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.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Angels, Self-Confidence, and Animal Communication

Timeless Wisdom for Contemporary Questions:

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

Question:
When you first open the Records and you say thanks to the Teachers and guides that are with me, I’m wondering what role angels or spirit guides have in the Records.

Linda:
That is a great question. Here’s how this works: Angels and spirit guides are wonderful. I love them. We all love them. How could we not? But here is the big distinction. They are within the celestial realms. They are in the realm, but they are not specific to the Record for this reason: Angels and spirit guides are known by personality identities. Angels have names. We have archangels and angels have different roles and responsibilities, but they have personalities. They have individual identities and personalities, as do spirit guides. I certainly have them myself.

You have a certain spirit guide from a certain time and place, usually a representative of an indigenous tribe somewhere on the planet with a very particular personality and style. These things are wonderful, but within the Akashic Record, the Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones, those unseen helpers who are working on our behalf, are not known by their personalities. They do not come forward and say, “Hello, I’m your Teacher. I’m Harry the Teacher.” The Akashic Record is where we leave the personality, which is all bound in ego, we leave that at the gate, and we move into the realm where we work with the energy of Love and Compassion. Energy first, and information second. It is really about the transmission. It is not about interacting with a particular guide or angel.

The Akasha is the primary substance of Life. We are working with the essential energy of the soul. The Akashic Record is a soul-level dimension of consciousness, which contains the vibrational Record of who you are as a soul throughout time. So that is what the Record is. From a Records point of view, personalities are distracting. I am not saying that they are not helpful. They are absolutely helpful, but in the Records we are learning to rely on the energy itself, the primary substance itself, and to work with that to cultivate the best of our human faculties through our relationship with the Records.

Question:
I know clearly that Spirit is talking to me, and I am talking to Spirit in many, many different ways. I have your CDs, and I have been listening to them on a CD player. However, I am still not getting specific visions or colors or words. It does not feel like I am in the Records, although I know I am being led, and it has been a few months now. Can you shed some light on why that possibly would be? I am working mostly with your CDs, but I refer to the book frequently.

Linda:
This is interesting because you have a lot of experience with direct impression and a lot of experience with ongoing communication with the spirit realm. What I have seen often is that this situation is not that unusual. It sounds like you are being brought into the Records through the energy rather than through the information dimension. That is sometimes what happens when people are very skilled in other practices, other systems and methods. There is a period of time where you can just open the Records and kind of sit in the Records and get used to it. Because the work of the Records is energy first, information second. So often it happens that people are given almost like a period of initiation, where it’s like, “Oh, just sit here and be in the energy and get used to it, because it is different.”

It is different, and it is the same. If you are attracted to it, chances are that you are familiar with it. Chances are that you have worked in the Records in other lifetimes, and you have certainly bumped into it in this lifetime.

If you are not getting anything, it can be an attunement phase, or it may be that you need to work with a group. Especially with people like you, you can do a lot on your own, but sometimes when people come together and work in the Records together, it gets a little amplified or intensified.

Perhaps the next phase of learning for you is in receiving more support. It is important to get more support, because support can make a world of difference. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal. It might just be a one-time thing, but ongoing support or some exposure to support from other human beings, who are engaged in a similar process, headed in the same direction, can make a world of difference.

Finally, I would encourage you to get into the book and just ask some questions. Open your Records, and answer the questions. “What is going on with this relationship?” “What’s up with my health?” It doesn’t matter, just anything in your life that is important to you in the present. Do that and write the answers down. Don’t worry if you’re in the Records, or if you’re not; “Where is this from?” “What does this mean?” Don’t evaluate, just write it down. Do this every day for about 10 days. Just ask some questions, write the answers down, close your notebook, close your Records, and go about your business. After about 10 days, go back to your notebook and look at what you’ve written.

I’ve been working with the Records for a long time, and sometimes I receive information, and I think, “What’s the big deal?” When we are in the Records, the answers are like, “But of course! That is the most obvious insight in the world.” Things seem very natural; it is not very sensational. But when I look back at what I wrote a week or two later, I think, “My God! That is really great! That is so helpful. I never would have thought about that on my own.”

