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PM 071: SACRED TRAVEL - Journey of the Spirit with Lauren Rainbow

August 25, 2022 Ann Théato / Lauren Rainbow
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PM 071: SACRED TRAVEL - Journey of the Spirit with Lauren Rainbow
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#071 Lauren Rainbow talks to us about her work as a Sacred Travel Guide, showing us how we can connect to the healing magic of ancient sacred places, integrating their energy and light into our centered heart.  Lauren has led several life-changing group journeys to Egypt, Peru, Mexico and India, creating openings for sacred ceremonies, healing meditations and other spiritual development opportunities along the way!  Listen to this episode and learn how to trust your gift of intuition, understand the importance of gratitude and recognise why your life is the ultimate sacred journey.

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Ann

Hello everybody my name is Ann Théato and welcome to Episode 71 of the Psychic Matters podcast!  

 

My fabulous guest this week is Evidential Medium and Spiritual Teacher, Lauren Rainbow, who talks to us about her incredible work as a Sacred Travel Guide, sharing with us how we can connect to the healing magic of ancient sacred places, integrating their energy and light into our centered heart.  Lauren has led several life-changing group journeys to Egypt, Peru, Mexico and India, creating openings for sacred ceremonies, healing meditations and other spiritual development opportunities along the way!  This episode will teach you how to trust your gift of intuition, understand the importance of gratitude and recognise why your life is the ultimate sacred journey.

 

Just before we get into the episode – let me share something with you that you may or may not know -  I want to talk to you about THE MEDIUMSHIP HOUR – yes, one of the web’s best kept secrets!  I’ve mentioned it a couple of times on this podcast, so it’s actually not really that secret and thought that I would take the opportunity to mention it again today.  The Mediumship Hour takes place - every Tuesday evening throughout the year - at 7pm UK time/2pm EST/11am PST, on the internet, via Zoom – it is a FREE one-hour event which I offer every single week, and I work usually with either Lesley Malone or Tyrone Cusack, two amazing mediums, and we spend that hour bringing messages through from communicators in the spirit world to the audience in the Zoom room.  Last week we had a record 47 people attend!  Thank you to all of you who came to that – everyone across the world is welcome.  If The Mediumship Hour sounds something you’d like to check out – you can find the Zoom joining details on my website under my ONLINE COURSES & EVENTS.  If you are curious about mediumship, or perhaps you are hoping to get a message or a contact from one of your loved ones in the spirit world, may you are someone who can’t get to a church or a centre, or you just want to come along and watch to see what it’s all about – you are more than welcome.  Head to anntheato.com click on the tag labelled ONLINE COURSES AND EVENTS and you can pick up the Zoom joining details there.  We’d love to see you.

And now for this week’s episode!  Settle down on your chair, get yourself a beautiful cup of tea, a wonderful cup of coffee, a glass of cool water or the comforting drink of your choice … 

 

Ann  

I'm very excited to welcome our new guest today. It's Lauren Rainbow, she's a Psychic Medium an Evidential Medium, a Spiritual Teacher and a Sacred Travel Guide. Lauren, welcome to Psychic Matters.

 

Lauren 

Oh, thank you for having me, Ann, this is lovely. I'm excited to be here and hello to everyone. 

 

Ann  

Hello, hello!  I'm so glad that you found time to come on this show. It's really, really good of you to make time in your schedule, Lauren. And I've never heard of, well I have heard of, a sacred travel guide. But it just seems such a specific thing. I wonder if you could just enlighten us all. What a sacred travel guide is, does and experiences? 

 

Lauren 

Yeah, absolutely Ann, what a great question because everybody understands at this point what a psychic medium does, and being a sacred travel guide, kind of, you know, a title, we're still evolving a little bit. But what I do as part of my work as a medium and teacher, is bringing people to ancient places like India, Egypt, Peru, on these real life journeys that are amazing opportunities to work with these ancient temples and lands and sacred places, to awaken our heart, to shift our lives, to deepen our connection to our own spiritual well-being, and understanding, and just exploring the opportunity to really create profound shift in our lives. So, a Sacred Travel Guide really is specifically bringing to those ancient cultures and lands, but we move people on unique journeys. That's the other part about why we call it sacred travel. I always say this is not your grandma's travel, we're not just going to stand at the Sphinx, take a picture and walk away. I mean, we're getting you a private opportunity to connect with these, you know, get into the King's Chamber, the Great Pyramid, or to be along the Ganges, and in India and chanting with them, you know, the sacred sadhis and really connecting in a sacred way with this earth, that reminds us, and I get goosebumps as we talk about it, that reminds us that perhaps we have connections to other lands, and that a lot of these places were built in, with intent, and energy that creates shift in our lives. So that it all in a nutshell.

 

Ann  

I mean, it sounds absolutely amazing. So how did you, where did this come from? How did it start? I mean, I would love to go on something like this. And I'm sure many of my listeners would as well. How did it begin for you? How did you suddenly begin taking people to these fascinating places?

