What Are The Akashic Records?
“The Records are now open.”
Immediately, my body felt different than when I usually parked my butt on my meditation cushion.
As the room murmured the last line of The Pathway Prayer together — a mantra said to open the Akashic Records — I felt something shift inside my mind.
My body felt weighted to the floor, but my head felt light, almost as if the top of it had been opened up, and it was expanding simultaneously in all directions. I started to see flashes images that I’d never seen before, then I heard words and phrases in a calmer and deeper version of my voice. Somehow, I knew with every fiber of my being that what I had just tapped into was not coming from me ... even though the skeptical voice in my head was muttering, “Maybe you’re making this up.”
I had no idea what I was getting into during my first session opening the Akashic Records — but I walked away from the experience totally changed. It literally felt like I had been handed the keys to the Universe... and as a person who sometimes (ahem, often) finds herself lying awake at 3 a.m. with anxiety about the future, I truly felt at peace.
If you’d asked me what the Akashic Records were just a few weeks before, I would have given you a strong side-eye — mostly because I’d done a very cursory Google search on them, which had yielded some low-key weird stuff. [Think: cults, charlatans, and fake psychics] It wasn’t until I experienced opening the Records for myself that I finally “got” what the big deal was. And it turned out it was nothing like what I had found on my hack job Google search.
In this post, we’re going to dig into everything Akashic — the good, the bad, the curious. Hopefully, we’ll answer all of your questions about this powerful, intuitive tool, so you feel empowered to go deeper if you’d like. I’ll also talk about how I use the Akashic Records on a day-to-day basis in my own work, and how they might be beneficial for you if you chose to start using them.
Ready? Let’s scroll.
What Are The Akashic Records
OK, seemingly basic question. An excellent place to start.
“What are the Akashic Records?”
When you hear the term Akashic Records, what comes to mind? When I first heard it, my first thought was of a giant filing cabinet of information. Some people think of the Akashic Records as a library, or a book. Some think of it as a database.
But according to the Records themselves, they are another dimension called the Akasha. The Akasha is a higher dimension than the dimension we live in.
I know, it’s weird. But stay with me.
In the Akasha, every thought, idea, and action from the past, present, and future is stored ad infinitum. If you’re familiar with String Theory, the Akashic Records is basically like a database of what’s happening in all the universes that are co-existing together.
The Akashic Records are basically a record of what will happen, is happening, or has happened. Because they are a higher dimension, the rules of time don’t really apply. Time is a flat circle to the Akashic Records, so information from 2,000 years ago is as accessible as what happened to you yesterday. And what happened to you yesterday is as available as what could happen to you — if you stay on the same destiny trajectory — in 10 years.
How Experts Describe The Akashic Records
Interestingly, everything has its own Akashic Record. Your soul has an Akashic Record, your house has an Akashic Record, your dog, even your relationship! You can open the specific Records of things to ask questions that pertain to them.
Here’s how Edgar Cayce, the psychic medium who popularized the Records, describes them:
The Akashic Records, or “The Book of Life,” can be equated to the Universe’s super-computer system. It is this system that acts as the central storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth. More than just a reservoir of events, the Akashic Records contain every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. Much more than simply a memory storehouse, however, these Akashic Records are interactive in that they have a tremendous influence upon our everyday lives, our relationships, our feelings and belief systems, and the potential realities we draw toward us ... The Akashic Records contain the entire history of every soul since the dawn of Creation. These records connect each one of us to one another.
Linda Howe, the author of the incredibly informative book, “How to Read The Akashic Records,” describes them this way:
The Akashic Records offer empowerment and transformation by lending us exactly the wisdom, guidance, and energetic support that we need in this lifetime. For centuries, the Records — the energetic archive of Souls’ past, present, and future possibilities — were the exclusive domain of mystics, saints, and scholars. No longer! The collective consciousness of the human race has been growing, evolving, and maturing. This spiritual independence is marked by individuals who know that they have direct access to their spiritual Source, and who cultivate that sacred relationship.
Do the Akashic Records Exist?
You made it this far, which means you’re still curious about learning more about the Records. But you’ve probably got some healthy skepticism around them. GOOD! I like where your head’s at.
The Akashic Records Show Us Potential Outcomes
If you’re anything like me, the concept of The Akashic Records is intriguing. Honestly, what really got me interested in the Records was the similarities I saw between String Theory and quantum mechanics and The Records. The Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics states that there are parallel universes that exist side-by-side, and for every action, we take there is an infinite number of universes that co-exist at the same time, right next to us, in which we did NOT make that action.
You can read more about the Many Worlds Interpretation here, but it relates to the Akashic Records because they both tell us that there are infinite outcomes for our actions, but there is an outcome that is *most likely to happen* for every step that we take. For example, in most universes, if you throw a fork at the wall, it will hit the wall and fall to the floor. But according to Many Worlds Interpretation, there might be a universe out there in which you throw a fork at the wall, and it rebounds right back to you and pokes you in the eye. Or gets magnetized to the ceiling. Or goes right through the wall. It goes on infinitely.
Why Are People Skeptical About Them?
Anyways, people doubt the validity of the Akashic Records for a few reasons. One reason could be because they ask the Records for an answer about the future, only to find that it doesn’t come to fruition in the way the Records described.
