Akash is the Hindi word for Sky or Space, however in the context of the term Akashic Records, it most probably means the Undivided or Whole Mind. This probably was influenced by the Advaita or Nondualism philosophy of existence, popularized by Adi Shankara, in which each and every entity is essentially the same organism at the highest levels of existence even though it vibrates to different frequencies at lower levels. Each and every entity means even the invisible astral life forms in various evolutionary stages of existence. In the west Akashic Records were popularized by the famous mystic Edgar Cayce.
Akashic Records are a compilation of the journey of a soul through its numerous life-cycles and includes each and every incident occurring in the life of the soul and every thought generated by it no matter how insignificant it may appear. Some people have compared the Akashic Records to a Super Computer, which is probably true to an extent.
A few spiritualists who have gone deeper into to this concept and have had first-hand experience of Akashic Readings have described the entities or keepers of Akashic Records. These Akashic Record Keepers are the evolved Masters described by Paramahansa Yogananda's Guru Swami Sri Yukteswar, when he manifested before Yogananda after leaving his earthly body. Sri Yukteswar told Yogananda that he was a Master in the astral plane to guide other less evolved life forms to rise to higher levels of existence.
My studies of the writings of those people who were helped by the Masters in discovering their true purpose in life does not reveal any complicated form of worship or ritual to connect to these Masters. More often than not a simple prayer, surrendering the mind to the wisdom of the Masters was sufficient to make the connection. The Astral Masters as described by them were beings in the highest stage of evolution who were ever-willing to help and aid the true spiritualist. However, it should be noted that these people were advanced spiritualists or those in the higher stages of evolution.
Akashik Readings are becoming popular nowadays, especially over the internet. There are a lot of practitioners of the Occult, especially psychics, tarot-card readers, fortune-tellers and aura readers who claim to have access to Akashik Readings. However, it is very difficult to verify the claims of these people and hence extreme caution is advisable before engaging the services of an Akashic Reader.
In rare cases a psychic or any other person claiming to possess extrasensory perception can be genuine but he might himself be a victim of Virtual Reality, in which the minds deceives the subject into believing that he or she is experiencing something. Virtual Reality is a vast and interesting field on which, I will be writing about sometimes in the near future.
I would love to know about the experiences of readers who have come in contact with a genuine Akashic Reader. I would also like to hear from an true Akashic Reader who has transcended the deceptions of the mind [Virtual Reality] and made contact with the Astral Masters.