 

Lauren 

Yeah, so I mean, first off, I will say, is I think most of us understand what our spiritual awareness or intuition we know, from a young year, a young child, that there's something.  And before I even knew I understand what being a medium was, I was drawn as a young child to wanting to go to the Great Pyramid or wanting to be the Sphinx. And I just knew as a young kid, I wanted to experience Stonehenge and you know, and I would dream about these places. So as I got older and wiser, and you know, started to become an adult, I would dream about going, and the first time I went on a secret journey, as a participant, I was brought to England, where we went to Tintagel and visited Stonehenge and it was done in such, this amazing way, where we were an intimate group, we had like a private visit with Stonehenge, we were connecting to these sites. So, we would stand in ceremony and when we got into a crop circle, I remember the first time I walked into a crop circles, like, oh my god, there's something going on here. You know, and, and I was just like, this is amazing. And so then I, spirit, I believe, and part of the things that I like to share Ann, is any kind of, you know, spiritual person, psychic, you know, intuitive, that when we trust our gifts and open up, the universe kind of guides us, doesn't it? So, I was then invited 20 years ago to Peru, just after I come back from England on another journey, where I was, you know, holding space with a teacher, but I was learning how to do shamanic work and create space there. And I kind of went, ooh, this could be fun. I went to Egypt for the first time in 2010. And that's when I said, I've got to do this. I just have to, but it wouldn't be for another seven years where I launched my first journey to go to Teotihuacán in Mexico. Three amazing pyramids down there. And after years of working with friends and colleagues to try to figure out how do we do this? How do we create the space? Now we are about eight journeys in, to several places around the world since 2017. And I'm so excited. It's just amazing. I get to spoil you guys on journeys. I mean, we are VIP all the way and just exciting, magic happens on these on these explorations.

 

Ann  

I mean, it just sounds incredible. All these ancient civilizations and beautiful places. But how did that, I'm going to pin you down. How did you, you set your intention, you've really got to do this, you’ve got to bring other people with you to experience this, but how did it unfold? Who did you meet? How did you get access to some of these incredible places? And how did it become VIP, for instance?

 

Lauren 

Right? So, the first journey I went to the last thing I participated in was in Teotihuacán Mexico with a friend of mine. When we said one day to each other on top of the moon pyramid, we want to do this one day. And five years later, we sat down and finally said, and let me be clear, when I left Hale, it was such a profound shift that I actually walked away from that part of the world saying, I don't need to come back. That's good for me. And that ended up being the first place we go. And we started to connect with certain guides. Just in the journey there we had met people that we just really linked with, so we had already established a relationship to build that. The journeys to Egypt and India are my big VIP ones. As I say, I've been blessed to just meet amazing guides, I, the guide that led me through Egypt the first time, Emil, works with wonderful spiritual teachers as well. He's well known in the industry, but super busy, but we connected, so when I reached out to him and said, you know, would you recommend somebody to do a journey for me, I figured maybe he'll get me somebody else. And he called me up and said, I'm going to do this for you. I will be your guide. And I went, you know, so I think when you're ready to bring it to the world, the universe just starts to create the connection. And so, the same happened with Peru. I have, there's this wonderful ChOCO LUNA, Jorge Luis Delgado, who works, has published many books. He's just an incredible shamanic teacher of Peru, works with amazing Hay House authors. I was at a convention one time, and we sparked up a conversation and he now helps guide us through Peru. So, it's really just, you know, divine intervention, okay, you want to create this, then here are the pieces that you need to make it happen. What makes them VIP, this is the key, Ann and I'm not trying to brag, but it's amazing. When we go through Egypt, you get private visits. So, we get the Sphinx by ourselves, we get inside the King's Chamber, we get to stand at the mother temple, on the on the Nile at sunrise without tourists. We have our own private boat that floats down the Nile for days as we're stopping at temples, with no other tourists but our group. I mean, spoiled rotten, is what we're trying to do. But it just helps us create the space to also do the ceremonial moments where, you know, when we're in the King's Chamber, we're inside for two hours singing, chanting, creating energy, and just I'm getting goosebumps, as we talk. Imagine chanting inside the King's Chamber, you know, it just shifts your life. So, you know, we really create the same thing with India. I mean, we're going to the oldest cities in India, the most holy, along the, you know, Varanasi as a medium, you know, Varanasi, we get to the visit the burning God, where for centuries, the sacred fire has been burning. And it just brings a motion to me when we talk about that. So, we're really bringing up you two very unique places. When I was there with Tony Stockwell, we went to the Beatles ashram, in Rishikesh, and everybody, you know, remembers, like, oh, my God, this is where the Beatles were. So, you know, we're really just creating very special moments, but spiritually specific. So, you will, you will see the Taj Mahal, for example, when we go to India, because you cannot not see the Taj Mahal, it's not necessarily the most sacred space.  We go to even more ancient cities than that. So, we call it VIP, because we spoil you with the best of the best, but we are also creating this really incredible private life, you know, to visit these places with as well.

 

Ann  

It's amazing. So, when people come on these journeys with you, what do they take away from that experience? What did they go home with in their heart? 

