(Wikipedia) The akashic records (akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space" or "aether") is a term used in theosophy (and Anthroposophy) to describe a compendium of mystical knowledge encoded in a non-physical plane of existence. These records are described as containing all knowledge of human experience and the history of the cosmos. They are metaphorically described as a library; other analogies commonly found in discourse on the subject include a "universal supercomputer" and the "Mind of God". People who describe the records assert that they are constantly updated automatically and that they can be accessed through astral projection or when someone is placed under deep hypnosis. The concept was popularized in the theosophical movements of the 19th century and is derived from Hindu philosophy of Samkhya. It is promulgated in the Samkhya philosophy that the Akashic records are automatically recorded in the atoms of akasha (the equivalent of what Aristotle called "aether"), one of the five types of atoms visualized as existing in the atomic theory of Ancient India, called Mahabhuta. In Buddhism it is taught one reason that people knew Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment as a Buddha was because he was able to remember all of the details of all of his past lives by accessing them on the akashic records. The term akashic records is frequently used in New Age discourse.
Some people refer to the Akashic records as the universal information that is out there and accessed by people like Edgar Cayce and perhaps Nostradamus and other psychics and prophets. It is a very visual way for us to imagine free floating information, as if everything that ever was and ever will be in the universe are around us all the time, but tuning into them is not a consistent process unless you've developed psychic talents or astral projection capabilities.
Have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly get a deep shiver and goosebumps for not reason at all? You look around you and realize that there is nothing to have set it off, but some stimulus had to exist. How about deja vu? There's a sensation we all get, but why? Why is something so familiar that if we concentrate on it, we can actually predict what to do next based on a sense of having happened before?
When I do a psychic read, it goes something like this:
I take the object, usually with my left hand and hold it. I then, take my focus from the here and now and shift my eyes to the right and slightly downward, sometimes searching around the area until my eyes lock onto the "tuning" of this item by staring at a very specific place in the 3-dimensional world around me, a kind of invisible grid or filing system. It's a sense of familiarity, like when you put your fingers on your keyboard and know where the "w" is without looking.
Being logic-minded and highly skeptical, it can be very tough for me to settle how I inherently know things I shouldn't know by the usual means we acquire information, by reading, watching, doing... The Akashic records, as extraordinary a concept as they are, actually fits very neatly into the senses I get when I do a psychic read. I feel as if I am opening information that is free floating in the environment around me in a dimensional plane that is not necessarily this 3-dimensional realm we know. I am taking it into my 3-dimensional realm and making sense of it. In a way, I am an interpreter like a language interpreter might be for a Russian and a Brit trying to carry on a conversation.
I'm not a believer in the existence of time and so being a psychic, I do understand that there is no "now and then," but more like a series of events that occur throughout our civilization and they are neither past or present but "done" deals. When I get a psychic read about the future, clairvoyance, I feel it in my body and mind to be "already happened and fact" even if it will not occur until tomorrow.
Psychics? We are simply radios with a fine tuner compared to a broad band sweep. The broad band sweep might have caught the goosebumps out of the blue or the deja vu, but us fine tuners, well, we get the details, locking onto the exact station and some of its content.
I absolutely believe in the Akashic records in that all past, present and future knowledge is in the universe simultaneously, just accessible occasionally by those of us who understand things aren't linear but coexisting. In fact, people that have reported past life experiences and reincarnation are easily explained as having accessed the Akashic records serendipitously. One thing I know as a psychic is that you see it as if you lived it, so it would seem like it was your own life when you do a reading, even though it's actually an interpretive process.
I would love to hear your take on Akashic records. It is a subject I've been very much into since I first learned of Edgar Cayce and his readings. I feel an enormous kinship with the man and what a finely tuned vessel he was.