Film Review: The Enigma of a Dream

This is Grace Hartnett, a New York-based filmmaker. This post is about her short film The Enigma of a Dream released earlier this month (May 5th.)

First some relevant background.

She is the youngest daughter of Christopher Hartnett the CEO, Chairman and sometime self-styled “senior pastor” of CMA and its ‘charitable’ donations arm Global SELF Foundation.

I mentioned her previously in ‘Like Mother Like Daughter’ because she’s briefly seen in the MJD-lovefest Gratitude video on CMA’s YouTube channel.

According to her father Grace is an Elite Development graduate of CMA and has virus-killing capabilities.

Her official bio however is absent of those claims:

Grace Hartnett is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on film direction and set design, with a concentration on still life environments.

A delicate balance between visual simplicity and carefully crafted chaos, Grace’s work is informed by a fascination with human behavior, organic forms, and non-linear movement within time and space. By balancing surreal sculptural elements with the exploration of the human psyche, she delivers complex, cerebral experiences to the viewer.

https://gracehartnett.com/about

She attended the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa and then Maharishi International University graduating 2013. She’s worked as a stylist and interned for the David Lynch Foundation, a transcendental meditation advocacy charity. Therefore like her father she is well-versed in Maharishi and his TM system that MJD/CMA borrows from and exploits.

The CMA chapel and Hartnett family home in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina were built on Maharishi Vastu Architecture principles.

A key similarity between TM and becoming one of MJD’s ‘Elites’ is learning ‘secret’ knowledge and processes not permitted to be shared to non-paying outsiders. These similarities exist to extract recruits from the existing TM community already accepting of familiar “paths to enlightment” with the added attractive lie of MJD saying he can talk to angels and cure intractable health problems.

Christopher Hartnett has claimed it was Maharishi himself who personally recommended he follow and support MJD during Hartnett’s supposed worldwide search for healers for his longstanding medical problems. This cannot be verified but it forms a kind of spiritual continuity from Maharishi to his successor MJD, common practice in the guru industry to establish credentials.

In those days, circa 2012-2017 Christopher Hartnett liked to push him as a new-improved Maharishi. The below 2017 Fairfield Life group discussion is a valuable public record:

https://www.mail-archive.com/fairfieldlife@yahoogroups.com/

Christopher Hartnett and Grace at her graduation from Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa (2013)

Two years after graduating Grace was enjoying another graduation celebration in the form of traditional CMA fireworks display on Heavenly Mountain, likely for newly graduated Elites such as herself:

Grace Hartnett Instagram, 27 November 2015. “All the thanks” presumably directed to MJD.

To my knowledge Grace is yet to speak publically about being an Elite and what it means to her. Unlike her friend McKayla Maroney she’s never had a secret twitter account to spread her devotion to MJD. In lieu of her own testimony, here are the words of another Elite:

“I met Master John Douglas in 2005 and have been the recipient of many cumulative blessings and miracles. Words can’t express my gratitude and love for MJD and what he, the Master Angels and Elite Development have contributed to my life.

The Elite Development course has accelerated my spiritual path in unbelievable ways. It’s resulted in a continuous chain of miracles and strengthened my divine nature, provided me with a step-change evolution in my overall path.

The ability to audit oneself, your path and to faciliate healing and blessings so you can be the author of your own being.

Elite Development through its sacred knowledge and what Master John teaches has built a huge global loving community of divine beings here on Earth and beyond who are making an impact on themselves and world in general.

Over the years Master John has blessed me with so many miracles I can’t even count. After Elite Development the miracles got quicker, bigger, resolved faster with more grace and with more gratitude.

Since Elite Development, Master John has healed so many things for me. Lyme Disease; saved me from dying from bilateral pneumonia sepsis; cured my genetic immune disorder; resolved potential uterine cancer; repaired my failed adrenal gland. And most recently helped me through an intense period where my entire immediate family of 3 all died in 168 days.

I’m confident Elite Development provided me with new skills to cope, transcend and evolve.

