The Akasha Connection
Spirit is considered the fifth Element and is sometimes referred to as Akasha. Spirit is the binding force of the other elements, the part that runs through all matter, and it is also the collective unconscious of life forms. Sources don’t agre on the original meaning of Akasha. Some say the word is Persian or East Indian and means “inner space.” Others say it’s a Sanskrit word that means “hidden library.” Despite its elusive origins, it is known as Spirit in the magickal realm.
Many practitioners believe in an ethereal field of knowledge, which can be accessed by those who train or have the natural ability to do so, called the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records are a spiritual realm, supposedly holding a record of all events, actions, thoughts and feelings that have ever occurred or will ever occur. Clairvoyance, spiritual insight, prophecy, and many other metaphysical and religious notions are made possible by tapping into the Akasha. The records have been referred to by different names, including the Cosmic Mind, the Universal Mind, the collective unconscious, and the collective subconscious.
Information about the Akashic Records, or Book of Life, can be found in folklore, in myth, and throughout the Old and NewTestaments. Among all of these references is the belief that there is an existence some kind of celestial tablets that contained the history of humankind and all manner of spiritual information.
Some believe that the events recorded upon the Akashic Records can be read in some states of consciousness. Such states of consciousness can be induced by certain states of sleep, weakness, illness, and meditation, so not only mystics but ordinary people can and do perceive the Akashic Records. Some mystics claim to be able to reanimate their contents like they were turning on a celestial computer. Yogis is believed that these records can be perceived in certain psychic states.