 

Lauren 

Ah, I love this question. A lot of folks when they're either called to a place like Egypt and India, sometimes there’re a) coming to a place in their soul that they're drawn to, right? We may feel like in England, for example, some people are like, oh, I'm really gonna go to Stonehenge or I really want to, you know, go see this country, this area. So, a lot of people are reconnecting with past life or energy that is familiar to them. They come away, mostly with a shift of how they want to move forward in their life. Each country we work with is a little bit different in the energy that they carry. So, when people leave India, which is one of the probably the most profound place of shift, it's India. When people go, they come back having a different understanding of your own culture, often feeling blessed for what we have and wanting to create more service time in their life, wanting to give more. So, I find when people come back from India, they're profoundly shifted in a way that wants to benefit humanity and give back. When people come back from Egypt, they're motivated.  Usually, Egypt kicks me into a level of oh, I want to build something new. I want to build something different. So, everybody's journey is unique. Everybody's experience is unique. But usually, the shift is something that you need to create momentum or clarity in your life. And while we do many retreat opportunities where we can go away, when you're in a place for two weeks travelling in an intimate group, you're often ignited. So, I tell people, when you come home, don't blow up your life, because you're gonna want you. I always say, let the dust settle, let yourself be with the energy and then make change. Because a lot of times people just come back so lit up by the experience of what they've been through that they want to make a big shift in their lives that will say, you know, take a deep breath, let it ground and then make a conscious shift. Hopefully that explains that.

 

Ann  

Yeah, that's beautiful. Thank you, Lauren. And you've got two of these coming up, haven't you? You've got the pilgrimage to ancient Egypt in November this year. And then in January, you've got your adventure, on the sacred journey with Lauren Rainbow, a VIP experience through India. 

 

Lauren 

Yeah, yep, we've got two coming up and both of these journeys, well, we've done them before, they are also unique in that we've added extensions. So, with Egypt, we still have a few spots left, if anybody's interested. Again, limited group, less than 20 people can can fit the group because it's a small, it's a smaller boat, beautiful five-star boat where your own room, but only for so many people. And we're doing Petra in Jordan on this visit. So, we're adding a beautiful extension. I know you're like, ahhhh!

 

Ann  

I've always wanted to go there always, always, always.

 

Lauren 

I need to and we're going to do a little camping in the desert on this one. So that will be new for me. So, my team, these amazing people who are, you know, the part of the team that helps make the magic happen in say, Egypt and India and Peru, they always surprise me with something. You know, they always say, let's try this. And I'm like, yeah, and then we go, oh, my god, that was amazing. So, we have an extension to Jordan, for Egypt. And we have an extension to Napal, for India, where we're gonna bring you up into Katmandu to see some of the most incredible Buddhist old temples that that live there. It's just phenomenal.

 

Ann  

It sounds wonderful and lucky people who get to go with you for that experience. And for those of us who maybe may not be able to afford to do something like that, either in time or money, is there something else that we can do to make our life some sort of sacred journey instead?

 

Lauren 

Oh, I can't believe you're asking what a gorgeous question. And I'm so happy the first time someone's ever asked this, and I think this is, you know, even the basis of what could be a book.  I have learned that, and it's a practice, I always say it's a practice. But how we experience life on these journeys is a way of like, that, what childlike wonder, that ooh, the ahh, and I feel that every day of your life, it's a sacred journey. Waking up in your home with your family is a sacred moment. So, taking time to have childlike wonder for even... And I think that's what India teaches us when we come home, that our lives are amazing. We, you know, there's sometimes challenge but there's sometimes good things and every part of your life is, that is a sacred moment. So, taking childlike wonder from that experience into your everyday life. And treating your life even now, as a sacred moment, can bring magic to your life. And so, I think it's a profound question, because the journey is also, and this is something I have to practice with. Because when I'm in journey mode, or when I'm travelling, I'm still like, also, oh, look at where we are, this is amazing. And then we come back to oh, I've got to, you know, pay the bills, answer the phones, do the emails, and we feel that life has the mundane. But take that moment. Now I go bike riding in the in the day and going out on the trails and being in the woods of my own local area and going wow, this is gorgeous, you know, this is just as beautiful as being abroad. And so, I think we can take moments every day of our life to just see it, to just witness that. And to have respect for that as well, have honour, respect to spirit, as we would as mediums, psychics, you know, having the gratitude for what we have in our life every day. It shouldn't always be on journey mode. It should be every day of our life.

 

Ann  

Yeah, I really like that as well, having gratitude for everything, because even if you've only got a tiniest little yard, there might be some beautiful flowers growing in a corner, a little weed, a little bush, a little something, the sun shines, the rain falls, there's so much to be grateful for that we do have in the smallest of ways.

 

Lauren 

Absolutely. And while we love these grand moments, when we can recognise even the smallest moments as joyful. I really believe that's when we're truly living the way we should as spiritual beings, as people who are awake and aware. Sometimes, it's like you're saying, I just started going night jasmine in my area, which is very hard and at night they're blooming and I'm like oh my god, I'm so excited about the bloom of these flowers. And it makes me as excited as I would be if I were, you know, somewhere in Peru smelling Jasmine. So, I think those little wonderful moments are precious. Absolutely.

