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What are the Akashic Records and Why Use Them?

What are the Akashic Records?
The Akashic Records are a dimension of consciousness that contains a vibrational record of every soul and its journey.
This vibrational body of consciousness exists everywhere, in its entirety, and is completely available at all times, and in all places.  As such, the Akashic Records are an experiential body of knowledge that contains everything that every soul has ever thought, said, and done over the course of its existence in every lifetime, as well as all its future possibilities. 
But the Records are not only limited to humans – every place, animal, plant, crystal, monument, home, business and more has such a vibrational record of its existence!
Akasha is a Sanskrit word which means “primary substance” and “that out of which all things are formed”.  It is the first stage of the crystallization of Spirit  This Akasha, or primary substance, is of exquisite fineness and is so sensitive that the slightest vibration of anything, at any place in the Universe, registers an indelible impression upon the Akasha.
When we talk about the Akasha we are referring to energy in its first and earliest state -- before it has been directed by our individual thoughts and affected by our emotions in this lifetime.  This energy is the highest quality of Light in both the physical and spiritual sense. It has an aliveness, or vitality, which is individualized and unique to each specific soul (or place, etc.).
Although Akasha is a Sanskrit word, the Akashic Records are noted in many other sacred texts -- though it is important to note that the Akashic Records are not religious in nature (nor punitive, fatalistic or determinative as some ancient texts may suggest). 
Following are several references as to examples of the Akashic Records, by other names:
“You keep count of my wanderings; put my tears into Your flask, into Your record.” -- The Jewish Bible Tanakh, Psalm 56:8-9
“. . . then I said, "Behold, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me; I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes. Your law is within my heart." --The Amplified Bible, Psalm 40:7-8
“. . . then I said, "Behold, Here I am, coming to do Your will, O God . . . [to fulfill] what is written of me in the volume of The Book." -- The Amplified Bible, Hebrews 10:7
“You had scrutinized my every action, all were recorded in your book, my days listed and determined, even before the first of them occurred.” -- New Jerusalem Bible, Psalm 139:16
“. . . the book in which men's actions, good and bad, are recorded, The Book of Life.” -- New Jerusalem Bible, Revelation 20:12
“May we and the entire House of Israel be remembered and recorded in the Book of Life, blessing, sustenance, and peace.”  -- Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:A Prayer Book for the Days of Awe, Rabbi Jules Harlow, Editor.
“And Jesus opened up to [the disciples] the meaning of the hidden way, and the Holy Breath, and of the light that cannot fail. He told them all about the Book of Life, the Rolls of Graphael, the Book of God's Remembrance, where all thoughts and words of men are written down.” -- The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, 158:3-4
The Akashic Records are the Light Body of universal self-awareness.  As such, they contain the universal consciousness, with its three main components of mind, heart, and will.  The Records also contain the radiant vibrations of the Light which all things generate.  Every time the Records are accessed, our awareness is affected by this quality of Light, and we become "en-Lightened" by it.  When this happens, the effects of the Light become evident in our thoughts, emotions and actions (though we never forgo Free Will), and we begin to experience an increased sense of peace and well-being.
In the process of accessing, or "opening" the Akashic Records, the one reading the Records (for oneself or another (and with few exceptions, this can occur only with permission), the Reader  transitions from a state of ordinary human consciousness to a state of Divine universal consciousness in which the Reader recognizes his or her Oneness with the Divine at all levels.  This state of consciousness allows the Reader to perceive the impressions and vibrations of the Records.  
Because of this, the Records have served humanity throughout its unfolding by allowing us to receive Divine illumination at a manageable rate, and integrate it into our human experience for our Highest Good and more forward in our cultivation of wholeness in body, mind and spirit.  
The Akashic Records are governed and protected by a group of non-physical Light Beings called the Lords of the Records.  These beings ensure the sanctity and integrity of the Records.  The Lords of the Records determine who can access the Records (while all have access, any ill-intent or “snooping” in others’ Records without their permission is not permitted), and what information can be given at that time in that person’s path.  The Lords of the Records work with the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones -- who serve as the interface between the Akashic and earthly realms -- by "downloading" to the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones the information that they will relay during each Akashic reading for the person’s Highest Good.
