The Consprituality Report

The “Akashic Records” to “Do Your Research” Pipeline

Theosophists, Steiner, Cayce, and the original conspirituality internet

Matthew Remski
6 min readMay 21, 2021

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I first heard the phrase “Akashic Records” at Endeavor Academy, a Course in Miracles-based cult in Wisconsin Dells, where I was a member from 1999 to 2003. It was spoken breathlessly, with a dazed smile, and never clearly defined. But from what I gathered, it referred to a vast library, written in some inner dimension, or in outer space, that described and predicted everything that had or would occur. Containing everything, the Records were the ultimate divinatory tool for the adept who could “read” them.

It made sense that the term would be whispered in the cult’s cafeteria and hallways, for two reasons.

First: Endeavor Academy positioned itself as a cult-at-the-end-of-the-cult-world, a place where refugees from Rajneeshpuram, SYDA, ISKCON, Scientology — and in my case, neo-Tibetan Buddhism — could find refuge from their former “corrupt” institutions, while still remaining isolated from the real world of families, professions, financial obligations, institutions, and politics. Members brought all manner of beliefs and jargon. “Akashic Record” was part of the ideological flotsam and jetsam of our cultic shipwreck.

Second: the origin story of A Course in Miracles holds that its “scribe”, Helen Schucman, who Course students believe was taking dictation from a cosmic Jesus, was deeply influenced by the lore around the early 20th-century American psychic Edgar Cayce. Cayce was known as “The Sleeping Prophet” for his habit of channeling while in a trance-like state. A 1943 biography suggests that his mystical narcolepsy had roots in domestic abuse. Cayce told his biographer that his father would beat him when he failed to understand homework. During one night-time session, he begged his father to let him sleep for a few minutes, whereupon he had a vision of an angel who helped him with his spelling, avoiding further violence (pp. 47–8).Young Cayce only completed grade nine.

Later, Cayce wrote about the “Akashic Records”, or “God’s book of remembrance”, which he claimed to consult while giving sleepy readings of his followers’ medical conditions and…

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Matthew Remski

Investigative journo: conspirituality & cults. Co-host at http://conspirituality.net. Bylines: GEN, The Walrus. More @ http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/