Monday, August 15, 2011

Vacation Reflections

Summer is peaking, vacations are underway. As July ends, August begins and I find myself asking "From what do I need a vacation?"

Vacation is literally the act of leaving something previously occupied. The Latin root means "to be unoccupied." Interesting. I see the opportunity in a vacation to leave our old ideas, routines, habits of thinking and behavior behind. This may or may not involve travel, taking time off from work, or visiting friends and family. At the heart of the concept of vacation lies a portal for spiritual renewal, a revival of our heart's desire, an occasion to shift our focus to our true priorities, an opportunity to occupy a new space.

This vacation season, I am choosing to take a break from my fears and worries, to get away from my well-worn points of view, to let go of habits that no longer inspire me. Instead, I am occupying a place of willingness to see life as it is known in the Light and also to see myself and the important people in my life as they are known in the Light of Truth.

My friends, whether you are enjoying a "staycation" or traveling to exotic lands, I invite you to take a break from your customary ways and join me in the land of willingness to be renewed on every level.

For the month of August, I am particularly excited about my new one hour teleclass entitled "Standing Present, Facing Future," in which we will consciously engage in preparation for the unprecedented spiritual change occurring at this moment in history. I also encourage you to explore the wonderful classes on Daily Om including my brand new "God Class," which provides an opportunity to clear and correct your conscious relationship with the God of your own understanding.

Sending Love and Light to the corner of the world you choose to occupy!

Linda

Linda is available for personal consultations. Please visit www.akashicstudies.com/consultationbooking.html to schedule an Akashic Records reading with Linda.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Pathway Prayer to Access the Heart of The Akashic Records

Opening Prayer

And so we do acknowledge the Forces of Light,
Asking for guidance, direction, and courage to know the Truth
As it is revealed for our highest good and the highest good of
everyone connected to us.

Oh Holy Spirit of God,
Protect me from all forms of self-centeredness
And direct my attention to the work at hand.

Help me to know (myself/first name of individual being read) in the
Light of the Akashic Records,
To see (myself/first name of individual being read) through the eyes
of the Lords of the Records,
And enable me to share the wisdom and compassion that the
Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones of (me/first name of individual
being read) have for (me/him/her).

The Records are now open.


Closing Prayer
I would like to thank the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones for
their love and compassion.
I would like to thank the Lords of the Akashic Records for their
point of view.
And I would like to thank the Holy Spirit of Light for all
knowledge and healing.

The Records are now closed. Amen.
The Records are now closed. Amen
The Records are now closed. Amen.

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Linda Howe's Pathway Prayer to Access the Heart of the Akashic Records is not included in some online versions of her book "How To Read the Akashic Records" (Sounds True, 2009). If you have purchased an online version of the book and it did not come with the Prayer, please utilize the copy of the Prayer presented here. You might also want to contact the publisher to let them know that the Prayer was missing from your purchase.
 
Thank you!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Past Lives, Aquarian Gospel, and Healing Through the Records

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:

Questions and Answers about the Book “How To Read the Akashic Records”

Question:
As a practitioner of the Akashic Records, how does the communication occur when you are telling the stories of lifetimes to someone? Do you communicate in metaphor?

Linda:
This is a great, very sophisticated question! Let’s say that you are addressing some issue in your life. You bring your question to the Records, and you ask when did this difficulty start? When we work in the Records, we want to go to the point of origin of the difficulty, and to the true nature of the problem.

When the communication comes through the Records, a lot depends upon the practitioner, and that is part of our work as beginning practitioners, to really learn how we get guidance and insight from the Records.

Some people are visual; they see all kinds of things. Those images need to be described. When we work in the Records, we describe what we see. Some people see, some people hear, some people have a sense of knowing. If you just describe how it is, it is up to the recipient of the reading to interpret. Sometimes there are things that I think are metaphors, that I think are just symbolic, and the person that I’m reading will say to me, “You know, I was just on a trip the other day, and I saw that.”

So as the practitioner your responsibility is to describe whatever you are seeing, hearing, or sensing, to the best of your ability. You just put words to it, and as you do that, the person you are reading will let you know if it is a metaphor. But we don’t want to rely on things like metaphors, symbols, and archetypes. Those things are very helpful, but the Records can be very literal. In the Records, it is quite common that we see what is; we get what is. So this is something you want to work with.

Follow-up:
I have been doing a lot of what I call “soul work” right now. Does that help? I tend to be very deep. I am doing a lot of work with my shadow, and with creating a relationship with the so-called Higher Self. I have been doing this intensely for the past year, and I have wanted to do some Akashic reading, not knowing that it existed out there in a form like you have created, like in a class. So, this was very intriguing when I saw this.

Linda:
This is soul work. The Akashic Records is the soul level. The opportunity in working with the Akashic Records is to develop a more conscious relationship with your soul.

In classes, I am beginning to introduce some of my new work, my new audio and my new book, Healing Through the Akashic Records. This is about using the Records as a practice, as a resource for our personal healing to resolve issues; for example, self-abandonment. Through this work we are learning how to utilize the Records to transform our wounds from barriers to our aliveness into launching pads for our transformation. I am so excited about this work. If you are doing soul-level work, you would love it.

Question:
How much healing does the practitioner/teacher really need to do? I am saying this literally, but if a true teacher/healer can do work, wouldn’t I really need to be healed of whatever?

Linda:
Healing is an infinite process. We are infinite beings. Our healing is an infinite process. If we are standing on a circle, you can always look to the right. Any point you are on the circle, there is always right. That is the beauty of this; the Records are an infinite resource.

