Akashic Records 101: Can We Access Our Akashic Records?


Gaia Staff | Sept. 19th, 2018

Are the Akashic Records some cosmic repository of endless file cabinets in infinite hallways and stacks? Where did this concept come from? Do these records exist in time and space like a galactic internet? How do we access the Akashic Records?

While many describe or explain the concept in different ways, in essence, the Akashic Records are believed to be the repository of every thought, word and deed of every living being, good, bad and awful, in all times; past, present, future. But those familiar with the records report that there is no judgment or implied penalty in the records — they are said to simply be a record of each soul’s journey through the infinite.

History of the Akashic Records

One of the earliest references to the Akashic Records in modern times was made by Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical movement in the late 19th century. Blavatsky claimed she learned of the records from Tibetan monks, who said the records could be found in the “akasha,” or “ether,” a reference to the space element in eastern five-element systems. This fifth element of space is considered the fundamental fabric of reality from which all other elements emerge — the source of material reality.

Metaphysician Rudolf Steiner also referenced the Akashic Records, asserting that every action, word and thought leaves a trace in etheric realms. Contemporary physicist Ervin Laszlo explores concepts of Akasha from the perspective of science, concluding that the Akasha contains templates for human ideals such as harmony and equanimity. This is  reflected in his “Akasha Paradigm” which he relates to human evolutionary processes.

Those who subscribe to Akashic record models often reference the biblical “Book of Life” first mentioned in the old testament (Exodus). Scripture asserts that a record of every life is kept in heaven, and it is from these records that souls are judged.

Who Can Read the Akashic Records?

While Debbie Ritter may dispute an “expert” attribution, she qualifies. After studying Mandarin Chinese, practicing environmental law, and lifelong studies of yoga, shamanism, Buddhism and a Course in Miracles, she turned to developing her native intuitive talents. Training with several teachers, she studied the Akashic Records with author Linda Howe. Now she is an intuitive life coach, psychic medium, and Akashic Records reader.

When asked about obstacles to accessing the records, she explained that the system is simply not everyone’s “thing.” She said, “Working in the records may be something that some people are curious about, but for whom nothing clicks. When that happens, it may be perfect valid that there is another path or modality that will resonate with that person. I see this when I’m doing short intro sessions. Personal curiosity satisfied, they move on to something else.”

She added that another roadblock is disbelief, explaining that some are up against preconceptions or distrust their own experience. Regardless, Ritter believes no one is forbidden from the records. “It’s just not my experience, as a reader or a teacher,” she said, adding that some shy away from the records due to anxiety. “It is up to the individual to decide whether to continue. In my case the anxiety indicated that internal issues were being stirred up. I was able to get support from both the Records and others to do some inner work.”

Ritter added that there are occasional “false” Akashic Record experiences. She said that clear indicators are fear or negativity. “Also, a strident tone, such as ‘you must do this’ or ‘you must do that’ is out of character with the nature of the Records.” Ritter explained that this also disempowers individual choice.

“Similarly, there is no ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ in the records, as life is the result of multiple, constantly shifting contingencies and synergies. Life is more complex than that, and there is no certainty in the outer world,” she said.

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6 Steps for Accessing the Akashic Records

The search words “access Akashic Records” in Amazon currently returns 14 pages of results — Google returns 416,000 results. Dozens of Youtube gurus are soliciting “How to Access Akashic Records” content, along with hypnosis programs claiming to lead listeners straight into the cosmic hallowed halls.

Those who access the records report that seekers may experience meeting guides, angels, and behind-the-scenes players. It seems that the galactic library is well staffed. Some say that accessing the records is a type of “channeling” — others say they receive information in dreams.

Again, one might imagine opening a “scroll” of one’s life, but those claiming to have accessed the records report any number of experiences: images of guides, temple environments, or auditory messages or instructions — some report “movies” of past lives. After sifting through different accounts of the Akashic Record reports it becomes obvious that everyone has experiences unique to them.

Some access the records on first attempts, others persist for weeks or months before achieving success, so approaching the effort in the spirit of “play,” free of expectation, may be the best approach. Many say that persistence in the form of repeated sessions over time brings the best results. There are as many methods found in books, blogs, and Youtube videos, as there are diverse reports. That said, there are fundamental principles common to many methods.

    1. Decide what you want to know. Are you just “browsing?” If so, define your intention, which might be, “I want to confirm the existence of the Akashic Records,” or “I want to experience the realm of the Akashic Records.”
    2. Do you have a specific question? Try spending a little time clarifying intention, perhaps by writing your thoughts with the understanding that there are no “wrong” questions or intentions — you can ask what you like, but you may not alway get an answer.
    3. When you’re ready, clearly state your intention and request that any guides, whether you know them or not, assist you.
    4. Use whatever meditation practice you prefer to enter a relaxed, open state — give yourself time to let your energy settle and center. Ask to be allowed to access the records in regard to your question — now stay in an open, receptive state, allowing information to enter your awareness. It could be visual or auditory, or come in the form of a guide or angel.
    5. If you connect with another being, ask their name and clarify that you’re looking for access to the records in regard to a question.
    6. When you’re ready, end your session and take the time to record the experience. Did you get access? If not, it’s ok — for many, it takes more than one attempt to tune in. Even if you believe nothing happened, write down any impressions or thoughts — hindsight may reveal more than expected.

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