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 contributes to bring forth a radically new perspective to human nature, a revolution in the inner sphere of humans

Ingvar Villido met Dr. Steven Hayes and Dr. Allan Abbass during the international psychology congress “Emotion Revolution” held in Norway 16-19 April.

During the “Emotion Revolution” Congress Ingvar Villido met two of the keynote speakers, Dr. Steven Hayes, the principal founder of ACT method (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Dr. Allan Abbass, one of the primary developers of ISTDP (Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). Hayes shared that his observations have confirmed mindfulness alone not to be sufficient enough to enable permanent change. Similarly to Villido, Hayes outlines that an effective intervention should consist of practical measures that people can take home with them and above all enable behavioral change. Villido and Hayes both find that people need help in developing psychological flexibility and personal self-leadership skills. Villido and Dr. Abbass mutually agree that emotions can be highly destructive and that one of the main problems lies in overly intellectualizing the emotional experience – constant thinking, argumentation and speculation instead of remaining aware of the emotion. In line with Villido’s discovery that resolving emotions enables the physical body to heal, Abbass has witnessed that even as little as recognizing the emotion and understanding it’s context already enables a significant improvement of the medically unexplained bodily symptoms of his patients. In the concluding panel Hayes emphasized that a radically new perspective to the entire inner sphere of humans needs to emerge, something that would differ from current methods oriented towards therapy while prioritizing proactive resilience and prevention. Villido briefly introduced the Art of Conscious Change method founded by him and shared some of the information related to his research.

The key take-away from the congress was a notion that a revolution is needed in our approach to emotions – it’s time to acknowledge emotions as the driving forces in the current paradigm of human existence as well as the focal point of psychotherapy. The unique method created by Ingvar Villido provides an important contribution to forward this revolution towards a healthier, happier society.