I have to tell you, I started working in the Records in 1994, and at that time I had no idea what “infinite” meant! I thought it was like this sweet, spiritual word. I found out what it means. It is never-ending, and it is a process of revelation. The job of the practitioner is to be one step ahead of your clients.

This is a perfect Universe, and the Universe will not send someone to you that you cannot help. Somebody who is far beyond you in growth is not coming to you for a reading. It is an energetic impossibility. The people who will come to you will see that you have been through what they are going through, and that you are on the other side. That is why they will seek you out. They will know that Light in you. That is what is so exciting.

We know from a Records perspective that the soul in its nature is perfect. The work of healing through the Records is using our wounds to discover our soul’s perfection. This is exciting work, and these are wonderful questions.

Question:
How can I know when you will be coming to my area to teach a class?

Linda:
The calendar on our website, akashicstudies.com, has a current listing of all scheduled classes. When a group or organization invites me to travel to their city to teach or speak, we work with them to schedule it on my calendar, but I am not always “on the road” touring different parts of the country or world!

When I can’t be there to teach in person, I do teleconferences and online classes, and these might tide you over.

Starting in February of 2011, I am offering a year-long course for the Advanced Akashic Practitioner. We meet four times during the year for five-day classes, here in the Chicago area. Check that out on the website. It is a remarkable class.

Question:
Have you read The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ by Levi? I just bought the book, and I am just wondering what you think about it?

Linda:
Yes, yes, of course I have. This book, The Aquarian Gospel, was written in the middle of the 19th century by Levi, who was a Presbyterian minister in Ohio. He actually brought this work through the Records. He was a rigorous religious scholar and theologian, and he brought this through. Quite a beautiful work. I am not a theologian; I don’t know the first thing about gospels.

The introduction, which was written by his daughter, I believe, speaks about the Akashic Records. The edition I have was published about 1907. The introduction is brilliant in its description of the Records. I actually quote it in my book because it is so perfect.

Question:
I have been doing the Akashic Records, and I was doing so well, and all of a sudden I am getting nothing. Why? What would be happening? Another person asked me if I would do a reading for him, and I did it, and I got something, and I gave it to him, and it was right on. But for myself, I haven’t been getting anything.

Linda:
I want you to do three things. Here is the first thing: If you are getting nothing, start writing down what kind of nothing you are getting. I know this sounds a little strange, but energy moves on the spoken word, or the formed word, actually. The more you put words to what you are getting, even if it is nothing, as you describe nothing, it starts to move the energy.

The second thing is to just jot down what you are getting, and do not re-read it, even if it makes no sense. Just jot down what it seems like maybe you are getting, even if it is nothing, but don’t read it for about a week. At the end of a week, go back and look at it.

The final thing, is to keep with it. Keep moving with this. If you keep applying what you are getting -- if they are telling you to rest or whatever they are telling you -- apply what they are telling you, and you will get more. Whereas, if you don’t apply what you are getting, it will shut down.

Follow-up:
Somebody said that to me, exactly what you said. If I am not moving on what I have been getting, instead of repeating it, they have just backed off. I might have become a little bit stuck because I have received several very dramatic images about a situation in my life and I don’t know what to do with the information I’m getting in the Records.

Linda:
Right. You are not going to get anything new unless you use what they have given you.

Here is what I want you to do that with those dramatic images. The next time you go into the Records, ask “What does this mean? How do you want me to work with this? How does this help me?” If you get a dramatic image, or a dramatic image of any kind, the purpose is not to scare the daylights out of you, even though sometimes it might. This is the opportunity to go in and ask them to help you work through things. One of the things that happens in our relationship with the Records is that we learn how to negotiate some difficulties. We learn how to move through things, and they can take you by the hand on that.

Question:
I just recently bought your book, “How to Read the Akashic Records,” and I started reading it and I noticed that there are a number of things to do as you are going through it. I am wondering, is it better to just read the book all of the way through before I actually try any of those things, or…

Linda:
I really think it is a very good idea to read the whole book through, so that you know what you are in for! Seriously, read the whole book through, and then go back. You understand that as you are reading it, you probably feel things stirring within yourself, and it kicks up ideas. So read through it, and then go back and start over and work through it, because then you will have a better sense of the whole picture, and then you can start moving through it a little bit at a time. It is really wise to pay attention to how much you can really do right now. Take it a step at a time, and you will be just fine.

I also have the audio set. The exercises are on mp3 files, and you can get that through my website. You can just put your headset on, and I walk you through it. You might want to try that, as well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Meditation, Free Will, and the Meaning of Life

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:
Questions and Answers about the Book “How To Read the Akashic Records”

Question:
I am very new at this. I am three-quarters of the way through the book and have been doing the Akashic Records meditation. I’ve been doing pretty good with it. The first time was like, WOW! The second and third times were like okay, but sometimes I wonder if this is just a meditation or if I am really in the Records. I know that when I read the Pathway Prayer and open the Records, it feels different than a meditation; I can tell you that.

Linda:
It is different than a meditation. This is not a regular meditation. I have been working in the Records since 1994. I have been teaching since 1996. Over the course of the years I got this meditation. What I was told through my own work in the Records is that this meditation will support going deeper in the Records. That is the purpose of the meditation. The meditation does feel like the Records to a lot of people. I can’t count on that meditation getting me to the Records and back, but I can count on the Prayer.

The meditation is the preparation, tilling the soil before we throw the seeds in. It is the preparation. But you don’t have to do that meditation to get into the Records. You can if you like it, and if it works for you, use it. If is distracting, don’t do it. We do the meditation in classes, too, to get a little distance from the everydayness of our lives. We leave the stuff outside of the room, and we start to bring ourselves together to become aware of the spiritual sources of support that will enable us to go into the Records.

