Fringe Dwellers

      Fringe Dwellers are comprised of a small percentage of the human race who have tried to play the societal game of going along, getting along, getting by, pretending, quitting, giving up and finally recognizing that the surface game of social success as defined by some out there dominant elite group, is not for them.  

     Yes, the going along to get along for many fringe folks is like the sound of fingers scraping against a chalk board.  It never made any sense. Why not just be different and celebrate differences?  Fringe dwellers know this inherent truth and are often the first in their group (although they don’t often participate in large groups) even way back to elementary school, that thought nothing of adding that odd ball kid to the group, or the person that never cared about keeping score, adding up points or competing to see who was faster, unless if it was just for the sheer glory of joy in play.  

    If you are a fringe dweller you will recognize yourself immediately.  If not, there is hope for you to keep moving toward the outer edge where the view is just fine.  Those who dwell on the edge always welcome newcomers.  There is no such thing as going it alone.  That’s because we know too well what it feels like to be out there, to know that something doesn’t fit, that somehow the game in life is rigged and we knew it before we were ever aware of it.  Intuition is strong in fringe dwellers, they can read emotions immediately, sense the general make up of someone quickly and often trust naively because the heart rules the mind in these makers of change. 

   Fringe dwellers were often the rebels, the instigators, the comedians and often artists in the making, but often they did not know they had talent because their talent was not always easily recognizable within the mainstream circles.  So, they often buried their talent, it became latent, or they denied to themselves.  Folks living on the fringe are freedom seekers, adventurers, travelers of the mind or land, they want to know and seek the truth of all things.  They don’t care much for popular beliefs, despise restrictions, limitations and rigid belief systems.

This is not too be confused with deliberate or malicious opposition, that is not the case.  It means living freely as there is some recognition that this is the way it is supposed to be and most likely was at a time when we weren’t slaves to the 500 families running the planet.  Fringe dwellers know that life is meant to be a gentle walk through the valley on a sunny day, and they always knew this, however, didn’t know that they could stand up against the stronger current.

For many on the fringe, it’s a good life, a life of accepting that there is polarity, order and rules, but choosing to live on the edge of knowing that none of that really matters.  It’s also knowing that when we collectively pull the positive toward us, even though we recognize there is a counter negative, it’s the confidence in really getting that there is no scarcity in the world, there is only abundance and an infinite amount at that.

Fringe dwellers see through the veil of illusion, the cloudy haze can’t hide the truth, the roller coaster momentum that defines success by only the fittest, strongest, the ones’ that wear the corporate suits, the one’s that fit perfectly into decorated cubicles with live plants, they simply must, and there is no other way to say it, they just have to follow their own sacred path. They know that the greatest cosmic joke is that you will be looked after, there is no one looking after you, a.k.a. the government.  You are your own creator, it is your thoughts, heart and soul that will deliver to you that what you ask for.  If you ask for love, harmony and abundance, you will draw it to you.  If you ask for pain, suffering and lack, this will arrive as well. 

Dwellers that choose to live on the edge and stay out of the center don’t care if they are liked or popular, it just gets in the way, because acceptance is never the way.  The way is connecting to the unified whole, that each sacred piece of this kaleidoscope of life is respected for differences.  It is the differences that make us a whole.  It is the understanding of our individual diversity that floats the boat.  

Fringe dwellers are not trying to be an obstacle and certainly prefer to get around obstacles, but they will challenge the status quo. If one is your friend,  he or she is likely to just show up at random times in your life, completely unannounced, perhaps five minutes from your house.  This is because we don’t understand limitations nor are we bound by time.  It’s all about now.  There are never hard feelings if you can’t accommodate us, or if you can’t visit us, there are no expectations, just the now.

If you are on the fringe, just beginning the quest for your truth, your soul walk, and you are questioning the types of constraints in your life, gently begin to expand your awareness, as you are always aware, of just where, when, how and with whom restraints, constraints, forced politeness, lack of creativity and freedom are showing up.  Change can be abrupt, some fringe dwellers just pack it out and go where the call takes them, and others will add art, painting, music, a vision quest, dance or begin to feel the swelling of laughter that has recessed for far too long to bubble up and burst out.

Whatever your path, no right and no wrong, no judgment, no critical overseer, you decide what shoes you will wear today to walk to the edge.

