A Comprehensive Exposé

Last month an extraordinary personal account of the workings of CMA was posted on Reddit. It’s overdue I covered it. It is written by an anonymous ex-CMA member.

I say extraordinary because it’s breathtakingly detailed and captures the reader’s attention as it lays out many aspects and practices of CMA, “Master John Douglas”, Christopher Hartnett and their constructed world of manipulation. The author’s psychological and financial struggles caused by CMA are also described. Thankfully they are now in a comfortable enough place to make public their story.

Some information in the post I cannot verify but is more than plausible based on what I do know. Other parts confirm things I’ve suspected, have written about and other stories I’ve received. Some parts are repeats of CMA lore.

It is knowledgeable and thoroughly covers everything from the grooming of fresh inductees to the disturbing death of Audri and Jim Lanford.

I had no involvement even though the piece uses images from my blog.

It is easily the single most comprehensive writing on CMA so far. I commend the author. I hope I can give it more awareness and others will benefit from it.

To anyone still involved in CMA or is finding themselves becoming involved: read it with open eyes.

https://www.reddit.com/r/cults/comments/ndbcyt/my_experience_church_of_the_master_angels_john/

The beginning of “My experience …”

An interesting reply to the post by another user greatly backs it up and is worth including here. I can’t verify everything but again, it matches certain facts I know, not all of which I’ve written about yet:

… When I first had my suspicions about John there was very little on the web about him. Using an alias and multitudes of LLCs makes the trail very fuzzy. Hopefully people who have just been introduced can find this info and see the red flags before they are blind to them.

I have witnessed members being chastised (by John) for getting antibiotics when John’s healing didn’t work. I have seen others quietly seek out western medicine when simple health issues could not be resolved with John’s healing. I have seen people ignore health problems that started out small and became threatening issues because they were reluctant to seek the advice of a doctor for fear it would reflect poorly on their level of faith. People get food poisoning despite using the food disc (even with John at the table!) and sick despite using the cold and flu disc, so the evidence that these tools don’t work are there in plain view. But the pressure to keep up the charade that the healings work is intense. Anyone who challenges too much is ostracized. When the tools and healings don’t work excuses are made which usually falls on that person’s karmic shortcomings.

The elite workshop originated because John wanted to buy a very expensive house in Australia. He needed money fast to make the purchase and so they scrambled to put the elite workshop together, totally suckering those initial attendees into thinking it was some divine course that had been gifted by the angels. I can’t believe they pulled it off and have continued to find people willing to spend $10,000. But when the angels instruct John to travel abroad to exotic destinations and buy million-dollar properties and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating them….well…..that money has to come from somewhere.

Reddit

To those in CMA’s orbit: ask yourself how well it tallies with your gut feelings. Ponder what you do and don’t know about CMA and MJD and what gaps this new information fills in.

Like any cult, ex-CMA people often feel embarrassed and ashamed for being duped and would rather not talk about it. Years of wasted time, energy and money. It’s no surprise stresses caused by CMA-inflicted spiritual abuse would cause depression and other problems even when CMA are in the rear view mirror; which may also envelope friends and family.

Inside CMA’s chapel in Heavenly Mountain, North Carolina. Painting depicts Master John Douglas alongside the Master Angels, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and other assorted characters.

CMA exploit the fallacy of the sunken cost, having persuaded their believers karma will eventually become balanced given enough time and enough use of their spiritual tools and workshops.

CMA is full of people who know under the surface it’s bogus but have invested so much they want to see it through to an end that doesn’t come.

This sunken cost has caused significant debt for some escapees and current CMA members. Meaning the health issues that probably got them seeking MJD’s ‘healing’ are now compounded with financial worries.

Another framed piece in CMA’s chapel. Highly valued by Christopher Hartnett alone.

For all these reasons CMA must be investigated and torn apart. MJD, Hartnett and their inner circle are responsible for psychological torment of multiple persons for personal financial gain.

