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30 Challenges to Enlightenment

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YOUR EPIC LIFE EXPERIMENT

Enlighten Yourself

Become serene in the face of obstacles and challenges

○ Gain the equanimity and poise of a long-term meditator

○ Learn to let go of expectation and unnecessary suffering

Increase Happiness

Find out what you truly want to do and actually start doing it

○ Feel better by becoming physically healthier and more energetic

○ Learn to savor the micro-experiences of your day-to-day life

Kill Procrastination

Stop stalling on your dreams and what is truly important

○ Break out of destructive habits and build life-affirming habits

Stop being a prisoner of your immediate desires and impulses

Free Your Mind

Reduce stress and anxiety by staying grounded in the present

Let go of your ego by observing the mind with gentle acceptance

Stop dwelling in the past and fretting about the future so much

Help Humanity Flourish

Be a better you by building compassion, gratitude, & kindness

○ Develop ecological consciousness by spending time in nature

Become minimalist by valuing experiences more than possessions

Enhance Social Skills

○ Stop caring so much what other people think of you

○ Build unshakeable self-confidence

Say what you really think and feel by practicing radical honesty

Make all relationships better with non-violent communication

Gamify Your Existence

○ Transform life into an exciting adventure toward enlightenment

○ Learn to embrace new challenges as valuable opportunities

Become a doer and realize that nothing changes until you act

Guidebook

The Enlightenment Guidebook is an ILLUMINATING 290-page eBook — essentially the course textbook and a standalone HighExistence manifesto.

For each challenge, the Guidebook provides profound quotes, actionable advice, philosophical perspectives, thought-provoking Reflection Questions, and a breakdown of the purpose of the challenge. At over 40,000 words, the Enlightenment Guidebook is truly dense and comprehensive — the most thorough articulation of the HighExistence philosophy we’ve ever created.

Enlightenment Map

A VIBRANT 24” x 36” poster, the Enlightenment Map is simultaneously a habit-formation tool, progress chart, challenge list, work of art, and conversation piece. The most powerful thing about the Enlightenment Map is that it's UNMISSABLE. 99.9% of self-improvement tools are either digital or relatively small and easily hidden. This leads to people ignoring or forgetting about them. You can’t ignore or forget about the Enlightenment Map, once it’s on your wall. It serves as a gorgeous, vitalizing reminder of your commitment to self-development, inspiring you to continue to undertake new challenging adventures.

Enlightenment Tribe

Private Facebook Group

The Enlightenment Map and Guidebook are immensely powerful on their own, but we wanted to create an extra mechanism for education and accountability. When you grab the course, you’ll gain access to an exclusive Facebook discussion group for everyone who is undertaking 30 Challenges to Enlightenment. This community will show you that you’re part of something larger and keep you motivated to continue with your quest. It will also provide a space for ongoing learning, enrichment, and connection that can last for the rest of your life.

30 Challenges to Enlightenment is a self-improvement tool unlike ANYTHING you’ve ever seen.

If you’re sick of PROCRASTINATING on improving your health, increasing your happiness, and CHANGING your life, this course is for YOU.

We integrated lessons from psychology, neuroscience, Western philosophy, and Eastern spirituality to create a FUN and EXCITING obstacle course that will UNLEASH your potential.

Picture yourself breaking out of destructive habits and building new, LIFE-AFFIRMING habits with a TRIBE of growth-minded WISDOM-SEEKERS.

That’s what this course is all about. It’s designed to teach you how to MASTER your mind and become an EXPERT in the art of living, while connecting you with others on the same path.

And it WORKS. We spent 25+ YEARS testing these practices and ideas, and HUNDREDS of people have written us to share that they've become more FULFILLED, DISCIPLINED, and AWARE.

In essence, this is the ultimate self-development ADVENTURE, designed to transform you into a STRONGER, more CONFIDENT, more ENLIGHTENED version of yourself.

We’ll see you on the other side. :)

30 Challenges to Enlightenment has SIX quests:

MONKEY MIND

MASTER your desires, start MEDITATING, CLEAR your mind,
start EXERCISING, and develop an IRON WILL.

BEGINNER MIND

Stop PROCRASTINATING, get ORGANIZED, expand your MIND, and learn the principles of ZEN.

