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The Akashic Record: What if?
#ACA2014 #Archivatopia #TAATU
peter [at] vangarderen [dot] net
http://vangarderen.net
ACA 2014 theme: Archivatopia:
“Envision your archival utopia – the perfect archives of the future.”
• Creation
• Appraisal
• Storage
• Preservation
• Access
• Privacy
• Authenticity
!
‣ all deeds, words, and thoughts…ever
‣ keep everything
‣ infinite space
‣ information is indestructible
‣ telepathic
‣ by permission only
‣ trusted by all
The Akashic record:
What is the Akashic record?
“The ‘Akashic Record’ is the
enduring record of all that
happens, and has ever happened,
in the whole of the universe.”!
Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007)
What is the Akashic record?
“The Akashic Records contain the history of every
soul since the dawn of creation.”Kevin J. Todeschi. Edgar Cayce on theAkashic
Records (1998), p. xii.!
• The ultimate ISAAR(CPF) / EAC file!
What is the Akashic record?
• “Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space"
or “æther”!
• In the Sanskrit and Indian cultures, Akasha is an all-
encompassing medium that underlies all things and
becomes all things. It is real, but so subtle that it
cannot be perceived until it becomes the many
things that populate the manifest world.
What is the Akashic record?
“Our bodily senses do not register
Akasha, but we can reach it through
spiritual practice. The ancient Rishis
reached it through a disciplined, spiritual
way of life, and through yoga. They
described their experience and made
Akasha an essential element of the
philosophy and mythology of India.” !
•Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007), p.76
What is the Akashic record?
“Information about these Akashic
Records - this book of life - can be
found in folklore, in myth, and
throughout the Old and New
Testaments.”
!
•Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007), p.xii
What is the Akashic record?
“And I saw the dead, small and
great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another
book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were
judged out of those things which
were written in the books,
according to their works”
Revelation 20:12
What is the Akashic record?
Celestial tablets containing
history of mankind:
!
Arabs

Assyrians

phoenicians

babylonians

hebrews
What is the Akashic record?
"The akashic record is like an immense
photographic film, registering all the desires and
earth experiences of our planet. Those who
perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life
experiences of every human being since time
began, the reactions to experience of the entire
animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-
forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of
every human unit throughout time.” - Alice Bailey
Has Peter had too much time off?
Doctoral Candidate, Archival Science
Website – Archives Access System
Full-Text
Index
Access
Point Index
!
Person/
Organization
Names
Taxonomies
thesauri, classification schemes,
authority files
Information
Object
Representation
Search Collections
Formats /
Object
Types
!
Information Object
Metadata Index
Physical
Object
Digital
Object
Navigation
(menus)
Presentation
(Layout &
Design)
Browse
Collections
1. Receive Search Query
2. Process Search query
3. Send Search Results User
Profiles &
Preferences
Exhibit
Collections
Static & CMS
Content
!
Topics /
Themes
Periods /
Eras
Place
Names
Functions /
Processes
Events
Tags
?
repository xyzrepository xyz
Basic
Search
Finding
Aid
Index
Textual Digital Objects
??
Advanced
Search
repository xyzrepository xyz
Inventory Catalog
??
Definitions
• Archives Acces System?
• Archival Materials?
• http://vangarderen.net/archival-materials
• Information?
• http://vangarderen.net/what-is-information
1010 1000 1011 1101
“yada yada yada”
Information is everywhere
Information is ambient
information is indestructible
• Leonard Susskind. The World as Hologram
information is indestructible
• Nassim Haramein: Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass
information is indestructible
• Rupert Sheldrake: “morphic resonance”
• self-organising systems inherit a memory from
previous similar systems. 	

• Memory need not be stored in material traces inside
brains, which are more like TV receivers than video
recorders, tuning into influences from the past. 	

• each individual inherits a collective memory from
past members of the species, and also contributes to
the collective memory, affecting other members of the
species in the future.
Where is information processed?
information has waveform
What is the Akashic record?
• a sort of life force; "indestructible tablets of the
astral light" recording both the past and future of
human thought and action - H.P. Blavatasky
The Akashic Record: what if?
information has waveform
• Structure
• Content
• Context
• Presentation
• Behaviour
• physical object
• digital object
• spiritual object?
Information Need Information Seeking
IR Interaction
Relevant?
Pertinent?
information retrieval interaction models
Information Use
Peiling Wang, Information Behaviour and Seeking (2011)
“For us archivists, there can be no conclusions, no
finality, no ober dicta*. We are builders of bridges, not
castles, as we cross from the assurance of ‘now’ to the
uncertainty of ‘new’…There is, I believe, a
spiritual element in all this which resides
perhaps in the imagination, with faith as a neighbour,
through which we come to recognize the humans we
are meant to be.”!
!
Hugh Taylor, Imagining Archives (2003), p.251.
Theoretical Information Science
• Other disciplines have a theoretical branch, e.g. physics,
philosophy, computing science
• pose hypothetical models of how a system or phenomena
might work
• “Information science is that discipline that investigates the
properties and behavior of information, the forces governing
the flow of information, and the means of processing
information…It has both a pure science component, which
inquires into the subject without regard to its application,
and an applied science component, which develops services
and products.” — Borko, H. “Information Science: What Is It?” American Documentation
19, no. 1 (January 1968)
All creation is connected !
in various ways !
in a marvelous spatial balance. !
Out of the formation of new entities!
has emerged information !
resulting in communication and memory
Hugh Taylor. “The Archivist, the Letter, and the Spirit” !
Archivaria 43 Association of Canadian Archivists (1997) p6

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Archivatopia - The Akashic Record: what if?

