What is the greatest impact HighExistence has had on your life?

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In his farewell note, Jordan Lejuwaan (HE creator) said the following of how HighExistence has impacted his life:

“People are constantly writing to our team about how HighExistence has impacted their life, and I just realized I’ve never written about how it’s impacted mine…

Every single best friend, lover, and business partner whom I have met in the past 7 years has been through this website. That is not an exaggeration. I have met the most AMAZING people because of HighExistence. People that have taught me, changed me, loved me, challenged me, and everything in between.”


As a gift to Jordan, I’m wondering if we can start an epic thread explaining the *greatest* impacts that HighExistence has had on our lives. I’ll start:

For me, HighExistence was one of the first blogs I discovered that truly pushed my thinking and challenged me to consider alternative lifestyles. It was one in a series of discoveries that gave me the courage to pursue an unconventional path in life. It inspired me to want to make a living doing something I truly loved, rather than simply settling for a job I didn’t really care about.

But the greatest impact HighExistence has had on me has surely happened in the last 6 months or so since I joined the team and began working with Jordan, Martijn, and Jon. Working together to revitalize the HighExistence community and to share thought-provoking, educational ideas with millions of people has been an experience I will never forget. I’ve learned so much from these guys and have grown as a writer, thinker, entrepreneur, and human being. Above all, the relationships I’ve formed with the team and with other folks on HE are invaluable. I have found real, beautiful friendships with some of the most interesting and impressive humans I have ever had the privilege to meet. Thank you, HighExistence, for expanding my circle of friendship and for expanding my sense of what is possible. 

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Tone Tone (69) (@spreadthelove) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

This site is the only daily reminder I have to be a good person. The world is full of challenges and adversity and it’s so easy to slip into the way of cynicism and bad coping habits. On High Existence, I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who teach me life lessons almost daily. These lessons affect my life in dramatic ways and I would not be even close to the person I am today without this community. All the intelligence and love on HE have guided me through some of the deepest questions that have arisen in my life. I am deeply saddened to hear of Jordan’s departure. I hope the quality of this experience can remain the same. Everyone on High Existence, especially the creator, have truly changed my life. 

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Jordan Bates (4,399)A (@bashfulkoala) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

what a beautiful statement. thank you for sharing, Tone Tone. <3 we’ll do our best to keep the quality of the HE experience on par with what it has always been in the wake of Jordan’s departure.

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I am saddened too :( But I can promise the quality will only continue to improve :)

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Beverly Johnson (48) (@lovydovybevy) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I came across High Existence through StumbleUpon when I “stumbled upon” the 50 Life Secrets & Tips post. Strangely, I came across this list when I was going through a pretty rough time with my ex. I remember reading the list, and rereading it and rereading it and wanting to join the community of the person who wrote it. This may sound weird, but I read the list right before I broke up with my ex. I wasn’t planning on breaking up with him, but it happened that way, and I think it’s important because by reading this list, I imagined a whole new life for myself- a much better version of who I was, so it allowed me to break free of a toxic relationship. I then read Zen & The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss (which Jordan also recommended) and realized I have control over my perspective and my reactions to the things that happen to me. This was a pivotal point for me. My life changed simply by changing the way I looked at it. 

There’s a lot more to this, but I’ll keep it at that. I love High Existence because it literally changed my life. If I hadn’t come across it, I would probably be a completely different person than who I am today. And, I’ll tell you, the person I am today is super awesome. :) 

This site reminds me to question everything, to keep developing myself into the best version of Beverly I can be, && to continue to live in awe and be eternally grateful for the chance to be here and experience life. 

I can never say thank you enough. 

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Haha, I love that you can say you think the person you’ve become is super awesome in a non-arrogant way. This community is amazing :)

And isn’t it funny that sometimes we just need a little perspective nudge to make us realize we can do something differently than what we have been doing? It’s like suddenly noticing you can just walk away from what you imaged to be a prison type of situation.
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Beverly Johnson (48) (@lovydovybevy) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

It is extremely mind-boggling something so simple as changing perspectives can be a complete game-changer. Just another reason mindfulness is so important. 

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Yeah totally agreed. I came across this mindfulness quote this morning which i jotted down in a notebook 5 years ago:

“I will hold the spear of mindfulness at the gate of the mind, and when the emotions threaten, I too will threaten them, only when they release their grip, I will release mine.”

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Melissa (5) (@m3lissarichardson) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

HighExistence has been a place that I have visited over the years when im feeling down, looking for inspiration, or just bored looking for some articles to read. Its been an outlet for me, somehow all these amazing people from all over the world are coming together and putting my feelings into the words that I can never seem to express. A few years ago I came across an article on here called “follow your bliss” written by a girl named Stephanie from California. She talked about finding the courage to leave her conventional life so she can pursue her dreams of photography and travelling the world. This article really resonated with me, although everything was going great in my life i knew i wanted more. I ended up following my bliss to the other side of the world, all by myself with no plans whatsoever. Just me and my intuition. It was that article, and a few others on here that planted the seed that helped me grow into the person I am today! So a big thank you HigExistence! You have all helped me not only realise my dream, but follow it ;) xx

-Mel

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

This is amazing to read. I clearly remember that article, and Stephanie is one of the HEthens I met over the years! I travelled a few days with her in the Philippines and I can confidently say that she is a lovely creature. What’s happening now in your life? You’re still on the other side?

