ARTICLE: What the #$*! is Ramtha
The year's sleeper hit was inspired by a 35,000-year-old warrior spirit from Atlantis.
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WEBSITE: Ramtha - Create Your Wealth
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ARTICLE: Is it blasphemy, or what?
by Joe Szimhart
(This article is posted with permission)
Behind the bizarre orthopraxy* of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) lies one key goal: gnosis through blasphemy. Yes, from the beginning in her Ramtha role JZ Knight has emphasized a path that leads to self-realization as a "Christ" or living deity, and from the beginning JZ and her followers have believed that this goal somehow constitutes a "blasphemy" against the teaching of the Christian churches and their orthodoxy. Following are examples of "Ramtha's" teaching from a female ex-member's notes and transcribed tapes prior to1995:
The object of this school is to create blasphemy - to create a CHRIST. So that everyone on the face of the earth will understand that God did not just have one son. When the school produces, out of common seed, the extraordinary, then I will have accomplished what I came here to do. To show them that everyone has this. (February 1994)
Of course, the RSE's idea of what constitutes a "Christ" is not what it means in Christian orthodoxy. RSE's idea can best be illustrated by its own claims. One of RSE's standard event rituals is called Paradise Beach during which students sit out in the elements for several days to increase occult power and awareness:
Would you rather sit for 4 days to pay for your house or work for 30 years? (November 1991)
Powers of transmutation also occupy the RSE student's mind:
A butterfly can transmute into a dog, a dog into a bird, a bird into a fire. The greatest change comes when the body is in NO TIME and it is motionless.
As to mind control or mental function, "doubt" in the RSE student's mind operates like a cosmic eraser of occult power:
Don't doubt because you won't see. Your doubt slams the door of opportunity. (November 1992)
The brain to RSE operates more like a radio receiver-transmitter with paranoid undertones than an utterly complex neurological organ:
The brain can pick up microwaves, television and radio waves. The brain receives these signals and makes images, and then you think they are your thoughts, but they are not. (March 1993)
The paranoia increases at deeper levels of RSE metaphysics:
To get rid of demons you have to go to the next level. (March 1993)
And the group expects the leader to attract both social and metaphysical attacks:
JZ will be attacked ruthlessly. (April-May 1993)
RSE posits that the evolved student will be in his or her "Blue Body" and analogical mind" whenever the student experiences "unconditional love." JZ as Ramtha called this state a "trance." She said:
Now analogical mind on the divine cannot possibly possess any human emotion; it can't. The subconscious mind has no emotion. It is so powerful that it doesn't know the difference between right and wrong and it's not supposed to be the judge of reality! It is supposed to do...The subconscious mind puts you in a trance, and like a trance you will be. (September 4, 1994)
The statement above may be out of context but it nevertheless reflects the essence of RSE teachings that tend to be rambling, repetitious, and hopelessly undisciplined in logic. I've listened to dozens of taped lectures and read hundreds of pages of RSE printed material and notes. One has to suspend judgment and imagine that there is meaning in the words. Thus to read and pretend to follow the words one must engage in trance-like attention and not think. In RSE's own teaching is this new age school's attitude toward reason and careful examination of evidence:
Man's meddlesome attitudes are called Science. (March 1993)
RSE's goal to create Christs is not blasphemy if by that RSE means to violate Christian doctrine. JZ Knight attacks only a fundamentalist version of Christian religion with her equally fundamentalist New Age teaching. Both religious subcultures believe in magical powers granted by "God" as long as the believer employs the proper rituals, prayers (affirmations) and thoughts. Both reflect irrational approaches to science and scripture. Fundamentalist Christians believe in a God that literally spoke the universe into being in "seven days" or very rapidly. Positive Confession Christians (Robert Tilton, for example) believe that God ordains man to "speak things into existence." The RSE likewise teaches that as "gods" each student or "master" will think and speak things into being instantaneously or in short order after gaining occult powers from the pricey RSE events. The New Age sect that I followed for a while was Church Universal and Triumphant. It taught that same idea, that "decrees" were the "most powerful force in the universe," and that this power was Biblically ordained in Isaiah 45:11 (Old King James). The OKJ verse is a mistranslation, however, and only heretical sects in Christianity use it to authorize "name it and claim it" doctrine. RSE teaches not blasphemy; it teaches ignorance.
