Akashic Records: Pseudoscience and Quantum Mysticism

Written By Thomas Perez. April 8, 2011 at 3:22am. Copyright 2011.

This study is based upon a previous study entitled, ‘The Aquarian Age Gospel of Jesus; The Christ of The Piscean Age: True Manuscript or Ultimate Fable?’

“In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane” (Wiki). Some view the Akashic Records to be the result of what is called a conscience awareness, which can only be achieved in the micro-world; to the point of non-existence. Such adherents often use the scientific world of quantum physics as actual validity to the possible theory of conscience traveling. And therefore, would assert proof of an intelligent designer that can be attained by going back to our roots – so to speak – which sounds good. I mean its good to take science and have it prove for example; The Cosmological Argument, and The Theological Argument.

Adherents within this camp often ms-place the true meaning of getting back to the Father, and that is namely through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Moreover, many of them seem to deny this. Many of them do not even seem to care where there own particular belief systems originated from. They often forego the physicalities of the universe to concentrate on its smaller counterpart – quantum physics; which in turn for the adherent, is a self prescribed form of what many within the scientific community would refer to as “pseudoscience.”

A. Science or Pseudoscience?

The following makes sense with reference to sciencfic evolutionary or creationary theories. 

Biblical Scientific Foreknowledge (Judaism and Christianity) – asserts that the Bible makes accurate statements about the world that science verifies thousands of years later.

Qur’anic scientific foreknowledge (Islam) – asserts that the Qur’an makes accurate statements about the world that science verifies hundreds of years later. This belief is a common theme in Bucailleism.

Creation Science: A belief that the origin of everything in the universe is the result of a first cause, brought about by a creator deity, and that this theory is supported by geological, biological, and other scientific evidence.

Creation Biology: A subset of creation science that tries to explain biology without macro evolution.

Creationist Cosmologies: Cosmologies which, among other things, allow for a universe that is only thousands of years old.

Flood Geology: A Creationist form of geology that advocates most of the geologic features on Earth are explainable by a global flood.

Modern Geo-Centrism: Citing uniform gamma-ray bursts distribution, and other arguments of this type, as evidence that we (being in the Milky Way galaxy) are at the center of the cosmos.

Intelligent Design: Maintains that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.” This feature includes Irreducible Complexity.

Irreducible complexity claim that some biological systems are too complex to have evolved from simpler systems. It is used by proponents of intelligent design to argue that evolution by natural selection alone is incomplete or flawed, and that some additional mechanism (an “Intelligent Designer”) is required to explain the origins of life. Irreducible complexity is one of two main arguments intended to support intelligent design, the other being specified complexity.

The topics above make for good support concerning the validity of the “Big Question.” The last area of interest is found within the realm of the metaphysical world; the world of Quantum Mysticism.

B. Quantum Mysticism

According to the scientific community, Quantum Mysticism is a pseudo-scientific term that has been used to refer to a set of metaphysical ideas and associated practices that seek to relate consciousness, intelligence or mystical world-views to the new, strange and little-understood ideas of quantum mechanics and its interpretations.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

1 Athearn, D. (1994). Scientific Nihilism: On the Loss and Recovery of Physical Explanation (S U N Y Series in Philosophy). Albany, New York: State University Of New York Press.

2 Edis, T. (2005). Science and Non-belief (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion). New York: Greenwood Press.

3 Stenger, V. J. (2003). Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

4 Edis, T. (2002). The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

5 Crease, R. P. (1993). Play of Nature, The (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Technology). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

6 Seager, W. (1999). Theories of Consciousness: An Introduction (Philosophical Issues in Science). New York: Routledge.

But according to believers, Quantum Mysticism is a spiritual belief, and as such it is looked upon from a different perspective in light of its Quantum Mechanical operations. Quantum Mysticism builds on a superficial similarity between certain New Age concepts and such seemingly counter-intuitive quantum mechanical concepts as the uncertainty principle, entanglement, and wave – particle duality, while generally de-coherence can be viewed as the loss of information from a system into the environment (often modeled as a heat bath). It is thus acknowledged that no system is, in reality, perfectly isolated – but rather every system is loosely coupled with the energetic state of its surroundings. Viewed in isolation, the system’s dynamics are non-unitary (although the combined system plus environment evolves in a unitary fashion). Thus the dynamics of the system alone, treated in isolation from the environment, are irreversible.

According to mainstream scientific academia, one of the most abused ideas of this form of Quantum Mysticism is Bell’s theorem, in which many in the world of Pseudoscience use to prove the nonexistence of local hidden variables in quantum mechanics are the direct result of a single point of conscience (or as others call it, the point of light, or the singularity). Such a belief is also very similar to that of eastern mystics, and various guru’s. These beliefs can be found in Hindu scriptures, including the Bhagavad-Gita. Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Science of Being and the Art of Living.