 

Ann  

That is so lovely, the smell of Jasmine is gorgeous as well. 

 

Lauren 

Absolutely.

 

Ann  

So, Lauren, what brought you to this work? How did you get into your spirituality? You mentioned there a little while ago about knowing things as a child, but perhaps say a little bit about your early journey.

 

Lauren 

My early journey, you know, as a young, just a young child was always, you know, different. I think a lot of us feel we're different. I was very creative, expressive, more of a performer in my youth, you know, dancer at the theatre. And I think that, I've learned now as a Medium who does demonstrations, that that's often the way I think that we work with spirit too, just being, you know, free to let the energy of spirit work with us, yes? So, it wasn't until I was in my later teens, that I really had a clear sense that something spiritual was happening. Mediumshipwise, working with spirit, I knew intuitively I also had a sense of just intuition and psychic awareness. But I didn't really understand my spirit connection until I was a teen, when I'd lost a very beloved grandfather in my life. And that changed everything. I was young 16 and I, I walked away from religion, I walked away from so much that just didn't make sense to the fact that he was with me. And I could feel that and I kind of blew up my life at 16 with my family and just said, I'm gonna, you know, kind of pretend I don't know what's going on and figure it out. The Universe again, is so synchronistic Ann, isn't it?  When I was in college, I studied to be a news journalist, I worked in a newspaper called The Messenger.

 

Lauren 

And my job as a news reporter, as a green news reporter, new to the work, was hard news. So, I was on the scene of accidents, murders, anytime there was any kind of serious issue. So, I was seeing it firsthand, you know, a lot of that trauma in the world. So, I kind of left that work, because I wanted to write the stories that were more positive. And I ended up living in a retired funeral home. So, I literally left and quit that job because I was done with death and dying and moved into a retired funeral home. And the energy just shifted everything. I was laid off from my professional job on 9/10 of 2001. And 9/11 changed everything, it changed everything for any of us, but to be you know, young, in my 20s, and unemployed, and really feeling spirits. Everything just started to shift at that point. I worked in a metaphysical shop for four years here in the States. And I learned to work with things like Reiki energy healing, which was an amazing benefit to clarifying the energy of Spirit too. I found that the more energy healing work I developed, the more clearer my connection with Spirit also became. So, I do believe there's a peace to energy healing and mediumship as well. And then I kind of didn't know, which is really sad, I was such, I was so young, I didn't know there was places like Arthur Findlay, and stuff where we could learn, and that there was a whole development process to mediumship. I just started going out there doing messages, I saw John Edward on TV, and said I kind of understand what's happening there. And I started to figure it out and do, bring messages in my local area. Then I developed, and I as I developed, I was able to make it more clear as you understand and harness it. And then it kind of evolved into the work of my life. And at that time, I was 26 years old, I would have laughed. If you had told me, I'd be here doing Sacred Journeys and public demonstrations. But it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, confusing in the early years, yes, but the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

 

Ann  

It's amazing. And you've got a lot of training in a lot of different areas as well. You're a certified yoga laughter tutor is that? What is that?

 

Ann  

That's hilarious!

 

Lauren 

Well, that was kind of a fun one. Yoga, laughter yoga is something here in the states, it also came out of India, where you literally just create laughter and create energy. I took yoga laughter training at a time many years ago when I was really lost in this work as well. Where am I going? Feel like I lost my spark of joy. And I love to laugh, if you could probably tell. So, to find in your own self, that you've lost something that you love to do, I took laughter yoga just to kind of create more laughter in my life. And so, I became certified in it and it's something that I sometimes throw into work, you know, when people need to break the energy, we might do a little laughter yoga exercise to bring up the vibration of joy. So yeah.

 

Ann  

I love that. And it's funny because you said you were an actress years ago; well, I was an actress years ago. And one thing I used to do is, I set up these special workshops and I used to go around and do The Art of Play and teach people how to, we just used to do really funny, comedy drama games, for that, to raise the vibration. So, you'd work with people who are sad, you know, they'd got some terrible traumas or things had gone on, everyday stuff, and yeah, they'd come to my workshop and all leave in a really good mood!

 

Lauren 

Isn't it interesting as mediums as well in Ann, and I'm curious if you see this, you know, we did improv very similar. I was trained in improv comedy when I was young, which is, you'll think on your feet, create a character and I feel like when I'm working with spirit, when we're bringing in, you know, their essence, there's the evidence, but sometimes you can get a little bit more into the personality too, and animate that energy. And I think having improv, I often teach my students, go take improv training, go learn how to be, you know, just spontaneous, so that when Spirit's working with you, you can step into that character energy as well.

 

Ann  

That's right. Yeah, it's great. It's really helpful. It's lovely. Oh, I'd love to watch you demonstrate I must come to your next one.

 

Lauren 

I definitely animate it, crazy, but usually, we love our character! 

