Here are the recommended answers for the Body Calm Exam. Students are not expected to include absolutely everything that is included below, but they need to demonstrate an understanding of the core Body Calm teachings. They MUST get the answers correct to the key questions: Q2, Q3, Q4, Q7, Q10, Q11, Q12 and Q14. When giving feedback, go over the questions that were wrong or missing any core elements. If students get more than 5 wrong (or any of the key questions) then ask them to re-submit their exam, only including answers for the questions they got wrong. This gives us documented evidence that they passed.
Q1. What are the 5 components included in the complete Body Calm Technique?
The Body Calm Philosophy, 8 Common Causes of Bad Health (also known as Secret Sources of Stress), Meditation Technique, Embodying Exercise and 5 Directories.
Q2. What is the Body Calm Philosophy and what 6 words best summarize it?
The purpose of life is to live fully and completely. Everything happens to help you to fulfil this purpose. What you experience in life is less important than your relationship with it. Health is much more than the mere absence of disease. Health is a state of holistic harmony that enables you to meet your individual needs while actively pursuing your life purpose. Health is the natural by-product of having harmony within your heart, mind, body, soul and life. Disharmony is stressful for the body and causes dis-ease. Stress is a symptom of inner conflict between what your mind wants and what your soul knows you need. Conflict continues when there is the unseen push-pull of the opposing forces of resistance and attachment. Ill health is an invitation to heal the areas of your life where you are not living fully and completely. Harmony happens when the conflict is cleared. Life is inviting you to embody more of your Self. You have access to a personal 'virtuous i-cloud'. Downloading the virtues helps you to step up, wake up and show up fully as the most wise and wonderful version of your Self. Healing happens through being your real Self and embodying the positive virtue(s) that fulfil the purpose of your life events and experiences.
The six word summary = Rest is Best and Harmony Heals
Q3. Why is stress not the ultimate cause of problems and what is?
Stress is often named as being the main cause of ill health and external life problems as the reason why a person gets stressed. However, stress is not the ultimate cause of ill health and life problems because stress is the result of there being disharmony within your mind, body, soul or life circumstances. Conflict is causes by the push-pull dynamic of the opposing forces of resistance and attachment. Meaning, anytime you are stressed it is because you are resisting what's happened/happening/might happen and attached to something different happening instead. As long as the conflict continues, so will the stress that's stemming from it. Clear the conflict and the stress is quickly replaced by harmony, which is the precursor to health and happiness.
Q4. Why does body calm begin with mind calm and being consciously aware?
Body Calm and better health begins with a calmer mind. The mind-body connection means that if you are constantly caught up in your busy mind, then it is near impossible to experience a rested body. When it comes to the interplay between your mind and body, the body exists to help the mind do its work and without the mind the body cannot fulfil its function. They are designed to work in harmonious unison and support the fulfilment of your life purpose. However, if you are stuck in a cycle of stressful thinking, then your body’s ability to remain balanced and perform optimally can inevitably end up stifled. To help the body heal, it therefore pays dividends to make it a priority to cultivate mind calm. Furthermore, Body Calm is about being consciously aware because when you are being your real Self, your body naturally gets better rest, the communications between your mind and body become less distorted by negative thinking and you battle less with your body because you enjoy a healthier relationship with your physical form.
Q5. List some health benefit linked to the ‘relaxation response’ and give an overview of 3 scientific studies proving the benefits of meditation.
The relaxation response is known to decrease physiological stress and psychological distress. Research studies have shown significant benefits in relation to anti-ageing, pain relief, combatting and coping with cancer, increases in the immune system, reductions in inflammation and improvements for insomnia sufferers. See the Benefits of Meditation article for scientific studies that students may refer to. It is ok for them to introduce one that are not included in the article.
Other non-physical benefits that students may refer to include: Calm and contentment, unconditional confidence, loving relationships, present moment living, performing at your best, get to know your real Self, freedom from problem-based thinking and living.
Q6. Why is it useful to aim for non-physical benefits i.e. hearts highest hope?