According to their beliefs: Each part of creation makes up “God” (Brahman). A Supreme Being is not personal. All creation is divine; all is one.” This is similar to that of the New Agers which also claim: “Everything, and everyone, is God.” God is an impersonal force or principle, not a person. People have unlimited inner power and need to discover it. Hence word phrases like – conscience essence, self awareness, being, the God potential in us and the “we are not sinners, but merely deluded into thinking that we are;” all stem from what many call “new found knowledge.” But when one does the proper research into such ideologies; one would find the striking similarities between Eastern mysticism, Deism and New Age concepts all to familiar.

But despite all this, Bell himself resisted mystical interpretations of the theory. While Erwin Laszlo claimed that his Akashic Field Theory provides solutions to many of quantum physics larger theoretical problems, such as non-locality and quantum entanglement – yet at the same time he did not explain the difficulties regarding the paradox of quantum de-coherence.

In his 2004 book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, Laszio posits a field of information as the substance of the cosmos. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for “space,” Akasha, he calls this information field the “Akashic field” or “A-field.” He posits that the “quantum vacuum” is the fundamental energy and information-carrying field that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively, the “Metaverse”).

Laszlo describes how such an informational field can explain why our universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form galaxies and conscious life forms; and why evolution is an informed, not random, process. He believes that the hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially non-locality and quantum entanglement. Gidley’s research also discusses László’s Akashic Field theory, including a three page hermeneutic analysis of his theory compared to the similar theories a century ago by Rudolf Steiner.

In quantum field theory, the vacuum state (also called the vacuum) is the quantum state with the lowest possible energy. Generally, it contains no physical particles. Zero-point field is sometimes used as a synonym for the vacuum state of an individual quantized field. According to present-day understanding of what is called the vacuum state or the quantum vacuum, it is “by no means a simple empty space,” [1] and again: “it is a mistake to think of any physical vacuum as some absolutely empty void.” [2] According to quantum mechanics, the vacuum state is not truly empty but instead contains fleeting electromagnetic waves and particles that pop into and out of existence. However, if information can be changed from existence to non-existence, wouldn’t that alone create a loss of information? It certainly would. [3][4][5]

Moreover, any loss of information is thereby questionable in regards to the authenticity of the voyager due to entanglements & non-locality. Yet, some would claim that even Stephen Hawking might have suggested such an ideology or concept. However, such a statement is refuted by Hawking latest denial of God in his latest book ‘The Grand Design.’ Hawking once wrote “The initial state of the universe must have been very carefully chosen indeed if the hot big bang model was correct right back to the beginning of time. It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings just like us.” However, in his latest book, ‘The Grand Design,’ Stephen Hawking says that because there are laws such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. There was no role for God.

1. Astrid Lambrecht (Hartmut Figger, Dieter Meschede, Claus Zimmermann Eds.) (2002). Observing mechanical dissipation in the quantum vacuum: an experimental challenge; in Laser physics at the limits. Berlin/New York: Springer. p. 197.

2. Christopher Ray (1991). Time, space and philosophy. London/New York: Routledge. Chapter 10, p. 205.

3 AIP Physics News Update,1996

THE CASIMIR FORCE, a 1948 theoretical prediction in which the seemingly desolate “vacuum” creates a tiny force between a pair of conductors, has been precisely measured for the first time. According to quantum mechanics, empty space (the “vacuum”) is not truly empty but instead contains fleeting electromagnetic waves and particles that pop into and out of existence. However, when the vacuum is bounded by a pair of conducting surfaces, the only electromagnetic waves that can exist are those with wavelengths shorter than the distance between the surfaces. The exclusion of the longer wavelengths results in a tiny force between the conductors. To measure the Casimir force, Steve Lamoreaux, now at Los Alamos (505-667-5005), employs a torsion pendulum, a twisting horizontal bar suspended by a tungsten wire. The attraction between a gold-plated sphere and a second gold plate causes a small twisting force in the bar. By applying a voltage sufficient to keep the twisting angle of the bar fixed, Lamoreaux determined the force caused by the attraction of the plates. His results agree with theory to a 5% level. (Physical Review Letters, 6 January 1997). Researchers previously measured the Casimir-Polder force (Update 122), a different but related effect in which the vacuum creates an attraction between a conducting plate and a neutral atom.

