An Interview With Remote Viewing Analyst, Project Manager, and Controlled Remote Viewing Instructor Lauren Kott – Eight Martinis Magazine

Lauren, does whatever style of RV that you teach have a name?

I teach Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV), as an authorized trainer of Lyn Buchanan’s, a former military remote viewer. I teach it according to exact structure and methodology. I’m a CRV purist.

Why do you teach this particular Style?

Because it works, it’s elegant, and it’s perfection just as it is.

Can you briefly outline who taught you, any training in RV that you had or experience that has made you a remote viewing trainer?

I began training with Lyn Buchanan in 2004, and continued every level of training with him exclusively through my post- grad work, acquiring my Analyst, Project Manager, and Trainers certifications in 2014. I used to lend a hand with Lyn’s classes, and it was then that Lyn suggested that I come on board as a trainer.

How long have you been teaching RV?

I’ve been teaching for four years as an official trainer, but I spent a few years prior to that mentoring, as someone who simply loved CRV and wanted to share and help.

Whereabouts in the world do you teach?

Primarily online, but also in-person. I am open to travelling to the student under the right circumstances.

Approx how many students have you taught?

Somewhere around 14 students so far, including Advanced CRV students who sought remedial help.

Can you outline the cost of your training?

It depends very much on whether it’s in-person or online training, course training or remedial work.

What is the duration of your training?

Again, because I create training according to the student’s circumstances (and my own), it varies. Typically, a course will be six to eight weeks in duration. What doesn’t vary is the actual structure of the classes, as developed by Lyn Buchanan: Basic, Intermediate, and so on. My courses sync with, say, Coleen Marenich’s or Lyn Buchanan’s in terms of where one level ends and the next begins.

Could you share two or three student testimonials?

“I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment I felt with two CRV targets in particular. In both instances Lauren Kott was at my side, providing a deft hand in teaching me the essence of CRV. She teaches like a sensei teaching the nuances of a martial art. She gently coaxes the best out of her students and does so without judgement as they learn the martial art of CRV. She has spent many years mastering CRV and is passionate about its efficancy. Anyone who has the opportunity to be under her tutelage to learn this skill is very fortunate.”

– LB

“I’ve had the privilege of working with several different instructors in Controlled Remote Viewing, and Lauren Kott’s training is excellent – and unique. She has an incredible knowledge of the various approaches and techniques that one can apply, and remains true to Ingo Swann’s style of remote viewing. Her training is individualized, so you work at your own pace and receive instructions and assignments that are tailored to your personal strengths, weaknesses, needs and goals. How she was able to improve my sessions (post-Advanced) in a short period of time was genuinely mind-blowing.
I consider myself lucky to be able to benenefit from her considerable skills and expertise, and luckier still because she takes on so few students in the course of a year.”

– JB

Do you remote view yourself or do you just teach?

I love to do both.

Are there any published or online examples where people can see of your remote viewing projects or work?

I don’t think anything exists online. In terms of projects, they tend to be the property of the people who have requisitioned them. In terms of my own work, I have excellent references, available upon request.

Does training in RV guarantee that I will become a remote viewer?

CRV structure, followed meticulously, will almost guarantee you will be able to remote view a target, and be able to report your findings. My students view targets from their first or second Basic class, and will have viewed several targets by the time they’ve completed that level. As to whether that makes you a “remote viewer” is open to interpretation. “Remote viewer” has about as much meaning as calling yourself a muse. Anyone can call themselves anything, and anyone can call themselves a “remote viewer” too; it doesn’t really have an agreed-upon meaning. A CRV-trained, databased remote viewer? That has meaning. But ultimately, it’s all in the doing.

How can I reach you on:

Social media: (although be warned: it’s a ghost town in there, complete with tumbleweeds blowing through my timeline.)


Lauren, I also asked within a few Facebook RV groups, covering approx 4-5,000 people, if anyone had any questions and these were:

Paige Turner – What is the most important first concept to learn with remote viewing?

As with many things, I’d say the first concept is to learn to have a “beginner’s mind” – to be a teachable student.

Jill Brown – Do you ‘connect’ with some students more than others. If so why?

I suppose it’s human nature to “connect” with some people more than others.

I genuinely like all my students. At the very least, we always have CRV in common, and that’s all we really need.

Stephen Karam- What role has ideology played in learning remote viewing, and who are remote viewers? Are they atheists, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists…? What kind of mindset makes a successful remote viewer?

CRV is an equal opportunity endeavour. As to the mindset of a successful Controlled Remote Viewer, that’s a far more specific thing. A person must be highly disciplined, hard-working, curious, and must approach their learning – at every level – with passion, commitment, humility, and a real determination to better themselves and their viewing with every session. That’s a very specific kind of person. Almost anyone can view a target or ten. But to be truly successful at this undertaking takes the same sort of skillset and mindset as a person who chooses to be successful in any pursuit.

What you bring to the table is the difference between someone who stumbles into a gym once in awhile vs. someone who wants to be an Olympic champion. Olympic champions don’t just happen, regardless of their natural abilities. It takes an extraordinary amount of work. You have to show up and be ready to give your best, over and over again.

Ray McClure – What freely available material is provided by the trainer after training?

My students are given materials at the beginning of a course, and practice targets at the end of the course that will take them to the next level of training.

Is that material provided to all remote viewers or only those they’ve trained?

Class materials belong to the students. But in terms of targets, there are good ones on Lyn’s website, for free. Kudos to Ray McClure (and Lyn) for all the hard work in preparing and presenting them!

Is the free material if provided their own or do they redirect students to other free materials?

Everyone can help themselves to those free targets. They’re a superb resource.

Nigel Mullett – Is there any session examples available from the trainer and/or from their students?

Yes. From Basic class onward, my students are sketching, and even at that level, students routinely draw things that demonstrate they’re viewing the target. I have kept every session I’ve ever done, and I assume my students have theirs too. There are a lot of places online and in books (think Daz Smith, Joe McMoneagle, Lyn Buchanan) that contain fascinating session examples as well.

Rid Oneight- What do you do to get to know your student, in particular when it comes to each student’s unique challenges? Do you identify the handicaps and talents of each student and if so, what do you do to help students become better?

One of the beautiful things about teaching individual students is getting to know them well, both weaknesses and strengths. I tailor my training to enhance a student’s viewing overall. The better I know my student, the better I can tailor my training to them.

I might know a bit about the student in advance, but when s/ he starts viewing, there is another level of knowing revealed to me. As the student evolves, so do I evolve my training for them. What this ends up looking like is unique to every student. Some times, just a well-chosen target will set the viewer alight. Some times it’s about strategies about getting past a slump, or impatience with themselves, or of wanting the instant gratification of ripping open the envelope and seeing that they were right! Every day reveals something about my student. My job is to be mindful about what those things are.

Linda Brakefield Spellman – Does the government ever come to you asking about candidates to work for them?

I would expect that any government would have better ways to acquire viewers. My students are private citizens and their work is confidential, and I take their trust in me very seriously.

Tee A Woowoo – What side effects in daily life have been generally reported by students after learning and practicing remote viewing? For example: has daily intuition and precognition become stronger? Has perception of reality changed? How?

I can’t think of a single person who has taken CRV training – and who has taken it seriously – who hasn’t seen a bounty of fantastic “side effects” as a result. There’s something about setting one’s intentions on the psychic side of themselves that seems to enhance intuition, dreams, precognition, creativity, the list goes on. It is as though we all carry this seed of extra- sensory ability within us, but without the right circumstances, it won’t necessarily germinate. But when we care enough to bring it into the sunlight, nourish and nurture it, listen to it and believe it…miracles happen.

It is nothing less profound to our psyche and our soul than true and abiding love is. When someone really loves and believes in us, it’s like we can leap through the clouds. When we learn to listen to ourselves and trust in our inner knowing, it works the same way. We discover we can leap not only through clouds, but literally through time and space. So does that change one’s perception of reality? It changes everything about your life – everything you’ve ever known about so- called reality. It changes the way you look at the micro and macro of existence: the night sky, the unfurling, tender leaves in Spring; colors and textures, the sacredness of things, the value of every moment and every detail in that moment. It changes the way you look at and think about everything. It gives you sensory organs where you never knew they could exist. It changes you, because for the first time, the deepest part of yourself is being listened to, and it has always wanted to be heard.

Think about a time when someone has really listened to you, and you felt truly heard. That’s what CRV does: you are listening to you and believing in you. It matters in ways that are difficult to express: there are that many ways, and they go that deep. CRV and Ambience training revealed my true self to me. I can divide my life in two: before CRV and after CRV. After CRV is everything I always imagined life could be, and more. Thank you, Ingo. Thank you, Lyn.

Dale Apfel – To what extent is your teaching influenced by your personal religious beliefs?

My religious beliefs don’t influence my training.

