What Are the Akashic Records?
by Helena Roman
In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions believed by Theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. The term Akashic was coined in the late 19th century from Akasha or akasa, the Sanskrit word for sky, space, luminous, or ether. There are anecdotal accounts, but no scientific evidence for existence of the Akashic Records.
Those who champion the truth of the Akashic Records assert that they were accessed by ancient people of various cultures, including the Indians, Moors, Tibetans, Bonpo, and other peoples of the Himalaya, Egyptians, Persians, Chaldeans, Greeks, Chinese, Hebrews, Christians, Druids and Mayans. It is held that the ancient Indian sages of the Himalayas knew that each soul, jiva, atma, or entity recorded every moment of its existence in a book, and that if one attuned oneself properly then one could access that book.
Nostradamus claimed to have gained access to the Akasha, using methods derived from the Greek oracles, Christian and Sufi mysticism, and the Kabbalah. Other individuals who claim to have consciously used the Akashic Records include: Charles Webster Leadbeater, Annie Besant, Alice Bailey, Samael Aun Weor, William Lilly, Manly P. Hall, Lilian Treemont, Dion Fortune, George Hunt Williamson, Rudolf Steiner, Max Heindel, and Edgar Cayce, among others.
The Akasha is said to be the library of all events and responses concerning consciousness in all realities. Every life form, therefore, contributes and has access to the Akashic Records. It is asserted that to gain access into the Akashic Records, every individual human can become the physical medium, and various techniques and spiritual disciplines, such as yogic, pranayama, meditation, prayer, visualization, can be employed to quiet the mind, become a witness, and achieve the focused, pre-conscious state necessary to access the Records.
While accessing the Akashic Records, both the events and responses are said to be perceived. This is analogous to having a meta-enhanced cinematic experience. When accessing the future, the events are known, but the responses are only probable. Based on an individual’s responses in the past, the Akashic seer/reader can investigate probable future responses and give the highest future probability. A simple illustration of this might be witnessing several alternate endings to the main characters in a movie. At some point in the evolution of the Akashic reader, however, a state of unification and awareness can be achieved whereby even the future responses are known with absolute clarity instead of only as a probability.
Despite claims that the Akashic Records have been used by mystics throughout history, there are no direct references to the Akasha to be found in any of the historical documentation of the aforementioned groups. The term Akasha itself, along with the concept of an etheric library, originated with the 19th century movement of Theosophy. Skeptics say that the concept of Akashic Records has been attributed indiscriminately and inappropriately to a wide range of historical religious figures and movements.
The Akashic Records are referred to by Edgar Cayce, who stated that each person is held to account after life and are confronted with their personal Akashic record of what they have or have not done in life in a karmic sense. The idea is comparable to the biblical Book of Life, which is consulted to see whether or not the dead are admitted to heaven.
Free from and independent of all religions and faiths, some writers believe that there exists many libraries or record repositories, such as the Akashic library, throughout the universe, albeit on various planes of existence.
In The Law of One, Book I, a book purported to contain conversations with a channeled social memory complex, known to humans as Ra, when the questioner asks where Edgar Cayce received his information, the answer received is, “We have explained before that the intelligent infinity is brought into intelligent energy from eighth density or octave. The one sound vibratory complex called Edgar used this gateway to view the present, which is not the continuum you experience but the potential social memory complex of this planetary sphere. The term your peoples have used for this is the Akashic Record or the Hall of Records.
Originally posted @ OM-Times