The course for me was very altering. It’s a huge blessing. For me it’s like I’m on a fasttrack to Heaven but I’m experiencing it on this plane.

This community of people who work with Master John … there’s a huge and deep sense of general love and acceptance among these people.”

‘Jill’

“The community of people” she’s talking about are her fellow Elites and CMA higher-ups: the army of self-titled mentors; life-trainers; energy healers; wellness coaches; spiritual gurus of all kinds working to funnel recruits with money and loyalty into CMA. The cult of MJD.

Here’s Grace pictured with other Elite students laying hands on the Maha Crystal at the CMA chapel, Heavenly Mountain:

At the CMA chapel with a friend. Note the blue and yellow Elite lanyards. Undated photo.

Christopher Hartnett guested on CMA higher-up Bridget Fonger’s Superhero of Love podcast in 2019. He talked about his family being healed by MJD and taking his Elite course:

Superhero of Love episode #69. 12th September 2019

It’s not that we’re zealots for Master John Douglas we’re just grateful. We all had problems. Bridget you can tell your story, I can tell my story. Not only did he heal me but he healed my two daughters out of my three daughters, he healed my mother, my father, my brother in law, my sister in law … that’s what we’re grateful for. And what happens is once people get healed they say “What can I give back?”

Now that I’m happy, heathy and terrific that’s what Linda and I do, we started these foundations. How can we promote this guy ’cause he won’t promote himself he’s the humblest guy I know, he doesn’t do anything like that, he just heals. Everywhere whether you’re in the airport with him or in an event, everybody around him he’s healing. But he’s such a normal person … what he gets off on is his mission to teach as many people as possible to do what he does. That’s his advanced courses that you’ve taken Bridget, I’ve taken, my wife has taken, two of my daughters have taken, very very powerful.

But more importantly, we love him but it’s not about John, he’d be the first to tell you it’s about your relationship with God.

Christopher Hartnett

It’s filled with lies.

Incidentally, the absurd image of MJD “healing everyone around him in airports” was clearly intended to mimic a habit of Jesus Christ: “the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” (Luke 9:11)

Christopher Hartnett with Grace in Heavenly Mountain, Boone, North Carolina (2015)

But Christopher Hartnett goes much further in the 28th March 2020 teleseminar regarding his favorite daughter Grace. He specifically and proudly claims she can cure illnesses thanks to what MJD has taught her. He gives an example of a kidney problem he supposedly had. We’re expected to believe she resolved his chronic pain because she has learned MJD’s superpowers like other Elites:

28th March 2020 CMA teleseminar

I’ll never call myself a master healer because I’ve been in the grace and company of a master healer and I could never do what John does.

Yet my youngest daughter [Grace] came into my room last night and she realised I had a certain pain and she’s been taught by John and she’s very good at what she does and she relieved a kidney pain that many people on the phone know I’ve had on and off for many years. And she did that through the help and the grace of other healing facilitaors who are on the phone that have helped her at her young age to kill a virus and kill bacteria.

50,000 people John has healed in person. I’ve watched 25,000. 100,000s have been healed through our teleseminars over the last 12 years.

I asked John “Summarize for me what you do” and he thought about it. My daughter said “Dad you’re always saying you’re a businessman, what do you have to say in business?”

I do business and I only do things that work. The fact it does work I can’t emphatically scream any louder than I’m doing.

And John said “To sum up everything I do, I am a man that can kill a virus.”

This is 10 years ago. Now I know not only he can kill a virus but I’ve seen him teach other people that can kill a virus.

Christopher Hartnett

Notice the similarites to Jill’s experience of healing and referencing the community of other Elite “healing facilitaors”.

But the truth of course is neither MJD nor his Elites can kill viruses. I’m now informed some Elite graduates and CMA higher-ups actually acquired COVID-19 and were powerless to do anything except wait for their immune system to fight it. All of MJD’s tools were ineffective (no surprise there.) As I speculated, COVID-19 really has laid bare the false claims CMA were once so eager to advertise:

CMA Facebook 18th March 2020.

