Kelee® Meditation: A Distinctive and Effective Therapeutic Intervention for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

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University of California San Diego






Other: Kelee Meditation

Study type


Funder types



IRB Project#081197

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to determine how effective Kelee meditation is in improving stress, anxiety, and depression.

Full description

The Kelee and Kelee meditation (KM) were developed and founded by Ron W. Rathbun. KM is a unique and distinctive form of meditation that is easy to learn and requires only about 10 minutes twice a day to perform. The goal and discipline of KM is the development of one-pointed stillness of mind. To better comprehend how KM is effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, one must understand the difference between concentration and meditation, and the basic principles of the Kelee. Experiencing and understanding the distinction between brain function and mind function are of vital importance in KM. Brain function is associated with the tension-based, intellectual, thinking process and the five physical senses whereas mind function is associated with the relaxation-based, experiential, mental feeling process, self-awareness, and clear perception. Performing KM leads to the calming of brain function and opening to the experience of mind function. With continued practice, persistence, and patience, the practitioner can begin to learn on his own how to examine and understand (ie, troubleshoot) his own thoughts and feelings from a calm, clear internal space that is free from the negative chatter and preconception associated with the brain. This increases self-awareness of the presence of internalized compartments (misperceptions of life that exist as negative thoughts and/or feelings) and the practitioner begins to develop clarity of perception. Clear perception allows one to begin the process of detachment from internalized compartments, which occurs through the cessation of looping followed by the processing of compartments. As each negative compartment dissipates, the practitioner experiences a subtle, but cumulative, corresponding improvement in stress, anxiety, and depression. When the flow of the Kelee is allowed to be, there is balance between the thinking and the feeling process leading to overall well-being, which leads to improved self-efficacy and reinforces the repetition of KM.


47 patients




18 to 65 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Documented HIV-1 infection
  • Ages 18 to 65
  • Experiencing some level of stress, anxiety, or depression
  • No current use of other meditation practices or holistic modalities

Exclusion criteria

  • Non-English readers or speakers
  • Hearing-impaired
  • Low literacy below 5th grade reading and comprehension level

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

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