*Orthopraxy means correctness of practice or body of practices; religious practice; ritual. In RSE the C&E breathing, cheering when Ramtha appears on stage, smoking tobacco in a pipe, wearing blindfolds during ritual exercises all comprise aspects of orthopraxy in the group.
OPINION: I noticed a paragraph in your section on "Ramtha" regarding the classic New-Agean "people only use 10% of their brain" theory and that you weren't quite sure what it truly meant. In the past few years, this has been thrown by the wayside by "real" psychologists for the new theory that "people only use 10% of their brain for cognitive processing. The other 90% is to do stuff like breathe, see, digest, control muscles, etc." Newer psychology texts in college usually have this somewhere near the beginning of the "cognitive thought" chapters. If any of these New Agers find out how to use 100% of their brain for cognitive reasoning, I'd be interested to see what happens to the rest of their body.
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Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader
by Rick Ross of the Rick Ross Institute
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As former followers of Gentle Wind Project, a group that claimed to have an exclusive connection to the "spirit world," we applaud any public service website dedicated to providing alternative perspectives.
While we were involved with GWP we believed that the individuals channeling what they referred to as the "brothers and sisters of the inner world," the "company," the "spirit world," among other nomenclature, had special powers. When we woke up, we published a website titled Wind of Changes to share our personal stories with anyone searching for more information.
We are pleased to note the growing dissemination of information originating from your new website and many others. Enlighten Me Free offers a valuable service that will contribute toward informed choices.
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Harvard Law School
Over the course of the recent fall semester, the Berkman Center's Clinical Program in Cyberlaw continued to expand the scope and variety of its clients and projects. One of the Clinic's consistent, major priorities has been the protection of open and free expression online, and it has provided legal assistance and amicus briefs in a number of important cases threatening online speech, including Gentle Wind Project v. Garvey. The Clinical Program first helped draft briefs that, in January 2006, resulted in the Gentle Wind Project's racketeering and defamation lawsuit against clients Jim Bergin and Judy Garvey being thrown out of federal court. After the lawsuit was re-filed in state court, the Clinic's continuing assistance in preparing for trial helped lead to a recent, highly favorable settlement under which the Gentle Wind plaintiffs effectively abandoned their claims, Bergin and Garvey remain free to criticize the group and its practices on their web site, and the couple will receive compensation.(Read more about the Gentle Wind case)
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The Berkman Clinical Program became involved in the federal suit in part because GWP alleged that Bergin and Garvey's posting of their experiences and the linking among various web sites relating to them constituted not only defamation under state law but also violated the federal RICO racketeering statute, a legal theory that, if successful, could have seriously chilled critical online speech. The federal court's January 2006, decision concluded, however, consistent with legal arguments drafted by the Clinic, that the exchange of e-mails among the defendants and hyperlinks between their respective web sites did not create the necessary racketeering enterprise and "are simply not the type [of relationships] to which RICO applies." Accordingly the court granted summary judgment for the defendants on the RICO claims and dismissed the remaining state-law defamation claims. GWP immediately refilled the state law claims in Maine state court, and the case was scheduled for trial in December 2006.
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Notwithstanding GWP's collapse in Maine and the fact that many of Garvey and Bergin's allegedly defamatory assertions had been admitted by them in the Consent Decree, the remaining plaintiffs, six senior GWP members, vowed to continue to fight the state law case. The Berkman Clinical Program continued to assist Bergin and Garvey's local Maine counsel, Jerrol Crouter of Drummond Woodsum and MacMahon, in preparing the case for trial. In particular, clinical student John Horsfield-Bradbury researched and provided guidance on various complexities of Maine defamation law and prepared draft jury instructions for submission to the court. Barely over a month before the scheduled trial, the GWP plaintiffs asked for a settlement on Bergin and Garvey's terms.
