The Akashic Records
By Edgar Lores
Have you heard of the Akashic Records?
I am almost sure you have as I have mentioned it a couple of times in my comments here at The Society.
I first came across the term in college many moons ago when I read about Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Cayce is the famous American Christian clairvoyant, mystic, outlier, psychic, and seer. As you may know, Cayce possessed the extraordinary ability to make prescriptions for patients who consulted with him. We know this is an ordinary task for a trained doctor. What made it an extraordinary feat for Cayce was that he was not a doctor. And what made it more incredible still were these five facts:
- His patients could be either physically present in the room, such as local townspeople, or absent, such as those who corresponded with him through letters.
- He made his diagnoses through”readings.” For patients who were not present, it was sufficient for him to use the letters.
- His prescriptions were unorthodox and included, among other things, diet, magnetism, massage, and “relaxation in the sand on the beach.” (Doncha love that last?!)
- He would not accept money for his readings.
- He did the readings and prescriptions in his sleep!
Between facts 4 and 5, I am at a loss to say which is the more astonishing.
But it is the first, second and fifth facts that bring us to the topic at hand. Apart from the therapeutic readings, Cayce was asked, and he answered in his sleep, questions on the fabled Atlantis, dreams, synchronicity, karma, chakras, meditation, reincarnation, and the Akashic records.
He is known as The Sleeping Prophet.
What are the Akashic Records?
The term akasha comes from the Sanskrit, from the root kas meaning “to be visible.” It means sky or atmosphere.
In Hinduism, Akasha means “the basis and essence of all things in the material world.” It is the first of the five elements comprising the ether, earth, water, fire, and air. The last four are the classical elements.
To these last four, Plato and his pupil Aristotle added a fifth element, the quint-essence. Plato said of the elements, “there is the most translucent kind which is called by the name of aether.” His pupil agreed and located the ether in the celestial regions and heavenly bodies. Thus we have the beautiful word ethereal, which refers to evanescent beauty that is out, or almost out, of this world.
In the 19th century, physicists postulated ether to be the hypothetical medium supposed to occupy all space and through which electromagnetic radiation and gravity were propagated.
Although the 19th-century ether hypothesis was abandoned, it seems to have been reintroduced in the 21st-century concept of dark matter.
Wikipedia describes the term Akashic records thus: “In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. There are anecdotal accounts but no scientific evidences of the Akashic records.”
There are three important factors to consider:
- The term “Akashic Records” was introduced by the theosophists at the end of the 19th century through Helen Blavatsky.
- The concept has been rejected by the scientific community.
- It has been adopted, if not hijacked, by New Age charlatans and consultants of all sorts who claim access to the records and will let you know, for a fee, when you are due to win Lotto or meet that handsome or beautiful stranger.
In Cayce’s conception, the Akashic Records contain “all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth.” It is the Book of Life.
The Book of Life
The Book of Life, in Christian and Judaical theology, is a scroll of all the names of the righteous who are heaven bound.
Now, as we know, identifying people by names is not sufficient. There are so many John Smiths and Juan de la Cruzes, not to mention Tom, Dick, and Harry.
Fortunately, the Bible tells us the deeds of each man are recorded. In Revelation 20:12, the Apostle John writes: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
It may be that the Book of Life also includes our unique bio-identification of fingerprints, irises, and DNA.
This should not surprise us at all. In Matthew 10:29-31, the Apostle Matthew quotes Jesus as saying: “29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are more value than many sparrows.”
Yes, as the Gospel hymn goes, “His eye is on the sparrow / And I know He watches me…”
But let me repeat verse 30: “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Can you imagine that? For me, as I suppose for all balding men, the expectation of reuniting with all the hairs of my head, some day, fills me with anticipatory joy. Some day! Ah, there you are, Number 1, so happy to see you! And you too, Number 84,457!
But what does this imply? Well, to me as a computer man, this means only one thing: that somewhere in the universe is this gigantic database — many, many magnitudes greater than all that Google can or will ever be — in which all things are recorded.
There is a universal library, a universal database… and we can refer to it as the Akashic database.
Harmon Hartzell Bro wrote the definitive biography of Cayce in the book, “A Seer Out of Season.” For more than a year (1943-1944), Bro lived and worked with Cayce and witnessed more than 600 psychic readings. It was one of Bro’s tasks to write where Cayce would find each patient-correspondent. In the book, he describes the entranced Cayce’s attempt to locate out-of-town seekers as follows:
“For medical aid, this meant giving him the exact street address, and sometimes an apartment or office at that location. In the past, he had shown that he would, if directed to the wrong place patiently describe it in full and accurate detail — right down to the paint on the walls and stuffing in a mattress — while searching for the person. But when properly guided, he would repeat after his wife the complete address, and then seem to move as though in narrowing orbits by citing out loud the state, then the city, then the street and the building,concluding often with an aside on what he observed at the site before firmly stating, ‘Yes, we have the body….'”