The meditation is like a general tonic, where the Prayer, itself, is very specific. Go here. Follow the directions, and it will get you to this place, and it will get you back, consciously, deliberately, and responsibly.

Interestingly, when you use the Prayer, two things happen. It puts you, the practitioner, in a place where you can receive, where you can register the information. It makes you more sensitive to everything. Then, with this system, we call up one set of Records at a time. If you are reading my Records, you are going to call my Records up, and those are the only Records you are going to open.

The guided meditation is different than most meditations you will do, because it is specific. It was born out of my work in the Akashic Records.

Follow-up:
I sit, I close my eyes, and hold my hands out like a meditation, and I do definitely get a feeling through my whole body, doing this. I just wait and things come to me, as opposed to questions that I might ask. Am I all wet? Or am I okay?

Linda:
You are doing fine. You want to keep going. You just want to stay with it. You bring up an interesting question, because there is something about being a beginner, where you have to give yourself a chance to find your way. Give yourself a chance to find your way.

Sometimes you go into the Records and you have questions, and it is very engaging, and other times, it seems like you are not really getting the answers to your questions. This is not meant to be something that you do once. Think of it as an ongoing practice. Say you’ve got two or three questions. You will ask those same questions every couple of days for a month and watch what happens. See?

I think especially when you are first starting; there is the pressure of, “I have to do this. I have to write.” Then if you have a burning question that you want the answer to, that is very hard. It is hard to learn something new and at the same time try to come up with the answer you need.

Question:
Can work in the Akashic Records help me answer the ultimate question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Linda:
Everybody has a story and an experience. This incarnation is one story of the many, many, many, many, many stories. It is a sliver. It is like a page in the book of all of the lifetimes you have lived. The purpose of living all of these lifetimes is to discover the perfection of your soul, and then to discover the perfection of everybody else, and the goodness of Life.

Since we are human beings, we have a lot of nuttiness, and all different shapes and forms. We all have our little idiosyncrasies; right? So this takes a long time. The journey of the soul through time – you know, we don’t come here for three lifetimes. Anybody that can do this in three lifetimes, I want to meet that person!

The fact of the matter is that it takes us centuries, and ages, and epochs to grow into the awareness of our own goodness. And this idea is so contrary to what our religious institutions have taught, and the way our governments treat us, and the way corporations handle us, now and always. Whether it is the year 2010, or whether it is the 9th century A.D. in Western Europe, or whether it is the third century in China; we, as human beings, have been moving out of and away from the old idea that we are no good, that there is something wrong with us, or that we are inept.

Nothing has gone terribly wrong. It is very easy to know your own perfection when you do not have a body, and you do not have a mortgage, and you do not have a teenager living in your house. When you live with a teenager, you are very aware of your imperfections. Trust me on that one!

The challenge of lifetime after lifetime after lifetime is: Can we really come to know our own goodness? That is really the essence of the Akashic Records. It is a Resource for our empowerment and consciousness development.

If you want to find out why, “What is driving me?” “Why do I keep doing the same thing over and over and over?” When you cannot seem to stop; you keep attracting the same mate, even though they have different names, and they are from different parts of the country, they have different occupations, but after you have been married to them for a couple of years, you realize that it is always the same person! Or you may keep getting the same job over and over.

The Akashic Record is an infinite spiritual resource available to us to explore. Ask the Records, “What’s up? What is driving me?”

The Records are governed by three principles: Fear Not, Resist Not, and Judge Not. The energy of these three principles working together makes the Records very safe, very powerful, very rich, and as far as I can tell, it is an ideal place within which you can do your inner work.

Question:
I’ve been working with your book for a while. When I’m receiving the information, it seems very natural, but when I read over my notes later, I’m like, “Oh, wow! I never would have thought of that! I wonder if that is the Akashic Records.” Since I am a beginner, maybe I was putting too much stock in it, but I had an important question to ask about work. I thought that I was up for a promotion, but it turned out that actually I was up for a lay-off, and the Records never told me that. The Records told me that potentially, I did have a chance at the position. So now I’m thinking, “I’m doing the Records wrong. I should just stick with my normal yoga meditation, and that should be my spiritual life, and I shouldn’t be diverting myself.”

Linda:
As I say in the book, it really is not your best resource for divination. It is not. It is about who you are becoming behind the scenes.

The idea of the Records is not that we are going to get this system, and we are going to beat the game. The idea is not that we are going to get the energy, and I’m going to be able to make things happen. That is magic; that is not spirituality. That is magic. Within the Records there is a dimension that is called The Mystery of Life--things will happen that make no sense. Things will happen, and we will be taken by surprise. That we are surprised is part of the lesson.

It may well be that this is to let you know that the Akashic Records are not a fortune teller. That is not to say that you won’t get guidance. You get a lot of guidance. You get tons of insight, and almost like foreshadowing in a novel, but there are no absolutes.

You have now learned very early on in your relationship with the Records that this is not a pendulum. This is not a clairvoyant. This is not a dowsing rod. This is something else, entirely. I know that the next time you are in your Records and you are like, “I have to know this!” You will think: “Wait a second. That is not the most powerful question I could ask. This is not the best use of the Records.” The best use of the Records might be something like, “Wow, looks like there are changes at work. What do I need to know to be able to navigate this? How can I be my best? Is there another direction for me to look?”

Another component involved here is free will. There is our free will, and there is the free will of other people. There is always a wild card in the Records. In terms of getting guidance, sit down and ask, “I’ve been laid off. What is the best use of this time? Is there something for me to know? Who can I become? How can I have faith in anything at this most difficult time, when I feel like I have been side-swiped? How do I do that? How do I connect with the strength that is within me? How do I connect with any kind of Divine reality when my feelings are hurt? How do I trust?”

See, there is a whole exploration emerging from here: “What is the best use of my resources and who I am in the work world?” To begin to explore that, I believe that would be helpful. I know as a person that it is really hard when you lose your job. It is awful; especially when you do not see it coming. The Universe is a good place, and everything that happens is part of a conspiracy of Life trying to get us to go deep within and to find our own goodness.

It is easier to see our own goodness when everything is going our way. But when the bottom falls out, it is like, wait a second! You really have a challenge there, and I would take that challenge to the Records. Say, “Hey, guys, help me out here!” This is not fragile. You are not going to offend the gods. This is not ancient Greece. We don’t have to worry. You can say, “Hey, listen. Help me! Or if you are not going to help me that way, how can you help me with this? Here I am in my life, what am I going to do now?”

Follow-Up:
When is a question too small or minute for the Records?

Linda:
You get up in the morning, and you think, “What should I wear?” Well, wear whatever you like! The Records are not going to tell us do this or do that.

Instead, working in the Records can help us find out what would really be the desire of our heart? Roll up your sleeves, get in there, and make your notes. It is very important that you make your notes, because when you are in the Records, it all seems so clear. We’re like, “Oh, anybody would know that!” But then what happens is that we get away from the Records, and a few days later, we see the profundity of it. A few days later I read my notebook, and I think, “Wow, that’s really good! I never would have thought of that!” Track it, and as long as you are not in an emergency like, “Tell me what to do!,” you will be fine.

If you go in there in that frame of mind, the Records will be like, “Calm down. Calm down.” That’s what they say to me all of the time, “First take a deep breath. Now we are going to look at this.” I don’t care what the spiritual resource is, we can have an insight or a glimpse of a great Truth, and that takes a second or less, and then the great opportunity is to grow into that idea. On the Earth plane, it is very slow. It is one foot in front of the other; one phone call after another; one meal after another. It is one thing at a time, and then what happens is that we wake up one day, and sure enough, our lives have been transformed in a way that is perfect for us. What is perfect for you is going to be a little different than what is perfect for me, or for anybody else.

Question:
I believe in the Akashic Record, I truly do. But when it comes to finding a clairvoyant or someone who can give us information that is separate from the Records, how do you know who is real? How do you know who is really at a high level that can tell you what is important? How do you know when you are receiving the time and the date, if someone is giving you real information?

Linda:
Oh, honey, this is such a smart question! Here is what you do. You sit down with yourself, and you ask, “Who do I trust? Is this person believable? Or are they full of it?”

My rule of thumb is that I never take advice from anyone crazier than I am. I don’t want weight loss advice from someone who is 100 pounds overweight. I don’t want quitting smoking advice from someone who doesn’t smoke. I don’t want marriage advice from somebody who has never been married. Do you see what I mean? Part of it is that you want to use your head. And it is interesting that we have this fascination with people who are “spiritual,” we expect less of them as people. If you are going to somebody, and you want to know the date, time, and place, you want to find out something about this person. You have every right to get the scoop.

Go by word of mouth. See who your friends like. This person is good; this person is not so good. Then you look them up on the internet. If you look at their picture, and it scares you, don’t call them! If you look at their website, and you don’t understand it, I call that a sign! If somebody’s website is so esoteric -- you’ve got a family, you’ve got in-laws, you want somebody who is living this life. Ask yourself, “Would I have coffee with that person?”

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Permanence of the Records, Multiple Readings, and Family Dynamics

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:
Questions and Answers about the Book “How To Read the Akashic Records”

Question:
Is it possible to for a person to change the contents of the Akashic Records by working in them?

Linda:
People often say things like, “I went into the Records, and I wiped someone out” or “I wiped out some of my lifetimes.” That is not possible. Everything that has ever been is always being. All of Life is held within the Records. It is the Record. It is the Archive. It is a repository. It is really like a Treasury, as I have come to know it.

That is what the Record is. What is distinct about this point in history -- here we are in 2010, and we are barreling towards 2012 -- what we are faced with right now is that this is the first time in human history where we are being given a chance to consciously and deliberately and individually have a conscious relationship with our own soul and a more conscious relationship with the Divine.

This has always been available to humanity, but mainly to mystics, and scholars, and saints – not to regular people like us. We are not in monasteries. We have jobs, we have families, we have dogs, we have mortgages, we have lives. The great challenge and the great opportunity of our time is to be aware of our spiritual nature while we live a human life. It is very exciting that we are living in this time.

Question:
I have read your book and I have listened to your tapes, and I know that for the first 30 days we can offer to read other people’s Records. I wonder about reading relatives’ Records.

Linda:
You are a brave soul. Is it possible? Absolutely. Let me tell you something about my relatives. My relatives do not want me to read their records. Most of our relatives are like, “This thing that you are doing, I don’t know what it is. I’m glad it makes you feel happy, but leave me alone.” That is how it is.

That said, for the most part, do our spouses want us to read their Records? NO! That’s rare. I’m not saying it never happens. It happens once in a while. There is a tremendous responsibility with this. We have to be careful.

The purpose of the Records is to honor and dignify others and ourselves. It is really about dignity. What can happen if it is your spouse or a relative, we could easily get into this, “I have read your Records, so I now have some power over you.” We have to be very careful.

We want to be very respectful, always, of the people that we are dealing with. I have a lot of sisters and I can offer them readings. But do they want readings? No. They really don’t want that from me. They want me to be their sister.

