Conspirituality

By Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

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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.

Episode Date
Bonus Sample: Dear Raw Meat Guy
9:32
A closer look at the content and constellations of Josh Rainer Goldstein, who livestreams himself eating raw meat.
Jul 19, 2021
60: Crypto Dreamin’ (w/David Morris)
2:06:55
What is blockchain and this strange new digital currency and, more pertinent to this podcast, how are conspiritualists trying to exploit it, even when they don’t understand what “it” is?
Jul 15, 2021
Bonus Sample: The Future of Psychedelics
11:43
Derek investigates a recent NY Times essay by Michael Pollan as an entry point to discuss big questions in psychedelics and conspirituality
Jul 12, 2021
59: Is Rudolf Steiner Dead Yet? (w/Jennifer Sapio)
2:20:39
Jennifer Sapio joins to discuss her disconcerting tenure at the Austin Waldorf School.
Jul 08, 2021
Bonus Sample: True Colors
9:22
Julian traces the history of Apartheid as it intersects with the stories of his youth in South Africa.
Jul 05, 2021
58: NXIVM: Recover & Educate (w/India Oxenberg)
1:51:10
India Oxenberg joins to discuss what's it like being in, and leaving, the cult NXIVM.
Jul 01, 2021
Bonus Sample: A Conspiracy Theory of Everything
6:56
Matthew debriefs after the Mike Rothschild interview, looking at QAnon’s “Conspiracy Theory of Everything” as a hyperobject and spiritual dilemma. Show Notes ‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene Conversations with Cornel West | Glenn Loury, Cornel West & Teodros Kiros | The Glenn Show
Jun 28, 2021
57: The Storm is Mutating (w/Mike Rothschild)
1:13:53
Mike Rothschild joins to discuss his new book, "The Storm is Upon Us."
Jun 24, 2021
Bonus Sample: Playing Shaman
6:11
Derek reflects on the continually unrealistic marketing promises being offered by wellness influencers.
Jun 21, 2021
56: Critical Race Theory in Real Life (w/Dax-Devlon Ross)
1:25:48
Dax-Devlon Ross joins as a co-host to discuss his new book, "Letters to My White Male Friends."
Jun 17, 2021
Bonus Sample: Doomsday Prophecy & Spirituality Porn
12:06
Julian discussed humanity's apocalyptic fetish.
Jun 14, 2021
55: Games Against Humanity (w/C. Thi Nguyen)
1:53:47
Dr. Christopher Ba Thi Nguyen co-hosts to discuss the gamifcation of existence.
Jun 11, 2021
Bonus Sample: What Will Yoga Do to Our Children?
10:00
Matthew reviews recent U.S. yoga-war history: battles between the Hindu American Foundation and Yoga Journal, the rise of Christian non-yoga-yoga "Praise Moves", and Encinitas Union School District got sued for allegedly violating the Establishment Clause by contracting devotees of Pattabhi Jois to teach the kids yoga.
Jun 07, 2021
54: Māori MAGA (w/ Joe Trinder and Anke Richter)
1:57:49
The unfortunate rise of Māori MAGA in New Zealand.
Jun 03, 2021
Bonus Sample: How Many Monuments Must Fall?
9:18
Who gets to decide who gets canceled, and why?
May 31, 2021
53: Learning Cultish (w/Amanda Montell)
1:47:31
Amanda Montell, author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, breaks down how cult leaders use language to manipulate.
May 27, 2021
Bonus Sample: Loaded Language & Productive Discussion
9:34
Julian and Matthew sit down to discuss words, world views and how productive disagreement can lead to mutual understanding.
May 24, 2021
52: The Clerical Class of the Right (w/Alex Ebert)
1:33:49
Edward Sharpe frontman Alex Ebert joins to discuss death rituals and right-wing yogis.
May 20, 2021
Bonus Sample: No Moral Outrage Porn, No Punching Down
9:12
Matthew had a plan for this week — a 4K word essay on what could be learned from studying the content of an outrageously offensive conspiritualist... but then he shelved it. Why? A last-minute, off-the-cuff discussion on what it means to indulge or not indulge moral outrage porn. What it means to punch up or down, and how we decide. How we might confront an influencer who has managed to monetize mental illness.
May 17, 2021
51: You Can’t Force It (w/Devendra Banhart)
2:17:24
Grifters galore, astrology woes, fat-shaming, and a discussion with Devendra Banhart.
May 13, 2021
Bonus Sample: On the Anxiety of Death
5:49
On death and the quest for perpetual youth—now through wrinkle-free skin.
May 10, 2021
50. Sellouts & Zealots (w/ Sheena Sood)
2:21:02
India is on fire. Do Western yogis think it's an Agni psy-op?
May 06, 2021
Bonus Sample: The God-Man & His Enabler: How Ken Wilber Got Adi Da All Wrong
10:41
Julian recounts this story of a sociopathic holy man and his brilliantly naive enabler.
May 03, 2021
49: Tik Tok Fulfillment Center (w/Abbie Richards)
