t know. But he came back a month later, and we did this for six months.

After about three sessions, he was able to see himself in a past life. Then it got more and more clear. After about five or six months we both knew he could do it, and he did. He had a phenomenal journey. What was so interesting is in his past life he went to, at the end of that life when he came out of it into the soul state his first thought was what a waste.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Of what?

Nancy Canning: Of that past life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh, yeah, yeah.

Nancy Canning: He didn’t want to waste, and he knew something in him wasn’t on target. So it was his own soul, I really believe, really like pulling him and saying, come on, it’s not too late; you came in to do something, and you haven’t done it yet.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Wow, there you go.

Nancy Canning: I got a voicemail from him about a year later on New Year’s Day saying thank you.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh wow.

Nancy Canning: Yeah. It had really done what it needed to for him.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That’s wonderful.

Nancy Canning: So if people are persistent.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Well, I know that I did not think that I could have a past life regression the first time I went to see you, which I think was in the year 2000. I made the trip from Maine to Cape Cod, where you’re at. It was a three-hour trip, and the whole way I just thought, you know, I’m sure other people can do this; I just don’t think it’s going to work for me. I think a lot of people feel that way. I don’t know.

I don’t really know what your experience was with that or if you can even remember, but I felt like you were very patient with me. You took a lot of time, and you helped me get to where I needed to go, and I did that very first time, had an amazing experience.

Nancy Canning: Yes, had an amazing experience. People have two main fears coming for hypnosis, because this is hypnosis doing past life regression. First one is can I be hypnotized? The second fear is how do I know I’m not making it up? Those two run rampant with people.

The how do I know I can be hypnotized and do the past life regression, well, we all go in and out of hypnosis all the time. It’s a daily occurrence. We go in and out of trance any time we’re driving and don’t know how we got where we got, any time on the internet you lose yourself and it’s an hour and a half later. You’ve been in a trance state, so going into trance is a very natural process.

Opening up into the past lives, with me, one of my other specialties is belief systems. So if people have trouble, if they’re blocked and can’t see anything, I know it’s a subconscious belief from childhood that was set up to protect them from the unknown. Because when we’re like three, four, five, life is too big. We can’t handle the emotions, and we have a natural defense which just literally blocks everything out. It’s healthy.

But in some that gets programmed in, stuck, and still is 30, 40, 50, 60 years later; they go into an unknown, and the brain says, what do I know about this? It pulls up that three-year-old’s memory and blocks their memory. So I do the belief systems work, and literally we go back to the little child. We pull out that block, get it out of the way, and then they march on back into the past life.

So in most cases people do the past life the first time, and if not, it’s because they have issues from childhood they need to work on first.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: What would be the difference between hypnosis, because to me that word can be so deceiving to so many people; they don’t quite understand what it means. So what would be the difference between hypnosis and guided meditation?

Nancy Canning: So, in both of them you’re in trance, which means your brainwaves have gone from the waking state, beta, which is this, into alpha, slight trance. So in guided meditation I would be saying: And now you’ll be walking along a path, and now you’re going to come to this. I will be guiding you in what to see. It’s a hypnotic trance as well.
Hypnosis just is the trance state in which I give suggestions, but I’m not telling you what to see. The suggestion is go back to a past life having a significant impact on your current life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Okay.

Nancy Canning: Or in the afterlife once you’re up in the spirit world it’s are you ready to go to your elders? It’s a suggestion, and yet the biggest myth is that I have some kind of power and control. I can make you say and do stuff. Thank you, Hollywood.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Those stage hypnotists, you know.

Nancy Canning: It’s not true.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah.

Nancy Canning: It’s not true at all. You remember everything. You’re awake. You’re alert. You’re talking. People are so surprised. They keep thinking they’re not actually in trance, but that’s hypnosis. You’re just lying there, your eyes closed. You’re relaxed, but you know who you are.

At the same time these memories of the past life or the in between lives come into consciousness and you begin to feel, sense, experience, know, hear. Everything that was going on in the past life is what comes because you’re going into a memory.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: For those who don’t really understand, let’s explain what past life regression is. I’m sure you’ve explained that many millions of times; many a millions times.

Nancy Canning: Many a millions times for a many million lives. So we have lived many lifetimes, so those memories are accessible to us. They’re not accessible every day in our waking state because that would drive us crazy. There’s a veil. People call it the veil of amnesia, veil of forgetfulness. So those past life memories are kept out of the everyday life, but they can be accessed through the subconscious being relaxed, the relaxation, and then the suggestions to go back.

That being said, remember I went into mine spontaneously, and we weren’t talking about past lives or Japan or anything; so it can also be spontaneous. Children usually under the age of seven, between two and seven, will spontaneously remember little snippets of past lives. That’s not uncommon. But for the adult, we usually need some help, so it’s the relaxation being guided; you’re feeling safe. That is all it takes for that pathway to open up to the past life.

