The research project has generated a massive amount of data on Fundamental Wellbeing over the last 15 years. It seems appropriate to include a small taste of it for those of you who are interested in it. A great deal more is available on the center’s website (http://nonsymbolic.org). Fundamental Wellbeing is our public "catch-all" term for ways of experiencing the world such as: persistent awakening, nonduality, enlightenment, the peace that passeth understanding, unity consciousness, and hundreds of similar terms and descriptions.
Since 2014 the project has been running a first-of-its-kind experiment known as the Finders Course to collect psychological and physiological data on people before and after their transition to Fundamental Wellbeing. The data from eleven Finders Course experiments have been analyzed (2014-2018). Four hundred and fifty-five participants have successfully completed the program. Of these, three hundred and nineteen (or an incredible 70%) of those who completed it reported a transition to Fundamental Wellbeing. And, a majority of the remaining participants reported at least temporary glimpses of Fundamental Wellbeing during the program.
Of these, three hundred and nineteen (or an incredible 70%) of those who completed it reported a transition to Fundamental Wellbeing. And, a majority of the remaining participants reported at least temporary glimpses of Fundamental Wellbeing during the program.
At this point the program has included people from six continents and dozens of countries, including many who speak English as a second language. Ages have ranged from twenty-one to eighty-one. People came from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. A broad range of gold standard psychology measures was used to collect data from each cohort, including the following:
CES-D: Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale
PERMA: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning Accomplishment
FEQ: Fordyce Emotions Questionnaire
PSS: Perceived Stress Scale
NEO-FFI: Neuroticism-Extraversion-Openness Five-Factor Inventory
CRQ: Close Relationships Questionnaire
STAI-Y2: State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (Trait Anxiety)
SWLS: Satisfaction with Life Scale
GHS: General Happiness Scale
The table below shows the percentage change for participants who completed the program for several of the major measures. Some measures were rotated in and out over time, so not all measures were given to each participant. If you’re familiar with these measures from other research, the changes will seem huge to you. They are. Overall the program has a massive impact on participant wellbeing. Also note the large drop in the personality trait Neuroticism. Personality traits are supposed to be relatively durable over time, so a drop like this over a four-month program is remarkable. Importantly, all changes are highly statically significant (p < 0.00001).
Percentage of change for participants from beginning of Finder’s Course to completion.