There is a natural healing power to tears. It’s an organic process our body designed to protect us from external physical irritants and to release emotions: frustration, grief, sadness, anxiety as well as joy, relief. Tears modulate our inner thermostat. While we feel a profound difference when experiencing joy or sadness, grief or ecstasy, our bodies measure it by intensity. Whether it is success or failure, the body produces more stress hormones depending on the situation.
Did you know not all tears are equal?
BASAL lubricates and protects our eyes all the time and usually we are unaware of them.
REACTIVE are protecting us from irritants such as smoke, dust and provide a defense system from outside stimuli.
EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHIC are a measuring device to keep our emotional inner landscape at a healthy level so imbalance need not occur when we become emotionally overloaded.
When overwhelmed and stressed tears are a safety valve releasing stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. If our bodies didn’t have a means of discharging emotional pressure we could become physically sick and emotionally depressed or unstable. Happy and sad tears are not dissimilar. Both offer release after intense emotional arousal. The body recognizes intensity doesn’t evaluate content of the emotion.
A good cry can be cathartic and help us to feel better. It allows us to physically and emotionally detoxify leaving a sense of relief and us a little calmer.
Tears can be a physical response to emotional turmoil. Some struggle holding on to an archaic belief that tears are a sign of weakness. This is an outdated concept that has generally been handed down trans-generationally. Tears are key to releasing grief, as waves of tears periodically come over us after we experience a loss. Tears help us handle loss so we can attempt to live with open hearts.
PSYCHIC AND EMOTIONAL tears contain more stress hormones than other tears. These tears can sometimes sting as you release them and can have a different taste.
When you feel ANGRY tears can have a salty taste, the more intense the anger the more intense the saltiness.
When SAD tears come there can be a slightly sour taste.
Tears from HAPPY AND JOYFUL emotions will have a slightly sweeter taste.
Sometimes there can be SHOCK in the eyes from earlier experience and we can feel watery tears as the shock slowly begins to heal.
If the tears come from a FROZEN place as the thawing begins they can have a more watery feel and taste.
It`s fascinating to see how complex and sophisticated our own system is holding all of these stuck emotions in place.
To Cry or Not to Cry
To be human and in touch with your emotions is a way to be connected in to your inner worlds. The next time you find yourself tearing up from frustration, anger, sadness, or joy remember you are doing yourself and everyone around you a kindness by releasing the pressure valve that allows you to stop from striking out or ‘smacking‘ someone.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief,
of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
~ Washington Irving ~
Karen works internationally with people and businesses interested in psychological and spiritual growth and interested in transforming their lives and organizations.
Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer | Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant | Trauma Therapist
Karen Johnson 416.732.2661