People wonder, then how do I know what past life to go to? So what I’ve learned is the suggestion the past life having a significant impact on this current life. Sometimes people want to put something specific in, regarding my fear of drowning or regarding this relationship, so we can put that in. But your inner knowing, that wisdom within you, goes to the life. I’ve done it thousands of times. It works. It’s like flipping on a light switch.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. For me it’s always been not even just going to a lifetime that was significant to me in this life but also at this time in my life. So my very first one was about a particular issue about feeling responsibility for others, and I learned a great lesson in that past life that I went to about feeling responsibility for others. It was amazing, like wow, of all the lifetimes I could’ve gone to I went to that one. Then when I had other ones, same thing, it was whatever was going on with me at that time.

Nancy Canning: It’s remarkable. I’m always amazed. I do this a lot, and I’m always in awe of that same thing of like how exactly does this work; but it does. It’s just that wisdom. It’s the knowing within us, a great wisdom, that says this is the life that’s somehow linked to this current life and will give you answers.

That’s one of the reasons people like doing the past life regression just exactly for that. You wonder where this feeling comes from that you have, being responsible, and then you go into a past life and realize it was a life perhaps where something traumatic happened, or there’s this fear of if I do something wrong everyone’s going to die. We have that feeling. I have a lot of this with healers. I work with a lot of people, and the people listening to this, or many of them, are in the healing work.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: They sure are.

Nancy Canning: They’re often so afraid to step out into the healing world, to speak or to write, because they’re going to get killed.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh, wow.

Nancy Canning: Past life, because they get killed over and over and over, so that memory, I had that in this lifetime when I moved to Cape Cod. I was going to start teaching at the local high school adult education. I was convinced someone was to come in and shoot me, and I knew that wasn’t true; but it was so real.

So I went to a friend and had the past life regression, go back. Sure enough, get killed for speaking up, cleared it, and then I was teaching there 14 years now. But it’s that awareness. We have something that feels real, but it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. It’s usually past life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: You were going to teach about this subject. It wasn’t like you were going to teach math or something.

Nancy Canning: Yeah.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: This is where it comes, something that’s a little out of the ordinary.

Nancy Canning: Ordinary, not safe. So many times people use past life regression because there’s something bothering them that they just can’t clear.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. So what’s this experience like? How would you describe this? People who have never had a past life regression before, how do you describe it to them?

Nancy Canning: So, I describe it in a way that your eyes are closed and yet you’re reliving a memory. Just like you’re watching a movie, you may be seeing, sensing, feeling yourself in that other life, and it starts to unfold. It’s not what you expect. At the same time that you’re seeing it in your mind’s eye, your logical mind may also be very busy going, what, what? You don’t know that. How do you know that’s true? It can be very busy making a little commentary.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, so you really got two things going on at once.

Nancy Canning: Yeah, yeah. So you’re aware as the adult that you are now, and at the same time there’s this other experience that’s drawing you in and unfolding. One of the things with past lives is there may be blanks in your memory. You don’t remember things. I’ll ask questions, and sometimes you don’t know. I’ll say, go to a significant event in your 20s. How old are you? What’s going on? They may say I’m 53 because even though I said 20s, something important happened at 53, so they jump to 53.

That’s how I know I have no power. They ignore me completely. You go where you’re going to go, and it starts to unfold. Sometimes you start to feel an emotion before you know what it even is about. People will start to get a foreboding because it’s a memory. The knowledge is there, and it can be very unexpected.

I had a client a while back who was in the bliss of dancing. She was having that experience of dancing and was crying from the sheer joy of dance. It was over the phone, so I didn’t see her. But she was waving her hands. Then her crying changed quality, and it became sobbing. She was crippled.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: In this life?

Nancy Canning: In that past life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh, in the past life.

Nancy Canning: She was a dancer, became crippled, and so was really experiencing what that was like to go through that despair and then to come out of it and to still do good. So it was emotionally very tiring. At the end she was exhausted actually because it was a huge, huge experience.

That is the way for many people. They’re not all so emotional. Some of them are rather mundane because that’s what’s true in a life. It’s kind of just a normal life. You go and do your hard work.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh, definitely. I will tell people a little bit. In the show notes below this video I’m going to link to the two articles that I wrote about my first past life regression and my first life-between-lives regression. People can read those. You kind of read them both because at that time—I know you don’t do it anymore—at that time we kind of linked the two together all in one day. Nowadays, you have people go through a past life regression before they can have the life-between-lives.

But again, this was the year 2000, I think. I actually in that first article don’t write too much about it, and there wasn’t a heck of a lot to it anyways because the past life regression was so amazing. I think the article is titled “I Cried, Shivered, and Shook,” and I really did all those things. It was a multisensory, multi-emotional experience. So they can read about that.

But what was interesting to me was when I went into the past life, for me I was expecting a movie, and I didn’t get a movie. Apparently, I’m not as visual as I thought I was. But what was happening was you would ask a question, and an answer would pop up in my head. Now, I thought maybe I was imagining that. I’m sure a lot of clients are like that.

