It gives sensible, reasonable explanations anyone can understand of why alleged “miracle cures” are nothing of the sort.
So hold back your praise for MJD, his tools, philosophy and character, and similiar charlatans; think twice before purchasing that Silent Faith Remote Healing, Teleseminar Pass, or Elite Development course; first consider more down to earth explanations and ask if any apply to your own situation.
Subtle forces can lead intelligent people (both patients and therapists) to think that a treatment has helped someone when it has not. This is true for new treatments in scientific medicine, as well as for nostrums in folk medicine, fringe practices in “alternative medicine,” and the ministrations of faith healers.
Many dubious methods remain on the market primarily because satisfied customers offer testimonials to their worth. Essentially, these people say: “I tried it, and I got better, so it must be effective.” The electronic and print media typically portray testimonials as valid evidence. But without proper testing, it is difficult or impossible to determine whether this is so.
There are at least seven reasons why people may erroneously conclude that an ineffective therapy works:
1. The disease may have run its natural course. Many diseases are self-limiting. If the condition is not chronic or fatal, the body’s own recuperative processes usually restore the sufferer to health. Thus, to demonstrate that a therapy is effective, its proponents must show that the number of patients listed as improved exceeds the number expected to recover without any treatment at all (or that they recover reliably faster than if left untreated). Without detailed records of successes and failures for a large enough number of patients with the same complaint, someone cannot legitimately claim to have exceeded the published norms for unaided recovery.
2. Many diseases are cyclical. Such conditions as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, and gastrointestinal problems normally have “ups and downs.” Naturally, sufferers tend to seek therapy during the downturn of any given cycle. In this way, a bogus treatment will have repeated opportunities to coincide with upturns that would have happened anyway.
3. The placebo effect may be responsible. Through suggestion, belief, expectancy, cognitive reinterpretation, and diversion of attention, patients given biologically useless treatments often experience measurable relief. Some placebo responses produce actual changes in the physical condition; others are subjective changes that make patients feel better even though there has been no objective change in the underlying pathology.
4. People who hedge their bets credit the wrong thing. If improvement occurs after someone has had both “alternative” and science-based treatment, the fringe practice often gets a disproportionate share of the credit.
5. The original diagnosis or prognosis may have been incorrect. Scientifically trained physicians are not infallible. A mistaken diagnosis, followed by a trip to a shrine or an “alternative” healer, can lead to a glowing testimonial for curing a condition that would have resolved by itself. In other cases, the diagnosis may be correct but the time frame, which is inherently difficult to predict, might prove inaccurate.
6. Temporary mood improvement can be confused with cure. Alternative healers often have forceful, charismatic personalities. To the extent that patients are swept up by the messianic aspects of “alternative medicine,” psychological uplift may ensue.
7. Psychological needs can distort what people perceive and do. Even when no objective improvement occurs, people with a strong psychological investment in “alternative medicine” can convince themselves they have been helped. According to cognitive dissonance theory, when experiences contradict existing attitudes, feelings, or knowledge, mental distress is produced. People tend to alleviate this discord by reinterpreting (distorting) the offending information. If no relief occurs after committing time, money, and “face” to an alternate course of treatment (and perhaps to the worldview of which it is a part), internal disharmony can result. Rather than admit to themselves or to others that their efforts have been a waste, many people find some redeeming value in the treatment. Core beliefs tend to be vigorously defended by warping perception and memory. Fringe practitioners and their clients are prone to misinterpret cues and remember things as they wish they had happened. They may be selective in what they recall, overestimating their apparent successes while ignoring, downplaying, or explaining away their failures. The scientific method evolved in large part to reduce the impact of this human penchant for jumping to congenial conclusions. In addition, people normally feel obligated to reciprocate when someone does them a good turn. Since most “alternative” therapists sincerely believe they are helping, it is only natural that patients would want to please them in return. Without patients necessarily realizing it, such obligations are sufficient to inflate their perception of how much benefit they have received.
The job of distinguishing real from spurious causal relationships requires well designed studies and logical abstractions from large bodies of data. Many sources of error can mislead people who rely on intuition or informal reasoning to analyze complex events. Before agreeing to any kind of treatment, you should feel confident that it makes sense and has been scientifically validated through studies that control for placebo responses, compliance effects, and judgmental errors. You should be very wary if the “evidence” consists merely of testimonials, self-published pamphlets or books, or items from the popular media.
The last two paragraphs are an exact description of “Supreme Grand Master John Douglas”. Any manipulative, persuasive person such as him can exploit a patient’s psychological needs to make himself appear greater than he is.
It is especially worth highlighting the end:
You should be very wary if the “evidence” consists merely of testimonials, self-published pamphlets or books, or items from the popular media.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic had an undeniable impact on CMA & MJD’s plans. Most obviously, their in-person seminars and workshops couldn’t go ahead on the USA “Infinite Bliss tour”, becoming virtual teleseminars instead.
