Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatski
the Akashic Records are much more than simply an account of static data which may be gleaned by a sensitive; instead, the records have an ongoing creative stimulus upon the present:
In the beginning of The Secret Doctrine, Blavatsky establishes three fundamental propositions, which were to become the creed of all later Theosophists:
"An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable
Principle on which human speculation is impossible".
This of course is the Absolute Reality; the One Reality that is
the basis of the Monistic understanding.
"The Eternity of the Universe as a boundless plane",
containing periodic "numberless Universes incessantly
manifesting and disappearing".
This is the endless cycles within cycles cosmology of Indian thought. In the Indian religions this is a pessimistic eternity projected into matter, samsara, the cycle of birth and rebirth. But ismore optimistic and evolutionarily orientated cosmology in Blavatsky
"The fundamental identity of all souls with the Universal
Over-Soul, the latter being itself an aspect of the Unknown
Root" and "the pilgramage of every Soul through the Cycle
of Incarnation in accordance with Cyclic and Karmic Law"
The original Theosophy of Blavatsky, she attributed to a hierarchy of occult "Masters" drawing from Indian, Hellenistic, Kabbalistic and contemporary (19th century) Occult and scientific sources. Metaphysically, it uses concepts such as transcendent monism (the existence of one ultimate principle of being), the hierarchy of secret or occult Masters, cosmic demiurges; reincarnation and spiritual evolution towards ultimate divinity and perfection, the idea of seven cosmic planes principles of selfhood (these two not being equivalent, as they were to be in later Theosophy), an occult theory of evolution (the "Root-Races"). The incorporating the continents of Lemuria and Atlantis.
In "the Key to Theosophy"; she states:
"Thus we have reality as a series of "worlds", a series of levels or planes of existence, each in a sense as self-contained as our
own familiar physical reality."
In her accounts of the seven planes, Blavatsky describes the higher three as being transcendent, and the lower four as knowable or manifest. In this she is following the Qabalistic occultist Mathers, who refers to the four manifest worlds (Assiah, Yetzirah, Beriah, and
Atzilut) and the three unmanifest levels of Godhead (Ain or nothing,
Ain Soph or the Infinite, and Ain Soph Aur or the Infinite Light).
The original source of these "teachings" is actually the "Cosmic Tradition ", a corpus of clairvoyant and channelled communications built up by Max Theon and his wife Alma. Whose teachings formed the basis of much of her writing. Although Blavatsky built on the Theon Tradition by incorporating a vast amount of material from comparitive mythology, orientalism, and even Victorian elements.
Regarding "planes" Blavatsky explains:
"When I say "layer", please do not allow your fancy to
suggest...layers like strata or beds laid one over the other. What
it means is that plane of infinite space which by its very nature
cannot fall under our ordinary waking perceptions...; but which
exists...outside of our normal mentality or consciousness, outside
of our three dimensional space, and...our division of time. Each
of the seven fundamental planes (or layers)...has its own
objectivity and subjectivity, its own space and time, its own
consciousness and set of senses."