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Btw. Stephanie made my profile pic <3

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Melissa (5) (@m3lissarichardson) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Yep still on the other side! About to finish a year long working holiday in Australia and then heading over to beautiful New Zealand :) I would love to meet some HEthens in the flesh! maybe we can organise a HE camp at burning man! how amazing would that be? :)

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago
Is it easy to find work there? And what will you do in New Zealand? I’ve been extensively in Asia, just never visited those two countries due higher costs. Would you recommend them?

re burning man: That would be amazing, would you be up to help with the organising of this? 

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Melissa (5) (@m3lissarichardson) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

It has been easy to find work and the wages are high, I did fruit picking, au pair, hospitality work in some restaurants and cafes. Mostly everything I found on the internet. The beaches are really pretty but there is an overwhelming amount of ground to cover, and the lifestyle feels a lot more laid back than the states, but I don’t have the thrill of sensory overload like I did when I travelled around SE asia. I am only planning on spending 6-8 weeks in New Zealand as of now just travelling, but i never buy my plane tickets too far in advance ;) I would recommend New Zealand over Australia if its only for a holiday but if you want to make money fast its pretty easy to sort out here..

HECK YES I would love to help organise something like that. It seems like the perfect place for all of us to get together. I have heaps of ideas and inspiration from when I was there in 2014, and even more from this long windy and beautiful road i’ve been on ever since! Ill start making some notes, and maybe we can get some thoughts/feedback from the community for starters! 

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Ohhh, you already have been there before? Excellent, that will make it easier! Jordan and I have been discussing going to BM for years, and next year it must happen! I think we should gather a team and then make a list of things that need to happen. What did you have in mind?

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Melissa (5) (@m3lissarichardson) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Well, considering it would be the first year I think its going to be best to start small depending on how many people want to be apart of it. We will definitely need a legit shade structure first and foremost. And a spreadsheet of all the different things that different people will be accountable for as far and food and supplies. A lot of camps have small groups plan a dinner for each night of the week, and everyone does their own thing for food during the day.. As far as activities go, some ideas i’m interested in are late night toasties, scavenger hunts, bingo with a twist, flash mob/parade, tea garden, motivational discussions, face painting, bike repair, polaroid photography… theres so many! But I want to incorporate highexistence and what it stands for into the theme… hmmmmmm

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Andrew Pegram (0) (@Andrew-Pegram) 3 months ago ago

Did this event ever happen? Seeing this for the first time and would really be interested in a HE Burning Man meetup. Honestly, I’m pretty new to the HE community. I’ve read articles here and there for a few years, maybe, but haven’t been really involved. But I’m thinking now that it seems like a great community to get to know. This discussion helped me realize that. 

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Garrett Payne (17) (@gpayne44) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

High Existence has been a mental oasis for me over the past two years amidst the struggle of uncovering my fullest potential and helping others do the same. I am a musician and physics student, and it can be difficult for me to maintain presence and composure while scrambling to meet deadlines and earn an income tutoring other university students while finding time to write and perform music. Before I discovered the HE community, I was isolated in my journey of self-growth. I didn’t actually know anyone who cared about things like meditation, philosophy, science and the like. But because this site exists, millions of people (including myself) have a place to exchange ideas and learn from the experiences of others in a healthy and positive environment.  This is the most loving and intelligent community that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of, online or offline. My life has truly been changed by the diverse perspectives and ideas that I have been exposed to here, and for that I am eternally grateful. Here’s to the continued excellence of the HE community!

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

This is exactly what I envisioned this place to be after I decided to mail Jordan for the very first time, your comment makes me all giddy inside. Perhaps it’s also because it reminds of my own (failed) experiment to be a physics students. Much respect that you can handle all the deadlines while staying lucid. It was too hard for me when I was younger, honestly, and I dropped out. Can’t say I regret the decision of either starting that trajectory and quitting it, as I met @filiipek there and went on to do other fun things. 

What kind of music do you make? 
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Garrett Payne (17) (@gpayne44) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I’ve considered dropping out plenty of times, but some (insane) part of me has decided to stick it out.

I play mostly rock music and some progressive and metal as well (I am a guitarist by the way). How long were you a physics student for? 

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I studied applied physics for just under 6 months. I was barely able to keep up and I wasn’t emotionally ready to commit fully (was playing a lot of poker around that time), neither was my living situation very conducive to learning. So I dropped out and a year later I started studying interdisciplinary science with a major in philosophy. Best choice :)

Guitar is awesome, I’ve always wanted to play an instrument, but somehow never get around to it. :( Do you have anything online?
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Garrett Payne (17) (@gpayne44) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I also love philosophy; most likely I will end up with a minor in it from the extra classes I’ve taken. I do actually have a few songs on soundcloud that I recorded with a few friends. Search “Smoking With the Bandit” on soundcloud if you’d like to check them out! (I made the recordings myself on Garage Band with limited equipment so the sound quality isn’t quite professional level, but still pretty good.)

