What Are Akashic Records? How To Access Them & What To Expect During a Reading

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When I first heard about the Akashic Records, they immediately piqued my interest. Mention of the Akashic Records dates back as early as the 19th century, but specific information available about the text—said to contain details of each person’s past, present, and future—is very limited. So, being the skeptic that I am, I sought more answers: What are Akashic Records, really? Are they a tangible record I can read? And how do I access the Akashic Records?

Below, Krista Rauschenberg, a certified Akashic Records reader and breathwork specialist, shares more information about what Akashic Records are, how we can use them to live in alignment with our potential, and even how it can be used for emotional healing and overcoming past trauma.

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Let’s cover the basics first—what are the Akashic Records, exactly?

The Akashic Records are an [energetic] library of information that contain the details of your soul and its journey. They span through past lives, present incarnations, and future possibilities.

What is the Akashic theory, and what is the purpose of the Akashic Records?

The Akashic realm is said to be the highest energetic realm. It holds every single thought, every action, every experience throughout your entire soul journey. When I access your Akashic Records, I’m speaking directly to your master, teachers, and loved ones. Your masters are a body of energy that have been with you since the inception of your soul, so you have access to past lives, [the] present, and future possibilities.

It is multi-purpose. It can provide understanding or guidance. which can be really healing, but ultimately it elevates [someone’s] vibration to a point and to a place where they can reconnect with their soul-level truth.

Wow—I’m officially intrigued. So how do you access or “read” the Akashic Records library of information? And more curiously, where are the Akashic Records located?

I recite a very specific and intentional prayer that creates an energetic pathway into the Akashic Records. Each line of the prayer gently lifts the energy higher, which opens the channel. You can actually feel it happening. Some of my more sensitive clients feel it very strongly, and their energy changes before my eyes.

The Akashic Records exist in different energetic realms. It’s not a physical thing—it’s something that you have to experience.

Are the Akashic Records an infinite source of information?

There’s nothing that doesn’t exist in the [Akashic Records]. All the information is there.

You mentioned reciting a prayer—is the prayer for anyone, or anything, in particular, such as a spirit or protective guide?

It calls to a lot of energetic beings. Different energies come through and I can call into different energies on [someone’s] behalf. Sometimes energies will come through… They’ll just show up. Other times I have to invite them forward—most specifically, loved ones come forward.

What type of information can you find in the Akashic Records?

While in the Records, I can perceive the potential of the person I am reading. The person being read then resonates to this higher frequency and becomes aware of his or her possibilities by adhering to this quickened vibrational level.

So many of us have [shades] that don’t give us a full perspective of our choices and behaviors. These blinders may have been useful at some point in our lives to thrive or survive but, as much as they helped us at one point, they may be hindering us now.

Having an Akashic Records reading can gently and lovingly remove these [shades] and remind you of your soul-level truth, who you really are—not who you became due to familiar and or societal pressure.

Having an Akashic Records reading can gently and lovingly remove these [shades] and remind you of your soul-level truth, who you really are—not who you became due to familiar and or societal pressure. This connection and the information that comes through can be incredibly insightful and liberating.

It sounds like a form of therapy we could all use right now. Can anyone open the Records? Is there specific training involved?

With the proper training, yes [anyone can], although I cannot account for their ability to understand and interpret them. I went through extensive training to obtain an advanced certification. In addition, I gained certifications in Healing Through the Akashic Records, Akashic Soul Path Work and Akashic Manifestation Path Work.

After receiving this training, I expanded my education into several different realms of energy healing including Akashic breathwork, sound healing therapy, and essential oil therapies.

Can one learn how to access their own Akashic Records?

Yes, you could read your own Records, but it’s often much harder to read for yourself than it is reading for someone else. Even when I have a problem or I’m struggling with something, my best friend says to me, ‘Well, ask in the Records.’ Yes, I can do that, but we all live with blinders on—and so, though I have this access, I need people to give me information and help me see what I can’t see—or maybe it’s too painful [for me] to see where I’m struggling. It’s the same thing when someone opens their own records.

Can anyone view my Akashic Records?

If someone has your full legal name, yes—they can view your records.

Are some people’s Akashic Records easier to open than others?

They are, just like having a conversation with some people is easier than with others. Usually it depends on how open and familiar someone is with his or her own energy. When they are shut off to [Akashic Records], it may take me more time to find and repair that connection.

Are there common blocks your clients come across when trying to access the Records?

I think one of the most common [blocks] is people being in their heads versus in their body. The problem with that is the intellect is forever attached to the ego—and the ego’s job is to keep us safe by using fear. There’s also people holding onto energetic trauma, and then that informs their thinking and decision-making. It’s like being in a dirty fish bowl, and looking through that dirty lens is all they see. A lot of people also can’t process energy, so they’re holding all the energy inside themselves. It’s suppressed and that’s creating anxiety and phobias and physical pain, physical and even disease.

How does one prepare for an Akashic Records reading and show up as open as possible?

Understanding what you hope to learn [from the Records] is always helpful. Come with questions to ask the Akashic Records but also be willing to take the ride of what the Records would like to share with you. It helps to be in a calm and quiet space wherein you can truly focus.

What are the best types of questions to ask the Akashic records?

[People ask about] all aspects of life—from business, career, health, family and parenting, to speaking with loved ones who have crossed over. It really depends on where the client is in their life and what clarity they are seeking. I’ve never had an occasion wherein I asked something and didn’t get a deep, meaningful (and sometimes surprising) response.

How can the Akashic Records help heal physical or emotional trauma?

That’s a great question, and a big part of my practice. Early on, I saw how within an Akashic record reading, we were able to bring to light, on an intellectual level, the deep wounding that needed to be acknowledged in order to be healed. But this wasn’t addressing the energetic trauma store in our body.

Energetic trauma stored in our bodies doesn’t respond to thought in that we can’t think it away. It responds to breath, touch, and play. Breathwork can activate the natural healing process within, and I was guided to combine breathwork with the Akashic Records [in my work]. There are so many wonderful and effective forms of healing energetic trauma. I advise everyone to explore and find the ones that are right for them. Everyone deserves to be happy and whole.

How do you typically combine breathwork with Akashic Records reading?

The breathwork itself is an active form of meditation, and when I do a session with someone, I’m opening up their Akashic Records in order to be guided by the Akashic realm, by their masters, teachers, and loved ones in terms of how to heal them. Every session is incredibly different and specific to the person.

Can people have a negative experience?

The energy of the Records is a loving, healing energy. Everyone feels better after a [reading] and, you know, someone comes in with a low vibration, so getting them to feel okay is a big shift—and some people who come in feeling good end up feeling great.

Can Akashic Records tell one’s future?

We can ask predictive questions, but because we all have free will, [the future] is always 50/50. You could change your mind, or other people or a person that will influence an outcome can change your mind. What we can’t change are the lessons we came in to learn. Those are fixed.

Any more tips you can share for people who are interested in having an Akashic reading?

Willingness, an open mind, and an open heart—and trust, I think, is important.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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