Now returning to Grace, I was unsure until this year if she really is a MJD true believer. The fact her father says she is an Elite and can kill viruses does not mean she would claim the same. Does she truly believe MJD and Elites like herself command healing and remote scanning powers? Does she believe in “karmic mitigation” to cure conditions caused by long-standing trauma? Possession of divine knowledge including “proof of God”? Angelic communication abilities? Just like McKayla and other higher-ups she doesn’t shout about it to the masses.

Here she posted CMA’s nightly Global Repair twitch stream without specifying what it is:

Grace Hartnett Instagram, January 2021.

I don’t know how or when Grace was introduced to MJD but it was no later than 2012. That’s 9+ years of involvement with him. What are the effects of long-term exposure to mind-numbing, deceptive, ingratiating, pretentious nonsense from a man enabled by someone she naturally looks up to, her own father?

Grace Hartnett pictured with Master John Douglas at Thanksgiving, 2015.

Within Grace’s The Enigma of a Dream there is something subtly confirming she does currently & publically endorse MJD.

However, if Grace wishes to clarify her father’s claims of her Elite powers are bogus, and why he would lie about her, I’ll be happy to receive such a statement from her and post it.

The Enigma of a Dream

The Enigma of a Dream (3:35) can be watched on Nowness and YouTube. Leave your own reviews in the comments on those sites or below, if you like.

I’ll start at the end, the reason for my interest. The closing shot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Z9dZ-AidE

Well well… who’s that mentioned at the end? None other than a certain “John Douglas”. Quite an eyebrow-raising moment for me. Below I’ll delve into the significance of the credit, give my interpretation of the film, and explore its connections to the teachings and tools of MJD.

The credit is a small but notable moment for plain “John Douglas”, here absent of his pretend ‘Master’ title, befitting his current reduced status by avoiding the now unfavored “Master John Douglas” name. I couldn’t let this somewhat obscure reference pass without putting attention on it.

It’s only in the closing credits the name crops up: an enigma indeed to the casual viewer. Unlike Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Carl Jung, he is neither quoted in the film or mentioned in the description:

Director Grace Hartnett invites you to peel back the layers of your mind and delve into your subconscious in a film that explores the mystery of dreaming. The Enigma of a Dream is a conceptual short film based on the journey of the mind slipping between states of awareness and tapping into the unknown depths of the human psyche.

The Enigma of a Dream is structured around lecture recordings from Indian spiritual guide Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung.

The decision to credit MJD so modestly is ironic because it was Grace’s father who gave him the title “Supreme Grand Master”. It would have raised too many questions among the film’s crew and viewers; one easy Google search later by a curious mind will see the troublesome world of CMA laid out. His name appearing only within the film itself means it won’t be discoverable in any searches.

Some of Grace’s friends are also Elite graduates and worked on the film. Did the non-CMA crew wonder about the innocuous-sounding namecheck or receive an explanation?

If MJD has actually renounced all his made-up titles he should do so publically to make it official. Not least for the benefit of the 1000s of his newsletter subscribers who must think he’s abandoned them (truly a blessing in disguise.) Though even “John Douglas” is an assumed name.

Inspired in faith and gratitude. Yes, Grace both believes in MJD and thanks him for what he’s imparted to her. But this man whom her dad says heals thousands “everywhere he goes” is not apparently worth shouting about. Her appearance in the Gratitude video was silent but now we know it was not out of place. She is a believer and follower of MJD and her work is influenced by him.

Of the film itself, I felt the execution didn’t match the concept. The concept being that dreams make us aware there is more to human existence than our conscious thinking brains constrained by the perceived world around us; dreams reveal the subconscious depths of our mind, and hence our soul. This allows us to access higher states of cosmic awareness and unite with the universe.

