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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Charlatans and Hucksters promote Al Gore's Movie

A recent report in the local paper on the 1980's phenomenon of J.Z. Knight and her channeled friend Ramtha:

Behind the gates at Ramtha's school By Lisa Pemberton The Olympia

YELM - Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, after nearly 20 years of existence, has begun to give the public a glimpse of what goes on behind the high fences and massive gates of what some have called "the mystery school."

Striving For Enlightenment:
JZ Knight, the school's founder, recently revamped the school's "beginning retreats," which cost about $750 and are open to the public. The sessions have been condensed to three and a half days, down from eight, and most will be offered on weekends so that more working students can attend, school officials say.

Debbie Christie, 45, one of the school's teachers, begins the day with a demonstration of card reading. She said she can focus her mind on the back of a playing card so much that a shadow of the card's number and suit appear to her.

This morning, she calls about 40 of the 52 cards correctly. She practices the discipline about two hours a day.

Christie, who is the music technician at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, recently began using her skills with the state Lotto game.

"I've consistently seen two out of six numbers, just about every time," she said. "(Eventually) that number will move to three, then four. Then the big one will hit."

Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Christie saw a video of JZ Knight channeling Ramtha in the mid-1980s.

She should go and see the Amazing Randi as he offers a 1 million dollar prize for anyone who can prove psychic ability in stead of hoping to hit the lottery.

"We have the potential in us to be more than remarkable," she said.

To cheers, she announces that Ramtha will be teaching later in the week, after her body has had some rest.

Also during the next few days, she says those staying will be treated to a special viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth," which features former Vice President Al Gore on the subject of global warming.

"It was Ram in the early '80s that broke the truth that all is not well with what was going on above our heads," Knight said, referring to the climate. "It sort of confirms what the Ram's been saying all along."

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