So what you want to do is to allow yourself to do some writing in the Records without evaluation, without pressure on performance.

Question:
I do some pretty profound work now with the angels, and when I come into the Records – I want to know what I am supposed to be getting. I know, I’m supposed to be getting whatever it is that I get. So I am going to do exactly what you said, because I haven’t done that yet. Write down every day and just sit down and make that my practice. I have not done that, even though you wrote about it in your book. Will I be able to get what they call a past life regression? Is that part of the Akashic Records?

Linda:
This is great. I want to talk about a couple of things. So you have a real strong angel practice. You’ve been traveling on Highway 80, and you know your way around, and you are very familiar with Highway 80. Now you are on a different highway, and I am going to ask you to drive on Highway 30, and it’s not that far from 80, and there are some points where the roads intersect. The truth is, they are different roads. Give yourself a chance, especially if you are very good with these angels. You are terrific with that. Let yourself drive on a different road.

This is spiritual hardball. You have to allow yourself to not know what you are doing. If you have had mastery with another method, that is very challenging, and it is antagonistic to human nature. Let yourself be a beginner. That will make a world of difference for you.

You also want to know what you are supposed to get. I know that is like the $50 million question! First of all in the Records it is energy first and information second. The Records are governed by the Three Absolutes: Fear Not, Resist Not, and Judge Not. So it makes for a very safe and loving and also encouraging environment. In this Akashic atmosphere, really, you can do no wrong. So allow yourself to move into the state where you just get the vibe. That’s the first thing. After that, what you need will be revealed to you.

Now, this can be revealed to you in a few different ways. When we speak about how we get things in the Records, we use very visual words. “I see this; I see that.” You may never see a thing! You may never hear a thing! Some people see, and they have very strong images. Some people are audial, and they hear. They really hear things. Most of us, like 85%, have what we call a sense of knowing. You are in this slightly-altered state, and it is almost like it is within you. It is almost like if you have one of those kaleidoscope toys, and you tilt it a little. “Oh, I didn’t know there was red in there!” You tend to see things from a different angle and a different perspective. What shifts is your perception and your awareness.

There is often supportive information that comes to you, but it is not like you go into the Records, and someone is falling down from the Heavens with a list. “Do this; do that! No, no, no.” It is from within you.

The energy of the Record interfaces at the eighth chakra, comes down through the crown, in through the heart, and your whole heart zone is very engaged using this Pathway Prayer Process. In that engagement, it is like, “Oh, I see. I get it.”

Now, finally, regarding past lives, I love them! I do! They are great. It is immensely helpful to have past life awareness, when it is helpful. Here’s the first thing to know: In the Akashic Records, everything is there: Past, Present, and Future. It is all there, but the truth of the matter is that you don’t need to know ALL today. This is not entertainment, even though it can be tons of fun. It is not for entertainment. What I have seen in my practice, and in working with others, is that past lives are revealed as they are beneficial to a problem that you are facing right now.

If I go in and say, “What is up with this situation? What is up with my teenage son? The great spiritual opportunity! How do I parent this young man? What is the real source of the problem?” Sometimes the problems we face today started a long, long time ago. That is the opportunity. The Records will reveal that the reason I am having this difficulty in the present is because of something that happened 1,000 years ago on the other side of the globe. That is how past lives are revealed. You don’t get the whole story, unless it is useful. I don’t need to know the story of the whole lifetime; I just need the piece that is the root of the difficulty now.

So when we are solving problems, we want to ask, “What is the exact nature of the problem? Where did this start? What is the point of origin?” When we ask those questions, past lives are revealed.

