swirling vortex of subatomic particles, influenced by gravity, solar
energy and subtle nuclear forces; this is our universe…this is our
reality. Some may find that description to be cogent while others may
find cause to question.
I am real, my world is real, and it is made up of real things, with texture and depth and value.
Or is it? The science of physics, coupled with the sciences of
evolutionary biology and neurobiology, have given us a grander, closer
view of reality, closer than most are aware. It has shown, with
remarkable accuracy and overwhelming consistency, that we and our world
are nothing more than a massive collection of particles, spinning and
vibrating in different ways, depending on our spatial relationship to
the various energies that surround us.
Physics or more specifically, quantum physics is the study of small
things, the micro universe, the subatomic universe and beyond. Its
principal endeavour is to find, through scientific experimentation and
theoretical mathematics, a way to describe the entire universe –or to
find a theory of everything. The likes of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku,
Brian Greene and many, many more brilliant theoretical and applied
physicists have defined reality to an amazing depth. They have,
collectively, provided answers to some of life’s most vexing questions,
and they, along side some of the most brilliant minds of natural
science, such as Richard Dawkins, P.Z. Meyers and a host of others are
on the brink of finding definitive answers to any question mankind might
Though one question still stands unanswered, a question that has been
the focus of philosophy’s greatest orators for
millennia…Consciousness. What is it? Where does it come from? Is it
intrinsic to all life, or is it unique to higher mammals?
Even a brief search for theories of consciousness will bring forth a
dizzying amount of scientific information on the many different ideas
that science and philosophy have generated on this topic. There are
more than two dozen completely different and valid philosophical
theories of consciousness, and at least as many scientific theories
expounding on the origins and mechanics of consciousness. Suffice it to
say, few theorists agree on this issue.
There are though, a few theories that stand out of the crowd, one of those theories is called is called Akashic Field Theory
which is a rather obscure but unendingly interesting blending of
philosophy and physics in an attempt to provide a deeper understanding
of consciousness. Discussed in-depth by its most vocal, recent advocate
in his 2004 book Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything
, Hungarian born philosopher of Science Erwin Laszlo
presents the idea that all knowledge in the universe (or more
accurately, the metaverse) is carried as an energy wave in, or as a part
of, the quantum vacuum.
That’s a complicated idea, one that isn’t easily explained, let alone understood, but bear with me and I’ll try.
Quantum Vacuum is a state of matter found in the universe, or rather
it is a state of space-time that is free of known matter and energy; the
state itself is called a Zero Point Field. Essentially, it’s a
condition wherein all matter, all particles of matter -any matter, and
energy are removed from an area of space by whatever mechanism, leaving
what should be a pure vacuum, an area of space that is truly empty.
Physicists are able to create such Zero Point Fields (ZPF), they do so
to create experimental conditions suitable for testing various theories
in quantum mechanics, but a funny thing happens in a ZPF, where there
should be nothing…there is something. Mysterious and unidentified
energies permeate such Zero Point Fields, and they interact with a known
but equally mysterious form of matter called virtual particles
A working understanding of the mechanics of Zero Point Fields is not
necessary for the current discussion. Suffice it to say the science
behind the above is highly complex.
So how does this relate to consciousness? According to Laszlo, this
field, or more accurately, the energies within it are the mythical ether
or akashic field
If this sounds familiar to you, it might be because the famed Sleeping
Prophet, Edgar Cayce claimed that his ability to foretell the future was
derived from his unique method of accessing the ether
or akashic records
with his mind. He believed that he possessed no personal knowledge of the event that he predicted, but that he had simply looked it up in the ether
This idea has largely been dismissed by sceptics and mainstream science
as classic subterfuge by a successful con man, but some have found a
small bit of credibility in the idea that there are those among us that
have the ability to access the knowledge of the universe, in fact, there
are those who believe, or want to believe that all of us have this
Dr. Diane Hennacy Powell M.D. is one of those people, and through an
apparently thorough and impartial investigation of the unbelievably huge
body of information amassed on the phenomenon of ESP, she presents the
possibility that these akashic records may actually be the substance of
The idea, while not exactly new, finds some scientific credibility in
the ZPF mystery, as famous scientists such as David Bohm and Rupert
Sheldrake both, along with Laszlo, called the ZPF a storage medium which
the brain (presumably all mammalian brains) are able to access.
Accessing the Akashic Records
This line of reasoning gives rise to the idea that memory and even
conscious thought is actually non-local, that it originates outside of
our brains, in the ether, and that our brains simply access and utilise
the information for navigation through and identification of various
elements in our environment. More than this though, is the idea that
every particle in the universe receives instruction from this field for
the local rules that govern their spin and movement. Laszlo claims that
his Akashic Field Theory provides solutions to many of quantum physics
larger theoretical problems, such as non-locality and quantum
Now, the science behind this is highly complex and not easily
understood by the layman, but its implications are profound and far
reaching. It engenders visions of invisible strings of energy reaching
from our brains to a mysterious field of energy and matter, a field
divided into personal portions that hold our individual memories and
thoughts. It might even inspire the idea that we are puppets on
strings, controlled from the ether. Whatever it means the idea deserves
further study; it deserves the serious attention of the scientific
mind. Some questions arise even from a cursory review of the idea…
Does this mean that my thoughts aren’t my own?
Are “psychics” simply able to access the akashic records or “personal portions” of other people?
Is there an evolution to the process? Will we eventually be able to access more of the field than we can now?
In truth, the questions are never-ending, and answers may be a long
time coming, but at least the questions are being asked…there can be no
progress where knowledge is complete.
László Ervin (2004). Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything
. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions.
I lack both the expertise and literary skill to explain what these
energies and particles are, why they’re there and what they mean in the
context of quantum mechanics, though readers are free to conduct their
own research on this topic. Wikipedia
offers a decent rudimentary explanation as a starting point.
Kevin J. Todeschi (1998). Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records
. A.R.E. Press ISBN – 10: 0876044011
Diane Hennacy Powell M.D. (2009). The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena
. New York. Pp 222.
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