In signing the settlement agreement on November 8, 2006, the GWP members dismissed the current suit and permanently abandoned any ability to sue Bergin and Garvey for anything the couple has written, including describing GWP as a cult, stating that the GWP "healing instruments" are "snake oil," or reporting the existence of group sexual activities, known to inner-circle members as "energy work." Of critical importance, Bergin and Garvey are expressly allowed to keep their Wind of Changes site open without any interference from GWP. They also will receive "an undisclosed amount" from the Receiver of the GWP Estate as compensation.
Following the settlement, Bergin and Garvey released a statement detailing the long history of the case and praising the significant contributions of the Berkman Clinical Program. The settlement also received favorable press coverage in New England and among the anti-cult community, including:
"GW Drops Lawsuit Against Couple," Portland Press Herald
"Gentle Wind Drops Lawsuit Against Whistle Blowers." Boston Globe
"Whistle Blowers Knock Hot Air out of Gentle Wind," F.A.C.T. Net
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GATHERING DRAWS FORMER, CURRENT RAMTHA STUDENTS
Nisqually Valley News
9/29/2006 6:54:00 PM
Reprinted with permission
Renee Suberi was among more than 30 people who attended Sunday's meeting of ex-Ramtha students.
Coordinated by David McCarthy, the "Life After RSE" meeting at Millersylvania State Park was aimed at former members of Yelm's Ramtha School of Enlightenment, where JZ Knight purportedly channels a 35,000-year-old warrior from ancient Lemuria.
Suberi abandoned her student status 10 years ago, after 10 years in the school, and never returned.
She estimated she spent about $13,000 for "events" during that time.
"The second best thing I ever did was go to that school. The first best thing was when I left," Suberi said.
McCarthy arranged the meeting because, he said, there are people who don't seem to have an easy time after leaving RSE as Suberi did.
Some feel shunned by friends who stay in the school. Some feel anger because they claim they were duped, abused and "bamboozled."
Current students were invited Sunday as well in an e-mail sent by staunch Ramtha supporter Steve Klein. A copy of the e-mail, was provided to the Nisqually Valley News by an ex-student. In it, Klein urged the fellow students to attend and "assist this group to move on with their lives by listening, learning, and wishing them well in their endeavors."
By the time the meeting started, about 20 current students, some of whom brought their children, were on hand.
"There was no exhibit, by one Ramster present, an iota of warmth or love - only false and superficial shallow smiles," said a former student who asked that she not be named.
Mike Wright, an official representative for RSE, said he attended the meeting "on the clock."
Wright, interviewed at the Nisqually Valley News office Tuesday with James Flick, JZ Knight's "significant other," said he attended because of questions last week posed in the NVN coverage, and also because he read allegations on message boards on anti-RSE Internet sites.
Wright called Sunday's meeting a "tempest in a teapot," and said McCarthy's call for accountability was not addressed, "at least while I was there."
McCarthy said Wednesday that he plans to make a big pot of tea and "it will be called 'truth.'"
"And we're going to make a lot more tea, too."
The Life After RSE group will continue to meet and is planning more public meetings in the near future, McCarthy said. "It's important to get the information out there and let people make up their own minds."
"There will be further tea parties."
Speaking on behalf of Knight, Flick said the story in last week's Nisqually Valley News about Sunday's meeting was "over hyped" and shouldn't have been on the front page of the newspaper.
"It's unfortunate that a small group who have not been in school for 10 years get the front page," said Flick.
"We have reports on people who have healed themselves and come through the halls of the school who have made a better life for themselves. When are they going to take responsibility and move on?" he asked.
"There are lots of people who don't like us," Flick said, among them neo-Nazis.
McCarthy challenged Flick's statement and said he wants to see evidence from RSE as to how people have used the teachings to achieve "remarkable things."
"Although they say the teachings do not work for everyone, show me who they do work for," he said. "Show me how one person created an extraordinary healing or is 20 years younger, anything."
"Remote viewing doesn't cut it," he said. "That's not remarkable."
When Robert Menna, the father of a former student, asked for the documentation several years ago, he never received it, said Menna's daughter, Alexandra.
She left the school five years ago, partly because of the school's lack of response to her father's request for documentation.
