A while back I was invited to a guest lecture at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. It was an exciting proposition, and I was secretly hoping to find enlightenment, but didn’t find it at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. The problem wasn’t them, it was me: I had my own issues to solve, although I didn’t realize it at the time. In any case, I’m pretty sure that I was the first journalist to visit the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, and I attempted to describe what I experienced in a balanced way in this article.
If we’re talking about Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, then we’re talking about channeling, which is the practice of going into a trance and letting a spiritual guide “speak through your body”. Is channeling real? Not my call: I just know that it came out of the metaphysics fad of the 1970’s as part of the quest for meaning, but by the 1980’s our society had become more materialistic and channelers were getting jeered by Phil Donahue’s TV-audience pretty regularly. Strange how society can turn on you like that.
The Ramtha School of Enlightenment was created by JZ Knight, the channeler of a spiritual guide named Ramtha who supposedly lived as a warrior-priest some 35,000 years ago and now speaks through her body. Knight became a minor celebrity in Washington State in the 80’s, and founded the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in 1988 to share her vision with others.
So unlike 100% of the critics writing reviews of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment online, I’ve actually been there (twice), and not as a student or follower (because I’m not). I think that probably qualifies me to speak on the subject, and speaking in that capacity my analysis of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment is that it’s a pretty mellow group of people from diverse backgrounds who are all interested in personal growth through spiritual and psychic practice.
The Ramtha School of Enlightenment’s not a cult – it’s more like a liberal college run by free spirits trying to avoid society’s intolerance by sharing with each other instead of the public. It’s not hard to find that intolerance, either: a quick Google search shows more criticism of JZ Knight and the Ramtha School of Enlightenment than the place deserves. Ramtha followers stay out of trouble, mind their own business, and get together for a couple of weeks a year to meditate in peace. For Ramtha students, it’s kind of a vacation: then they go home and back to work just like anybody else.
The Ramtha School of Enlightenment isn’t just about channeling. Basically, they explore every kind of psychic phenomenon you can think of. It’s a pretty egalitarian environment: nobody’s better than anybody else, and the students all work in groups on projects of their choosing. If you’re into channeling, remote viewing, spirit photography, clairvoyance, or whatever, then they’ve got classes for you, and they even fly in guest speakers for a lot of these topics.
I really liked the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. I didn’t fit in, but the students and staff have all experienced intolerance and they’re all really warm, open people, and very willing to share ideas and thoughts. Overall, I’d say that if you’re into psychic phenomenon, then the Ramtha School of Enlightenment is worth your time as a mellow, unique and interesting experience.
Overall, the important thing is being open minded and having tolerance. Being open minded doesn’t mean that you have to accept what the Ramtha School of Enlightenment teaches, it just means accepting the fact that they teach it. If you want to know more, then read the story.