For more of the discussion See:

Astral Travel:          about OBE, Astral Beings &
                                           How top get there from here.

Sleeping Prophet:          Edgar Cayce (amazing world of Akasha)

Crowley's Laws:          Aleister Crowley (channeled from Ancient Egypt)

                                                                                                              curious about Omar's Verse?
Summoning Spirit
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
) 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."
Akasha is one of the cosmic principles and is a plastic matter, creative in its physical nature, immutable in its higher principles. It is the quintessence of all possible forms of energy, material, psychic, or spiritual; and contains within itself the germs of universal creation, which sprout forth under the impulse of the Divine Spirit,

                                                  Alchemy and the Secret Doctrine
Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the Austrian-born philosopher, educator, and founder of the Anthroposophical Society.  He was not happy with the Far Eastern influences asserted by the Theosophical Society.  He formed his own Society based more upon European Christian  ideals  (using words like soul and Spirit).  

He alleged the ability to perceive information beyond the material world: a "spiritual world" which was just as real to him as the physical world was to others. Steiner claimed that the ability to perceive this other world could be developed, enabling an individual to see events and information every bit as concrete as the present. Steiner claimed to have clairvoyant or occult vision; to be able to actually directly perceive occult realities, spiritual beings, and even  the Theosophists' cosmic memory principle, the Akashic Record .

It was on the basis of reading this akashic record that Steiner developed his cosmology, theory of human evolution, Christology, etc.  He claimed to be able to actually see back in time to these ancient events imprinted on the cosmic aether.  Steiner himself always claimed that he was an empiricist, that all these occult realities he described had been observed by him in a strictly objective manner, and that anyone who takes the time to develop their faculties of occult clairvoyance will be able to see exactly the same thing.  This attitude is very materialistical, because the laws of the psychic universe do not follow those of the physical.  This reflects Steiner's efforts  for his system to have the status of an objective science.
Man can penetrate to the eternal origins of the things which vanish with time. A man broadens his power of cognition in this way if he is no longer limited to external evidence where knowledge of the past is concerned. Then he can see in events what is not perceptible to the senses, that part which time cannot destroy.

He penetrates from transitory to non-transitory history. It is a fact that this history is written in other characters than is ordinary history. In gnosis and in theosophy it is called the "Akasha Chronicle".

To the uninitiated, who cannot yet convince himself of the reality of a separate spiritual world through his own experience, the initiate easily appears to be a visionary, if not something worse.

The one who has acquired the ability to perceive in the spiritual world comes to know past events in their eternal character. They do not stand before him like the dead testimony of history, but appear in full life. In a certain sense, what has happened takes place before him. 
There is an idea:

That in the myriad Worlds of the Universe; we are like a drop of water in the huge ocean. Although small in ourselves; touching every corner of the Earth, in the waves upon the shore, or in the mists that rise and fall again as rain.  But not only are we a part of the great ocean; and one with every other drop;  but we are in tune with the Whole;  and can be conscious of every wave upon the shore, of the fall of every drop of rain, of the stirring in every depth of the Sea. 

This is what some call collective consciousness.

The Question is how do we become aware: of the minds, and thoughts and every essence of the Universe.  This is a subject broached by many throughout the Centuries. 

Especially in the study of Theosophy.  Which has been used in the Occident for about 2,000 years to indicate knowledge of divine things or knowledge derived from insight and experience as well as intellectual study.  It comes from the Greek theos (god, divinity) and sophia (wisdom), and means divine wisdom.  Wisdom concerning life from a standpoint of the divine consciousness which informs the universe.

Some say:  " I have been there ",  "I have seen"  and "I know".

These are the writers of Theosophy.

                    Who;  As in the Verse of Omar Khayya'm: (1057 - 1123)

                              "I sent my Soul through the invisible,
                                some letter of the after life to spell
                                and by and by my soul return'd to me
                                and answer'd  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  "

What they claim to have found is the great storehouse of Knowledge; they called the Akashic (Soul) Record.  And; that this "library" contains the history of the of every soul; from the beginning of time; throughout  many incarnations. Further that; one can access that information; and travel in time, as it were, to experience history, your past incarnations; and even other worlds and life on other Planets.

Theosophical and Anthroposophical ideas regarding the evolution of the Earth and the human entity are based on the teachings of only a few individuals.

H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), Russian immigrant and mystic, who was the founder of the Theosophical Society. Claimed authority from an "ancient wisdom".