The other piece of this, though, is that there are times with our families and with our friends when things happen that are devastating and baffling; things that absolutely make no sense. At those times we can certainly offer. The Records are here to help us to gain clarity and comprehension and to get some perspective on why sometimes ridiculously awful things happen. You can always offer. It can be very helpful to offer. Say to someone, “I learned how to do this; it might be helpful.” But keep your focus on whatever the issue is.

Personally, if I was reading one of my friend’s Records, I would not explore our friendship in their Records. Part of the work in the Records is that we have very clear boundaries. This is my responsibility; that is not my responsibility; that is none of my business. So, we want to be as clear as possible. Mostly, the people we are related to and our friends usually don’t want us to do readings for them anyway, but it is always good to have it in your back pocket and to be ready if there is a problem. If someone is really having a struggle, offer. Then honor their response, whatever it is. If they say, No, or they pretend they didn’t hear you, take the hint.

Something that could be helpful, especially with people who are close, say, “I learned how to do this. If you are interested, you might want to learn, too.” What we really want to do is to be supportive and to empower one another as much as we can. Sometimes that can be very exciting. What you do is that you share this access that you have; you share it with your friends. Get the books and listen to the tapes together. That is really fun. I think one of the most fun things in life is to share the path with friends.

Obviously, you love the people in your life, and you want to be able to give to them, and this is a wonderful way to do it. Share it with them, without going into their Records, yourself, unless they ask.

If someone doesn’t want a reading, we just don’t read them. People don’t need readings. You can live many lifetimes and never have a reading of any kind. If someone does want a reading, we can give it to them.

Question:
I have a pretty vivid imagination. I always want to make sure that I work with the highest integrity. How can I make sure that what I’m getting from the Records is really what I’m getting from the Records, and not what I want to get from the Records? Do you know what I mean? I want to make sure that my ego is out of it, and that I am not guiding the information. How do I do that?

Linda:
This is wonderful that you bring this up; very helpful. This is the bottom-line challenge whether you are just learning to work in the Records, or like myself, if you have been working in the Records consciously for the last 15, 16 years. This is the deal-breaker right here.

What you want to do first of all, is that you want to check with yourself – one of the keys here is to know yourself. I know that I have answers that I like, my preferred answers to questions, and I know what they are. You want to begin noticing, what is it that you want to hear? Personally, I like magical answers. I’m going to go to sleep, and tomorrow morning I will wake up and I have lost five pounds, and I didn’t have to do anything. I love answers like that!

Part of the work in the Records is to really ask for help. In that part of the Prayer where we pray for protection: “Protect me from all forms of self-centeredness, and direct my attention to the work at hand.” That particular phrase actually shifts you into service mode, whether it is service to yourself or service to others. It is all service. We are directing our attention away from ego and all of that other stuff, and we are moving in the direction of a greater openness and surrender to our higher consciousness.

So look at “What are my preferred answers?” And be aware of what they are.

When working in the Records, and I get some guidance, there can be a sense of everything being natural and easy. And I think, “What is the big deal? This is what I would normally think.” But if I write it down, and I look at it a week later, I’m like, “That is really good! That is not what I normally come up with.” Do you see? It is a big deal, and we can see it with more accuracy with a little distance.

The other thing I think that is really important is this: Give yourself a chance. If you are just starting to work in the Records, you do not want the pressure of the big, life-changing questions like, “Do I sell the house and move to Iceland? This is my second time in the Records; I need the answer.” Don’t do that to yourself.

If you feel pressured like you are under the gun, this is going to interrupt – it won’t stop your progress, but it will slow your progress. If there is something you really need to explore, and you don’t trust your own judgment, that is when you want to get help from someone else.

On one hand, we are being called into spiritual maturity, where I am more directly reliant on the Light, and I am coming to know it on my own. That is vital. There is no way around that. On the other hand, there are times when we need other people to help us. We are very interdependent. Sometimes if the issue is really charged, it is very helpful to have someone look, as well. Do your own inner work, and if you are wondering, “Am I making this up?” Get some help. Let someone else read you.

Question:
Can we do Akashic Records readings over the phone?

Linda:
Absolutely, yes. You can do this over the phone because this is not geographically determined. You are not reading somebody’s energy field. It is not about their aura. We are looking in at the level of their soul, and it is going to be constant whether I’m in Chicago, and you are in Iowa, or if we are in the same room. Okay?

If someone says, “I have a cold, I’m upset, I can’t have a reading today,” it doesn’t matter. The client can be upset. They can have a bad hair day. They can be wearing two different shoes, and it will not mess up your reading, because that is not where we are looking. If you have been experimenting with it, you catch a glimpse that we are going into the very center point of your being, the soul, and that is truly unaffected by whether you ate too much lasagna last night; it makes no difference.

Question:
Can we be in the same room and do a reading on a third person together?

Linda:
It can be really fun and very cool if two people open another person’s Records. It is a lot of fun, and it is very illuminating. So, if there is an elephant in the room, and we are all sitting around the elephant, we are describing the same thing from different perspectives. I might be on the right shoulder, and somebody else might be on the left leg, somebody else might be at the trunk. As we work together what becomes very clear is that we are looking at the same animal from different angles. There are a lot of things that are shared, but there are some subtleties that are different. It is a remarkable experience to do that. It is a great way to learn and a great way to work together.

What I discourage is that you do not want to open two sets of Records. Don’t open both Amy’s and Sherri’s Records at the same time, because then you lose your authority. You don’t know where the answers are coming from. Are the answers coming from Amy’s Records or Sherri’s Records? We don’t know.

We open one set of Records at a time. We open Amy’s Records, and then we close them. Then we open Sherri’s Records, and then we close them. We do it in the practitioner’s certification class all the time. We may have a whole room full of people opening one person’s Records.