Flick also criticized the Nisqually Valley News for not publishing the good things RSE students do in the community. For instance, the students passed a hat at an event several years ago and raised money for a soldier, whom they did not know and who does not live in this community.
The story did not run on the front page.
Flick believed that story should have had a more prominent place in the newspaper.
Wright said he didn't attend Sunday's meeting to intimidate anyone, nor did he think any other student was there for that purpose.
If the intent was not to intimidate, an ex-student asked, "why did they find it necessary to ask questions with the specific, and obvious intent of sabotaging the speaker, put him on the defensive, and discredit anything he had to say?"
As speaker Joe Szimhart spoke and answered questions, Wright took copious notes.
Before Szimhart spoke, however, McCarthy addressed current students, "I've been told to have a wine ceremony and get over this."
Just because he'd been out of school for 10 years, McCarthy said, "That doesn't discount my experiences. I was one of the radical few just like you think you are."
A former "exit counselor" and theosophy authority, Szimhart said his knowledge about groups such as Ramtha followers was gained through study and experience.
He gave an extensive portrait of his background as a "seeker" and spoke of the history of new age gurus.
"Groups like this are not immune to controversy," he said. "They are either on the leading edge or the lunatic fringe, depending how you look at it."
Ramtha claims to be part of the "Great White Brotherhood," Szimhart said, a movement which began 400 years ago with the Rosicrucians.
People join such groups, he said, because they are narcissistic. Narcissism is necessary to a point, but it can turn into a disorder that's not healthy.
"If we experience it," he said, "it must be true."
They think if they first reach self-realization, he explained, then they can help the world.
Szimhart told the crowd that "cult" is the proper word to use, in the academic sense, for a variety of situations, because in that sense, "it's not pejorative."
A student challenged Szimhart on that comment, and insisted RSE is a school. His response; "There is the cult of Ramtha."
There are also cults within mainstream religions, too, he said, like Bible cults, cults within the Catholic Church.
Szimhart said he is Catholic, and unapologetic for it.
Between 1987 and 1998, there were 450 different kinds of groups, and Ramtha was one of them, he said. Brainwashing and thought reform "is something you do to yourself to stay in the group."
"If you know so much, what is your solution to life? What's the truth?" a current student asked Szimhart.
"You asked the wrong question," he said. "Refine your quest, expand your notions." Whether RSE is a school or a religious organization, "In the academic world it's part of the new religion movement, and a for-profit organization."
Szimhart suggested many books as reference materials and invited people to read them for more information.
One student asked what Szimhart offers in place of RSE. In response, he held up a book called, "Take Back Your Life."
The student said Szimhart was just telling students to give up one book, an RSE publication, for another.
Suberi said she stopped thinking for herself while attending RSE, and used Ramtha as a cloak of protection.
Exit counselors help people expand their circle of influence, but the stages of recovery can last for months and years, Szimhart said.
Wright dismissed Szimhart's qualifications as an exit counselor, however. He said there is no certification or any such organization to validate someone who calls themselves that.
Szimhart hasn't been to the school, so he's not qualified to speak about that either, Wright added.
After the meeting, Szimhart said the exit costs to address are the same in RSE as in other groups he's dealt with.
"Any group that suggests a member needs to immerse themselves completely to succeed and to leave everyone who holds them back will accrue a huge social, emotional, intellectual and financial investment," he said. "The lingering beliefs (of ex- RSE members) tend to be more magical and paranormal than most ex-members."
Afterward, Szimhart said RSE students are not very different.
"All new religious groups are unique but the behaviors that define them as a totalist society or thought reform system or 'cult' are the same as other groups with the same behaviors.
The basic behaviors he listed are compliance with a group, dependence on a leader, avoiding dissent, and devaluing outsiders.
Suberi said leaving RSE forced her to look within and become her own inner teacher. Though fellow students shunned her, she found she didn't want to be around them anymore, anyway.
"They had nothing I wanted."
She went to Ramtha, she said, because she wanted to find God.
The complete emphasis these days at RSE is on science - science became the god, quantum field and physics," said Suberi.
Wright and Flick maintain that the basic core message of the teachings have not changed over the years.
The school is progressive, and after a student learns the philosophy, they need to learn how to apply the techniques.
By calling it "progressive," McCarthy said, they have an excuse for turning the teachings away from something that doesn't work.
Suberi said the teachings changed because "they exhausted their bag of tricks."
"Science is impressive and ever unfolding."
If McCarthy feels like a victim, it's his own fault, say current students, but McCarthy said he finds no shame in being a victim.
"They say that to discredit me," he said, "but with a victim, there is a suspect, and the focus should be on what the victim is saying."
Victim or not, however, he wants to deal with Knight directly, but has received no response.
"Her people are not responsible for her actions. She is."
"I respect 95 percent of the people in school, I know where they are in their hearts, I know why they came here, but they get corrupt in the end. She does great harm to people's spiritual lives."
Having received all types of negative response for speaking out, McCarthy said he wonders why RSE is so concerned about him.
"If I'm nobody, why are they bothering to smear me? If I'm wrong, who am I, (going) up against an ascended master?"
"If what I'm saying is a lie and false, can't the ascended master clear it up? Or am I one of the villagers that did not do his disciplines?"
Councilman critical of JZ Knight invite
Channeler's choice of Klein as rep rankles Isom
The Nisqually Valley News
7/13/2006 1:56:00 PM
Yelm City Council received an invitation, but it was one that at least one council member takes exception to.
The event, held this past weekend at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, was open to the public, but at a cost of $700.
An invitation to RSE's "Fabulous Wealth" retreat was e-mailed to members of the council, as well as the publisher of the Nisqually Valley News, by Steve Klein, a representative for channeler JZ Knight and her partner, James Flick.
All declined the invitation.
Klein was a candidate for mayor against Ron Harding this past November.
During the June 28 council meeting, Councilman Bob Isom questioned the motivation behind the channeler's invitation.
After reading the e-mailed invitation aloud - verbatim - including Klein's name, address, phone and fax number, Isom said he believes it was inappropriate.
If Knight and Flick want to "build bridges" as the e-mail stated, Isom said, the best place to do that is at a council meeting, in a public forum.
Not only that, if the event was indeed open to the public, Isom said he hadn't seen one bit of publicity promoting it.
The e-mail also stated that those who accept the invitation are expected to stay on the RSE campus for three days and two nights as part of the the retreat.
Councilman Mike McGowan said the invitation might be nothing more than an olive branch, intended to build communication between RSE and the community.
Isom said he disagreed.
Yelm Mayor Ron Harding said he received the invitation as well, and declined it.
McGowan said the invite raises questions about what city council members may or may not attend, a concern because, as public officials, they are invited to a variety of events all of the time.
When council members opt to attend any event, they must ensure that a quorum does not occur.
Isom said that the city council was in no position to accept an invitation to a high-cost event such as the one held by RSE.
Isom said he suspected the invitation was an attempt to manipulate the council, and noted that such an invitation was never sent to a sitting city council before.
"Mike might be right," Isom said of McGowan, "but it's still the wrong forum to build bridges."
Taking exception to Klein's involvement, Isom noted that the former mayoral candidate writes an Internet blog that regularly rails against city officials and many of the council's decisions.
Isom said he believes Klein speaks up at council meetings to "undercut council."
"(This is) the same guy JZ Knight and James Flick use as a spokesman - (Klein's) not gonna get it both ways," Isom said.
Klein is manager for logistics and travel for RSE.
"The great thing about this country is that it's a constitutional republic," Klein said. "We can disagree on issues and till work together as neighbors."
Flick, general manager for RSE, said during a telephone interview Wednesday that he disagrees with Isom's comments to the council about the invitation and its intent.
Isom's portrayal of the invite as a "backdoor" way of gaining access to the council is "ludicrous," Flick said.
"Wouldn't the town leaders want to know where hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue come flowing into the city on weekly basis, when we have events?" Flick asked.
"We fill the hotels, the bed-and-breakfasts, the restaurants, the gas stations."
The school, he added, specifically asks students to purchase goods and services locally.
In addition to the city council, Flick said that RSE invited members of the regional media and the Nisqually Indian Tribe to attend the retreat.
"It was a beginner event, something they could come and see," he said. That way, "it's not such a mystery to those people."
According to Flick, RSE students have never shirked from getting involved in civic matters.
"Plenty of the students have shown up to city council meetings, and are deeply concerned about the community," he said. "We've been active for the good of the community and the environment."
"Most people don't know that."
In fact, he said, students from RSE have spoken publicly against waste treatment plants, prisons and cell phone towers.
"We've worked hard in the past," Flick said.
Flick noted that he personally hosted an evening public forum in 2004 on the proposed NASCAR speedway being proposed for Yelm and pushed by then-Yelm mayor Adam Rivas.
Under Rivas, NASCAR eventually became an off-limits topic during Yelm City Council meetings.
McGowan said he doesn't see anything nefarious about the RSE invitation, and believes it was an honest attempt at communication, "but it probably could have been have been handled better.
"If an attempt is being made to improve communication, I'm all for it," McGowan said.
Following a lengthy trial in January 1987, a Washington, D.C. jury awarded Robert Kropinski, 39, $137,890 to pay for his psychiatric treatment. Kropinski was an 11-year member who was part of Maharishi's personal entourage. According to the January 14 Philadelphia Inquirer, the jury in the precedent-setting case found that the TM movement "defrauded him with false promises of mental bliss and neglected to warn him about the possibility of adverse side effects." It was the first time an award for psychological injury had been made against TM.
A spokeswoman for channeler J. Z. Knight (who claims she channels a 35,000-year-old warrior from Atlantis named "Ramtha") is blaming "a Christian" for repeated bomb threats that cut short a two-week conference last March. After the second day of the conference, the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, cut the event short -- sending 1,100 participants home after repeated telephone threats from a male caller who claimed the conference was a "ripoff." No arrests were made in the case, and Knight's spokeswoman said she didn't know what denomination the "Christian" belonged to. She added that threats against Knight's organization have since ceased.
'What the Bleep Do We Know?' is an insult to quantum physics and spirituality. Get the bleep away from the theater, fast.
By Laura Sheahen
OPINION ABOUT THE MOVIE: What The Bleep
Scholar or paid apologist?
by Rick Ross
Melton has often been called a "cult apologist." In fact Mr. Melton refuses to use the term "cult." Instead he prefers to call groups like Scientology, "The Family" and Ramtha, "new religions" or "new religious movements" (NRMs).
Maybe this is because they pay him.
Melton often works for groups called "cults," either through cult-funded "research projects," books or as an expert witness.
J.Z. Knight, who leads the Ramtha group, hired him to write the book for her titled Finding Enlightenment: Ramtha's School of Ancient Wisdom.
Mr. Melton seems eager to help "cults" whenever he can.
He once flew to Japan to defend the cult Aum, right after it released poison gas within Tokyo's subway system. While thousands of victims were being rushed to hospitals Mr. Melton flew in, all of his expenses were paid for by the criminal cult.
For a "scholar" Gordon Melton often seems indifferent concerning historical facts.
Jim Jones was responsible for the cult mass murder-suicide of more than 900 people in Jonestown November 18, 1978. However, Mr. Melton said, "This wasn't a cult. This was a respectable, mainline Christian group."
Melton has earned a reputation for largely ignoring and/or discounting the testimony of former cult members.
Ostling's article carried by the AP cites Melton's "nonpartisan objectivity," but can anyone who objectively reviews his actual professional history really conclude that J. Gordon Melton is nonpartisan?
Excerpted from: www.cultnews.com/?cat=76&paged=2
Letter To The Editor of the Nisqually Valley News
reprinted with permission by the author
October 20, 2006
For many years I was willing to go a long with the RSE "teachings",
I ignored my doubts and chose to remain silent, we were "taught" that our doubts were a limitation to a greater mind,
We were also told that RSE was a seven-year school that would produce a second Christ. The magic number one.
I was told recently that JZ Knight is "the magic number one", the prophesied Christ?
I reasoned that leaving my children for a short time was a noble sacrifice to pay for such a supreme spiritual cause?
