I’m always tickled and disturbed when I hear news about JZ Knight. Knight, as some of you may already know, is a New Age charlatan who claims to “channel” a 35,000 year old Atlantean warrior, and dispenses ludicrous advice in a growly voice and gets paid big bucks by the gullible. However, now one of her former students dared to turn around and use moldy wisdom she learned from a hokey old invisible friend, and fleece some rubes of her own. So what does Knight do? Sue, of course.
The only thing that could make the trial sillier is if the court put Ramtha on the witness stand.
Ooops, it’s vanished from the Seattle Times site. Here it is:
Yelm channeler JZ Knight testified Tuesday she was so “disturbed” at reports that spiritual teacher Whitewind Weaver had “taken my school’s teachings, changed them around a little and then started teaching them” that she authorized a lawsuit.
“It wasn’t anything I wanted to do,” Knight, founder of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, said during a civil jury trial in Thurston County Superior Court. “We usually tend to assume people are impeccable.”
But Weaver’s attorney, Robert Kilborne, of San Diego, grilled Knight about why the channeler would sue when Weaver had been so supportive of her school.
Weaver, founder of Lacey-based Art of Life Coaching Inc., sent a letter to her students in Oregon telling them she was moving to Washington to study at the Ramtha school, urged the students to do the same and enrolled in more than $8,000 worth of classes, Kilborne said.
Knight, self-proclaimed channel of a 35,000-year-old male spirit warrior entity Ramtha, was the second witness in her case accusing Weaver of breach of contract in connection with a seminar Weaver taught in August 2006. Knight claims the seminar violated terms of a registration Weaver signed that says teachings at the Ramtha school are for the students’ personal use only and cannot be disseminated for commercial gain.
Weaver’s attorneys deny the allegations.
Seattle attorney David Spellman, representing Weaver, pummeled school administrator Mike Wright.
Knight’s attorneys claim Weaver copied seven school processes, including Fieldwork, an exercise designed to improve ability to focus attention and intuition by finding a symbolic card on a fence while blindfolded.
“Is Pin the Tail on the Donkey focused attention?” Spellman asked Wright.
“It could be,” Wright replied.
“So, then is it Fieldwork?” Spellman said.
“No, it’s Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” Wright said.
Knight, under direct examination by Tacoma attorney Rick Creatura, told the jury how Ramtha first appeared to her in 1977. In visits during the ensuing years, she said Ramtha used her body to speak at seminars, in books and on tapes around the world.
Kilborne, on cross-examination, was not impressed.
“Isn’t it the flat truth that there is no Ramtha?” he asked.
“That is incorrect,” said Knight, who hosted a conference of scientists at her school to investigate the Ramtha phenomenon. “And science proved in 1997 that Ramtha was not me.”