Depending on the philosophy or religion cited, "Akasha" generally has the same core meaning.
It's Sanskrit (primary sacred language of Hinduism) for "aether," in both the elemental and metaphysical sense. The existence of this 'substance,' for lack of a better term, has been postulated by scientists and philosophers from ancient cultures, traditions, and faiths which date back thousands of years.
The theme has been
present from Eastern mysticism/philosophy all the way into the West
and esoteric philosophy.
It's basically the basis of all things in the material world, and in various philosophies it's considered to be the invisible driving force behind the creation of matter.
According to many it's the source of energy for material manifestation.
This is intriguing, because quantum physics has been showing that human thoughts, intentions, emotions and more could have some sort of direct effect on our physical material world.
Modern day scientific theories do not recognize the real existence of Akasha, but the fact that quantum physics has shown us that space is not empty is certainly lending more credibility to this ancient concept, in my opinion.
The Akashic Records
What are the Akashic Records?
According to various scholars in the realm of theosophy (esoteric philosophy), the Akashic Records are a kind of database which contain a record of the soul's journey.
According to Alice A. Bailey, an author of more than two dozen books on theosophical subjects:
According to the late Edgar Cayce, the Akashic Records can be seen as the universe's supercomputer, a central storage facility of all information for every individual who has ever lived throughout the cosmos.
Apart from recording the events that occur in your life, they record every act, deed, word, thought, feeling, emotion, intent, and motive. Apparently, the records contain the entire history of every soul since the dawn of creation.
They are records kept of a soul from the time it leaves its point of origin.
Charles Webster Leadbeater, an influential member of the Theosophical Society and an author on occult subjects, has made similar claims, stating that the records hold the history of Atlantis and various other civilizations, including Lumeria (Lemuria).
H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), a Russian immigrant, mystic, and founder of the Theosophical Society, writes that the Akasha is,
Philosopher, educator, and founder of the Anthroposophical Society, Rudolf Steiner believed that humans (and himself) have the ability to perceive information beyond the material world.
Please keep in mind that this isn't a 'pseudoscientific' idea; for a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.
Are The Akashic Records Real?
With the information above, I just wanted to provide a very basic and brief description of the Akashic Records.
I still have a lot of research to do to further my understanding, but the essential idea has always been pretty clear to me.
So, is there any 'proof" for the existence of the Akashic Records?
Well, we are limited by modern day understandings of what qualifies as proof. Anything that cannot be perceived by our physical senses, or something that is (for most) impossible to perceive, it's hard to validate its existence.
The truth is, there is really no way to 'prove,' in the material way that we currently define proof, the existence of the Akashic Records, because it cannot be seen, touched, heard, or otherwise measured.
But this doesn't mean we can't theorize, and as Albert Einstein once said, "everything you can imagine is real."
The same can be said for consciousness, or factors that we commonly associate with consciousness:
This is most demonstrated by the quantum double slit experiment, and the parapsychological studies that are linked in this article above.
As for the nature of consciousness itself, that's a topic for another article.
So, we do know that just because something can't be seen, touched, heard, or measured, does not mean it can't still have a direct effect on our physical material world. And we do know that (some) ancient philosophies and esoteric teachings have been validated by modern day science.
As far as proving the existence of the Akashic Records, it doesn't seem to be possible.
Again, one great argument for its existence is the fact that it is an ancient concept, and occult (occult means the quest for truth, unfortunately this word carries a negative connotation) authors have been writing about for years.
We've seen other concepts, like the atom, or the energy that exists all around us, or near death experiences (NDE's) and out of body experiences, written about in ancient times, as well as studied by modern day science, with some promising results.
Ancient peoples may not have understood the 'science' behind the phenomena they observed, at least in the way way understand science, but their theories often prove to be correct nevertheless.
Perhaps they had better methods for gaining wisdom? There are countless examples where ancient societies are considered much more 'advanced' than us, but we live in a different time.
I personally do believe that there is some sort of 'database' out there that we are all connected to, and everything about us (physical and non physical) can be found there. But I cannot say it exists for certain, nor can I provide any proof for its existence.
All I can say is that in my heart I believe it to be true.
I would also like to include that I do not feel that these "records" are used for judgment in any way.