QUIET MIND

DISCONNECT from the digital, become MINDFUL, savor NATURE, and unlock your CREATIVITY.

AWAKENED MIND

Overcome SOCIAL ANXIETY, experience radical HONESTY,
become CONFIDENT, and WAKE UP with cold showers.

NO MIND

Let go of your EGO, take OWNERSHIP of your life, build unshakeable GRATITUDE, and cultivate COMPASSION.

ENLIGHTENED ONE

Attain a level of AWARENESS and SELF-MASTERY reserved for the very few.

30 Challenges to Enlightenment is backed by significant scientific research

When we decided to create this course, we wanted to be 100% confident that we had engineered something truly life-altering.

We sifted through hundreds of scientific research papers to incorporate the techniques and practices that have been proven to improve health, boost happiness, increase self-mastery, and accelerate transformation toward an enlightened way of being.

When you experience this course, you will learn how to harness the power of gratitude, which substantial research has repeatedly shown to improve one’s relationships1, life-satisfaction, immune system2,3, and kindness4.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

You will undertake adventures that provide you with the anti-depressive effects of exercise5, the creativity enhancements of spending time in nature6, the radical self-love that accompanies acts of kindness7, and the psychological invincibility of practicing self-authoring8.

What is self-authoring?

Self-authoring is the careful writing about troubling or uncertain events, past, present or future, and it produces a variety of wonderful benefits, physiological and psychological. We have layered self-authoring into the course with what we call “Reflection Questions,” as well as multiple writing challenges.

The benefits of self-authoring are hard to believe. Evidence suggests that self-authoring has helped thousands of students increase their academic performance by 25%. It has also been shown to improve people’s long-term psychological health9 and immune system functioning10, increase working memory, and decrease anxiety and depression-related intrusive thoughts11.

Finally, we have mindfulness and meditation woven into nearly every aspect of 30 Challenges to Enlightenment. Meditation in recent years has been one of the central interventions studied in positive psychology literature. The benefits of meditation are extensive, to say the least. Research show that meditation boosts happiness, reduces anxiety stress and anxiety, strengthens the immune system, improves decision making12, slows down neurodegeneration13, boosts creativity14, accelerates learning15, broadens attention span16 and visuospatial memory17, reduces feelings of loneliness18, increases willpower19, increases one’s pain threshold20, and heightens social intelligence, to name a few.

Your epic self-development adventure is about to begin

CHALLENGES

30 Challenges to transform you into a more enlightened version of yourself.

QUESTS

Six epic quests to introduce you to progressively more liberating perspectives.

JOURNEY

One legendary journey designed to unearth your potential and elevate you to a High Existence.

Walk in the Footsteps of Giants...

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth... their delight is in self-mastery... They regard a difficult task as a privilege; it is to them a recreation to play with burdens that would crush all others.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for."

Joseph Campbell

What People Are Saying

" It’s difficult to put into words what this challenge has done for me. I truly feel that the universe started aligning when I jumped onto this journey to enlightenment. I am forever grateful for this community and the creators of this brilliant challenge. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Rachael

" Beyond the powerful challenges, the Guidebook is something truly special. The amount of time, thought, and passion that went into it are plain to see; it’s a real piece of art in itself, by turns insightful, provocative, and illuminating. It could easily be the best book I’ve read this year (and I read a LOT)."

Jon Waterlow, Ph.D.

" I am confident that I have found the ideal roadmap. I gladly meditate every day. I regularly go to the gym. My home and my mind are more orderly. And, miracle of miracle, I am eliminating my procrastination habit. I am so grateful that I found the course, it is a powerful tool."

Becky

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What People Are Saying

" I wanted this course to kick me out of my comfort zone and help me to stay dedicated. It does that exactly. I have experienced a big breakthrough, a lot of insights. I could not have gotten as far as I have without the support of the group."

Daan

" I have learned things that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It has been amazing to connect with others… As a 22-year-old isolated from anybody interested in growth, this has been an essential outlet for me.”

Sam

" These challenges have been very inspiring and helpful in my journey to an amazing life. The small investment that I made was worth it 100 times more. Very happy."

Bruna

" The 30 Challenges to Enlightenment have been a real quest so far. I've grown enormously in these few days and can't wait to surmount all the challenges that are still ahead of me.”