Question:
I would like to ask you about animal communication. I actually had an occasion to talk to some animals, which I didn’t even believe. I didn’t say anything about it, because I didn’t believe it. I knew a dog at someone’s house was peeing on the carpet, and I didn’t say anything because I didn’t believe that I was hearing the dog. So, 15 minutes later, the woman gets up and she’s gone for awhile. When she comes back, I asked her, “Did your dog just pee on the carpet?” And she said, “Yes.” I said, “I’m so sorry. I actually heard him tell me that about 20 minutes ago, and I didn’t say anything, because I didn’t believe that he was talking to me.” I have gotten many things like that which are encouraging me and telling me that I’m doing the right thing, but I thought that I would be doing readings by now. I will follow your suggestions.

Linda:
When we come to the Records, our next area of growth is usually brought to our attention or illuminated. In order to get there, sometimes there is a phase that can be a little baffling or confusing, and we say, “What is this? I’m always so good at things like this.” But it can be like, “Wait. You are learning to be still with the energy. You are learning to go deeper. You are learning to follow, as opposed to leading.”

The work of the Records, and what I absolutely love about it, the Prayer says, “Direct my attention to the work at hand…” as we surrender to it, the Light takes the lead, and we learn to be followers in the best sense of the word: followers of the Light. And when we do that, the path opens up in all kinds of amazing ways that we could never engineer on our own.

Particularly for those of us who are strong-willed, whether it is at the beginning of your relationship with the Records, or after you have been in for awhile where it’s kind of like it slows down. The work of the Records is really to be still, to get used to it, to quiet yourself, and to let yourself be lead to a deeper place. It sounds like you are getting just enough validation to keep you going, which is good. They will give you the validation in order for you to keep going.

Question:
I am new to this, but I was led to your book, and when I was reading it I received a healing even without opening the Records yet. You spoke about doing readings for others. I have just been doing readings for myself, and I just got a feeling from reading the book that I would be doing this. So, do I wait the first 30 days and then start reading for others the next 30 days?

Linda:
In the very beginning you have some extra grace. It is an extra grace period, and in that period, you can invite people to have readings. Let’s say I saw you at the grocery store, and I say, “I just started working in the Akashic Records. Could I do a reading on you? I would like to practice.” So be honest about your level of experience. People are going to know anyway, and then you do not have any pressure on you.

The other thing is, people can say yes or no. Whatever they say is fine. You never want to do a reading on someone who does not want a reading. That’s like getting a root canal with no Novocain; it’s terrible.

After a period of time, usually around 30 days, you want to shift your relationship with the readings. I know that some people charge money, and if you want to do that, check with your Records to see what amount is appropriate. Then you just say to people, “I do these readings, and if you would like one, here’s my card. Just let me know.” It is very subtle. It is the difference between letting people know that you are available, or in a very enthusiastic way saying, “Please, can I do a reading for you?” “Please can I do a reading for you?” is very different from, “If you would like a reading, please give me a call.” See?

When you are ready, you can just start telling people, “Hey, I do this. If you would like a reading, I can open your Records.” Okay? You are being led, and what is great in your situation is that you are aware that you are being led. There is a certain group of us which has been called to do this work at this time. The call is coming to us in different ways, but we are very connected in this. When it is time for you, if you want to read other people, you can. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to. When it is time, what will happen is that you will find that it will not be hard. You can just say to people, “Hi, I would be happy to do a reading for you; if you want one, just let me know.” People will call you, or they will ask you.

Follow-up:
Basically, one of the things as far as the nudge towards this was that I wanted something where I would be able to help myself from within, and be able to help other people from within, and also what you are doing, teaching other people, so that they can help themselves from within. Part of the point that you made in the book as far as that is that we are all in this together, but we should be able to do it on our own and increase our own consciousness. So that was very, very vital to me, and I think that is why the book literally called to me, and I bought it, and here I am.

Linda:
That is so great! If you want advanced training -- you know that you can learn how to do this by using the book. Everything you need is in the book, and it is in the CDs. But if you want to accelerate the process, come and train in person. I train people in person. I do practitioner certifications, I do a Teacher Training Program. If this is right for you to do advanced studies or to study in an accelerated way, you will know that. You can track me down on my website, and you can see what is going on. There are a lot of opportunities.

