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 Sample: On the Anxiety of Death
On death and the quest for perpetual youth—now through wrinkle-free skin.
50. Sellouts & Zealots (w/ Sheena Sood)
India is on fire. Do Western yogis think it's an Agni psy-op?
Bonus Sample: The God-Man & His Enabler: How Ken Wilber Got Adi Da All Wrong
Julian recounts this story of a sociopathic holy man and his brilliantly naive enabler.
49: Tik Tok Fulfillment Center (w/Abbie Richards)
We know propaganda spreads easily through Hollywood and social media. This week, we look at two clear examples.
Bonus Sample: Post-Cult Shame
In the cult landscape, shame is a common denominator. In this contemplation, Matthew unpacks various aspects, with help from the writing of cult theorists and recovery counselors Alexandra Stein, Daniel Shaw, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi.
48: Traumatic Influence (w/Kyra Haglund & Hala Khouri)
Satanic Ritual Abuse and alien ambassadors? We dive into the conspiratorial world of goddess healers.
It’s a yes from me
As a yoga teacher and someone whose spent many years heavily entrenched in the community, and only recently realizing the damage &bypassing being done in those circles — these conversations are pertinent and refreshing.
A breath of fresh air
This podcast is a godsend. I know too many people who have gone over to the Q side and have been trying to put words to my feelings. This podcast provides rigorous investigation and logical dissections of some of the most famous propagandists and their arguments. A valuable resource for anyone trying to make sense of the Q insanity and terrifying bent of the white wellness world.
You give me hope for white men. Thank you. Immediately subscribed after seeing Abbie Richards post about your podcast. Nah-imma-stay. 🙏🏼🤣
BIPOC & female-identified perspectives too, please!