Akashic Records – In mystical-religious theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic Records are seen as the “Book of Life” or “World Memory,” an ethereal, comprehensive collection of all knowledge, which, according to Scott Cunningham, is also the spiritual force that brings the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water into proper form.
According to this perspective, those who can read the Akashic Records know how to work with spiritual energies and receive clear answers to life’s questions. In ancient India, some 5,000 years ago, mystical prophets inscribed many human destinies on dried palm leaves. These palm leaf libraries in India and Sri Lanka not only reveal the destiny of each seeker who finds their way there, but also contain collective revelations for countries and entire continents.
The concept of world memory has a long history in Western mysticism. Figures like Plotinus (c. 205-270), Paracelsus (1493-1541) or Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) come to mind. However, the terms Akasha and Akashic Records were introduced with modern Theosophy, and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) and Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) shaped these concepts.
Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian Theosophist and the founder of Anthroposophy. Steiner used the term Akashic Records primarily in a series of articles in his journal “Lucifer-Gnosis” from 1904 to 1908, where he wrote about Atlantis and Lemuria, their history, civilization, and more.
According to Rudolf Steiner, “reading” the Akashic Records involves transcending human consciousness and remembering past incarnations. This requires transcendental perception, or intuition, which Steiner claims is the highest of three levels of supernatural knowledge. Steiner claims that he can make this path of knowledge accessible to anyone after meditative training.