Note all the events above are audio-only teleseminars, not just the first one which isn’t virtually tied to a city. Personally I’ve never listened to a non-free teleseminar because they cost $250. I can’t say what, if any, differences there are between the dates. Do you know? I expect all the teleseminars are precorded just like the free ones are although they are promoted as being MJD “live from Sydney”.
The Silver Pass price is $2750, put on sale before individual event passes. CMA wrote on Facebook: “Attending the entire tour provides the participant with unprecedented bliss, karmic mitigation and life path enhancement.”
I find listening to one CMA teleseminar hard enough, nevermind 12 and paying for them too.
An important exception to the online events has been the Elite Development Course weekends in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina with attendees arriving from around the country.
I haven’t looked into what pandemic restrictions were active for North Carolina during September but on Facebook there was a small mention of “Covid capacity limits”:
The most important thing to note is the news MJD will attend in person. Apparently he received special permission to travel from Australia to USA. I’ve seen no photographic evidence (or indeed any evidence) of his visit this year. Photos of MJD and CMA events have always been few and far between, presumably phones and cameras are almost always banned during seminars and courses.
“He was released from Australia to come to the US for the Elite courses in September. It was a miracle he was let out of Australia … he spent 3 weeks with us in Heavenly Mountain.
[On return to Australia] he was picked up by the Army and put into quarantine in a government-run hotel lockdown for 14 days, with limited food, in one room … not even a window that opened for fresh air.
During that time Master John healed literally thousands of people … we send him these Silent Faith Remotes, these Karmic Mitigation Blessings … I don’t know when he sleeps.
If you attended a September 2020 Elite course and actually saw MJD, or have any details about them, do let me know. Comment or use the Contact form, you can be totally anonymous.
Besides the above discussion, I’m curious how else COVID-19 has affected CMA/MJD. I get the feeling it’s more than they’re letting on.
I say that chiefly because CMA social media accounts went silent between June 29th and July 16th with no reason given. Extremely unusual.
I began to wonder if, for some reason, CMA was over. Were CMA running scared in the face of coronavirus?
It received no reply. To me, it was really starting to look like CMA was over. Or had their social media person simply gone on vacation?
Either way, that comment shows I wasn’t the only one to start wondering what was happening. On Facebook there were surprisingly no similiar comments.
Where was MJD when his followers needed him the most in the middle of a global virus pandemic?
I can only speculate at this stage.
Did the pandemic finally show up MJD’s powerlessness to kill viruses? Did MJD believers have difficult questions about his ability to cure COVID-19? How many of his followers pleaded with him for a cure? How could MJD – the man “famed” for killing viruses both known and unknown – happily co-exist in a world brought to its knees by a new coronavirus?
If anyone out there has insights on this social media silence, please comment or contact me.
By the second week of July with still no updates, I began to speculate if MJD or Hartnett had even died, perhaps of COVID-19. I could’ve emailed them to ask. However, on Jul 17th CMA social media became active again, promoting their new Global Repair project and brand, with no explanation given for the silence.
Global Repair was presented as a generic “help bless the world” campaign via 18 minute audio YouTube streams. “Together we can help Universal Love go viral”; “Enough is enough. Feel like you want to end the crazinesss?” were clearly a reaction to coronavirus. Later it was more overtly presented as coronavirus related:
I feel a change of some kind occured within CMA during this period, linked to the pandemic. A significant bump in the road not merely a result of gatherings/travel restrictions for COVID-19? Perhaps a significant person in CMA’s hierarchy did contract coronavirus and MJD was unable to help? It’s a moot question though: of course he was unable to help.
Or did MJD indeed contract COVID-19? I expect he’s in an “increased risk” category. Was he close to succumbing? If he did, he would lose all his believers in a heartbeat and CMA would be no more.
By October, Hartnett and MJD were back in action. Listening to the October 30 teleseminar, I was amused MJD was coughing more often than previous teleseminars. But besides that, everything seemed normal.
Leaving speculation aside now, let’s go back to March and see what insights MJD has about COVID-19.
“The man who can kill a virus reveals the truth about Covid-19”. But this “truth” turns out to be some of the most absurd nonsense I’ve ever heard him say.
He starts with a well-worn annoyance of his: there’s too much conflicting information, statistics and experts you don’t know what to trust.
“The interesting thing to understand about this pandemic (cough) … so much conflicting information, everybody’s an expert. All kinds of figures and claims being made, I’m not gonna try spend too much time statistically on what’s going on.
Just a rough outline of what I know to be the truth and what I can see with this virus.
