The Life and Death of Audri & Jim Lanford

Audri and James (Jim) Lanford were a married couple, Heavenly Mountain residents and influential higher-ups in CMA before their untimely deaths on 30 May 2018. I haven’t mentioned them before, so today I’m examining their CMA links and the uncommon circumstances of their deaths.

Indulge me writing some background information before relevance to CMA is more obvious. This turned out as my longest post so far.

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Audri’s LinkedIn page is a good starting point:

Audri has been a pioneer in the fields of nutritional supplements, digital marketing, crowdfunding, going paperless, and has built more than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses, including an Inc. 500 company.

KillerStartups.com describes Audri and her husband Jim as: “A husband/wife team with killer credentials. Basically, they’re… two super smart humans who have a lot of experience with small business.”

Audri appears to have been the most important of the pair and obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford. Jim is said to have made software for the “Spartan 1 Space Shuttle Ground Station” but I haven’t been able to verify that.

They both had history in scientific research and technical writing:

DFHM composite of Audri & Jim’s contributions to a 1986 journal of Apple user group Washington Apple Pi

Their first business was Micro Dynamics in 1985, an early document digitalization service. After that in 1994 came NETrageous the first of a sucession of various digital marketing companies.

By the late-90s they were mainly known for founding scambusters.org, self-described as “the #1 publication on Internet fraud“. Over the years Audri was quoted many times in reports warning about scams, for example:

By now, the Lanford’s scientific background was replaced by the profit motive and expertise in marketing, advertising, publishing and mailing lists, all centered on the increasing popularity of the Internet.

It’s sad their knowledge of scams came in useful years later, when they took on influential but chiefly background roles in a scam church.

This is well illustrated and explained in these pages from a 39-page “New Special Confidential Report” direct marketing pamphlet the Lanfords published in 1998:

$516 for a “trial” membership of the Lanfords’ “Internet Business Advisory Service”, 2002

The full document is available as part of a 272-page PDF How To Write MillionDollar Ads, Sales Letters, & Web Marketing Pieces published 2002 by The Internet Marketing Center. It’s preceded by a detailed guide Audri wrote about how she wrote the pamphlet. Fascinating reading if you want to get in the head of an old-school junk mail creator.

I don’t know if CMA chairman Christopher Hartnett ever read a Lanford sales pitch but it perfectly illustrates the kind of humbug they put out. I can imagine Hartnett reading it, nodding his head saying “We need this”. The excessive length and detail, references to “exponential growth” and teleconferences would’ve attracted Hartnett like a fish to water.

The dubious use of the word “confidential” is of course an old lowbrow marketing technique, just like MJD promoting his “secret knowledge” in teleseminars. The word ‘secret’ appears in the 272-page PDF 54 times.

The practical and theoretical knowledge they had in scams and marketing were unfortunately perfect skillsets for creating and promoting just the kind of unethical business scambusters.org had worked against for many years. Their fate was sealed once they entered the orbit of MJD and Hartnett keen to grow CMA. The Lanfords must have known CMA and MJD were full of lies and baseless claims to catch susceptible people. But it’s easy to convince yourself you’re doing something good if it’s making you money.

Ironically the Lanfords said Scambusters was “a service that helps individuals and small businesses protect themselves from Internet scams, viruses, and hoaxes“. Who’d have predicted in their last act before their death, they would be aiding a hoaxer who says he can protect people from biological viruses?

It’s a shame the Lanfords ended up helping to create a bogus church, and shilling snake-oil health supplements for Master John Douglas. I don’t know when or how they met MJD but certainly it was by 2012 and likely via a longer friendship with Christopher Hartnett.

Here are the Lanfords socializing at a 2015 Thanksgiving dinner in the company of MJD, Hartnett and some other core CMA associates:

2015. I’ve only labelled people relevant to this post. Sidenote: MJD is standing behind his “dedicated assistant” Gabriel Wagner. Gabriel and Hartnett’s wife Linda seen wearing pendants.

Nor can I answer for sure how the Lanfords and Hartnett met but there are strong clues it was thanks to a mutual interest in transcendental meditation (TM).

This is evidenced in a study Audri contributed to Dec 1982 – Jan 1983 which sought to confirm TM meditation has detectable global effects. E.g. “simultaneous rise in stock indices in all countries” and “increased calming influence in the world’s trouble spots”. Similiar to a “world consciousness shift” CMA claimed MJD caused on 10 February 2018, though of course the truth was he did nothing.

The study was “The influence of the Maharishi technology of the Unified Field on world events and global social indicators: the effects of the taste of utopia assembly“. Details in this PDF for the interested reader. Relevant extracts:

“The Field Paradigm: 20 Experiments That Can Change The World” by Joachim Claes
“The Field Paradigm: 20 Experiments That Can Change The World” by Joachim Claes

Clear evidence as early as 1982 Audri was using her scientific skills for the benefit of Hartnett’s idol Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and was even considered one of the most experienced “Maharishi Effect” researchers around. The experiment took place in Fairfield, Iowa – a place Hartnett knew well having attended the Maharishi International University there.

Australian Digestive Excellence

This is an exploration of the “nutritional supplements” mentioned on Audri’s LinkedIn, the most public of the Lanfords’ CMA association.

Audri and Jim had no experience in health and nutrition but that didn’t stop them from forming the Boone-registered Excellent Purity Corp with a certain “John Douglas” of Australia. He and themselves were listed as executives.

Excellent Purity’s only product was the Australian Digestive Excellence (ADE) supplement and probiotic capsules. A “unique, proprietary blend of special herbs designed to promote your digestive health”.

From Wikipedia:

Probiotics are live microorganisms promoted with claims that they provide health benefits when consumed, generally by improving or restoring the gut flora.

Although numerous claimed benefits are marketed towards using consumer probiotic products, such as reducing gastrointestinal discomfort, improving immune health, relieving constipation, or avoiding the common cold, such claims are not supported by scientific evidence, and are prohibited as deceptive advertising in the United States by the Federal Trade Commission.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic

Sold on australianexcellence.com (domain name registered with a CMA email address) as well as the CMA store and events where the Lanfords could be seen manning the promo desk:

Jim & Audri Lanford, CMA Instagram 19 April 2017. Note the photo of MJD holding a bottle of ADE.

“Stomach Problems Gone In Days!”, CMA Facebook 2017
Ingredients of ADE.

CMA Facebook 15 August 2018

Zero experience in health and nutrition was no barrier to Audri giving the impression she was a medical doctor, a knowledgable and qualified expert in the field:

Official ADE Facebook (titled “Healthy Gut Experts”) 28 May 2018

Quotes from her and a long list of other dodgy doctors can be found all over ADE’s social media. Practically all ‘testimonials’ can be identified as by CMA Elites and higher-ups. For example the following hyperbolic testimony from Susan Anderson, author of such self-published books as Avatar Master John Douglas and the Truth of Matter and Master John Douglas and Healing the Virus :

“Thank you for this miracle! It’s like waking up with the sun every day.”, @AustralianDigestiveExcellence Facebook 17 Nov 2018

Jan Casebolt left a glowing review:

CMA FB 29 July 2017. Flukes are a kind of parasitic flatform causing infections if certain undercooked food is consumed.