A "Ramtha" quote..
"Do you think the most important thing in your life is your children?
They're going to grow up and leave you. Do you think the most important thing in your life is one another
It is a conspiracy The most important thing is you. For then in turn you can love another with absolute height
and depth of what love should truly be on this plane. Without that self love you can love no other.
You only hold them in bondage to your lack.
Most of the RSE students I know had sacrificed so much in their lives to attend RSE,
many left behind family and loved ones for what they believed to be a worthy cause.
"Letting go of your past" was a common RSE mantra,
Bridges that had taken a lifetime to build were burnt, all in the name of "letting go of the past".
Catch phrases such as "You are more than your body"."Emotions are a sign of weakness". "You create your our own reality"
"There is no right and wrong". "There are no victims in this world" were systematically embedded into our mind set.
"The End Justifies the Means" personifies the RSE teachings.
Constant predictions of Armageddon and world economic collapse would drive students deeper into subservience to 'Ramtha"
and spiritual narcissism, While a breakthrough in super consciousness was imminent, especially at the next event.
We were instructed to build underground bunkers and to store 10 years of food,
Wine drinking ceremonies were introduced.. and taking Prozac was justified.
Outrageous claims of super human powers and miraculous healing's are made by RSE at beginner events,
Where is the documented evidence to prove theses claims?
"Ramtha" teaches that humanity is a lowlife that uses only 10% of it's brain....
This is a popular myth used by self help gurus and former cable TV salesman to drum up bisness
There is no scientific evidence that we use only 10% of our brains.
The isolationist teachings and indoctrination's that Ramtha is an all powerful "God" creates an unfounded fear that effectively silences criticism and open debate. Many former students leave Yelm . often to pick up pieces of a shattered life. For some. it's easier to stay in the RSE fold than to face the isolation and the disillusionment.
I would encourage Steve Klein and RSE students to turn up at the next RSE event
and try questioning "Ramtha" on the validity of his existence, they would be shown the door immediately.
RSE is a multimillion dollar business and a dictatorship that teaches spiritual corruption,
When are you going to remove the blinders?
I would like to ask JZ Knight/ Ramtha the following questions;
Why has none of Ramtha's predictions come true?
Why are so many masters still dying of disease or committing suicide?
Why did you encourage RSE students to invest into the Omega investment scam?
Why do you have the RSE staff and students sign a gag order?
Why can you not demonstrate what you teach?
I have seen to much betrayal of the human spirit to remain silent.
And I sincerely believe we can help each other out of the RSE ditch.Stay tuned for our next LARSE gathering.
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WEBSITE: Gentle Wind - a cult that was legally shut down
WEBSITE: NNDB - tracking the entire world
JOE SZIMHART WEBSITE
Joe is a former member of a cult. He took his background in mental health, his experience as a former cult member, and became a cult information specialist and thought reform consultant.
Since 1983 appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs worldwide. Consulted by the national media regularly. The 1994 NBC TV movie, "Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception," about a middle-aged woman controlled by a psychiatrist's cult, was based on case and script consultations with Szimhart. Also consultations with CNN, Dateline, MTV, Court TV, and A&E TV for a 1997 special on "Prophecy". He appeared on a BET talk show "Our Voices" on May 4, 1997.
CULTBUSTER FORD GREENE
ARTICLE: Anti-cult attorney nominated for prestigious award
Posted in Ananda Church of Self-Realization, Scientology at 10:23 am by Rick Ross
Noted attorney and anti-cult activist Ford Green of San Anselmo, California has been nominated for a Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation's Lawyer of the Year award. The award is "given to the lawyer or lawyers who make the greatest contribution to the public interest by trying or settling a precedent-setting case," reports the Alameda Times-Star.
Winners will be announced July 22nd at the foundation's 21st annual awards dinner in San Francisco.
Green was nominated along with three other California attorneys for his work regarding a 22-year legal battle to collect a multi-million dollar personal injury judgement awarded to Lawrence Wollersheim against the Church of Scientology.
This is certainly not the first precedent-setting case for Green.