 

Ann  

Oh, it sounds fantastic. And so, you do online demonstrations, you do one on one readings. I know you also, I saw on your website, that you are offering something to do with soul and the Akashic Record, perhaps you could speak a little bit about that aspect of your work as well.

 

Lauren 

Absolutely. You know, I, I, it's kind of a form of a psychic reading. I personally, you know, feel that there, we've had more than one life. And, you know, part of working in the energy of Egypt too, was connecting with the Akashic energy. And as Akasha, which is such a, it's a weird term these days, that's getting a lot of ups and downs, is it real is it not, but I think it's really just an understanding of the soul's journey.  Your soul has been on a journey long before this life. So, we're trying to tune into, you know, if you're a medium, how many lifetimes have you been seeing working with spirit or work in this way? So an Akashic soul reading is really getting a look at your soul's overall journey, and how that's unfolding in this life, you know, understanding again, and as performers, both of us, you know, have you done, you know, performance in the past, your akasha might be like, Oh, and you know, olden days you were with Shakespeare, and you know, you might get to see a touch of that and why it's coming through in this life. So, Akashic soul is a wonderful way to just do both an Intuitive Life current reading, but yet understanding maybe this is part of your soul's work, or a part of that your soul is healing. So, in a simple way, I really work with it also to understand what I call your spiritual genealogy. Do you work a lot with angels and guides? Do you work a lot in the shamanic path? Do you work a lot with the spirit world? You know, we get to understand your spiritual genealogy through these great connections as well.

 

Ann  

Yeah, that's so beautiful. It's so exciting. It's a great way to work.

 

Lauren 

I love it. 

 

Ann  

So, so brilliant, love, love, love it. You've also designed a set of cards with John Holland, talk to us about those.

 

Lauren 

Oh, the mediumship training deck.  Funny, I always keep a little one right here in front of me. You know, John is such a dear blessed friend, who came into my life again, strategically, over 10 years ago. And when we met, it was like a soul brother, soul, soul family, we had taught a lot together over the years. And we find that when we would teach these workshops, a lot of people at the end say, how do I continue to practice? How do I keep going? And we find that if you're not somebody who has access to people to practice, you might wane in the practice. So, the mediumship training deck was a very unique deck, where we created 50 cards that have different aspects of mediumship.  Tips to develop from, and some of it can even work if you're psychic, intuitive, you know, we have everything from the spirit communication process, you know, from Spirit through Spirit to Spirit, as a, you know, kind of flipping through here, you know, even simple things like practice patience with yourself as you're developing, different meditation techniques, understanding what is the evidence of spirit, how to blend, link and blend with spirit, helping people understand the terminology. So many times, we would teach classes and people you know, would ask, you know, the difference between a link and a blend and they look at you like what?  So, we really wanted to get a lot of the common terms also out there in a way that people could continue to practice and work with it. I mean, moments of gratitude, just, you know, some of them are development and just reminders, take care of your connection with spirit, trance dance. Actually, this was inspired by our dear friend, Tony Stockwell. And I always said I'm going to put this in a card for you Tony, because he would make us do a little movement and dancing class when we would work with him and, you know, so and I always thought movement should just be a wave opening ourselves, right? Raising the energy to spirit. So, John and I had conceptualised this idea. And he lovingly presented it to Hay House, and they said, how soon can you get it to us? So, we were really excited to create this deck together, and you'll see two different perspectives here, you've got two different mediums.  We literally split the deck 50/50 and then share it in the middle. And you know, John did the ones that he knew he had a little bit more info and vice versa. And then we intermixed them together. So, it was really fun.

 

Ann  

Yeah, a beautiful collaboration. 

 

Lauren 

Yeah! And it's been just a great tool for people. I was really nervous Ann, when this came out, because it wasn't your typical deck, and we can even use them as a form of Oracle card if you want. But we were, I was nervous. I was like, is this gonna go over well?  And it's been a best seller for Hay House. They're very excited about it and so are we. 

 

Ann  

That is so brilliant.  The mediumship training deck.  And if people want to buy that, where do they find that?

 

Lauren 

You can find that on Amazon at the Hay House store. So, if you go to hayhouse.com, and off my website, you can click to one of the areas in which you can purchase it as well.

 

Ann  

Wonderful. And how did you get to work with John Holland? Or how did you get to know him to then work with him?

 

Lauren 

Yeah, wonderful moments here. I feel blessed. I feel so blessed when you ask. John and I have known each other since about 2009. I was a fledgling medium, I say fledgling, I was just kind of up and coming in our local area here in New England, he actually just lives right down the road here from me, and I would I was out there doing psychic fairs, you know, psychic house parties, I was throwing myself into the work. And somehow my name just got a bit in the area a bit heard. So, he was working at a local metaphysical shop that we both knew. And they asked him, I want to do an event, I'm looking for a local up and coming medium that can share a time with me, who would you recommend? And they put my name out and he goes, ah, I keep hearing this name everywhere. And so, he reached out, and we kind of instantly just felt like we knew each other. And you know, I'm so blessed. He literally took me under his wing. And what started off as almost as, oh, my God, it has turned into the most incredible friendship anyone can ask for and collaboration as well. So, over the years, we've become, you know, dear friends, collaborators, and definitely like soul family.

