How to Do Research in the Akashic Records?

At first consideration, how to do research in the Akashic Records is straight forward. Ask a question. Receive a response.

However, from over twenty-five years of experience, there are several important nuances to consider including:

  • Definition of terms
  • Identifying previous knowledge or limiting bias
  • Essential question vs. supporting questions
  • Deciding which aspects of the Akashic Records to consult
  • Observer point of view to utilize
  • How to validate results
  • Determining possible outputs or actions
  • Why?

In this article, I will discuss these nuances, helping to clarify both the strengths and the challenges of research in the Akashic Records. I will also follow the path I take in any project.

Thus, let’s begin where I always begin a project: Why?

Following the wise adage of begin with the end in mind, the first question to ask in research is:

Why this project, now?

An Akashic Records research project begins with something calling out to be understood, to be discovered. This calling holds the Why. Often the calling is the why. The Why is where the project’s passion is held. The Why is what begins the project and helps focus the direction and progress of the project. The Why is especially important if there is confusion or ambivalence with the structure or the results of the project.

For a project to be successful, the effort to be clear about Why will make the difference. Within Akashic Record research, there are millions of potential whys. But for you, in undertaking this project, there is just one Why which is relevant to you.

Let me insert a warning here. Many will confuse the Why with the destination of the project. The Why and the conclusion of the project are different. The Why is what gets you going. The Why establishes intention and objective and helps to elaborate the various nuances of the project. Whereas the destination is the culmination of all the project activities, the questions raised, the terms defined, the responses received. In the beginning you may have clarity about Why but the way the project will be complete is yet to be determined. Again, you may think the Why is where you are going when truly the Why is what gets you going.

Because of the process of the project and because there is always the appearance of the unexpected and the unanticipated, the conclusion of the project will be different than what you thought in the beginning. Why not only gets you going, why raises up what you don’t and can’t anticipate in the research process. In the unexpected is the awe and wonder of your research and the Akashic Records. The challenge is to begin with a clear Why and then, as you proceed, to allow your perception to go beyond Why into the unexpected and the unknown. Held within all aspects of my research process is the excitement of Why morphing into the unexpected.

After stating Why, the next step is one you may be tempted to skip – don’t! Now is the time to catalogue what you already know about your research topic and where this knowledge was obtained. More importantly, you also need to determine what bias or opinion you may have about your project. Partly you are assessing your baseline and consciously identifying what you think you already know and what might limit the process of your research.

Cataloging your knowledge can be easily accomplished. But how do you identify bias and limitation? Simple: ask your Akashic Records. I do this at the beginning of every project whether it’s research I’m doing myself or a research project for someone else. Here’s the question to ask: What unconscious or conscious bias do I hold about my proposed Akashic Records research? Also include this beneficial question about yourself: What expectation, blame, fear, or judgment might limit my research on this topic? The knowing you gather at this stage may not stop bias from appearing but acknowledging now makes it easier to be aware when it pops up.

With this attended to, next you begin to structure your project. The next two steps are done together: defining terms and determining your essential question. This is a process which benefits from a feedback loop where defining a term can point to a question which in turn can reveal a new term to explore.

Why define terms? One of the biggest mistakes within the Akashic Records is to think you know. This inherent assumption contains limits you do not know and can’t know if you assume you have nothing to learn. Assumptions create limits and bias which will limit the process and output of your research. I cannot stress this enough: define terms. Define even the seemingly simple or fundamental to get beyond bias and open the door to unconsidered aspects of your topic.

To define a term, this is question to take to the Akashic Records: What is XYZ? Depending on the research, sometimes I qualify the question by adding: For this research project, what is XYZ? Within the Akashic Records, asking what is is a primary creative question which helps to raise unexpected aspects of even the most everyday concepts.

To get to the questions which will guide the bulk of your research, consider your Why and the defined terms. You will create two kinds of questions: essential and supporting.

The essential question is the primary guidance question for your entire project. The essential question is formed directly from Why and describes the anticipated outcome of the project. Many essential questions begin with how but are certainly not limited to how. Unless there is a good reason, there is only one essential question for a project.

Supporting questions are the issues which must be addressed to answer the essential question. Supporting questions can integrate and associate terms within the context of the project. Plus, these questions can provide response and structure to potential outputs and conclusions.

Along with the questions and terms is the need to determine which aspects of the Akashic Records are best to consult. Sometimes, this is straight forward especially if your topic is related to you. In this case, consulting your Akashic Records will suffice.

However, most research projects are not specifically personal. Because all flows of energy have an Akashic Record, there are unlimited consultation sources within the Records. Determining the most appropriate or the most beneficial is an art and a skill born of experience. If you are just beginning your journey with the Records, the best avenue is to open your Akashic Records and ask for suggestions and advice.

In more complex projects, identify multiple aspects of the Records to consult. While the difference between aspects may be subtle, using more than one will expand and reveal multiple nuances and identify hidden connections within terms, questions, and the overall project.