2:14:57
We know propaganda spreads easily through Hollywood and social media. This week, we look at two clear examples.
Apr 29, 2021
Bonus Sample: Post-Cult Shame
10:12
In the cult landscape, shame is a common denominator. Matthew unpacks the consequences of this.
Apr 26, 2021
48: Traumatic Influence (w/Kyra Haglund & Hala Khouri)
2:09:16
Satanic Ritual Abuse and alien ambassadors? We dive into the conspiratorial world of goddess healers.
Apr 23, 2021
Bonus Sample: Vanillaroma
15:54
Derek reflects on being pulled over twice on the same day on the same highway due to his close friend's air freshener.
Apr 19, 2021
47: Is An Ethical Cult Possible? (w/ Jamie Wheal)
2:49:41
Jamie Wheal believes ethical cults are possible. We discuss.
Apr 15, 2021
Bonus Sample: Gaia & The Map to Nowhere
6:20
Did Gaia play a role in redpilling the New Age Q-demographic? Julian investigates.
Apr 12, 2021
46: Back to the Vax (w/Lydia Greene & Heather Simpson)
2:24:30
The "Disinformation Dozen" really doesn't like getting deplatformed.
Apr 08, 2021
Bonus Sample: Pray & Work
8:37
Matthew offers a meditation on Brandolini’s Law and accepting the hopelessness of altruistic reporting, whether on disinformation or climate change.
Apr 05, 2021
45: Theatre of the Transferred
1:34:19
A slower and open-ended exploration of how to balance the rhetoric of social change with the nuance of interpersonal empathy.
Apr 01, 2021
Bonus Sample: The Role of Intuition
3:55
Derek looks at research on intuition while celebrating the importance of this hard-won skill.
Mar 29, 2021
44: Netflix & Pill
1:21:19
We review the first two episodes of “Into the Storm” and wonder about what happens when conspiracy movements come under big-screen and academic scrutiny.
Mar 26, 2021
Bonus Sample: This is NOT Just a Drug!
7:31
Julian recounts the wild and touching journey of four close friends in a self-directed spiritual group therapy session—super high on Ecstasy.
Mar 22, 2021
43: How to Redpill a Yoga Podcaster
1:33:16
Back in December, a certified anesthesiologist named Dr. Madhava Setty posted a long critique of our podcast to the New Age website Collective Evolution. We respond.
Mar 19, 2021
Bonus Sample: “CIS White Man” Means So Many Things
8:28
Matthew focuses on how a rhetorical device in social justice relates to our project: what it means, in both helpful and unhelpful ways, to be named as or reduced to “cis white men”.
Mar 15, 2021
42: Deradicalizing From Digital Hate (w/Caolan Robertson)
2:17:06
Former alt-right marketer Caolan Robertson discusses what it takes to deradicalize.
Mar 11, 2021
Bonus Sample: Cats and the Meaning of Life
8:19
Derek shares what he's learned from his three cats, as well as how Gray's advice applies to the conspiratorial-minded (i.e. metacognition gone awry).
Mar 08, 2021
41: Snark Tank
1:24:07
Are we isolating and deplatforming propagandists? Are we adding good vibes to the scene and leaving the door open for earnest people to be forgiven? Or does the frustration of the content trend us towards cynicism and snark?
Mar 05, 2021
Bonus Sample: Stranded On The Lifeboat: Escaping The Large Group Awareness Cult
5:05
We sought the life-changing experience that could only happen by holding in our pee, being religiously on-time, and taking full responsibility for creating the lives we said we wanted, but hadn't achieved... yet.
Mar 01, 2021
40: White Supremacy: Grift and Gravity (w/Michelle Cassandra Johnson & Daniel Lombroso)
2:06:42
White nationalism is not new in America, but the mainstream resurgence in recent years has been troubling for many. This week, we bring on two experts to offer solutions.
Feb 25, 2021
Bonus Sample: Anti-Masker at the Skating Trail
9:51
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Feb 22, 2021
39: How to Talk about Conspiracy Theories (w/Anna Merlan)
1:56:47
We continue our rich conversation on the proximity of conspiracism and spiritual paths and the ways in which we fall into and climb out of fever dreams.
Feb 18, 2021
Bonus Sample: How to Debate on Social Media
6:37
Derek investigates three areas of research about how—and why—we need robust and progressive debates on our platforms.
Feb 15, 2021
38: Natural Hopes, Natural Fallacies (w/Drs Juniper Martin & Adriana Berusch)
2:13:19
Many of us came to yoga and wellness spaces to heal or flee from the alienation of modernity. We wanted something untouched by our cities and factories and labs; something that reminded us of a world we never really knew. “Nature” was in such short supply that we had to invent it to colonize it anew, in exotic lands and mystical beasts: the deer whose...