 

Ann  

Oh, that's a beautiful story. That's so nice. It's great, isn't it when you just meet the mind of somebody else, and you're just so similar, and you just really enjoy each other's company and get each other? 

 

Lauren 

Well, and in this work, I think sometimes it's a complication finding good friends that aren't, I hate to say it, competitive. I, you know, here in the United States, it can be a bit cutthroat with mediumship. So, to find somebody who's doing the work honestly, lovingly, and and just is there to be collaborative is incredible. He's just a very generous, generous gentleman. If anyone knows his work, and smile, John's just incredibly generous and just sweet. But I feel so blessed. This is where I see too, Ann, the more people put yourself out there and do the work, the more that these opportunities open for you. You have to show up because a lot of people say, well, how did you get this opportunity? How did you meet these people? And I did the work. I just got out there, I threw myself into the work and really just tried to bring spirit messages. And I'm so blessed by spirit to have opened the doors of opportunity.

 

Ann  

Yeah, that's great. You do, you do have to just keep showing up and doing the work like you say, and just see where it goes and where it evolves. It's fascinating what does unfold for you. And you also Lauren, have done meditations for Hay House. So, tell us a little bit about your meditations as well.

 

Lauren 

This is one of the favourite parts of my work is guided meditations.  There, there's a few on Hay House. I'm also on Insight Timer for anybody, and there's some on my website. So, meditation is to me based on the heart breath. So, the main part of my work is heart breathing, which is particularly the series that's at Hay House, the heart breath series. And I've been working with this breathing technique for over 15 years, it's now becoming actually a bit more known as heart coherence, and some aspects to places like Heart Math. But it's this idea of bringing your awareness into your heart and breathing from the heart space. A lot of times when we meditate and sitting in the power as we know in mediumship, I also guide from that outward heart space, opening this energy and not just focus on the mind, because really the centre of our being is you know, here. So, a lot of that simple technique is put in through many different kinds of meditations that I've created from sitting in the power to, one of my newest ones is the cosmic breath. This one was inspired by Hathor's temple in Egypt, where you're taking in the energy of the moon and birthing the sun and creating cosmic flow. So, they're really more simple meditations, but beautifully guided and we now do them live. The Akashic healing meditation is one of the most popular ones that I put out there with a friend of mine. And we do sound baths where we're helping you heal through your lifetimes as well. I just loved that work and created a simple but beautiful guided meditation. It sounds like, I probably sound like a crazy person when I'm talking here. But then I get into what they call my "meditation voice", and everything just slows down. And it's a whole different Lauren in those moments.

 

Ann  

Oh, no, they sound really, really beautiful. And again, they can be bought on your website, can they or Hay House?

 

Lauren 

Yes, www.laurenrainbow.com, Insight Timer, HayHouse.com. There's a couple of different avenues in which you can find some of the meditations. So, if you're go on Insight, just Google Lauren Rainbow and Hay House, you would be looking for my name or the heart breath meditation.

 

Ann  

It's so, lovely. And so where do you think your mediumship is taking you then at this moment? I mean, you've done your all the things that you've spoken about so far. But where do you think you're opening into, in your work?

 

Lauren 

Big Question for right now, I think.  We've seen a major shift in the world, as we understand, you know, as we move through this pandemic, I felt a shift in spirit through that time, it was a deeper connection. And in talking with even a friend of mine this morning, I continue right now to want to still do as much delivery of spirit messages as we can. So, I'm going to continue to do the, you know, the local dance and working with spirit in that way, I always love teaching people to connect more with their spirit, their abilities. So, I want to continue to work with that. But the biggest thing is coming back to the travels, you know, we and my partner, I met my husband and I actually met in India, on one of my journeys, so even that, you never know, if you're looking for love, come with me, you might get lucky.  But we just have such a passion for bringing, you know, people to understand the world differently. So, you know, we're going to continue to evolve the travels to other places, perhaps, you know, we've got a few that we focus on, but to open up different areas like maybe Belize and, and things like that, creating more retreat places where we can dive into the energy, not just some journeying, say to Egypt, but going to a place like Sedona and developing mediumship, developing Intuition. So, getting people reconnected with each other. That is the goal, isn't it? After we've been so disconnected for so long, I hope to start just reconnecting us. And that's where I feel most called in the world right now.

 

Ann  

It's interesting to think the ancient civilizations were probably much more connected than we are.

 

Lauren 

 100%.  You know, when we go to these places, you can feel it, you can still feel a different respect, a different shift. Again, another dear friend of mine was saying, you know, these places were built where they were built, for a reason.  The Pyramids of Giza are where they were built for a reason. There's energy there that is available to us still, after all these years. And if we can put down some of the technologies that we live on and connect upward, we might become more intuitive. Our phones are pretty intuitive these days, aren't they?