(Note that Cayce employed the first person plural “we.” He used the term “the body” to indicate he had found the seeker’s page in the Akashic Records.)
To continue from the book:
“There were colorful complications. An address I supplied for a man in Los Angeles was one we later found to be incorrect. Cayce promptly commented that it was the wrong address, and his wife hesitantly suggested that he try to locate the person anyway. With something like a groan he observed of Los Angeles, ‘Mighty big place!’ After a lengthy pause, he found the man in the huge urban tangle, and proceeded to give the reading, full of accurate personal details.”
By contrast, the instructions were a bit too specific on highway directions to a farm in Minnesota, exactly as if Cayce were to drive there from a nearby town and numbered highway. The last leg of a dirt road according to the correspondence was “a mile and a half.” Cayce found the state, the town, and the highway as usual, but then corrected the final distance to a mile and two-fifths. When we asked the family of the seeker about the discrepancy, they responded that Cayce was correct, since they had rounded off the distance, as they said, ‘so he would not be confused….’
Talk about the phenomenon of nonlocality and entanglement!
As we sit before our computer monitors, Cayce’s process of searching through progressive zooms rings familiar, doesn’t it? But what explanations might this suggest beyond the Akashic Records?
There are several plausible ones: telepathy; remote viewing; astral projection; or access, before 1950, to an advanced and sophisticated computer workstation with an enhanced Google Maps app installed. The software would have the ability to indicate geographical distances, which it currently has, and the ability to look through walls into buildings, which it does not.
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Besides Cayce, it has been suggested that the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Nicola Tesla, and Albert Einstein — and Nostradamus? — were sourced from the Akashic database. How did Einstein come up with the etherless formula e=mc^2?
I would go further and suggest that the talents of child prodigies also have access to the database. Child prodigies in music such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frederic Chopin; and prodigies in mathematics such as Shakuntala Devi.
And what about autistic (formerly idiot) savants? Are their capabilities inherent in the genes and brain, or do they have a ready but narrow access to the database? Are their prodigious memories stored in internal random access memory or on an external hard disc?
There are many accounts of outright and possible access to the Akashic database by various people, well-known or otherwise. Let me cite two:
o The Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), the man who knew infinity, had no training in pure mathematics until the age of 10. He made remarkable contributions to various mathematical subfields. He attributed his intuitive genius to a Hindu goddess. In his dreams, he would see blood drops that symbolized her male consort, and he would afterward be presented with visions of scrolls on which were written complex mathematical formulas. He said, “An equation for me has no meaning unless it represents a thought of God.”
o Elizabeth Chadwick (1957- ) is an author of historical fictions. Her novels revolve around the kings and queens, earls, knights and ladies of the medieval period, in which she has done meticulous research. She is internationally known for her William Marshall, Roger Bigod, and Eleanor of Aquitaine series of books. She often seeks the help of an Akashic records consultant, Alison King, to flesh out the thoughts of her characters and to view “original events” where the written historical records are absent or sparse.
The Akashic Hypothesis
Ervin Laszlo (1932 – ) is an impressive and classy fellow. He has a host of credentials: Founding Member of the Club of Rome; Founder and President of the Club of Budapest; Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Academy of Philosophy of Science; Member of the International Academy of Systems Research and Cybernetics; author or co-author of more than 50 books; winner of the Peace Prize of Japan; and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize (2004 and 2005). And, as if the preceding were not enough, he used to be a classical concert pianist.
He is an advocate of the theory of quantum consciousness, in which field we find proposals from such physicists as David Bohm, Freeman Dyson, and Roger Penrose and his collaborator anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff. These last two developed the theory known as Orchestrated Objective Reduction. Hameroff proposed that the locus of consciousness is in the microtubules of the brain.
