A Note on Conspiracy Theorists in the Spiritual Community

Years ago, I did a study that involved watching a lot of footage of diagnosed psychopaths, cult leaders and child m**esters.

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When asked how they had managed to ensnare and fool so many people, their answers were all the same:

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“If you want people to follow you, you just tell them that they’re smart and make them feel special”. One guy added “most adults are just kids who weren’t loved enough and are dying to hear something good about themselves”.

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Think about that.

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I find it incredibly sad that in 2020, so many of the “spiritually awakened” community have become avid, obsessive conspiracy theorists. In the same breath they’ll tell you that racism/sexism/pollution isn’t real, but that the former President is a lizard with a microchip in his brain and that YouTube Agents are out to get them personally. They’ll ignore the signs of abuse in the young people in their community, but tell you about a celebrity cabal of p*****philes (especially among the LGBTQ+ community and including everyone from Hilary Duff to Michelle Obama) that can only be taken down by one Tonald Drump (Despite his own s*xual abuse allegations).

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But at the same time, I get it. Because a huge amount of adult “spiritual” folk WERE those children once who went unloved, who didn’t feel smart, were divorcees or corporate burnouts who came to spiritual practice for solace & guidance. And when someone (psychopathic) comes along and says “Oooh THIS is SECRET CLASSIFIED INFORMATION JUST FOR SMART PEOPLE!”, they fall right into it. It feels good to be special and know “secret information” for once, right? It’s nice to feel clever. It’s even nice to feel like you have some powerful supporters when you’ve previously felt weird or alone or bullied.

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So it doesn’t matter how horrible, how outrageous, how inhumane or totally disproven the conspiracy is, these people will CLING to it and defend the person that made them feel special, with their LIFE. Because what they’re really clinging to is the belief that finally they are special, smart and they’re in on the secret for once in their life. Which is why they don’t respond like adults.

I asked one “if you are so obsessed with this elite p*****phile ring, why don’t you turn in that p*****phile neighbour of yours? Why don’t you become a children’s social worker & help them? Or maybe a fundraiser for a children’s therapy clinic? Or join the Emergency Services?“


They weren’t interested in doing any of those things other than telling me over and over again that “they knew the secret!”.

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But I realised it wasn’t about saving children, to them. It wasn’t about anything but *their* wounded inner child howling “pick me!” which was a red flag to a bull for those who would take advantage. And when left alone on the Internet, without the constant schooling that explains how things like algorithms, Internet safety, advertising platforms, clickbait, non-peer-reviewed-sources and how bots work... well, down the rabbit hole they go and out they come as a hardcore, extremist conspiracist. And there’s so many in the spiritual community because it IS a haven for the vulnerable.

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I don’t know how to cure that generation of conspiracists. But I do know it’s incredibly important in the spiritual community that we address our own inner child, our own childhoods, fears, traumas, neglect (even privileges) so that we remain grounded, healed adults who can’t become weaponised for our vulnerability & technical lack of know-how.


Self-care is PARAMOUNT. Not just bubble baths & pedicures but real, deep, self-loving that repairs the soul. Therapy, journaling, volunteer work, accountability. We will create a spiritual community of humans that can heal themselves and each other more effectively.

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