30 Challenges to Enlightenment

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

We integrated lessons from psychology, neuroscience, Western philosophy, and Eastern spirituality to create an epic self-development obstacle course that will unleash your potential.

In essence, this is the ultimate life experiment, designed to help you overcome destructive habits, deepen self-understanding, and become a more enlightened version of yourself.

One thing is absolutely certain:
After completing these challenges, you will not be the same.


Master your instincts, overcome compulsive behavior, and
develop an iron will.


Open up to the world, educate yourself, and stop procrastinating.


Disconnect from stimulation, cultivate creativity, and build mindfulness.


Invigorate yourself, enhance your social skills, and emanate good vibes.


Let go of the ego, discover interconnectedness, and cultivate unshakeable gratitude.


Attain a level of awareness and self-mastery reserved for the very few.

Your epic self-development adventure is about to begin


Nine hundred days of challenges to transform you into a more enlightened version of yourself.


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


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

What People Are Saying

" I wanted this course to kick me out of my comfort zone and help me to stay dedicated to work on areas that I was scared of consequently facing before. It does that exactly. I have experienced a big breakthrough, a lot of insights and slight changes in other areas during these first two months since I have launched myself into this. I could not have gotten as far as I have without the support of the group. Writing about my experiences and sharing these with others, receiving feedback and support, reading about other people’s struggles and giving them support and sharing knowledge has been a fundamental part of this journey out of ignorance into awareness."


" 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 introduced me to new writers, concepts and practices and completely energised me to take on the challenges themselves. It could easily be the best book I’ve read this year (and I read a LOT). I can only thank the HE team for creating something so damn great."

Jon Waterlow, Ph.D.

" I am confident that I have found the ideal roadmap to help me seek out and develop a lifestyle that will set me on the path to appreciate simple living, explore my motivations, passions and fears, and touch the lives of my children's children's children's world. It is the 30 Challenges to Enlightenment course. I'm 68 days into my quest and, already, I am experiencing results. 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."


Enlighten yourself

Build a stable meditation practice, gain insight into the interconnectedness of all things, and learn to observe yourself from a place of gentle acceptance.

Discover bliss

Grow your physical vitality, learn to find joy in the day-to-day, and feel the ecstasy of connecting with our awe-inspiring cosmos.

Develop self-mastery

Overcome destructive habits, master your instincts, defeat procrastination, and gain the freedom to say “no” to yourself.

Liberate your mind

Ignite your curiosity, overcome the ego, learn how to self-educate, and expose yourself to a world of new, freeing perspectives.

Help the world

Cultivate compassion, practice kindness and gratitude, develop ecological consciousness, and nourish a minimalistic mindset.

Enhance social skills

Interact with new people, learn non-violent communication, and experiment with radical honesty.

Gamify your existence

Make self-development fun, find purpose in never-ending growth and learning, and learn to see value in what is difficult.

Challenge Map

A VIBRANT 24” x 36” poster, the Challenge Map is simultaneously a habit-formation tool, progress chart, challenge list, work of art, and conversation piece. The most powerful thing about the Challenge 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 Challenge 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.


The Challenge 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 Challenge Guidebook is truly dense and comprehensive — the most thorough articulation of the HighExistence philosophy we’ve ever created.

Endorsed By

“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

" In just 2 months, I have unleashed, uncovered, and undone a lot of my negative beliefs and patterns with the help of “30 Challenges to Enlightenment,” and its amazing community of like-minded go getters. So far, I have completed two challenges (“High on Existence” and “Zen Grasshopper” — both of which I definitely recommend doing together), and I’m currently on my third challenge: “Anti-Procrastinator.” It’s difficult to put into words what this challenge has done for me. So many things have shifted in my life since starting this course. For example, not even two weeks after diving into “30 Challenges to Enlightenment,” an old acquaintance of mine approached me with a business idea, the same idea I have been stewing over for the past year. I truly feel that the universe started aligning when I jumped onto this journey to enlightenment. My favorite part about this challenge is the amazing online Facebook community. I love connecting with other brave and vulnerable beings who are all striving for the same thing – enlightenment. I am forever grateful for this community and the creators of this brilliant challenge. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”


" Even in my failures I have learned things that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It has been amazing to connect with others out there who are going through similar trials and tribulations as me. As a 22-year-old isolated from anybody interested in growth, this has been an essential outlet for me. A warning though, these challenges aren’t a quick fix. You may progress quickly, but, ultimately, you're in it for the long haul. If that interests you, this is worth the undertaking.”


" These challenges have been very inspiring and helpful in my journey to an amazing life. The Anti-Procrastinator challenge made me be accountable and finish the courses that I wanted to finish. The small investment that I made was worth it 100 times more. Very happy."


" The 30 Challenges to Enlightenment have been a real quest so far. After a flying start I failed, struggled and got myself back on my feet again. By walking a total of 900 minutes, taking cold showers and meditating every single day for a month I gained strength and focus. Walking through nature and watching the sunrise I retrieved my connection with nature. Finally, the highest achievement of all was to learn to forgive myself when I missed a day and start over with a clean slate and full dedication. I've grown enormously in these few days and can't wait to surmount all the challenges that are still ahead of me.”


" The course more than lives up to its promise. It is difficult, challenging, and confronting. 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."


Frequently Asked Questions

The Challenge 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 Challenge 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 Challenge Tribe: Access to an exclusive Facebook COMMUNITY in which to find inspiration, discuss progress, ask questions, and connect with like-minded individuals. 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 Challenge Map, when it's on your wall, will serve as a vibrant, unforgettable reminder of your commitment. The Challenge Map also incorporates the Don't Break the Chain method of habit-development to keep you pushing onwards. The Challenge 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 Challenge Map: For every challenge and quest, you will use the Challenge Map to chart your progress, checking off each day of every challenge and each phase of every quest.

The Challenge Guidebook: The Challenge 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 Challenge Guidebook, and you'll know precisely what to do.

The Challenge Tribe: The Challenge 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 Challenge Guidebook provides more in-depth instructins on exactly how we recommend using the course.

We poured over a thousand hours into creating 30 Challenges to Enlightenment, and each Challenge Map costs us a substantial amount to print and ship. In the grand scheme, what we're asking is a modest sum for a multi-year self-development journey and a powerful toolkit to hold yourself accountable. With 900 days of challenges, the course ultimately costs less than 11 cents per day.

Furthermore, HighExistence costs us thousands of dollars per month to run. If we weren't supported by our fans, we would have to shut down the site. Some websites just ask for donations, but we're offering our readers a chance to support us by buying something truly epic and life-changing. For less than you'd spend on a 2-month gym membership, you get 2.5 YEARS' worth of potential-unlocking life experiments and the tools to make sure you follow through.

Lastly, we should note that many of these challenges are likely to save you money, by encouraging you to be minimalistic and to value experiences, knowledge, and wisdom more than material possessions. The first challenge alone, which asks you to abstain from all drug use for 30 days, can easily save you $250-$750+, if you regularly spend money on alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, cannabis, and other drugs. And it can save you far more than that, if it catalyzes a permanent change in your habits of substance use.

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 Challenge 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.

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 Challenge Map contains only an extremely abridged version of each challenge. The Challenge 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 Challenge Map, Challenge Guidebook, and Challenge 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 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.

30 Challenges to Enlightenment is truly not for the faint of heart. 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.