I thought maybe I was imagining the answer, but I said, well, I’ll just give it. In fact, you instructed me. You said, “Look, just go with it, whatever you got, just go with it. Just see where it goes. Don’t worry about it. Don’t judge it. Don’t question it.” So I started giving you the answers. You were asking me, what am I wearing on me feet? What am I wearing on my legs, my head, all this sort of thing.

All of the sudden it starts to come together, and I realize that it’s sort of coming as cognizance. It’s coming as a knowing. The answers were just there. After a while I realized I’m not making this up. I don’t have that good of an imagination. As time went on, and I don’t know where it switched, but it went from that knowing to a multisensory experience. I could smell things. I could see things. I knew what things felt like.

I knew what I felt like as—his name was George. I knew he had hair all over him, and he was big and burly. I knew what he was like. So it changed because I just kept going with it. I kept surrendering to this experience. This is what I came for. I’m going to do it. Whatever comes, it comes. I’m going to stop questioning everything. It was like wow.

Nancy Canning: That’s how it often is for people, and that’s part of the soul’s journey though is us learning to quit questioning and quit doubting and start trusting. That’s a part of the learning along the pathway to start knowing that we know.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Knowing that we know. I want to let people know this is a safe experience. At that time I think I was in your house or your office. The first one I was actually lying down. I think the next one I was in a recliner, but anyways, I was fully aware that I was in this room. So like you said, there were two parts of me. I was fully aware. I could still feel the chair and everything else even though I could feel the sword I was holding or whatever it may be in the past life. I knew if I wanted to at any time I could just open my eyes. I could end this.

The interesting thing, and I know I might’ve written about it; I’ve been talking about it for years, but you get so involved in that experience. Even though you know I can end this at any time, this is a very safe experience, but I was so involved in it. You were asking me questions, and that was what was keeping things moving because you were saying let’s go here, let’s go there, as far as age or whatever. But I was so involved that you were a little bit annoying to me at that time.

Nancy Canning: Yup, yup.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: My wife, Melissa, has had this experience, and she sort of said the same thing, like as much as she needed you, as much as we needed you to keep guiding us, there was a part of us—

Nancy Canning: Go away.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, we just wanted to give you the briefest answers we could.

Nancy Canning: And to be in that other experience.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Be and feel it, but time goes by so fast.

Nancy Canning: Yes, and you don’t know. See, time distortion is a part of hypnosis, so in the past life you’re under for over an hour and it feels like 10 minutes.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. Do you think that’s hypnosis, or do you think that’s sort of being in that other dimension?

Nancy Canning: Nope, that’s part of hypnosis. It’s called time distortion.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Really?

Nancy Canning: Well, even on the internet when you’re in trance, it’s not even hypnosis. It’s part of the trance state.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, yeah, so like we’re driving home. How did I get home? I don’t even remember.

Nancy Canning: Yeah, yeah. You’re on the internet. You’d swear it was 10 minutes, and you look up and it’s been two hours. That’s the quality of when you’re really focused on one thing, everything else fades away. So yeah, in the life-between-lives and in the past life regression I know that’s how it is.

It’s kind of that job I have of how much do I ask and keep you going, because otherwise for one thing the CD is blank if you’re not talking. So you go home with nothing on it, but you had a great memory in there. It’s also to keep you moving along because I also know that you can go back into that life on your own; because once you’ve brought it up it’s part of this memory bank now, and it’s easier to go into it and bring in more details many times.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Very true, yeah. I mean I can just think about that lifetime right now, that first one. So what are some of the benefits to having a past life regression?

Nancy Canning: One of the main ones is it answers questions for people on what are they doing here this lifetime. People want to know their life purpose. That’s one of the big jobs that I have with people is leading them to that. When you go into a past life and see challenges and how you responded them, because at the end of the past life you go through the death and into the spirit world and we look back to see what were the lessons you came in to learn that lifetime, how did you do, and how is that impacting you now?

Then we do healing on it because each life impacts the ones following. We’re bringing things forward over and over until it’s all the way resolved and it’s just kind of then left. So a lot of it is to resolve what’s going on this lifetime because it’s based in another lifetime. So it can be around, like I was saying, different fears or phobias or just different ways of how we feel about ourselves or what we’re working on.

Also with people, health, there are many times people bring in wounds. Death wounds from other lives will have an impact on this lifetime on their health, asthma, back pains. I worked with one woman who used to have terrible back pain, and she had had surgery. In her past life she was a soldier, and they’re out on the battlefield, and there was that saber right through her back. It went exactly in the spot in her memory in the past life where her surgery had been.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Wow, geez.

