Visual And Auditory Training: Situational Awareness | Canadian Prepper

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Published on June 30, 2016

A reupload of an older video..

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  1. In Ninjutsu we used to do all kinds of sensory practice. One of the best ones was to have a group of people complete a large circle with 1 person blind folded in the middle. The instructor used to point randomly at one of the people on the outer circle and it was their task to move as quietly as possible to the person in the middle and try to avoid detection. The person in the middle only gets 1 chance to point the exact direction of the person moving in. The person sneaking in wins the task if they tough the blind folded person in the middle.

    I later found in life though that this skill now haunts me. I can't sleep well at all now. My hearing sense is heightened so much, that even if someone coughs or bumps the wall down the hallway or sometime even a story down, I'll still wake up. I sleep very little because of this. But yes… improving senses is an invaluable skill.

  2. I was taught to scan surroundings from right to left. Like you mentioned, our brains are trained from reading to work faster from left to right. Going in the opposite way slows the process allowing our perception to catch so much more of the terrain. 
    Great video! This topic is very overlooked.

  3. Using all of your senses is really a skill we all need to work on for sure. It is amazing what we overlook or tune out. Being aware of your surroundings is key to survival in nature. Very good topic. I need to work on this. Every time I go out camping and get away from the city it is amazing all the stuff you key in on. I think the little noises get lost in the background. very good skill to work on. I try to keep my head on a swivel in public places and crowds. You never know what can happen. Well done.

  4. I remeber watching some of my dads old LEO training videos as a kid. One was all about this and especially about night time vision techniques. I was never LEO but have always found the techniques useful. Like in the dark, low light, to see the dandelion you would look near it.  You would use your peripheral vision to see it clearly since you cant focus clearly on an object in the dark. So many great techniques out there, thank you for sharing.

  5. I think part of the problem is for the first time in history more then half the world's population lives in cities.  And cities by definition are very loud, noisy places with tons of sensory white noise of every description.  So as a urban survival mechanism we very quickly tune out most of the input.  This I believe is why when I go out in the country and the bush for awhile then come back to the city I am positively overwhelmed for days after.  So it makes it very difficult to expand your senses enough without opening yourself up to so much you get exhausted just existing in your urban environment.  Also cities are places of constant movement and our brains are hardwired to fixate on stuff that moves because in the wild a stationary tree is less likely to kill you then a mobile predator.  But I agree it is a useful skill to have.  The trick is turning it off and on.

  6. Good video.  Paying attention with a wide lens is a great thing to practice.  The physical senses is a great way to be able to learn the difference between a narrow and wide focus.  And as you suggest we can use that skill in the mental realm as well.  
    A visual trick that I was taught at some point is to look slightly down with a soft focus and it increases our peripheral vision.  I've found it a useful thing in the city when there are people just behind me but I don't want to fully turn around.

  7. Aloha CP.
    If only we could all have 'Terminator Vision'. 

     

    Stereogram3D Prints are a good training tool. 

    It drove me mad the first time I came across these years ago, I just could not see the images.  My brain is very good at finding that dandelion and keeping it in focus, not so good at the wide angle focus.  For years, I have used a Pan & Scan method, which is more like the Terminator Vision….keeping that sharp spot focus, but methodically scanning the image.  It was very effective while doing estimating counts on blue-prints, I literally mowed the lawn in strips, using the column & grid lines for reference.  But, that is not the same as actually re-focusing the lens of your observation to a wide angle, and seeing the whole background in focus while the up-close objects drift out of focus.  It is tough for me, and really takes practice.  The Stereogram3D Prints help exercise that part of our brain and visual function.  Another function of construction estimating I have used that helps is using a 'light table' to compare revisions to blue-prints.  By placing overlaying vellum prints of the same sheet, the revisions that have been made tend to stand out, become more noticeable.

    Peace & Prepare
    Pax et Paro

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