 

Ann  

Yeah, they really are. And I love the way you talked about the energy moving through dance and through movement and through connection in that way. And I find myself with my mediumship, it's becoming so much more than just giving people messages. I used to think, oh, I can't be an actor or a writer anymore. I'll just have to be a medium. Because I didn't think people could understand that I would have, I could wear many hats. But now, I think I'm realising through my mediumship, hang on a minute, yes, you can. Yes, you can wear all of those hats and more because isn't that mediumship? Isn't that the cry of the soul trying to express itself over and over again?

 

Lauren 

I love that.  100% And, you know, I feel that when we look at something, for example, like the Sacred Journeys, I see different audiences of folks connecting.  There are people who come to me for just the message from Spirit, they just want the the bereavement support that maybe comes with that, and then the people who will come on their journeys for example, they're not always you know, super high spiritual, you know, moving people sometimes, it's just the ordinary wanting to create shift. And so, you never know, and I think by wearing many hats Ann, we get the opportunity to, you know, share many different ways in which we have come to work because I believe, you know, we're, we're evolving, aren't we as mediums, it never stops growing, the education never stops changing, trance has been a big development now in my work for years. Still working on that. But I find that as we seem to come, like when I started to really understand my evidential mediumship, I wanted to go deeper, what's the next step? So, I, as long as people will inquire about what their next deep step is, I think that gives us all permission to wear multifaceted, you know, hats in different directions, and reminds us that we're not just one, you know, what's the word I want to say here? Kind of like a one trick pony, that we have more to offer than just our own souls and our own journey. It's tough, though sometimes getting out of that box isn’t.

 

Ann  

It is tough, it is, it really, it really can be, yeah. You spoke earlier about showing up and just doing the work. And I think maybe some people might be quite interested, if we just go down into a little bit more of the nitty gritty of what we mean by that. What do we really mean by that? Because some people might be thinking, oh, well, you know, I do show up, I go to my classes every Thursday, and I go to my circle on a Monday, you know, what else can I do? So, I was just wondering, what did you do to show up for the work?

 

Lauren 

So, when I first even knew that I had any kind of ability or awareness of intuition, and mediumship, spirit came to me first. And I didn't even have a mediumship circle at the time, I just, I got scooped into a role of Metaphysical Healing, which was really profound because it taught me to understand energy. So, the reason why it is showing up, I think, is when we answer the phone call inside of us, that there's something more, perhaps that wants to be developed intuition, connection with spirit, whatever that may be. Stepping forward means breaking out of the comfort zone. Well practice circles and classes are great. The real work comes when you step out of the classroom and actually sit down and do the work in the real world. So, for me, it was trying a psychic fair just to see if I could, you know, here in you, you know, the states we have psychic fair opportunities where people sit and do 20-minute reads. And you know, that was probably the almost better education than a practice circle. Because you're sitting and have to do speed reading, you got 15 minutes to sit with another person, they are disappearing another 15 minutes, and they're strangers. And so, showing up to me is so much, it means really pushing yourself beyond the norm of what you get stuck in, you can get stuck in the practice circle, which is a gorgeous place to be. Or you can keep the practice circle and try something unique to see how your energy can expand. But if we keep it in the same place all the time, you limit your abilities grow. The other piece of that Ann, and this is something I teach all my students, when you develop your ability, when you allow it to have form and practice everything from whether it be Reiki or mediumship, psychic, intuitive development, shamanic development, I mean, I've gone down so many roads, and to me, you find that there's one heartbeat to all of it, they all come from a place of love. Even sometimes evidence, as we see in mediumship tried to bring healing, loving grace to the planet. And so, but some people may start as a medium, and they're maybe not getting that. But then they take a Reiki class, for example, they go oh, wait, this, you know. So, stepping up, expanding, trying new things is the way I think we need to show up, to get to that next step. If you want to grow, if it's somebody, you know, you want to grow as a medium, you want to grow as an intuitive, you've got to put it out to the world for it to have birth. And that I think teaches us things as well. If I had not done psychic fairs or tried to do this, a I might not know that I can actually do it and do it well. And I might still be a news journalist writing about, you know, tragedy, death and dying every day. By the way. I also believe that even those parts of our lives, what we think are normal, ordinary things are the main most amazing teachers. If I wasn't a news reporter, I would have a whole different way of working with spirit, the ability to interview people, ask questions and understand trauma through my work as a journalist is also how I work as a medium. So, a lot of times too, there's aspects of our real life that are a part of who we are. So, showing up going back to that long winded answer is really push yourself beyond the norm, trying new things, giving your ability the chance to expand and try to help you unfold where it's going. I remember taking a job at a theatre. A couple of years into this work, back to the theatre world as we're talking. I was a starving artist as a medium when we're young, right? We're trying to get the foundation to flow, so sometimes we need a part time job. So, I went back to the theatre world, And I got a job in a box office and this gentleman who is now my one of my best friends, heard about me as a medium. And he goes, I heard about your other job. And I'm like, okay, he goes, I want to put you on stage. I love your laugh. I love your personality. I know, you know, we were starting to see Lisa Williams on stage and doing demos like this. So, he's like, I want to put you on stage and see what happens. And I'm like, oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, it's like, give me one chance to try. And because of him, I have now been able to do a lot of demos in this whole area. And it was all because he said to me, I need to do this to you. And I said, yes. So sometimes, too, when Spirit gives you that opportunity, you got to say, yes, as terrified as I was, I'm like, never. And I'm so grateful for that moment, because it changed my life. And now I would be happy to get anywhere I can in a public forum and just share love from spirit.

