The Finders Course is truly a phenomenal program. Although experimentation ended in 2018, we’ve kept the program out there as a public class so that people can continue to benefit from it. There’s truly nothing else like it available, and it is the unquestionable ‘gold-standard’ of programs that are designed to help people reach Fundamental Wellbeing. There’s just one problem with it, because of its length and cost, most people can’t take advantage of it. For those who have the time and can afford it, there’s no question that they should take it.
Offering the Finders Course revealed an interesting pattern in its data. It turned out that of the 70% of people who transitioned using it, about 60% of them transitioned by using only a small subset of its methods. For years we wanted to run another experiment with a modified protocol that focused on this to see how it would go, but we never had the time.
Then the COVID virus hit, and the entire world shut down – including all of our laboratory experiments. Suddenly we found ourselves stuck at home, with plenty of time. It wasn’t long before we identified this as the perfect moment to run this experiment.
We settled on a protocol that compressed the first 10 weeks of the Finders Course protocol down to 6 weeks. Small groups and their meetings were eliminated, and replaced with a cohort wide Facebook group. A number of practices were made optional or eliminated altogether. What remained was an even simpler, 10 session protocol that we initially called the 45 Days to Awakening Challenge and Experiment.
We sent out a very candid email to our mailing lists, unsure if anyone would even
want to try it. Why would a bunch of people who could take the world’s most proven protocol want to give this one a try. Sure, we were subsidizing it so it cost 96% less, and it only took 6 weeks rather than 4 months, but compared to the Finders Course protocol it was unproven. To our surprise, hundreds of people replied and joined the waiting list to enroll. We were even more surprised at how many of them were former Finders Course participants who just wanted to give it a try, or existing Finders who were sitting at home because of the virus and thought it might be interesting to explore. With all of that filtered out, around 260 seekers wound up completing the program. You can see their results in the table below: