Part whistleblower exposé.

Part spiritual memoir.

Entirely a love story.


A frog decides to carry a scorpion across the river.

Halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog.

“Why did you sting me?” the frog asks, as they both start drown.

“It is my nature,” the scorpion replies.

This was Jay’s favorite story.

You may not believe it at first,
but this is a love story.

After a startling spiritual awakening, Lauren enters a three-year relationship with her healthcare practitioner, Jay. He turns out to be a charming psychopath, hiding secrets deeper and darker than she ever imagined.

She discovers a cover-up leading to the top of the school which employed Jay.

She embarks on a fierce journey to unveil the truth about the extensive abuse within her community.

Then, she finds herself at a crossroads, facing the choice between bitterness and healing.

A victim-obsessed culture promises to embrace her, but she accepts a more challenging mission: to turn a scorpion’s incomprehensible evil into a resounding love story.

Part whistleblower exposé and part spiritual memoir, Lauren offers a roadmap for radical healing.

THE SCORPION AND THE LION is for anyone who wants to come out of painful circumstances not only healed, but resplendent.

"The Scorpion and The Lion is an epic memoir. Geertsen lays out a path of healing humanity is finally ready to embrace."

- Dr. Christiane Northrup, New York Times bestselling author


It’s three months into our relationship, and we have yet eat out in public together. In the secrecy of Jay’s home, he has prepared another one of his chef-worthy dinners for us: thick fillets of salmon, skin seared to a crisp crust, and roasted fingerling potatoes, slathered in garlicky pesto. We take our plates to his kitchen table, light the candles, dim the lights.

As I take my first mouthful, Jay asks, “Baby, have I ever told you my favorite parable?"

“A parable? Like a parable from the Bible?” I ask, perplexed. Jay is the last person I’d expect to recount a Bible story to me.

“No,” he says, ”A parable is any story with a deeper spiritual meaning. I heard this story in college. It’s called The Scorpion and The Frog.

He proceeds to tell me the story with the full force of his charisma, as if he is entertaining an entire dinner party and not just his college-aged girlfriend. Or dinner date. Or client. Or whatever I am.

The story goes like this:

A scorpion needs to cross a river, so he asks the frog to carry him on his back. The frog hesitates, afraid of the scorpion’s poison.

The scorpion says, “Don’t be silly. If I stung you on the way across the river, we would both die. I will keep you safe to preserve myself. Trust me,” says the scorpion. “We’re in this together.” 

Halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog, and the frog starts to drown. Before his head goes under, the frog asks, “Why did you sting me?”

“I am a scorpion. It is my nature,” the scorpion replies. 

I stare at Jay blankly after he tells me the story, and say, “I don’t get it.”

Jay looks at me with a gleam in his eye. “Don’t you see?” He says, “We are who we are. God, I just love that line: it is my nature.”

At the beginning, Jay told me exactly who he was.

I didn’t yet know how to see such darkness.

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LAUREN GEERTSEN writes about radical truth and holistic healing.

She's authored numerous self-empowerment books including Beyond The Rulebook, The Invisible Corset, and A Few Practical Steps to Enjoy the Apocalypse.

She created the health website, which has supported over 40 million readers with holistic resources.

Because her whistleblowing work threatens predatory industries and individuals, she is sometimes labeled a "conspiracy theorist." She prefers the more accurate term, "Truth Activist."

Her books and classes are available at

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