Though the Lords of the Records and the Akashic Masters are non-physical beings, some of the Teachers, and all of the Loved Ones, have existed before as humans on Earth.  When one works in the Akashic Records, one will never see the Lords of the Records, nor will be seen the individual Teachers and Loved Ones as they existed in human form, but one may sense their individual energetic presence if a Teacher or a Loved One deems it appropriate and necessary to come forward and relay certain information.  Usually, however, the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones prefer to remain anonymous so that we will learn to rely on the energy of the Records, rather than on specific identities and personalities in the Records.
As may be gathered by the preceding information, working in the Akashic Records requires an acceptance of the concept of past lives.  From the perspective of the Records, all souls are eternal.  Thus, at this level of understanding, the Records hold the archive of each soul as it has existed from lifetime to lifetime, as different human beings on the Earth plane, while evolving throughout time and space.  A human incarnation occurs as a specific manifestation of the perfect blueprint of the soul:  the idea that the human experience is to become, in the physical, the perfect self which already exists in the Akasha at the soul level.  
Growing into the awareness of one's spiritual nature and being able to anchor that awareness in the physical, and become that optimal self on the Earth plane takes time -- many lifetimes, in fact.  In the Records, however, we are able to see and register our various incarnations to gain knowledge, wisdom and perspective to hasten such learning and to understand our divinity and our own eternal connection to Source.  
Thus, in essence, the Akashic Records of each individual, animal, place, etc. exist as both the perfect soul-level blueprint of that entity, and the catalogue of experiences of that entity as it grows into awareness of itself -- divine in nature, yet manifesting in the physical earth arena.
It is easy to understand why the Akasha is often referred to as "Records."  The Akasha is organized in a way that allows humans to interact with this spiritual resource and gain insight, guidance, and understanding within earthly time and space.  Therefore, in order for the Records to be accessible to us, they are organized by current legal names.  This way, whatever lifetime we are in, we can gain entry and find the blueprint, or the "Record," of our individual soul (or the other being read), and examine the path to its realization and awareness of its connection to Source.
While it is true that the Akashic Records of every soul exist everywhere all at once and are entirely accessible, it would not be useful to have total access to a soul's Records during a single Akashic reading. The information would be so vast and overwhelming that deciphering it would be nearly impossible.  Thus what is revealed in an Akashic Records Reading is appropriate for that individual at that time.
As noted, and to further explain, true legal names must be used, as every name (including place names or species names such as in plants, etc.) has a distinct vibrational quality.  So when we open a particular Record, we use the name that the soul, entity or place as is currently used in this lifetime.  The vibration of that name then makes available to us the "set of Records" that contain the information that will be most relevant during a reading at that point in time.  
It is little wonder that the Akashic Records have been likened to a "cosmic Internet" that allows us to "Google" specific information when we open the Records.
The energy of the Records moves on the formed, or spoken, word.  As an Akashic reader describes what he or she is receiving from the Records, the process flows. The spoken words facilitate the movement of the energy, the relationship to the story at hand, and the client's thoughts, feelings, and subsequent actions. When you work in your own Records and assign words to what is occurring -- whether through thought, writing, or speech -- you are facilitating the same flow of energy and information. 
The Akashic Records are always changing and expanding.  As our souls evolve over time, our Records adjust to reflect our growth and are in a continual state of refinement as we align with our perfection and manifest that perfection in our earthly lives.  Therefore, we can look at the Records as an intermediary body of all past, present, and future possibility, probability, and eventuality.  Through them we can derive understanding and direction as we open up within ourselves on our journey to becoming our optimal selves while still within the physical world.
The Akashic Records are nonintrusive and noninvasive.  They are not aligned with a particular personality or entity, nor are they governed or owned by any human organization or institution.  Therefore, they are not the exclusive domain of any religion or metaphysical wisdom school; rather, they are available to all.
Because the Akasha is the primary substance out of which all thoughts are formed, the Records are interpreted in different ways by different cultures, religions, and organized belief systems.  What is commonly agreed upon by all, however, is that the Akashic energy itself manifests and is generally recognized as Love, Light, Peace, Power, Beauty, Harmony,  Joy, Strength, Order, and Balance.
