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

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  • Bio
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  • My Search for Answers and First Teachers

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


    My first experiences with Yoga date back to teenage years. I began a more systematic practice and empirical study of the inner world began in 1981. The 1980s and 1990s was a period of intense searching. 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. 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.


    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 a master teacher - Acharya - of Babaji's Kriya Yoga with the spiritual name Ishwarananda. By applying the knowledge, techniques, and wisdom I received from these initiations during my practices, I received insights that caused all of my previous knowledge to merge into a holistic picture. This resulted in an understanding of 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 I am 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 - the automatic activation of their 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. 


    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. 

    To date I have been researching the human inner sphere for 35+ years, mainly using empirical methods known in yoga. The past 25 years as an awareness teacher have provided valuable experience in guiding people on their paths. Of the two main teachings that I teach, 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. 


    The workshop was closely followed by an invitation to contribute as a co-author to the trailblazing book “Personal Sustainability: Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development”, published by Routledge (2018). In April 2018 I participated in the international “Emotion Revolution“ psychology conference in Norway, where I presented my findings on the 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 in achieving positive outcomes in personal sustainability.  

    Helping to Advance Education about the Inner Sphere  

    Over a period of 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 a 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, to be genuine 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. My company, Human LLC, handles and organizes all the activities necessary for the courses and teachings I run.