About 30 years ago, JZ Knight said, she began channeling an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Here is some background on Knight, Ramtha and Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.
Who is Ramtha?
According to Knight, Ramtha lived as a man about 35,000 years ago on the ancient continent of Lemuria.
He was a warrior who discovered immortality by learning how to transcend time, space and the limitations on his body.
Ramtha also was a teacher. When he decided to leave this world, he ascended in front of 2 million people, promising to return, Knight said.
According to school officials, remnants of Ramtha's life and teachings exist in various archaeological artifacts from India and Egypt, as well as ancient Hindu literature.
Knight believes she was part of Ramtha's life historically, that she was one of his adopted children.
"I think he came back because it was time," Knight said in the school's introductory video. "We were ready to ask for something new and at a time when leaders are sparse and corporations rule, it was time to come back and place things in perspective."
What is Knight's background and does she hold teaching credentials?
Knight does not hold a degree in teaching or science. She graduated from high school and dropped out of business school. Before she began channeling Ramtha, Knight worked in the cable television industry.
Knight said she acquired her knowledge through channeling Ramtha.
Today, Knight is president of JZK Inc., which runs Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, JZK Publishing and the Outback Boutique. She also is chairman of the JZ Knight Humanities Foundation, which has donated almost $1.2 million in scholarships to students at Yelm High School since 1988.
Knight lives next to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment in a white, 12,800-square-foot French chateau-style home.
She said she earned her wealth from being an early investor in the software company Primus.
How does Ramtha's School of Enlightenment operate?
The school's beginning classes are open to the public, and cost between $750 and $1,500, depending on the length and location.
To remain "current" and eligible for events on the campus, students are required to attend two retreats a year. The combination of events costs about $1,500.
The school, often referred to as RSE, offers about 70 events a year worldwide.
There is no housing on site. Students stay in tents or campers. Some sleep on the floor of the school's Great Hall, which is a former horse arena.
There are food vendors, but most students bring their own groceries.
Each event is translated into multiple languages, and families can bring their children along to classes, or follow along via closed-circuit television sets and portable radios on the campus.