For the last few weeks, I have been reading, learning and listening to understand a phenomenon called conspirituality. This term was first coined in 2011 by Charlotte Ward and David Voas.

The uniting philosophy of conspirituality movements is a belief that society is under the covert control by a group of elites, and that it can be emancipated from that control by a “paradigm shift in consciousness that harnesses cosmic forces.

My quest has been to understand why people are so caught in the web of conspiracy, and how this became so pronounced during COVID and the anti-vax, anti-mask movement.

An element of conspirituality is the co-opting of events like the cry from George Floyd as he was being suffocated to death, “I can’t breathe.” As if being killed through police violence is the equivalent of wearing a mask. Cultural appropriation to propagate false narratives is the playbook of conspirituality.

The very clever spin doctors and spell casters like Steve Bannon deliberately take from the smorgasbord of horror humans have inflicted on indigenous communities and minorities. The stealing of children, and genocide – things that happened. They then project these events into a conspiratorial present, stoking fear. At the same time, they make their audiences feel they are the victims, bypassing the true victims. 

Or, as Naomi Klein says, the conspiracy theorists get the facts wrong but the feelings right.

If we are to create a better world, we need to understand the field of pain that lives in the people who are ripe for falling down the rabbit hole of conspirituality.

Photo Taken October 14th  2023