CMA and ADE occasionally shared each other’s posts. But what exactly does ADE have to do with CMA or MJD? Well, their improbable claim is MJD was the formulator of ADE:

“Designed and perfected in Australia for over 17 years.” 17 years! This must have been MJD’s hobby when he wasn’t busy being a “world renowned theologian, prophetic minister, spiritual healer and extraordinary teacher”. It went on sale in 2016 but in USA only.

Strangely, on ADE’s social media and website there is not a single quote from MJD. Did ADE feel endorsement from a man who pretended to communicate with angels to kill viruses might hurt their business? Doubly strange considering he’s a director of the parent company.

And MJD himself was lowkey about his miracle concoction that boasted “results so astoundingly successful that it was his dream to share his formula with the world”. I can find only this tiny photo of MJD pictured with the product:

If there is a video of this, I’d be interested in seeing it.

To reiterate: this man supposedly spent 17 years perfecting this product, capable of relieving all manner of conditions digestive and non-digestive. And once it was finally produced for the benefit of the world, he’s happy to be photographed in this single low quality picture in which he’s not even looking at the camera. Even for MJD this is laughable.

Most of the promo was rooted in Audri Lanford’s old-fashioned marketing and copywriting spiel. She wrote an excessively long ADE “report” document in the same style as her 1990s example I shared above. It’s too long to include here in full but can be read on archive.org. Audri uses every trick in her book to convince readers to buy an ADE package for $149 (!):

ADE “sales report” excerpt 1
ADE “sales report” excerpt 2

It ends with a CMA-like disclaimer “You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.” But at least ADE had a money-back guarantee – something the Master Angels never offer!

ADE wasn’t the only “health” product sold by CMA or MJD’s old site spirit-repair.com but it was by far the most promoted.

Gallery of selfies. Everyone shown is a known CMA member (excluding I hope the cat and horse). www.australianexcellence.com

Jeff Rense

Perhaps the most interesting part of the ADE story is a December 2017 interview Audri and MJD did with Jeff Rense, a radio host I’d never heard of. His website is one of the worst I’ve ever seen and I don’t just mean the design. Dodgy health products, ads and conspiracy theories clutter every part of the screen. Anyone interested can search for it.

The interview is essentially a 46-minute promotion of ADE but what’s new is we get to hear MJD speaking about something besides angels, “the truth of matter” and the usual nonsense. What MJD doesn’t say is significant: no mention of CMA or his “powers”. But even in absence of those fairytales, not once does Rense challenge his guests’ wild claims about ADE, but is wholeheartedly enthusiastic about it.

The interview is worth listening to for MJD’s circuitous origin story of the ADE formula and to hear the general backslapping of three people trying to sell a product which does nothing.

MJD’s story would have more credibilty if he said he woke up in Lilliput whereupon he received from the Wizard of Oz the keys to Fort Knox where a flying carpet took him to Atlantis to discover Australian Digestive Excellence springing from geysers.

It’s available in an unlisted video on the official ADE YouTube channel (clips follow):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6n9zHKPvgQ

Clip #1: Rense introduces “John Douglas” and Audri.

Rense: Australian Digestive Excellence … I never thought I’d see a product like this, it’s really brilliant …

Rense: … John by sound of your accent you’re not in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

MJD: No I actually am … I have some business interests now in this wonderful land of yours and I think I’m an adopted son by now.

Audri: The story really starts with John and some of the background of how he got involved, he’s the brilliant person behind the formulation.

MJD: Oh thank you Audri (laughs)

Rense: … the formulation I would call probably as unique as it can get.

Clip #1

“Business interests”? I guess that’s how he’s referring to the Church of Master Angels. At no point in this interview does “John” think it’s worth mentioning he can commune with angels and thereby kill viruses and all manner of diseases in the body, including the digestive system. Audri says John is the “brilliant” person behind ADE but the origin story given by MJD contradicts that:

Clip #2 : MJD talks about health problems in mid-20s and how he was cured by a “magical experience” thanks to a “Doctor Ted”, then wanting to bring the formula to a wider audience

MJD: I’m not a qualified healthcare professional by any means, um, I came about this formula from a magical experience I had in my mid-20s … I was working for a large transportation company at a very young age. 9 black coffees a day, working 12-15 hours a day trying to make my name. I had haemorrhage in my stomach lining and also developed Crohn’s disease.

Rense: Sounds like mass ulceration … wore away from the stress and acid.

MJD: Totally right. A lot of people have that weakness … including the tone of the intestine that no-one, even professionals talk about. And these are the secrets I found from this wonderful person who treated me.

[Talk about his treatment in hospital, vets and prednisone.]

MJD: I came across a friend who had been seeing some naturopath that was well-liked. This person ended up being one of those great visionaries you meet, with a deep spiritual connection to the whole plant kingdom. He’d been trained in herbal medicine before World War 2. He said to me “I’ll make you a formula that will not just bring you back but give you vitality and help you build up the blood you lost … I know exactly what you need.”

MJD: … From the first day Jeff, I just felt this change in my stomach, torso, well-being. Even my brain and nerves felt better … I recovered wonderfully. I could tolerate things I couldn’t tolerate. I thought this guy’s onto something, this should really be known about.

MJD: I decided to leave my job at that time. The rat race wasn’t for me. I ended up working as his receptionist. That’s when Doctor Ted’s magic opened up for me. I saw people with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, IBS, discomfort, everything, coming in using the supplements for a couple of weeks, coming back for their follow-up; Jeff they were well. They were literally happy, well and telling me how good they felt …

MJD: I kept this in my mind for all those years then many years later other business interests brought me to the United States, this magnificent country of yours I love. I was walking along Santa Monica pier with Audri Lanford and had one of those intuitive moments: the world needs to know this, the US needs to have this.

MJD: … All sorts of people are treating intestinal disorders with diets. When you talk to people they’re not really well. They feel better because they’re not eating much. Anyone whose clothes start hanging off them feels better.

Rense: That’s true.

Clip #2

“Not a qualified health professional” but typically he speaks at length like he knows better than anyone else. We get some MJD biographical details more down to earth compared to what CMA gives us. But is any of it true?

Turns out MJD wasn’t actually the original formulator, but a mysterious “Doctor Ted” was. Ted short for Theodore of course. Who is “Dr Ted”? Did he really exist or has MJD conjured an amalgamation of himself and a person he wishes he was? Is there a part of Christopher Hartnett in “Ted”? Certainly MJD is a fantasist. The formulator of ADE is as nebulous as ever.

ADE marketing didn’t mention Dr Ted once, instead pushing the unlikely idea “John” spent 17 years developing it and having “remarkable results with his clients”, falsely implying he was a health practitioner.

Much like how MJD shifts responsibility for his fake healings onto imaginary angels, he shifts responsibility for ADE’s creation to an imaginary doctor. In his mind he can’t be held ultimately liable for anything. Like Hartnett, he has no personal responsibilty.

Anyone whose clothes start hanging off them feels better“. What.

Later, MJD talks about ADE’s connection with a familiar topic, killing parasites:

Clip #3: MJD extols the effectiveness of the mixture to kill parasites and cure conditions, compounding ADE & Dr Ted with his own imagined persona.

