The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review. A look at the Underbelly of this Radical Company.

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This company divides opinions in the personal development/ health and wellness niche.

It advertises itself as Providing the Education that Regular Schools Forgot.”

Some of their courses could be considered esoteric, with questionable scientific value, while others have a proven scientific foundation.

You won’t earn a bachelor’s degree or any other sort of mainstream qualification from Mindvalley University.

However…

Their courses are in-depth and presented by experts in bite-size chunks with various tasks allocated to the modality.

All of the courses are designed around the philosophy of building a better you.

Anything from losing weight, passing exams, having better relationships, parenting, attracting abundance, and much more.

Welcome to

The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review.

Mindvalley University is not a university in the traditional sense of what we understand universities to be.

Lets’s start from the top.

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Vishen Lakhiani
Founder and CEOVishen Lakhiani. 2003.
HeadquartersMenara Uoa Bangsar 5 Jalan Bangsar Utama 1 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur. Also a listing for the USA. at:- Beaverton
14525 SW Millikan Way Oregan.
Employees and Revenue400 spread across 54 countries as of 2022. Revenue is estimated at $16 million per/annum
Head of MarketingMarisha Hassram
Chief Technology officer.Lim Shyong

Why Mindvalley was Created.

Essentially it was something that started as a side hustle in the USA.

Vishen Lakhiani completed his schooling in Malaysia, then moved to the USA where he studied for a computer engineering degree at Michigan university in the USA.

After graduating, he started an internship with Microsoft and spent some time in Silicon Valley.

In 2004 he registered a little website to sell meditation CDs. It was called Mindvalley.

By 2011 it was a self-supporting media company building websites for authors.

It never really had a “WHY” until around 2013.

After numerous disagreements with a business partner, he bought him out and gained sole ownership of the company in 2015.

These days Mindvalley works very much like a social enterprise and is involved in a number of different social causes – the biggest of which is something they started in Kuala Lumpur called “Project Renaissance”.

It’s a project to turn the city into one of the Top Places in the World to Launch a Startup

Among other things, he is the Inventor of numerous personal growth technologies and platforms – including the 6 Phase Meditation, which is endorsed by numerous public figures and athletes from every major USA Sports league.

He also travels and does interviews across various media to publicize his books.

a screenshot of various media companies including The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, BBC, INC. in white text on a purple background. Used in the article The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review.

There is a link from that page to others with his story in greater detail.


Is Mindvalley Legitimate or Fraudulent?

This is the first thing people looking for online courses in any company should ask themselves.

Three things online ratings can tell us about companies.

  1. Whether the company is legitimate
  2. How they interact with customers.
  3. Are their courses any good? In this case, Are Mindvalley University classes good value?

The Trust Pilot ratings of 3,657 users of Mindvalley LLC give me this result.

Response from Mindvalley to a complaint on Trust Pilot. Used in the article The ultimate Mindvalley university review
Response from Mindvalley.
  • It has been around for 18 years.
  • 81% give it a 5-star rating
  • 9% give it a 4-star rating.
  • 7% give it a 1-star rating.

The biggest complaint? Site support:-

The reasons, refunds, Apps, and downloads.

However, they do respond to complaints and work to resolve them.

The overall rating on Trust Pilot is 4-star. So… not too shabby.

Mindvalley is not a member of the Better Business Bureau, however, there is information there on Mindvalley.

According to the BBB, Mindvalley’s Business Response rate is 96%

  • 51 complaints received in the past 5 years
  • 21 complaints closed in the past 12 months.
 Customer response to a settlement with Mindvalley on the BBB. Used in the article The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review
Response to a settlement on the Better Business Bureau.

My thoughts:- I thought the 7% 1-star rating in Trust Pilot was high.

Add in the 2 and 3-star ratings and you have 10% who find it average to bad.

However…

Not everyone who is happy will tell you, and many who are not happy will scream from the rooftops.

