Accessing the Hall (or the Library) of the Akashic Records is not difficult. It is not a privilege allowed only to a handful of people; the Universe doesn't discriminate. And there are many ways to access. Don't get sidetracked to practice astral projection, etc. just because you read someone accessed the Akashic Records by astral projection. That's like believing you must practice skateboarding because you read someone got to the public library by his skateboard. Get the skateboard only when you love skateboarding; in order to access the Akashic Records, choose the approach that feels comfortable and efficient for you.
The motivation is even more critical than the skill. If someone attempts to enter the Hall of the Akashic Records with mere curiosity, not to mention malicious intentions, they are rejected or misinformed. The curiosity might sound innocent enough, as in "Let's find out what my boyfriend / girlfriend was like in their past lives ..." Learning who they were won't improve your relationship until you understand who you are. We always want to begin with ourselves. The good news is that reading the Akashic Records that are relevant to you is even easier -- you carry a copy of your Records, so to say.
Here is a simple yet effective way to read the Akashic Records. It's from my book, Why We Are Born: Remembering Our Purpose through the Akashic Records, Chapter V, The Infinite Wisdom Within.
Akemi Gaines is an author, Akashic Record Reader, and spiritual teacher. She has assisted many clients with her insightful Akashic Record Reading service. http://www.akashicrecordsofsouls.com