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

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.