A weekly study of converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism. At best, the conspirituality movement attacks public health efforts in times of crisis. At worst, it fronts and recruits for the fever-dream of QAnon.
As the alt-right and New Age horseshoe toward each other in a blur of disinformation, clear discourse and good intentions get smothered. Charismatic influencers exploit their followers by co-opting conspiracy theories on a spectrum of intensity ranging from vaccines to child trafficking. In the process, spiritual beliefs that have nurtured creativity and meaning are transforming into memes of a quickly-globalizing paranoia.
Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds. Mainstream outlets have noticed the problem. We crowd-source, research, analyze, and dream answers to it.
Bonus: Hay House & New Age Jesus
Matthew explores insidious rhetoric by Hay House authors.
22: Racism & Fraud in New Age Publishing (w/Rebekah Borucki & Dr Jay Mohan)
Rebekah Borucki joins in as our first guest host to discuss leaving her position at New Age publisher, Hay House.
Bonus: A Letter to a Friend in a Cult
Matthew offers a tribute to Richard Vaughn.
21: Om-ed and Dangerous: Militant Wellness (w/Sarah Hightower)
The real-world consequences of conspiracy thinking in cult environments.
Bonus: The White Yogi, The Brown Activist, and the Evil Billionaire
Julian focuses on a recent article circulating in the yogasphere making dubious claims.
20: The Second Wave: Pastel Q Goes Undercover (w/Ben Lee)
The second wave is here: Pastel Q devotees are out in full force as the election approaches.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have been in the health/wellness/spiritual community my whole life and I’ve honestly questioned my sanity with seeing all my teachers and friends falling for this very dangerous narrative - like am I not as “woke” as I thought I was? Why I can’t I see what they are seeing?
5 minutes into my first episode of your podcast I realized I’m not alone, and I’m not unaware, In fact, I might be more aware than those friends I have lost.
Your podcast is such a relief and speaks to everything I have been feeling lately - so once again, thank you ❤️
Conspirituality? More like condescension
I’m anti-QAnon, pro-vaccine, have a PhD and am open to the science and spirit sides of life. I began listening to this podcast to understand more about why people fall prey to conspiracy theories. I began with the episode on Dr. Northrup. I was struck by the level of condescension by the hosts. The mocking tone, the obnoxious attitudes. I was disgusted, despite agreeing with some of the content.
Great podcast on an important subject, but eps are too long
Length of the episodes is a bit of a barrier to getting into it. I would recommend trying to keep episodes closer to the one hour mark and then releasing additional material as episode extras, or chunking the content into multiple episodes. I think that would make it easier to recommend this podcast to others who do not have an obsessive interest in the topic but would still find the information valuable.