Who Uses the Akashic Records, and Why?
For centuries, the Akashic Records were the exclusive domain of mystics, saints, and scholars -- and rightly so.  Infinite power and wisdom are available in the Records, and they have been entrusted to those who are well prepared for the responsibility of deep knowing.  In both Eastern and Western traditions, there have been mystery schools which prepared seekers for such esoteric knowledge.  Trainings were known to be rigorous, exacting and lengthy in order to ensure the sanctity of the work, protecting both the initiate and this sacred dimension of consciousness.
Times have changed, however. The collective consciousness of the human race has been growing, evolving, and maturing.  In the process, humanity has moved to spiritual independence and responsibility.  This spiritual independence is marked by individuals knowing that they have direct access to their spiritual Source and the ability to cultivate that relationship.  As we continue to forge new paths both within and without, more people than ever before are being drawn to the Light of the Akashic Records as they progress on paths to their Highest Good, and to realizing their own Divinity within. 
While you may certainly access your own records, there are those who may help you to do so if you wish to receive assistance.  One of those people who you may recall worked with the Akashic Records was Edgar Cayce (1877-1945).  He was the only person at the time to publicly read the Akashic Records. He was widely known as "the Sleeping Prophet" because his method of accessing the Records was to put himself into a sleep state that allowed him to shift his consciousness and access the Akasha.  While in this state, Cayce relayed information while someone else took notes.  Upon awakening, he shifted back to his ordinary state of consciousness and remembered nothing of what had transpired.  For 43 years, Cayce gave daily Akashic Records readings.  Today, those readings -- more than 14,000 of them -- are available to the public and provide a wealth of information about the Akashic Records themselves, as well as answers to thousands of questions related to health and spirituality.  What is significant for us about Cayce's work is that he popularized the Akashic Records, and though Theosophist H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) and Anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) referred to the Akashic Records in their writings, it was not until Cayce's work in the early to mid-twentieth century that Akashic Records readings became a familiar practice in the movement of consciousness development.
Today, one does not have to enter a sleep state, nor be forgetful of what information they have accessed in the Akashic Records.  Thousands of people have powerful relationships with the Akashic Records and many choose to help others who do not choose to access their own records, or who feel that they may interpret the information they receive with bias, since they are “reading themselves”.  Notably, information for personal growth and development is not the only benefit of the Akashic Records.  Some people work in the Records in support of artistic endeavors, such as photography, pottery, painting, writing, and composing.  Business people sometimes use the Records for help in managing their companies or careers, and parents often use the Records for guidance and support in parenting.
How Does One Access the Akashic Records?
The variety of methods that people use today to access the Akashic Records corresponds to the variety of ways in which they can make contact with spiritual resources.  While some people use prayers to access the Records, others gain access through hypnosis.  Still others have been able to tap into the Records by using the symbols of the healing practice known as Reiki.  And yes, there are those who have been able to access the Records as a result of their meditation practices and other forms of consciousness development.
All ways into a conscious relationship with the Akashic Records are good and valid.  What matters most about the method you choose is that it aligns with who you are as a person and that it allows you to comfortably experience the most effective readings possible.  While the Akashic Records have always been available, they have not always been available to everyone.  Instead, the Records had long been the domain of a very select group who would interact with the Akasha on their own behalf or on behalf of their communities.  When we talk about the New Age in regard to the Akashic Records, we are talking about the fact that this is the time when “regular” people choose their own resources, including the Records, and walk their own spiritual paths. The days of spiritual immaturity, "spoon-feeding," spiritual oppression, and victimization are over.
We are in a new time of learning how to be in conscious relationship with our own spiritual authority.  Having an Akashic Record Reading is one way to be in such a conscious relationship.
Aleasha A. Lewis of EarthTouch Healing Arts is a Cerfified Akashic Record Reader trained by the Center for Akashic Studies and would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have, or would be happy to book a reading for you.  Akashic Records Readings can be done in person, or via telephone.

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