Besides that, some of their offerings may seem radical to some people.

Given that, it is understandable that the 1-star rating is high.

Still, that is from a small sample of numbers compared to the total number of Mindvalley users.

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Rakuten sponsored.

Which seems to include everyone from Monks to professional tennis players.

However…

It should tell you that you need to be doubly sure of what you are signing up for, as they only have a 15-day refund policy.

One other thing that tells me this is a legitimate company is that is listed with Rakuten.

That is no mean feat. You must be a very squeaky clean business to be listed with them.

When you have a tennis player (Bianca Andreescu), who is a member and happily announces the program she was involved with in a press interview, you know it is not a scam.

How does Mindvalley Benefit People?

The courses from Mindvalley are called Quests. The Quests are then split into 8 different modalities.

  1. Mind
  2. Performance
  3. Body
  4. Soul
  5. Work
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Relationships
  8. Parenting

The Quests follow a different structure from most online courses.

Their content is spread into daily 10-20 minute bits of reading and video lessons.

These are then supported by various tasks.

These tasks are “Your keys to success,” as they involve putting everything you learn into real-life practice

According to Vishan,

The People who benefit the most from Mindvalley are those who realize that they have hit a dead end.

Depression, anxiety, childhood traumas, broken hearts, unsuccessful businesses, boring jobs – you name it.

What is most important, is that those are the people who want to change their lives and become healthier, happier, and more successful versions of themselves.

Vishan lakhiani

I have an article about Death Doulas, on this site, it is a very mentally and emotionally charged job.

Many of the bios I have looked at in Death Doula courses have Reiki qualifications.

Unsurprisingly I found some who are also using Mindvalley modalities for their self-care.

That is totally understandable.

It is not the only profession though, entertainers, not only musicians but motivational speakers, athletes, and artists feature among the millions of people from all different walks of life, who have benefited from Mindvalley.

The Pros and Cons of Mindvalley University Classes.

These are the courses currently on offer within Mindvalley.

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Mind valley courses.

Cons.

It is no Udemy. There are only 48 courses. That being said Mindvalley programs have some of the highest standards in the e-learning industry.

All programs are delivered by experts who are highly qualified with real-life experience in their area of expertise.

Cost:- Ok, the old adage comes into play here. You get what you pay for.

The pricing is not going to appeal to a lot of people. You can get courses on Udemy for around $30.00. Really though, you are comparing chalk with cheese.

Most Udemy courses have upsells anyway.

The general consensus is, that compared to most competitors in personal development, the price of Mindvalley courses is at the high end.

I tend to disagree that it is expensive. I mean, it isn’t the cost, it is the value that you get out of it.

How about a tennis player (Bianca Andreescu), who becomes involved with Mindvalley to improve their mental strength (get their mind in the right space), and goes on to win a grand slam event?

Or at the other end of the spectrum, let’s stick with Death Doulas (they are not in the same income bracket as a grand slam winner).

They use Mindvalley (and/or Reiki), as part of their emotional self-care so they can continue to do their job and earn an income.

What are their other options? I can think of 3 off the top of my head that would not be life-enhancing.

Probably comparing outcomes is a better yardstick.


Pros.

  • They offer great usability, highly qualified teachers, and an innovative system of learning
  • It is effective
  • Efficient
  • Engaging and easy to learn
  • The CVs of teachers are easily accessible so you can see their experience and qualifications.
  • Mindvalley scores well with both its mobile and desktop platform.

Although there were a few complaints in the reviews they were resolved to the customer’s satisfaction. When it comes to e-learning platforms, good usability is as important as the content itself.
It is an engaged community: 

There are very few in any of the e-learning space that has an engaged community.

Why I don’t know, because there are a lot of benefits to be had.

It makes learning fun, you can ask for help, and it generates the feeling of belonging to a family.

Are Mindvalley Classes Worth it?

