Spirit guide channeled through J. Z. Knight. According to
Knight, ‘‘Ramtha’’ first made himself known in 1977 when he
appeared to her one Sunday afternoon in 1977 in her home in
Tacoma, Washington. Over a period of months, she became
used to his presence and to his use of her body, through which
he began to speak. In the 1980s he became the center of a
movement that emerged in the context of the larger New Age
movement. Knight became the most successful of the plethora
of channels who became so definitive of the New Age.
Ramtha described himself as having lived on Earth some
thirty-five thousand years previously. He was born in Lemuria,
described as a section of the ancient continent of Atlatia (or Atlantis).
When Ramtha was still a youth, the Atlatians misused
their vast technology and created a disaster—the northern half
of the continent, including Lemuria, was destroyed. The Lemurians
had to seek a new home in the south; Ramtha’s family
relocated to Onai, the great port city of Atlatia.
After the disaster the Atlatian social system fell apart and
was replaced with a feudal-like structure with the Lemurians at
the bottom. After his mother’s death, Ramtha fled to the mountains
to nurture his anger. It became focused on the Atlatians,
and he soon returned to Onai at the head of an army. He conquered
the city and found a new life as a warrior. He became
a conqueror who was stopped only by an assassin’s sword.
He survived, but had to endure a lengthy healing process.
He used the time for contemplation of the Unknown God to be
found in the life force. The death wish that had dominated his
life to that point and led him to become a warrior was replaced
with a desire to embrace life. His search for the Unknown God
led him to contemplate the wind. The wind was powerful, freemoving,
without boundaries, limits, or form. The image of the
wind beckoned to Ramtha to exist unbounded by the common
human limitations, including death. His contemplation over a
number of years led first to an out-of-the-body experience. But
as his concentration continued, his very bodily vibration
changed and he rose as a body of light. He had conquered life,
and, leaving his earthly existence, he ascended.
Now, thirty-five thousand years later, he returned to teach
what he had learned, through the instrument of a young
woman. The essence of his teachings was that each person is a
god, a master, who has forgotten his or her origin. In remembering
and coming to understand one’s true nature, the individual
can become a creator who can have whatever he or she
Ramtha’s teachings came forth in the mid 1980s through a
series of ‘‘dialogues,’’ usually weekend gatherings at which
Knight would channel Ramtha. These came to an end in 1987
and were replaced by Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
(RSE), a more structured course that included a program developed
for students. While the dialogue sessions had been held
around the country, and even overseas, RSE is centered entirely
on Knight’s ranch in rural Washington, where students gather
several times a year for intensive sessions of philosophical instruction
and spiritual practice.
RSE allows more systematic instruction in Ramtha’s Gnostic
theology. The universe emanated in stages from God, described
as absolute potentiality, says Ramtha. Each stage of creation
was marked by a slowing of the frequency of the energy
out of which the universe has been created. Individual entities,
gods, have been embodied in each stage of creation and now
have come into physical embodiment to grow and experience
life, he says.
The primary problem of humans is having accepted the limitation
of physical existence, Ramtha teaches, when in fact, they
are gods with vast powers. The spiritual practice of the school,
based in concentration and pranayama-like breathing, is designed
to teach students to remember and use their godly powers.
Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment may be contacted at Box
1210, Yelm, WA 98597
Kerins, Deborah, ed. The Spinner of Tales A Collection of Stories
as Told by Ramtha. Yelm, Wash. New Horizon Publishing,
Knight, JZ. A State of Mind My Story. New York Warner
Books, 1987.
Ramtha (as channeled by JZ Knight). The Ancient Schools of
Wisdom. Transcribed by Diane Munoz. Yelm, Wash. Diane
Munoz, 1992.
———. I Am Ramtha. Edited by Cindy Black, Richard Cohn,
Greg Simmons, and Wes Walt. Portland, Ore. Beyond Words
Publishing, 1986.
Ramtha (The White Book). Edited by Steven Lee Weinberg,
with Randall Weischedel, Sue Ann Fazio, and Carol Wright.
Eastsound, Wash. Sovereignty, 1986.
Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment The American Gnostic School.
Yelm, Wash. JZK, 1994.