The word akasha, like the word, karma, is Sanskrit. Loosely, akasha means sort of a primordial ether of the all-knowing. It's been described as "spirit" "ether" or "original source" Seriously, in line with the folks that link karma down to a simple burden of guilt or accretion of virtue that carries over from one life to the next, they will also point the shamey fingers at anyone they suspect of doing evil misdeeds. If Karma to them is the "score" then the Akashic records must be the "scorecard."

In defining the Akashic records, it helps to know what tradition or perspective you hold. To some, the Akashic records could be best described as a huge library, or super computer that holds ALL of the data on what has ever happened, what is happening and also believe it or not what will ever happen (which doesn't make much sense if you believe that future outcomes can be changed and are not etched into stone). These beliefs in the Akashic records were largely popularized by H.P. Blavatsky in Theosophy and have been adopted by many neo-pagans and new-agers. In fact, much to my irritation some psychic readers out to make a buck tend to boast that they are Akashic record "readers" Although Edgar Cayce has been reknown for tapping into the Akashic records (largely unprovable by scientific methods, and keeping in mind that the Akashic records themselves are a myth) he still made some horrendous blunders with some of his predictions.

I would be remiss to say that the Akashic records is a big fallacy. But there isn't a "Big Giant Head" like on Third Rock from the Sun. There isn't a shamey scorecard in the heavens. Simply put, trained or not, people have been able to tap into unexplained intelligence. Again it would largely come in the form of your belief system and practices. People who claim they've had angels hold them back from a curb at the precise moment a near fatal accident occurs *might* be experiencing one of those unexplained occurances where they had knowledge of something before hand. A mage, might construct a ritual that conscious and subconscious work together to tap the "super". Hermetically speaking "they expand the cage"

I've always found it quite interesting that some of the best CM's around are involved in computers as a livelihood. While in the days of old, the Akashic records were often compared to a huge library or hall of records without walls. Nobody would have comprehended the amount of knowledge we have access to with computer systems. When I think of the Akashic records, I think of the big super computer in the cosmos (often described as nature's memory) all of history is recorded from either a non-biased perspective or from a total of all perspectives and combined into a vast record. This is why I snicker at psychics who claim to be able to "read" the Akashic records. Such a task is not simple nor is it always reliable upon demand (again, just my opinion) There are times that we sometimes have information that is not logical or explainable. Sometimes I think it is passed to us on a "need to know" basis. Again, sometimes with training such as astral projection, meditation, ritual, I believe we are able to make the connections easier, but again they aren't always reliable.

I would like to believe that the Akashic records are a "tool" that is accessed to find out something worthy of knowledge unlike the "score card of shame" that finger waggers are wanting to believe. It's not like Santa Claus trying to find out who's naughty or nice, but a complex record of events without the judgements attached. Again, when you look at the rings of a tree that's been cut down, you can see the years--a year of drought here, five years in a row of good growing, a year of a flood etc. In looking at tree rings you don't attach judgement to a ring that appears in the year of a drought and think "oh that's bad!"

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