In a 2017 video, released on the day of Trump’s Inauguration, self-help guru Byron Katie used her spiritual inquiry method called “The Work” to “help” a woman understand that her fears of the Trump administration are deluded.
“The Work” is a series of four questions Katie advises applying to any disturbing thought:
The four questions push the participant towards the pre-ordained conclusion that the disturbing thought is unreasonable or delusional. Be Scofield has covered…
Last Thursday, Instagram cut her off from her 175K followers. On Sunday, the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Northrup’s home state daily, splashed her all over the front page in a feature detailing her year-long slide into conspirituality.
What’s next? Northrup is now asking her 547K Facebook followers to join her Telegram channel.
Leila Centner, the multi-millionaire director of Miami’s Centner Academy, has requested that teachers not get vaccinated until school is out, and implied they won’t be guaranteed a job if they do get the jab over the summer.
According to the New York Times, Centner sent out a questionnaire to determine the teacher’s vaccine status and intentions, and implied possible legal consequences if the teachers don’t disclose.
Centner laid out her concerns and policy in an email that read, in part:
“Tens of thousands of women all over the world have recently been reporting adverse reproductive issues simply from being in…
At the rallies, the placards tell a story of victimization and political oppression:
I will not wear others’ fear. Oxygen is essential. Keep your laws off my face.
Some conspiritualists describe real or imagined terror when masked. QAnon-boosting holistic coach Bernhard Guenther offers this snowflake-y account about having to wear a mask while taking his puppy to the vet:
I feel tremendous compassion for any workers in the public who “have to” wear a mask. Wearing a mask for longer periods is completely restricting O2 flow to the brain and the entire body. Even after only 5 minutes, I felt…
Free birth influencer Yolande Norris-Clark is promoting an anonymous conspiracy-mongering text dating back to 2002 called “The Secret Covenant.” She read it aloud to her 33K Instagram followers on April 3rd, and posted it to YouTube the same day.
Norris-Clark, who goes by @bauhauswife on Instagram and Telegram, has been a leading voice in the “Pastel Q” movement, in which wellness influencers feminize and launder macabre right wing conspiracy content for mass consumption. Pastel Q saw exponential growth in 2020 as the pandemic intensified online wellness competition.
With the promotion of “The Secret Covenant”, which has lurked in right-wing internet…
Conspirituality influencers are now turning the laws of epidemiology inside out. It wasn’t enough for them to ignore or contradict public health officials with COVID-denialism dogwhistles. It wasn’t enough to claim that Dr. Fauci or Bill Gates are pursuing a “depopulation agenda” through lockdown measures and vaccine development.
Now conspirituality influencers are turning the vaccine into a virus. They are evidently abandoning the dictum to “refuse to live in fear”, as they express terror of people who are vaccinated. I’ll call this brain-flip “Reverse Contagion Anxiety”.
Below is a panic-sermon from @selfhealingmama, known as “Chloe Angeline” on Instagram. She advertises…
Yesterday, former gynaecologist Christiane Northrup took to Instagram to broadcast paranoid disinformation about the impacts of COVID-19 vaccines on women’s reproductive health. In addition to falsely suggesting that the mRNA vaccine secretes poison through the sweat glands of a vaccinated person, Northrup advised her followers to tell their partners that their sexual relationships would end if the partner were to be vaccinated.
With some fellow members of the Disinformation Dozen — together responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine scaremongering online — Northrup has been capitalizing on anecdotal reports that the new COVID-19 vaccines are disrupting women’s menstrual cycles. Dr. …
Dear student of A Course in Miracles —
To this day I remember the warm wash of peace that seemed to flow over me as I read the first few lessons of the Course.
Nothing I see in this room means anything… These thoughts do not mean anything… I am never upset for the reason I think… I see only the past… I am upset because I see a meaningless world… God did not create a meaningless world.
Even now, two decades after first opening the heavy, hardcover book with the onion skin paper, I can read these lines, close…
In January of 2018, Shannon Roche, current CEO of Yoga Alliance said the following in a video announcement of YA’s updated sexual misconduct policy:
There’s a deeply troubling pattern of sexual misconduct within our community, a pattern that touches almost every tradition in modern yoga.
Every human being deserves to practice yoga free from abuse, harassment and manipulation.
In honour of those who have spoken up, and in honour of those who have been too hurt to speak, we have to start somewhere, and we have to start now.
“Almost every tradition.” Did she really say that? Yes she did…
I’ll preface this post by saying that, in accordance with the clinical research, I do not believe there are strong correlations between prior life experience and the likelihood that a person will join or stay in a cult (or “totalist”, or “high-demand” group.) What follows is a speculation, based on memory and anecdote, on why people who are already inside such a group may be more prone to the kind of enabling and moral harm that Facebook friend Joseph Teskey has described to me as “I Got Mine-ism”.
I Got Mine-ism is a defensive strategy by which a member who…