JZ Knight; Ramtha School of Enlightenment
J.Z. Knight, born Judith Darlene Hampton, claims to channel Ramtha, who is purported to be a 35,000-year-old warrior spirit and one of the Ascended Masters. Nevertheless, Knight has actually copyrighted the alleged spirit.
Perhaps the best known of all transchannellers is J.Z. Knight who channels Ramtha, The Enlightened One. What new truths would Ramtha have everyone know? First with reference to Man's nature, Ramtha, via J.Z. Knight, says, ''What be you? You are God! Man expressing as God often forgets that which is termed his Godhood... 'Tis not the way it is. You are a God that needs to remember,'' (Voyage to the New World, Ramtha with D.J. Mahr, p. 127). The wording is a bit awkward because Ramtha, a 3,000-year-old Ascended Master, is not from America and speaks with an accent.
Knight -- born Judith Darlene Hampton of Roswell, N.M. -- has said Ramtha first appeared in her Tacoma kitchen 20 years ago. She has parlayed the experience into a multimillion-dollar business including a publishing company, bookstore, clothing store and catalog operation.
'Ramtha's channeler' can't testify, Seattle Post-Intelligencer/AP, Oct. 10, 2000
VIENNA -- A medium and author has won the sole right to "contact" a 30,000-year-old spirit.
Judy Z. Knight, an American, claims to have close spiritual ties with Ramtha, who she says has relayed messages to her since 1978.
But in September 1992, she claims, her psychic channel became ''disturbed'' by Judith Ravell of Berlin, who says she started contacting Ramtha about that time.
The legal battle has been dragged through Austria's courts for three years.
The country's supreme court has awarded copyright to Knight and ordered Ravell to drop her claim to be in contact with Ramtha. Ravell has held several seminars and festivals in Salzburg at which she has passed on what she claims to be the spirit's messages.
Ramtha, said to be the leader of the sunken continent of Atlantis, is much sought after in esoteric circles in Europe and the United States. Knight secured her U.S. copyright in the late 1970s after claiming that he told her she was the only medium with right of access to him.
The court told Ravell that her psychic interruption over the past five years had left Knight "hanging in spiritual limbo," and it ordered Ravell to pay $800 in damages. Knight's lawyers are looking for thousands more. Ramtha was unavailable for comment.
Medium wins channeling right, The Guardian (England), June, 1997
Ramtha aka J.Z. Knight Entry in the Skeptic's Dictionary
How I was suckered by a 35,000-year-old entity. by Knute Berger, in the Seattle Weekly
Witnessing Tips: Breaking Through the ''Relativity Barrier'': How to Make Points Effectively with New Agers by Elliot Miller. "It is important first of all to demonstrate that the difference between Christians and New Agers is not a question of tolerance. A conversation between the channeled spirit ''Ramtha'' and one of his ''masters'' (disciples) will help the reader see what I mean:..."
Book Review: Finding Enlightenment: Ramtha's School of Ancient Wisdom A scathing review of cult apologist J. Gordon Melton's book on Ramtha.
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Enlighten Me Free [Contra] "We are former students of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) from various worldwide locations who have come to seriously question whether "Ramtha" is real and whether or not the whole concept of "channeling" as it exists within the New Age movement is valid."
Ramtha's School of Enlightenment [Pro] J.Z. Knight's official site