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Chidakasha, the Headspace

gestaltThere is more than one kind of space.  The space between your eyes and the screen you are looking at is an example of the Great Space that we all share.  Indeed, the Great Space that you find between you and I, between the stars and the grains of sand – that space is not a divider but a unifier.  That Great Space that we are familiar with – the so-called physical space – is our common ground.  Even though it feels outside of us, it really isn’t – after all, we are inside of it.  And, as some think, we are of it …

But there is yet another space – Inner Space.  Vedic thinkers call it Chidakasha – the head-space, the space of being.  In other words, your consciousness.

Have you ever thought of your consciousness as space, as an inner field of being?  As a sky within?

In this inner space, the terrifyingly beautiful Shiva dances on Shakti’s humble chest …  What that means (in my interpretation) is the interplay between Figure and Ground.  Look at this all-too-familiar Gestalt picture.  Are these two wiggle-lines a vase or two faces facing each other?  Both and neither, right?  That is the oscillating Shiva figure-dance on the humble chest of Shakti-field.

sh-shChidakasha is consciousness.  Consciousness is space within.  And this inner space births mind-figures, mind-forms.  Consciousness is different from mind.  Consciousness is Field.  Mind is Figure.  Consciousness gives rise to mind-forms.  That’s the dance of it – a lonely disco-hall inside your head with you dancing even when you think you are sitting still.

Shiva-mind has a way of seeming larger, scarier, more beautiful and more significant than the Shakti-consciousness that births it.  But it’s an illusion – all mind-forms, no matter how grand, come and go, arise and cease.  All figures are not in space but of space …

The headspace has enough room for any and all of these apparitions and illusions.  Whatever angst or doom you feel, it is but a mind-dance in the disco-hall of Chidakasha.

Chidakasha, the Headspace

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2016). Chidakasha, the Headspace. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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