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Invented by show creator Jessica Goldberg, Meyerism sits somewhere between a doomsday cult and a peaceful back-to-the-Earth hippie commune, with practices and beliefs drawn from Christian mysticism, traditional South American religions, and a variety of fringe cults. Goldberg developed the idea for the show and its religion after a period of loss in her life — her father died and her marriage fell apart — after which she experienced her own crisis of faith and began seeking solace in a number of spiritual sources, from psychics to the Golden Bridge, which has roots in Kundalini yoga. To sort out what Meyerism shares with other religions, we broke down some of its key elements, with input from Goldberg. Meyerists see evidence for their belief in news of fires, floods, and global unrest —signs of the end that also appear in a number of sacred texts, including the Bible. Meyer saw the future when he climbed the ladder, burning his hands — an element that becomes important in later episodes of the show. In Meyerism, the elders are those who have reached higher levels of enlightenment, or higher rungs.
Skip navigation! Story from TV Shows. Lauren Le Vine. Hulu's new original drama The Path follows the fictional Meyerist movement, a growing organization with a compound in upstate New York, many other hubs located around the country, and a founder who — unbeknownst to devoted followers — is currently dying at a shaman-and-ayahuasca retreat in Peru. Creator Jessica Goldberg made up Meyerism and its core beliefs, principles, and practices for the show.
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The Leftovers , which returns for its final season in April, has considered the role of organized religion in society with rational and emotional complexity. In its first season, which debuted on Hulu in , The Path had a little of all of the above: magical realism, the testing of belief, power struggles, seeming acts of God. It featured some extraordinary performances from Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy as the young and charismatic linchpins of a spiritual group based on airy New Age ideals and muscular resistance to outsiders. But the most interesting thing about the show was its ambiguous treatment of Meyerism, the fictional movement at its core. To make things worse, the season has been given an extra three episodes to parcel out its morsels of plot, making an already downtempo drama feel almost catatonic. In its sophomore slump, The Path seems to have forgotten why it wanted us to believe in it in the first place.