Film Review: The Enigma of a Dream

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

First some relevant background.

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

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

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

Her official bio however is absent of those claims:

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

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

https://gracehartnett.com/about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Jill’

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

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

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

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

Superhero of Love episode #69. 12th September 2019

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

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

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

Christopher Hartnett

It’s filled with lies.

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

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

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

28th March 2020 CMA teleseminar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christopher Hartnett

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

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

CMA Facebook 18th March 2020.

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

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

Grace Hartnett Instagram, January 2021.

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

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

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

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

The Enigma of a Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MJD, 30th October 2020 teleseminar

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

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

MJD speaking about it:

30th October 2020 teleseminar

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

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

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

MJD

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

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

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

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

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

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

MJD devotee, 2020

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

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

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

It’s two thumbs down from me.

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

I suggest the title Angels and Demons.

Crystal Palace

As we wait to see if CMA and MJD will ever emerge from their current disappearance I want to write about a most curious and weird part of CMA.

The so-called “Maha Crystal” sits in the center courtyard of the CMA ‘chapel’, one building in the private residential development of Heavenly Mountain, NC. maha in Sanskrit means light, lustre or great, abundant.

It’s shown prominently on the home page of masterangels.org :

When I first saw photos of this crystal I knew something very odd indeed was going on. Certainly one of the most visually striking parts of the whole CMA business.

The entire Heavenly Mountain estate including the chapel building were designed according to the standards of Maharishi Vastu (Vedic) Architecture which appealed to CMA’s chairman Christopher Hartnett, a longtime follower of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Transcendental Meditation. The buildings and Hartnett’s residency there predate CMA.

There is little mention of the crystal on CMA’s site but the About page tells us:

The Chapel is known throughout the world as the location of North America’s largest quartz crystal (The Maha Crystal) weighing 14,680 pounds. This world class, one of a kind crystal was installed on August 15th, 2013 and was activated on the day of the full moon, August 21st, 2013.

https://masterangels.org/about/

In 2013 Hartnett was still principally a gem tradesman and CMA was in a nascent state. He lives in a house on the same road as the chapel. I’m not sure when exactly Hartnett bought the chapel building. Back then the crystal installation must have been partly a personal vanity project to own a ridiculously large crystal in line with his gem obsession and business interest. But Hartnett had met MJD by then and there is evidence he was already associating the crystal with MJD and healing powers. More on this below.

Christopher Hartnett
Hartnett in his element, sitting on a crystal throne and surrounded by more crystals at the Tucson Gem Show 2016

As Hartnett’s association and enabling of MJD deepened over the following years, the building was used as the private meeting place of MJD followers. The crystal became part of CMA lore merely by its presence.

In late summer 2017, after the formalization of CMA International Foundation, the building was fully converted into the CMA chapel (their only chapel) by adorning it with copious gold paint, metatron symbols, paintings of MJD and angel statues. There are various chapel photos among my posts but I will make a dedicated post in the future. This article mainly concerns the “Maha Crystal”.

The CMA homepage photo above shows the crystal as blue but it can be lit up in different colors:

CMA Instagram 12 November 2018

Here is the crystal in its more common unlit state, a gaudy object matching its surroundings:

The pedestal was not always so embellished. Here it’s being visited in 2015, looking far more low-key before the 2017 remodelling:

No doubt it’s a large, cumbersome object. It’s even visible in this overhead photo of the chapel; look in the center courtyard:

Google Earth 2019

Crystal Vision

So what purpose does this ostentatious crystal serve for CMA? How does it advance MJD’s mission to “create profound change on the quantum ‘invisible’ level to be experienced as healing on the gross physical plane”?

Only by going back to old social media posts pre-2019 could I find any attempts to explain it. The #mahacrystal hashtag was once regularly included in their posts. Much like MJD himself, there are scant sightings of the crystal in more recent years.

These captions on CMA Instagram posts are the best references:

CMA Instagram 21 May 2017

“Visitors to our chapel love to spend time by the crystal, touching the crystal for its divine transmissions and meditate near the crystal in addition to viewing images of this divine crystal.”

CMA Instagram 11 June 2017

“Look at the crystal and experience it’s divine and transmutation and transformational energy.”

CMA Instagram 12 November 2018

“The world’s largest quartz crystal, the beautiful Maha Crystal. Transmuting negativity and transmitting blessings from her home in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina.”

2018 Instagram comment by a CMA devotee. [Maya = Maha]

CMA devotees share their thoughts about the crystal. Facebook, December 2019.

Those claims of powers regarding energy and transmissions are well established in New Age beliefs about crystals and their ability to heal people and the world generally.

But how does all this link with MJD’s bogus teachings and his “secret knowledge” about Master Angels, Karmic Repair etc?

It doesn’t. MJD doesn’t use or promote crystals in any of his seminars or tools. To my knowledge he’s never openly talked about the Maha Crystal. I would be interested if you know different. Hartnett appropriated the Maha Crystal into CMA, giving no origin and little explanation, but still felt it OK to write “the crystal is an integral part of the Chapel of the Church of the Master Angels.”