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Feb 11, 2021
Bonus Sample: The Devil & The Arrow of Time
1:06:17
Julian finds that when it comes to the fear of diabolical evil, the appeal of conspiracy patterns, and the missionary zeal of cults, everything old is new again.
Feb 08, 2021
37: Guru Jagat Cultjacks Kundalini Yoga (w/Philip Deslippe & Stacie Stukin)
2:23:12
Part 2 of Matthew’s interview with Kundalini Yoga scholar Philip Deslippe and journalist Stacie Stukin.
Feb 04, 2021
Bonus Sample: Michael Roach Meditates COVID Away
12:14
Cults will never let a good crisis go to waste. In this sample from our Monday Patreon bonus episode, Matthew looks at the COVID manipulation of Michael Roach.
Feb 01, 2021
36: Guru Jagat’s Pandemic Brandwash (w/Philip Deslippe & Stacie Stukin)
2:16:22
Kundalini Yoga was built on promising perfect health, the conversion of fear into love, and a golden age free from atheistic biotech. The reality is far different.
Jan 29, 2021
Hearing Voices, Seeing Colors, & Fighting Phantoms
41:31
In this bonus episode, Julian goes into more depth on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and intense religious experience.
Jan 26, 2021
35: Séance Science (w/Susannah Crockford)
2:40:37
Channeling has been an especially appealing vector for conspirituality. We look at some of the gravest offenders, plus consider the science of consciousness.
Jan 22, 2021
34: Insurrectionist Influencers (w/RP Eddy)
1:53:17
What have our conspiritualists been up to in the wake of the attack on the Capitol? We run it down this week.
Jan 15, 2021
33: Manipulating the Hero’s Journey
2:21:56
Joseph Campbell created a blueprint. Modern wellness influencers exploit it.
Jan 08, 2021
32: Both Sides Pt 2: Healing & Sense-making in the New Year (w/Charles Eisenstein)
2:49:17
A rough tally of our labor from the inception of this podcast in May puts us at over 1,100 hours of treading water in the content sea of JP Sears, Mikki Willis, Christiane Northrup, and the rest of the gang. Are we getting our bearings yet? Will we see land soon?  This episode is centered on Part 2 of Matthew’s discussion with Charles Eisenstein —...

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Dec 31, 2020
31: Bro Science: Anti-Vaxxers (w/Jonathan Berman)
2:39:55
As two coronavirus vaccines roll out we’re being flooded with more disinformation than ever. Wellness gurus are cashing in on home-made “natural” remedies by spreading unjustified fears about this vaccine, and vaccines in general. This week, we look at Dr. Christiane Northrup’s “line in the sand,” Mikki Willis revealing that he recently helped out the kids of Covington High and Kyle Rittenhouse, JP Sears getting...

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Dec 23, 2020
Bonus: Solstice Light in the Man Cave
1:06:17
A tour through the trance states that charismatic men love and manipulate—how they carry streams of emotion that can never be transparently shared.
Dec 22, 2020
30: Are There Really Two Sides? (w/ Charles Eisenstein)
2:09:08
Who gets to take up space in critical times? How do we orient ourselves toward expertise? In a culture dominated by “experts” on social media, do charismatics outperform fact-checkers?  This episode marks a milestone for our podcast, as Matthew interviews Charles Eisenstein, whose essay “The Coronation” has cast a long shadow on our ongoing critique of how New Age and spiritual spaces interact with public...