Nancy Canning: I’ve had another one who was shot in the back, and that place, she realized that’s exactly where her back pain is. So neck traumas, neck problems in this lifetime often come from that. So it’s to resolve different issues and also to answer questions about why do I feel a certain way about things.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Why would this happen? You’re talking about the physical things. Why would we go through another lifetime and end up with a similar injury? Is this some kind of karma balancing or something? I don’t know.

Nancy Canning: Sometimes. I think part of it is if it’s a sudden, traumatic death it’s like post-traumatic stress disorder almost. That trauma gets stuck, and part of us, we bring it then with us into another lifetime.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Okay.

Nancy Canning: Sometimes there can be birthmarks that are the birthmark of the past life death.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, I know people who have shown me theirs.

Nancy Canning: They’re certain kinds of birthmarks. They’re just not normal ones. There’s a quality to them, and it’s fascinating. The book Old Souls by Tom Shroder is a lot about that where Dr. Ian Stevenson, who did this research on past lives for 40 years at the university in Virginia, did a lot of work with children around the world and did lots with the birthmarks, fascinating.

So people who are skeptical, there are great books out there that scientific research—this isn’t just woo-woo stuff—there’s scientific research where they have really methodically gone through and checked out the lives and gone to families and collected the data from the past life person as well as in this life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Exactly. I know a lot of people love that. But the other side of it that I just want to mention is that also is such a personal experience, such a sacred experience when you have this. Sometimes I know that sometimes people would be better off not sharing it with others because due to the sacredness of that experience, it means something to you in ways that other people are never going to understand.

So it might just be better that you keep it to yourself because as I talk about that knowing that you can only get from personal experience like this, if someone else has not had it, they can’t understand. They can’t appreciate it. So for you to try to tell them, your telling them, that’s a vicarious experience for them.

The best they can come to is a belief, and if they have too much skepticism around it, really the only result that probably will happen out of it—you’re not going to convince them of anything—they might diminish your own sacred experience.

Nancy Canning: Yeah. Because that logical mind of ours, its job is to keep doubting and to keep questioning, so sometimes it is important to just keep it to yourself. Sometimes it’s so profound you don’t really have words. It’s true. You try and explain it to someone, and it’s like telling them a fabulous dream. You tell someone a dream you had, and then the dream kind of goes flat. It’s the same way here. Energetically you share it, and it just dissipates.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: It does. Science is wonderful in so many ways, and I love what people have done even with this subject. It’s great. But at the same time there’s an aspect of it where just push the science aside; this is a personal experience. It’s about you, and sometimes you’ve just got to not worry about all this other stuff. Just what does it mean to you? This is subjective.

Nancy Canning: Yeah, it’s very true. In the end it’s your soul’s journey, and it’s your soul’s memory.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. Now, for some of these people, have their injuries healed after, or does that happen sometimes, not all the time?

Nancy Canning: Sometimes. Nothing is all the time, but there’s definitely been healing that happens in non-health reasons from going into other lives. Fears, phobias, everything, relationships, all the understanding, it’s one piece of the puzzle.

Sometimes people come and they have some chronic disease. They think if they go into a past life that will heal this chronic disease. I really am wary of that. It’s like too much expectation on something. But it absolutely is a piece of the puzzle, and with continued work it can make a difference.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: So we’re talking about this here on Afterlife TV. How would you equate this to the afterlife? To me it’s just if we’ve had past lives, that means we have an afterlife.

Nancy Canning: Yeah, something happens in between the past life and this life, and that’s the afterlife, which you do so much work with and which just fascinates the living daylights out of me. I love the afterlife.

I remember distinctly driving down the freeway out in California years ago with all these semi-trucks, huge traffic, and I was thinking, I really want a near-death experience, but I don’t want any pain. I don’t want any trauma. I don’t want it to really cost me anything. I just want that experience.

This is the closest thing that happens. Because you can’t create a near-death experience, it’s just something that happens. It’s not what you decide to do. So the life-between-lives regression takes you—I use much deeper hypnosis, but you’re still awake and alert.

You go into a past life. We move through it very quickly into the death, that last day, through the death, and then you’re following the memory and the consciousness of moving into spirit world, the afterlife.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, okay.

Nancy Canning: As you know, it’s just beyond words, phenomenal, to have that experience of the body falling away so you lose the experience of being a physical body and you become more and more the spiritual essence that you are.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, so true. I think it’s brilliant that this is really the only doorway that you know that works, that anybody knows that really works is to go through a past life. Then upon the death of that past life, that’s sort of the doorway into the spirit world, right?

Nancy Canning: You may be able to go straight from this, but we’ve found through experience it’s much better, especially when people haven’t had any other experience with this, take that route. We’re following your soul’s journey back through childhood here all the way back into another life and then through that life and on in.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Into the spirit world.

Nancy Canning: To the spirit world.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: So if you were to just describe the life-between-lives regression—sometimes we call it a spiritual regression or an LBL, just life-between-lives, LBL—so how would you describe an LBL to someone who knows nothing about it?