Do you ever remote view prospective students?

No, my personal set of ethics prevent me from doing so.

Nigel Mullett – Do you do a online course or is it just a classroom environment?

I teach online and in person.

Ruth Nofchissey – What kind of difficulties might arise from learning RV from a video like You tube?

There are some kinds of instruction that youtube videos really lend themselves to, like how to change a headlamp on your car or pill your cat. When it comes to learning CRV, I think online methods (such as via Skype) and video training from qualified CRV trainers are brilliant and effective – as long as they are supplemented with personal instruction. That students will have questions about the process is inevitable, and you want a qualified trainer to address them. Watching someone do a session is only a small part of the CRV learning equation. Doing it yourself is a bigger part still. And finally, making sense of what you did and didn’t do in session, learning how you can go deeper and bring back better information, and scoring it (and databasing it) for some final learning is the whole enchilada.

Richard Krankoski – What kind of stats do you keep? Do you participate in any research?

I keep my database. The only research I currently participate in is my own.

Ray McClure – How do you teach students to score their sessions?

I teach them Lyn Buchanan’s scoring system and utilize his database sheets, and within that, I encourage them to be as brutally honest as possible. Actual viewing is important, of course, but scoring properly is vital too. I don’t think a viewer can hope to be excellent without honest scoring. It keeps you humble, and it’s where you learn about your viewing and yourself. Honesty is never a bad practise, but in remote viewing, it’s critical. Your subconscious knows everything, including when you’re watiing on your scores. And your subconscious does NOT want you waiting on its behalf: it wants to deliver the goods on its own. Giving yourself crummy scores when it’s warranted – even a big fat zero, if necessary – is a great way to train your subconscious to sing even louder and clearer, because it wants to give you its information. So I always suggest that students get out of its way and let it do its work. You only have to write down what it tells you. It’ll do amazing things if allowed to do so. It’s the conscious mind that wants to meddle and insert itself into the session, and if allowed to do so, to bump up a score. One mustn’t indulge the conscious mind in these matters. The conscious mind is a real bossy boots and if left to its own devices, those boots are gonna walk all over you…and your session. You really don’t want that.

How do you keep track of scoring sessions so you can keep records to learn from failures and successes?

The database reveals all, of course. But in training, the only thing that counts as a failure in my mind is not learning something from a session. If the student has learned something, regardless of the score, then the session has been a success.

My students are databased, and as such, viewer strengths and weaknesses are revealed in short order. Depending on what level I’m teaching or what the student may wish to improve upon, I can select targets to enhance an already-existing proclivity, or to improve their ability to get certain types of perceptions. That’s a real buzz for me, as a trainer: to draw out a quality and quantity of perceptions that s/he never knew they were capable of achieving. It’s incredible fun.

Joe Kleinberg – After Remote Viewing, what is the next level up?

I hope I’ve gotten the correct interpretation of this question – bear with me if I’m reading it wrong. I’m of the opinion that the ability to master Controlled Remote Viewing is pretty much peak human experience as it is. I don’t know what could be next level beyond that.

Jamie Sexton – Was there a particular part of the (CRV) protocol that you had difficulty learning and what did you do to help overcome this?

I didn’t have any problem with CRV protocols, but I’ll admit to be intimidated by the levels ahead of me. Take P4, for example. It looked daunting and I psyched myself out about it. It’s funny in hindsight though, because it wasn’t the least bit scary when I actually went to do it, and now it’s one of my favorite places to be.

I also couldn’t quite figure out how I could take breaks in session and come back to pick up where I left off . I figured, no way! I thought I’d lose where I was and not be able to come back. The first me I “dared” to take a break, I realized I wasn’t being lied to, because sure enough, you can zoom right back to where you were. I felt like I discovered a whole new continent that day!

Also, is there anything about the protocol that you might still sometimes have difficulty with?

Not to do with protocol, but with my sessions themselves: no matter how often I pep-talk myself before a session to slow down and write legibly, once I’m at it, I end up going full chicken-scratch font.

Richard Krankoski – What is your view of esoteric targets?

My view is that they’re inappropriate for training purposes, except at the very highest level.

I understand that many people start exploring CRV because they want to know the hidden secrets of the universe, and I was no different. Certainly CRV can provide those kinds of answers…over time. It requires a great deal of time, and a tremendous amount of work and sessions in the bank. Becoming good enough at CRV to view those kind of targets with any degree of accuracy requires an extensive track record. There’s no substitute for that. CRV training as I employ it means that targets must be feedback-able. You have to get good enough with real targets to know that you’re not just viewing your own imagination when it comes to esoteric ones.