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Dec 17, 2020
29: Bro Science (w/Dr. Dan Wilson)
2:22:55
Bro Science is junk science spewed by men who believe their charisma is a substitute for training.
Dec 11, 2020
28: Resurrection of Jordan Peterson (w/Jeff Brown)
1:53:16
Heading inside of Jordan Peterson's imaginarium. Plus the launch of the Conspirituality Ticker.
Dec 04, 2020
Bonus: Yoga Teachers Are Not Doctors, Doctors Are Not Priests
1:16:10
Ultimately, the “charismatic collapse” between doctor and priest distorts medicine and makes spirituality banal.
Nov 30, 2020
27: Finding Meaning (and Laughs) in Crisis (w/Alex Auder)
2:01:17
Though we’re all staying put this holiday season, we continue to super-spread our conspirituality vibes. This week we’re fielding listener questions for our first-ever non-Patreon AMA. During this episode, we’ll be talking about our own spiritual beliefs, finding meaning in crisis, Matthew being canceled, and more. For a holiday treat, Matthew interviews friend of the pod, the fabulous Alex Auder, about what it means to...

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Nov 25, 2020
Bonus: Diversity Has Always Mattered
45:25
Derek discusses the importance of diversity in our discourse through three disciplines he loves: international music, fitness, and psychedelics.
Nov 23, 2020
26: Return of the Repressed, Or The Drugs Paula White is Not On (w/Brian Muraresku)
2:09:58
The psychedelic roots of Christianity, Paula White gets the Eminem treatment, laughing away your ignorance, and much more.
Nov 20, 2020
Bonus: Digital Soldiers, Purity Tests, & Word Magic
28:07
How do populist ideas on both the Right and Left identify “the people” and their enemies? Julian investigates Balkanized social media audiences.
Nov 16, 2020
25: Waking Up from Cancel Culture (w/Clementine Morrigan & Jay from F*cking Cancelled)
2:33:16
Can the woke be too woke? We discuss.
Nov 13, 2020
Bonus: Sh*tposting and The Embodiment Conference
46:26
Matthew takes a big-picture look at Embodiment Conference founder, Mark Walsh.
Nov 09, 2020
24: Body Politic Recovery (w/Tada Hozumi)
1:58:43
Election week in America: the virus will be with us for some time to come.
Nov 06, 2020
Bonus: COVID Fatigue & Empathy (w/Dr. Ali Haider)
32:34
Derek talks with Dr. Ali Haider about being on the frontlines of COVID-19. Dr. Haider is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University Medical School. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Haider is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and vascular ultrasound. He is well versed in all aspects of...

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Nov 02, 2020
23: Election Resilience (w/Hala Khouri, Lissa Rankin, and Tara Stiles)
2:14:25
With an election only days away, we reflect on how to manage our stress and fears in this moment.
Oct 29, 2020
Bonus: Hay House & New Age Jesus
43:50
Matthew explores insidious rhetoric by Hay House authors.
Oct 26, 2020
22: Racism & Fraud in New Age Publishing (w/Rebekah Borucki & Dr Jay Mohan)
1:41:52
Rebekah Borucki joins in as our first guest host to discuss leaving her position at New Age publisher, Hay House.
Oct 22, 2020
Bonus: A Letter to a Friend in a Cult
11:29
Matthew offers a tribute to Richard Vaughn.
Oct 19, 2020
21: Om-ed and Dangerous: Militant Wellness (w/Sarah Hightower)
1:37:50
The real-world consequences of conspiracy thinking in cult environments.
Oct 15, 2020
Bonus: The White Yogi, The Brown Activist, and the Evil Billionaire
27:09
Julian focuses on a recent article circulating in the yogasphere making dubious claims.
Oct 12, 2020
20: The Second Wave: Pastel Q Goes Undercover (w/Ben Lee)
2:17:45
The second wave is here: Pastel Q devotees are out in full force as the election approaches.
Oct 08, 2020
Bonus: Bullying Gates, Bullying Biden: The Conspiracy of Male Violence
25:14
Matthew looks at the culture of male violence.
Oct 05, 2020
19: Hurtling Into the Q-Hole (w/Mike Rains)
1:40:21
Thirty-two days out from the election and every hour reveals another layer of intensity. The more widely conspirituality and QAnon spreads, the more normalized mundane political violence becomes. In this episode, Derek looks at how the virus of conspiracism is now overtly threatening the basic premises of voting, as Emperor Trump projects a fiction about electoral fraud, even as he loses his clothes. Matthew looks...