Nancy Canning: That’s hard. It’s like you were saying, you’re describing something that someone has never experienced, so it is an experience in which you get really caught up in it. The rest of the world just kind of fades away, and you become the experience of as you move into the spirit world you’re greeted typically by a presence and there’s healing that happens. In that healing, people describe it as you become lighter. The physicality of you drops away. There’s healing, and you become whole.

Literally, you’re rejoining with your soul-self that’s not in this body. We only bring part of who we are into the body, so you rejoin. There’s this deep, deep, profound sense of being home and whole. I’m back. I’m back to me again.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, that’s right. Is it different for everybody, or are there some early stages that most people seem to go through when they get there?

Nancy Canning: That’s pretty typical, but sometimes people will just rush on through. Every soul is different, so everyone’s past life is different. Everyone’s in-between lives are different. So some souls if they’ve had a really long, arduous, difficult past life, they’re likely to spend more time getting healing going in because they’re needing it.

Sometimes it’s been a pretty easy life or a short life, and you just zip on through and you’re home. You’re back home and party time. Let me rejoin with my friends. So sometimes people will just briefly get that healing, and other times, talk about me being irritating, I have to move them on from the most delicious experience they have. They’re just regaining who they are. So I leave them there for a short time, but it’s a whole sense of there’s so much more; let’s move on into the spirit world to see what else awaits you.

That’s just the entry point, and what’s happening there is literally you’re changing into the super-conscious state of awareness, a very different state of awareness, so that you’re then able to meet with your guide and to know it, to be there, to describe it. So the real difference with this and other types of work is you’re the one having the experience profoundly with your guide and describing it.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. So when you get there one of the things you can do is you can meet with your guide.

Nancy Canning: Right. A past life review, reviewing that life that just ended is a very typical first stage. Not everyone does that, but that’s somewhat typical; let’s go review what just happened.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yup, I did that. Now, I can’t remember. I have to go back and read my own article, but did I meet with the council of elders before or—

Nancy Canning: I don’t remember. Sometimes it’s before, sometimes it’s whenever.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: I think it was before because I remember them being there while I went through the life review, and good thing, I remember needing them there. Again, not everybody is going to have this, but I happened to meet with the council of elders. What is that normally like for people?

Nancy Canning: Most people do. They may call them elders, council, wise men, whatever, but these are beings who are not in this lifetime. They have not incarnated in a long time. They have the wisdom and love and oversight for your whole soul’s journey. Your existence, they know it. They love you. You walk in, and there is this sense of being known and loved and not judged.

No matter what the life was, they’re not judging. They have this understanding of you’re doing your best. So you’re not judged, but you’re held accountable. I don’t remember in yours, but many times they start off by saying welcome. You’re welcomed in, and then they’re going, how do you think you did?

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Right, yeah, exactly. In my experience there were six or seven of them there. We were around an oval sort of table. I don’t even know. There wasn’t really a table there. There was an ovalness. It’s hard to describe. That’s all I ever hear: It’s really hard to describe.

Nancy Canning: Really hard to describe.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Now I’m there. So anyways, we’re sort of in this oval circle, and there was form to them. I wasn’t seeing them as people. There was an energy. They were light beings. I’ll just say, I will never forget what it felt like to feel their love for me. Oh my God, that was overwhelming. I’ve been with Melissa since she was 12 and I was 15. Still, you know what I mean?

Nancy Canning: It’s not the same.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: It was like whoa.

Nancy Canning: It’s unconditional love. When I say I don’t really believe in unconditional love in the human form, people don’t like that. But I go, no, but I’ve experienced unconditional love. We do the best we can on this, but there are conditions because we’ve got personalities. We’ve got stuff. We do our best, but that really is absolutely without condition.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah.

Nancy Canning: That’s where that comes from, that knowing of what unconditional love is, absolutely life changing for people to have that experience.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Exactly. Then you move on from there to—what other possibilities exist?

Nancy Canning: Well, one of the main things with the elders, the main reason people come for the life-between-lives is they want to know their life purpose. Why am I here? How am I doing? What else is there for me to do? This is where they get to have the much bigger overview. We tend to judge ourselves really harshly. When we’re asked how did you do in your past life, we start going, well, you know, I could’ve done this better.

They’re going, you were fabulous. You did this, and they put it in such a perspective that we don’t see of little things that we did, that we accomplished, that we might not even give much credence to. They’re going, that was profound. You did what you went into that lifetime for. You showed responsibility. You showed leadership. You did this. You did that. You moved through incredible obstacles. Or, you fell on your face, and you get to do it again. Good job. You showed up. So whatever it is.

But what I love about the elders is that ability that they put our lives into a different perspective so that we suddenly can come into the self-love, self-acceptance of going oh, I’m okay. That’s their big message to people: You’re okay. You’re doing fine.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah.

