Hi, I’m Whitney. Welcome to docu-mental.

docu-mental: mapping the american states of mind began in 2018 as a trusted weekly source of well-wrought analyses and podcast interviews on how public and corporate policy in this nation correlates with our declining rates of mental wellness and spiritual connection. It has evolved into a monthly digest (occasionally posting more than that) focused on the subtlties of being connected but not controlled in a free and evolving society.

Podcast guests have ranged from, New York Times bestselling-authors, to internationally recognized thought leaders in public health policy, economics, religion, psychedelics, and post-modern theory, as well as experts in mental health and psychiatry, corporate power, culture and the arts, and other relevant fields. Interviews were conducted through the lenses of personal experience and cultural analysis (and are all still available in the archives to paid subscribers).

Feel free to puruse the archives for deep thoughts on the nature of hierarchical thinking, critical race theory, the perils of monopolies, shame as a tool of empire, psychedelics as an end-run around Captialism and empire, kindness as a tool of progress, the ideal v. reality of democracies, ETs and democracy, and many other philosophical and societal topics pertinent to living in america (little “a”). Often, these are explored with a touch of humor, but always with a heart wrung out.

About Me

I’m Whitney Fishburn, a Washington, DC-based, former journalist, whose 30+ years of writing about healthcare antitrust law, federal health policy, clinical psychiatry, and other medical disciplines, helped me develop a deep and multi-faceted understanding of how the system itself is largely what undermines freedom and creates despair.

Looking for a remedy, I turned to the serious study of the Western esoteric traditions. Happily, they work and do not require me to give up an ounce of personal freedom. If you’d like to learn more, I have a bi-weekly podcast with co-host Elisabeth Grace.


Whitney M. Fishburn
Publisher of docu-mental: mapping the american states of mind; and also, Ensouled: the journal of applied and cultural astronomy.