Master John Douglas: Of No Benefit Whatsoever

Despite MJD’s name hastily disappearing from new CMA output, he remains mentioned in several places on the masterangels.org website. At the same time sneaky edits have been made to remove his name in key places, trying to cover their backs from legal entanglements. These unannounced edits have caused fundamental contradictions in current CMA site content, notably the Elite Development pages, and the supposed “divine truth” and “knowledge” expressed prior.

I’ve already shown MJD’s removal from the ‘invitation’ page for his own Elite Development course. Another example occurs in the “Additional Terms” section of the course application form : it now also removes his name and deletes the part about paying $10,000+ for the 4-day course. The same $10,000 course that CMA Chairman and founder Christopher Hartnett can’t comprehend why people are concerned about the cost.

The 2020 form for Elite application is on Internet Archive

How unprofessional of MJD the “consummate Master Healer” (CMA’s words) to no longer “remotely and silenty check in with participants”! Of course the truth is he never did because he can’t. And because the Master Angels do not exist, no-one will be “preparing” or “checking in” with participants at all.

However, the outrageous “Disclaimer and Personal Information” section of the same Elite application form does retain MJD’s name:

There are so many eyebrow-raising clauses I don’t know where to begin. It lies about every claim CMA and MJD have ever made about MJD’s abilities and his powers to heal. How could anyone read this disclaimer and still want to attend the course or have anything to do with them?

Who will be interested in attending the 2021 Elite Development courses except the most hardcore of MJD devotees – loyalists heavily invested for years and unable to entertain an iota of uncertainty about the truth of his invented doctrines, false superpowers and his identity. The kind of people who could read my entire blog and think “this changes nothing for me.”

CMA Facebook 18 March 2020

Anyone who thinks MJD and his associates “have not represented themselves in any way as possessing any medical expertise or medical training” and “no representations … have been made to me by Master Spiritual Teacher John Douglas or his associates as to the benefits … of attending any knowledge course, training, workshop seminar and the like” must have been born yesterday. My blog and the Internet are full of evidence to the contrary.

How does the disclaimer make sense legally or ethically when it says “Master Teacher John Douglas and his associates … have not prescribed, diagnosed, treated or recommended any particular treatment or medication or substance for me” but the very same application form asks “Please list any supplements you take recommended by John Douglas” :

Another baffling part of the Elite application disclaimer is “I attend such events of my own free will with no expectation of any health, spiritual or other personal benefits whatsoever.” If a person can say they have no expectation of benefits whatsoever, why are they applying for the course? Why would they pay $10,000+ to attend? Why would the course exist? How does it make sense with the long list of benefits listed on the Elite Invitation page, and indeed on the very same application form it says “Much of this application process is for your benefit …”?

Benefits of the Elite Development course as advertised

Note especially “the healings and transformations will be done”.

MJD personally championing the benefits of Elite training:

“Access to a secret society of secret knowledge”, CMA newsletter August 2020

And who can forget MJD’s insane “proof of God” claim:

30 October 2020 teleseminar

Our group and my elites have seen proof of God and have seen the reality of God and have seen the evidence of God and have seen the scientific proof of God. It’s no longer a notion. They know.

Master John Douglas

Another clip from same 30 October 2020 teleseminar of MJD advancing the benefits, knowledge and capabilities of CMA’s courses and learned abilities:

We have the gift in nature to kill infections. We have the gift in nature to find the infections, to discern them, to see them. And our Elite initiates also have a level of this blessing to look after their own selves and their own families.

I’ll just give you an example. Maybe you realised this in the last few weeks, but in the United States and eventually it came over Australia there was an airborne infection that created a (cough) instant reaction of neck and shoulder pain. And many people were using Silent Faith Remotes and a lot of the Elites were working with this and people I know and people I was in contact with were suffering this, all of a sudden you just pick up this airborne pathogen and it just creates this sharp and stiff pain in the shoulders and neck and this is what happens. A virus literally comes in and lives and attacks your spinal cord and the peripheral nerves around the spinal branches … and it creates stiffness and pain and it was very acute, quick, as soon as you got it you knew it. So it was in the air and it was coming into people and it was something nobody would know about.

