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.