High-Existence Success Stories and Future Progression.
It was roughly in October when I stumbled upon High-Existence (Literally). Before discovering this site there was no meaning behind my thoughts, my goals were to go through school and get a good job, I didn’t workout, I was an alcoholic, I smoked cigarettes, and all around was not a happy/healthy person.
When I started reading articles on this site it really opened my eyes, the concepts were things I strongly believed in and that I could incorporate into my life. Thus began my “awakening”. I started by writing all my personal flaws on a white board and I made a firm decision to change myself for the better.
I now workout at least 3 times a week and have gained substantial muscle and physique, I work harder at school because I now have a passion for learning, I no longer go to work hating my job in fact I treasure the connections I have made with customers/co-workers, I no longer regret things that I did wrong in the past instead I look at them as learning tools to make me a better person, I quit smoking cigarettes, I still drink but have cut down to once a week tops (Instead of the 5-7 times a week), I have repaired the broken relationship with my parents/family, and the biggest thing for me is I wake up every morning happy knowing that nothing could happen on this day to take my happiness away.
Somethings I would still like to work on is my attachment to material possessions, my ability or inability to forgive others, daily meditation, and I’m still trying to work on finding a new way of using internet resources for income so I can travel across this beautiful planet and not have to worry about work.
I’m extremely thankful for High-existence it has seriously changed my life, and I enjoy all the new friendships with the community.(Hopefully we could find a way to have a convention or something where we could all get together.)
But this is my story I would like to hear yours.
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HE saved me from thinking I had it all figured out. It has helped me advance my understanding of myself, and many perspectives have changed for the better. I am also more capable of expressing my perspectives (I think). I am becoming a better person (one I like more anyway). I like to help people and like to think that I am through my participation in the forums. Help and be helped. I see great things happening in my future.
I was about to stick this when i realized i could only unstick it haha :D this is really great stuff – this is in fact EXACTLY what HE is about.
Honestly i’ve never had a major problem to deal with that Highexistence brought me our of – However I’ve been able to thrive on HE unlike any other place – the cool thing about it is that it’s a place where anyone can ask intelligent, or even dumb questions and not get pecked at for acting wierd or different. I’ve always been keen to gain insight on many matters, and I love to discuss anything, problem is no one seems to give a fuck about anything – or at least that’s how i felt untill i found HE last year. Anyways the coldshower challenge stuck with me – it feels great to get dressed after a fresh cold shower and i never freeze anymore, and besides a little caughing just this week that is now gone, i haven’t been sick since back then. HE is the first and only forum where i can, not only share my thoughts without being descriminated, but even get interested and usefull responses. HE has been a humongous asset for me.
I’ve been here just over a year now and want to thank Martijn and Jordan for the showing me how to grow:
I came to HE a bit later than many (35) so I had a little bit of Peter’s mindset at first . . . but HE is full of people who are teaching me what I don’t yet know (http://www.highexistence.com/spoiler-alert-you-do-not-exist was one of the first) so I was quickly humbled.
As a husband/father life is full but I’ve made more time to read, got myself back into “college crew team” shape, cut down my drinking and cranked up my meditating . . . so HE has helped me improve parts of my existence that I’d previously thought were Good Enough. lots of ripple effects from those kinds of changes.
the other thing HE has done is magnified parts of myself. I’ve always been a spy – I live in Vermont but work in the “real world” (today I have two meetings w/financial firms in lower manhattan) and I make sure to bring myself to those meetings, no posturing. I spend the money I make locally – funneling dollars from corporations to co-ops is my motto – and the only politics I preach is to encourage others to do the same. HE convinced me that I need to keep doing that, resist the urge to retreat into the world of people who already think like I do.
Who’s next? I think Martijn and Jordan will appreciate knowing the differences they are making in the lives of 10K+ HEthens!!
This site has had a significant impact on my life. I came across it last October, i believe, and I remember immediately feeling at home with this site and being able to relate to what just about everyone was saying on here. It’s strange, all my life I’ve kind of felt like something was wrong, and I’ve always felt out of place and lonely at times. But I felt immediately comfortable here, like I could relate to HEthens hopes, desires, drives and goals expressed in the threads.
Man I’ve learned so much from this site. Without joining this site I likely would not have started meditating, doing cold showers, realizing and understanding what ego is, understanding what insecurities are, realizing I was ‘programmed’ by society and peer pressure, reading books that have been recommended on here (way of the peaceful warrior, power of myth, artist of life, way of the superior man, realization of being) all of which have had an incredible impact on my self knowledge and spiritual journey/fulfillment. Also I wouldn’t have started a morning routine which I still do, 5 tibeten rites, eat healthier, understand my body and my sexuality, learn how to speed read and ‘devour’ books (thanks Manimal), realize that I don’t really know anything (thanks Manimal, again) and even much more!
Thanks so much to @jordan for starting this website. It’s changed my life and helped me drastically improve myself mentally and physically, my awareness of reality, my happiness, my focus, my potential, my abilities and talents, and my ability to reach out and help others (quite possibly the most fulfilling part). Good luck to everyone on here, spread the ‘good news’ and spread the gift of love unrelentingly!
I stumbled upon this site and it preached and reaffirmed many of the philosophies on life I previously held. After becoming more involved, it significantly strengthened the positive ideals and helped eliminate the negative character traits I used to have.
I would say this site played a substantial role in helping me maintain a positive attitude through the highs and lows of starting my business – from inception to the current level of success I’m finding. It has also made me a better person :)
tits im curious how HE helps you. i always love your little comments. always so to the point. makes me confident that you are always there …..
and yes it is miraculous how Derrick tells us that this site got him on track with his life. that makes us all want to go on with HE.
see how much we can do to help each other, and knowing that there are people suffering more than us, makes us all wake up and want to reach out and forget our own suffering.
we all have unlimited potential to be free!
and HE is helping us all to realize that.