When I first was alerted to this outbreak in China I zoomed into a person that was there and I looked in their body and lungs with my ability and what I saw was something very very nasty, very awful, something I had seen many times in other forms.
Literally this coronavirus or COVID-19 the first wave that occurred in China had people literally old and young passing away very quickly… very savage, powerful.
In the way of the pathogen it’s what we call – and what hasn’t been discovered yet – it’s what we call a Multiple Viral Cell. These sorts of cells were discovered by me probably 12 years ago, where the actual main virus carries many other secondary infections.
Viral pneumonia could be one, and immune killing virus could be another, a t-cell destroying protein could be another one. A blood infection could be another one. A gastrointestinal virus could be another one. It’s always shape-shifting and very hard for them to pin it down … destroying everything and literally asphyxiating these people (cough) destroying their lungs totally.
… they couldn’t figure out where these infections came from. I’ll tell you where they came from: the initial outbreak of the Multiple Viral Cell. Something the doctors have no idea about. It’s gonna be very hard to vaccinate against a Multiple Viral Cell.”
Google gives zero results for “Multiple Viral Cell”. How inconsiderate of MJD to “discover” 12 years ago such a significant thing and not share it even with his “esteemed medical board” so they could research it for benefit of humanity in “peer-reviewed journals”, like his “miracles” have been.
Sidenote: there are no transcripts of MJD’s speeches and seminars on the Internet that I can find. This blog I expect is the only site to quote him at all outside CMA-endorsed people.
“That particular virus was contained, it doesn’t exist any more as far as I can see in all the investigation I’m doing. Some major merciful act occurred.
What that first virus seemed to have done was it literally spat its RNA genetic code into a milder coronavirus type of influenza that was around. Then this thing took the characteristics of the first virus, … so this thing is the second wave spreading around the world.
There are many reports of people, if you just look them up (cough), who have tested positive for coronavirus are sick for 4-5 days then it’s all over. Their body fought it off.
But that first wave when people were literally dropping dead, people seeing dead people in the corridor, that doesn’t seem to be occuring anymore.”
Next he indulges in some conspiracy theory about testing.
“Many of the tests are varying in accuracy so we’re getting false positives and negatives which can spread this virus.
One of the interesting things – and this is to be believed or not – but there’s never been such a hysteric and panicked response in our lifetime. And one reason I can tell you is the world leaders and the World Health Organization and all of the main people in the world, the presidents and so on, what they’re not revealing is they all know this testing is inadequate.
One of the main reasons for the escalation of measures is that they know from the beginning the tests are inaccurate …
How off-brand for the deliverer of “divine truth” able to “destroy a million untruths” and who’s seen “proof of God”! Now reduced to relating a political conspiracy “to be believed or not”! Not to mention the unnamed “many reports” mentioned previously. I wonder where he’s getting his information, not from the Master Angels this time it appears. To be clear, the Master Angels don’t exist and have never existed.
He criticizes treatment of patients:
Antiviral medication is very toxic, they won’t tell you that but it is.
I’ve seen many cases of people being literally poisoned by the antiviral that’s been overloaded in their system… respirators on the highest pressure setting.
Many times in my life I’ve seen people sustain brain damage or death by overdose of antivirals.
MJD definitely fancies himself as one of the “experts” he was dismissing earlier doesn’t he. Do you think he was rejected by a medical school when he was younger?
“World events happen for many many convergent reasons of natural law.
I don’t want to say I told you so but I was speaking about the last two years and assessing the frequency of the world and minds and emotions, and the behaviour you see if you tap into the online world and the attitudes of people, socially, politically, emotionally, and so on that we’ve literally gone (cough) into a zone where people were shortcircuiting their positivity by their selfish, immoral and dangerous behavior and attitude. We were at a point where everybody wanted to inflict some divisive belief onto you, everything was divisive, libellous, intense, everybody was wrong except you, selfish agenda inflicted onto everybody else, no honour amongst the media of the world … rapidly declining worthiness of the collective consciousness. We watched it happen, in my inner circle I said there’s one thing that happens to reset all this, and it’s some sort of cataclysm or a disaster comes along and brings everyone together.
Here MJD says COVID-19 was caused by the moral decline of humanity as exemplified by arguments on the Internet. This is consistent with his karmic belief that people’s negative reactions are the cause of future bad events. He’s retrofitted his philosophy to imply he predicted COVID-19.
Do you think MJD spends a lot of time on the Internet? I get the impression he does.
28 Mar 2020 teleseminar
I should point out at the beginning of 28 Mar 2020 seminar, we are pointedly read a legal disclaimer which only confirms MJD was speaking complete rubbish in the previous teleseminar:
If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, please get medical care. Follow medical advice, stay at home, wash hands … Speakers are not doctors and don’t practice medicine. … Statements not approved by Food and Drug Administration, healing is faith based … MJD emphasises “time and again” that divine blessings work with best medical practices.
