Yes, we have a cult in my home town. No, I’m not a member. But I do find it endlessly amusing that the town literally lives and breathes because Judy Zebra Knight decided to put her spirit channeling compound smack dab in the middle of Washington’s most backward real-estate. The cult, which is based around the premise that Judy (known as J-Z Knight) channels a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior who, like the character Lyn Cassedy in The Men Who Stare At Goats, was a soldier who decided to forgo war in favor of teaching love, acceptance and following an egalitarian dream. Ramtha taught his followers and then ascended into the clouds, only to reappear some 35,000 years later in 1977 to the Rosewell born Miss Knight.
Because the Ramsters (as they are locally known) are such a loving and kind group of folks, they’ve been telling everyone in the area about their ascended warrior-turned-preacher friend who only appears through a blond woman in her 50s. Here are some bits of information about the cult that you wont find elsewhere: 1) There is a giant maze on J-Z Knight’s compound. The faithful are put in blindfolds and released in the maze, the spirit of Ramtha is said to guide them out. However, we know from having talked with folks in the cult, that people stand atop the maze and whisper directions to the people lost inside; 2) Ramtha claimed to be a warrior 35,000 years ago leading 2.5 million soldiers into battle. This number far exceeds the actual number of human beings alive 35,000 years ago. Oops; 3) The Ramsters, despite their message of ‘You as God’ believe very strongly in the end of days, and to that regard are building underground shelters around Washington (more to come on that in a blog later this month). And, 4) the cult has attracted a huge following, which has expanded the town and provided us ultimately with a Wal-Mart. But to counter the surge in Ramster followers, churches of more traditional faiths are springing up all over the area, so a virtual spiritual war is taking place in the little, formerly sleepy town of Yelm. You can see this played out everywhere. In the town’s only movie theater there are ads before the films for Christian schools and church programs that follow ads about hair stylists who have the Ramster symbol on their ad, subtly in the corner but a clear signal to fellow Ramsters to get their hair cut at the Ramster salon rather than other salons.
So, while you try to sleep tonight, think of a place that is deep in the evergreen forest, surrounded by meth labs and poverty, and in the middle a shiny white french colonial palace full of people worshiping a 35,000 year-old warrior turned ghost.
FYI: WE HAVE AN UPCOMING INTERVIEW WITH A MEMBER OF THE RAMTHA SCHOOL OF ENLIGHTENMENT. CHECK BACK TO READ HIS RESPONSE TO THIS POST, AND MORE.