Follow-up:
I already know, and I’m signing up. So here we go!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Protection, Privacy, and Claustrophobia

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

Question:
I just wonder if you would comment on the different kinds of readings that people are used to. I personally have a lot of experience in doing clairvoyant readings, and when I open the Akashic Records, I don’t feel like I have to clear anything when I’m done, no matter how difficult the people or their issues.

Linda:
What happens when you use the Pathway Prayer Process, is the Prayer itself is your protection. Even though somebody might be upset – we’re people, we get upset. But what happens is that as the reader, you will not take it on. The Prayer is absolutely a protection, but it is not like a shield that is pushing things away. Instead, it is like a wall of Light, through which distress and emotional upset gets transmuted so that you can read somebody and never take their stuff on. So you can do a lot of readings for a lot of people who are upset, and it is not contagious. You can read people who are really having terrible difficulties and suffering and pain. You will feel for them in the way of having compassion and understanding of their difficulty, but you will not catch it.

Follow Up:
That is so wonderful, because I’ll tell you, I would never do a clairvoyant reading for some of the people who come for Akashic Records readings. There are like multiple things going on with people right now, and it would be overwhelming. I don’t feel overwhelmed at all. I feel energized.

Linda:
Right. What happens in this is that we are energized. We are really nurtured by the reading, and that is kind of funny for anybody who has done clairvoyant readings. Usually, we are used to our clairvoyants being so exhausted. You know, they do a reading or two and they have to go float in a tank or something because it is so overwhelming. This is radically different. That is wonderful.

Question:
When we do readings on friends, relatives, children that are over 18, is there ever a feeling that you are kind of too much into their privacy?

Linda:
On one hand, once you know how to read the Records, we want to be available to the people that we love; our friends, our relatives, anybody that we can help, anybody that we can assist, we like to do that. Actually, the Prayer itself, again, enables you to maintain your energetic boundaries so that you are not all caught up in their stuff, and you don’t set up all of that weirdness. It is very safe; it is very effective. But that said, sometimes it is really hard to read people we know. So with each case, I think it is a good idea for you to check in your Records and find out, Is it good for me to read this person? Can I help them? Is this going to be valuable? Follow your guidance; it will be very clear. When in doubt, just don’t do it. I don’t know means “No,” but usually you will be fine. In the Records, we are dealing with the soul. Who am I? Who are other people, from the point of view of the soul.

Question:
One of the reasons that I am starting to delve into the Records, is that I am very claustrophobic, and I am really bothered by this. What I’m hoping is that I will be able to figure this out. If I find out where this comes from, will I be cured? Or will it be better? Because it is causing me to have panic attacks.

Linda:
It sounds terrible. I’m sorry. It just sounds very stressful. This is a wonderful question, because we all want to know, “If I work in the Records, will I solve this problem?” Listen, I make no guarantees, because I don’t know. I don’t know if you will learn how to read the Records, and then the next day you won’t have claustrophobia anymore. But what I do know is this: I know that working in the Records you can actually discover how this problem started; the point of origin. And then you can really work with it.

Everything you have, even claustrophobia, at some level, somewhere in some lifetime, this was a good thing. Okay? I don’t know why. I don’t have the details, but any difficulty that we have today often at another time and another place, it was a good thing for us. So what we start to see is that we change our relationship with our difficulties. When we change that relationship and we stop trying to push our difficulties away; stop trying to get rid of them. I’m not saying that we like them, but when we really see how our difficulties have been really supporting us in some way, what happens is that for many people they dissolve.

Will the claustrophobia go away? I don’t know. What I do know is that your relationship to the difficulty can be transformed by working in the Records, and often things that we know as problems go away. This is a matter of empowerment, and working in the Records is about personal empowerment. When you are committed to exploring this and applying what you learn, one of two things will happen. One is that the problem will go away, and the other is that you will find a way not to suffer about it. One of these two things will happen. The bottom line is, you will feel better.

Question:
If I’m getting a reading from someone else, and then I open my own Records for myself, can I ask the same question?