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Oct 01, 2020
Bonus: Demons in QAnon & Beyond (w/Professor Jonathan O’Donnell)
54:35
Demonology expert Jonathon O’Donnell talks with Matthew about demons in QAnon.
Sep 28, 2020
18: From Psych Meds to Red Pills (w/Jules Evans)
2:04:27
We discuss Matthew's recent deep dive into Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. British philosopher Jules Evans joins the conversation.
Sep 24, 2020
17: The Politics of QAnon Spirituality (w/Seane Corn & Jared Yates Sexton)
2:22:50
Seane Corn and Jared Yates Sexton join this week to discuss QAnon, wellness, and American history.
Sep 17, 2020
16: So You Want to Save the Earth? (w/John Roulac)
1:52:14
How QAnon distracts from ecology, with special guest John Roulac.
Sep 10, 2020
15: Tantra: Sex, Death, & Chaos (w/Alex Auder)
2:11:59
We explore Tantra old and new, share personal stories, and take a comedy break with Alex Auder.
Sep 03, 2020
14: The Problem with Revelation: Psychedelics and Conspiracies (w/Lorna Liana)
2:04:16
We discuss the effect conspiracy theories are having on psychedelics enthusiasts.
Aug 27, 2020
13: Religion Can Be A Dangerous Verb (w/Dr Theo Wildcroft)
2:12:16
Finally, we take on Big Essential Oil. Theo Wildcroft returns to discuss conspiritualists in religion.
Aug 20, 2020
12: So You Want To Stop Child Abuse (w/Regan Williams & Dr Theo Wildcroft)
2:15:17
Theo Wildcroft and Regan Williams join the conversation to discuss real-world ways to stop child abuse.
Aug 13, 2020
11: Cults and Disaster Spirituality
1:48:49
Julian and Matthew discuss their experiences being indoctrinated into cults.
Aug 06, 2020
10: The Anti-Vaxx Agenda (w/Imran Ahmed)
1:53:02
The dangers of anti-vaxx propaganda and how social media platforms profit from it.
Jul 30, 2020
9: Ableism in Conspiracy Theories (w/Jivana Heyman)
1:52:00
Accessible Yoga founder, Jivana Heyman, joins the podcast to discuss ableism in conspiracy theories.
Jul 23, 2020
8: Taking Dr. Christiane Northrup Seriously (w/ Professor Jacqueline Antonovich)
1:57:22
Professor Jacqui Antonovich of Nursing Clio discusses the history of charisma, magic, and entrepreneurship in women's wellness.
Jul 16, 2020
7: Doctoring COVID: Christiane Northrup’s Great Truther Awakening (w/Britt Hermes)
1:27:57
A look at Dr. Christiane Northrup's turn to QAnon territory.
Jul 09, 2020
6: Grappling with the Cult of Trump (w/Steven Hassan)
1:54:53
Cult expert Steve Hassan joins this week to discuss his latest book, "The Cult of Trump."
Jul 02, 2020
5: Disease as a Metaphor (w/Maggie Levantovskaya)
1:38:28
The COVID-19 truthers are using old tricks in their branding methods.
Jun 25, 2020
4: Racism in Wellness Culture (w/Dr Natalia Petrzela & Dax-Devlon Ross)
1:20:44
Dr. Natalia Petrzela and Dax-Devlon Ross join the conversation on racism in white wellness culture.
Jun 17, 2020
3: Why Are Spiritual People Vulnerable to Conspiracy Theories?
1:11:39
"Spiritual" leaders are falling victim to right-wing conspiracy theories. What to do?
Jun 11, 2020
2: Conspirituality in Zach Bush and J.P. Sears
1:08:50
A look at recent videos by Zach Bush and JP Sears.
Jun 04, 2020
1: Coronation for Whom?
1:10:52
Thoughts on Charles Eisenstein's essay, "The Coronation."
May 28, 2020
0.2: The Kelly Brogan Effect & Red Pills
1:00:07
A discussion of suspect medical claims made by Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. We also talk about Julian's new essay, "The Red Pill Overlap."
May 21, 2020
0.1: Conspiracy Theories & Cult Dynamics
1:16:44
We discuss the anti-vax propaganda film, Plandemic, as well as the intersection between conspiracy theories and cults.
May 14, 2020