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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  • The Art of Conscious Change method

    The Art of Conscious Change is the summary of my realizations and discoveries acquired during 35+ years of empirical research and 25+ years of experience in teaching awareness and yoga. The roots of this teaching are in the deepest, most ancient wisdom tradition. By re-molding it to answer the needs and challenges of the people of the 21st century, in 2008 The Art of Conscious Change was born. Thousands of participants have shared their positive experience with what they have learned. In addition, the effectiveness of this method and the new approach to a human has also been confirmed by an independent study carried out by Kantar-Emor research agency.


    The Art of Conscious Change takes a holistic approach to a human, expanding the common view to include all our 5 levels or "bodies". As of today thousands of people have been able to liberate themselves from both minor and major problems thanks to the Art of Conscious Change method. They have learned how to release these obstacles by themselves. For example - while engaged in an unpleasant conversation, participants are able to release their disturbing emotions and thoughts in five seconds and do it without anyone else noticing. Their results are permanent and irreversible. Good results of the participants confirm that life without negative emotions and suffering is possible, and in fact, normal to every human being. Once you learn to release those automatic emotions and thoughts, you can really start to live from your highest potential and True Self.

    What will the automatic emotions and thoughts be replaced with? Natural stability, calmness, inner freedom and empathy. The increase in efficiency and energy is manyfold. However, what is most important – instead of automatic reactions, awareness will now start to dominate. Awareness is the most important instrument of every human being - the foundation of professional excellence, wisdom, and creativity. The method supports advancements in personal sustainability and is unique in terms of immediate effect, ease of use, universal applicability, and lasting positive influence.

    The Art of Conscious Change courses

    The Art of Conscious Change is an integral part of Human 2.0 personal development program and vision. The cornerstone of the program is active use of awareness that leads to acquiring a fundamentally new skill-set to increase the quality of life. Take a look at the dates for the next Art of Conscious Change courses!

    The Art of Conscious Change method is taught during five courses in total, each course lasting one day. Every course focuses on one specific level of human functioning and on techniques how to influence that level. All courses are based on awareness and teach how to actively use intellect – our most powerful instrument. The first two courses are always taught together as a set, III, IV, and V are taught one at a time, eventually forming a pathway to becoming a Human 2.0.

    What the method includes and each course teaches?


    I course focuses on the empirical understanding of the inner “anatomy”: what are feelings, emotions, thinking process, awareness, consciousness and, the True Self. The course outlines their characteristics, principles of action, their origin and hierarchy of influence. It explains how automatic reactions are formed. A clear definition and experience of consciousness will be provided. The course will lead to the discovery and experience of True Self. You will receive an answer to one of the core question – what’s wrong with me?

    II course focuses selectively on the vital level, emotions, and moods. One will learn to discover them, adequately orientate among them and release the ones that have a harmful effect. The course will provide techniques how to release the emotions that are just being activated; ones that already are active; that have been chronically active for years; emotions that cause tension in the shoulder-neck area and emotions related to the diseases of the physical body. In addition, you will learn how to become free from fear.

    III course focuses selectively on the mental level, the mind, and memory. You learn how to release disturbing memories, imaginations about the future as well as biased thoughts that do not correlate with actual events in real-time.

    IV course focuses selectively on learning to discover and use intellect – the most powerful executive instrument of every human being. One will learn how to develop their ability to differentiate, deepen, comprehend, gain insight, intuition, inspiration as well as apply intention and will. You will also learn to prolong the use of active awareness in all kinds of situations. The level of intellect is beyond mind and helps to further develop the potentials of a Human 2.0.

    V course focuses on the transition from the old paradigm based on emotions and mind to the new one – a paradigm based on the deliberate use of awareness. One will learn how to live and carry out daily activities in a new way – acquire information using the intellect, analyze it accordingly and then engage in an aware way.

    How was the Art of Conscious Change created?

    Using all of my previous experience I created this method in Estonia in 2008. I initially developed it to help my Babaji Kriya Yoga (BKY) students, so that they could better progress with their practice. Namely, I investigated the nature of their obstacles and found out that the main reason why they cannot fully use the high-tech knowledge of BKY, is the inner automation – their emotional and mental habits and reactions.


    This is why I started to investigate the mechanism of automation – how it is formed, its principles of action, how to release it and prevent it? The deeper I went, the more I found out about the underlying issues. My analysis revealed that approximately 95% of people’s activities are automatic, subconscious and only 5% of them are conscious. Almost 8 billion people live an automatic and subconscious life, where they themselves are not represented. I discovered the emotional reactions that work completely automatically and in most part independently from a person’s will. I also found out that people don’t know how to direct their thoughts, these are also automatic. I learned that although all people have awareness, they actually use it very rarely in everyday life. And I discovered one more thing - that people don’t know their actual identity, their True Self. They practically don’t. Therefore there is also no knowledge about how to liberate oneself from suffering and other obstacles, although it is possible to become absolutely free from all of that. At one point I was proposed to teach this knowledge publicly - how to release the autopilot? That's how in 2008 the courses began to serve and be beneficial for more.

    The uniqueness of the method - liberation from the excess 

    Consistent application of the techniques empowers a person to use consciousness and it’s qualities as the primary force in life, enabling to independently release harmful automatic reactions and habits. From 2010 onwards I have received invitations to teach the method also abroad – going to Brazil, Germany, Russia, USA etc. The teaching has expanded organically ever since. In addition to myself, I have also licensed some of my students to conduct the course, adding a valuable dimension in terms of sub-specialties that they focus on.