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

March 14, 2018 - An article on primacy of awareness published in Routledge´s "Personal Sustainability"

In March Ingvar Villidos’ article “Awareness as the New Paradigm for Personal Sustainability: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Sustainability Transition” was published in a trailblazing book “Personal Sustainability. Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development” by Routledge, the largest global academic publisher within the humanities and social sciences.

Sustainable development has become one of the most pressing issues of our times. Sustainability problems will not be solved through simplistic, superficial tactics nor do they fall into some isolated categories. Currently, the mainstream approach to sustainability focuses on the external, collective and global processes, leaving the intra- and inter-personal aspects of humans unaddressed.

“Personal Sustainability” seeks to address this gap in research and provide a starting point for further research and discussion. Edited by Oliver Parodi and Kaidi Tamm, this trans-disciplinary research monograph includes 12 articles from international researchers and practitioners providing original insights and analysis of novel ways to address sustainability issues.

Ingvar Villidos’ article “Awareness as the New Paradigm for Personal Sustainability: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Sustainability Transition” makes up the 9th chapter of the book. In his article Villido argues that in order to make sense of the current sustainability crisis, it is necessary to take a deeper look at the processes taking place on the individual level, especially the driving force behind an individual’s choices, actions and values. He discusses two fundamentally different behavioral and perceptual strategies: the currently dominant mental-emotional paradigm, and awareness as the new paradigm.

Villido argues that the dominant understanding of human nature, role and abilities from the perspective of current mental-emotional paradigm is very limiting. Drawing from his experiences in inner research, he argues the automatic character of human actions and ignorance of the inner dimensions count among the main sources of problems and conflicts. Instead of trying to “fix” the old paradigm, Villido suggests shifting to a new paradigm based on the use of awareness as the primary force.

For shifting to the new paradigm, it is relevant to stop blindly following the socially learned values, norms and habits. Villido argues that creative, insightful and healthy individuals can function sustainably in the long run only when the automatic emotional and mental complexes are reduced and substituted by increased use of awareness. Active use of awareness enables a person to change one’s life independently and ultimately transform from being a socio-culturally shaped reflex-driven unit into a smart, independent and self-learning realist – a real homo sapiens sapiens. The personal transformation will subsequently support the necessary transitions in the outer world.