If you are drawn to this work, group support can make a world of difference.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Answering the Call, On-Line Classes, and 2012

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:

Questions and Answers about the Book “How To Read the Akashic Records”

Question:
I recently found your book and read it and really liked it. I am really called to move into doing this kind of work. I have tried the meditation a couple of times so far, and what I am finding is some kind of barrier within myself about allowing this to happen, and feeling like it is forbidden, like I am not supposed to go there. Consciously, that doesn’t make much sense to me, but when I try to analyze the feeling of it, I just feel like there is a block for me.

Linda:
This is very interesting, because I totally get what you are talking about. There is something within us – the culture in which we have all been raised bred it into us. We have been carrying this around for centuries, and at some level we are not allowed to have conscious access to our own souls. We have gotten this through traditional religion. This is a very popular old idea. You really are tapping into the challenge that is before us, and the challenge is to stand in the face of that and say, “No. That is an old idea. It was fine--it was appropriate in its time, but it really is a new age, and I am entitled. It is my birthright to have a conscious relationship with my own soul,” and that is what our work in the Records is all about.

What we know about blockages and resistance is that it stems from fear. We want to respect fear because we fear for a reason. For thousands of years we haven’t been able to do this kind of work, but today we can. The thing about moving beyond fear is that we cannot ram ourselves through it. We do not want to force it. What we want to do is to give ourselves a chance. Let yourself practice. I think it is brilliant on your part to seek more support, because when we work with a group, together we can do what none of us can do alone. We can go much further, much faster, with more elegance and grace.

As we come together you can feel it. There is a synergy, there is an energy of the group that is very present. Even when you are not working with the group, the group’s energy will make it easier for you to press into the energy of the Records. Give yourself a chance, get the support you need, whether it is coming to a book club meeting or coming to a class. Another option is that I have the audio set, which is the guided practices of working in the Records. That is really nice, because you can listen to it, and I talk you through it. So it is another way for you to get some support.

Follow-Up:
I have done other kinds of readings before, and you come up against those beliefs of “Oh, I can’t do this.” This one feels like it may be just what you are saying, a sort of cultural, historical, pervasive barrier that has been there in the ethers and in our collective psyches.

Linda:
Especially if you are familiar with other ways of working, when we break into a new dimension of consciousness we have to move through those protections that have kept us from that place before. It is kind of like cutting away the bush, the underbrush, because we are pressing into a new path. Now, this is a path that has always been there, but it is overgrown with old ideas.

You want to give yourself a chance, and you want to press in. However, it is not helpful to freak yourself out. Allow yourself to take one step at a time. I know absolutely that with more support it will be easier. There is no question that you will get there. It is just that the more support you have, the easier it will be.

For those of you who are very good at doing things on your own, it might be time for you to learn about being supported more, because support might be what it will take for you to get into the Records. Whatever is next on your journey will be part of the way that you get into the Records. That often happens.

Question:
I am not familiar with the Akashic Records at all, but I have been meditating and introduced into many other spiritual aspects. My question is that about a month ago I walked into this room, and it was an endless library going up. A book came out of the library, flying to me, and it opened up and this light came out, and I just heard one word, “Akashic.” That was really only the second time I’ve ever heard about Akashic. I’m just really confused. What did that mean?

Linda:
Akasha is a Sanskrit word that means “primary substance; that out of which all things are formed.” That is what we are dealing with; that is what the Record is, primary substance. It is really energy before we get to it with our thoughts and feelings.

As you tell this story, it is interesting that when it is our time, every one of us, every soul at some point in time, whether it is this lifetime or another lifetime, it doesn’t matter--at some point in time, everyone gets this call, a nudge, the urge of your soul calling you to know your own soul more than ever before. You are asking this question today as a result of an inner calling, an inner prompting. We all come into the Records as a result of the urge of our soul which says, “It is time.” This always occurs in a way that makes sense to us.

I never had the dream about the library; I never had that dream. I had different experiences that were perfect for me, but there are many people who dream about the library. It comes in the dream state because that is something that you really get. You were like, “Heads up!” You really got that. The call came, and you heard it. That is part of what is so beautiful about this, people come to this in a way that is true or real, and you do not have to have any special abilities. Some people have a lot of meditation experience, and some people have none. Some people are really very sophisticated in many of the spiritual arts and practices, and for some people, this is their first introduction to the path. It comes to us in all different ways. You are getting the call of your soul. This is it. This is real. This is the most real thing in your life right now.

Follow-Up:
Is this something that I do on my own?

Linda:
Here is what I would recommend. I have a book called How to Read the Akashic Records. It will teach you how to do this. You can read the book. I also have an audio set of the same title, and you can get that. I have many resources on my website (www.akashicstudies.com). In July, I am going to be teaching an online class where you can Skype in and we will be able to work together. It is very exciting, and I can help you through this. You can learn that way, or you can come to a live class. Part of this is for you to look at which way would be the best for you to go. What is really going to support you right now? There are a variety of ways that you can learn this.

I have been teaching the Records since 1996. I really believe that there is no substitute for good training. Will you get to be able to do this on your own? Sure. Absolutely. However, 2012 is coming. Life is speeding up. You can feel it. Good training can make a world of difference in terms of how quickly you can learn this, and your success and your mastery will be accelerated if you allow yourself to get training.

Question:
I got your book in Sedona a year ago, and it popped up at me. For some reason I just haven’t jumped into it, and I want to. I keep being drawn and drawn and drawn. I thought it was interesting that you said that the way you learn is part of how you get into the Records. I have been feeling like I am missing it, and I just went to Sedona again last week, one year later. It feels like I am ready now, I feel called, it feels perfect, and my life has cleared a whole bunch of stuff out.