Linda:
Sure. There is a place for us to go and get readings from other people. It is sometimes appropriate for us to do readings for others. What is really very rich is when we can work in our own Records, it is different, and then it is much more of an exploration. I’m going to look and see what is going on, and I’m going to see what I can do to change this. That is very exciting. It is a very exciting part of the work in the Records, which is actually why I wrote the book and why I teach classes. I teach people this is your soul; you are absolutely entitled to have a conscious relationship with your soul. That is what the work is. I think this will be very exciting for you to be working in your Records and to see where that takes you.

Question:
I went into the Records the other day, and was asking a simple question, but once I was there, it felt so good that I kind of forgot all about the question. I don’t know if that has ever happened to anybody. Do you know what I mean?

Linda: (Laughing.)
That does happen. This is really cool. I have that all of the time. It does not mean that the Records dismiss or minimize our mortal, human challenges. They don’t. But the Record is primary substance, and it is governed by the principles of Fear Not, Judge Not, and Resist Not. So it is very kind and respectful. It is very loving, but it is not like mushy and sentimental. It is very powerful and clarifying.

It’s not that sloppy, sentimental love. When we have the experience of that Light, that Love, that Power, our difficulties suddenly pale. This does not mean that we are being ignored or disrespected or dismissed. What it does mean is that we have this experience, and once we have touched our own soul, we have had that recognition. It is not an idea; it is an experience. Once we have had that experience, we can go and handle our stuff, do what we need to do, and somehow within us that reservoir of infinite power gets tapped, and it is much easier to be in this life. Sometimes it is like, “Oh, what is it that I was so worried about?” Because when we have the experience of being loved and cared for, a lot of this stuff doesn’t seem that bad. It’s like, “Well, wait a minute. What was I so upset about?” I have that all the time.

Question:
When we imagine or have ourselves in the Pillar of Light, when we are doing a reading for someone, do we have them in the same Pillar of Light as we ourselves are in?

Linda:
The Pillar of Light Meditation from my book is to help you to center into the Truth, and to get a feel for the Truth. It is very supportive. You know this if you have worked with it. It makes you feel very strong and centered in the Light. Now, when you do a reading for somebody else, you do not have to do that. The Prayer itself will keep you strong. If you would like to use that meditation, go right ahead, but you do not have to use it. Sometimes it is really nice to meditate with people, but you don’t have to in order to get into the Records. Just using the Prayer will get you there. I love that meditation. My own preference is that I like to do my own meditation privately, and then when I’m working with another person, just to work in the Records.

Question:
Sometimes when I’m in the Records I think I could have asked that question a little better and perhaps have gotten a more effective answer.
Linda:
If you are in the Record, and you are wondering if you are asking the right question, what you can do is just pause and ask the question that is on your mind. Don’t worry if it is not perfect; that is okay. Just play with it a little; kick it around a little. Maybe this is right, maybe that is right. Just bring it to them. The thing is, in the Records, they know the concerns of your heart. That is not a secret in the Records. You could say everything half backwards and it won’t matter; you will still get what is good for you.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Experimentation, Missing Persons, and Life Purpose


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

Question:
I do intuitive readings and some coaching, and I wanted to find a way to reach a deeper level of information for my clients. I’ve just read your book and I’ve just started using your process – will I feel much of a difference in the way I receive information? Or will it just feel like I’m getting more? As far as the knowing difference in getting messages…

Linda:
When we’ve had experience and exposure and practice with other ways of working in these subtle realms, in the very beginning, it may seem like it all blends together because it seems so familiar.

On one hand, the reason you are called into the Records is because you are already related to it and you are already familiar with the energy. On the other hand, you do not want to mix the practice of accessing the Records with the Pathway Prayer Process with anything else. You just really want to road test this thing. In the book I talk about a grace period, a practice period. What we’re doing here is a little different, so you want to pay attention and just very consciously use this on its own. Don’t mix it with anything else over a period of time – usually the first few weeks.

If you are very persistent, let’s say you do it every day for 15 minutes: you go in, you open the Records, and maybe you make some notes, and close the Records. Do not evaluate your progress. Allow yourself to have the experience. Over a period of time, the distinction will be much more evident to you. You just want to keep walking the path, so to speak, so that the differences are clarified for you.

