The Akashic Experience

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The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field, by Ervin Laszlo (Ed.), with contributions by Alex Grey, Stanislav Grof, Stanley Krippner, Swami Kriyananda, Edgar Mitchell, and others, Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2009.

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Knowing or feeling that we are all connected to each other and to the cosmos by more than our eyes and ears is not a new notion but one as old as humanity. Traditional indigenous societies were fully aware of nonmaterial connections and incorporated them into their daily life. The modern world, however, continues to dismiss and even deny these intangible links—taking as real only that which is physically manifest or proved ‘scientifically.’ Consequently our mainstream culture is spiritually impoverished, and the world we live in has become disenchanted.

In The Akashic Experience, 20 leading authorities in fields such as psychiatry, physics, philosophy, anthropology, natural healing, near-death experience, and spirituality offer firsthand accounts of interactions with a cosmic memory field that can transmit information to people without having to go through the senses. The experiences with the Akashic field are now validated and supported by evidence from cutting-edge sciences that shows there is a cosmic memory field that contains all information—past, present, and future. The increasing frequency and intensity of these Akashic experiences are an integral part of a large-scale spiritual resurgence and evolution of human consciousness that is under way today.

About the Author

Ervin Laszlo, a leading systems theorist who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and chancellor-designate of the newly formed GlobalShift University. He is the founder and president of the international think tanks, The Club of Budapest, and the General Evolution Research Group. He is the author of 83 books, translated into 23 languages. He lives in Italy.

Review*****

‘Highly Recommended Reading’

I have had this book unread in my library, together with the three others I had well read and reviewed, Science and the Akashic Field, Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos, and Quantum Shift to the Global Brain. I don’t know in which state of mind I have been to have overlook so important a book, but fortunately, when re-arranging my library, the book fell into my hands again and I decided to read it. And it’s a huge discovery …

In accordance with my review technique, I will let the book or the authors that wrote it, speak by itself, without putting comments on my own. My contribution can be seen in the choice of quotes I have taken from the book, which are not random, but consciously selected as being representative for the content at large. I will first let the editor speak, Dr. Laszlo himself, in quoting passages from the Introduction and the Summary, and then give some sparse quotes from the contributing authors.

Introduction

The Akashic Experience, by Ervin Laszlo

—To give a basic definition of the Akashic experience—unlike giving a scientific explanation of it—is not difficult. An Akashic experience is a real, lived experience that conveys a thought, an image, or an intuition that was not, and very likely could not have been, transmitted by our senses either at the time it happened or at anytime beforehand—at least not in our current lifetime. In a popular, though overused and misused formulation, the Akashic experience is a lived experience in the extra- or non-sensory mode. /1

—Science is currently undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift. The currently dominant paradigm of separate material things connected by mechanistic relations of cause and effect is failing; there are ever more things and processes it cannot account for. Classical science’s conception of the universe has turned out to be flawed. The primary ‘stuff’ of the universe is energy and not matter, and space is neither empty nor passive—it’s filled with virtual energies and information. The universe is an evolving integral system, staggeringly coherent and interconnected. /2

—The unified vacuum—effectively a cosmic plenum—carries the famous zero-point field (ZPF), and grand-unified and super-grand-unified theories ascribe all the fields and forces of nature to it. It is the unified field sought by Einstein near the end of his life. /3

Akasha was seen as the first and most fundamental of the five elements—the others were vata (air), agni (fire), ap (water), and prithivi (earth). /3

—Today, the concept of an underlying fundamental substrate or dimension in the universe is generally accepted, and the narrow materialism that reigned for more than a century is increasingly abandoned. It has been found that ‘matter’ is a rarity in the cosmos; particles that reflect light and exert gravitation are only 4 percent of the substances that make up this universe. The rest is dark matter and dark energy. /5

—Space is a superdense sea of fluctuating energies, and not only of energies but also of information. As physicist John Wheeler remarked, the most fundamental feature of the universe is information—other physical quantities are more like incidentals. Information is present throughout space and time, and it is present at the same time everywhere. /5

—The unified field is a space-filling medium that underlies the manifest things and processes of the universe. It’s a complex and fundamental medium. It carries the universal fields: the electromagnetic, the gravitational, and the strong and the weak nuclear fields. It carries the ZPF, the field of zero-point energies. And it’s also the element of the cosmos that records, conserves, and conveys information. In the latter guise it’s the Akashic field, the rediscovered ancient concept of Akasha. A lived connection to this field is the hallmark of the Akashic experience. /5

