You may have heard of the Akashic Records. What are the Akashic Records? How do we know about them? Is there a way to access the Akashic Records? Can anyone access them, or do you need special abilities or training? Are there ethical considerations in trying to access the Akashic Records? This article will address all of this information and more.
What Are the Akashic Records?
Everything that we have ever done or thought in all of our lifetimes since the beginning of time is written in the fabric of the Cosmos. The place where this information is recorded is known in the present day as the Akashic Records.
Obviously, a source of so much information would necessarily be huge, like a big library or supercomputer.
One of the things that we must remember when we think about things like the Akashic Records, though, is that as creatures bound in space and time, we must use images and concepts that refer to space and time in order to understand anything at all. On the other hand, True Reality is beyond space and time. That is the reason that we are cautioned in the Tao Te Ching that “The Tao that can be spoken is not the True Tao.” St. Augustine gave similar words of warning when he said, “We are talking about God. What wonder is it that you do not understand? If you do understand, then it is not God.”
For this reason, while we can think of the Akashic Records as a library or supercomputer, they are not really either of these things. These are models to help our understanding.
How Do We Know About the Akashic Records?
Although the name “Akashic Records” is of relatively recent origin, the concept itself is deeply Traditional.
In the Christian Bible, there are many references to the Book of Life or book of the living. These references can be found in the Old Testament, Psalm 69:28 and in the New Testament. It is mentioned in Philippians 4:3 and there are many references to it in the Book of Revelations (3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 20:15, and 21:27). In this context, the Book of Life is referring to the record of those who will receive salvation at the end of time.
The Book of Life is a term that is commonly used for the Akashic Records as is the Crystal Tablet.
Modern scientists will have us believe that our language came to us from animal noises as we “evolved,” Almost all spiritual traditions, however, teach that our languages were transmitted to us from Heaven. The source of our languages can be said to come from the Book of Life or the Akashic Records.
This is why languages tend to simplify and become easier as they develop. For example, the Romance Languages, such as Spanish, French, and Italian, are all greatly simplified versions of their parent language, Latin. You can find references to people complaining about the degeneration of language by young people throughout history. It is not just grumpy elders complaining about youth. This is something that naturally happens over the course of time as language falls further and further from what we received from the Book of Life!
The modern name for this concept, the Akashic Records, can be attributed to the Theosophical Society and Edgar Cayce.
The Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society was founded by Helena Blavatsky in 1875, and it survives to this day. Among other things that the Theosophical Society did was to study and adapt Ancient and Traditional symbolism and wisdom. While they have always been controversial, it is undeniable that they contributed greatly to the modern practice and understanding of many spiritual and metaphysical disciplines, such as astrology and Tarot. Indeed, much of the symbolism in the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck comes directly from Theosophical symbolism.
Whether or not you agree with Theosophical teachings, it is usually possible to find the Ancient and Traditional roots for the symbolism that comes from this Society.
The Theosophical Society gave the name Akashic Records to this concept. The term Akashic comes from the Sanskrit term, ākāśa that means “sky,” space,” or “aether.” The Theosophical Society teaches that these records exist on several planes.
One of the most famous people that could read the Akashic Records was Edgar Cayce, also known as the “Sleeping Prophet.” Born on March 18, 1877, Edgar Cayce would go into a trance and give “readings” for people. At first, these readings were mostly to diagnose and suggest treatments for diseases, but over time, he began to give people detailed accounts of their past lives throughout history and prehistory. He said that his information came in part from the Akashic Records or the Book of Life.
His spiritual background was Evangelical Christian, and he had to struggle with how to reconcile the information he obtained in his readings with his faith. Over time, he did find harmony, and many of his readings come from a decidedly Christian perspective.
What Can the Akashic Records Tell You?
In theory, the Akashic Records can tell you anything you wanted to know. It is said that all of the information in and about our entire Universe is contained there. In practice, though, most of the time when people are seeking to access the Akashic Records, they are looking for knowledge about their own individual souls. They want to know who they were in previous incarnations and what they did.
Focusing on our own individual souls does narrow our search through these Records. However, even with this limited scope, there is a vast amount of information. Think about all of the information about you or anyone else that exists in one lifetime and multiply that by hundreds and thousands of lifetimes. The sheer volume would be overwhelming.
While you could theoretically gain access to all of that through the Akashic Records, that would be far too much information to process or make use of. So, if you are seeking to access the Akashic Records, it is a good idea to limit your scope to the information that you need right now.
For that, it is good to have a purpose in mind. Of course, many of us would like to know about our past lives for the sake of curiosity and even perhaps to gratify our ego. On the other hand, if you go in with that motivation, it is unlikely that you will find anything of value from the Akashic Records.
A better approach would be to seek access for a specific reason. Legitimate reasons to seek access to the Akashic Records would be for the healing of body, mind, or soul, or for trying to determine your purpose and mission in this life. When you go in with one of these purposes in mind, you will get the information that is the most relevant to your purpose.
Can Anyone Access the Akashic Records?