Now, it is also true that you may in the course of your other work bump into the Records. People bump into the Records all the time. This is your own soul, so of course you encounter it. But what I’m talking about here is using the Pathway Prayer Process to move into this state of awareness very deliberately, consciously, and responsibly, as opposed to maybe we will get there, maybe we won’t.

Question:
I feel that this is what I have been asking for. Can we access different kinds of information that we might not have been getting with other techniques?

Linda:
Qualitatively, it will be interesting for you to eventually compare what you normally get with what you get in the Records. However, I think it is really important when you are first beginning not to evaluate. You just want to give yourself a chance to go into the Records and allow yourself to be a beginner. Many of us come into the Records with a great expertise in other areas. You might be a great hypnotherapist, a great Reiki master; you may have great sophistication with other modalities. But it is very powerful to allow ourselves to be beginners in the Records, because the Light will take you where you are to go.

At least go in the first couple of times just to experiment, but you can start asking questions right away. You want to explore and experiment. Go in, see what it’s like. Go back in, ask some questions, see what happens, and come out of the Records. This is like the Great Exploration. It is a wonderful journey of discovery and revelation. You want to play with it a little.

I think sometimes the pressure of going into the Records and thinking, “Oh, my God, I’ve got to get this answer. I need to ask this question and get it answered.” It’s very hard to learn something new if we are under pressure to solve a very specific problem. So, if you can tease those two out, you will be problem-solving in no time, but give yourself a chance.

Question:
If I was to hire you for a private consultation, I’m looking for someone. Would you be able to find a missing person through the Akashic Records?

Linda:
No. First of all, I would love to be able to find your person, but the truth is the Records really aren’t that good for that type of divination. I say get yourself a good clairvoyant. That is really what I would do. I would get a very good clairvoyant or a psychic. There are some people who really specialize in the locating of missing persons or lost objects, missing things.

If we opened your Records and asked about this situation, what we would find is, how is this experience supporting your growth? How is this enhancing your awareness of your own goodness as a human being? But this is a real life problem, and it sounds really hard and painful. The Records will usually not give us the kind of answer you need. The Records will address the issue of how this particular situation is enabling your growth because the Records are at the level of the soul.

Sometimes information from the astral level -- the level at which you would probably find your lost person -- sometimes you can see it through the lens of the Records, but we really can’t count on it. So save your money on the Akashic Record reading, and go find someone who specializes in lost persons, and I think you will have much better success.

Question:
I guess I’m the opposite of the one who is already intuitive and already very active and clear. This is a beginning process for me, and I’d like to know how much preparation does it take? For example, do I have to have a deep level of awareness already, before I’m able to access the Akashic Record?

Linda:
No, the Records will meet you wherever you are. These are your Records. This is about you having a conscious relationship with your own soul. So you don’t have to have any training in that. It is unnecessary. What you can do is just follow the directions: there are directions and it is a good idea to follow them. As you do that, what is right for you will come. What is right for you will be made available to you.

The other thing I want you to know is that you do not have to be psychic. You don’t have to be intuitive. You do have to be alive, and have a sincere desire of the heart. That is all it takes to get started. You will be fine. Just give yourself a chance.

Question:
What you were saying is that the information that you get in the Records is not going to be specific kinds of things like daily activities, or like this woman was looking for someone, you wouldn’t find that?

Linda:
This is not psychic work. This is not fortune telling. We are not divining the future. What it is, is an exploration – it is a space. The Akashic Record is the soul-level dimension of consciousness. What happens is that as we consciously move into the Records and interact with the energy – the Record is made up of energy and wisdom. It is kind of like the intersecting point of these two. What we need to support our growth is revealed.

From a Records point of view, it does not matter – you don’t get visions and flashes of when you were on the playground in the third grade and this incident happened. Let’s say you did have a difficult experience like that, something happened on the playground in the third grade, and it was very uncomfortable for you. What you would get in the Records is that something happened, and this is how it impacted you. It is qualitatively different.

