I don’t think anyone would argue that bears are quite strong. One of the episodes that I remember from the TV show Gentle Ben was one in which the bear protected people from danger. When you watch the news it becomes readily apparent that the world really can be a dangerous place. Often, when I am out running errands I often get the sense that there is danger all around me. When we are feeling more vulnerable than strong we can call upon the strength of the bear to help us cope.
Say this statement out loud “There is danger all around me.” How true does that feel to you? Rate it on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being very true.
Setup (karate chop point): Even though there is danger all around me, I choose to remain strong in the face of adversity. Even though I see danger everywhere I look, I choose to acknowledge my inner strength. Even though there is danger in my world I choose to exhibit fearlessness and gentle strength.
Side of Eye…Danger is everywhere
Under the Eye…Some of it may only be in my mind
Under the Nose…But much of it is real
Chin…It makes me feel afraid
Collarbone…It makes me feel helpless
Under the Arm…I don’t like that feeling
Top of Head…I would rather feel strong
Eyebrow…I would rather be fearless
Side of Eye…I want to protect myself
Under the Eye…And protect others around me if I need to
Under the Nose…I wonder how that would feel?
Chin…Sure, I’d prefer that there was never anything dangerous out there
Collarbone…But that is just a fantasy
Under the Arm…I can choose to respond with gentle strength
Top of Head…To both the real dangers and my inner concerns.
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Say the statement again, “There is danger all around me.” If the number has stayed the same, continue tapping with these or other statements until it goes down. If your number has gone up (sometimes that will happen), try thinking about a specific danger you are sensing and continue tapping while describing that.