Knowledge of Reality 6.9
All matter has consciousness and memory. In addition, every atom in the molecules has a common collective consciousness with the atoms in its molecular kind. It is in this collective consciousness that the different worlds have their respective collective memories, which can be read by those who have acquired objective consciousness in the respective molecular kinds. In the emotional world there is, beside the only exact collective memory (inaccessible to man) of the atomic world, six different kinds of collective molecular memories.
Steiner had objective consciousness in the four lower molecular kinds and thus the possibility of studying four different collective memories. Steiner warns the ignorant not to believe what they might happen to see in the emotional world. This shows that he apprehended several collective memories. The lower the kind, the less reliable they are in all respects. But even the highest that Steiner could study does not provide knowledge of the past, but only of what people believed about the past, just as our world history is what the historians think about the past.
Only the collective atomic memory of the emotional world is the one that cannot be falsified, but reproduces exactly past events of the emotional and physical worlds, but not of the higher worlds.
What collective memory Steiner stopped at, calling it the “akashic record”, is uncertain, since there are many indications that sometimes he mixed up the memories in the third and fourth counted from below (that is, 48:4 and 5). “The akashic records”, besides, is a very unfortunate term, adopted via Eliphas Levi’s alchemist terminology. According to the planetary hierarchy, akasha is world 44 (the submanifestal, or paranirvana), not world 48. As usual, ignorance has used that word in many contexts except the only correct one.