by Karen Low
An interview with teacher and award-winning author Linda Howe
The Pathway Prayer Process to Access the Heart of the Akashic Records was received by Linda Howe only days before the fateful date of September 11, 2001. The two events have an energetic linkage that Linda explores in this interview with Karen Low, one of her Certified Teachers.
Karen: With all the recent news about memorial services for the anniversary of 9/11 to honor the victims and their families, I realized that your Pathway Prayer to Access the Heart of the Akashic Records has been used for 11 years now, and that Prayer is literally changing people's lives all over the world. I wondered what you could tell us about the origin of the Pathway Prayer.
Linda: Well, I had been working with and teaching another Sacred Prayer method of accessing the Akashic Records for many years. That prayer was wonderful and very productive for me, but I kept asking, “What is God's Will for me? What are my soul's purposes?” I'm always asking these kinds of questions!
This was the sincere question in my heart, and after years of really praying and really steadfastly seeking, the word came: here is this Prayer. I jotted it down, and at first I was not very enthusiastic about it. I sat with it. I remember I got it on a Saturday morning, which must have been September 1, and I had an appointment to share this new Prayer with my assistant on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We were going to talk between 9 and 9:30 a.m. (Central time). So I worked with it myself in the meantime, and I was very moved by it.
I walked over to my office that morning. I had no idea that anything was going on, that things were happening at the time. I called my assistant, and she was hysterical because she was watching television. Here we are, I am positioned to give her this new Prayer, and the planes are crashing into the buildings. It was one of those very surreal moments where there was this juxtaposition between two seemingly unrelated events. And they are unrelated to many, many people; there's just this small group of us that see the connection.
So, we read the Prayer together, and it was such a challenging moment because it was so unreal. Once I came to my senses, I was really struck that there was some significance to this; that the imparting of this new Prayer was simultaneous with this really horrific event.
And as I began to work with it, through exploration it became very clear to me that upon the point of impact, when the plane crashed into the first building, and then the subsequent crashes, it was as if a vial of energy exploded that had unleashed a new era in consciousness. As horrific and heart-breaking and tragic as this was, there was a Light. In the midst of the ash, the smoke, and the falling bodies (I wasn't there and I can only imagine how traumatic it was) there was an unleashing or the revelation of this Dimension of Light.
Karen: And how did you see this Dimension of Light expressed in this tragedy?
Linda: One of the things I've seen a lot of in the Records is this whole understanding of Sacred Wounds. It is as if this is a collective Sacred Wound. It was a portal through which many would come to know the Divine reality. A portal through which there was a new level of consciousness of unity; an awareness of our shared vulnerability. It pierced the pride of the American psyche. We became aware of our need for a spiritual resource; a connection to God or the Divine that would be able to withstand such a violent impact.
Karen: I think you once mentioned that in the months following 9/11 you saw many clients who had lost people in New York?
Linda: Right. I have a lot of clients who live in New York; I had clients who were there. I had clients who lived next door to the World Trade Center. I had clients who were involved there, who lost people. And it was devastating—that goes without saying. The level of human trauma here is just hair-raising. But it was interesting because there was a sense of collective destiny. Is that really a comfort? In some ways, it is. People are accustomed to dying for causes, like in wars, and we understand those to be noble and virtuous; right? And yet there was something in this, certainly senseless, ridiculous, and inane; and yet it was a moment that changed our relationship with ourselves, with one another, and with the global community. We've never been the same since; we were all shaken, even many of us who were not New Yorkers. So it's really such a New Age because we had this cataclysmic event in New York, and we all, we Americans, we all felt like it happened to us. That is unprecedented. Much if this is because of our communications....
Karen: Right. Due to technology, we were watching it as it happened.
Linda: But see, the technology is an expression of our shared consciousness. I mean the reason we have this instantaneous "be here now" technology is because we have an awareness that we are just a big family, for better or worse. We really are, and what happens to my sister happens to me. What happens to my brother happens to me. We are more aware of that now than we have ever been. It has catapulted us into a new level of collective awareness, which is just striking. It is the start of our move into our awareness of our Oneness, the Oneness of humanity.
Karen: So, if I am a client who comes to you looking for consolation -- I want to know why my relative died in New York. How would you work with me in the Records with such loss and grief?
Linda: First of all, we certainly recognize that on the human level this is a nightmare. We really want to allow for the full expression of grief because this is terrible. Of course you're upset; of course this is senseless. And yet, as a result of this event, there has been a dramatic change in our relationship with one another. There has been a striking shift in our perception of our own vulnerability. I’m reluctant to use this word, Karen, but I am going to use the word "sacrifice."
Karen: Yeah, I've been thinking about that word.
Linda: I really hate to use that word and we really don't want to go there. It is not fashionable to say there was a group of people who in Consciousness agreed to be in the office, sitting at the desks as the planes came in. There was this whole group who agreed to participate in this.
Karen: Do you mean they agreed to this before incarnation?
Linda: Yes, prior to incarnation, for the good of the whole.
Karen: Okay, what about the guys flying the planes? Do you think that was something their souls planned before they came in?
Linda: Yes. Yes, I do. This was the lifetime. Here's the thing, Karen: we all have lifetimes where we do crazy things. It's true. So here we have these men who when we look at them, they were compelled—this was a cause. Do you see? They were really moved to do this. This was the best idea they had to make the world a better place. These were guys who were really dedicated to improving the quality of life on the planet for themselves and their families, so much so that they knew going in that This Is It! They knew that there was no coming out of those planes. Their commitment and their ideas are certainly different than ours, but essentially this is the best idea they had to make the world a better place, and they lost their lives. They had families. These are somebody's sons.
Karen: In your work in the Records with people who were either there in New York, Washington, or Pennsylvania, or who had people close to them who were lost that morning, did you ever run across where one of your clients had some karmic relationship with these pilots or with the organization behind the pilots?
Linda: No. No. I will tell you something that I have seen with this, which is quite fascinating. It is not uncommon to find in difficult situations like this, really dramatic situations, it is not at all uncommon to look into the Records and see the connections between victims and perpetrators, cops and robbers, good guys and bad guys. You see that all of the time. In my work in the Records with this 9/11 event, this historic turning point where the world will never be the same again, I have not seen that. It is not so much personal as collective. It broke us out of a level of self-centeredness, out of the personal. It made us very aware of our vulnerability. We didn't know that, or if we knew it, we liked to pretend that it wasn't true. That whole invincibility thing is over. We don't have that anymore. Now, if we are moving toward one human family, everybody has to become aware that they are part of a greater group, and that is what this is. We are more aware than ever before of our need for one another, our true need for one another. In this breaking open of a new Dimension of Light, we really are coming to see that we have to recognize that our personal reliance on God or the Light is much greater than it was—in a new way.
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Linda Howe is author of How to Read the Akashic Records and Healing Through the Akashic Records (Sounds True) and founder and director of the Linda Howe Center for Akashic Studies in Chicago. She will be teaching “Healing Through the Akashic Records” November 3-4 in Austin, Texas. For more information about this class please click here.
Karen Lowe is a Certified Teacher with the Center for Akashic Studies. You may contact Karen for intuitive readings and for information on classes, lectures, book studies, or mentoring at email@example.com
Karen Low writes a column for The New Era Times entitled Akashic Explorations. Check back often for more insight into the world of the Akashic records.