The Akashic Records: Edgar Cayce’s Psychic Superpower

One of the most prolific and public psychics of the 20th century, Edgar Cayce was a great proponent of the Akashic Records. Here's why...

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The Akashic Records is an etheric library that records each of our actions, thoughts, emotions and words. This infinite database contains information about every being since the dawn of time. It weaves through the fabric of the universe and beyond; an indelible database of all that is, was and will be. For any aspiring psychic, this sounds like the ultimate tool for delivering an accurate and helpful reading. According to Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), it was.

We can thank the notorious American 'Sleeping Prophet' for popularising the Akashic Records. Edgar Cayce called the records 'The Book of Life', describing them as 'the Universe's super-computer system… that acts as the central storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth.' In his readings – which he delivered in trance – Cayce opened the Akashic Records to retrieve information for his sitters. But where did he find the key?

From Akasha to the Akashic Records

'Akashic' comes from the Sanskrit word akasha, which means 'ether'. The Theosophical Society's founding members, Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott, became interested in the notion of akasha – a pervasive universal wisdom that Blavatsky described as 'indestructible tablets of astral light' - in the late 19th century. Their interest was shared by other Theosophical members, including Alfred Percy Sinnett (1840-1921) who wrote about akasha in Esoteric Buddhism (1883). His fellow Theosophist C W Leadbeater officially coined the phrase 'Akashic Records' in his book, Clairvoyance (1899). Leadbeater described the Akashic Records as an essential tool for the psychic medium, who, he said, obtains their information from these records.

Theosophist turned Anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was also fascinated by the Akashic Records. In the early 20th century, the Austrian philosopher retrieved information from the Akashic Records about Atlantis and Lemuria, as well as details about the life of Jesus Christ not contained in the four Gospels. Alice Bailey related the Akashic Records to Vedic philosophy, describing them as 'the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of every human unit throughout time.'

Edgar Cayce and the Akashic Records

Edgar Cayce's clairvoyant abilities were apparent from childhood. However, it was only when he was 24, after an encounter with a hypnotist, that he began offering readings. His hypnotist described Cayce's technique as '…a self-imposed hypnotic trance which induces clairvoyance.' This hypnotic trance state was behind his moniker, the Sleeping Prophet. Cayce said the information that came through during his readings originated from two sources: the subconscious mind of the person for whom he was reading, and the Akashic Records. From this vast etheric database, he was able to bring forward the information that would be most helpful to them.

Cayce also stated that we can all access the Akashic Records. Despite their etheric nature, we can experience, hear or read the information. He said that this was helpful in understanding the lessons and opportunities gained through our lived experiences, as well as wounds and shadows that can be brought for healing.

The key to the Akashic Records

The College of Psychic Studies' Akashic Records Consultant and Tutor, Vicky Sweetlove, explains that the Akashic Field is all around us. She describes it as 'an expanding, living, breathing energy field.' When we work with pendulums and dowsing, or when we practise distant healing, we are accessing the information in this energy field. Furthermore, working in the Akashic Records gives us a sense of heightened perspective. The insights we receive can be profound. We can identify blocks and patterns that have developed in this, and over many, lifetimes. Once we can see these blocks, we can resolve and clear them.

Edgar Cayce would agree that the key to the Akashic Records is everywhere. Furthermore, these records do not only contain information about ourselves. They also allow us to access the records of our home, our pets, sacred sites, our relationship, ancestors. Even, dare we say it, the Akashic Records of Edgar Cayce himself!

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