Rather than something traditional sounding, like Speed learning, I will go to the esoteric side and give an overview of The be Extraordinary Quest.

Here Vishen details a problem common to many seeking to improve aspects of their lives by studying books and videos and attending seminars.

Where people are on a continual search for answers.

Too many students of personal growth spend their entire lives never truly ascending to the highest levels of human potential.

The level where you gain an almost mystical power to shape the world, according to your thoughts. Where opportunities appear seemingly out of thin air. And where the fabric of reality itself bends in your favor

Vishen Lakhiani.
The four levels of consciousness. Modern man, culture hacker, state of limitless, the God mind. Used in the article The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review
The 4 states of consciousness

He gives 4 levels of consciousness.

Level 1

99% of the planet’s population operates at this level.

At this level, we function based on our conditioning from society, culture, and education.

At this level, most of us are bound by ideas like “you need a college degree”, “you need to get a job and save for retirement”, or even “you have to go to church every Sunday.”

When you question these patterns of human society, you start rising up to level 2.

Level 2.

Level 2 is called the ‘Thoughts Create Reality’ stage. This is where personal growth resides.

Here, you start exploring new ways of showing up in the world.

It’s where you discover ideas like meditation, speed learning, personal transformation, and fitness hacking.

It’s when you start ascending beyond what most people are doing and becoming extraordinary.

But this is far from the highest level you can be at.

Level 3.

Level 3 is the primary goal of the Be Extraordinary framework.

At this level, you’ve questioned so many ideas of the traditional world that you’ve now stepped into being a ‘Servant To A Higher Calling’.

This is where you’ll find new abilities start to emerge in you, including a feeling of connectedness with all of humanity and existence.

A feeling of being completely tapped into your intuition and inner wisdom.

A feeling of accelerated creation power, where your thoughts become reality at lightning speed.

And, even a feeling of connection to a Higher Power, as if the Universe itself is rooting for you.

Level 4.

This is a level of rare mystical oneness with all that is.

Most of the Be Extraordinary framework focuses on Stages 2 and 3, where the most tangible benefits await.

However, through this new and updated version of the framework, you’ll learn how to start accessing this elusive level for the first time through what is known as the ‘Merging Technique’.

Let’s look at the cost of Mindvalley

How Much Does Mindvalley Cost?

The Mindvalley membership with access to its complete catalog for $499 per annum.

There may be discounts depending on the time of year.

The free video below explains it all in detail.

Unlimited Access To All Mindvalley Programs For Only $499 Per Year – Watch This Free Masterclass To Learn More!
The Ultimate Mindvalley University Review. A look at the Underbelly of this Radical Company.

Conclusion.

Mindvalley is not a scam.

The courses were not developed by random people and then placed on the Mindvalley website to sell.

Because Mindvalley classes itself as a University, its courses are thoroughly prepared and structured before they become available to the public.

Naturally, there are expenses involved in doing this.

Whatever you want in your life you will more than likely find a way for getting it with a Mindvalley membership.

It all comes back to you and your belief(s).

As I mentioned above Mindvalley will seem esoteric to many people.

Some tutors have medical backgrounds, which is understandable I guess, as they are probably curious if mental therapy helps heal physical ailments.

Saying the past 3 years of covid drama has given many people mental issues that now need to be overcome is an understatement.

Let me say, meditation courses do work if done consistently and properly.

They all focus on the “You, want, have etc;”.

Just be careful you don’t become selfish and a self-centered egotistical pain in the butt!

One word to keep sacred in your list of desires should be the word Humility.


The paid membership is a subscription and is recurring.

I mentioned the 15-day refund if not happy above.

As with all these online courses check the fine print.

If you signed up for a Mindvalley membership, go in boots and all.

Don’t hold back.

As always, feel free to leave any comments on your experiences in the comment box below.

Unlimited Access To All Mindvalley Programs For Only $499 Per Year – Watch This Free Masterclass To Learn More!
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Regards,

Michael.

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