This article seems to be a longer version of the article, 'Working With Ramtha: Is It A 'High Risk' Procedure?? that I posted previously that is available online:http://direct.bl.uk/bld/PlaceOrder.do?U ... archengine
The Ramtha Phenomenon: Psychological, Phenomenological, and Geomagnetic Data
STANLEY KRIPPNER, IAN WICKRAM ASEKERA, JUDY WICKRAM ASEKERA, AND CHARLES W. WINSTEAD, III
The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, January 1998, Volume 92; Number 1, pp. 1-24
Seven research participants who had followed the consciousness training procedures taught by Ramtha, an allegedly discarnate entity, for five years or more, were administered a series of psychological tests. The resulting profile indicated that they were characterized by ?thin boundaries,? high absorption capabilities, and high dissociative capacities. Further, their phenomenological accounts produced consistently descriptive material. The clinical and theoretical implications of these findings suggest their potential importance for parapsychology and the study of human consciousness.
The abstract can be viewed here:
http://charleswinstead.com/the-ramtha-p ... etic-data/
http://www.parapsych.org/PDF/1998_PA_pr ... df#page=50
However, 'The Ramtha Phenomenon' article has the Geomagnetic Data which is not found in the 'Working With Ramtha' article.
Due to copyright laws from the British Library Direct, I am unable to post the full article, 'The Ramtha Phenomenon' as PDF.
Permission has been obtained from Stanley Krippner to reproduce parts of this article here. I will reproduce mainly the geomagnetic data.
From 'The Ramtha Phenomenon' article, under RESEARCH QUESTION AND PROCEDURE, copied from Page 5:
Under METHODOLOGY, copied from Pages 10-11:The research team consisted of Stanley Krippner (S.K.), Ian Wickramasekera (I.W.), and Judy Wickramasekera (J.W.). A phenomenological analysis of the elicited interviews was conducted later by Charles W. Winstead, III (C.W.). Research participants consisted of JZ Knight and six individuals living in Yelm who have studied at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment for five years or more: Brett Alt, J.O. Alt, Bodhananda, Joe Dispensa, Greg Simmons, and Audrey Wolf.
The seven research participants (five men, two women, ranging in age from 26 to 57 with a mean age of 39.5) were administered a series of psychological tests. In addition, six of the seven research participants were interviewed by S.K., who asked them to describe their experiences while going into their ?focus,? while trying to locate their card in the field, while trying to move toward the center of the tank, and while trying to ?heal? another member of the class using the ?Consciousness and Energy? (C&E) process taught to them by Ramtha.
JZ Knight was not included in this group because her experiences are chronicled in her autobiography (Knight, 1987).
Under RESULTS, Psychological Aspects, copied from Pages 14-15:Geomagnetic Aspects
One line of studying ostensibly anomalous phenomena has centered around geomagnetic phenomena (e.g., Radin, McAlpine, & Cunningham, 1994). Reports of anomalous phenomena have been linked with solar flares and electrical storms, as measured by magnetometers in previous studies (e.g., Persinger & Cameron, 1986). Hence, three Macintyre Electronic Design Associates, Inc. (MEDA) handheld digital magnetometers were used for measurement purposes.
A smoothly machined high density polymer square piece was used for mounting the three magnetometers. The first magnetometer probe was taped to the polymer base in such a way that the magnetometer read very close to zero (-0.16 milligauss), that is, oriented toward an East-West direction. This probe provided the reference reading. The second magnetometer probe was taped to the polymer base such that it was 90 degrees to the first probe, providing the earth's horizontal magnetic field (oriented toward a North-South direction), After taking this reading (514 milligauss) the horizontal magnetometer reading was nullified by adjusting the nulling potentiometer. The first reading of the nullified horizontal field was 0.11 milligauss. The third magnetometer probe was mounted in the vertical direction with the end flat against the surface where the other two probe lines crossed. This magnetometer provided the vertical component of the Earth's magnetic field (206 milligauss). The vertical magnetometer?s nullifying potentiometer was adjusted such that the reading was close to zero (-0.29 milligauss). The earth's magnetic field was calculated from the horizontal and vertical components to be 553.74 milligauss.
All three devices were installed in various outdoor settings near the building where the classes took place. Geomagnetic readings were taken by an associate of the authors during the entire period of time that Knight was with class members, including the time during which she was 'channeling' Ramtha.
