The wise of heart in biblical consciousness are those who are deeply connected to the inner emotional rhythms of their lives. All personal growth is dependent on emotional intelligence – wisdom of the heart. And in Biblical thought we are alive for nothing if not to grow. The archetypal symbol of the spiritual emotional intelligence in much of ancient and modern literature is tears. Tears have the ability to be our inner masters. Each tear, or at least each form of crying opens up a new path to follow. Each bout of tears discloses something essential about the truths of our lives.
No two people cry alike. We have already mentioned 19th-century mystic Tzadok Hacohen of Lublin teaching that we are each are own esoterica. We are each our own secret. Wisdom is esoteric not because it is intentionally hidden, teaches Tzadok; rather knowledge is kept secret because we are unable to access it. Further when we do finally uncover wisdom, we are often incapable of transmitting it.
One portal however which remains, to our inner secrets – both to reveal them to ourselves and to share them with intimates – is through the gateway of tears. ‘All the gates are closed’, writes the Talmud, ‘the gates of tears are never closed.’
Dr. Marc Gafni
The Dance of Tears