Nancy Canning: You’re doing fine.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: You’re perfect. It was interesting; the last interview I did with Nanci Danison, in her near-death experience she met with a soul family. I think we’ll talk about that in a minute, sort of the soul group. First, let’s just say there were six or seven beings at the beginning, and then there was one less. But she realized that one was her own soul, which she eventually merged with. Any chance that any of these elders, any of these beings, one might be your own soul?

Nancy Canning: Probably not. The reason being I don’t think so. I haven’t ever found that to be the case. I think they’re so advanced. They’re not really incarnated. Now, it’s possible.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: There was a point where in my second one I was actually having a little trouble jumping over the fence there from my past life, and there was some fear involved. A lot of it had to do with some beliefs that you needed to help me work with. But you brought my soul in to help me work on those beliefs. Is that an unusual situation?

Nancy Canning: I do it once in a while. I do it if it’s needed, but only if it’s needed. So everything is possible. It’s all about if you need healing. Sometimes, not often but once in a while, elders and the healers in the spirit world have done healing in the spirit world on the person because, see, even though we go in through a past life, once we’re in the spirit world and the afterlife it’s all now. There is no more time. So we can be talking past lives and present life all in the same context. There’s no division at all.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, that’s right. Most people who have had an NDE won’t even use the phrase. They’ll say other lives. But anyways, what I loved about that experience that I had was it was the first time, I think, that I recognized this idea that our soul is always in the spirit world. This is part of us. A lot of people will call it their higher self and then really never think it through. There’s this higher self that is always in the spirit world sort of helping to guide us along the way. That gave me great comfort to know.

Nancy Canning: Yeah, yeah. We’re not all together here.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, yeah, exactly. It’s not as though we left there and here we are here. We go back. We’re connected. That’s our connection.

Nancy Canning: Yes, there is definitely a connection.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yup. Then tell us a little bit about our soul groups.

Nancy Canning: So the soul family, soul group, soul friends, soul partners, call them whatever you want, when we’re younger souls, when we’re newer souls, the soul groups/soul families tend to be much bigger, maybe 25, who knows. It’s like kindergarten. When kindergarteners in this lifetime go anywhere, everyone holds hands and they kind of go as a group. That’s how we are as young souls. Our family, everything we do is together pretty much.

Then as we age through lifetime after lifetime it’s like going into junior high, and we go to different classrooms. We still have friends we hang out with, but it might be a smaller group. We might have like six or seven friends that we really hang out with.

Same thing in the soul family; so when you go into the spirit world you might have six or 12 or three or none because you might be to the state where some of the older souls who’ve evolved a little more don’t need that anymore. They’re doing like independent studies. They’re working. They’re helping others. They’re not hanging out with a certain group.

But the soul family is not the same as your human family, though some of the beings may be in your human family, but not necessarily. But they are those beings that you are evolving with, that you are very close to, that you tend to incarnate with in one form or another, often as friends or somehow to help each other, support each other in our lessons. In between lives we hang out together and we learn, we laugh, we play. It’s all the things we do together in the afterlife, and it’s all about growing and being.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Right. So if we do share other lifetimes with them, we’re switching roles, male/female, father, mother, sister, brother, friend, enemy maybe.

Nancy Canning: Some of our worst people in this lifetime are in our soul group. They agreed to come in and play a really difficult role so that we could learn a lesson. Everyone thinks soul mate is supposed to be this one true love. Sometimes the soul mate is that person you can’t stand, but they’ve come in to help you.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: When you recognize that, I think one of the most wonderful things you can do is when you have someone in your life who is tormenting you in that way, to recognize: What is this person in my life for? What are they teaching me? What message can I get from this? Then even if you don’t know, just send them love in a way that expresses thank you for whatever purpose you’re serving, right?

Nancy Canning: Yup. It really helps when we get to see our own patterns in this lifetime and begin to see what we keep creating and the type of personality we keep bringing in. So we can finally go, ah, this is about me. They’re all here to teach me something, and that’s the thank you. Let me see what I’m here to learn, and let me just learn it so I can be done with this, so I can change these relationships, because it’s all about learning and growing.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: There you go. Now I know there’s more to the experience because everybody has a different experience really when they have an LBL, so you never really know what’s going to happen. We mentioned some of the more significant ones. One thing I should mention before we talk about some of the benefits is this is also—you talk about soul group/soul family—an opportunity to see who is in your life and maybe find out why, right?

Nancy Canning: Yes, yes. What’s the agreement? Because one of the things in the life-between-lives that we do is we also see why did you choose this life. You go into the life selection. Why did you choose to come in as male or female? There are really good reasons, and always people are really clear: Oh, I came in because a male is this, or I came in because a female is this.

They have reasons. It’s a really important choice in coming in. Why did I choose my mother, my father, my siblings, husband, wife, children; why did we choose these significant relationships? There are reasons why. It’s not just happenstance. They’re all here to support us in what we’re trying to learn. Then creating obstacles; sometimes they come in to create the obstacles that we’re trying to learn through, so that’s why people can go, I didn’t choose that family. It’s like, well yeah, you did.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That’s right. Anything else significant that we missed on the more typical?