Grace writes “The dream state is used as a guide to illuminate the unknown and undiscovered aspects of our mind” but there’s little sign of it in The Enigma of a Dream. A disjointed series of soulless setpieces and fleeting glimpses of random imagery does not make a guide. The purpose apparently to present a subconscious dreamscape but who has dreams resembling this? These dreams seem more influenced by psychedelics. Such recreational drugs would be against CMA’s Elite course requirements so I must be mistaken.

Carl Jung viewed dreams as messages sent via symbols from the subconscious. He also believed people are on a transformational spiritual journey to fulfill their potential and become closer to the divine oneness; which MJD also preaches. A Maharishi quote of the same idea is heard in the film.

Maharishi said there were 7 levels of consciousness on the path of spiritual development from ‘waking’, ‘dreaming’ up to ‘unity’ and TM allows access to the higher levels. Continued meditation expands the waking mind to become more attuned to the state of ‘oneness’ – neither awake, asleep or dreaming. This brings understanding of one’s place in the universe and benefits the practitioner’s everyday life. Similiar to MJD saying his spiritual tools raise the level of your cosmic awareness to “just be” – a “non-reactive being that is literally walking at one with the vibration of creation around us.”

A famous reply of Jung when asked if he believes in God was “I know. I don’t need to believe. I know.” This is almost word for word what MJD claims about his Elites (remember Grace is one):

“Our group and my Elites have seen proof of God… it’s no longer a notion. They know.

MJD, 30th October 2020 teleseminar

In this way the film includes Jung as a forerunner of both Maharishi and MJD.

I’m not aware of MJD ever talking about dreams but he certainly has a lot to say about the subconscious and how it can be altered by his Subconscious Repair CD ($149.99) and hence improve your life:

MJD speaking about it:

30th October 2020 teleseminar

Subconscious Repair is the tool that will change your life. Whether you like it or not or believe it or not. Many many many people who are closed off to any spiritual truth … have had major major transformations by using the Subconscious Repair process.

The subconscious contains the belief systems that will elevate you and help you succeed, and the belief systems that will destroy you and make you fail.

The subconscious contains things you don’t even know about and they are affecting you moment to moment. And the Subconscious Repair CD is very very important.

MJD

This is unadulterated gunk. The CD is not “very very important” and won’t change your life. He implies listening to the CD will remove the ‘bad’ parts of your subconscious and hence your dreams will be purer and you’ll be generally closer to God. All complete fabrication to sell a $149.99 CD.

To be clear: Carl Jung was a noted 20th Century psychiatrist, whereas MJD is only a noted snakeoil salesman. MJD does not appear in the sidepanel of names Jung influenced. MJD doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page; one day he might but not for being a “world renowned theologian” I think.

Unfortunately, MJD’s followers are strung along by his promises to repair the subconscious:

I’ve accumulated 13 of the CD/MP3 processes since last summer and do about 2 ¼ hours in the morning and 2 ¼ hours in the afternoon. Can’t say that’s all that pleasant, mostly more like work, but feels “right” somehow.

What really started me on this was listening to a recorded excerpt of an event last summer. Went to bed soon after and had epic, Jungian type dream that said this was the turning point and start of new major phase of my life.

I have applied for the Elite training in August so we’ll see where that goes.

MJD devotee, 2020

Note this devotee even mentions he experienced a “Jungian type dream”, so we come full circle back to Grace’s 2021 film. Did this dream resemble The Engima of a Dream?

Maharishi is a difficult voice to listen to, necessitating subtitles. The narration got in the way of Alexis Georgopoulos AKA Arp’s ambient music, a suitably unearthly and spooky soundscape for sure. The editing was competent and matched the tempo of the narration. The photography was good but doesn’t have much to work with.

The Enigma of a Dream is too short to be enlightening; too vague to be insightful; and draws on too many unreliable sources to be convincing. Including more people and fewer inanimate objects would’ve made more sense.

It’s two thumbs down from me.

I would like to see Grace take up the documentary genre for her next project. A film about her father, MJD and the end days of CMA. I feel it would be a fascinating insight into the world of CMA and a compelling character study appealing to a wide audience.

I suggest the title Angels and Demons.

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