When you kill the virus the pain disappeared. And this is the sort of thing we deal with. This is the sort of truth we reveal to you.

Master John Douglas

Airborne infection that created a instant reaction of neck and shoulder pain“? What on Earth is he talking about? At first I thought he meant Coronavirus but appears he’s got something else in mind. He says Elites can heal it, whatever it is, explicitly detailing an expected benefit to attendees of Elite Development teaching. And just like his claims to kill Coronavirus it’s again nonsense from his mouth.

What legitimate course has every student declare they expect nothing from it? If you were interviewed for placement at a college and a student admissions officer asked “What do you expect to get out of your time at our institution?” and you replied “no benefits whatsoever”, do you think that would help or hinder your application? What if the interviewer said to you “You have to declare you expect no benefits from our course”? But CMA are saying if even a hint of a potential benefit enters your mind, you must reject it and sign the form.

And here is Hartnett promoting the “benefits” of the Elite course:

28 March 2020 teleseminar

Many of us on the phone, probably over 450 people on the phone, have taken John’s advanced Elite Development course. What those people have learned through John’s grace and the Masters’ grace, we’ve learned to actually isolate some of those particular viruses, some of those particular ailments. Whether it’s Parkinson’s, in some cases cancer. And what we do once we isolate that through a certain procedure that’s taught through the Elite Development course we then ask the Master Angels for their help. It’s kind of like we call in the airforce and they specifically target those specific problems.

Does it work? It works.

Hartnett

All of this completely contradicts the Elite application disclaimer “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.”

Impossible, unconscionable, misrepresentative.

The only personal benefit is to MJD’s bank account.

Some CMA members enthusiastic about their expectations for 2020’s Elite courses:

CMA Facebook, 3 August 2020

I trust they all first read the Elite disclaimer before applying and eliminated their expectations of any benefits whatsoever of attending, and communicated this necessity to new CMA recruits.

Another restrictive new addition on the Elite application form is the requirement for “Sponsors”:

The Elite level of the supposed “faith-based community Church open to all seekers of truth” is now like a private members’ club. A club whose Grand Poobah Supreme Grand Master John Douglas says is a “secret society of secret knowledge” while simultaneously having you sign a disclaimer which contradicts every reason you joined? CMA want to protect themselves from wavering casuals and infiltrators.

Would you be a member of a club that would have Hartnett and MJD as members?

Check Your Spam Folder

CMA’s newsletter and social media accounts have returned to life in the last two days, all sending out updates for the first time since mid-December.

All the posts are copies of the “Message from the CMA Board of Directors” that appeared on masterangels.org as I discussed a few days ago.

“Divine Times” CMA newsletter 13 March 2021. Note the sender name “Master John Douglas”

How the comeback appeared on CMA’s twitter, as example:

https://twitter.com/churchofma/status/1370498058446798848

CMA’s previous longest period of social media silence was Summer 2020 lasting almost 3 weeks, much shorter than the 3 months just ended. Again, they give no explanation for the absence but this time the reasons are clearer. CMA chairman and founder Christopher Hartnett has been spending his time ranting on Reddit and, it is said, hiding from legal process servers in North Carolina.

On Facebook many higher-ups continue to show blind loyalty to CMA by liking, sharing and commenting on the new posts:

But loyalty to whom? The elephant in the room is Master John Douglas who still isn’t mentioned in the newsletter or social media posts. In the past, every newsletter contained a sage MJD quote, a call to action and so on. E.g. :

“Sing a good song. Sing a loving song. Sing a kind song, and sing an innocent song.”

How can any true believer in CMA not ask why their guru has abandoned them? Why is his church giving him the cold shoulder? What function does CMA serve without their “prophetic minister” who “received knowledge and teaching of the healing arts telepathically from his spiritual companions the Master Angels”? Once lauded everywhere CMA were found, now not a single “thank you Supreme Grand Master John Douglas” to be seen.

They are all playing along with the front there are no deep problems for CMA and MJD.

I’m more interested in what their next updates will say, whenever they may be.

But the newsletter doesn’t totally wipe the slate clean – it was sent from help@masterjohndouglas.org