Humans have known about the Akashics forever.  Lately I’ve been exploring those references to see how others have perceived it, how they apply that knowledge to their spirituality and mythology and how it informs their practice.  It’s interesting to see the wide range of cultures that have retained written texts on the subject.

In Buddhism there’s akasa-dhatu, the physical aspect which is the container which provides the place and space for matter to reside.  Scientists seem to be bringing this more and more into concrete provable reality and moving it out of theology and metaphysics.  They also have ajatakasa which is the non-physical, energetic, spirit of the universe aspect.  I’ll be spending more time looking into this.  It fascinates me.

The Hinduism speaks of this via the Rig Veda The Rig Veda: Complete (Forgotten Books) and in particular the Aitareya Brahmana Rigveda Brahmanas: The Aitareya and Kausitaki Brahmanas of the Rigveda which speaks of Akasa as the raw material from which life was created.  It needed the will of the universe to activate it.  Which is really similar to the understanding I’ve developed of the Akashics over the past 20 years.  The Akashics exists and is of itself, but it doesn’t act.  It is not an entity, but a place and a force.  It is a means by which our free wills are able to act in order to live.  Without it we would be nothing but desire with no ability to change or grow or become.  This is somewhat of a false duality that is useful for divining meaning and having conversations about it but in reality hides the fact that Akasa is not separate from us nor us from it.  But more about that later.

Meanwhile, I have found that reading some non-ancient texts has been helpful.  Helena Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled, Vol. 1 of 2 (Forgotten Books) has been a treasure trove of information.  Well, ok, it’s been a bit fun to read out the cutting edge of science from the 1800’s and all the predictions and ‘understandings’ that came from it.  And fun to read about some of the interesting spirituality ‘facts’ she reports.  Vampires!  Who knew they would become a TV and movie staple.  Of course, she didn’t know about TV and Movies….and she never met a sparkly vampire…probably for the best.  However, I digress.  The interesting parts for me stem from the fact that Ms. Blavatsky was amazingly well read and well educated.  And she notes her sources thoroughly.  So while I might not agree with a great deal of her conclusions, where she found her information on the Akasha is well documented.  She even gives summaries of the Akashic information to be found in them which is incredibly helpful to the researcher.

And just as a nod to the current writers of our times who are writing about spirituality I did look at Scott Cunningham and his understanding of Akasha Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick Series).  He does write about it in relation to it being a 5th element such as Ether was for the alchemists. A one page nod that holds almost no information, which is basically all that anyone is saying about it in the last 100 years.  So with that nod I’m off to look at more ancient texts.  And while I’m at it I’ll be adding more reading from scientists that are discovering what the ancients and indigenous cultures have always know, the Akashics exists and are a part of every piece of…well…everything.