Sven

" The course more than lives up to its promise. If you are willing to face yourself and do what needs to be done to improve your life, then I mean it when I say do not settle for anything less."

Hans

Frequently Asked Questions

No. What we’re selling is a set of motivational and educational resources plus access to an exclusive tribe of people passionate about growth. We’re selling a set of tools to help you follow through on your desire to become a stronger, happier, more enlightened version of yourself.

When you buy the course, you’re not buying a state of being, though the course will help you move toward a more liberated state. What you are buying is the physical and digital Enlightenment Map, the 290-page Enlightenment Guidebook eBook, and access to the private Enlightenment Tribe Facebook group, which includes exclusive advice from the HighExistence team.

We poured over a thousand hours into creating 30 Challenges to Enlightenment. This course is the culmination of 6 months of dedicated effort and our team’s 25+ combined years of research in self-development, spirituality, science, and philosophy.

In the final analysis, enlightenment is free. Changing your life is free too. But doing the work is damn difficult. Most never do it. And that’s why 30 Challenges to Enlightenment is invaluable: It teaches you why the work is worth it and pushes you to really do it.

If you feel good about the work you’re already doing to improve your life, that’s great. This course may not be for you. But if you need an extra kick in the ass, if you want to turn your self-development into an adventure and connect with other aspiring sages, we made this course for you.

Yes, you do. In making this course, we set out to answer the question, “How can someone progress toward enlightenment without pausing their life to go live in a monastery?” We wanted to build something that the busiest of people could fit comfortably into their routine.

Most of the challenges take 30 minutes or less per day. Some don’t take any extra time at all. In fact, one could argue that doing the challenges will save you time by helping you to cut out distractions, cultivate concentration, and eliminate procrastination from your life.

“I’ll do that tomorrow” is a disease afflicting many people in the world. “Tomorrow” becomes “next week,” “next month,” “next year,” and finally, “never.”

The perfect time to do something does not exist. Some aspect of your life will always be in chaos, giving you a readymade excuse to keep procrastinating. The truth is that how you feel now is probably how you’re going to feel in a month. Waiting for inspiration or motivation to strike is putting the cart before the horse. Attitude follows action, not the other way around.

Remember: Ultimately, the NOW is all you ever have. The only moment in which you have any power to act or change your life is the PRESENT moment. If you don’t start changing NOW, then you never will.

No, not at all. There is no way to fail this course, unless you don’t really try at all. You can start and stop whenever you like. You can pick and choose the challenges that seem most appealing and beneficial to you. You can put the whole course down for months or years and pick it up again later. Do what feels right.

You can treat the course as an obstacle course of the will or as a laid-back choose-your-own-adventure game. Above all, it is an experiment meant to push you to learn, grow, and become more aware. While we have attempted to create a comprehensive course to guide you toward enlightenment, we also appreciate that there is not one single path to illumination and self-actualization.

Thus, adapt this course to make it work FOR YOU. It is meant to be a set of tools, not a dictator or a guilt-trip machine. Every single challenge has major benefits. We honestly believe your investment will pay off after just one or two challenges. The whole point is to do something to become wiser and stronger. If you attempt even one challenge, you win.

Finishing the course is not the ultimate goal, because if the course does its job, it is never finished: it has simply been integrated as a lifelong thirst for learning, growth, awareness, intelligence, wisdom, and strength. "Be not afraid of growing slowly; be only afraid of standing still," as the Chinese proverb says.

The Enlightenment Map: An UNMISSABLE 24" x 36" poster, so you'll never forget your commitment to growth. It's simultaneously a progress chart, habit-formation tool, challenge list, work of art, and conversation piece.

The Enlightenment Guidebook: An ILLUMINATING 290-page eBook — essentially the course textbook and a standalone HighExistence manifesto. For each challenge, the Guidebook provides profound quotes, philosophical perspectives, actionable advice, thought-provoking Reflection Questions, and insights on the purpose of the challenge.

The Enlightenment Tribe: Access to an exclusive Facebook COMMUNITY in which to get personalized advice, find inspiration, discuss progress, ask questions, and connect with like-minded individuals and the HighExistence team. This community will show you that you’re part of something larger and keep you motivated to continue with your quest.

