Hulu’s drama series about a cult in upstate New York is a brilliant analysis of belief: its practice, its purpose, and its power — both good and bad.
But for as intriguing as the story remains — Season 2 premieres January 25 — sometimes you need a reminder what all that Meyerist terminology means.
In the following gallery, we’ve provided definitions of common words along with first-look images from Season 2. Consider it a catch-up before the new season starts and/or a glossary to use during your binge.
Now, without further ado, let’s start climbing the ladder.
– a basic tenant of Meyerism, the ladder is based in reality…or at least the founder’s reality.
“Meyerism was founded by Dr. Steven Meyer in Cusco, Peru, after he saw a vision of a burning ladder at the top of a mountain,” Hugh Dancy explained to E!. “When he ascended the ladder, he saw two visions: a catastrophic world after a global disaster, and a beautiful garden.”
Meyerists must ascend the ladder using rungs to reach the light. Here are the stages:
– shorthand for someone’s highest completed rung. E.g., “Jeremy finished his training. He’s a 6R now.”
Ignorant Systemite: an unenlightened member of the general population who fails to seek personal spiritual enlightenment. An individual removes the brand of shame once they begin climbing the Ladder of Enlightenment
e.g., “I heard Jack is dating an IS.”
Infidelity Rehab Program: Family is one of the cornerstones of Meyerism, and infidelity in a marriage or a committed relationship cannont only harm the individuals but the families that surround them. The IRP is an in-house series of meetings with a trained Meyerist counselor, where couples explain their perspectives in an effort to reunite. While infidelity is strongly frowned upon in Meyerism, it is expected that the wronged party will eventually forgive the adulterer.
e.g., “Randy slept with some woman on his retreat. He and Charlene are in the IRP now.”
– the environmental and emotional trauma we accrue in our lives
– an apostate; one who has been in The Movement and left. Much worse than an IS, this person knowingly turns his back on The Light.
– the symbol of Meyerism; a reminder that we are not alone, our actions are being watched and recorded.
In addition, The Eye can be appealed to for help, guidance, or a place to direct one’s gratitude.
– the Meyerist apocalypse; the man-made end of the world that is coming
– the place where devotees of Meyerism will be reunited after The Future comes
– the practice of correcting one’s wrongs by introducing goodness into the world
Performing an Offset is similar to performing penance, and by completing it, one restores his or her natural balance point.
Unlike penance, the Offset task itself is chosen by the violator, not by a priest or higher-ranking Meyerist.
e.g., “Joe crashed his Prius into Mark’s in the parking lot. I heard Joe is Offsetting by building Mark a new desk.”
– someone who is interested in Meyerism but hasn’t begun climbing The Ladder yet
– the practice of rapidly resetting an individual’s recently accumulated Damage.
An individual who has experienced severe trauma or refuses to acknowledge certain truths may be pressured into Realignment. The in-patient, two-week process takes place at one of the Meyerist compounds under the close supervision of a counselor. Individuals are fed a simple diet of pure fruit and vegetable juices, undergo daily counseling sessions, and are forbidden from exiting their Realignment room until the two-week process is complete.
As the Realignment process is quite taxing, it is reserved for only the most complicated cases.
e.g., “Simon won’t be joining our sessions for the next two weeks as he is currently in Realignment.”
– one who refuses to unburden
– comparable to a sin in Catholicism, a transgress is defined as an affront to Meyerism.
Transgresses are numbered for identification. For instance, infidelity is a TG4.
– the process of admitting one’s negative emotions, negative actions, or negative impulses
Tenets of Meyerism state that an individual is incapable of growth and purifying one’s self until all negativity has been purged
e.g., “Andrea, I have to unburden something. I feel the way you talked to my mother at dinner last night was very disrespectful.”
“After the Fall of Man, those that have ascended the Ladder will find themselves reunited with the others that have completed this most critical and important of personal journeys, and our select group will be responsible for crafting the next iteration of consciousness in the universe.” – Steven Meyer
“The Future is a blazing fire of misery and manmade destruction, a global fever, a sweltering eternity. I have seen this Future in a nightmared vision rent from te peak of the Ladder’s Light, and while this perpetual horror is certain, those who follow the Light will be safe from this horrible fate.” – Steven Meyer
New episodes of “The Path” are released every Wednesday on Hulu, starting January 25. Read IndieWire’s review here, and watch the episodes over here.