Blessings on your journeyImage





Journey to the Upper World

Journey in the upper world


In the upper world I climb the tree with the endless trunk surrounded by thick lashes of hemlock green


To a place of invited beauty, far beyond the clouds we see


Higher, until the stars sparkle in my eyes so bright, I must shift from the glare


To a world where gates are opened and silver hues line the walkway reflecting glowing, golden trees


Where meadows are filled with flowers that speak and rocks that move and birds that sing in foreign languages


Unfolding toward a widening path, where the rush of fragrance from the illuminating waterfall calls my name


And there I take my seat smelling last eve’s embers and my heart swells as the butterflies, larger than crows, sit next to me


A whisper descends shrouded in light and embraces me


Here, we are never born, never die and always are one with thee


The gifts are bestowed, the weight is light, enough to carry back and sew with the divine needle the threads of our being


With this a nod and a smile, and within a flash I am back down the tree


Still holding the needle, the gifts and the thread that is before me~from the journal of kathy pettet



The upper world of shamanic journeying is a world of frequency much lighter than our earthly density.  The practice of journeying is designed to help us learn about our spiritual purpose, our unfolding paths, decisions about service and community.  It is a wonderful exercise to perform with drumming.  The drum beat allows you to raise your frequency to a theta or delta wave, where our capacity to expand our consciousness is able to happen.  In a similar world to night dreaming, journeying provides you with messages, guides and totems beyond the orchestration of our dreams.  


Most of our dreams are created through our subconscious, which is connected to an extent to our higher consciousness, that which is connected to the Universal Mind, but our subconscious is still fairly programmed with messages that protect our ego attachments.  Therefore, our regular dreams contain elements of our fears, hopes, desires masked in character form, for us to work out the symbolic messages.  Guides do penetrate our dreams and animal totems visit frequently to try to get our attention.  Ancestral beings and those who we have lost in our lives also have the capacity to enter our dream.  


The biggest challenge to dreams is recording them in a journal, remembering them and translating the meaning.  Dream dictionaries fall grossly short because they are often based on generic symbols, symbols that may have little meaning for you.  Also, many times people see loved ones, or a love interest in a dream and literally translate it to meaning that person is trying to contact them.  This may be true some of the time, however, typically it is a symptom of a cord or connection that you may have with this person.  Other dreams can be worldly.  For instance, it is true that what happens in our psyche is also happening out side of us.  When I taught a course in dreaming, one in which students kept a dream journal for 15 weeks, it was uncanny the similar patterns dreams were taking.  Students’ began to work through their personal fears collectively.  This was exactly when 9/11 occurred and the week before about 5 students dreamt of a major catastrophe involving planes.  One student even drew a picture of a plane crashing into a building.  Other students dreamt of family dying or being cut off from loved ones.  


So, yes, dreams can include messages regarding the state of our collective being.  Even as I write this, I wonder how many people have had dreams about not completing things, feeling like there is a sense of wondering in the vast land of time, feeling not quite “here,” or feeling emotional and overly sensitive?  Dreams that may involve aliens, or unusual animals, dreams that involve travel, a sense of doom, strikes of lightening, etc.  We are on par with our weather patterns and sense of deep freeze (which our fears about being “frozen” and “helpless” about our collective future are being manifested), a sense of invasion from the NSA, the many things that are happening right now, calling our attention to thaw from social, religious and historical conditioning, toward a newer, brighter, warmer world of color, love and harmony.


In journeying to the upper world (there is also lower and middle world journeying, but I will discuss this another time), you can learn to set an intent, and set it 4 times before you start, to cement your experience.  Then, you simply, with practice, put some  shamanic drumming music on, burn incense to help lift your vibration, and in your mind’s eye, find a place in nature.


When you find this place, look for a tree, a ladder, a rock and start climbing upward.  Climb until you find the cloud lining.  Go into the cloud of mist and keep going.  As you leave the mist, look downward to see the cloud below you.  Now, look around.  At some point, you will be given a hand from above, a rope, or some form of assistance to help you ascend.  You may ask, “are you my guide?”  Sometimes, other helpers show up first, or it could be your guide.  Keep going until you enter an enchanting other worldly place.  Things will be more animated, brighter and more exaggerated.  


Your first journey’s intent is to just explore.  The second journey can include any intent that relates to what your soul purpose is, your next direction in life, or to connect with a loved one.


As the drumming segment ends (you will hear a change in drumming, usually 4 long beats) indicating that it is time to return, thank your guides, angels and ascended masters for assisting you on your journey.


When you return, take a few minutes, drink some water, then record in your journal your experience.


We will spend extensive time on dreams and I would encourage you to send me any dream you would like assistance with to


Blessings on your journey!