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9 Signs That You Are Fringe Dweller

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Do you ever feel that you are stuck in a world you don't really belong?

You've tried your hardest to fit in, to go along with the crowd and be part of the world of clock watchers, but somehow this life and the people in it seem just a little too baa baa.  You might have known this from a very early age and thought of yourself as a little weird, a little strange, and others might have ostracized you for it.  However, in time, you learn to live with the clock watchers, whilst learning to grow your consciousness at a different rate from others.  You think that little bit deeper about things, you are more intuitive, you seem to physically feel other peoples pain, you sense their emotions without them speaking a word.  You might be more in touch with your spirituality than others and ask questions that others don't seem to care about.

Then it could be that you are a Fringe Dweller

What is a Fringe Dweller?

I first heard this term from the works of Stuart Wilde, an amazing spiritual, non religious, author.  As soon as he described it, I immediately identified with it and no longer viewed myself as this weird person living in a strange world.  I learned to become even more of a fringe dweller whilst at the same time learning to live with the clock watchers, or people of the 'tick tock' as Stuart describes them:

Fringe Dwellers are  people who don't fit the norm. I say they are not hippy revolutionaries living rough, or social weirdoes; the one's I speak of are ordinary people, you can't tell them apart from others. It's their minds that are different. They don't relate to the rules and regulations of the status quo, the rhythms of a tick-tock life leaves them uninspired and listless.

I came to see how the Fringe Dwellers are in a different evolutionary spiral, because they aspire to belong to a world of higher consciousness, rather than have ideas and morals imposed upon them by a system that has corrupt values, one that often doesn't really know what its talking about.

I remember when I was 11 years old and staying with my auntie.  She stayed near some big hills, which were beautiful to me as they led directly to the stone beach and the sea and it was an amazing place to spend time alone.  I remember this particular night it was pouring with rain, but I had this irrisistible urge to put on my parka jacket and walk down the hill.  The rain battered the pavement as i crossed to walk down the path, that cut through the hill.  I was bored with life, I knew there was something more to life and I could almost feel it beside me, it was an energy, but it frustrated me as I didn't know what it was and couldn't get in touch with it.  As I walked in the pouring rain, I decided I wanted to die.  I wanted to die and find out what this feeling, this energy, this other life was.  I lay on the banks of the hill as the rain fell and I stretched out my arms on either side of me.  I felt the beautiful rain on my face as I lay there for what seemed like hours (it was more like 30 minutes or something).  I was soaked through, I didn't die, but I felt much better, more calm and less weird than I had before.

That's one example of my 'weirdness' that I now know as a craving to reach a higher consciousness quicker.  I knew I didn't belong to the world of clock watchers, but what I didn't know was how to live with the clock watchers and grow myself at the same time.  In time I learned how to grow the spiritual side of me, but it wasn't without a lot of angst and heartache.  Now! I know my place in the world, and I'm totally cool living in the tick tock as more and more of the fringe dwellers discover themselves and are starting to change the consciousness of the world.

9 Signs that you are a Fringe Dweller

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1. From a very early age you have known that you were different.

Usually fringe dwellers know there is something different about them, but due to the beliefs and knowledge of the clock watchers, they are thought to be a little weird, or strange, or socially awkward.  That's not the case, they are just vibrating at a different energy level from the clock watchers.  A lot of the time they torment themselves with questions like, why am I different, why can't I seem to fit in.  However, eventually what happens is that the fringe dwellers unconsciously seek out other fringe dwellers.  People with normal jobs, normal lives, but somehow think a little differently.

2. You feel the pain of others

Fringe dwellers are highly attuned to other people and are naturally empathetic people.  You seem to feel the emotions and pain of other people, and may seem a very sensitive to the plight of others.  This is completely natural, but you do have to be careful not to overexpose yourself to other peoples pain.

3. You feel there is something more to this life

You have probably asked the question a thousand times: What the hell is this life all about, surely there has to be more than living in the clock watchers world? Day by day, month by month, part of the answer is revealed to you.

4. You  get bored easily with life

The thought of a great job, with a great salary, a great pension and lots of benefits bores the pants of you.  You want to live life, experience the unknown, start your own business, write a book, anything to stop the boredom of the tick tock life.

5. You are highly creative

Fringe dwellers are by nature creative people.  They have tapped into a higher consciousness which requires them to let their spirits be a little more creative and to express it in different ways: the arts, writing, talking about something more than the latest celebrity gossip.

6. You NEED a lot of alone time

You crave some alone time as the world of the clock watchers seems to get too much for you sometimes.  You find yourself attracted to nature, to the woods, to the sea to the hills where everything feels just as it should, free, natural and beautiful.  No this is not some hippy speak, it's a craving to be alone and a lot of this alone time feels better when in nature.

7. Little coincidences are happening more in your life

You might have noticed that you are in the right place at the right time, or you found a book just when you needed it, or you bumped into someone who was able to help you with a problem.  Little, seemingly, coincidences like this will happen more and more as you open yourself up to your higher consciousness.  You will also find that you are more able to attract what you want in life and become part of The Magic

8. You are attracted to lots of different spiritual teachings

Fringe dwellers are not usually stuck in their ways and question all religion, but are open minded enough to read and find out more about the spiritual practices of different religious groups.  They strip the man made stuff out of religion and are able to focus on the essence of the teachings.  You are also open to experimenting with different spiritual practices and see the benefit of a wide range of practices as it raises a different part of your energy.

9.  You don't want a normal job

Fringe dwellers are often entrepreneurs, or people who go to different countries to offer their services to a charity to help others, or to save the trees, or the pandas in some remote part of the world.  A normal job to you is like putting a hot needle in your eye, it's painful to even think about it.  You are here to change the world, and raise the consciousness of the world that little bit more, so don't be afraid of being a fringe dweller, embrace it and go change the world.

What about you?

Are you a Fringe Dweller, are you just waking up from the clock watchers world? leave an FB message below and let us know your thoughts.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.