4 Physical Review Focus Dec. 1998 Walter Dittrich & Gies H (2000).

5 Probing the Quantum Vacuum: perturbative effective action approach. Berlin: Springer.

According to the late Scientist and Astronomer Carl Sagan, “Does Truth Matter? Science, Pseudoscience, and Civilization”, Skeptical Inquirer, 1996: “Spiritual and religious practices and beliefs, according to Sagan, are normally not classified as pseudoscience. However, the following religious/spiritual items have been related to or classified as pseudoscience in some way.” Among the many topics of classification Quantum Mysticism is one of them.

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience. Park, Robert L (2000) p.39 “[People] long to be told that modern science validates the teachings of some ancient scripture or New Age guru. The purveyors of pseudoscience have been quick to exploit their ambivalence.”

Stenger, Victor J. (1997-01). “Quantum Quackery”. Skeptical Inquirer(Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. http://web.archive.org/web/20080117122131/http://www.csicop.org/si/9701/quantum-quackery.html. Retrieved 2008-02-07. “Capra’s book was an inspiration for the New Age, and “quantum” became a buzzword used to buttress the trendy, pseudo-scientific spirituality that characterizes this movement.”

Gell-Mann, Murray (1995). The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and Complex. Macmillan. p. 168. “Then the conclusion has been drawn that quantum mechanics permits faster-than-light communication, and even that claimed “paranormal” phenomena like precognition are thereby made respectable! How can this have happened?”

Kuttner, Fred; Bruce Rosenblum (2006-11). “Teaching physics mysteries versus pseudoscience.” Physics Today (American Institute of Physics). Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20071115172554/http://www.physicstoday.org/vol-59/iss-11/p14.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08. “We should not underestimate how persuasively physics can be invoked to buttress mystical notions. We physicists bear some responsibility for the way our discipline is exploited.”

Bell, J. S.(1988). Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge University Press. p. 170. “So I think it is not right to tell the public that a central role for conscious mind is integrated into modern atomic physics. Or that ‘information’ is the real stuff of physical theory. It seems to me irresponsible to suggest that technical features of contemporary theory were anticipated by the saints of ancient religions by introspection.” An example of introsp can be found in the likes of one called, Edgar Cayce.

C. Mystic Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American who claimed to be a psychic with the ability to channel answers to questions on subjects such as health or Atlantis while in a self-induced trance. Though Cayce considered himself a devout Christian and lived before the emergence of the New Age Movement, some believe he was the founder of the movement and influenced its teachings. [1] Cayce has variously been referred to as a “prophet” (cf. Jess Stearn’s book, The Sleeping Prophet), a “mystic,” a “seer,” and a “clairvoyant.”

Cayce’s view on Jesus is found in the ‘Unknown Life of Jesus.’ Cayce presented narratives of Jesus’ previous incarnations, including a mysterious Atlantean figure called “Amilius” as well as the more familiar Biblical figures of…Adam, Enoch, Melchizedek, Joshua, Asaph, and Jeshua. Cayce describes Jesus as an Essene who traveled to India in his youth in order to study Eastern religions, more specifically astrology.

Jesus and Christ: Following new thought precedent, Cayce distinguishes between Jesus and Christ-hood. Briefly, Jesus was a soul like us who reincarnated through many lifetimes. “Christ-hood” is something he was the first to allow to be “manifest” through his material life, and it is something which we also ought to aspire towards. Cayce accordingly calls Jesus our “elder brother” and frequently makes reference to the way of the “lowly Nazarene.”

Cayce’s methods involved lying down and entering into what appeared to be a trance or sleep state, usually at the request of a subject who was seeking help with health or other personal problems (subjects were not usually present). The subject’s questions would then be given to Cayce, and Cayce would proceed with a reading. At first these readings dealt primarily with the physical health of the individual (physical readings); later readings on past lives, business advice, dream interpretation, and mental, spiritual health, and psychic archaeology were also given.

D. Psychic Archaeology

Psychic archaeology is a loose collection of practices involving the application of paranormal phenomena to problems in archaeology. Practitioners of psychic archaeology utilize a variety of methods of divination ranging from pseudo-scientific methods such as dowsing for Electromagnetic Photo-Fields to traditional occult methods such as channeling. Some psychic archaeologists engage in fieldwork while others, such as Edgar Cayce (who claims to have had access to ancient Akashic records), exclusively engage in remote viewing.