Jeffrey Wagner, 28 Mar 2020 teleseminar
MJD later gives lip-service to a similiar disclaimer, just before talking about how the information age makes it easy to manipulate people to believe lies:
“I’m not advising anybody, if you need medical help, seek medical help but the further I look into the truth of this matter the more it’s quite disturbing whats happening.
The world today is easily triggered in a different direction. If you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it. If you give a reason often enough that reason will be accepted…
All kinds of things are possible in this information age … The opinion of people can be easily manipulated.
In the old days, it took advertisements, newspapers, TV, trusted personalities to tell us. Now you have this absolute explosive diarrhea of millions of sources of information and enough can stick and we can go into a snowballing conflagration of whatever it may be.
Something MJD has extensive practical experience in. Um, manipulating opinions I mean. Not explosive diarrhea and snowballing.
Next we have more analysis by MJD of COVID-19 :
“What I have found with this virus is it carries viral pneumonia, and also “nano nematodes” which they haven’t seen and which attack the heart, lungs and liver.
So you have a viral carrier carrying nematodes and viral pneumonia which is dangerous, hard to detect and understand.
Nematodes are a kind of microscopic worm. Needless to say, there is zero evidence coronavirus has anything to do with these worms, it’s science fiction.
MJD then reads a long transcription of a German interview with Dr Claus Köhnlein which criticizes coronavirus tests and an immunosuppressant/antibiotic treatment published in The Lancet. This is the video with captions:
“I’m just a lay person, but I can observe nature. There is no way you can survive viral pneumonia with this level of immune-blocking, immune-destroying and toxicity. And none of these things destroy the virus. All around the world doctors are choosing what to do based on this kind of literature.”
Essentially MJD belives the treatment is killing the patients and he found this video which agrees with him.
“It’s just eye-opening and something to have presented to you. I have my own observations and the one person I looked at that passed away who I thought shouldn’t have, had antiviral poisoning in their body
So this sort of thing can happen. I can’t imagine any doctor talking to me right now and giving some kind of logical scientific explanation why give immunosuppressant drugs for a viral infection.
… I don’t understand why this is happening. Something’s very out of whack…
Yes something’s very wacky indeed. Remember MJD is supposed to be tight with the “Lords of Karma”, his friendship group is the “Master Angels”, he’s performed 50,000 “miracles” and can detect and kill unknown microbes with his mind, but here the best he can give us is “something’s very out of whack.”
Before the end of the teleseminar, MJD returns to his previous idea of general negativity causing bad events like coronavirus:
“If you go back to what I mentioned about downvoting someone’s video before you even watch it, that little tip of the iceberg is the reason a lot of this is happening.
As I mentioned last week… the state of politics, society, debate, media, country, the world, social media trends and tendencies.
I said nature simply brings forth a catastrophe when it’s required to blow away all kind of things and negativities.
MJD is annoyed his videos get downvoted and it’s caused COVID-19 to come and kill us all.
30 October 2020 teleseminar
(This is the teleseminar where MJD is coughing more frequently.)
Only one significant mention of coronavirus this time. In his answer to a question from a follower, MJD states the Silent Faith Remote product is able to kill COVID-19, then repeats the nonsense from before about parasitic worms within a “multiple cell virus”. He says vaccines will be ineffective, then ends on a very vague remark.
“Dear John, I’m soon to leave New Zealand which is free of COVID-19 for India, can one order a Silent Faith Remote to prevent one contracting over a long period of time? If one develops symptons or tests positive, can a Silent Faith Remote eradicate the virus?
Yes to the second question … definitely Silent Faith Remote is able to have that eradicated.
Coronavirus… is a Multiple Cell Virus not yet discovered by science. It carries certain protein lifeforms which attack liver, kidneys, heart, lungs.
We’ve performed many blessings to have it eradicated and a Silent Faith Remote works absolutely …
I’m not optimistic about vaccines being able to work … it’s not the virus doing the damage it’s the secondary lifeform this virus is carrying which have not been discovered. Which explains why certain parasitic medication has helped people recover. A mutation of a lifeform called a prion into a wormlike creature… nematodes. It’s this prion causing the problems.
That’s how much we know about coronavirus. Certainly a complicated virus but there will be a solution soon.
To end, I want to briefly mention a recent comment on Reddit in a rare critical discussion about CMA. As I expected, CMA and MJD have given their followers the impression his tools not only eradicate COVID-19 but also prevent it:
“I guess I am just skeptical of some man being able to do these things and all of the quirky things and habits that my family has picked up since they’ve started it … Thinking they are protected from covid-19 bc of master John douglas and their higher vibrations”