The Records are not really concerned with whether somebody there was wearing a red jacket, and it was overcast. Who cares? That is secondary information. What is primary is: How did this affect you? What have you done with this? Have you used this experience to support your growth? Have you used it against yourself? What is the purpose of this experience from the point of view of your soul, and how could this possibly help you in your growth?

It is where the attention is, where the emphasis is. What has happened to you in the course of life has happened. We are not changing the raw material. What we are doing is looking at it from a certain angle that can be a tremendous resource with coming to peace with unresolved issues and gaining clarity. It can be remarkable.

Question:
Would it clarify a life purpose?

Linda:
Absolutely! I’ll tell you what’s interesting about this, because that’s the question we all have. Of course we want to know what am I doing here? What are the possibilities? How can I help? We all have those kinds of questions.

In the Records, we will find that, but we find it through our ordinary life experiences. What we see in the Record is that all of life, even the most mundane, all of life is supporting us in the revelation of the purpose of our soul. So it’s not like our purpose is outside of us. Our purpose is actually inside of us, and everybody is walking around in their purpose anyway, it is just a matter of becoming more conscious about it. And then when you are conscious of it, you can make choices and decisions that will actually propel you in your purpose, and that gives you a lot more satisfaction. It feels so much better when you feel like you have purpose.

Question:
I thought that once I become more adept and comfortable with reading and taking care of my own issues that I would like to do a reading for a friend of mine’s son who has a drug addiction problem to prescription pain pills. The question is that this person is going to either be high or going through withdrawal. Though he is most likely to be high, if I get permission to do a reading. I was wondering if that was going to have any adverse affect on the reading. The answer that I got, that kind of trickled through in normal consciousness was that it is not going to have any effect because I’m doing the reading, and I’m not going to be high.

Linda:
Go to the head of the class! Very good. You got it! Right.

First of all, and you already get this, we don’t read anyone’s Records without their permission, unless they ask for it. So we want to be very realistic. Somebody who is on drugs, prescription or otherwise, legally or illegally, this is not a group that is normally seeking out an Akashic Record reading. If, indeed, the person is, where the work lives is in the consciousness of the practitioner.

When someone comes for a reading, we have times in life where we just can’t seem to get to the core of something. We are overwhelmed. We are human beings, we are not robots, and we can have challenges. It is beneficial to seek the assistance of another human being. The person who can help and is doing the reading is the person who can reach the next higher level. It’s almost like if you want something out of the cabinet; the reader is the person who has the ladder that can get to the top shelf. What is going on with the reader is more important than what is going on in the consciousness of the person being read.

People can be however they are, but the truth of the matter is that we must wait until they ask. You can offer, you can say, “Hey, I’d love to open your Records. If there is any way I can help you, I would be happy to do that.” Then we wait. We honor the decisions and choices of everyone, even if we think it would be a great idea for them to have a reading. The truth is, it is for them to decide.

The Akashic Record is serious business. The readings are very intimate; they are very personal, and everyone who steps forward for a reading must do so of their own volition, consciously and responsibly.

We don’t read dead people. First of all, they don’t need readings, and secondly, they can’t ask for them. We don’t read people in comas. If someone says to you, “my sister is in a coma, could you do a reading on her?” I would say, “I can’t read your sister, but if you would like a reading, I would be happy to do one for you.” The person who asks for the reading is of the consciousness to receive help. In the spiritual work, receptivity is key. We have to be receptive, and the way we know that someone is receptive, is that they ask. Asking is really powerful.

It doesn’t matter if someone has a cold, because we are not reading the energy field. It doesn’t matter if someone is having a bad hair day. Sometimes people will say, I can’t have a reading today; I had a bad day at work. We are not working at that level. We all know that bad days come and go. We all have bad days; we all have good days; we have easy days; we have hard days. There is always that flux, but that does not impact who we are at the level of the soul, and the Akashic Record is a soul-level dimension of consciousness, and that is where we do our work.