Linda:
I know we spoke last year, and it is so interesting that this has come to you, and you want to notice the persistence. Isn’t that amazing? It’s like, “Oh, it is still here.” And you have a very rich, full life, and yet in the background it is like it keeps knocking at the door. I have a friend who says, “When the Spirit knocks, I answer.” Maybe it is time for you to take the next step, and there are a variety of ways to go. Part of the journey is to find what supports you. For many people, it is really plenty to work with the book. It works!

For other people, it is really much better if they are in a class. There are so many different ways, and how you approach this is really where choice comes in. In some ways, we have no choice. At some point, we will all be presented with the opportunity to have a more conscious relationship with our soul. That is part of the imperative of every human being at some point, whether it is this lifetime, next lifetime, five lifetimes from now; it doesn’t matter. We will all have that phase of time. Where we do have choice is in how we proceed: “Do I want to try going it alone?” “Do I want to use the help of a group?” “Do I want to use a teacher?” “How do I want to do this?” Those are the choices that each and every one of us must make for ourselves. We experiment. We may go it alone and find that doesn’t work. We go to a group, and we may find that is not our favorite. Or we find out what is. We find out what doesn’t work, and we find out what does work. Wherever you are in your process, give yourself the consideration that you deserve. First of all, you are fully entitled; it is your birthright to have a more conscious relationship with your own soul.

People who are here on the planet at this time of great spiritual revolution, we have come collectively to enjoy the opportunity of the expansion of our awareness. That is really why we are all here together.

Look and see what has been working for you, and look to see what has not been working, and allow yourself to take the next step. I am very excited about being able to offer this as an online class, because you can do this in your own home, and we will have a virtual group. You will be able to work with other people on the Facebook group, and then you will have the recording to work with. There is no airfare involved, which at this point is a big deal. That would be a wonderful way to go. There are many different ways to approach this. You look inside, you ask for guidance, and you do your best. Know that whatever is going on that we are all being led. We know that you are being led because you have not been bumped off of the path. We all go through this in our own way.

The thing I really want to leave with you is this: If you are becoming aware of this spiritual resource known as the Akashic Record, it is because there is something within you nudging you to take your next step, to know yourself, to know your own soul more than ever before, to actually explore the richness of this spiritual resource. Allow yourself to do this and to get your questions answered and to take appropriate action in a way that is supportive and respectful of who you are and what works for you.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Akashic Records Readings, Practitioner Protocols, and Animal Healing

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:

Questions and Answers about the Book “How To Read the Akashic Records”

NOTE: Please click here for an MP3 recording of Linda's 30-minute Gulf of Mexico Akashic Records Healing Meditation

Question:
What Are Akashic Record Consultations?

Linda:
Consultations, or Readings, are transformational life guidance. Important challenges in your life can be addressed and resolved. During a Consultation, you will explore significant relationship issues from the perspective of your soul, know the truth about you and your soul mates. You will be able to clarify the connection between your career path and your contribution to the world and see how your gifts, talents, and abilities are best used in your work. Also, your health is a key part of your soul’s journey. Find peace and harmony with yourself no matter what difficulties you face.

Follow-up:
Would it be useful to get my own Records read by someone, even if I open and read my own Records?

Linda:
I have been doing Akashic Records Readings for people since 1994. I have done Readings for certified Akashic Records practitioners, Akashic RecordsTeachers, and leaders in every spiritual tradition. I hear from nearly every person that the Reading is beneficial because it helps affirm their own work.

Recognizing and dealing with ordinary human challenges are the path to higher consciousness. We are all human, and we all have creeping doubts whether the information we get in our own Records might be "wishful thinking" or biased in some way. The Reading is a sharing of the Energy of the Records, and the spirit of Light and Truth will be available to uplift you and illuminate your journey.

Question:
I have had the Akashic Records opened for me before, but it sure didn’t seem like I did, compared to what you talked about in your book. Something spoke to me from your book, and I would really like to go to your training. I’m just concerned for myself whether I would really be able to get it. For example, I’ve always had trouble meditating.

Linda:
I love this question. I’ll tell you what I love about it: I understand. There’s that fear that I will be the one exception to the rule. Everybody else will be able to get in except me. Here’s the truth of the matter. People come to the Akashic Records -- like you -- as a result of inner prompting. Now the book may certainly have fallen on your head in the bookstore (I get a lot of calls about that) but you wouldn’t even be aware of this unless it was your time.

Yes, you will be able to access the Records; otherwise, you wouldn’t want to do this. People who can’t get it don’t come to the class.

Work in the Akashic Records has some similar benefits that meditation has, but for this, you do not have to be able to meditate. Meditation is really hard. I think this is much easier, because what we are doing is that we are getting into an alignment with your own soul. This is the Record of your soul. We use the sacred prayer, the Pathway Prayer, to help you bump over into this space where you can receive. It is not about quieting the mind.

The Records will meet you at your level. You don’t have to be able to meditate, you don’t have to be psychic, for sure. You don’t have to be able to read auras or energy or any of that, because it is not about that. It is about a more conscious relationship with your own soul.

Follow-up:
What kind of advance knowledge, experience, or training does someone need to have before taking a Beginning Class?

Linda:
What is really important is that when you come to a class, like the Practitioner Certification, you will be a beginner. Being a beginner is a great place to be, and it is a place in consciousness. If you come to the beginning class, you are not going to walk out with 15 years of experience, but the gate will be open for you. I think that if you have concerns, the class is a great way to go because in a class there are a couple of things happening. One is that you have the power of the group that can really help move you along. If there is a group of 30 or 40 of us headed in the same direction, that is going to make it easier for you. You will have the support of the group.