You should learn an instrument! Its never too late to start and there really is nothing else like making music with other people. I find it to be an experience of self-transcendence. What do you usually listen to?

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I listen to a lot of psybient, it’s the only thing I can listen to when I am working as I am easily unsettled by vocals or nostalgic/sad music (which is almost all music.)

Will look it up and see your skills haha! I’ve been practicing the didgeridoo, and managed to be able to do circular breathing. It’s just that I have trouble keeping up with 1 drone sound, let alone multiple in a rhythmic manner. The times I made music with others, drum circles/ayahuasca etc., it was jolly good fun!
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ces’t la vie (197) (@citygirl9050) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I’ve been on High Existence for many years now, and just as others have said, it too has been an outlet for me. I love getting advice and feedback from other people who are on a similar level of consciousness as me and feel as if they need more out of life, and who are looking for deeper connections with other human beings.

To put it simple, HE helped me feel not alone in a confusing world.

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Im always amazed how many people are lurking here for years, come out of the woodworks! 

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Paolo Bagarone (1) (@paolobaggins) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

For me, at least, the one thing High Existence has taught me is to cultivate an open mindedness and to pursue a life with more purpose. To create meaning in a society where such a thing seems to not want to dwell. Anyway, that led me amongst other things to start my own blog type account whereby you can now find me as the @plantfedmonkey on instagram for which I am currently writing a book and also plan to venture into the depths of Youtube with. If you’re interested or into plant-based living, check it out :) 

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Paolo Bagarone (1) (@paolobaggins) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

But further to this, High Existence is always testing me and keeping the fuel to live how I want alive.  I studied law and managed to get first class so you can imagine how many people think I should be following that path rather than trying to do my bit for the planet. One other thing that I will intrrnally be grateful for is the fact that HE introduced me to the great mind of Alan Watts who with his countless lectures and books has been integral to my philosophy in life. Seriously, big up yourselves Team HE including everyone part of this community be it content writers or not. HE is a powerful place and I have never found such solace with another website in my life, I come to HE everyday and it never fails to leave an impression and open my mind to ever new things, philosophies and differing perspectives on everyday life. 

Also, that burning man idea would be amazing. 

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Thank you for both your e-mail and this message, it really warms my heart reading it. See you at BM next year ;)?

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Paolo Bagarone (1) (@paolobaggins) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Haha burning man here we come, I will legit start saving up if this is a thing :) 

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JonH (1,136)C (@IJesusChrist) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

Well, I read a post about ’50 things to change your life’ or whatever. I’m sure Jordan knows which one I’m talking about. I read something in there about changing your sleep cycles. I was fascinated. I tried it out, and couldn’t get it to work, but it sent two extremely important messages to me:

1. Your life comes first. When changing your sleep patterns, things that came across my mind were “How was I going to fit this into my job schedule?” But, going on the spirit of HE at the time, it dawned on me, the question needs to be reversed: “How will I fit my job into what I’m interested in pursuing?” This altered me to the core, and gave me a sense of freedom in the ‘adult, grown up’ world – that my job is secondary to who I am. Not primary. I never got it to work, but that’s beside the point…

2. Experimenting with sleep was a mind opener. It alleviated my psychosis, actually, and showed me that the quality of my life was being <b style=”font-style: italic;”>dramatically altered by the quality of my sleep. The two were basically interchangeable. Once I paid more attention to how much and how often and how well I was sleeping, I became a much more complete person.

So, number #1 was a very direct consequence of what Jordan was trying to accomplish with that article, I know this. #2 was a coincidence that I doubt anyone could have foreseen, but what a breath of fresh air it had been. I can’t thank Jordan and this site enough for that read, as it changed the course of my life very quickly.

<3.

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Martijn Schirp (112,724)A (@martijn) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

50 life secrets and tips? 

I didn’t get polyphasic sleep to work either. Jordan is a superhuman.
1) This is great advise, I realised it also around the time I started reading HE.
2) Never knew you had psychosis, damn. How is it now? Are you on meds, if I may ask? (feel free to pm me rather than post here.)
<3 <3 <3
Happy to have you still around man!
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JonH (1,136)C (@IJesusChrist) 1 year, 9 months ago ago

I’m not diagnosed, no medications – its easily managed. I just need to take care of myself. Sleeping well, not going crazy with alcohol and drug consumption, eating well and exercising. All the basic stuff.

I get delusions from time to time – that people are evil, that I’m being ‘watched’, the popular psychotic/paranoid delusions. They don’t effect me as much as they used to, as I am able to understand they are just delusions. But my god is it one hell of an interesting subject! 

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