According to self-professed spirit channeler J.Z. Knight of Tacoma, Washington, Ramtha is a thirty-five-thousand-year-old warrior who Knight says speaks through her whenever she is in a trance. Knight began channeling Ramtha in 1977, and when she is supposedly possessed by his spirit, she walks with a swagger and speaks in a husky voice. As channeled by Knight, Ramtha says he comes from the lost civilization of Atlantis by way of Lemuria, which was itself a highly advanced civilization that, according to Ramtha, sank into the Pacific Ocean thousands of years ago. From 1977 to 1979, Ramtha supposedly taught Knight a variety of advanced scientific and theological concepts, as well as how to have out-of-body experiences and how to heal people with prayer and touch alone. Knight then decided to share Ramtha with the public, and she began holding Ramtha seminars—in which she goes into a trance and allows Ramtha to speak—before paying audiences, charging more than one thousand dollars per appearance. She also sells books and tapes of Ramtha’s talks through an organization known as the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.
- out-of-body experiences
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning