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 is what makes humans smart, a 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 have almost no 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.

Ingvar Villido. Acharya Ishwarananda

April 29, 2018 - Ingvar Villido’s research on emotions found international recognition

In April 2018 an international psychology congress “Emotion Revolution” was held in Norway, where among other experts Ingvar Villido introduced his work on handling emotional reactions based on the new, awareness-based approach to human psychology.

Ingvar Villido’s research was chosen to be presented at the poster session during “Emotion Revolution” Congress. Villido introduced the outcomes of his decades-long empirical practice and research, introducing a fundamentally novel method summarized as the Art of Conscious Change, where an automatically activated emotion is selectively and consciously released by the individuals themselves. The poster presented at the congress was based on Villido’s scientific paper “Awareness as the new paradigm for personal sustainability”, published in “Personal Sustainability” book by Routledge in March 2018.

This was globally the first psychology congress specifically dedicated to the topic of emotions. According to organizers the nature of being human, as well as the field of psychotherapy, has held the role of mental computation and cognition as superior and treated emotions as secondary to other mental processes. The aim of the organizers was to highlight the role of emotions as the key point of interest in the field of psychotherapy. The unique congress had over 700 participants from 30 countries from all over the world. During the three days, six leading psychotherapy methods that prioritize emotions were introduced, presented by the founders-primary developers of the respective methods – top experts in the field. All six keynote speakers held in common that noticing own emotions and their effect alongside with skills to effectively manage them is of utmost importance for every individual’s mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Leslie Greenberg (one of the originators and primary developers of EFT) summarized that emotion is always the central element of every problem. All speakers agreed that a breakthrough, a revolution, is needed in furthering research on emotions and improving our collective understanding of them.