The thing is, we’re always in control of our own destiny. The Records just tell us what the most likely outcome is going to be based on the trajectory that we’re already on. But at any moment, we can decide to forge a new path and redirect our possible outcomes.
It’s also easy to doubt the Records because it’s WEIRD to hear messages in your head! You might write off the information that’s coming to you as your own subconscious thoughts. And you know what, that might be the truth. Honestly, who knows? You can choose to believe whatever you want.
But either way, by taking the time to tap into the Records, you’re opening yourself up to a source of knowledge that’s more potent than your conscious mind. Whether you believe that the information is coming from your highest self, or from the Akashic Records, is entirely up to you.
Are The Akashic Records Real?
So are the Akashic Records real? In my opinion, yes.
What Can You Ask the Akashic Records?
The best thing about the Records is that you can use them as a resource whenever you want answers. Through the Records, we can download information regarding any imaginable topic and question — as long as the questions are self-focused (if you’re reading for yourself) and open-ended.
Before we get into why it’s essential to avoid yes or no questions, you need to learn more about the Recordkeepers. The beings that sort of translate the Akashic Records into language we can understand are called our Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones (MTLOs, for short).
The MTLOs are basically our Spiritual Team. They take our questions to the Records, and return to us with an answer we can understand.
However, the MTLOs do not suffer fools. They don't like yes or no questions because they aren't fortune tellers — there is never a simple "yes" or "no" answer to most of our human problems. Your MTLOs love you, and they want to empower you to make decisions for yourself. They're kind of like really great mentors: They want you to learn lessons on your own, but they're here to guide you on your journey. Sometimes they deliver information in a way that is almost abrupt — don't take offense! It's just that sometimes our human problems feel very small and silly to them ... and they have a LOT to tell you about IMPORTANT stuff!
The best questions to ask the MTLOs start like:
Click here to receive The Pathway Process Prayer and 33 example questions that you can ask the Akashic Records.
It’s helpful to have questions lined up before you open the Records because once they’re open, there’s a lot of information flowing through you. It’s overwhelming, and in my experience, you end up getting lost.
Having specific questions helps ground you during your session and keeps you on track. Plus, it can be hard to remember what actually went down in a session — you’re sort of channeling, so you might not have the best recall of what transpired after you close the Records. Writing down the answers to your questions while you’re in communication with your Records will give you clearer takeaways after your session.
How to Access the Akashic Records
Before the present day, only very mystical and devout people could tap into the Akashic Records. But amazing teachers like Linda Howe and Helen Vonderheide are teaching people like us (mere plebians!) how to open and use the Akashic Records.
Linda Howe has written many books on the Records and the predominant modern day source on how to open them. She’s also created a certification program in which you can become a Certified Akashic Records Reader. She has a select number of teachers around the world who can lead certification programs. However, anyone can open the Records through the Pathway Process Prayer that Linda created — no special certification needed.
Helen Vonderheide is a Master Teacher under Linda Howe, and one of the most preeminent Certified Akashic Records readers in the United States. She is an incredible teacher who hosts regular certification programs in Los Angeles. I learned and became certified as an Akashic Records Reader through Helen, and I just think she’s the best.
When you’re doing something as freaky as opening up your brain to the Records, it’s really nice to have an expert like Helen guiding you. As mentioned, it’s not necessary to become certified to open the Records, but I will tell you that it certainly helps you become more proficient in the process.
What Happens When You Open the Akashic Records?
To open the Records, get in a quiet place with few distractions. Pro-tip: Go to the bathroom, because if you're uncomfortable it can be difficult to drop into the Records.
Once you're settled, you need to say the Pathway Process Prayer. When you do, you might feel different than you usually do when you meditate. You might not.
When I open my Records, I feel pressure on the crown of my head, like information is funneling in at an overwhelming pace.
Sometimes you’ll hear voices, see images, or feel a deep sense of knowing. Other times, you might need to sit for a while before anything comes through. Everyone is different, and all people have unique intuitive gifts. If you know that you lean toward any of the five clairs of clairvoyance, there’s a good chance that’s how messages from the Records will come through for you.
Once you've gotten your bearings, you can start to ask your questions. Be patient — you might need to rephrase your question if the answer isn't coming through. Try not to judge as information flows ... sometimes, it really doesn't make sense. Like, at all.
One time, I was asking what I needed to do to meet "my person." Listen, I'm a Pisces Sun-Pisces Venus, I am almost always looking for love. Anyway, the Records shot back at me, "Start wearing flowers in your hair."
I thought that was actually the stupidest thing I'd ever heard. So I asked, "Why?" And my MTLOs explained that I needed to start taking better care of myself (lol #dragme) and that I would personally feel happier when I had flowers in my hair, and that would make me more magnetic to the world around me.
So if something totally ridiculous comes through, or you don't understand the message that you get, don't forget that you can just ask your MTLOs to clarify themselves. Honestly, that's just a good life hack. When in doubt, ask for more clarity.
When you're done, remember to close your Records.
The Akashic Records are a pretty amazing tool that anyone with an open mind can use. Personally, I've opened my own Records to ask about everything from what my ideal diet is to how much I should charge for freelance copywriting! They're useful in so many situations beyond the esoteric.
Have you opened your Akashic Records before? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!