A major misunderstanding is to believe that others are guilty for your sufferings, that you suffer because of them. In reality all reactions to the world take place in your inner sphere. It’s not the world that needs to change - instead, your inner reactions need to.
This teaching is about the next step - beyond mindfulness. With the use of awareness in active form you don’t just notice, but are able to influence, directly. For example, you can use your consciousness to release the autopilot of emotions from your system.
Only through the use of awareness can you reach the True Self.
When thinking stops, you become thoughtless. But, what is left? What is that? What is that silence?
Have you noticed how the thinking mind works? We hear something, we comment. See or smell something - again comments. We comment everything, like children. All the time. And you believe it’s normal? Why?
There is only one goal in yoga: to restore a human to their rightful position in the hierarchy of creation and learn to direct life consciously, not to be driven by it. And of course, to reach one’s roots. To reach one’s actual potentiality.
Instead of emotions and the thinking mind, awareness should be placed as primary.
Life is not complicated. We ourselves make it complicated. There are three main reasons for that: untamed and random movement of awareness, automatic thoughts that do not correspond to reality and automatic emotions. These components also make up the list of things to gain freedom from.
When using awareness, that itself is neutral in nature, one experiences neutrality. To be neutral means to be adequate. It means to see events as they are – without glorifying, devaluing, distorting or changing them in any way.
Ignorance – this is the darkness. The goal is to become a seer. Only the one who is aware, a user of consciousness, is able to see.
Change starts from purifying the inner sphere. To release automatic emotions and concepts is the most important activity of all activities.
What happens to your problems, to your issues, if the accompanying emotion ceases to exist?
Your most important step towards stability and happiness lies in cleaning the inner sphere – consciously releasing your subconscious of the problematic reactions you once learned from others.
To be aware of your consciousness means to be in a state that is outside of karma.
If you prolong the process of noticing or become aware of your awareness, you become the user of consciousness. To remain aware, you need to continue using it.
Using awareness forms the foundation – your „eyes open up“. The picture becomes clear. This is why it has also been called enlightenment. This is the light – application of awareness.
The duration of your use of consciousness corresponds to the duration of your freedom. Rest of the time autopilot dominates, a program where everything is pre-set.
When you remain with noticing, the world opens up – you notice sounds, sensations etc. Every moment is a new discovery. As soon as you allow the subconscious to take over, your world collapses into being operated by programs, one after another.
In order to actually improve, there is little use from learning fascinating things or traveling to someplace in hope of experiencing something. Those bad things that you already have don’t disappear, do they? To become free of this weed, you need to outroot it, not just plant other plants next to it.
To discover True Self is the main goal for every person all over the world. To discover True Self means to reach the end of your search. Not just your current search for answers, but your infinite search. This is the ultimate solution, self-realization.
Once an automatic reaction is consciously released, it will never occur again. It’s disturbing influence in your life ceases completely.
You are taught that sufferings are a “normal” part of being human. Actually, they are absolutely abnormal. You can easily release them, be without them. Life without negative emotions is not only possible, but indeed natural for all people.
You only cling to positive emotions, because you don’t have any idea, that exists something even better, than good emotions.
Consciousness has seven active qualities, awareness being one of them. As phenomenas, the qualities of consciousness have nothing to do with emotions or thinking, the mind.
Mind and thinking do not form the cornerstone of wisdom, being smart. Instead, that cornerstone is your consciousness. Use of consciousness in active form is what makes humans smart, the true Homo Sapiens.
The life you live today is already robot-like, directed by automatic reactions - both good and bad ones.
You can change yourself only by practically doing it. Theory and opinions alone have little practical value.
However exquisite the emotions, high or important thoughts, none of them help you to reach awareness nor primordial True Self. The mind can only be of temporary use while purifying the subconscious.
What we consider to be our personality is the set of our most frequent reactions. Personality consists of emotions, thoughts and the resulting behavior. If you know how to change these components, a change in personality immediately follows.
The moment of an insight is the moment when God turns towards you with a smile.
In current worldview it is assumed that the brain produces consciousness, matter is considered as primary. According to my research, I propose a view that differs 180 degrees - the brain does not create consciousness. Consciousness is the base of your existence, it already exists and creates all else.

Ingvar Villido. Acharya Ishwarananda

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  • Bio
  • Human 2.0 vision
  • My search for answers and first teachers

    I was born in Southern Estonia (1962). My upbringing included developing a caring attitude towards nature and an engineering-type of approach to investigating life. Already from an early age I became interested in how things happen in nature, in the environment and with myself. This was the starting point that evolved into an interest to identify the root causes of our sufferings and find solutions to them. I had a lot of questions and no answers. So, I decided to go deeper.

