This is an embodied meditation exercise to get you started on the foundation of Inner Alchemy. Often our mind is full of thoughts and underlying currents of more thoughts, reactions and judgements, that have formed over time, with our relationship to the external world, that are constantly getting in the way of clear observation and honest perception. This meditation is for bringing you into a space where you are connected to the Infinite Void. By practising That-Beyond ‘Tatah Param’ Meditation, you make yourself detached from all identity and drama of the personal meanings you attach to the world around you and yourself and embody a formless void. You become a fine instrument who is capable of receiving and giving from a place of authenticity, as you fine tune your inner senses to connect with your mind in a way that is clear of any prejudices and helps you focus on whatever is in front of you from a beginner’s mind.
If you are doing That-Beyond ‘Tatah Param’ Meditation for the first time, I would recommend setting a timer for 12 minutes.
Sit in a place comfortably with your eyes closed, spine straight and your jaw relaxed. Take three deep breaths and blow them out through your mouth, and begin to relax every part in your body, starting with your toes, your legs, hips, moving upward to your pelvis, muscles in the back, release any tension in your shoulders, hands neck and face. Let go of the stress and immerse yourself in this gentle relaxed state. In doing so, you are connecting with every part in your body with your mind and releasing any mental stress and physical strain. As you do this remain still. With your eyes closed, perhaps, you start to notice every sound around you, the birds, maybe a distant dog barking, the traffic. Pay attention to these sounds and then release this attention to realise they are outside noise and come back to your breath.
Now go deeper and let your thoughts flow, continue to take 4 counts of deep breaths through your nose and 4 out through your nose (Keep up this rhythm of breath throughout your meditation). There is no need to stop the flow of your thoughts. Maybe you are thinking about what you ate, or about your plans, how you will pay your bills, etc. Let these thoughts come and go. Watch them like they are someone else’s thoughts up in the sky as clouds. They come and they go with a wind that you feel isn’t entirely in your control.
Allow yourself to simply become a distant observer for a while and relax deeper without reacting with any emotion to any thought. If you find yourself reacting, don’t go too deep into this reaction or thought and understand that this is simply a mental construct (We will go deeper into these reactions and thoughts in a different exercise). These mental constructs and reactions are coming up because of how we perceive our reality with the beliefs we carry and choose to give them that particular meaning. Understand that this meaning is not the whole truth, and keep breathing.
After you are immersed in an even more relaxed state start to focus on the breath that flows through your nostrils. It comes and it goes. There is a give and a take. A reward and a sacrifice (sacrifice literally means to ‘make sacred’, so even in losing a breath you are actually helping something else grow, and we are in this process night and day; from the moment we are born to the moment your physical body dies.)
Now start to imagine that you are letting go of any identity that you relate with: your face, your name, the roles you play every day (as a father or mother, a boss, an employee, brother, sister, friend, your gender… allow these roles to melt away. Allow your beliefs to melt away. (These are simply something you have taken on in the world to help you navigate through the 3D reality. Often, a lot of human concepts change as our consciousness grows and there is no right or wrong meaning, because our understanding of it is only through the human perspective and hence limited.)
Begin to meditate on stripping away each and every role and the drama of meaning you give it. Allow yourself to become bodiless. Observe if there is any resistance to let go of some thought or emotion, or some identification. What is this resistance? Every resistance carries in it a charge of fear, let this fear go, and come to a space of complete relaxation.
Now imagine a Formless Void. This Void of Nothingness is full of an all-knowing bliss and love, yet it is empty of ego identifications, patterns, meanings, the chatter of the mind, names and anything to do with the physical reality. It is empty in its form and yet full in its all-knowing and wise, silent love. This is a space which has neither life nor death, yet it is full of Awareness. It is without a beginning and has no end. And this space is within you, acknowledge it and invite it deeper, allow it to permeate every cell in your body as each atom becomes filled with this sweet Nothingness. It is the Infinite that you carry within you. Connect your mind to this formless Infinite Void. Keep on breathing as you connect with this formlessness and become it. Embody its silent wisdom. You are It. Your inner essence is Infinite. It is That-Beyond.
You are an eternal being.
Keep breathing in this relaxed state.
Whenever you are ready, open your eyes and return.
The idea is to hold this meditative pose as long as you find It comfortable the first time. Aim to hold it for at least 5 minutes and then go on increasing the duration as you practice this exercise daily, until you go up to 20 minutes. You can even go further. However, up to 5 minutes (excluding the time required for preparation) in the Formless Void state should suffice for what we are about to embark on your Inner Alchemy initiation.
That-Beyond ‘Tatah Param’ Meditation is the first foundation and step of our sacred journey into Inner Alchemy.
Wish you all the best with this sacred journey and be gentle on yourself.
Reflections/Notes for Journalling:
Whilst answering the following questions, feel free to write what you saw and felt as the first thought, image or feeling that arose in you and don’t overthink, over-rationalise or judge it.There is no right or wrong answer.
1. What did you notice the most as you were doing this meditation?
2. How do you feel about the words ‘nothingness’ and ‘void’?
3. Was there any role, identification or emotion that was overwhelming and you couldn’t stop thinking about?
4. Were you able to connect to the Formless Void? How did you feel when you connected with the Formless Void? How did you feel when you embodied its silent wisdom?
5. Could you remain in the state of relaxation for 5 minutes or did you find your mind/body constantly shifting?
6. Feel free to express and write any other comments about your experience of That-Beyond ‘Tatah Param’ Meditation and the whole process.