MJD:

Dr Ted revealed to me the parasite problem is bigger than we all know. There are literally millions not discovered. He used the formula that we’ve included in our mixture that was very powerful across the whole spectrum of parasites … this three, four herb mix is very powerful to kill pretty much every nematode.

I had first hand experience way back then watching people prescribed the parasite herb for conditions like MS and Parkinson’s. I saw these people coming off interferon therapy, I saw their lesions go after 6 months. I saw all kinds of arresting of the progression of those conditions by having the parasites killed in their body.

So Dr Ted revealed a lot of interesting truths to me that no other practitioner was privy to at the time …. he understood ulcerative colitis always had a parasitic component. As did Crohn’s and IBS.

The food practices we have, the corporatization of food lends it to that.

Clip #3

MJD has assigned to “Dr Ted” and his magical herbs the same abilities and insights he himself pretends he has thanks to the “Master Angels”. The talk of nematodes and parasites unknown to science would be rehashed in 2020 for his coronavirus lies. But in this interview, MJD keeps to himself all the talk about angels and his “complete clairvoyant activation”. Incredibly, he doesn’t think it relevant or that Rense, a conspiracy theorist, would be interested to know his guest possesses the very same powers as the herbs thanks to his “higher faculties of remote scanning”!

MJD is using the “Dr Ted” character as an earthly stand-in for himself. The herbs and formulas are the equivalent of MJD’s angelic superpowers. Like his MJD/CMA-guise he’s presenting himself as communicator and owner of secret knowledge and special powers to cure all manner of issues. But it’s even more unbelievable here: herbs curing MS and Parkinson’s!?

MJD’s central fantasy is converted to a different lie better suited to selling a health drink to a non-CMA audience. Baseless, egotistical claptrap spoken by a shyster who knows he won’t be challenged on it. And at no point does Audri speak up about this nonsense.

Clip #4: MJD goes through the effects of some ADE ingredients

MJD: I’m talking about things like chamomile which is known to be a mucas smoother and strengthener of the sympathetic nervous system.

We have licorice root which is again an adaptogen that strengthens the cells of the intestine lining.

Marshmallow root that builds up the mucas lining. We have withania ashwagandha which is an ancient Indian herb which Ted used to give me. Once I took ashwagandha I had this incredible increase in presence and brain power because those intestinal nerves really got jacked up and stronger.

Clip #4

Wikipedia on ‘adaptogens’:

The term is currently not accepted in pharmacological, physiological, or mainstream clinical practices in the European Union as it requires further studies and more data. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2013 to a Washington-based company for illegal advertising and false health claims concerning use of the word “adaptogen” for one of its products.

Wikipedia

And ashwagandha:

Although thought to be useful as a medicinal herb in Ayurveda and sold in many countries as a dietary supplement, there is insufficient scientific evidence that it is safe or effective for treating any disease.

Wikipedia

MJD makes the unbelievable claim his “brain power” increased thanks to this herb “jacking up” his intestines, and implies ADE will do the same. Again, Audri remains silent.

In my final clip Audri indirectly provides an explanation why CMA’s Elite course states “no pork, no shellfish”:

Clip #5: Audri talks about parasites, despite saying earlier the FDA say she can’t talk about parasites. The three thank each other.

Audri: So many people think “Oh there’s no way I can have parasites …” The answer is if you have a dog, if you’ve ever eaten pork, shellfish, there’s so many ways in day to day living you can get all of these things.

MJD: Sashimi

Jeff: Cat box in the house, that’s another one.

Audri: We hope all our listeners here are interested in making a difference in your life and getting back your life. So we’re so happy to be here and get to share this info.

MJD: Thank you Jeff, you’re a man too of my own heart, I really love the work you do and I’ve been following you for a number of years, thank you for the service you give to everyone.

Jeff: Thank you John that’s very kind of you.

Clip #5

Despite MJD earlier saying there’s no need to cut out certain foods from your diet, pork and shellfish must be an exception due to their high risk of “parasites”. MJD and Audri missed a golden marketing tie-in by not making ADE consumption compulsory for Elite application.

At no point do they simply say don’t eat undercooked food.

International orders for ADE finally became available for Australia, New Zealand and Canada in late 2019, just months before production ceased without explanation. Prices of remaining stock were promptly cut from $49.97 to $10 per bottle. On CMA’s site the price was now just $5.

December 2019 & March 2020: ADE’s website announces the end of operations and finally use MJD’s full “title” only after the close of business. www.australianexcellence.com/

Perhaps ADE ended because its purpose overlapped with CMA’s magical “food repair disks” which “help God kill the unseen animals in food”:

CMA Facebook 21 June 2017

It’s curious the shutdown was met with indifference, for a supposedly amazing product. Almost as if the product was without merit and nobody bought it.

Australian Digestive Excellence was a failure.

30 May 2018 deaths

On 30 May 2018 Audri and Jim were found dead among the debris of their destroyed home by emergency services responding to a 911 call of an explosion.

The Lanfords’ home at 201 Pine Ridge, Heavenly Mountain after collapse. Watauga Democrat June 1

Their house was less than 2000ft from the CMA chapel which chairman Christopher Hartnett lives close to.

After an investigation by Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and other departments and agencies, the timeline of events was detailed in a June 4 press release.

Midday on May 30, the Lanfords discovered a landslide had occured to the immediate rear of their property affecting their liquid petroleum gas tank regulator.

Around 2:30pm a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity of their house. At 4:30pm Jim phoned Suburban Propane and they assisted him in turning off the supply to the tank. Also around this time the Lanfords ventilated the house in an effort to remove the fumes.

Around 5:08pm the power to a backup water heater was switched on.

At 5:11pm 911 received a call from an area resident. Per Watauga Democrat, June 1:

Caller: The house exploded. I’m still trying to determine if anybody is home.

Dispatch: The entire house … like it was an explosion?

Caller: Yeah, a large portion of it exploded. It smells kind of like fireworks to be honest with you.

The caller said he didn’t see a fire but there was extensive damage.

At 5:15pm emergency responders were sent to the scene where they remained until the evening. The bodies of Audri and Jim were found amongst the rubble of their home.

@boonepolice twitter

Sheriff Len Hagaman’s press release continued:

“Due to the complexity of the investigation, unstable conditions, and complications of severe weather; the investigation was lengthy. There have been many theories and much speculation about how this tragedy occurred. The above listed timeline was established based on the evidence and facts uncovered during the investigation.”

press release
Watauga Democrat May 30

Something else was happening on Heavenly Mountain in those 24 hours. CMA’s Instagram posted a hazy video of a nighttime “purification fire”:

The post above was deleted circa 22-25 February 2021.

On June 1, the following post appeared on CMA’s Facebook but was deleted circa 20-25 February 2021. It received comments with tributes and memories of the Lanfords:

The Church of the Master Angels and Heavenly Mountain community are in prayer for two beloved beings of light: Jim and Audri Lanford.

Their infectious joy, perfect love, kindness, devotion, and dedication will be missed by all who knew them.

Please join us in homage for their tireless pursuit of consciousness development and contributions to human evolution.

CMA Facebook 1 June 2018

One comment mentioned Audri was once in a transcendental meditation training course, confirming the association I described previously.

