guest post by By MsgtHug
Ask yourself, why am I busy storing, planning and preparing while most of my neighbors and friends continue with their casual, routine lifestyles? The answer can be explained with one simple word: AWARENESS.
Does that mean we are living under constant fear, awaiting the next SHTF event? Because of our increased awareness we have a greater understanding, and the knowledge to be able to respond properly to these events. The more you know about a potentially fearful encounter, the more aware you become; the more likely you will survive. If we live under fear we often make irrational and spontaneous choices. In awareness mode, we can make choices based on knowledge, and clear, calm thinking.
My first significant encounter with awareness was what now seems to be many years ago. I was testing for employment with a large police department. A black and white photograph was projected onto a screen for a matter of seconds for the entire group to observe. The photo remained in place for a matter of ten to fifteen seconds, then removed. A questionnaire was given to each of us about the photo. It included questions such as:
- How many people in the photo?
- How many were wearing caps?
- How many books were on the shelf in the photo?
- What time did the clock indicate?
- Were the windows open or closed?
You get the point. It was all about awareness and seeing the big picture. I got the job and spent the next thirty years developing awareness of what was around me.
What do you look for? Perhaps the most important is where are the people? Think about leaving your local WalMart. Most people walk out the door, pushing their cart and start looking toward the parking lot trying to remember where they parked. What about the people? Do you look to your left or right, near the building to see what is there? Is anyone there, or perhaps even a group of people? The people you do see, what are they doing? Are they looking into cars? Are they watching you or the other shoppers? Are they walking or standing in one place? Are they talking to anyone? How are they dressed? Do you hear anything that could be important? Do you hear anyone walking behind you?
Is any of this information important to you? It may not be, but what if you were also aware the local newspaper has reported several purse snatchings in this area. The more related information obtained the more awareness increases.
It is very important for you to develop strong survivalist awareness. However, it will be just as important for you to not stand out in your efforts. Think about it this way. People who run while others are walking stand out. People who walk while others are running stand out. People trying to “look around” to quickly look nervous and stand out.
Think about watching someone who turns their head and looks to their left then turns their head and looks to the right. Awareness would make you think “lookout”. You can be just as effective by using your peripheral vision. Practice using your full field of vision, not just focusing what is directly in front of you.
You can take it one step further by looking at something other than what you are facing. For example, you can turn your face toward a particular object but use your eyes to look to your target which may be off to the right or left. Sunglasses are a great help here. Just remember you must fit into your surroundings or you will be an awareness victim.
Your own property is a great place to start practicing your awareness. Notice the position of the sun during particular times of the day. Where do you feel it’s heat on your body? Where is the sun in the sky during the morning and during the afternoon? What about noon? Is it straight overhead as most believe? Check it out.
Would this information help you navigate in an emergency? Are there fresh animal tracks around the garden? Has anything been disturbed during the night? Is any of your gas gauges below what they should be? If you practice awareness you can quickly and accurately answer these questions.
Whether you plan to bug out or are forced to leave your location choice to retreat to the great outdoors, your survival awareness may even be more critical. Are you familiar with the local potentially harmful animals and plants in your area? Do you have a compass and know how to use it? Can you navigate unknown terrain? Can you navigate through the area without drawing attention? Do you know about camouflage and concealment? Do you know how to travel in a straight line to prevent going in circles?
I believe the first step in survival is being aware of the possible threats. By becoming aware of those dangers you are more likely to avoid potential risks. Start with simple issues such as what you are wearing. Next work on you immediate surroundings. Finally, reach out for an awareness of your environment.
It is extremely important for each of us to have survival awareness. We need to see the big picture and not have tunnel vision. It is easy to miss something you are not looking for. Therefore, we must acknowledge and accept what is going on around us. Doing so is imperative for your survival.