The good news is that if you’re a certain kind of viewer, the fact that you need to view a lot of pictures in envelopes to get good enough to view an esoteric target is one heck of an incentive to keep viewing like a ravenous beast.

Stewart Edwards – How do you measure the effectiveness of your training?

I have a number of barometers, depending on which level I’m teaching.

Overall I’m looking for certain markers as a session is ongoing, and that the student is not only getting perceptions (qualitatively and quantitatively) but that they are recording and scoring them appropriately. If the student is antsy to do more sessions, I always consider that a good sign too.

What due diligence do you do to ensure that you are not training foreign spies, terrorists or criminals? (I know in reality that would be extremely difficult, but one would assume that trainers at least think about such things).

I do think of such things. Before agreeing to train anyone, I will have a series of conversations with a potential student, where we can get to know each other. This serves a lot of purposes, including learning how I can best serve my students, create the most engaging targets for them, and so on. Somehow through this process, everything gets sorted out.

What is your own viewing performance?

My work comes with an excellent provenance, with references aplenty should they be required. If specific details are needed for a project, those can be provided too.

Why should a potential viewer invest their money with you and not your competitors?

Competitors? I don’t consider any other trainers to be my competition. I’m not here to compete with anyone. In fact, if you get the chance to take a class from Lyn Buchanan or Coleen Marenich (the only two trainers I can speak for, as they are the only people who have either taught or mentored me), I heartily encourage you to do so.

I’d prefer to tell you what I think I can offer a student of mine. At the heart of my training is a passion for CRV which, even after over a decade, is undiminished and boundless. That passion informs everything I do for my students and everything I bring to their training. Because CRV has meant so much to my life, training is a way of paying it forward. It’s a privilege for me to share what I know, and an honour to experience alongside my students the mind-blowing adventure that is CRV.

My students will learn the strictest CRV protocols and structure, and will have a wonderful time doing it. Classes, targets, and homework are custom-tailored for them. They’ll come away having viewed numerous targets through to completion (the number varies according to the level taught), but just as much, they’ll be filled with excitement about how to continue to do targets on their own, will be given targets to take them to the next level, and they’ll know what to look for in their own work to tell them they’re ready for the next step! Also, because learning doesn’t end when classes do, I continue to be available to answer questions even after our class together has come to an end. It’s a kindness and a generosity that was extended to me by my teacher, Lyn, and in his honour, and because it meant – and means – so much to me, it’s something I do for my students too. My students leave proficient, confident to continue training on their own, hungry for tougher targets and higher levels, and eager to be the best viewers they can be…because they’ve demonstrated to themselves that they have it in them to excel.

Years ago, Lyn put his trust in me as a trainer. My CRV training career is dedicated to being the trainer he saw in me, and being to my students what Lyn was – and is – to me.

Anita De Lange – what’s the optimum amount of trainees in a single class?

I train one student at a time. For me and the type of training I do, that’s optimal for them and me.

What measurements are in place to ensure the concept of rv is standardized, as information evolves with new research and it makes sense for rv to stay aligned, stay on top?

There’s no standardization.

Standards & measurability implies accountability and credibility. Is there an universal regulatory database or body looking out for trainees and trainers and clients?


Elizabeth Burdine – Will you do a demo?

Yes, demos are definitely a part of training my students.

Dom Igbi – Are there different types of remote viewing that aren’t so tedious?

I’m the wrong person to ask. I’ve never once thought of Controlled Remote Viewing as tedious. Far from it: I think it’s pretty much the most exciting thing on earth.


Lyn Buchanan, US military remote viewer, had this to say about Lauren:

“I’ve known Lauren Kott as both a student and a friend for many years now. She has been one of the most dedicated and innovative workers in the CRV field to date. She has come up with some of the most innovative and progressive methods and applications I have seen in this field, and has worked far harder than I would ever expect of anyone to see that the progress comes to fruition.

Her knowledge and understanding of CRV far surpasses the amount that I have taught her. It is as if she were meant for this and it was meant for her. I like to think of myself as pretty well versed in this field, but when Lauren speaks, I listen, and I am always glad that I did.

On a personal basis, I am so impressed by her, simply as a person. There are few people in my life whom I have admired and respected as much.

It’s very rare in life to have the privilege to have as a friend that one person that Readers’ Digest used to call

“The Most Unforgettable Person I Know.”