  • 1. The Akashic Record: What if? #ACA2014 #Archivatopia #TAATU peter [at] vangarderen [dot] net http://vangarderen.net
  • 2. ACA 2014 theme: Archivatopia: “Envision your archival utopia – the perfect archives of the future.” • Creation • Appraisal • Storage • Preservation • Access • Privacy • Authenticity ! ‣ all deeds, words, and thoughts…ever ‣ keep everything ‣ infinite space ‣ information is indestructible ‣ telepathic ‣ by permission only ‣ trusted by all The Akashic record:
  • 3. What is the Akashic record? “The ‘Akashic Record’ is the enduring record of all that happens, and has ever happened, in the whole of the universe.”! Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007)
  • 4. What is the Akashic record? “The Akashic Records contain the history of every soul since the dawn of creation.”Kevin J. Todeschi. Edgar Cayce on theAkashic Records (1998), p. xii.! • The ultimate ISAAR(CPF) / EAC file!
  • 5. What is the Akashic record? • “Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space" or “æther”! • In the Sanskrit and Indian cultures, Akasha is an all- encompassing medium that underlies all things and becomes all things. It is real, but so subtle that it cannot be perceived until it becomes the many things that populate the manifest world.
  • 6. What is the Akashic record? “Our bodily senses do not register Akasha, but we can reach it through spiritual practice. The ancient Rishis reached it through a disciplined, spiritual way of life, and through yoga. They described their experience and made Akasha an essential element of the philosophy and mythology of India.” ! •Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007), p.76
  • 7. What is the Akashic record? “Information about these Akashic Records - this book of life - can be found in folklore, in myth, and throughout the Old and New Testaments.” ! •Ervin Laszlo. Science and the Akashic Field: an Integral Theory of Everything (2007), p.xii
  • 8. What is the Akashic record? “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” Revelation 20:12
  • 9. What is the Akashic record? Celestial tablets containing history of mankind: ! Arabs Assyrians phoenicians babylonians hebrews
  • 10. What is the Akashic record? "The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought- forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of every human unit throughout time.” - Alice Bailey
  • 11. Has Peter had too much time off?
  • 13. Website – Archives Access System Full-Text Index Access Point Index ! Person/ Organization Names Taxonomies thesauri, classification schemes, authority files Information Object Representation Search Collections Formats / Object Types ! Information Object Metadata Index Physical Object Digital Object Navigation (menus) Presentation (Layout & Design) Browse Collections 1. Receive Search Query 2. Process Search query 3. Send Search Results User Profiles & Preferences Exhibit Collections Static & CMS Content ! Topics / Themes Periods / Eras Place Names Functions / Processes Events Tags ? repository xyzrepository xyz Basic Search Finding Aid Index Textual Digital Objects ?? Advanced Search repository xyzrepository xyz Inventory Catalog ??
  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18. Definitions • Archives Acces System? • Archival Materials? • http://vangarderen.net/archival-materials • Information? • http://vangarderen.net/what-is-information
  • 19. 1010 1000 1011 1101 “yada yada yada”
  • 21.
  • 22.
  • 23. information is indestructible • Leonard Susskind. The World as Hologram
  • 24. information is indestructible • Nassim Haramein: Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass
  • 25. information is indestructible • Rupert Sheldrake: “morphic resonance” • self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. • Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past. • each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.
  • 26. Where is information processed?
  • 27.
  • 29. What is the Akashic record? • a sort of life force; "indestructible tablets of the astral light" recording both the past and future of human thought and action - H.P. Blavatasky
  • 31. information has waveform • Structure • Content • Context • Presentation • Behaviour • physical object • digital object • spiritual object?
  • 32.
  • 33. Information Need Information Seeking IR Interaction Relevant? Pertinent? information retrieval interaction models Information Use Peiling Wang, Information Behaviour and Seeking (2011)
  • 34.
  • 35.
  • 36. “For us archivists, there can be no conclusions, no finality, no ober dicta*. We are builders of bridges, not castles, as we cross from the assurance of ‘now’ to the uncertainty of ‘new’…There is, I believe, a spiritual element in all this which resides perhaps in the imagination, with faith as a neighbour, through which we come to recognize the humans we are meant to be.”! ! Hugh Taylor, Imagining Archives (2003), p.251.
  • 37. Theoretical Information Science • Other disciplines have a theoretical branch, e.g. physics, philosophy, computing science • pose hypothetical models of how a system or phenomena might work • “Information science is that discipline that investigates the properties and behavior of information, the forces governing the flow of information, and the means of processing information…It has both a pure science component, which inquires into the subject without regard to its application, and an applied science component, which develops services and products.” — Borko, H. “Information Science: What Is It?” American Documentation 19, no. 1 (January 1968)
  • 38. All creation is connected ! in various ways ! in a marvelous spatial balance. ! Out of the formation of new entities! has emerged information ! resulting in communication and memory Hugh Taylor. “The Archivist, the Letter, and the Spirit” ! Archivaria 43 Association of Canadian Archivists (1997) p6