Akashic Records

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Akashic Records

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A term from Theosophy applied to an astral filing system of all thoughts, words, actions, and events that have ever taken place anywhere in the world. The belief is that all things make an impression on the âkâsa, or soniferous ether. The Akashic Records are akin to the Collective Unconsciousness, or Universal Mind, as postulated by Carl Jung. Helena Blavatsky refers to the âkâsa as “the subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space; the primordial substance erroneously identified with Ether. But it is to Ether what Spirit is to Matter … the Universal Space in which lies inherent the eternal Ideation of the Universe….”

Certain adepts may tap into these impressions in order to review such things as past lives. It is akin to having a computer that contains all the details of everyone and everything from the beginning of time. In pre-computer days the Akashic Records were likened to a vast library containing the collective records of the ages. Some early writers even believed that such a library actually existed (physically or astrally) beneath the Sphinx, or some such place. Edgar cayec, the “Sleeping Prophet,” received much of his information from the Akashic Records. According to Dr. Wesley Ketcham, who worked with him, Cayce was “in direct communication with all other subconscious minds, and is capable of interpreting through his objective mind and imparting impressions received to other objective minds.”

Sometimes referred to as the “Book of Life,” the Akashic records have special importance to some sects and religions that believe in reincarnation. Some Spiritualist mediums and psychics claim that they access this Book of Life, in much the same way as did Cayce, when doing psychic and past life readings. One concept of the Akashic records is that they may not be used for self gain, other than spiritual advancement.


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Records. Taos, Societas res Divina, 1996 Cayce, Edgar: Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records: The Book of Life. Virginia Beach, A.R.E. Press, 1997

Akashic Records


The akashic records is a theosophical concept referring to the archiving of all world events and personal experiences—of all the thoughts and deeds that have ever taken place on Earth. These events are transcribed in the form of complex images composed of pictures, sounds, and other sensory stimuli. These images are indelibly impressed upon the “matter” of the astral plane (called the akasha) and may be “read” only when the reader is in a special altered (some even say mystical) state of consciousness. In such an altered state of mind, one is able to tap the akashic records and receive direct information about past ages. Certain theosophical descriptions of Atlantis, for example, are supposedly received via this technique. Also, some psychics who do past-life readings claim to receive their information from the akashic records.

It is also said that it is possible to tap the akashic records during dreams. Sometimes the information so obtained is remembered consciously upon awakening. More often, nocturnal perusals of the akashic records are not remembered, although the fruits of such “dream research” may be retrieved in moments of intuition in daily life. The information received in precognitive dreams (clairvoyant dreams relating to an event or state not yet experienced) is often said to be ultimately derived from the akashic records.