In theory, yes, especially the information about our own individual souls. On the other hand, most of us are deeply entangled in our physical and material lives, so it is hard to let go of that in order to access these Records. How do you know if what you have reached are the true Akashic Records or if they are projections from other psychic sources or even if they are just your own imagination?
Those questions are difficult ones. There are people that give readings from the Akashic Records and teach you to read the Akashic Records yourself. Some of them are legitimate and some are not. Unfortunately, there are no licensing requirements for Psychics or Readers of Akashic Records, so it is important to be cautious and shop around when looking for such advisors and teachers.
While it may seem strange that we would have access to the Akashic Records in this day and age, there is a good reason for this. Most spiritual traditions tell us that we are living near the end of a Cycle. In Platonic philosophy, this age is known as the Iron Age, in Vedic philosophy, it is known as the Kali Yuga. Because we are so close to the end of the cycle, we are working through many things from our previous lifetimes in this one. This is why we would have access to the information we need to do this.
How Can You Access the Akashic Records?
There are many theories about how one can access the Akashic Records, however, there are some common practices and principles that most will agree upon.
1) Only seek access to information about yourself or about someone who has given you their consent
One of the first rules of seeking access to the Akashic Records is that you should not seek access to information about another without their consent. You can think of this as a Cosmic privacy protection law.
Of course, when you are seeking information about yourself, you may gain access to information about other people who you interacted with in previous lives. When this happens, remember, the information you gain is meant for your own healing or development.
2) Develop a spiritual foundation
When seeking access to the Akashic Records, it is very helpful to have a spiritual foundation. This will give you a base from which to interpret what you receive. It will also give you protection from Dark psychic forces that might lead you astray.
It is not all that important what spiritual tradition you are coming from. All of them are reflections of the Truth in a form that we can understand. The most important thing is that it is a Tradition that speaks to your Soul.
It does not even matter if this is a tradition that is open to your desire to obtain the wisdom in the Akashic Records. For example, Edgar Cayce was a Fundamentalist Christian, and much of what his faith taught was against the information he found there. He still had the comfort of feeling the protection of Jesus Christ on his journey.
3) Adopt an appropriate attitude
If you are seeking to gain access to the Akashic Records, it is important to go in with the proper attitude.
You are seeking access to all of the information in the Universe.
Don’t just barge in and expect to gain access. Ask permission with the appropriate sense of awe and humility. There are those who will say that you must say the right prayer in the right way. This is not actually the case. The right prayer may help focus your energy and help you adopt the right attitude. On the other hand, what is in your heart is far more important than the words you say.
As mentioned before, it is also important to have a good idea of why you wish to access these records. If your reason is vague or improper, the information you receive will be of little use to you, and it may even be misleading. If you are going in with a good reason, you will get the information that will be most helpful to you.
4) Be open to whatever you receive
When you are seeking information about your past lives, it is unlikely to be completely flattering. Indeed, it may be quite upsetting and even cause you to feel embarrassment or shame. It some ways, it is similar to uncovering information about yourself through psychotherapy, only with a much wider and larger scope.
If you are going in for healing or to determine your direction in life, you are very likely to get information that is painful. The reason for this is that it is the painful things that you need healing from.
5) Study philosophy, religion, and metaphysics
When you seek access to the Akashic records, it is rare that you will get information that you can read in the same way that you can a Wikipedia article. It will come in impressions, images, and symbols.
Sometimes, you will receive literal images from your past lives. More often, however, you will receive images that are symbolic. Sometimes the symbols will be personal to you and as such, you will understand them instantly. More often, however, they will be symbols of metaphysical significance. The more you know about metaphysics, religious traditions, and philosophy, the better you will be able to interpret the symbolism you receive.
6) Practice meditation
There are those who gain access to the Akashic Records in their sleep or in a trance. Most people, however, gain access to them through mediation. There are many different forms of meditation. The simplest, however, is simply to find a quiet and relaxing place and try to empty your mind of your thoughts and worries.
It is a good idea to make meditation a regular practice, however you do it. This way when you are doing something intense, like seeking access to the Akashic Records, you already have a firm foundation in the ordinary practice of meditation.
7) Hold what you receive lightly
The final thing that you should keep in mind is that you should hold anything you learn lightly, at least at first.
While the information in the Akashic Records is perfect and flawless, our own interpretation of this information as unEnlightened human beings is not. It is possible to have gone to the wrong place, to have misinterpreted the symbolism, or even to have misremembered what you saw.
A good practice is to write down the experiences and impressions you receive when you are searching. When you do, try to simply describe everything in as much detail. Do not add your own interpretations just yet.
This way you can take your time to reflect on what you saw or felt. If you have a trusted spiritual advisor, see if you can consult with them as well. It may take a long time to truly be able to understand and interpret with you learned, even months or years.
The Akashic Records contain the information of everything that has occurred since the beginning of time, and they are written into the fabric of the Cosmos. While the name Akashic Records is of recent origin, the concept comes from Ancient times. With practice, humility, and the right purpose, we may be able to gain access to the Akashic Records, at least those that pertain to our individual souls.