Under RESULTS, Geomagnetic Aspects, on Page 17, Table 5 depicts the changes in the earth's magnetic field components as a function of time while JZ Knight was monitored for Ramtha's appearance and disappearance.The inevitable question is whether Ramtha represents an 'alter personality' of JZ Knight. Whatever Ramtha may or may not be (e.g., a discarnate entity, a subpersonality, a social role taken by Knight), his appearance bears some resemblance to the phenomena observed during ?switching? in people diagnosed as having a dissociative identity disorder. As a result of the 'channeling' process, JZ Knight exhibits the 'striking gaps in awareness, memory, or identity' that characterize the domain of dissociation (Kirmayer, 1994, p. 92). According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994, p. 477), amnesia is the critical factor in the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, and Knight claims to be amnesic for Ramtha's appearances. However, she has access to Ramtha through a voluntarily-induced procedure, whereas the 'multiples' afflicted with dissociative identity disorder are taken unaware by their 'alters'. As a result, the possibility that Ramtha is an 'alter personality' cannot be answered definitively on the basis of the data available to us. On the other hand, a useful control would be for an accomplished actor to attempt to simulate these changes under the same conditions, using the same equipment.
The table will not be reproduced here.
Under DISCUSSION, Geomagnetic Implications, copied from Pages 18-19:
My thoughts:An examination of Table 5 demonstrates the sensitivity of the magnetometers used. However, this sensitivity also provided the opportunity for artifactual data. The oncoming automobile may have affected the data even before it was observed and its presence recorded, and this vehicle could have affected the data even before it left the driveway. In addition, several of the 'peaks' seemed to be associated with the sun coming out from behind a cloud cover.
A small but undramatic increase in geomagnetic activity can be observed in Table 5 from the time of Ramtha's arrival to the time that he departed.
Did his presence cause the shift in geomagnetic activity, or did the shift in geomagnetic activity facilitate his appearance Or was the observed association a coincidence? All that can be said at this time is that the observed phenomena are provocative enough to warrant continued utilization of geomagnetic monitoring in further research. If a reliable correlation emerges, this could contribute to the search for mechanisms for Ramtha's appearance and departure. At the same time, unexpected solar activity and the unforeseen movement of an automobile demonstrate the vulnerability of these magnetometers. Therefore, no conclusions can be drawn from the geomagnetic data except that these measurements should be carefully collected in future studies, and that concomitant environmental disruptions should be accurately noted.
JZ/Ramtha has mentioned that Ramtha was tested 'scientifically' as if it actually proved that Ramtha is real.
But the study does NOT prove that Ramtha is real. In the two articles, the researchers wrote that Ramtha's appearance bears some resemblance to the phenomena observed in people with a dissociative identity disorder.
JZ claims to be amnesic for Ramtha?s appearances but she has access to Ramtha voluntarily. The possibility that Ramtha is an 'alter personality' cannot be answered definitively on the basis of the data available. The researchers also mentioned that a useful control would be for an accomplished actor to attempt to simulate these changes. Carlos (Jose Alvares), the fake channeled spirit, created by James Randi that was modeled on Ramtha, passed the 'scientific' test in Australia. He could be the control.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 6446539758 (Carlos, Ramtha and Mafu are featured)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zajemSFJDek (JZ/Ramtha in Australia is mentioned at 6:40; 33:47)
The study shows a 'small but undramatic increase' in geomagnetic activity when Ramtha appeared. The authors stated that no conclusions can be drawn from the geomagnetic data. But Ramtha has claimed that he is real because he caused a great increase in the earth's geomagnetic activity during the 'scientific' testing. I have also heard Ramsters talking about this massive geomagnetic activity and some of them can 'feel' Ramtha?s energy. This is an example of the 'power of suggestion' based on a LIE by JZ/Ramtha. Ramtha seems to be less powerful than the sun or movement of an automobile. He does not sound like a superbeing with any superpowers at all. Students may be better off worshipping the sun than following JZ/Ramtha.
Copied from above, George Carlin, the comedian stated:
In conclusion, JZ Knight appears to be misrepresenting the 'scientific' study.'But first thing the next morning, I became a sun-worshipper. Several reasons. First of all, I can see the sun, okay' Unlike some other gods I could mention, I can actually see the sun. I'm big on that. If I can see something, I don't know, it kind of helps the credibility along, you know? So everyday I can see the sun, as it gives me everything I need; heat, light, food, flowers in the park, reflections on the lake, an occasional skin cancer??
'There's no mystery, no miracles, no pageantry, no one asks for money...?
'And the best thing about the sun, it never tells me I'm unworthy? Hasn't said an unkind word.'
The impression JZ gives to her students from the study is NOT what the researchers have written.
The long version of the study can be purchased from British Library Direct:
http://direct.bl.uk/bld/PlaceOrder.do?U ... archengine
Or the short version (without the geomagnetic data) can be viewed here:
http://www.parapsych.org/PDF/1998_PA_pr ... df#page=50