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    My first experiences with Yoga date back to teenage years. A more systematic practice and empirical study of the inner world began in 1981. The 1980s and 1990s was a period of intense search. I visited many spiritual teachers in order to find answers to my questions. I learned and practiced martial arts (karate, kung-fu), naturopathy, different yoga styles (Raja, Buddhi and Agni Yoga), Dzogchen, Buddhism, Shamanism and the teachings of Castaneda. Driven by my quest to find answers, I also received initiations from Namkhai Norbu, teacher of the Dzogchen school; Chetsang Kyabgon Rinpoche, the head lama of the Drigung Kagyu school; as well as from Buddhist teachers Drubwang Rinpoche and Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche. However, I did not receive sufficient answers from those teachings either. So, I continued studying on my own.

    Babaji Kriya Yoga as a path towards the ultimate goal

    In 1992 I started teaching Raja and Buddhi yoga in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Courses became popular, attracting hundreds of people. In 1993 Lilleoru educational center near Tallinn was founded with my yoga students. There we tried and tested hundreds of techniques and methods over the years. I was looking for a holistic system, but some pieces were still missing.

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    In the early 2000s, I was initiated into Vedic knowledge by Sri Muniraj, leader of the Haidakhan Babaji's ashrams. In 2004, Durga Ahlund initiated me into Babaji's Kriya Yoga system, that originates from the South Indian Tamil 18 Siddhar tradition. In 2007, Marshall Govindan Satchidananda initiated me as the master teacher - Acharya - of Babaji's Kriya Yoga with the spiritual name Ishwarananda. By applying the knowledge, techniques, and realizations I received from these initiations into practice, I received insights that caused all of my previous knowledge to merge into a wholesome picture. This resulted in a realization about the blueprint of human nature. Through consistent practice, deepening and direct experience with reality I reached a point that in ancient scriptures is described as (re)discovering one's primordial True Self, attaining self-realization. This ended my search and answered my questions about "who am I?" and "why am I here?" 

    A new teaching emerges

    Thereafter, I spent years developing a methodology that would help others to realize their true nature as well. I discovered that the biggest obstacle for my yoga students is their own autopilot - automatic activation of emotions and thinking. After investigating the process closer, I created methods that would enable them to decrease that automatic part and use awareness instead, transitioning to the new paradigm. 

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    I simplified this approach further so that it became applicable also for people without any experience in yoga. This is how the five-part The Art of Conscious Change method and course series was formed in 2008. Since 2010 I have been receiving invitations to teach this method abroad - recently expanding into Russia in 2017 and the USA in 2018. 

    Due date I have been researching the inner sphere of humans for 35+ years, mainly using empirical methods known in yoga. Past 25 years as an awareness teacher have lead to valuable experience in guiding people on their paths. Of the two main teachings that I conduct, The Art of Conscious Change helps to elevate the quality of daily life and Babaji Kriya Yoga allows further deepening to open hidden potentials.

    Starting the dialogue with academia and science

    In 2016 a dialogue with academic researchers on an international scale began. For the first time I shared my empirical research results on awareness as the key to the sustainability transition. As part of a research colloquium on the emerging topic of personal sustainability, I conducted a workshop Awareness as the key to (Un)sustainability in July 2016 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. 

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    The workshop was closely followed by an invitation to contribute as a co-author the trailblazing book “Personal Sustainability: Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development”, published by Routledge (2018). In April 2018 I participated at the international “Emotion Revolution“ psychology conference in Norway, where I presented my findings on human capacity and emotions during the poster session. In July 2018 several workshops titled "Personal Sustainability" were held during the "Wisdom of the Conscious Communities" conference in Lilleoru, where I proposed greater use of awareness to play a key role to achieve positive outcomes in personal sustainability.  

    Helping to advance education about the inner sphere  

    During 25 seasons of uninterrupted lectures and teaching, over 3000 public lectures and workshops in the EU and abroad have been given. In 2018 my first book “Emotions. Humanity's Biggest Addiction” was published, becoming a national bestseller. 2018 also saw the first book in English "Turning Point", that opens a radically different view to human nature and potentiality.

    Personal life

    I live in Estonia, am married and the father of three grown-up children. I appreciate nature and peaceful living environment. I have been to India many times, but I do not follow Hinduism as a religion - rather, I have discovered the symbols that are considered sacred there as actual principles of nature. I like to be "hands on" - sometimes I am seen working outside either on some construction or with machines. If possible, I engage into woodwork. To handle and organize all the activities necessary for the courses and teachings I run a company Human LLC.