The Leopard Frog

The Leopard Frog by Cynthia Bergsbaken Photography.

by Cynthia Bergsbaken

It was a early Tuesday morning, around 7:00 am on July 12, 2016, when I let my dog Quinn out to do her usual business. 
She was outside for a bit, when I decided to go outside and look for her and join her in walking around the yard. It’s enjoyable to walk outside our house in the middle of summer in bare feet. We live out in the country where there are no neighbors to watch you as you stroll around in your yard. 
We have window wells that are quite deep all around our house. The day before we had a mouse stuck down in my son’s window well. My son showed great interest in rescuing the mouse and so I left it up to him.
 Today, I decided to check all the window wells including my sons. Now in the past, we have had mice, moles, frogs, toads, lizards, Ground Hogs, and Muskrats in the window wells. And so we try to check the window wells often. Out in the prairie, we can not use the usual plastic coverings for the window wells due to the constant wind we have. 
The first window well I came to, I noticed a green Leopard frog. He was all huddled up against our cement wall of the basement. I thought, “Oh, I’ll just come back later when I’m in clothes I can climb in to rescue him.” But then I thought it may be too hot for him in the window well by the time I got back. And so with my p.j. top on, long sweat pants and my thongs on my feet, I jumped solidly down in to this window well. 
These window wells are about 4′ tall. And so when I’m standing in the window well looking out, I have the metal edge basically lining up to my throat. If I needed to get out again, I would have to use my arm strength to push my body up and out.
 I slowly kneeled down to look at the frog. He just layed there looking up at me. I thought, “I’ve never really held a frog before in my hands.” I can’t say I was looking forward to the feeling. So I decided to gently pet the top of his head. I did this a couple of times. I was amazed to feel his skin was cold, but not wet to the touch. As I pet him, I realized I was feeling extreme fear. I pulled my hand away ready to pull myself out of the window well in a hurry out of fear. Then I noticed the frog. He had placed his hands on top of his head, telling me in body language , “Please don’t hurt me.” The frog was in extreme fear due to his inability to move. Frogs are cold-blooded and so when they are cold, they are stiff and move slow. I had an aah-haa moment. I realized the fear I was feeling was not mine. It was the frogs fear.  He might of been thinking he was going to be eaten by this huge animal(me) in front of him. At that moment, I kneeled back down and promptly sent love to him. I gently picked him up and carried him to a safe, cool location in our lawn next to our house. Here, he could warm up and then move to a safer place to rest. This was the second time I have experienced a fearful moment with a little animal. I will admit, I don’t like the thought of little critters in my house or crawling on me. The first time, I let fear enfold me, and I followed it. I did not like the results of myself following fear. This time, I felt fear and almost reacted to it. But from noticing the frog trying to protect himself with his little hands, I felt sadness and love. 
I realized we all go through feeling fear at one time or another. The secret is to feel it, but don’t react to it. Be the observer of your mind, thoughts, and feelings.  By watching instead of reacting you will soon see that the emotion is not you!  Try to understand why you’re feeling it and then let it go. Did you take on someone else's fear as your own?  Did you develop this fear in your childhood?  Feel the emotion (fear) until it dissolves away.  Don't forget to breathe throughout feeling the fear.  Bring in compassion, understanding and love for yourself. When you do this, you are able to thoroughly understand why we were feeling fear. By feeling the fear until it dissolves, you will be  trans- mutating the fear in to love.  Understand yourself, by facing your fears and dissolving them.  For extra help in facing your fears, ask your inner Divine being to help you.  Stand strong with confidence that you are loved and you are protected.
Next time you see a small critter, remember he/she also feels fear.  Try to be kind.
Written by Cynthia Bergsbaken RM, IARP of  Reiki in the Prairie LLC

Re-written by Cynthia Bergsbaken in July 2019 for Reiki in the Prairie LLC  and Perceptive Blogger.


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