On June 6, CMA went as far as calling them “our dear, enlightened leaders”:

Was the Lanfords’ ability to discern “Truth of Nature” more or less powerful than MJD’s “Truth of Matter”? We may never know.

There was a lot in this rather broad post, I hope it was interesting and readable.

I’m sure this won’t be my only post about Audri & Jim Lanford.

McKayla Maroney and her Supreme Grand Master John Douglas

Credit Descent From Heavenly Mountain and include link if quoting this article

Introduction

McKayla Maroney, the gymnastics gold & silver medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games is a member of the Church of Master Angels and is an ardent devotee of the church’s faith healer “Supreme Grand Master John Douglas” who claims he can remotely look inside patients’ bodies across the world to identify and kill viruses by commanding angels.

Furthermore, McKayla believes in her master’s powers to such an extent she is a student of his “Elite Development” course, where he teaches those same powers together with “the scientific proof of God”.

Master John Douglas
The charlatan “Master John Douglas” (undated photo)

Access to the initial 4-day Elite course is strictly controlled and requires payment of $10,000 minimum. During the last 2-3 years, McKayla has attended multiple CMA seminars, events and visited their invitation-only chapel in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina. McKayla is believed to have successfully graduated from the Elite course by September 2020.

Master John Douglas (MJD) claims in total he has taught over 400 such Elite graduates to identify and kill viruses within the body using “remote scanning” before calling upon a mystical host of “master angels” under the guidance of the “Supreme God”. MJD is supposedly a world renowned healer but whose genuine biography is a mystery.

The Church of Master Angels make the preposterous claim that aged 9, MJD:

Received a complete clairvoyant activation, allowing full vision of the energetic or spiritual dimension. Higher faculties of remote scanning or sensing of the energetic realm or quantum level is also a feature of John’s holistic ability, allowing him to measure and identify various energetic frequencies within the body and surrounding spiritual realms.

About | CMA International Foundation

CMA sell a variety of esoteric products claiming to offer physical and spiritual benefit. From “karmic mitigation blessings” to “pet repair discs”, yearly sales of these placebo items bring in revenue of millions of dollars, sent through the supposedly charitable Global SELF Foundation to undisclosed destinations overseas. The church exists only to take money from recruits and provides no real or lasting benefits, no oversight and no charitable projects have ever been supported.

Centerpiece remote healing products Karmic Mitigation Blessings and Silent Faith Remote Healings are $250 each. These blessings are for “remediation and mitigation of a health challenge or a specific situation that is in need of Divine attention or support”. Buyers are told “once requested, the work is done by God and the Masters Angels on the subtle silent levels. There is no written or verbal interaction during or after these remote healing directed prayers.”

Meditation CDs are typically $149.99 each.

MJD is seen in this 2015 video performing a blessing for an audience by using his hands “like an air-traffic controller” to bring his Master Angels into the room:

CMA YouTube (clip from deleted 2015 workshop video)

CMA’s founder and business leader is Christopher Hartnett, ex-commodities broker, ex-gemstone salesman and ex-domain name reseller. Hartnett runs the CMA operation as a profit-motivated business, proclaiming its destiny is a “multi-billion dollar company”, using manipulative tests of loyality:

Hartnett, internal CMA conference call 2019

“… in order to make this group work self-sufficiently, we had to do a test, to show people how they get in the way, to show people how they react, to show people how they are obstructing the natural order of this movement becoming a multi-billion dollar company.”

A rare photo of Hartnett with MJD (undated)

CMA and MJD know they are charlatans because the following disclaimer appears on every page:

The products and items on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

The products and items on this website are not substitutes for prudent medical care offered by a licensed medical professional.

Additionally, when applying for the Elite course, the following disclaimer appears, which proves the course is nothing except snake oil and placebos:

I have not been cajoled, coerced, threatened or persuaded by Master Spiritual Teacher John Douglas; The Global SELF Foundation; CMA International Foundation or his/their associates to undergo or partake in any particular knowledge course, training, treatment, medication or substance and that I freely acknowledge that any unorthodox or unusual training, treatment, medication or substance that I may utilize is done with my full awareness and acknowledgment that it is of my own free will. I also fully acknowledge that no representations, promises or warranties, express or implied, have been made to me by Master Spiritual Teacher John Douglas or his associates as to the benefits or results that I may gain or experience as a result of attending any knowledge course, training, workshop seminar and the like. I attend such events of my own free will with no expectation of any health, spiritual or other personal benefits whatsoever.

The disclaimer raises troubling questions about how many ex-CMA members do indeed consider they were “cajoled, coerced, threatened or persuaded by Master Spiritual Teacher John Douglas; The Global SELF Foundation; CMA International Foundation or his/their associates”.

I believe this is the first time all these details have been assembled and publicly revealed.

Background

As I’ve discussed in previous posts:

  1. MJD claims “Our group and my Elites have seen proof of God…” :
MJD, 30th October 2020 teleseminar

Elite course attendees have to sign non-disclosure agreements about what they’re taught. What kind of legitmate church proffering global “soul elevation” does that and boasts “secret knowledge not for everyone“?

  1. Visitors to CMA’s invite-only chapel in Boone, North Carolina lay hands on a “14,680lb quartz crystal” to experience its “divine and transformational energy”
Believers lay hands on a large crystal at the CMA chapel in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina (2017)
  1. MJD claims COVID-19 is one of myriad viruses and health problems he can prevent and remotely cure by controlling angels with his hands and mind. He says he “discovered” COVID-19 is something called a “multiple viral cell” containing “parasitic worms”. Complete fiction.
  1. CMA and its sister organisation The Global Self Foundation have revenue of millions of dollars but the vast majority is sent overseas to an undisclosed destination ostensibly for charitable purposes.
  1. MJD claims he’s performed over 50,000 miracles and has published alleged proof in a “Medical Miracles” book written by Elite Development graduate Richard Sarnat.
  1. MJD devotees wear gold, silver or diamond pendants to ward off negative energies
A Church of the Master Angels member wearing a CMA pendant and showing her Elite Development certificate signed by MJD (2013)
  1. Hartnett and MJD insist CMA is not a cult
Christopher Hartnett with a painting of Master John Douglas (undated photo)
The “humble” “Supreme Grand Master John Douglas” in his gilded chapel near Boone, NC (2019)
  1. Believers in MJD’s supernatural healing and karmic powers are eager to praise and “bow in gratitude” for their “Supreme Grand Master”, saying they’re the “most fortunate people on the Earth to learn from Master John Douglas”. And that the “Elite Development Course exceeds what I once believed was only possible in Heaven”.

McKayla

In late July 2018, McKayla added without explanation this unusual video to her twitter profile. The link remained there a year later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHThUw5r7b0
@McKaylaMaroney twitter 1 Aug 2019 showing the CMA video link in bio area

This did not attract much attention.

I watched the video, posted on a channel called “Master Angels” shortly after she first linked to it. Perplexed and intrigued, I visited the channel’s website. Some kind of strange church I’d never heard of. And this was how I started researching CMA. The more I looked, the more insane it all was. My research was not regular, months would often pass without me thinking of CMA. Eventually her twitter link was changed and she wouldn’t publicly mention anything CMA related again until much later.

