A lovely elderly relative of ours asked me this summer, “Have you ever noticed that tears taste different whether you are crying tears of sorrow, happiness or because you are cutting an onion?” I hadn’t, but my curiosity sure was aroused. It turns out the chemical composition of tears is very different depending on the tear type.
Tears are mainly composed of water, salts, antibodies and antibacterial enzymes. There are three major types of tears: basal tears (lubrication and protection of the eye), reflex tears (triggered by irritants), and emotional or psychic tears (triggered by emotions). Emotional tears contain more protein-based hormones, including leucine enkephalin, a natural pain killer. This pain killer is responsible for making us feel better after we have “a good cry”.
Dr. Masaru Emoto has shown with his crystallized water experiments that positive emotions like love, support and peace form beautiful harmonic crystals, while negative emotions like hate, loneliness and war result in distorted water crystals. Tears also have very different molecular structure depending on the emotion contained in it and thus look different under a microscope.
As Dr. Emoto’s famous experiments have shown, water retains an imprint of the emotions and information it’s been exposed to. Water has the capability of memory, if you so like. That applies to the water in our seas, rivers, and lakes, to the rain falling down on us, to the water we drink and of course also to our tears. Through tears of sadness, disappointment, shame, guilt or anger we can release lower frequencies or emotions. Tears of laughter contain the information of joy and happiness.
In a project called “Topography of Tears,” photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher examined what tears look like under a microscope. Over the course of several years, she examined more than 100 tears, crystallized as salt. Different types of tears have a distinct different molecular structure. Even psychic or emotional tears with the same chemical composition look very different. The tears that happen from hard laughter aren’t even close to the tears of sorrow. For images of the tears go to http://www.rose-lynnfisher.com/tears.html
What happens usually—at least in our North American culture—when somebody feels tears welling up? They feel embarrassed, they might even apologize and we are quick to hand them a Kleenex to stop the flow of tears.
Our body is incredibly smart and allows us the chemical release which we need when we are feeling grief and sadness. Moreover, energy follows water. So any energy and tension we are holding due to a trauma or an experience of sorrow can be released with the tears.
The ancient fairy tales by the Brother’s Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, as well as folktales from all over the world tell us about the healing ability of our tears.
In the Brother’s Grimm tale of Rapunzel, her tears heal the eyes of the prince she loves after he is blinded. Don’t our tears often have the same effect? We cry in sorrow about an experience, completely blind to how we might find a “happy ending”. After the release of a good cry and a good night’s sleep, the world usually looks completely different. Our blindness to the beauty and happiness is—at least partially—lifted.
In “The Little Mermaid”, Hans Christian Andersen states: “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” Indeed, without the ability or opportunity to cry, we need to hold our suffering in. Crying is beneficial to health and mental well-being. Our leucine enkephalin and endorphin-filled tears are there to help us release stress and to stabilise our mood. They also act as a signal to those around us that we may be in need of somebody’s loving and empathetic presence.
So next time somebody starts to cry, don’t be so quick with the box of tissues but assure them it is okay to cry and then just hold a loving space for them while their body does what it knows best to do. After all, our tears are the pearls that heal our soul.
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