Although it’s a relatively unknown term, the concept of the Akashic Records has been quietly undergirding spiritual discourse for the past few decades (and possibly beyond). As detailed in Linda Howe’s 1997 book How To Read The Akashic Records, the Akashic Records are understood to be a vibrational handbook or internal library of subconscious understanding. The theory states that the Akashic Records are the bank of understanding that we often deny ourselves access to…the subconscious intuition that quietly speaks to us when we allow it a voice.
The word Akashic stems from the Sanskrit word Akasha, which translates to mean a unique type of space – akin to the ether. Translations of what the term Akashic Records refers to specifically vary, but one understanding is that the Akashic Records are the space from which everything exists and comes into existence: the immaterial map of creation. The understanding is that the Akashic Records hold an energetic blueprint of everything that has and will happen, and that when we are able to access these records, we are able to engage more intuitively with the world. The sensation of familiarity with a person you’ve just met, the feeling of recognition for a new place that will ultimately become important to you: these experiences are thought to be an example of accessing the knowledge of the Akashic records.
To tune into the Akashic Records, it’s suggested that you settle into a meditative state, one in which your nervous system is at peace and your consciousness is open and expansive. To become a receptive channel to the information held in the Akashic Records, it’s suggested that we let go of our attachment to personal identity, opinions and impressions. In her book How To Read The Akashic Records, Linda Howe encourages us to recite a prayer to open the records, and signal our receptivity to their insights. Once you’ve said the prayer aloud, it is suggested that you remain in a still, peaceful and open-minded headspace and observe the thoughts that come to you – to pay attention to the intuitive pulls within your mind.
To further develop your relationship with and access to the Akashic Records, it is also suggested that you interact with the world in a way that makes a positive energetic imprint. When you’re sharing positive energy with the world, you’re aligning with the most positive ideas and opportunities that are imprinted in the Akashic Records. Similarly, literature around the Akashic Records suggests that we are co-creators of our own narrative, so the more we focus on positive potentials, the more likely we are to bring these potentials into existence in the physical, material plane.
The Akashic Records as explored by Linda Howe use the term “God” specifically, but the concept is not attached to any one religion. The concept of the Akashic Records has been referred to across cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism to ancient Persian society. Although Linda Howe uses the word God, in relation to the Akashic Records, that word is used as a term of reverence for the divine: the universe or source are other words that can be used interchangeably.
To learn more about the theories of the Akashic Records, we suggest taking a deep dive into the work of Linda Howe or Edgar Cayce, and if you’re ready to do your own work, sit quietly and listen to the messages that are coming from within.
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