Here’s what I know: There are some people who get it immediately, and there are some who take a little time. This is why we do the class in a day-and-a-half. It is a day-and-a-half for a reason, because not everybody gets it in the first 15 minutes. There is a progression. There is a series of exercises that we work through in our own Records. We work in the Records of others. These exercises will enable you to move into that dimension of consciousness. That’s the way it works.

Because of the focus of the class, it is intense, and not in a bad way, but there is a power there. There is an energy in the class that allows you to get in the Records much more easily, much more quickly than if you were to work with the book and CDs. You can work with just the book and CDs and get in, but if you come to a class, it is really faster. It is really efficient, and it is designed to be that way.

Question:
When I open my own Records, and I do that sometimes just to go for comfort and reassurance, sometimes I leave them open for hours at a time and go about my business. Is that a bad idea?

Linda:
No, it is not a bad idea. Is it the best idea? Probably not, and let me tell you why. Now you know, because you are using the Records, it can be very potent, and the energy of the Records can amplify things. It can be sometimes startling. What can happen, if I open my Records and I go out and do my thing, it is not helpful because I have one foot in this slightly-altered state and I have the other foot in my ordinary reality. What happens is that both states are a little bit diluted. The work of the Records is to support us, to enable us to discover our own internal resources, and the spiritual support and backing that we have to be very effective in our lives. That really requires us to be as present as possible.

If you have the Records open and you are driving the car, you are not fully present to the Records, and you are not fully present to your driving.

The purpose of the Records on the planet at this time is to be a spiritual resource for us. It is like to go and get the tank full, and then go drive. As practitioners, as Lightworkers, as people who are awakening, we want to be very clear. Like, right now, I am in an ordinary state of consciousness and maybe later I am in the Records. We always want to know where we are, and we want to be appropriate. It is kind of Taoist. We want to be appropriate to whatever our needs are and whatever our situations require.

I think what is appropriate is this: Open your Records in the morning, ask for the partnership of your Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones, and ask for any guidance for the day, anything that would be helpful. Take whatever guidance you get and then close the Records and go live your life. What I have seen is that as we can then apply the guidance that is given, and we get more.

This is a very interesting issue that you bring up. I know that in a lot of other systems they say things like, “Do the chant, and then go out into the world and do both at the same time.” It is just not the best use of the Records, but it is not bad.

The thing is, if you forget to close the Records, they will close by themselves anyway after a while. You can feel it. There’s just a sense of being a little bit off. It is not helpful to open your Records and go to sleep in the hope of having really powerful dreams. It actually doesn’t do that. It doesn’t help. Your dream state is actually better than adequate on its own. It doesn’t need the energy of the Records to be valuable.

Through trial and error we find out what works and what doesn’t work. It is great that you are engaged.

Question:
I wonder if our interactions with the animal souls we encounter are recorded in the Records? Is there a way to access their higher souls and angels, particularly with regard to healing?

Linda:
The Records are a wonderful way to work with animals, if indeed, that is what you are called to do. Personally, I am not very good working with animals. I know how, but it is not my strength.

The main thing to keep in mind is to always work with permission. When you open the Records of the animal, you are working with the soul of the animal. The Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones are different from the guides and angels of that animal. Akashic Records work with animals is wonderful for diagnostics, like if you want to find out why your cat is sick, or why this horse cannot absorb the medicine. There are a million things that happen with animals, and you can open their Records and find out.

But you don’t open the Records of an animal without the permission of the animal and without the permission of the owner. You would not open the Records of a strange animal, especially if you are seriously working to get to the root of the problem.

Also, what we find within our own Records is that we do have connections with animals. That animal is in our life for a reason: to help us. A lot of that information is in our own Records. So, if you have a relationship with a particular animal, open your own Records first and ask, “What is the purpose of my relationship with Fluffy?” Whatever you need will be revealed. Then you can close your own Records and open Fluffy’s Records. We want to be realistic. When we open the Records of animals, it is a little different than humans.

Question:
So we have our soul, and this question is coming up because one time quite a few years ago I was in a soul retrieval hypnosis session, and my voice came through like in a different-sounding way that was my soul. Sometimes when I’m in the Records and I’m speaking out loud what I’m getting and writing it down, I hear that voice – I hear my voice sounding like that voice that I connect with being my soul. Can you speak to that in relationship to the Lords of the Records, the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones, and our own soul in relation to that dynamic?

Linda:
The Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones are supportive. You want to think of them in terms of a support structure. Collectively they hold the space. They are a bridge of Light consciousness that enable us to move into a more direct and more conscious relationship with our soul. Their work, while it is true that we get guidance and direction from them, their work is ultimately to enable us to have direct, conscious contact with our own soul. It sounds like there are times when the distance between you and your soul, between your innermost soul and your expression in the world, it sounds like the distance collapses, and you are in a state of direct impression and direct expression.

You are doing a great job. We talk about the Light of the soul, but there really is the sound of the soul. Since the late 1960s in the Western culture, there has been a collective movement to open up to the Light of the soul, and now a new dimension of exploration is the Sound of the soul, and this is very exciting. This is where we see things like chanting.

In saying the sacred prayer – we use the Pathway Prayer Process. In saying the sacred prayer, there is a rhythm. It is like a mantra. What happens is that through sound it supports our consciousness in moving. In the Records themselves, we know that energy moves on the spoken word. When we are in the Records, it is really powered up as we speak, and as we put formed words to what we perceive, it actually enables energy to move. Very, very exciting.