HE has also helped my personal growth, I found HE via Stumble Upon [a really good tool].
I found out about meditating, the amazing Alan Watts, and tons of other info. This helped me go from a kinda miserable person half the time to someone that loves life and helps other hopefully love life a little more too. I hope all that visit HE find the thing they didn’t realize they were looking for.
HE has been an amazing platform for me to organize my thoughts and ideas, and to advance on them. I was very into all this stuff before I had found the site, constantly talking to people about all the amazing things this world and our universe has to offer, but I wasn’t very organized and was quite sporadic with my thoughts. A friend of mine knew about this site and rightfully pointed me to it, and I was instantly hooked. Looking back from my first post to now, I have truly grown as a person on basically every level in my life. I can talk to people outside of HE about these things, and formulate my thoughts a hell of a lot better, which makes the other person more interested, and creates much deeper conversations.
Love you HE. :)
I was on a journey long before coming to HE and have continued on in a somewhat independent way apart from it, I confess to having a somewhat arrogant paternalistic approach to the conversations I have here.
Financially though I lurch from one disaster to another probably because I remain completely unqualified and a work history with Microsoft, rapid development of a 5 language skillset and self taught programmer and web designer gets you….work as a taxi driver…woot!
Such is life, just another obstacle to overcome. A big part of it is a financial hangover from trying to launch a nationwide distribution operation for a new veterinary pharmacutical range, to young and to inexperienced. Shame because the product was awesome, particularly around arthritis and I felt like I was creating a social good by diminishing the need for NSAIDs with a genuine more effective product.
So I struggle on. Debt ends this year I hope and with the end of the debt so ends the 85-90 hour work weeks.
I was a pretty healthy / happy person before I StumbledUpon High Existence, but this site has taken me even further.
I think the main thing I’ve learned is to think of everything from the perspective in which it should be looked upon. If someone insults me, instead of immediantly thinking of some insult I could respond with, I simply think to myself, “Well, that’s not true, and it doesn’t actually affect my world at all, so it’s not really worth my time even talking to this person or caring about their thoughts.” If there was some actual merit behind the insult, than I recognize it and think of a way I can fix it.
ray is this story about your life or someone else. it is incredible. i love your postings always. im so happy to read what you write.
infact all these storys about everyones life. it is so enriching for me.
at this stage in my lifeHE has really come to the rescue .it is as if the universe is good to all of us and gives us what we need when we need it.
and for us all to know there are like minded folks out there that we can communicate with is a blessing and a huge help indeed.
HE has helped me in a great way. and i wont bore you all with my story, which some of you may know, but needless to say.
its great to be here. with all of you.
HE has helped me realize I’m not alone in my diverse thinking. That there’s a lot in me that is sleeping that I didn’t know could help or guide people? Challenge myself more, be fearless in a way with understanding my fear and trying to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. It has generally made me feel more aware of my energy and thoughts are connected. That i can change my channels. That I love making music! Not to take gifts for granted. And not feel bad about having an over abundance. Figuring out dreams and manifesting them in different ways. Relationship to self and others and not being afraid to be yourself, and trying various tools or methods…being more open and finding out more about awesome stuff that I had no clue about at all. We are all the same and reflections of the greater whole. If this doesn’t change your life. It definitely adds to it!
It’s also added to anything weird I already knew re-igniting it flipping it around like a pan cake until it’s warm and yummy in your tummy. I want more maple syrup!
Thanks everyone and the wonderful people on here.
For starters I have done the 30 day without porn and masturbation challenge (which extended to 90 days), I have started taking cold showers, I have started meditating and my knowledge about certain things/topics has been broadened.
My last challenge was on the familyholidays I have been in the last 1,5 week and it consisted of saying YES to everything anybody asked me to do. Normally my first respond would be “No, I do not want to do it because I am a lazy asshole”, but now I have said yes to (almost, say 95%) everything I was asked to do, from little to big things, I have had an extremely positive time and I have seen that people around me in my environment were more positive as well. I am thinking about introducing this into my daily life as well, but I am ‘anxious’ that ones my friends/peers will find out about it, a lot of abuse will take place. BUT I will definitely introduce this in some way to my daily life, where my first respond will be more often a yes than a no, and on times that I usually would say no in the first place, I will try to hold myself, think for some seconds and reply with a yes instead.
I am also looking for more challenges at the moments, and I am planning to write out my goals, or just set some new goals for myself. I also want to try to change my ‘problems’ into goals as well.
oh thanks rayman. i really want to write it out. i will but now i said im gonna do yoga. and i have been saying that to myself for the last hour, and then i get into HE and reading all these great postings and the day rolls by…. so perhaps i will write a brief story later tonite. im super greatful for you being there and i see you in that aussie sun over there in the summertime! at the opposite side of our little ball…. with your feet on my head as i stand on my head soon!
Thats awesome! Glad to c people taking charge of their life and creating positive change! And also realize that the people that surround u can see the change in you and that may inspire a positive change n them! Good stuff!
Derrick glad to hear it! Before High Existence I was a conservative Christian who was wasting my life stressing over my authoritarian parents, school, friends, and my girlfriend. High Existence has showed me how much we actually control about our lives. Before I felt like I was living my life just watch time pass, but now I am actively seeking to better myself. Now I actually do my homework, have a better relationship with my parents and girlfriend, and am a much more easy-going guy. Also I am still attempting to establish better dream recall so i can lucid dream, am meditating multiple times a week and am journaling in an attempt to examine myself more objectively.