Nancy Canning: Yes, one of the other things that’s really important for people is what they do in between lives, like a job, meaning how they spend their time. Because how they be in spirit world is how they are now. They can’t not be. Like you as an investigator and curious and all of these qualities, you can’t not be that.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Right.

Nancy Canning: I would think lifetime after lifetime it’s a part of who you are. So even in the spirit world it would be a whole level of bringing answers or putting people together and networking. However we are in this lifetime that just comes naturally, we are in the other world. So one of the most profound ones I love to talk about was many years ago. She in a past life went into a life in which her young daughter died at age two.

This woman went into deep despair and committed suicide in the past life, was very afraid to go into the spirit world, afraid of being judged. Yet when she got there with her elders they were so proud of her because it was one of her best lives; because as a soul she holds the quality of hope that she meets and is with other beings, and they just emanate hope to the world. They go to places in the other world and they just be hope.

She was willing to go totally against her nature, to go into hopelessness, so she could better understand hopelessness. So her life and that suicide and all that she did, they were so proud of her. I still get so emotionally teary when I think of that type of love that we’re held in.

So one of the benefits is to see ourselves in a whole different light and to learn to not judge ourselves or others because we don’t know what anyone’s here learning, but to see what is our nature, who am I? Who is this soul essence? So that’s what brings the peace. I know at the end of this lifetime I’m absolutely loved. I mean there’s not even a question, and I love knowing that I’m loved even in this moment; I’m doing my best and that we’re all doing good enough.

One woman says, speaking of a past life, that was just one little fragment of who I am. So I think about that in this life when I think, oh, I’m not doing so well, or what’s going on; I go, oh, this is just one little, tiny fragment of the whole big picture. Hang in there and keep going.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That’s right, yeah. That’s beautiful.

Nancy Canning: To know that it’s all profound. Like you were saying, we can read about the afterlife, we can hear about it, but to actually experience it changes how we fundamentally complete the remainder of this life.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That is the benefit to having this LBL spiritual regression experience is what you just said.

Nancy Canning: It’s all about this life. In the end the afterlife is great and past lives are great, but the here and the now, this is what counts.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, yeah.

Nancy Canning: This is what counts.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: So these experiences teach us about ourselves in this life, and that’s the ultimate benefit for us right now.

Nancy Canning: Yup. The one thing is to be able to end this life on our last day of this lifetime with two thumbs up going, good job, I did what I came to do, as opposed to oh man, what a waste, I blew it. I forgot. I forgot who I was. It’s much nicer to do this work and to have that experience and to go okay, I’m on my path. I’m doing what I came to do, and I can enjoy the ride a lot more than if I’m always wondering or judging or not feeling like I’m doing good enough.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: So in the 30-plus years that you’ve been doing this, would you say that’s one of the greatest benefits that your clients walk away with is an inner peace about who they are and why they’re here?

Nancy Canning: Yeah, that whole sense of who am I, who am I? Who am I, and why have I come, and how am I doing?

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, that’s the book we all want to read, right?

Nancy Canning: Yeah.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, the book about us.

Nancy Canning: The book about me. Who am I? So that’s what this is all about.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah.

Nancy Canning: Because my whole job, all that I do, it’s really to help people improve the quality of their lives, to know on a soul level what they’re doing here and to improve this life here so that we can then help others.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, exactly. How beautiful is that. Now, one of the things I want to mention is that both of these experiences, the past life regression and the life-between-lives regression, can be done by Skype.

Nancy Canning: Yes.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Now, here’s an opportunity we didn’t have. I don’t think we had it when I had mine.

Nancy Canning: Not at all, not at all. I was adamant people had to come in person because it used to be three hours with you. It’s now four hours. I couldn’t imagine doing four hours, not in person, and it’s so profound. It’s intense, and it’s sacred. The atmosphere, everything is really important.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah. So the past life regression is what, about 90 minutes maybe?

Nancy Canning: Hour and a half, yup.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Then the life-between-lives regressions are about four hours. Melissa was here in the studio. She had a lounge chair set up. It was like blankets and pillows, and she had it all. She just turned this place into this lovely little sanctuary for her.

You were able to see her head and what was going on with her. Then at the beginning at least she was able to look at you and talk with you. That was a beautiful experience. It went on for four hours without a hitch. It was the exact same experience I had in your office.

Nancy Canning: Yup. There’s no difference in quality. I was so excited because I get emails from all over the world of people wanting to do this, so until now it’s not been possible. So that’s the really good news. I’ve been doing the phone work with past lives for years and years. People actually prefer it because they don’t have to get up and drive and commute afterwards. They can lay in their own bed and kind of process it, but now that’s possible with this, which is really nice.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That is definitely a recommendation if anybody does this. Set yourself up nice, you know what I mean? Do it great. Make sure you use a wired connection. That’s really important rather than using Wi-Fi. But anyways, if you’re comfortable, and honestly, Melissa was a little worried. She’s always on the go. She was a little worried about sitting in one place for four hours. Nothing to it, the time goes by like that.

