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This Woman Claims To Channel The Spirit Of An Ancient Warrior And Uses His Teachings To Lead A Cult

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Judith Zebra Knight, known as J.Z. Knight, claims a 35,000-year-old Lemurian soldier appeared to her in 1977. Calling himself Ramtha, the spirit allegedly chose to share his knowledge and experiences with the world by allowing Knight to channel him. What followed was decades of making millions from audiences ecstatic to hear from an ancient being, during a wave of weird cults that purported to teach people to shape their future through thoughts. Knight founded Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (RSE) in 1988, drawing thousands of believers to her 80-acre compound in Washington state to hear the words of the supposed guru. 

Knight and Ramtha continue to make money and pull in followers from their website with their promise to change lives through quantum physics, change reality through mindfulness, and convince people they are God. While Knight denies RSE is a cult, many former students disagree, detailing forced compliance from Knight and Ramtha. One of Knight's ex-husbands even claimed Ramtha forced him to take a woefully unfair divorce settlement and avoid using doctors to control his HIV-positive status.

Knight pulled herself out of a life selling cable television and into earning millions per year with books, videos, live teachings, and media appearances to spread the word of Ramtha. She says RSE is no cult, but litigation to silence former members and propaganda claiming alien technology is being hidden by the American government paint a different picture.

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    Ramtha Supposedly Appeared To Knight In 1977 When She Put A Paper Pyramid On Her Head

    Based on the theory of "Pyramid Power," Knight and her first husband spent a night in 1977 crafting pyramids from paper, mimicking the proportions of the ancient Egyptian structures. The theory claimed that following the parameters could harness the power of the pyramids for a myriad of purposes, such as keeping food fresh or enhancing the growth of plants. 

    According to Knight's website - and book State of Mind - the day after creating multiple small pyramids, she put one over her head and proclaimed:

    Attention, attention please, you are now about to witness a miracle. We are about to place our new brain-machine upon the willing [person], upon whom nature did not smile with great intelligence. Carefully we place the pyramid in the aligned position, encompassing the entire head and face. In moments, gentlemen, you will witness a truly magnificent transformation.

    According to Knight, Ramtha appeared before her dressed in purple robes made of light and standing over seven feet tall. The entity allegedly introduced himself as Ramtha the Enlightened One and said he was there to "help [Knight] over the ditch." Knight started publicly channeling Ramtha and speaking to crowds of believers two years later.

  • Ramtha Allegedly Fought On The Fabled Continent Of Lemuria


    Ramtha supposedly introduced himself to Knight on February 20, 1977, appearing in her kitchen as the Enlightened One. According to an archived version of RES's website circa 2009, the entity lived as a person on a continent called Lemuria 35,000 years ago. During his time on Earth, Ramtha acted as a warrior and supposedly conquered various lands, including the fabled Atlantis.

    Ramtha claimed he was mortally harmed and spent seven years meditating to find the secret of body transcendence to live outside the boundaries of life. He called it his ascension. 

    Ramtha has also hinted at the ability to manifest in his own body but reportedly chooses to appear in Knight's body to prove a point about a person's gender being unimportant to their enlightenment. According to a 2013 article in The Olympian, Knight believes Ramtha chose her as a vessel because she was his adopted child in an earlier life.

  • Knight Founded Ramtha's School Of Enlightenment In 1988

    Beginning in 1979, Knight started charging audiences up to $1,000 to allegedly hear the 35,000-year-old deity speak about transforming their lives through "the power of consciousness." That same year, Knight acquired an 80-acre property in Yelm, WA, where she built a more than 12,000-square-foot home and bred Arabian horses. Nearly 10 years later, Knight opened Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (RSE) on the land.

    The campus in Yelm includes a Great Hall that accommodates 1,000 people, but those unable to trek to Washington can stream presentations online or read literature posted on RSE's website. The introductory online course consists of six modules priced at $120 each. The site claims over 100,000 followers have visited the campus for Ramtha's classes.

    Ramtha's alleged teachings cover topics ranging from genetics to the entity's past life to the quantum field. Each writing includes flowery prose with New Age mantras and speech peppered in with insistence that each follower is God, and their mind can reshape reality. 

  • Ramtha Teaches That Every Person Is A God That Can Heal Themselves Of Disease


    According to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, there are four foundational tenets to the entity's teachings. The first one is that every person is God and can harness the power of their mind to shape their reality as they see fit. This includes overcoming diseases like cancer or HIV through the power of thought.

    Knight's ex-husband, Jeffrey Knight, claimed he deferred treatment for his HIV-positive status because Ramtha rejected the idea of using modern medical intervention and medication. Multitudes of testimonials featured on the official website for RES claim people have healed themselves through Ramtha's teachings. 

    Ana M. Mihalcea allegedly thought her cancer away through Ramtha's teachings, while Vladimir Shcherbinin provides a detailed account of how he supposedly abolished Hepatitis B from his blood through techniques he learned at the school.