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.

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?

McKayla Maroney’s Secret Master John Douglas Adoration Page

Yesterday saw a large increase in visitors to my blog after being linked on Crazy Days and Nights showbiz gossip blog. I sincerely hope you enjoy the rabbit hole.

In my main McKayla article I included images from a furtive social media account run by McKayla last updated in 2019. Asking for trust, I declined to reveal the details at the time but today is the day, together with more details. Because within approximately the past week the account has been deleted. Doubtless someone within CMA, maybe McKayla herself, read my post and decided it was in their interest to remove the account from twitter. It joins various teleseminars disappearing from the Internet shortly after I wrote about them. But now it’s gone I’ll share a lot more from it.

The account shown above was @WeLuvMasterJohn on twitter and its discovery on 22nd November 2019 is something I will long remember. It was so truly baffling, even disconcerting, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. To discover her secret trove of public MJD love was surreal. Up until that day I had seen little evidence suggesting the extent of her total devotion to MJD.

I can now finally post the full profile picture:

@WeLuvMasterJohn twitter avatar. McKayla Maroney with unknown others (circa summer-late 2018) at a CMA Elite Development Course graduation celebration or similiar event

Although I can’t now link to the twitter profile, the evidence is undeniable for its existence. By way of proof: as of today (2 January 2021) anyone Googling the account’s username can still find and open one cached tweet and two cached photos. I urge you to verify this yourself:

Part of Google’s cached search results for “WeLuvMasterJohn” (2 January 2021)

Google’s incomplete cached page for a “WeLuvMasterJohn” video tweet (see below)

Finding the account was simple. I searched twitter for “Master John Douglas” and scrolled down to find old mentions of him. I soon saw a tweet from this account. Intrigued by the account name I opened the profile and was shocked to see the profile picture included McKayla in a previously unknown photo underneath the words “We love Master John Douglas”. Shocked is an understatement as it dawned the account was run by McKayla herself: I scrolled down the profile and saw more MJD adoration in photos, videos and tweets.

I was seeing a new side of McKayla, outside gymnastics, outside whatever fame she has, beyond anything she has ever posted on her verified social media up to that point. And the level of CMA/MJD devotion expressed was unbelievable.

Only 21 tweets/retweets were on the account, spanning 22 December 2018 to 14 January 2019. Most were made on 2nd January. This was during a time when McKayla’s official twitter was deactivated. I’m only going to discuss notable tweets here.

The reasons for the creation of this account and its disuse I can only speculate. Was it abandoned following the death of McKayla’s father on 13th January 2019? Evidentially it was created to show devotion to MJD without using her verified twitter account with 188K+ followers (total at the time). It’s not a normal account anyone would typically have, let alone a 20+ year-old like McKayla. It reminded me of a juvenile fan page.

McKayla tweets link to CMA’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R0ACbAn_Jk

A crucial observation is the name “McKayla” didn’t appear in any tweets or the account name and bio. I assume deliberate to avoid the account showing in twitter search results for anybody who happened to search her name. McKayla or someone else in CMA had an idea to create this account but was sure to obfuscate who was behind it.

Except there was one buried occurrence of her name on the account. As I wrote before, I suspect it’s no accident it appears only within her MJD testimony tweet image, therefore not searchable or easily noticed. I post it again but now with full context of the complete tweet:

@WeLuvMasterJohn twitter 2 January 2019

McKayla says MJD cured her of a catalog of complaints: fibromyalgia (widespread pain), acne and a leaky gut. She uses the hashtag #ThankyouMasterJohn which is another way the account was potentially discoverable by anyone looking for things CMA-related.

She says in the tweet that the photo was taken in Chicago (a Midwest hotspot for CMA activity) which seems to contradict her verified twitter the summer before, when the Los Angeles-based McKayla posted the same photo with caption “stay n cool in the valley heat”:

Posting again her full testimony image:

It’s an astonishing few paragraphs. Nonetheless it accords with MJD testimonials from numerous other CMA members. This is McKayla in full evangelist mode, promoting MJD’s “miracle healings“, his CDs and products, attributing her very life to him and declaring he’ll do the same for others. Not only has MJD made her think he can “cure the incurable” but also she must “honor him and make him proud“.