If you ask: what do you want more than anything else and/or what would perfect health give you? Then you will often find the person says peace, love, happiness or freedom etc. It is wise to aim for these states that are your hearts highest hope (HHH) because your HHH is intimately linked with the health and functioning of the body. The more peace, love, happiness and freedom you experience, the more able your body is to heal and function optimally. Therefore, with Body Calm, you want to encourage your clients to focus more on experiencing their HHH and let their body take care of the finer details of the physical healing.
Q7. What are the steps included in the Body Calm Meditation Technique?
The 3 steps of a Body Calm Sitting are: 1) Be Gently Alert With Awareness Wide Open (GAAWO) for a while. 2) Then think one of the Calm Thoughts (OM + Virtue + Focus Point) before letting go of the words and focus point by 3) Re-engaging GAAWO. Hang out being gently alert until you become AWARE that you've been THINKING. When you do, simply repeat the 3-steps.
Q8. What are the 3 components of a Calm Thought and why do we think them?
The three elements of a mind calm thought are: I AM + Positive Virtue + Focus point. I AM is the absolute aspect of your Self that is unconditioned consciousness, unbounded being and infinite awareness. It is the 'Stateless State of Supreme Being' and the most accurate way of describing your real Self as it is beyond concepts, beliefs, levels or limitations. Positive Virtues allow you to live fully and completely and be the person the life is inviting you to step up and wake up into being. Combining them with I AM helps to cleanse your mind from unhealthy beliefs that are harmful to health. Focus points magnify the power of the Calm Thoughts. Some focus points sit within energy vortexes within the body called Chakras and others are symbolic to the mind-body connection. When you marry I AM up with an Positive Virtues and Focus Point, and think them often from a consciously aware state, you can help the body heal and stay healthy.
Q9. Briefly explain their purpose/benefit of four of the Calm Thoughts.
Please see The Purpose of Each Calm Thought article in the Body Calm Coaching printable resources.
Q10. List the 5-Steps to take people through when first teaching meditation.
- Open Eyes GAAWO
- Closed Eyes GAAWO
- Constructing the Calm Thoughts (CT)
- Open Eyes GAAWO + CT
- Closed Eyes GAAWO + CT.
Q11. What are the common meditation happenings and why do they happen?
The Common Meditation Happenings are: Memories, Dreams, Busy Mind, Emotions, Body Stuff, Sleeps and 'Meeps', Peace, Love, Joy, Bliss, Still, Silent Spaciousness. When the mind becomes more still, the body rests. When the body rests it releases stress and heals. Healing is an active process within the body, which causes movement in the mind in the form of thoughts, emotions, physical sensations etc. Lots of thoughts equals lots of stress release and healing. Thoughts are a natural and beneficial part of meditation and you will enjoy meditation much more if you can be at peace with all that happens. Sometimes when you embody higher states of consciousness, the body needs to 'recalibrate' to be able to house the higher levels of awareness. This can lead to temporary physical symptoms including aches, pains, colds, flus, viruses etc. If ever concerned, a doctor should be consulted. To get the most from Body Calm, you want to have 'Childlike Curiosity' and a 'Bring it OM' type attitude and 'Keep GAAWOing'.
Q12. List the 8 common causes of bad health (also known as: secret sources of stress) along with their associated quick-start cures.
- Unconscious Thinking : GAAWO
- Uncomfortable Emotions : Passing Through + Comfortably Uncomfortable
- Unhealthy Beliefs : Being Open to Being Both
- Unresolved Past : Install the New Knowing (this cause is sometimes called Unforgiven Past)
- Unwanted Present : Courageous Contentment
- Unloved Body : Praise the Positives + Booster Calm Thought - I AM (Unconditional Love)
- Unheard Heart : Compromising Question
- Unawake Being : Context Awareness
Q13. What 2 shifts in awareness can help a person to ‘befriend their body’ and what 3 shifts in awareness can help a person to ‘befriend their feelings’?
Befriend their Body:
- My body is not against me
- I am not my body
Befriend their Feelings:
- I am not my emotions
- Peace is not the absence of emotions
- The more emotions the better
Q14. What are the 3 distinctions that must be adhered to when using the Embodying Exercise and why are they so important?
