They are all members of the Meyerist Movement, which combines aspects of New Age philosophy, shamanism , Scientology , Christian mysticism and Utopianism with a few elements from the Shakers , Sufism , Tibetan Buddhism and Freemasonry ritual.
Eddie returns from Peru, where he had undergone a spiritual retreat designed to advance him further up Meyerism's spiritual ladder. Unbeknownst to his family, while in Peru, Eddie experienced a revelation which causes him to question his faith in Meyerism. Meanwhile, Cal Roberts, a friend of Sarah's and one of Meyerism's top leaders, is looking to expand their influence and deal with the imminent death of their founder, Doctor Stephen Meyer. Meyerism[ edit ] Meyerism is a fictional movement in the series founded by Dr.
In the show's mythology, on October 28, , Meyer literally climbed a ladder of burning light to receive the message of universal truth. Meyer gave to his followers the instructions for their spiritual development, written in the first book of Meyerism, The Ladder. Meyerists believe that all people are damaged which is the cause of the world's suffering. Through personal enlightenment, they seek to become aware of suffering in themselves and others, and to heal the world, caring deeply about family, humanity and the environment.
In this way and others, they create the heavenly Garden of Meyer's vision here on earth. However, The Ladder foretells that their efforts will be thwarted by non-believers or Ignorant Systemites I. Most practice Meyerism in everyday lives, while others have taken vows of service and dedicate themselves to counseling, recruitment and outreach programs.
However, founder Stephen Meyer warned against media attention, that the movement should remain small and publicity should be kept to a minimum. Spiritual progress is evaluated on an ascending series of rungs from 1R to 10R, with many decisions made by the senior membership or Upper Rungs U. Meyerists practice meditation and use biofeedback devices and drugs—including ayahuasca and cannabis —to aid in reaching deeper levels of consciousness, and put considerable stock in visions and intuition which are believed to be The Light trying to communicate with them.
A Vanity Fair analysis of the show's first episode described Meyerism as "inspired by a grab bag of religious practices and cult beliefs". A convert to Meyerism with a wayward past. Eddie suffers a crisis of faith when all that he has come to accept as truth is fundamentally challenged. The charismatic, unofficial leader of The Meyerist Movement. His ambition puts him at odds with the organization's existing leadership and roils Sarah and Eddie's already turbulent marriage. Born into a Meyerist family, Sarah's compassion and authority have made her an important figure in The Movement.
Her devotion, however, is tested when she uncovers her husband's falsehoods. An addict who's been saved by Cal and a team of Meyerists after a tornado leveled her hometown. Now freed from a life of abuse, she becomes infatuated with Cal and devotes herself entirely to The Movement. An FBI investigator who seems to be the only agent suspicious of the mysterious religious sect that recently responded to a natural disaster.
As he delves deeper into the investigation, he faces personal troubles at home and is forced to reflect on his own faith. Eddie and Sarah's devoted teenage son who wants nothing more than to drop out of high school and join The Movement full-time.
His loyalty wavers when a popular classmate pursues a relationship with him. A popular girl at Hawk's school who would normally have nothing to do with "a weird cult kid. A defector of Meyerism who holds The Movement responsible for the mysterious death of her husband.
She employs Eddie's help in a search for answers and redemptions. A novice member of the Meyerist Movement who begins to date Mary when she joins the Movement. Sean's sister was shot and killed in a school shooting, which led him to join the Movement.