I’m surprised she signed it with her full name. Whatever the purpose of this entire account, it did not receive much attention within CMA or outside. Just a handful of likes plus 3 retweets/mentions were received. Was the account abandoned due to lack of interest? Most followers and followings were known CMA people plus @churchofma themselves who retweeted her once:

By late April 2020, @churchofma twitter had unfollowed @WeLuvMasterJohn and every other account they were following.

At no point did @WeLuvMasterJohn and @McKaylaMaroney follow each other as far as I know.

A zealot yet she hides her signed endorsement of this “miracle worker” who “gives and gives so gracefully” on an insignificant twitter page where almost no-one will see it, instead of posting it to her 500K+ followers on her official twitter or 1.3million followers on Instagram. Why this covert behaviour? Could it be CMA and McKayla are afraid of people’s negative reaction upon learning MJD’s preposterous claims about “master angels” or watching the buffoonery he performs at meetings? MJD would justifiably be laughed out of town like a travelling quack of yore. His plastic “harmony devices” and placebo pendants allegedly with powers to dispel negative thoughts and control dogs would be thrown into the trash.

And remember she puts her money where her mouth is, being a graduate of MJD’s Elite Development course for $10,000+ per 4-day weekend.

Dog Tired of Master John

Two videos were tweeted by @WeLuvMasterJohn. Both previously unseen. The first is below.

When I took this screenshot in November 2019 the video had 36 views. An indication how little traction @WeLuvMasterJohn got. The last time I looked at it before deletion it had barely increased.

Here’s the full video:

McKayla (seen on right) and unidentified person on left (McKayla’s mom?) with dog. Undated video.

They are playing one of MJD’s CDs/mp3s. I don’t know which one but it’s not stated if any are intended for animal use. Being unable to follow MJD’s guidance and all.

Example CD description:

The Master Angels provided a comprehensive package of energetic, spiritual, and physical healing techniques to initiate entity release, drain negative emotions, remove stress, retrieve soul fragments, cleanse chakras, balance hormones, remove spirit cords, activate cells, remove blockages, and strengthen the grounding cord.

Perhaps the dog would get more benefit from a $149.99 Pet Repair Disc?

Product description:

Pets are often very aware with heightened senses. They are susceptible to strains on their physiology from the impulses around them such as from other animals, sounds and frequencies in cities, or even electronic equipment in buildings.

The Master Angels create an energetic matrix that disperses radiation, negative thoughts, and negative emotions from a pet’s energy fields. They work with an animal’s immune and nervous systems while balancing its hormones, emotions, and brain chemicals. This helps better care for the loving animals that we share our lives with to keep them healthy, happy, and vibrant.

https://masterangels.org/product/pet-pendant/

Some @WeLuvMasterJohn tweets

A previously unseen Snapchat-style photo captioned “Be An Angel Day” / “my favorite day”:

See below for left image. Right image appears to be North Carolina in vicinity of Heavenly Mountain

McKayla, unknown location and date but likely CMA Chapel / Heavenly Mountain area circa 2018

@WeLuvMasterJohn promotes CMA/MJD’s $250 Karmic Mitigation Blessings https://masterangels.org/product/mitigation/

@WeLuvMasterJohn sharing CMA’s “Prosperity Blessing” video at https://masterangels.org/prosperity-blessing/

I wonder why she wanted her karma repaired at 5:30 AM

Now this clandestine twitter page is gone, existing only as a relic of her belief in the charlatan Master John Douglas and his Church of Master Angels. A man who claims to commune with angels and the “Lords of Karma” to direct miracle healings for the sick and needy by waving his arms about and selling $250 “remote blessings” and “karmic repairs”.

This failed twitter account now has no part in chairman Christopher Hartnett‘s harebrained prophecy that the “natural order of this movement” is to become “a multi-billion dollar company“.