There is also a secondary issue related to aspect which I refer to as the observer point of view or the observer perspective.  Within the Akashic Records, the point of view of the observer considers how you will take in what is offered by the Akashic Records in response to a question. The observer perspective is particularly pertinent if your research is connected to historical events. Possibilities include the observer of an event like the idea of being a fly on the wall. You are not a participant of what you are observing rather you are a third-party observer. Also possible is observing through a participant in the event.

I raise this aspect because most often the observer perspective is overlooked, and the observation is made with present-day perception on past events. For example, if phone to you is only a cell phone, you might not understand the presence of a rotary phone attached to a wall contained within a response. Because we see and understand as we are, the observer point of view is influenced by bias, belief, and expectation. Therefore, begin with the end in mind to be aware of the inherent limits you bring to your project especially as an observer. Nail this down now. I know from experience both the challenge of seeing beyond what I know and the extraordinary potential of boundless observation unlimited by bias or opinion.

Within any project there is a fluidity necessary depending on the scope of the research, responses retrieved, and how your Why is transitioning, and, perhaps, transforming. If you maintain clarity on terms, questions, aspects, and observer perception, the process of the project will illuminate the unexpected as points of growth and clear understanding. From this clarity will emerge the scope of your project.

Through the Why of your project, you are trying to get somewhere or achieve some outcome. At this point, you have begun the preliminaries guided by your Why, but not yet begun the actual research. While there are no guarantees for outcome, now is the time to identify what you’d like your essential question to achieve. Now is the time to consider whether your approach is headed in the right direction. Now is the time to consider if based on what you know so far, does your essential question need to shift or, perhaps, does your Why need shifting or clarifying.

Now is the time to question your premise. I know this is difficult to do. You are excited, you might even be certain of outcome. However, by taking a step back right now, you open the door to the light of the unknown.

An Akashic Records research project isn’t conducted to verify what you already know. An Akashic Records research project opens a door to the potential of what you don’t know now and couldn’t understand yesterday. Question your Why not because you lack confidence in yourself or your project. Rather, question because you are confident that being open to the unknown is the door to what is truly calling to be seen and understood.

The process of questioning allows for shift, clarity, or expansion. Here is where the deeper layers of the scope emerge. Here is where you let go of what you think should happen in conducting this research. Here is where you begin the unexpected ride.

Now, we begin. The Records are opened, and the supporting questions are asked. Responses are recorded and follow-up questions are raised. There is a back and forth with different aspects of the Records and within you as witness and observer. Awareness shifts. New knowledge and wisdom emerge. What was unknown begins to show itself. What seemed impossible begins to yield possibility. Some pieces are falling into place while new pieces appear waiting to be placed.

This phase can happen in an hour or take years to assemble and manifest. Often what is received takes you back to the drawing board to be re-interpreted and integrated. Essential questions can shift, and new supporting questions appear. What you thought might be is validated, invalidated, or expanded. Pieces of what seemed to be different puzzles come together to form a new picture. A process both glorious and humbling, confusing and expansive.

With all this experience and retrieval, return to the beginning of your project to define new terms and questions and adjust the scope and outcome of the project as needed. You may need to adjust the observer point of view. You might want to expand the project or create a supplemental project with a new essential question. Remind yourself now of your initial Why to help you determine next steps and what else needs to be considered and addressed. With all that you have done, can you answer your essential question? Can you satisfy the scope of your project?

However, to complete your project, there is one last step. You need to find a way to validate your results and conclusions. To do this, first you identify and list your conclusions. Based on all that you have accomplished, create a full response to your essential question. Within this response, may be the path of validation. The Akashic Records may also provide a validation process which you can integrate into a defined procedure. The validation process is meant to anchor your research into reality as much as that is possible.

One way to validate is to do what has been concluded. Or, perhaps, you find a path to verify your conclusions withing external knowledge sources. I know that this is vague. However, because the scope of an Akashic Records research project is unlimited, the process of validation will depend on the content and conclusion of the project. If you have created a new healing modality, does it work as anticipated? To validate, you will try your method with a client, telling them of your trial intent. If you have a project with information on historical events, look in the historical record for verification of the outcome of your research. If you were trying to locate something, can you find it?

Along with validation comes the determining possible outputs or actions which appear because of the conclusions you have drawn or have come forward during your research. Like the validation loop, there is no way to be specific about what will come because it depends on your essential question, the responses to your supporting questions, and the conclusions you drawn from both through the Records and through your own perceptions. More than likely possibilities that you have never considered have emerged. More than likely there’s at least one possibility that didn’t materialize. Take time to consider all that you have uncovered because as you contemplate new options will pop up in your awareness which can lead to other connections and possibilities.

In the end, not only will you have a detailed response to your essential question, you will also know much more than you did and you will have opportunities that you have never considered. Reigning this all in will be a constant challenge. Stay focused on your essential question and what is needed to gather a response. 

I always conclude a research project with a written report. The report brings all the pieces together and helps to focus and see new connections. I don’t spend time writing. I do spend time listing bullet points for each portion of my research process. I do write a summary answer to my essential question.

In the end, the most important aspect is enjoying your process, enjoying your research! There is much which can be done within Akashic Records research. However, the most powerful experience is one where you feel the joy of connection within each step.

P. S. If you need some guidance, let me know! For me, Akashic Records research is one of my greatest joys!


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