The 3 distinctions are:
- Awareness not Attention - attention jumps around, is scattered, takes attention to direct and tends to become fixed upon certain events or experiences. Awareness observes from a more benevolent bigger picture perspective. From awareness you can be less identified in your issues and use the power of consciousness to bring calm where there has been conflict.
- Feeling not Feelings (Emotions) - Embodying requires you to 'feel with your awareness' without dropping into the thoughts and emotions about the issue. Being 'in-feeling' allows you to feel fully without getting distracted or distraught by the intensity of the feelings/emotions.
- Experiencing not Thinking - Thinking keeps you one step removed from the direct experience. Experiencing is feeling with your awareness without definition, judgements or descriptions of what you are feeling. When you approach the Embodying Exercise within the context of these 3 distinctions, you can embody the changes deeply into your physical form and create harmony with what you were previously in conflict with. Stress dissolves, problems disappear and health and happiness return.
Q15. What are the steps included in the Embodying Exercise?
1. Be context aware
Begin by engaging GAAWO, or if you prefer, be aware of the context of space in the room. Rest in awareness throughout the entire exercise. If you ever notice yourself thinking, analysing or trying to figure things out, then re-engage context awareness before continuing.
2. Feel with awareness
This step helps you to describe what the physical condition/life situation feels like and then find an event or experience to do the Embodying Exercise on. If you are using the EE alongside the directories in Chapter 15, ignore the first question underneath and instead feel with your awareness the mind-based cause(s) from the list(s), then with the cause(s) that resonate with you, consider the second question below.
Remaining aware, feel with your awareness and ask: 236
• What does this physical condition (or stressful life situation) feel like to experience?
When you have a descriptive word, ask:
• Where has this feeling or experience shown up in my life?
Remain aware and let a current or past event or experience reveal itself to you now.
3. Clear the conflict
Once you have found an event or experience that has been unresolved, continue to feel with your awareness while doing the following:
Be aware of and feel for resistance within the event or experience.
While continuing to feel the resistance, become aware of the attachment that is connected to this resistance and feel the attachment too.
Bring the resistance and attachment together to feel them as one experience.
Feel for the outer edges of the resistance and attachment within one experience.
You do not need to intellectually know what you are resisting or attached to. It’s OK too if it comes to mind. Just be careful not to get caught thinking about it. It will work as long as you fully experience the resistance and attachment by feeling it with awareness.
4. Embody the virtue
While still being willing to feel the resistance and attachment, in relation to the feeling or experience, ask:
What virtue is most appropriate for this experience? Continue to feel the resistance and attachment and allow the virtue that life is inviting to you embody to reveal itself.
Feel what the virtue feels like for a few moments before feeling what you feel like as the virtue.
Feel what the virtue feels like without attaching to anything. For example, unrelated to person or event.
Be the virtue, letting it permeate you. This is what the embodiment of the virtue feels like.
Q16. For the Body Directory, what do the different sides of the body relate to?
Right side of the body is linked with the masculine aspect and corresponds with giving, moving, manifesting and doing. It is how you create in the external world and is associated primarily with the outflow of energy. If there is an imbalance then you will hold back from giving, be unassertive, doubtful, lack confidence and not be doing what is required to create.
Left side of the body is linked with the feminine aspects. As a general rule, the feminine side is about receiving, being and the inner self. It is how you receive and is associated primarily with the inflow of energy. If there is an imbalance, then there will usually be unrest within your inner sense of self and you will be closed off to allowing in.
When in harmony you will have balance within the masculine and feminine, giving and receiving and being and doing sides of yourself.
Q17. Why is Body Calm more about resolving and embodying than releasing?
With the Embodying Exercise you are not aiming to ‘release’ the conflict because wanting it gone is just another subtle form of resistance. Instead you are going to feel it fully with your awareness as you embody the virtue(s). Releasing things you don’t want can cause energy to move outward whereas embodying allows energy to remain within you. The more energy you have the better your health. For the record, I’m also not asking you to suffer when feeling the resistance or attachment. You will be able to calmly co-exist with it if you feel with your awareness throughout the exercise.