Nancy Canning: It’s gone. I had one woman who when she was coming out of her life-between-lives she was thinking, I got gypped. That was only an hour. She was shocked to find it had been three and a half hours.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Oh my goodness, that’s so funny.

Nancy Canning: Time distortion is a wonderful thing. You’re so engrossed in that, there is no time. You literally step into timelessness.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, you do. What a great experience it is. Melissa had an LBL with you a couple weeks ago. I think she’s talking about it every day. But she’s still there. She can still, like you were saying, go back into it and feel what that feels like. It’s had a profound effect on her. We’ll have to get her to write about that.

First of all, let me just say this. Here’s a guy we need to honor, Dr. Michael Newton. He wrote a few books. This is the first one that I recommend everybody read, Journey of Souls. The next one is Destiny of Souls. You can put them together, but read Journey of Souls first before you do it. There’s a link below this video. People can buy it on

But if you want to learn more about these experiences, that’s a great way to learn about them. Not to expect that you’re going to have the same experience that some of the people he writes about in there have had; I certainly did not. I had my own experience. But anyways, that’s a great way to go.

How do people make an appointment with you?

Nancy Canning: The best way is email: [email protected] You may have a link there.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: I’ll put a link in the show notes.

Nancy Canning: That is probably the best, or my website is there,, to learn more about it, to read about it, to read your articles.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, read my articles.

Nancy Canning: And that book, Journey of Souls, is. I will say nobody has that experience he describes, but it’s similar; but everyone is profoundly different. I think five people out of like 1,000 have actually done the exact kind of step-by-step that he writes about. He called 29 case studies out of thousands he had done. But it gives you a great idea, and I like people to read it because it’s like taking a map before you go to New York City. It’s really nice to have a map so you know where you’re going, but the map’s not the territory. So it’s the same thing here.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah.

Nancy Canning: It doesn’t affect your own session. Once you’re in the afterlife, you don’t care what you read.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: No, no, no.

Nancy Canning: Who cares?

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, exactly. You’re just focused on whoa, this is cool.

Nancy Canning: Focused on you. Forget anyone else, this is my story. It’s all about me. So it’s a way of saying, this is about me. But it is. It’s all about the person.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: It is. It’s just a wonderful experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I think it’s cool. People can contact you if they want to learn more about it or have an experience. Any last words, anything you wanted to say?

Nancy Canning: No, just thank you for doing this work. I’m grateful to Michael for this work. I’m grateful to all the clients. I’m grateful. I know I was born to do this. I say that on my website. When I read Michael’s book I was halfway through it and just shocked that we could know about what happened in the afterlife.

I hadn’t known we knew it, but I knew what he was talking about and I knew I was born to do it. I knew I didn’t need any training. I knew. All I needed was a session with him, which I had two years later, and came back and started doing the work.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Wow.

Nancy Canning: That was back in 2000, so you were one of the first ones. It’s come a long ways, baby.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: No, I know.

Nancy Canning: The sessions as I’ve been doing them, who I am has grown and evolved, so the sessions have a real different quality, it feels like now.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, I do want to mention you’re an intuitive yourself, and I think that was a big part of mine. I recognized you sort of knew what was going on without me even having to tell you. That helped. That really helped with the experience that you have that ability.

Nancy Canning: It does. It made sense. Sometimes we wonder why we do things in our life; what was that about? I went through eight years of real intense psychic training in the ’80s. After that past life I went into psychic training and then started as a psychic, was reading past lives for years and years, did hundreds and hundreds of them.

But that training, that learning to really know and speak to spirit and be in the presence and not doubt at all but to be in that space, I’m so grateful for that training back then because that’s what enables me to do what I do now so well because I’m really comfortable being with spirit and being and hearing and following.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Yeah, you get to follow along as your clients are having these experiences.

Nancy Canning: I’m constantly speaking with their elders and their guide and asking for help, asking for guidance, asking for clarification. I’m busy with that as you’re having your experience because they know what’s best for you and I’m just trying to get the input from them to help you.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: You must be exhausted by the time you’re done.

Nancy Canning: I used to be. When I was new at this I would cry afterwards and then sleep and cry and sleep. Then it got to be the point where it’s like I don’t miss a step anymore. It’s not exhausting. It’s enlivening. It’s exhilarating. I’m always so honored. It is such a deep and intimate journey for a person to go into who they are with no stories, nothing. It’s all just the pure essence of who they are in their own being-ness. That’s a real honor, and I hold that very sacred.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: That’s beautiful. That’s beautiful. Well, thank you so much. I’m so grateful to you.

Nancy Canning: Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate it.

Bob Olson, Afterlife TV: Have a good day.

Nancy Canning: You too.

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