I don’t know when or how McKayla was introduced to CMA but I note she lives in Long Beach, Los Angeles which seems something of a CMA hotspot.

I was able to determine she visited CMA’s headquarters in Heavenly Mountain near Boone, North Carolina for a “Taste of Elite” event in June 2018. That indicated this so-called church meant more to her than than a casual twitter link of a random meditation video. I shall leave the details of this 2018 discovery for a later post.

It’s notable CMA have never pushed McKayla as a member or advocate. I imagine it would get far more publicity than their typical promo video:

But CMA say they don’t seek publicity. Of course they don’t: if CMA/MJD were exposed to a mass audience beyond their control the response would be disbelief how anyone – let alone a young, widely admired Olympic hero – could believe any of the snake oil they preach and sell.

Like many other cults, outsiders predisposed to the core beliefs are selectively introduced by existing members and friends, rather than mass-recruited via a wide net.

If the claims CMA/MJD make were real then McKayla and their other followers would have no reason to keep it exclusive and secret. If MJD’s 50,000 miracles were proven he would be genuinely world-renowned. If he was for real, it would spread positivity not the negativity MJD despises.

Hartnett has said some of his people work anonymously. As will be seen below and in later posts, the handful of times McKayla’s devotion to MJD has been revealed it’s been hidden, soon deleted or carefully obfuscated to avoid undue exposure or discovery by outsiders.

Pendants

In November 2019 I noticed McKayla had recently liked a number of CMA tweets and followed their twitter account @churchofma. This prompted me to resume looking into CMA again, for personal curiosity. At this point I hadn’t investigated CMA or their followers very deeply.

18th November 2019 is a day I well remember for a discovery I made.

As I wrote here CMA sell a variety of expensive gold and silver pendants on masterangels.org for followers to wear. In summary, the pendants supposedly protect the wearer from negative energy.

https://masterangels.org/product-category/pendants/

Casually browsing the selection of pendants I wondered if McKayla had ever worn one.

So I looked back at her recent Instagram/twitter photos and immediately saw very clearly on her September 28th photos she was wearing one of the CMA pendants. Indeed she appears to be wearing two (plus a smaller heart-shaped necklace not related to CMA as far as I know):

@mckaylamaroney Instagram/twitter composite 28 September 2019

Discovering this was jawdropping at the time. I continued going through her posts. Other photos and videos she posted also showed them, others not so clearly or not at all. Buying and wearing a pendant is not compulsory in CMA but is a key sign of CMA affiliation and strong belief in Master John Douglas’s teaching.

It’s hard to be sure from her photos but McKayla’s pendants look to be the large, most expensive sizes (34mm) so that’s almost $4,000 total.

It’s curious how something can be repeatedly shown to you and thousands of others in plain sight but you don’t it notice until you know the significance.

From that day on, I was curious if and when the pendant would appear next.

@mckaylamaroney Instagram story 29 September 2019
@mckaylamaroney Instagram 7 March 2020

Sometimes, her hair was covering the pendant(s) and I wondered if it was on purpose.

At first I couldn’t understand why she would wear two pendants of different colors. CMA’s product pages don’t mention any extra “benefit” double pendants gives, and I hadn’t seen other CMA members wearing two.

McKayla’s TikTok, 27 January 2020

Then I had a realisation which is obvious in hindsight. McKayla is wearing her gold and silver Church of the Master Angels pendants in imitation of her gold and silver medals in the 2012 Olympics.

McKayla wearing her gold and silver Olympic medals in London, 9 August 2012

I can’t say for sure this was her line of thought, but presumably she must be aware of the similarity at least.

It was an eye-opening moment when this dawned on me. Just how deep was she into CMA? Did she really believe in MJD’s superpowers?

“Miracles I Can Barely Comprehend”

Later in November 2019, I discovered something even more remarkable which answered “Yes” to that question.

A totally unknown social media account, with few followers, clandestinely run by McKayla as a MJD admiration page. It appears not used since 2019. I prefer not to link it here but will in a subsequent post. I fully understand some might think this is fake but soon I will post more content that undeniably confirms the authenticity, plus the username. For now, please trust the following composite of images is taken from that social media account:

Left (circa summer-late 2018) McKayla and unknown others wearing the same fluorescent adornments as seen in other Elite Graduate celebration photos, such as the one I posted at https://www.descentfromheavenlymountain.is/we-are-not-a-cult/

Right (January 2019) McKayla’s testimony for MJD. Personally, this was an extraordinary find. CMA are fond of sharing praise for MJD but have never done so from McKayla. But here she is sharing it herself on a secret account.

Notice she’s signed her testimony with her full name, but because it’s a graphic (Notes App screenshot) it can’t be found by chance by anyone searching her name. I hold this was done intentionally so as not to attract random attention.

I have made some alterations to the left photo to frustrate reverse image searches, to protect my source. If you do know the account name, I ask you to keep it to yourself for the time being. I do know at least four CMA higher-ups are aware of the account.

“I don’t know if I can put into words what Master John has done for me. What do you say to someone who has given you your life back. Who cures the incurable. Who gives and gives so gracefully. Who has time and time again blessed my life with miracles I can barely comprehend.

My life only gets better because of Master John, and he does the same for the next person, and the next person.. and if you let him, he’ll do the same for you!

Thank you never seems like enough.

So I listen to all the tools, (his CDs) to try and be the best person I can be. To honor him, and make him proud. We love you Master John. Thank you!

McKayla Maroney

Endorsements don’t come much stronger than that. Very much along the lines of other positive MJD endorsements I’ve documented.

So, in January 2019 we can see McKayla was full-in with CMA and viewed MJD as a genuine miracle worker.

Tweet Tweet Delete

On 29th March 2020, McKayla very unexpectedly tweeted about MJD:

@McKaylaMaroney twitter 29 March 2020

Personally this was shocking after almost two years off-and-on researching CMA, because McKayla never properly acknowledged her devotion to MJD, at least nothing I saw. Finally she had gone public with her love for MJD. This was far more obvious to her 544K followers than her 2018 bio link video.

Less than 10 minutes later she tweeted some new song lyrics she was working on about COVID-19. This had the effect of quickly reducing attention for her MJD tweets. As can be seen in the screenshot, it got some replies and interactions but nothing huge. But not long after, both her MJD tweets were deleted and nothing more seemed to be discussed about it.

So she had posted that CMA video, mentioned she found it beneficial (but didn’t go overboard on the MJD praise like her covert testimony did) then deleted it for some reason. I’ve always wondered if she was told to delete them because CMA say they don’t court publicity. McKayla’s 544K twitter followers are definitely not the typical audience CMA like to present themselves to.

I made this blog to discuss the insanity of what CMA, Hartnett and MJD supposedly believe and say. I don’t have a fight with casual CMA members, but I want this blog to open your eyes. Be aware of what you’re getting into. Use your rational brain just like MJD doesn’t want you to. It is the higher-up enablers of MJD I criticize most. I don’t know how high up the organization McKayla is but I will show in the next section, she is certainly an Elite.

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

On 27 September 2020, McKayla posted a short video of a natural pool and waterfall on her Instagram story. Her first update for almost a month.