The prominent lawyer litigated and won the landmark appellate court decision, Molko v. Holy Spirit Association (1988) 46 Cal.3d 1092.
In this decision the California Supreme Court held that the First Amendment does not bar civil causes of action for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and restitution when a cult uses deception, which subsequently leads to an unsuspecting individual's exposure to thought reform techniques that cause suffering and damages.
In 1998 Greene also won a $1.6 million jury verdict in Bertolucci v. Ananda against The Church of Self Realization led by Swami Kiyananda in California for fraud, coercion and sexual exploitation.
Ford Green is an Advisory Board member of The Ross Institute.
BULLIES ONLINE: The Guru
Motivation: task focused
Mindset: confusion, inability to understand how others think and feel
Malice: zero to low; when held accountable, low to medium (it's often the absence of malice that identifies a guru type of serial bully) but could be medium to high if narcissistic or psychopathic traits are present
often successful in their narrow field of expertise
regarded as an expert
valued by the employer because s/he brings in the money, status etc
ruthlessly pursues objectives regardless of the cost
ruthless determination to succeed
can be successful over the medium term in their field
zero people skills
mainly but not exclusively male
often has a favourite who receives extra attention but who is expected to reciprocate with sycophancy
favours, protects and promotes non-threatening sycophants whilst marginalizing and hindering the advancement of those with higher levels of competence, especially in people skills
apt to betray those formerly favoured, especially when the favoured person starts to show independence of thought or action, or starts to receive more attention or become more popular than their mentor
a male Guru in a position of power may exhibit inappropriate sexual conduct
gauche, aggressive and unpleasant but not evil
may not be overtly attention-seeking but dislikes those around them getting more attention than they're getting, or getting attention which doesn't include the bully
selfish, self-centred, self-opinionated, dogmatic and thoughtless and with a tendency to pontificate
apt to throw temper tantrums when things don't go well or can't get their own way
emotionally immature, perhaps emotionless, sometimes cold and frigid
convincingly intellectualises feelings to compensate for emotional immaturity
intelligent (often highly) but lacks common sense
is happy to lie to suit own purposes
can have a rigid routine
does not accept responsibility for their own behavior
blames others for own inadequacies
refuses to recognise that they could have any shortcomings of their own
does not live in the present
usually extremely neat (for example, desk is always clear)
organized (sometimes overly)
tempts fate but always gets away with it
has stereotypical ideas about gender roles (though this may not be expressed consciously)
makes assumptions about others' thoughts
does not follow social rules, for example may display bad table manners in public
appears unable and unwilling to engage in and sustain small talk
seems unaware of the nature and purpose of rapport
seems to exhibit some symptoms similar to autism, although autistic people tend to be
shy, introspective and lack manipulative skills and are usually the targets of bullying,
not the perpetrators (it's unknown whether there might be a common cause or whether the
similarities are just a superficial coincidence) [more on autism]
appears unable to read people and their thoughts and especially feelings
when held accountable exhibits genuine confusion as to why their behaviour is inappropriate
in cases where malice is low or absent the person my be regarded as somewhat avuncular or
mildly jovial or charismatic in nature
likes the appearance of normalcy but rejects responsibilities of relationships
is unable to comprehend or meet the emotional needs of others
often puts work and duty above everything, including relationships
makes power plays, for example leaves the room when someone is speaking, or pretends not
to hear and constantly asking a person to repeat what they just said, etc
doesn't share information about self (thoughts, insights, etc) and is not open to receiving this type of information from others (allegedly knows it all already)
possessive of objects and sometimes people
may view people as objects (this enables controlling behaviour of other people)
thinks of self as superior and above the law / rules / regulations etc (these only apply to other people)
uses denial as a defence mechanism
there are likely to be problems with succession
The Skeptic's Dictionary
ARTICLE: Why You Don't Create Your Own Reality: an antidote to fatuous New Age paradigms
ONLINE BOOK: Deep Spirit: Beyond Belief
by Christian de Quincey
He proposes that we do not create our reality by our THOUGHTS. He says to believe that this New Age dogma is true, can lead one astray into illusion.
OPINIONS: Is s/he or isn't s/he ?