—Knowing, or perhaps just feeling and intuiting, that we are connected to each other and to the world in more ways than through our senses is not really new: it’s as old as human culture and consciousness. Traditional, so-called primitive people knew that they were connected to each other and to the cosmos; they lived their connections and made active use of them. Shamans and medicine people tuned themselves to a spontaneous apprehension of a deeper reality through rigorous initiation and training; they derived their vision from these nonsensory experiences. The founders of the world’s great religions obtained prophetic insights from their connection to a wider reality—even if, in the course of the centuries, their followers embraced the letter of their founders’ insight and neglected its substance. /6

—The altered states of consciousness in which our connections become transparent to consciousness have been known and prized by the great majority of the world’s cultures. They were known as samadhi in the disciplines of yoga, moksha in Hinduism, satori in Zen, fana in Sufism, and ruach hakodesh in Kabbalah. Their counterpart in Christian mysticism was unio mystica, the mystical union of the experiencing subject with the universe. /6

—The Akashic field—the information and memory components of the unified field—is not mere theory: it’s a part of the real world. And, as the reports in this volume testify, it’s an experienceable part of the real world. Access to the Akashic field—the Akashic experience—is a genuine and indeed fundamental element in human experience: as Edgar Mitchell suggests in this book, we should regard it not as our sixth sense, but as our first—it is actually our most basic sense. /7

Summary

Science and the Akashic Experience, by Ervin Laszlo

—If the Akashic experience is so widespread, why is it not more widely known? The reason is not difficult to find and has been cited in several of the reports already. In the perspective of the modern materialist mentality, the Akashic experience is strange, so it is willingly dismissed, or else relegated to a category people view as esoteric, spiritual, or New Age. Modern people not only dismiss the experience when recounted by others but also repress it if and when it happens to them. /243

—Work at the frontiers of quantum physics, quantum biology, and quantum brain research shows that the brain is physically capable of giving rise to experiences based on information that comes from the external world without having been conveyed by the body’s exteroceptive senses. This finding is new and at first sight surprising. Yet there is solid evidence for it. The human brain, with its stupendously complex and coordinated system of neurons, is not merely a classical biochemical system … /244

—In the living organism, quantum effects are not only theoretically possible but also are essential for maintaining the processes of life. The staggering numbers of chemical and physical reactions taking place in the organism are not likely to be coordinated purely by limited and relatively slow biochemical signal transmission. One of the most basic functions of cells—their communication with other cells in the body—has been shown to involve information transmitted through quantum effects: it involves more information, and faster transmission, than any conventional form could account for. /246

Contributions

1—Journey Home: My Life-Transforming Akashic Experience, by C.J. Martes

2—Experiences of Infinite Consciousness, by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)

3—Return to Amalfi and the Akashic Home, by David Loye

4—Running with Spotted Fawn in the Akashic Field, by Stanley Krippner

5—My ‘Ordinary’ Akashic Experiences, by Jude Currivan

6—A Journalist’s Encounters with the Akashic Experience, by Guido Ferrari

7—The Living Classroom, by Christopher Bache

8—Healing Over Space and Time, by Maria Sági

9—The Uses of Akashic Information in Business, by William Gladstone

10—Visiting the Omniverse Center: A Mind-Transforming Akashic Experience, by Oliver Markley

11—Singing with the Field: The Daisy Heart of Spiritual Consciousness, by Raffi Cavoukian

12—Connecting with Universal Mind in the Creative Process, by Alex Grey

13—Reconnecting to the Field, by Eric Pearl

14—Shaping Creative Fields: Lessons from My Akashic Experiences, by Masami Saionji

15—Exploring the Akashic Experience: Bridging Subjective and Objective Ways of Knowing, by Marilyn Mandala Schlitz

16—Acceding to the Field: The Case of Near-Death Experiences in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest, by Pim van Lommel

17—Evidence for the Akashic Field from Modern Consciousness Research, by Stanislav Grof

18—Dialogues with my Dead Brother, by Fr. François Brune

19—Epiphany in Space and on Earth: Reflections on the Akashic Experience, by Edgar Mitchell

20—Nonlocal Mind, Healing, and the Akashic Phenomenon, by Larry Dossey

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