Ramtha, for the two of you who haven't been in touch with his magnificence, is the ancient (he lived 35,000 years ago) warrior conquerer from Lemuria who, though immortal, "ascended" and now channels his witticisms via the personage of J Z Knight.
The DVD consists of three sections. The first, and longest, is "Ramtha's School: A Look Within". In it, J Z Knight describes how, on the 7th of February, 1977, Ramtha appeared as "The Enlightened One" and informed her "I have come to help you over the ditch". This immediately brought to EoR's mind composer Simon Jeffes' explanation of how he came to form the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (a far more worthy institution, in EoR's opinion, than Ramtha's money spinning exercises):
In 1972 [...] I went to the beach. As I sat there a poem came to me. It began 'I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe. I will tell you things at random'. [...] The proprietor went on to explain his cafe. He said that the random, chance element in life is absolutely vital.
Perhaps Ramtha was having a cappucino at the cafe, and felt the urge to chat to someone, though EoR wonders if Simon Jeffes' visions were related to the brain tumour that ended his life.
Chanelling through J Z Knight (in a pseudo-Teutonic accent) Ramtha says:
I must plant in your mind outrageous concepts.
According to Ramtha, there are four principles to learn:
- God lives within each of us
- Consciousness and energy create our reality (so if someone is not conscious that a truck is bearing down on them, it will do them no harm?)
- We are here to make known the unknown (how Rumsfeldian)
- We are here to be god in human form (doesn't principle one mean we already are?)
Most of the exercises at this school seem to involve being blindfolded (how allegorical). For example, crowds of people wander around blindfolded in a paddock to locate various cards pinned to the fence. One such card reads "I relinquish the emotional body".
Then there's blindfolded archery. "Sometimes they hit the target. Sometimes they don't." EoR bets the insurance premiums are high for that one. Those of you who have read Eugen Herrigel's "Zen in the Art of Archery" will of course be familiar with the section where Herr Herrigel argues that his master should be able to hit the target blindfolded, and his master proceeds to shoot arrows into each other unerringly in the darkness. EoR suggests you would get more spiritual enlightenment (and far more cheaply) from this book than from attending Ramtha's School of Wandering Around in Paddocks.
Also shown is the labyrinth in which the crowd must locate the centre ("the innermost divine self") blindfolded and without touching the walls, using only their mind. This may well be an effective metaphor for life (though in real life, you're allowed to touch the walls - ie reality - to locate yourself) but it's hardly godsent enlightenment).
EoR enjoyed the nice paddocks. They could have been put to good use as a horse stud. Though there's probably less money in the horse business.
Also shown is Stanley Krippner, PhD, Psychological Researcher, who states
I do not believe this is deliberate role playing or fraud.
So, is it then real, or is J Z Knight schizophrenic, or is Dr Krippner wrong? So many possibilities, but not all of them equally likely.
The second section, "Cracking the Code to the Extraordinary" is a short (two and a half minute) video of J Z Knight presumably channelling Ramtha on stage. EoR says "presumably" since he doesn't have an accent this time. This is simply a revivalist style meeting.
You're the observer collapsing energy into forms, so that reality is held together by the realism in your brain.
EoR isn't really sure what that actually means (though he's sure Deepak Chopra could try to explain it to him), but who's observing your brain? If no one is, doesn't that mean it doesn't exist?
Even Christ said that the kingdom of heaven is within you, and the things that I do, you can do greater! Have you ever thought about that statement? That means you can OUTDO CHRIST!! HELLO!!!
This segment ends with J Z Knight/Ramtha leading the congregation in a prayer and response, accompanied by images of Ramtha/J Z Knight moonwalking (or is it an ancient Lemurian folk dance?).
The final segment, "Ramtha's Create Your Day" is a one and a half minute straight to camera session. With the accent here swapping between American, British and Teutonic.
Waking up every single morning is a gift, don't you know? Life is a gift.
EoR feels sure he read that on a desk calendar once.
So, ultimately, all Ramtha can say are fairly lame platitudes, and probably exactly what the audience wants and expects (but that's what successful marketing is always about) rather than uncomfortable statements about the universe, or newly rediscovered secrets of the Lemurian Way of Life.
Also, for an ascended divine entity whose sole purpose is to spread his message and raise the consciousness of humanity, why is everything copyrighted, incorporated and trade marked, and why does it all cost money? Wouldn't it be more sensible to make it freely available to propagate it more widely? If Ramtha were real, of course.