@mckaylamaroney Instagram story 27 September 2020

I had a hunch she was outside California, perhaps somewhere in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina to attend this year’s Elite Development Course announced in August:

CMA Facebook 3 August 2020

A few days after this announcement the dates for the three September weekends were scheduled. Note 25-28th is for “Elite graduates only”:

masterangels.org 7 August 2020

Boone is the main town near Heavenly Mountain.

I don’t know precisely where the Elite courses are taught. No photos, videos are public and exact details of the course are kept secret. I believe the venue is the CMA chapel and/or the rather more mundane Heavenly Mountain Community Center nearby:

At first it seemed impossible to identify where that waterfall was, to perhaps confirm she was in NC for MJD’s course. Assuming her video was posted same day it was filmed; there was no reason to think it wasn’t. I doubted a direct question would receive a response.

I searched Instagram for “Heavenly Mountain / Boone” location tags and it wasn’t long until I found confirmation:

Instagram 17 Aug 2020
Instagram 5 Aug 2017

(Redacted details except location tags, as far as I know these Instagram users have nothing to do with CMA.)

A careful comparison of these photos (and others) with McKayla’s 27th September waterfall video confirms without doubt she was somewhere in the Boone/Heavenly Mountain area.

Felt like I was working for Bellingcat.

Later I discovered I needn’t have looked so hard; Hartnett was there in 2010:

Hartnett Facebook 15 December 2010

Sidenote: I couldn’t find the precise location of the waterfall; there are a lot of similiar waterfalls in those mountains. If anyone knows please contact me to satisfy my curiosity. It must be somewhere fairly public and not purely CMA connected, considering it seems a quite well known spot to visit. (Update, 6 March 2021 : location known)

So, McKayla was again in Heavenly Mountain as in 2018. The possibility she was there for anything other than the CMA Elite course is vanishingly small. Remember September 27th was only for Elite graduates.

Recall what Elites are taught on the exclusive $10,000+ course, the revenue of which is sent overseas to undisclosed destinations by way of fulfilling Hartnett’s goal of becoming a “multi-billion dollar company“:

  1. Preparation and installation of the apparatus and angelic assistance for beginning remote scanning ability of matter and energies
  2. Special revelations for rapid remodeling of sensory pathways
  3. Introduction for remote scanning your own body
  4. Transmitting energy
  5. Secret commands to work with the Masters for self healing and assistance
  6. And much more given by the Masters discretion
  7. Proof of God
  8. A special lanyard
CMA Elite Development students August 2020

To conclude, think about McKayla’s song “Covid Lockdown” and her Apr 17th tweet:

“i wrote covid lockdown as a joke, but everytime i listen to it, it makes me laugh, and i think we could all use a laugh right now

… i love u guys sm!! wish i had words to make things better. hopefully music helps a little

https://twitter.com/McKaylaMaroney/status/1251026323650183169

McKayla knew her Supreme Grand Master John Douglas’s claim he can cure COVID-19 and other viruses but instead of telling us his supposed “truth for all”, she wrote “wish i had words to make things better. hopefully music helps a little”.

CMA Facebook 18 March 2020
CMA Facebook 19 March 2020

More posts are in the pipeline, including further McKayla content showing the depths of her involvement with MJD and CMA.

Master John Douglas Miracle Worker? Read This First

Introduction

Welcome to my blog of personal, independent research and criticism of the “Church of the Master Angels” and its spiritual head “Master John Douglas” AKA “Supreme Grand Master John Douglas”, the man who professes superhuman abilities of remote sensing and healing by communing with angels.

I’ve decided to begin sharing what I’ve found because there’s a lack of information and opinions about CMA except what’s put out by themselves and their followers. I hope those who find themselves entering CMA/MJD’s orbit will search, find this blog and come away with eyes wider open.

Much of this introduction will be fleshed out in subsequent posts.

“Master John Douglas”, unknown date and location

The main online hub of CMA’s operation is masterangels.org

On their About page they introduce themselves as:

A unitary, non-denominational, faith-based community Church open to all seekers of truth, cosmic awareness and soul-realization, regardless of belief, tradition, creed, or religious affiliation that promotes the selfless worship of God through the teaching of God’s Masters, Angels, and Holy Saints.

The Church, outside of its frequent congregational meetings and services, offers unique tools, products, global healing workshops and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. The congregational membership of the Church has now expanded to over 25 additional countries throughout the world.

Of John Douglas we are told:

“Born in Australia, in 1971, to a family with a history of several generations of spiritual healers. John is known throughout the world as a consummate Master Healer and gifted clairvoyant with extraordinary telepathic abilities. At the age of nine, John received a complete clairvoyant activation, allowing full vision of the energetic or spiritual dimension. Higher faculties of remote scanning or sensing of the energetic realm or quantum level is also a feature of John’s holistic ability, allowing him to measure and identify various energetic frequencies within the body and surrounding spiritual realms.”

None of the above is verifiable.

I do know he has operated since at least 2006, when he wrote his one and only blog post: “I have traveled extensively to work on wealthy industrialists, heads of state, eccentric billionaires, royalty, businesspeople, working people, animals and children”.

http://spiritrepair.blogspot.com/

I’ve found no evidence of this or any MJD history prior to 2006. In 2017, his Spirit Repair brand transitioned to the newly incorporated Church of the Master Angels.

A charlatan (also called a swindler or mountebank) is a person practising quackery or some similar confidence trick or deception in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. Resorting to quackery, pseudoscience, or some knowingly employed bogus means of impressing people in order to swindle his victims by selling them worthless nostrums and similar goods or services that will not deliver on the promises made for them. In reported spiritual communications, a charlatan is a person who fakes evidence that a spirit is “making contact” with the medium and seekers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlatan

MJD is enabled and supported by his worshipful cult with headquarters in a gaudy ‘chapel’ nestled in the picturesque North Carolina mountains near the town of Boone, specifically in a private gated community named Heavenly Mountain.

Chris Hartnett Instagram

The Heavenly Mountain development was built using principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture laid out by the Indian transcendental meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Such design is said to aid the occupants in connecting to a universal cosmic intelligence.

Not every follower gets to visit the Boone chapel. Visiting is a special, infrequent event. In the centre courtyard there is a pedestal on which a supersized crystal is lit by artifical lighting of different colors. Awe-struck visitors touch and hug the crystal as if conducting pure angelic energy into their minds.

Crystal at CMA chapel
Facebook 2019
Crystal at CMA chapel
Facebook 2017

MJD’s wingman, salesman and principle advocate is Heavenly Mountain resident and CMA co-founder Dr Christopher Hartnett. Hartnett was a keen follower of transcendental meditation and once bought a house in the Netherlands to live next door to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he says.

In the 1990s Hartnett ran businesses such as Global Online and USA Global Link (sometimes called Global Link USA) in the burgeoning areas of Internet Telephony and domain name reselling. Hartnett says he met MJD in 2008 by travelling the world looking for healers to cure his debilitating medical problems. Apparently MJD was the only healer who was actually successful, judged by a team of doctors assembled by Hartnett. This is all part of CMA lore.

A rare photo of Hartnett with MJD (unknown date & location)

MJD and Hartnett like talking. Interminably. Hartnett in particular goes off on long tangents and is a frequent namedropper: never missing a chance to mention someone he’s met (or hasn’t) or relate stories from his business days.

Hartnett talks Global SELF & CMA International foundations and finding MJD. Clip from Superhero of Love podcast, 12 Sep 2019

For a supposedly well-travelled and world-renowned healer, there is a curious lack of evidence placing him anywhere besides the USA. As an example, I’m yet to find evidence of a single Australian event he’s ever held.

The earliest quoted Spirit Repair testimonials are overwhelmingly in places such as Fairfield, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois.

Fairfield is significant because it’s home to a large number of transcendental meditation adherents and it is within that community John organized workshops and group healing events years before CMA began and subsequently in CMA’s earliest days. But there’s no mention of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or transcendental meditation on CMA’s website or materials.

Chicago is significant because it is where Hartnett worked as a commodities broker and owned a gemstone investment company. Chicago is also the home of the Global SELF Foundation which is the recipient organization of $10,000 “donations” by devotees wanting to join CMA’s coveted Elite Development Course.

MJD is described as if he is independent from CMA. Their legal disclaimers are keen to separate the two, but really they are two sides of the same coin. CMA say “Master John Douglas is a frequent speaker and lecturer for the Global SELF Foundation; The Church of the Master Angels and CMA International and its related affiliates.” But actually MJD is their only speaker and lecturer, leaving aside Hartnett in his role as MJD’s warm-up man.

A seminar with MJD, unknown location, circa 2019

Hartnett introduces MJD – “The #1 medical intuitive on the planet”. Clip from Teleseminar 21 March 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhPK_8BuwQg

MJD is a man of many words, albeit interminable streams of mumbo jumbo, jargon and monotonous verbiage. He is not a man to only say something once, or use one word instead of three. I’ve noticed some of his favorite words are “literally”, “developmental” and “aggregate”. In his manner he comes across as meek, gentle and restrained. But a careful listener will realise he has a sharp mind honed for offering false assurances, dogma and pseudo-intellectualism. Convincing susceptible listeners he is the holder of sacred, secret knowledge. His mind, words, even his silence supposedly capable of tuning into an otherworldly realm of “Master Angels” and thereby channeling their blessings to us Earth-bound mortals.

MJD, 21 March 2020 teleseminar

“We have seminars where we perform healing blessings … everything from the physical level to spiritual level, the mind and emotions. A very powerful way to change your psychology and to remodel your thinking and action and behavior.

… not only do you get a shiny new body when your infection is cured, we have ways to interact with nature and the Creator in the most favorable way.

The ultimate development is that I’m able to instill and train you with capability to verify frequency and matter and truth in any particle. And this be the very powerful secret given to the Earth, it’s not for everybody.

Then you have a way of deciphering truth in your life… is that book wrong? Is that person’s opinion universally true or wrong? What is in this supplement? Is it tainted with iron or lead or is it pure? Every matter through its frequency can be discerned and we can engineer any investigation to show you what literally is the truth of matter… which is not spirituality, it’s not science, there is only one truth of matter that contains both…

We are told he is world-renowned and has an esteemed reputation for his powers. If you haven’t heard of him perhaps the “Lords Of Karma” haven’t judged you as deserving of his knowledge, or likely your friendship group has zero CMA members. And such a pity John is so camera shy, photos and videos are few and far between. Plus his online teleseminars are frequently, indeed I suspect always, audio only.

Something MJD says he can’t do? Remove skintags. He seems to mainly operate on things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. It makes no sense. But of course, something like skintags or broken bones are too easy for the sufferer to know he hasn’t cured it. But anything inside the body like cancer, lyme disease or an invisible micro-organism no-one knows exists? MJD is your guy.

Hartnett with MJD framed photo (undated)

“This is not some cult thing. John is the humblest person I’ve ever met. He is the perfect person”

Hartnett, 28 March 2020 teleseminar

He has a dislike for science, medicine and technology except when it suits him. He feels his arcane knowledge and superpowers are superior to actual science, looking down on doctors for their ignorance of the true nature of reality as he perceives it. And yet MJD doesn’t seek to share his “skills” with the medical community so they could study and learn. But the CMA “medical board” that verify miracles? All apparently medical doctors, though the only doctor ever named is Dr Richard Sarnat, an Elite graduate. This is no independent review board. It’s as bogus as the “peer reviewed” articles Sarnat has published.

MJD explains why his medical treatments are superior to all others. From 28 March 2020 teleseminar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq58Hu9EkPs

His is a world of “Karmic Mitigation Blessings” (KMBs), “Silent Faith Remote Healings” (SFRs) and a catalog of meditation CDs/mp3s ranging from “Prismatic Awareness” to “Astrological Repair”, each as powerless as the other. All these products are available for anyone to purchase on the CMA website. Purchasers of selected mp3s are encouraged to play them in a loop 24/7.

Notably these aren’t cheap purchases either. You could buy the entire Beatles back catalog for the price of one of these; and get more spiritual comfort too.

MJD explains what his CDs do, then talks about how proof of the existence of the soul will end “Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple-fed superiority”. Clip from 28 March 2020 Teleseminar

Let’s take a look at one of CMA’s core products: “Silent Faith Remote Healing”, a kind of prayer. A modern answer to the Catholic Church selling indulgences to absolve of sin and spiritual debt.

The description tells us SFRs are a generous gift from the Master Angels to believers, available 24/7 without needing to attend a workshop or teleseminar. Priced $250 a go, these SFRs must be some pretty powerful and rewarding stuff, right?

But of course, they aren’t. It stretches the bounds of credibility to say these SFR “products” have any effect whatsoever, or that anything happens at all upon their purchase. A sales order is created, money taken from purchaser, and that is surely it.

The Silent Faith Remote Healing Directed Prayers are faith-based and done on the level of silence. Once requested, the work is done by God and the Masters Angels on the subtle silent levels. There is no written or verbal interaction during or after these remote healing directed prayers.

The Silent Faith Remote Healing Directed Prayers can be ordered through this website and can be used for remediation and mitigation of a health challenge or a specific situation that is in need of Divine attention or support.

https://masterangels.org/product/remote-healing/

“Done on the level of silence”? I.e. you fill in the online form, pay $250 and nothing happens except you’ve sent $250 to CMA’s coffers. This ‘product’ is of the most lazy, unethical kind imaginable. We are told a SFR is for:

  • health issues
  • start of new projects
  • child birth
  • marriage
  • business deals
  • any aspect of your life or that of your loved ones where special attention from the realm of the Divine and the Master Angels is desired or required to mitigate or bless those involved

But buyer beware, you have no recourse of complaint if things still don’t go your way:

When it comes to the process of blessings from God, the Master Angels, and Divine intervention, the outcome is always unpredictable and is deeply intertwined with the depth of one’s Karma, the severity of the problem, and the deservingness of the recipient. Since these factors are completely variable with every situation and every individual, there can be no guarantees of any specific outcome from Faith-based Silent Remote Healing Directed Prayers.

https://masterangels.org/remote-healing/

“Karmic Mitigation Blessings” are the same $250 concept in different words:

Reduce the burden of one’s karmic debts … when a positive event happens in one’s life there may still be remnants of bad karma that need to be paid off before success can happen. KMB is a way to smooth this experience. This blessing is good when getting married, being accepted to a new job, and other such events.

https://masterangels.org/product/mitigation/

So they’re saying whatever happens to you, good or bad, buy these “blessings”.

