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What is the Akashic Archive?

Academic research is an idiosyncratic process. Each scholar collects and curates a diverse assortment of documents, images, videos, images, and other objects directly, or indirectly related to their work. Each object fits into a puzzle of their own making, organized around specific questions, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks. What often looks like a cohesive assemblage of materials to the scholar looks like an incoherent jumble to others. As such, this digital archive is simply a small portion of my assemblage. Its organization may or may not make sense to others. For that I make no apologies.

The name of this personal digital archive is derived from a nineteenth century concept promoted by members of the Theosophical Society, beginning with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, better known as Madame Blavatsky. Akashic records, from akasha or ākāśa, the Sanskrit word for “sky,” “space,” “luminous,” or “aether,” were claimed to be a compendium of all the thoughts, actions, and emotions ever experienced by anyone who has ever lived.

These records were allegedly written in light on the astral plane, a less than material dimension of existence. While the recordings were claimed to be perfect in all ways, the access to the records was always fraught with difficulties. To access the Akashic records, one had to have clairvoyant powers and practice. Theosophist, Charles W. Leadbeater wrote, “To read the records clearly and correctly needs special training; it is not a matter of faith or of goodness, but of a special kind of knowledge.” He added, “There are two sources of possible error in examining the records clairvoyantly; first, personal bias, and secondly, limited views.” One might suggest these limits extend to scholars too.

Nevertheless, the aspect of ephemerality of the Akasha, as in records made of light or digitally, and the context of specialized training, individual bias, and methodological limits seemed to describe the context of this archive well. Even more so in that it contains a variety of materials related to Theosophy and other esoteric traditions. 

Access to the Archive

Much of the Akashic Archive is made available to the public for free for personal use. Other parts are only accessible by those with higher access. Finally, some of the material is only available to the archive owner. If you are a researcher and would like access to the non-public materials, email the site owner, John L. Crow. Requesting access is no guarantee it will be granted. In the email, please explain why you would like access and if you have any institutional affiliation.

The archive itself, its organization, the metadata entered about archive items, and the content and arrangement of static pages and exhibits are owned and copyrighted by John L. Crow. Individual items in the archive are protected by third party rights, such as copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity. These owners retain their respective ownership and use rights. When known, these rights are specified in the appropriate metadata fields. No portion of this archive may be used for commercial purposes without permission from the site owner and the respective rights owners of the materials contained within the archive. Any use of material in this archive should be cited, giving proper attribution to all parties involved. The collection of items in this archive constitute a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you wish to use copyrighted material contained in this archive for purposes that extend beyond 'fair use,' you must obtain permission from the respective rights owner. If you are a rights owner and wish to have your material removed or credited differently in this archive, please contact the site owner with your request.