The Five Cs

“And it is important to remember that when we are not activated, our natural resting state is characterized by the Five C”s: Conscious, Calm, Contented, Caring, and Creative.” Rick Hanson, Mind Changing Brain Changing Mind, Insight Journal, Summer 2009

What activates us? Opportunities and threats, particularly threats due to evolution. Another aspect of the natural resting state is equanimity, one of my favorite concepts.

I don’t get triggered as often as I used to, but when I do, oh boy. I believe the reason the triggering is more painful than in the past is that I am going much deeper to extremely buried personal issues and collective consciousness issues. I believe the superficial stuff is individual; the deeper you go, the more archetypal and universally human the issues you run into.

The shame issue still gets triggered sometimes and I am always surprised at how deep it runs. It makes me think prior lives could be at work. I have a hard time believing that all the issues I deal with are purely leftovers from my specific childhood.

The mental default is the Five Cs. Why don’t we experience them as normal? First, there is parental training that oftentimes needs to be overcome. Second, there are religious emotional control methods that have worked spectacularly well over the millennia. Third, there is an entire advertising industry build upon the foundation of making us unhappy with what we already have. It is impossible to exert emotional control over someone with the Five Cs.

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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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