Lauren is an international businesswoman, author, teacher and speaker who is one of the world’s premier animal communicators. For over twenty years she has traveled to all parts of the world, communicating with countless different animal species in the wild, zoos and aquariums, as well as companion animals. The insights she has gathered from this experience have given her a unique perspective that offers hope and a path for connection between all living beings to each other and to the earth. Lauren has a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in California and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex in England. Here is her story in her own words:
The Background Stuff I have lived in eight different countries (England, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, Puerto Rico, Malaysia and the US) and am a dual national in the United Kingdom and the United States. It was in England that I met my life partner while working as a marketing specialist for an educational trust.
In 1998 my spouse and I, along with our animal family, moved to the beautiful wine country of Oregon, primarily to spend time with my father. Sadly, my father died unexpectedly 6 months after we arrived.
The Next Phase Although the death of my father was devastating, I learned that even the most difficult times can offer new perspectives and wisdom. One of my father’s many gifts to me was his 10-year-old Malamute, Roo, who proved to be the catalyst and guide for the next phase of my life.
As an older dog, Roo began developing soreness in her body and became reactive to other dogs. A friend of mine suggested “Tellington TTouch” to help ease the stress of my journey with Roo. A local TTouch specialist, Debby Potts, taught me the basics of TTouch. The change was amazing, and after training to be a practitioner, Debby and I created The Integrated Animal, LLC. in 2000. So began my new career helping people and their animals.
When, at the age of 12, Roo underwent surgery to have a tumor removed, I hired an animal communicator to speak with Roo about how she was feeling and her treatment options. The results were remarkable! Confounding my rational and academically oriented mind, I decided to learn the art of animal communication myself. I assumed that learning animal communication would merely be a matter of applying myself to a rigorous program of meditation and study. How hard could it be to talk to animals? As it turned out, it was very hard for me.
What I didn’t understand at the time is that animal communication is not an intellectual process but more of an inner journey. Most people learn to communicate with animals through meditation so that they can hear what the animals have to say. Like most people, however, my mind is filled with endless chatter and my efforts to learn to meditate ended in failure. I decided to create another way. Combining guided imagery, breathing techniques, and some Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I successfully developed my own techniques to help me enter a quiet, centered place.
The Journey Continues Since then, I have been teaching all over the world through classes, books and DVDs. I have authored five international bestselling books, published in five countries including The Eternal Gift: Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Animal and Animal Wisdom Word Search: Yoga for the Brain. I have given over 400 lectures and workshops in the United States, Europe, Canada, Taiwan, China and Japan. My work continues to evolve, as I hope, do I. As a professional public speaker, it is, I believe, my role to give voice to the animals, how they see things, and to make known what they hold dear. My goal is to harvest what the animals have taught me, and apply it in new ways, offering potential pathways to help us navigate life in these challenging times.
I am grateful every day for the love in my life and the opportunity to share my journey with others. Thank you for joining me today.