Other abilities that have been attributed to Cayce include astral projection, prophesying, medium-ship, viewing the Akashic Records or “Book of Life,” or as it is sometimes called the Hall of Records and seeing auras. Cayce said he became interested in learning more about these subjects after he was informed about the content of his readings, which he reported that he never actually heard himself. Moreover, Cayce had several psychic readings on the Hall of Records. He claimed that in 1998 the Hall would be discovered and opened and humanity would move into a new era of prosperity. Cayce also suggested that the opening would coincide with the Second Coming of Christ. Harmon Hartzell. “Edgar Cayce: A Seer out of Season,” Aquarian Press, London, 1990. I guess this theory would throw out any Full Preterist belief. Yet it behooves us to ask the question, “If he really didn’t hear anything himself, on what basis does he base his conclusions on?”

E. Hall of Records

The Hall of Records is featured in many creative works. Stel Pavlou places the Hall of Records under the Sphinx in the Atlantis adventure novel Decipher, 2001. According to Stel Pavlou; The Hall of Records is a mythical library buried under the Great Sphinx of Giza, which is in the Giza pyramid complex – ‘Is There a Chamber Beneath the Sphinx?’ catchpenny.org.

A theosophical term denoting a kind of central filing system of all events, thoughts and actions impressed upon an astral plane, which may be consulted in certain conditions of consciousness; is also seen as recorded in the akashic records. Events are believed to make an impression upon the akasha, or subtle ether, which may be reanimated by mystics as if they are switching on a celestial television set. The idea of akashic records was central to the work of seer Edgar Cayce. When Cayce went into trance, it was believed that he accessed the records, sometimes referred to as God’s Book of Remembrance. The akashic records store the individual’s thoughts and information on activities that may be read by certain gifted seers.

The Hall of Records is also a concept referring to the archiving of all world events and personal experiences-of all the thoughts and deeds that have ever taken place on Earth. These events are transcribed in the form of complex images composed of pictures, sounds, and other sensory stimuli. These images are indelibly impressed upon the “matter” of the astral plane (called the akasha) and may be “read” only when the reader is in a special altered (some even say mystical) state of consciousness. In such an altered state of mind, one is able to tap the akashic records and receive direct information about past ages. Certain theosophical descriptions of Atlantis, for example, are supposedly received via this technique. Also, some psychics who do past-life readings claim to receive their information from the akashic records.

It is also said that it is possible to tap the akashic records during dreams. Sometimes the information so obtained is remembered consciously upon awakening. More often, nocturnal perusals of the akashic records are not remembered, although the fruits of such “dream research” may be retrieved in moments of intuition in daily life. The information received in precognitive dreams (clairvoyant dreams relating to an event or state not yet experienced) is often said to be ultimately derived from the akashic records. The study of and the search for the Hall is sometimes considered pseudo-archaeology making clear distinction between precise methodologic scientific hypothesis and the rest of possible subsequent implications and speculations.

F. Usage In Popular Culture

In June 1976, Thea Alexander published a science fiction novel called 2150 AD that pictures a future society that has super computers capable of routinely accessing the akashic records. People can see scenes from their past lives displayed on video screens attached to the supercomputers.

The manga series Kanna features a storyline about a parallel universe. The main characters unearth a “mokkan” (a wooden tablet) written in an ancient language, though not Sanskrit. Once translated by one of the characters, it turns out to be the akashic records. The concept is described in great detail, with the crucial plot point being that the actual events begin to diverge from the written about twenty years before present day.

The television series Eureka features a story arc involving “The Artifact”, supposedly a relic from the universe which existed before the Big Bang, which served as an antenna for the Akashic Field.

In the anime series Outlaw Star, the Galactic Leyline holds similar properties to that of the Akashic records, in that it records everything, and holds the advanced knowledge of a forgotten race.

Another anime called Better Man makes a continuous reference through-out the series. Several organizations are trying to find man’s perfect evolution, and they quote the Akashic Records several times. The characters visit the Ajanta Caves in India when the Records are first mentioned.

In Type-Moon series such as Fate/Stay Night and Kara no Kyoukai, a Magi’s ultimate goal and their family line’s is to seek Akasha, the Akashic record: the root of all things, storing all events, realities and possibilities while existing outside of time.

Also in Tsukihime, Roa, nicknamed the Serpent of Akasha due to his ability to reincarnate, where upon death he migrates his knowledge and memories to a preselected new host.

The fictional planet Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar embodies a biological neural network called Eywa which stores all the memories of life on the planet.

In the animated series Futurama, there is an episode in which the main character, Fry, gains access to a giant brain in outer space which functions exactly like the Akashic Records.

G. Final Thought

For those that would denounce these things I would like to take this opportunity to recommend a book by Michael Shermer forwarded by Stephen Jay Gould. “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time. It is a book that speaks about this very topic. But for those that want to view things outside of box, then I would like to recommend a study in comparative religions, universalism and eastern Hindu and Asian beliefs; with reference to Christianity, especially that of Christian Gnosticism. 

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