 

Ann  

That is fantastic. I think your answer there is just so inspiring for everybody. So, thank you so much for for for that. It's just so helpful. I think, really,

 

Lauren 

I hope so. And I think, you know, if I can just add one last piece to that Ann, don't let anybody else control your development, play, explore. If you step into a workshop in our teacher, and I even say this to my students, if I'm not your thing, you don't have to be only with me, there's so many teachers out there, try different teachers try different workshops, so that you get to understand and find that niche for you. And I think that's so important of all spiritual development, whether it's mediumship, shamanic, whatever, try different things. Don't feel owned by one. Don't let anyone own your development, but you, and try different explorations of this. Don't be afraid to say this is not my cup of tea, but don't give up. If it's not, I think people to put their eggs in one basket, they might go just to a mediumship class. And if they don't make that connection in the first night, they're gonna walk away.  Do not give up. If it's in, you keep trying until you find the right teacher support that helps you feel like you can open up.

 

Ann  

Yeah, I love that. And I love the advice that you've given there about trying all kinds of different classes, because it all feeds into the work that you're doing. It compliments.

 

Lauren 

it does. And we learned different perspectives. You know, I've been so blessed to study with many teachers. Now, many of them are colleagues. And you know, by showing up to them, and being in the workshop, you know, I think you need to find the balance also between over developing, you know, and creating that real world moment. Remember, you can either live in the classroom, or you can bring it to the real world. But if I haven't studied with the likes of say. John Holland, and other folks like that, they all bring such different perspectives, and finding your truth. And all of that is the best part of the journey really.

 

Ann  

So fantastic. So, if people want to come and learn with you, have you got some classes going on at the moment?

 

Lauren 

I know I've been a little, well soon I will be putting out for this coming fall season, I'm going to be doing kind of a beginner's mediumship intuition mentoring course that's coming up. So, stay tuned. If you go to my website laurenrainbow.com and sign up for my newsletter, you'll get some first notice there. So, we're starting to get classes back out. I also do, every so often, the live sound bath meditations, experiences, and many other opportunities like travelling. So yeah.

 

Ann  

That's just absolutely brilliant. I mean, if anybody wants to pick up the links for your website, and those the things that you've mentioned, it will all be in the show notes for this episode, folks. So, Lauren, what what what have you got coming up over the next few days? What are you going to be working on when you wake up tomorrow?

 

Lauren 

Oh, my God, I am catching up on my life. I took like, I think we all just went through, you know, showing up even during the pandemic as a spiritual support people, as I say, so for two years, I was just, you know, sitting around doing sessions and supporting and so I took a little bit of downtime this summer to be collected myself. So now I'm catching up in the next few days, enjoying the last remnants of our summer here in New England. We're getting ready for our fall season here. So, this is where we start to feel more spirited, literally as we get into that, you know, October time into November. So, I am working on getting you know, Egypt filled, focusing on getting the classes booked and getting back in flow.

 

Ann  

Sounds absolutely brilliant. And I wish you all the very, very best with it and have a wonderful couple of trips. I would love to join me one day I'm actually going to Australia myself in November. Not on a spiritual trip. Well kind of spiritual, I'm going to go and see one of my brothers.

 

Lauren 

Find some sacred moments in there Ann, where can you go and be.

 

Ann  

I'm really looking forward to it. It's just going to be great. But um, yeah, but really have a wonderful time on those trips. And for anybody who's interested in those, please do look up the details on Lauren's website, because you've got it laid out so beautifully with lovely descriptions of everything that people will be able to do when they're there and it's just so inspiring and if you can possibly go folks, definitely, definitely join Lauren Rainbow. Lauren, thank you so much for coming onto the show.

 

Lauren 

Thank you for having me. So much fun.

 

Ann  

Ah, I’m so sad that is the end of this podcast.  I so enjoyed Lauren’s company – she’s so upbeat, so friendly and welcoming and a really fun person to be around – she’d really lift your spirits just by being around her!  

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It’s time to say, au revoir and wish you well over the next couple of weeks.  Let’s keep some words of Lauren Rainbow’s close to our hearts.  Remember when she said that stepping forward means breaking out of the comfort zone?  Perhaps we should all consider that over the next few days – myself included - how can we as a community of like-minded people – how can we break out of our particular comfort zone?  How can all of us this week, break away, do new things, be brave, be adventurous? Lauren Rainbow is a great inspiration for all of us – remember her words this week - “If we keep in the same place all the time, we limit our ability to grow.”

 …. until next time… my name is Ann Théato and thank you for listening to PSYCHIC MATTERS!