By Bruce A. Smith
At the heart of the recent flap over the release of a doctored video clip showing Ramtha the Enlightened One lambasting the pedophilic priests of the Catholic Church in words peppered with tons of salty language, was the cry that the subject matter was taken out of context.
In an effort to provide some of that “context,” Ramtha’s channel, JZ Knight, and her organization offered a corporate-style announcement via her Los Angeles-based PR firm that described the offending video as a snippet from a commentary on the corruption of the Church. However, it did so in language as dry as the sands of the Sahara, and as a result the deeper meaning of what Ramtha was talking about and why he was so profane has not been told in words that have any real impact.
Into this informational vacuum seeped the fact Ms Knight had previously made about $100,000 worth of financial contributions to local Democratic candidates and the Obama campaign. Predictably, the nature of Ramtha’s teachings was used to smear the recipients of Knight’s monies.
These Democratic contenders, especially the 2nd LD’s state senatorial candidate, Bruce Lachney (Eatonville), appeared to have been abandoned on the political battlefield by Knight, left vulnerable to the charges of Republican powerhouses like Kirby Wilbur, the chair of the Washington State Republican Party, who called Ramtha’s words “vile,” and demanded that the Dems give back the Knight donations.
Presently, Knight does not seem eager to present any further explanation of Ramtha’s teachings, and she appears content to let her army of attorneys descend upon Washington State Superior Court to obtain a temporary injunction preventing any further showing of the offending videos, as they are copyrighted material. According to media reports, Ms Knight’s attorneys will be back in court on November 14 to extend the injunction for a hefty period of time.
But why didn’t JZ Knight grab a film crew and head to Kirby Wilbur’s office in Seattle and set him straight about Ramtha sticking up for the victims of sexual abuse, and blasting the Catholic Church for covering-up the crimes of its priests? Or why didn’t she conduct her own press conference and address this controversy? Further, how come Ramtha didn’t channel through JZ and confront the Republicans and anyone else upset with his ire towards the Church?
Such timid behavior is not what I expect from my teacher or from the leaders of his School of Enlightenment, for I have been a student of Ramtha since the late 1980s. Specifically, I left New York in 1990 to relocate to Yelm and study at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) full-time.
Normally, I would not inject myself into a story, but the circumstances here call for me to do so. I was not at the events that found their way onto the videos used against the Democrats, and even though I have not been an active student for a few years, I have been at plenty of similar events to those filmed where Ramtha was just as passionate, addressed the same subject material, and dropped the f-bomb just as frequently. If JZ Knight and Ramtha won’t provide any meaningful context to what has been flung around cyber world in the past couple of weeks, perhaps I can.
To begin, Ramtha looks drunk, and I would imagine that he had been drinking a lot of red wine before and during his presentation. I know he and I did during many events, and I consider the experience one of the most potent aspects of my education. In vino veritas, “In wine there is truth,” Ramtha has said many times during these “wine ceremonies,” and I fully agree.
These wine-fueled workshops produced exceptional results for me. I got to know myself at a deeper level – one that was not accessible by the other disciplines I used to seek inner truths, especially the many variations of meditation I learned from Ramtha, such as the power breath work of Consciousness and Energy®.
After a lengthy season of these wine ceremony events, which were replete with “truth sessions” with study partners and friends, I even found the courage to ask a woman to marry me, an objective that I had been unable to obtain despite 800 psychotherapy sessions over a period of twenty years. Yeah, Ram!
Okay, so Ramtha was juiced when he was talking about the Catholic Church. Is there anyone who can seriously defend the pedophilic priests or the bishops who sheltered them? I doubt it.
However, one snippet from Ramtha has him castigating “homosexual priests.” Whenever I heard a usage like this I always assumed he meant the priests who were having sex with altar boys, and he wasn’t attacking all homosexuals, clergy or otherwise.
In fact, I admire Ramtha’s view on homosexuality. I have heard him describe homosexuals – gays and lesbians – as “cross-overs” – spiritual beings who have a past life heavy with experiences in one gender. When they re-incarnate into their current life they “cross over” into the other gender but still carry some of the characteristics of the previous life time’s personas.
A variation on this theme that I have heard described is an entity that may have had a problematic relationship with certain kinds of people, such as a man who abuses women. As a result that soul might chose to incarnate now as a female to learn first-hand what kinds of pressure women live through. Added to that may be the strength or determination of the male gender carried over from the past, so the resulting cross is a tough-minded lesbian.
Ramtha has talked at length about many of the abuses of the Catholic Church – some fundamental and sublime, and others overt, such as the historic taint of anti-Semitism in the Church. Perhaps the most obvious display of this occurred during WWII with the complacency of the Vatican towards the Fascists in Italy and the Nazis in Germany.
Ramtha has often drawn attention to this blatant inconsistency since Jesus was a Jew. When I heard the one reference in the video to something about the f-ing Jews and f-ing Jesus, the above is the context in which I heard it.
As for the use of the f-bomb, I like it because I think it delivers a greater passion to the discussion, and reveals a deeper authenticity about the subject. Yes, the use of the f-word can be un-nerving, but it does heighten one’s attention to the conversation.
In a second video swirling around the original one, there is a lot of disparaging talk directed towards Mexicans. Again, for me, the Catholic Church is at the heart of this commentary.
Specifically, I have heard Ramtha talk extensively about how the Catholic Church has to answer for its stupefying dogma – that its ideology drains away the life blood of creativity and innovation in a society. I have heard him say that if Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in England did not stand up to the pope during the 1500s and 1600s, then the Age of Enlightenment wouldn’t have happened in such a robust fashion and that the United States of America would be “another Brazil,” namely Catholic and politically limp.
Further, the Catholic Church has to answer for its policies on birth control and its treatment of women as second-class citizens. Truly, the Catholic Church has to take responsibility for how many countries have massive societal problems due to the notion of keeping women “barefoot and pregnant.” When I heard Ramtha talk about Catholic Mexicans I felt he was talking about these kinds of issues. Clearly, current day Mexico is crippled by its Catholic legacy, with tens of millions of people crowding into the central plains of Mexico City, fouling its air, and struggling to develop a vibrant economy and a viable democracy free of drug lords and criminals.
I may have over-looked a few juicy tidbits of Ramtha-isms from the videos, so this piece may have an addendum or two added once it’s posted.
I hope this helps. Clarity and truth are certainly my intentions here. I anticipate that I will write further descriptions of my life in RSE, especially on the topic of what I learned. Also, I know that folks unfamiliar with the school may have many questions, and perhaps this may be a venue to answer some of them.
Addendum, November 11, noon:
It has been brought to my attention that the vidoes in question can still be accessed via YouTube and the Freedom Foundation website. Apparently the temporary restraining order only enjoins Virginia Coverdale, the originator of the video, from any further distribution. An earlier version of this article erroneously reported that the videos were not viewable on the Internet.
© 2012 Bruce A. Smith