Change in Sense of Nondual Awareness and Spiritual Awakening in Response to a Multidimensional Well-Being Program

J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Apr;24(4):343-351. doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0160. Epub 2017 Dec 7.


Objective: This study examined the effects of a comprehensive mind-body program on sense of nondual awareness and spiritual awakening.

Design and intervention: The study compared the effects of participation in an intensive 6-day Ayurveda-based mind-body program that addressed physical, emotional, and spiritual domains as compared with a control condition.

Setting: Resort setting.

Subjects: Participants were 69 healthy women and men (mean age 53.9 years; range 32-86).

Outcome measure: The primary outcome was the Nondual Embodiment Thematic Inventory (NETI).

Results: A significant group by time interaction (p = 0.029) indicated that after the intervention, participants in the mind-body program showed a significant increase in NETI scores (p < 0.03), which was sustained 1 month later (p < 0.01).

Conclusion: Findings suggest that an intensive program providing holistic instruction and experience in mind-body practices can lead to a significant and sustained shift in perception of self-awareness, one that is likely favorable to well-being.

Keywords: Ayurveda; awareness; consciousness; mind–body; nondual; spirituality.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mind-Body Therapies*
  • Random Allocation
  • Spirituality*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome