It is a major misunderstanding to think that others cause your suffering, that someone else is to blame that you suffer. In reality, all your reactions to the world take place within you. It’s not the world that needs to change - but your inner reactions.
This teaching is the next step, beyond mindfulness. Using awareness in its active form, you are not only the observer, but you are also able to directly influence things. For example, you can use your consciousness to release the emotions that activate on autopilot.
Only through the use of awareness can you reach your True Self.
When thinking stops, you become thoughtless. But, what is left? What is that silence?
Have you noticed how your thinking mind works? As soon as you hear something, a commentary arises. You see something or perceive a smell - again commentaries. We run a constant commentary in our thoughts, like children. All the time. And you believe it’s absolutely normal? Why?
There is only one goal in yoga: to restore one‘s rightful position in relation to all of creation and to take control of own life, not to be controlled by it. And of course, to reach one‘s roots. To discover ones real potential.
The use of awareness needs to be brought to the forefront, to use it as primary in the place of emotions and thinking.
Life is not complicated. We ourselves make it complicated. These complexities have three main causes: the “monkey mind“, or in other words, our inability to concentrate; thoughts, with different meanings, that do not correspond to reality; and emotions, which effect us in varying ways. These components also constitute the list of complexities, from which to free ourselves.
If using awareness, which is by nature neutral, one experiences neutrality. Neutrality means adequacy. It means to see events as they are – without glorifying, devaluing, distorting or changing them in any way.
Ignorance – this is „blindness“. The goal is to become a seer. Only he or she can be a seer, who is aware, conscious.
Change begins with the cleansing of the inner world. The releasing of emotions and concepts is the most important activity of all.
What becomes of your problem, when the accompanying emotion doesn’t exist anymore?
Your most important step towards stability and happiness lies in cleansing your inner sphere – consciously releasing from your subconscious all of the problematic reactions that you have ever learnt from others.
To be established in consciousness is to exist in a state out of karma.
If you prolong the process of noticing or become aware of your awareness, you become the user of your consciousness. In order to remain aware, you need to continue using it.
Conscious use of awareness is the foundation – your „eyes open up“. The picture becomes clear. This is why it has been called enlightenment. Conscious use of awareness - this is the light.
The duration of time when you are the user of consciousness corresponds directly to the degree of your freedom. The rest of the time autopilot dominates, a program where everything is pre-set.
If you actively use the skill of noticing, the world opens up – you notice sounds, sensations etc. Every moment offers a new discovery. As soon as you allow the subconscious to take over, your world collapses into being operated by programs, each running one after another.
In the name of personal improvement, there is little use in studying fascinating things or traveling someplace in the hope of experiencing something. The bad things you already have don’t go anywhere, right? You don’t free yourself of weeds by planting new plant cultures besides the weeds. You need to pull the weeds up by their roots.
Every person’s main goal is to discover their True Self. To discover one’s True Self means to reach the end of all one’s searching. This means an answer not only to your present searches for answers, but to your endless searches for answers. This is the ultimate solution, self-realization.
Once an automatic reaction is consciously released, it will never come back again. It’s disturbing influence in your life disappears completely.
You are taught that suffering is a “normal” part of being human. Actually, it is completely abnormal. You can easily release it, be rid of it. Life without negative emotions is not only possible, but indeed natural for all people.
You consider positive emotions to be so important, because you have no idea that something exists, that is even better than good emotions.
Consciousness has seven active qualities, awareness being one of them. The qualities of consciousness have nothing to do with emotions or the mind, thinking.
Mind and thinking are no cornerstone for true wisdom. The cornerstone for that is consciousness. The use of consciousness is what makes a human being truly smart.
Today your life is robotic, driven by both pleasant and unpleasant automatic reactions.
You can only change yourself by doing it practically.
However subtle your emotions, or high or important your thoughts, none of these can help you to reach awareness, or your True Self. The mind is only useful in a certain intermediate phase – the stage when you are cleansing your subconscious.
What we consider to be our personality is the set of our most frequently activated reactions. The personality consists of emotions, thoughts and the behavior resulting from them. If you know how to change these components, a change in personality immediately ensues.
A moment of insight is when God smiles on you.
According to the current worldview, the brain produces consciousness, matter is considered to be primary. On the basis of my research, I propose a view that differs by 180 degrees to this - the brain does not create consciousness. Consciousness is the base of your existence. It exists from the beginning and everything else emanates from it.
Your problems are not caused by thinking, but they are caused by automatic emotions and the too infrequent use of awareness.

Ingvar Villido. Acharya Ishwarananda

  • Ingvar
  • Bio
  • Human 2.0 vision
  • Briefly about my activities

    As a teacher of the ancient Tamil 18 Siddhar tradition, my everyday life is my yoga practice. I see it as my profession to investigate the human inner world and to teach the principles of its functioning to others.

    I teach the application of awareness to everyday life and Kriya Yoga, having been initiated as an acharya, a master teacher, by the Babaji Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas.  I have been teaching for the past 25+ years and have founded the Lilleoru Educational Centre and The School of Practical Awareness during this time. Over time The Art of Conscious Change method was created as well as the Human 2.0  vision and the personal development program.  

    Our primordial nature is perfection, free from suffering

    The trouble with the current worldview is that people don´t know themselves. They lack stability in their lives because they constantly identify with their changing emotions and thoughts. People tend to turn outwards in search for solutions to their problems.

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    However, the key lies in the inner world.

    Positive change starts when you start using more and more awareness in daily life. This creates a new, stable foundation, serving as the starting point for an upgraded life. A person who intentionally uses awareness in daily life can be fully in charge of their life, empowered to eliminate suffering, to improve their quality of life and to succeed in all situations. I call such a person Human 2.0.  

    I was like everyone else, with the same questions

    My explorations about human nature started over 35 years ago. The last 25 years of my life have been dedicated to teaching and helping others. Since I was a child, I have been interested in the underlying principles of how things work. In my small garden, I studied how trees and plants grow, how animals live. Inspired, I became a lifelong researcher of human nature.

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    Over the years I studied, practiced and taught various lineages of Yoga, different branches of Buddhism, Dzogchen, Shamanism, as well as Native American and Vedic teachings. I was looking for answers, but discovered only fragmented knowledge, like pieces of a puzzle. It was not until I came into contact with Kriya Yoga, that a holistic system was formed, which gathered all prior experiences and knowledge into a wholesome system. A blueprint of human nature emerged. I found the answers I had been looking for and my search came to an end.

    Today I pass on my practical experience

    I´m interested in spreading knowledge that helps people to learn how to free themselves from automatic habits and transform their suffering into lasting happiness. I teach practical awareness-based methods and knowledge for mastering the automatic processes of the inner world, releasing disturbing tensions and shaping qualitatively new basic skills for acting more efficiently, finding innovative solutions and achieving stable well-being. To date, more than 16.000 people have participated in my courses, lectures, and initiations. These thousands of students have proven with positive changes in their lives that what I teach really works, bringing incredible benefits to them as well as to others surrounding them. All this gives me the confidence to say: each person who uses this knowledge and these techniques in the correct way, will experience positive and lasting change. For more feedback, read about people's experiences here. To read the longer stories about positive changes, click here and here.

    My journey in pictures can be seen here.