Crystals are very rarely mentioned in CMA content or by followers. Some occasionally wear crystals and use them in meditation, as do non-CMA people of course. But it’s not a requirement in the CMA community.

Instagram post of a CMA devotee, 9 April 2017. Note hashtags and CMA pendant.

I guess if they are deep enough into CMA to actually have visited the crystal, they’re expected to take it as faith the Maha Crystal is an important part of MJD’s system or at least compatible with it. It appears visitors are encouraged to “charge” their pendants etc by holding them against the crystal, somehow increasing the power of their various purchased tools and blessings. But did no-one tell them zero power × zero power = zero power?

Visitors to CMA’s chapel in 2015 gather around the Maha Crystal, pre-gold paint and angel statues.

Does Hartnett really believe gems and crystals have powers? The bigger the crystal the better and more ‘powerful’? Or are they nothing but commodities to be bought, sold, collected and shown-off to impress visitors; the bigger the crystal the greater the ego and thrill of ownership?

It’s clearly intended to inspire awe and reverence. It sits on a podium, raising it higher than anyone approaching it or standing beside it, making it seem bigger than it is. The multicolor lighting gives it a spooky, ethereal, sentient quality. Hartnett used to be a magician and the crystal is his elaborate magician’s prop.

The crystal is a jarring showpiece devoid of divinity, purpose and power.

People susceptible to MJD’s mumbo-jumbo are also likely open to the notion that crystals and certain gemstones have special unseen powers, connected to a “divine oneness”.

An altar belonging to a follower of MJD. A medley of crystals, idols, stones, lights, pictures and knick-knacks are overlooked by a portrait of MJD. Instagram 2017.

Crystal Clarity

Putting aside the supposed magical capabilities of the Maha Crystal, I was able to discover the origin story Hartnett and CMA never provided. Which also uncovered some frank insights into Hartnett’s early association with MJD in 2012 before “CMA” was formalized.

Hartnett holding a far smaller “Crystal point”, 2015.

In 2008, Hartnett visited “Mother Divine”, a Transcendental Meditation campus on Heavenly Mountain. It had no association to MJD as far as I know. On display in that facility’s lobby was a large familiar-looking crystal:

Hartnett pictured with his future “Maha Crystal”, 2008. Even then the crystal was something to be touched.

The next angle shows the crystal looking far less ‘gorgeous’ ‘beautiful’ and ‘divine’. The simple wooden base is a far cry from the golden pedestal Hartnett would provide to glorify it years later.

A visitor to “Mother Divine” touches the crystal, 2009. Face hidden because not linked to CMA as far as I know.

In 2012, “Mother Divine” closed and the buildings and contents were put to auction. Hartnett was enamoured enough with this beast of a rock to purchase it. Sidenote: he also bought a second huge crystal displayed in same lobby.

Hartnett Instagram 9 August 2013. Note room is same as 2008 photo, now looking more neglected.

Variously described as a “crystal point”, “crystal generator”, “quartz crystal”, “geode” and similiar terms, I’m not sure exactly what it is and don’t know the origins prior to Mother Divine. Quartz generally is said to be “a high energy amplifier that corresponds with every astrological sign, resonates with all of the chakras, and represents the four elements in perfect balance.”

Crucially his wife Linda’s comment (made August 11th) contains hashtags #masterjohndouglas #masterangels #healingcrystal. Confirming this crystal was intended to be associated with MJD the moment it transferred to Hartnett.

More comments on the post above reveal an effort to proclaim this the “world’s biggest” and spread the boast:

Chris Hartnett Instagram comments 9 August 2013

August 12th saw the crystal temporarily in Hartnett’s garden:

On August 15th, just as CMA lore says, it was installed in the center courtyard of the building that would become CMA’s chapel:

“It is finally in place”. Hartnett proudly poses with his latest gem purchase.

I don’t have any photos of the August 21st ‘activation’, whatever that entailed. I assume that’s when it was supposed to acquire the powers CMA describe.

More Maha Crystal touching. 2017

Having found the origins of the crystal, more searching allowed me to discover the FairfieldLife discussion group where some illuminating and frank posts concerning MJD, CMA and Hartnett were made over several years. It’s a Transcendental Meditation group and deserves a post of its own. For now I’ll share this from 2017:

This post backs up exactly what I found. FF = Fairfield, Iowa. AOL = Art Of Living center. “old money veteran” = Hartnett.

One more image I want to include is an especially rare photo. Not only does it show MJD and Hartnett together but actually touching the Maha Crystal, almost like true believers:

2013. Slightly brightened for clarity.

Do I detect a glimpse of flippancy on MJD’s face? What was he thinking at this moment? “For god’s sake Chris what the hell is this thing…”?

I wonder what will happen to the “Maha Crystal”? When eventually the CMA and their chapel are no more, and property ownership is transferred to someone else likely with no CMA affiliation, what will the new owner do with the bizarre object? Keep as a curiosity, destroy it, or sell to some gem collector? And will they be aware of its past as the centerpiece of a sham church run by charlatans?

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