This course is the culmination of our team’s combined 25+ years of research in self-development, spirituality, science, and philosophy. We spent 6 months engineering the course, and it’s honestly unlike any self-improvement tool you’ve ever seen.

30 Challenges to Enlightenment is the ultimate life experiment. It’s an Odyssey of self-actualization. It’s a toolkit for disrupting your default state and claiming a High Existence. It’s the Hero’s Journey toward mental, emotional, and spiritual liberation.

This course will help you overcome destructive habits, deepen self-understanding, defeat procrastination, and become a more authentic version of yourself. It will help you liberate your mind, develop self-mastery, gain confidence, and discover bliss.

With 900 days of challenges, this is a course that can benefit you for years to come. It’s flexible and customizable, meaning you can treat it as an obstacle course of the will or a fun, laidback choose-your-own-adventure game. However you want to use it, it will help you grow into a stronger, wiser, more enlightened version of yourself.

As far as we know, no one has ever created a self-development obstacle course that remotely resembles 30 Challenges to Enlightenment. With quests based on the stages of enlightenment in the Zen tradition and a philosophical framework based on Nietzsche’s “gymnastics of the will,” this is truly a one-of-a-kind course.

The largest issue with other challenges relates to motivation and accountability. Individuals feel good thinking they're going to do a challenge, but they don't follow through. With 30 Challenges to Enlightenment, we've solved this problem by integrating multiple mechanisms to keep you motivated and accountable:

The IMPOSSIBLE-TO-MISS Enlightenment Map, when it's on your wall, will serve as a vibrant, unforgettable reminder of your commitment. The Enlightenment Map also incorporates the Don't Break the Chain method of habit-development to keep you pushing onwards. The Enlightenment Tribe will hold you accountable and keep you inspired through the power of community. Finally, multiple challenges within the course itself focus specifically on how to overcome emotional resistance and follow through with your commitments.

We designed this course to be profoundly simple to use. Here's how the components fit together:

The Enlightenment Map: For every challenge and quest, you will use the Enlightenment Map to chart your progress, checking off each day of every challenge and each phase of every quest.

The Enlightenment Guidebook: The Enlightenment Guidebook gives you an introduction to the whole course and provides in-depth sections on every quest and challenge. Before beginning any challenge or quest, simply read the corresponding section in the Enlightenment Guidebook, and you'll know precisely what to do.

The Enlightenment Tribe: The Enlightenment Tribe Facebook group allows you to ask any questions, discuss progress, stay motivated, and connect with like-minded people undertaking the same epic life experiment.

That's it. We told you it was easy. If anything is unclear, the Enlightenment Guidebook provides more in-depth instructins on exactly how we recommend using the course.

You might think, "I can view all the challenges on this page. Why wouldn't I just do them?"

There are several important reasons why it is unwise to do this. For one, the Enlightenment Map contains only an extremely abridged version of each challenge. The Enlightenment Guidebook contains much more crucial instruction, perspective, and insight for each challenge. Some of the challenges are, in fact, potentially unsafe to do without thoroughly reading the corresponding challenge instructions in the Guidebook.

Furthermore, it is essential to understand that you are far, far more likely to actually complete this quest and reap its benefits when you buy the course. As we've explained elsewhere in this FAQ, the full-sized Enlightenment Map, Enlightenment Guidebook, and Enlightenment Tribe form a powerful toolkit to keep you motivated and accountable, while also enriching your experience with in-depth education and community support. Don't underestimate how vital these components will be to your success.

There's also something to be said for the motivational force of actually paying for something. When you invest real money into this course, you will value it more highly and will be much more likely to take it seriously.

Ultimately, the full course package is designed to equip you with the power-ups you'll need to traverse this labyrinth and realize a High Existence. Discard these power-ups at your own risk.

Yes, we deliver internationally. For international orders, our products should arrive at your doorstep 2-4 weeks after your purchase.

Note: For orders outside the US and Canada, we use a different poster vendor. If you don't live in the US or Canada, your Enlightenment Map will be slightly smaller than standard (23.4" x 33.1" instead of 24" x 36") and will have a thin white border. The couple-inch difference in size is unnoticeable, and the Map will be no less effective, striking, and beautiful.