Our interest in Laszlo is that he updated the concept of the Akashic records into a scientific hypothesis. His conceptualization of the Akashic Hypothesis runs thus:
o The current paradigm of science sees the universe as made up of material (particles and atoms) and energy. There have been unsuccessful attempts to arrive at a Theory of Everything, such as Einstein’s Unified Field Theory and String and Superstring theories.
o Laszlo proposes that the fundamental element of the universe is not matter (which is also energy) but information. The universe is constituted in the embrace of fields, forces, and energies known as the unified field. And this field carries information physically.
o Space is not really empty nor ether-filled but a particle-filled and energy-filled plenum. The plenum does not only contain the fundamental reality of the unified field but also a universal information- and memory-field which he refers to as the Akashic Field (or A-field).
o The plenum not only conserves and transmits energy but also records and conveys information. Thus information, like energy, is never destroyed and it is timeless.
o Further, quantum theory implies and experimentation shows that consciousness is innate to the cosmos.
o He notes that the information that reaches the mind in an extra- or non-sensory mode does not appear to have conventional limits in space and time. Spatially, it could have come from anywhere and, temporally, it could have originated at any time in the past (and perhaps even in the future?). This suggests that the information is not local but universal. And it is distributed in the A-field that is present throughout nature.
o He speculates that the field conserves and conveys information in a holographic mode. Holograms can hold a vast amount of information in a minimal space. It is said that the entire contents of the Library of Congress in Washington could be contained in a multiplex hologram the size of a sugar cube.
o In a holographic mode, the A-field records and conveys information on all the things that take place in space and time, from the Big Bang up to the Big Crunch.
Thus, Laszlo has arrived at a coherent concept of an “informed” universe that unifies quantum, life, cosmos, and consciousness. This is his integral Theory of Everything.
The Akashic Records vs. the A-field
One can readily see that the main difference between the Akashic Records and the A-field is one of scope. The former is a record of the thoughts, events and emotions of humankind whereas the latter is a record of everything in space and time.
A second difference is that the locus of the Records is on the non-physical astral plane whereas the A-field is omnipresent.
A third and final difference is that the Records is a religious concept whereas the A-field is a scientific concept. In his 2003 book, “The Connectivity Hypothesis,” Laszlo lays down the details of the avant-garde physics behind his hypothesis. In it, he infers that the A-field is the equivalent of the quantum vacuum, the Zero Point Energy (ZPE) field of quantum theory.
A similarity between the Records and the A-field is that the methods of access are low levels of mentation or altered states. For the A-field, the methods are sleep, trance, meditation, fasting, intense prayer, or rhythmic movements; for Records, sleep or trance. Intuition is a gateway coming from the source.
If the A-field physically contains all information, as Laszlo posits, there are still some epistemological issues to be considered. For example, is all information extant a priori? And is the information only of the past and present but not of possible futures? And is the Divine immanent in the cosmos as the Eastern religions, and some nones, would have it? Or is the Divine outside the cosmos as the Abrahamic religions have it?
In Hindu cosmology, the universe is cyclic. It expands and collapses… and then expands again. In each cycle, there are four stages called yugas. There are the Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and the Kali Yuga. In the current cycle, we are now in the last stage, the Kali Yuga, which is the age of the demon Kali, or the age of vice. In this age, Hindus believe human civilization degenerates, and people are separated from the Divine.
The implication of the A-field, Laszlo infers, is that in each cyclic turn the informed universe carries within itself its own memory and DNA, as it were, and “learns” from its experiences. It is thus able to create and refine solar systems where planets like Earth can generate and support life.
And this is where You and I come in.
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Do I believe in the Akashic Hypothesis?
For followers of religion, I must say there is no need to believe because God is all-knowing, omniscient. As a none, I derive some comfort from the thought.
I have had psychic experiences — such as prophetic dreams in which I have received nonlocal information from beyond the five senses — which currently fall outside the purview of science. To account for my experiences, the information in the A-field would have to contain probable futures. I believe Laszlo allows for this in the quantum phenomenon of superposition. Or it may be that the phenomenon of consciousness can travel forward and backward through time.
What I can say is that if everything is recorded, there are good grounds for believing in the existence of a moral order in the universe. If nothing is forgotten, there exist the possibility and the hope that all wrongs can be righted. And that every tear shed in sorrow can be justified and wiped away… and replaced with unconfined joy. And, if so, we need not grieve because we live in a purposive, and not an accidental nor indifferent, universe.
In the turmoil of our daily life, particularly in this time (the second half of 2016) and place (Philippines), we must cast our minds and visions afar and be reminded of how mysterious, wonderful and glorious life can be.
- “A Seer Out of Season: The Life of Edgar Cayce” by Harmon Hartzell Bro
- http://www.akashic-consultant.com/ (Alison King website)
- “The Connectivity Hypothesis” by Ervin Laszlo
- “Science and the Akashic Field” by Ervin Laszlo