Q18. How would you coach someone with a problematic right ankle?
Use the Embodying Exercise to help the person find their potential mind-based cause by inviting them to engage GAAWO (or notice the space they occupy) before asking them 'What does this ankle problem feel like to experience?'. Get a descriptive word about what the condition feels like to experience from awareness and then ask: Where has this feeling or experience shown up in your life? Invite person to remain aware and let a current or past event or experience reveal itself to you now. Once you've got an emotional charged event or experience that the person is in conflict with, use the rest of the EE to clear the conflict and embody the most relevant virtue(s).
You can also refer to the directories to help the person. The common mind-based causes of problems with the right ankle are: 'Feeling strained by what you have to give +/or lacking a spring in your step in what + how you are doing/creating +/or feeling under a heavy burden from external circumstance (s).' You would invite the person to engage GAAWO and feel with their awareness as you read out the mind-based cause(s). Then tell you which one(s) resonated with them and use the EE to resolve. If an Unforgiven Past event comes to mind that they find it hard to resolve with EE, then explore the past event to find what they were resisting and attached to in relation to the event and Install the New Knowing.
Q19. How would you coach someone with a digestion problem?
Use the Embodying Exercise to help the person find their potential mind-based cause by inviting them to engage GAAWO (or notice the space they occupy) before asking them 'What does this digestion problem feel like to experience?'. Get a descriptive word about what the condition feels like to experience from awareness and then ask: Where has this feeling or experience shown up in your life? Invite person to remain aware and let a current or past event or experience reveal itself to you now. Once you've got an emotional charged event or experience that the person is in conflict with, use the rest of the EE to clear the conflict and embody the most relevant virtue(s).
You can also refer to the directories to help the person. The common mind-based causes of stomach problems (in Organ Directory) is feeling incapable, unable to comprehend or process or rejecting indigestible event(s). You can ask them, 'Where in your life do you feel incapable?' and/or 'What are you unable to comprehend or process?'. Use the EE on what resonates as true and relevant for the person. You can also suggest the person uses the Organ Specific Calm Thought during Calm Sittings and Moments: 'I am capable of comprehending calmly.'
In the Systems Directory, the common mind-based causes for issues relating to the Digestive System are 'Hard to stomach thoughts or events, rejection of reality, shame, distrust, anger, confusion, feeling unnourished by life and undeserving of nourishment'. You can also ask the person the suggested questions found in the Systems Directory. Use the EE on what resonates as true and relevant for the person.
In the Conditions Directory, possible conditions to explore if they are symptoms of the digestive problem include: Acid Reflux, Bad Breath, Burping, Flatulence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nausea, Stomach Pain + Bloating, Weight Gain and/or Weight Loss. Get the person to be context aware as you read the potential mind-based causes and use the EE on what resonates as true and relevant.
Q20. How would you coach someone with symptoms of chronic pain?
It depends where the chronic pain is presenting itself within the body. You may be able to use the Body Directory if it in a particular part or side of the body, the Organ Directory if in a specific organ, or Systems Directory if related to a specific system. You can also use the Conditions Directory by exploring the mind-based causes of Chronic Pain. Get the person to be context aware as you read the potential mind-based causes and use the EE on what resonates as true and relevant.
You can also use the Embodying Exercise to help the person find their potential mind-based cause by inviting them to engage GAAWO (or notice the space they occupy) before asking them 'What does this chronic pain feel like to experience?'. Get a descriptive word about what the condition feels like to experience from awareness and then ask: Where has this feeling or experience shown up in your life? Invite person to remain aware and let a current or past event or experience reveal itself to you now. Once you've got an emotional charged event or experience that the person is in conflict with, use the rest of the EE to clear the conflict and embody the most relevant virtue(s).
Bonus Question. Why do you want to be a Body Calm Coach?
This question is more for the student to remind themselves of their motivation to meditate and share Body Calm.