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.