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the Austrian-born philosopher, educator, and founder of the Anthroposophical Society.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), born on a Kentucky farm, he became the most renown clairvoyant; who could access the Akashic record at will. Left as his legacy the Association for Research and  Enlightnment.

Carl Jung (1890 -1956) The psychologist gave us the theory of the Unconscious Mind; Psychological Archetypes and the "Collective Unconscious".

The Adyar Theosophist Leadbeater made similar claims,
or from occult  perception or "clairvoyance. Occultist Aleister Crowley; claimed to have "channeled" his numerous writings.

Omar Khayya'm:

I sent my Soul through the invisible,
some letter of the after life to spell,
and by and by my soul return'd to me,
and answer'd  "I myself am Heaven and Hell."

Heav'n; but the vision of fulfill'd desire.
and Hell, the shadow from a soul on fire.
cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves,
So late emerg'd from, shall so soon expire.
Carl Gustav JUNG

C. G. Jung (1875 -1961) The pioneer Swiss psychologist gave us the theory of the Unconscious Mind; Psychological Archetypes and the "Collective Unconscious".  An associate of Sigmund Freud, he founded his own school of analytical psychology.

His Archetypes are described as inherited unconscious ideas, born into people, derived from the collective experience of mankind. 

The Jung Archetypes are what one could term "universal" concepts that live within the human consciousness. The most easily understood archetypes are Mother and Father.  These express the concept of creation. the Mother figure was described as Mother Earth.  The  Father figure, is the Creator; or Sun God that existed before life; and is necessary to life. The relationship of the individual to the world, has a commonality that transcends language and culture.  But can be explained by the collective unconscious and archtypes of understanding.

     "There are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life. Endless
          repetition has engraved these experiences into our psychic constitution,not
          in the form of images filled with content, but at first only as forms without
          content, representing merely the possibility of a certain type of perception
          and action.

          When a situation occurs which corresponds to a given archetype, that
          archetype becomes activated and a compulsiveness appears, which, like
          an instinctual drive, gains its way against all reason  and will, or else
          produces a conflict of pathological dimensions, that is to say, a neurosis."

There are Two separate concepts
of the Astral Plane.
          One of his many Mandellas

The realm of consciousness that can transcend time and space; is one concept of the Astral Plane,  It is characterized by this extra terrestrial descriptions of the Cosmos.  These descriptions have been  common to many systems of beliefs; as well as Theosophy.

Traditional  Cabbalism divides each of their Worlds into ten sub-levels (Sefirot) and each of those in turn into ten. 

A few Quabalists occultistsuse Seven; and  refer 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).

Christianity refers to Seven Heavens and and Gnostic Gospels and infinite Cosmos.

Eastern Tradition refers to:
The Seven Kosmic Planes
The Seven Prakritic Planes (included in the lowest Kosmic plane)
The Seven Terrestrial Planes (included in the lowest Prakritic plane).

However; there is another Concept of the Astral Plane.  Which is the  "spiritual world". That is an "unseen" world that exists on this Planet;  and that we Co-exist  with others (invisable entities) who occupy the same time and Space; as we do; But are in another dimension/or another "plane " of existence. But that with Psychic abilities; near death experiences; or other phenomena; some people have been able to experience this "world" and communicate with it's occupants.

In this view of the Universes; that there exists different dimensions or planes of existance occupying the same time and space as our own; Yet; these are predominantly invisible to us  because our limited human faculties do not enable us to perceive their properties.  Just as there are sound waves; color spectrums unknown to us, radio waves, and other vibrations, or other forms of pure energy that we cannot see, or experience with our "normal" senses.

But that  these worlds, are in and around the worlds that we do perceive. It is this world that is called the "Astral Plane".   Also; within this "other world" or dimension" there are "entities".   I think there has been Centuries of evidence that there is something here.this.  Some have caledl these unseen ones: Demons,  Psychotic Delusions, Ghosts, Spirits  and Aliens, Angels or Danion Brinkley's "Beings of Light".

Some people claim to be able to see them, or communicte; some hear their Voices, in their minds; and some claim they can influence a persons perceptions and behavior; and some people have had their worlds turned topsy turvy by this influence.

For a great many the ideas of the Two Astral Worlds have merged; and the Earthbound plane; is merely one of the Levels of existence within the overall idea of Astral Planes.
For more of the discussion See:

Astral Travel:          about OBE, Astral Beings &
                                           How top get there from here.

Sleeping Prophet:          Edgar Cayce (amazing world of Akasha)

Crowley's Laws:          Aleister Crowley (channeled from Ancient Egypt)

                                                                                                              curious about Omar's Verse?
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