Condition Yellow

 

I was reviewing Al Peasland’s video, Fence Concepts.  In the beginning, he talks about the color code system of awareness that we discuss all the time: Conditions White, Yellow, Orange and Red.  As a review, Condition White is a state of cluelessness, i.e. you are switched “off”.  Consider this the sheep mentality.  I would say that most people live here 99 percent of the time.  Condition Yellow means 360 degree security—you are switched “on”.  Condition Orange involves threat assessment.  We say Condition Orange is a “nonspecific threat”; you know something is simply not right with your surroundings, and your intuition has kicked in, etc.  Condition Red involves threat avoidance: the threat is upon you and you must act. 

 

We often teach that you should leave Condition White as soon as you step through the threshold of your house, but Peasland recommends you only be in Condition White when you are asleep.  He states that Condition Yellow should be your natural state whenever you are awake: a relaxed state of awareness.  He had some interesting tips for getting into this state as part of your daily routine.  We’ve talked in other blogs about awareness games, like Kim’s Game.  He talks about ramping up your awareness skills through commentary on your environment.  Whether in a car, on the street, or in any public space, report on what you are seeing to another or to yourself, or engage in an internal dialogue about everything you are seeing and doing.  If you are out and about, it is probably advisable to keep the observations in your head so people don’t assume you are emotionally disturbed.  J  In the process of describing what you see, you are engaged in truly active observation.  Peasland says that you will eventually develop this skill so that it becomes second nature to you, and you will enjoy a heightened sense of awareness, though you are relaxed.  As de Becker talks about in the Gift of Fear, your intuitive information is more readily available to you when you are relaxed (NOT paranoid), which makes sense.  Your mind is more open to subtleties that you may miss when you are highly aroused by stress, or otherwise distracted.  I think that you will naturally begin to determine what requires more or less of your attention, and the anomalies in your surroundings will present themselves more quickly (as opposed to jumping out of “nowhere”).

 

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