How generous of the angels to bestow upon believers gifts requring a $250 “donation” before they may or may not send their karmic blessings.

In the 28 March 2020 teleseminer, Hartnett says 15 KMBs were needed for a friend’s cancer. That’s $3750 total. I am sure the rank and file CMA members in similiar situations are encouraged to buy buy buy likewise. He didn’t mention if the KMBs had any effect however.

A key recurring theme in MJD’s teaching is “don’t think, just be”. I.e. don’t ask questions, don’t have doubts, instead have faith to accept his knowledge as given to you.

“Let yourself go down the road of accumulating divine truth, to quash your human negativity, your naturally doubting offensive mental capabilities, your belittling and the ego and everything like that. Just allow one divine truth to keep giving you that sweet bliss.”

MJD, 30 Oct 2019 teleseminar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czs87sZcxfE

MJD is saying doubting thoughts are offensive. If you doubt him you are offending him. He is saying divine truth as delivered by him is superior to human truth. He is saying ignorance is bliss.

“For the next hour and a half I’m gonna ask you to literally turn off that part of your brain that always thinks it knows best but ultimately doesn’t.”

Hartnett, 21 March 2020 teleseminar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhPK_8BuwQg

But the biggest conceit hidden in plain site are the boilerplate legal disclaimers on almost every piece of content they produce. It’s all over masterangels.org, their social media posts, newsletters and every item of audio/video they produce:

“Please keep in mind, we are not doctors or medical professionals. We are a diverse international congregation focused on Spiritual Development. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. We do not represent or warrant that any particular product or service is safe, appropriate or effective for you. If you have any health concerns, we strongly suggest consulting a qualified healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment options.”

Acknowledgement of Faith-Based Blessings

By visiting this website, I acknowledge, understand, and have faith that references to the concepts of healing or treatments on this website are describing faith-based blessings performed by God and the Master Angels and not performed by any individual or affiliate of CMA International Foundation d/b/a the Church of the Master Angels.

Neither CMA International, d/b/a Church of the Master Angels, nor any of their affiliates, speakers, or representatives offer medical advice.

The statements and advice offered on this website have not been independently evaluated by the medical community.

The products and items on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.

The products and items on this website are not substitutes for prudent medical care offered by a licensed medical professional.

I acknowledge, understand, and have faith that references to the concepts of healing or treatments on this website are describing faith-based blessings performed by God and the Master Angels and not performed by any individual or affiliate of CMA International or the Church of the Master Angels.

I’m not a legal expert but these disclaimers seem designed not for karmic mitigation but rather more earthly mitigation of CMA’s legal exposure if a purchaser takes issue their expensive non-purchase didn’t cure their cancer. CMA’s defence would be “You agreed to the disclaimer, we’re not to blame.”

No doubt any complainant would be discouraged from attending future workshops due to massive bad karma created from their negativity, or perhaps instead recommended to purchase a large number of SFRs and KMBs to cancel out their bad experience, if they’re gullible enough.

Graduates of the $10,000 Elite Development Course are a key part of CMA’s spiritual advancement structure. Really it is the Elites that can be considered the ‘members’ of the Church, the ones who have fully bought in to MJD’s teachings and way of life. No longer will you need to merely believe MJD, you can know the proof of MJD. We are told there are 400+ Elites. The supposed benefits that elevate you above the laity include:

  • Remote scanning ability of matter and energies
  • Special revelations for rapid remodelling of sensory pathways
  • Secret commands to work with the Masters for self-healing and assistance
  • Skills to kill viruses
  • Proof of God
  • A special lanyard

Yes you read that correctly, “Proof of God”.

“Our group and my elites have seen proof of God”

30 October 2020 teleseminar

All that and a lanyard too!

MJD explains what happens in the Elite course and in-person seminars. Clip from 28 March 2020 teleseminar
Pictured: Elites greeting MJD alongside Hartnett at the CMA chapel, wearing their $10,000 lanyards (Facebook 2019)

Application for the Elite course includes some curious dietary guidelines like “no pork, no shellfish”.

By attending this 4 day course you too can begin to acquire superpowers MJD has, like detecting frequencies of bacteria and toxins in your food.

An Elite graduate with her proof of God (Facebook 2013)

And this is merely the first stage of Elite. But not all are accepted. If your karmic balance isn’t right and are rejected you’re told to spend time (and therefore money) on “further development of maybe one more year of using the advanced techniques and being present on the tours”, continuing purchasing tools such as Prismatic Awareness then reapplying:

MJD speaks to rejected Elite applicants. Clip from 30 Oct 2020 teleseminar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvBRk6oNbU4

Just one more year and then you’ll be happy.

Hartnett mentions in 28 March 2020 teleseminar an attendee who afterwards “decided they were gonna sell this. They signed things that said they wouldn’t … it made us all feel bad. It’s not the way this knowledge is meant to be used.”

I’ve always felt a sure sign you’re in a cult is if you’re made to sign legal forms declaring not to share what you’ve learned. A sure sign the organisation are more interested in controlling access than spreading goodwill.

Did Jesus hand out non-disclosure agreement forms after his sermons and ‘miracles’? I imagine yes if Hartnett was one of his apostles:

“I’ve got some big plans for you Jesus, let’s take this thing global…”

A major question is why are no tours ever scheduled outside the USA? Not even for MJD’s home of Australia have CMA organized a single event.

In 2020 when his tours moved online and MJD became restricted like everyone else from travelling due to COVID-19 restrictions, why not do a virtual teleseminar tour outside USA? But the only tour dates are USA:

Why is there no information for non-USA residents? As I mentioned above, I have doubts he’s actually done anything outside USA ever. Remember, CMA claim to be a global organization. It’s false like everything related to MJD, aided by Hartnett.

I speculate if MJD is banned from working in Australia. Or chooses not to for tax reasons. Assuming he actually does live in Australia as claimed: there is no evidence he does. What are the rules for faith-healers and miracle workers around the world, I wonder.

Hartnett in particular is obsessed with all things “global” but he’s never gone global.

“Global Repair” is a new project from CMA started July 2020. A weekly YouTube stream of a pre-recorded MJD “guided meditation for love and healing” which includes a “Cosmic Infusion Blessing directly from the Master Angels”. The video played out is the same every broadcast but promoted as live.

CMA Instagram 23 July 2020

This project is clearly in response to COVID-19 i.e. implying this mass meditation can heal the planet from the virus without explicity stating it. “Help universal love go viral” CMA declared. It didn’t go viral.

Screenshot of a bizarre “Space Invaders”-style introduction for “Global Repair” stream, 21 Aug 2020

Thanks for reading to the end of this post. Subsequent posts will be less wide-ranging and focus on specific aspects of CMA/MJD. As best I can, I want to write about the completely fictional core beliefs and things I’ve discovered. I want to shine a light on those in the Church who create and encourage those beliefs.

I am not an easily persuaded person. I ask questions. I want to know the origin of things. I am the exact opposite of someone CMA would want to recruit.

I hope followers of MJD will ask questions about what they’re told and take some time to think about him as an outsider might. Ponder why he doesn’t want you to think with your rational brain.

Leonard