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Newborn Cry at Birth: Symbolic and Spiritual Implications (Answering the Question Why Newborn Cry)
A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
– By Eda J. Le Shan
Cry: What Does It Really Mean?
Crying is a natural emotional response to a psychological or spiritual situation usually the feeling of pain, sadness, hurt, or an emotional outburst of joy and happiness during a pleasant event. Either way, it’s an expression in which people seek to touch their souls or the world beyond—a symbolic show of connection to their essence or something beyond themselves.
While most human cries are associated with pain, loss, and suffering, we also have cries associated with beauty and joy. A form of cry associated with beauty and joy is from sublime or melting experiences when our souls reflecting deeply, remembering, and associating events of the past with those of the present, and becoming overwhelmed by life’s gifts of undeserving grace.
Stephen Sideroff, a psychologist, puts it this way: “People cry in response to something of beauty. There, I use the word ‘melting’. They are letting go of their guard, their defenses, tapping into a place deep inside themselves.”
If we link our tiresome toils and suffering during any dark period of our lives—when nothing seems to be happening; when our efforts are not recognized; and our labours are non-paying to moments of sudden rose to prominence, lamplights, or high achievements, our sense of control may become sublime, and then we found ourselves completely melted away, and in tears—in a kind of self-imposed humility. But if the feeling is that of pain, loss, and suffering, this action will appear to us as a natural coaction—the type we may feel forced to accept against our will, rather than a self-imposed humility.
There have been questions bordering on why people cry. These questions have been asked in different ways and tones by millions of people and many answers have been provided in an attempt to explain why people cry. This article focuses on providing answers to the symbolic cry of a newborn, and its spiritual implications. Before then, I wish to first explore some of the reasons why people cry.
Why Do People Cry? Here Are 12 Reasons People Cry
1. People cry as prayer offerings to the divine
2. People cry to relieve stress and emotional pressure (displeasure or pain)
3. People cry as mean of connecting with the world beyond—a mean of penetrating into deep place where aspiration and yearning could be met
4. People cry in admittance of their feeling uncertainty—the feeling of fear, confusion, and blur vision of the future
5. People cry to express anger, pain and suffering or to express joy—cry just for the sake of expression
6. People cry to solicits attention, empathy, sympathy and love
7. People cry to honour holy men and women (Religious) such as saints, martyrs, prophets or notable political figures whose legacies are believed to be helpful and impacting
8. People cry for joy—an experience of touching, melting or sublimity of the soul
9. People cry to show sign of repentance, remorse, and or as a means to obtain mercy and forgiveness for wrongdoing
10. People cry to show love and patriotism to loved ones, country or homes—especially at moments of parting, death or painful events or experience
11. People cry to deceive and defraud other people—this is common among the political class, cons and lobbyists
12. People cry to show helplessness—the summary of all the reasons why people cry is ‘helplessness’. This is because, if we can control the events/situations that make us cry, whether negative or positive, we will not have to cry at all. So cry to me is ‘All human helplessness expressed’.
Cry of Newborn and Grownup: Are They of Equal Spiritual Implications?
While I was running a quick list of the above reasons why people cry, I had this question running through my mind: Are the reasons newborn cry at birth the same reasons grown-ups cry? Are there any differences? If there is a difference what can the differences be or mean?
Answering this question, I will say in some ways, ‘yes’ and in some other ways, ‘no’ for obvious reasons.
The reasons a grown-up cry is quite different from the reasons a newborn cry at birth. While there is no argument about the existence of some similarities, there are also some points of differences because of differences in needs and experiences.
The similarities are seen in the psychological manifestation of emotions, the physical manifestations to pain, changes in state or environments, and a deeper connection to a divine essence—an essence or innate knowledge, abilities, and capabilities which we wish to see actualized.
The differences, however, are in the level of acquired knowledge, abilities and capacities to manifest. While a grownup acquires additional knowledge and skills which helps him to manifest, a newborn do not or have not acquired such abilities and skills. For instance, a grown-up person through growth, experience, and development processes had learned to lie or that people are not to be trusted. A newborn is innocent of these facts even though he may be genetically or innately endowed with such abilities.
Now, it is difficult to assess what a newborn knows or the amount of knowledge available to a newborn, the extent of development of the newborn make assume that some form of knowledge is not available to them—even if they were, the level of physical body development could limit the expression and manifestation of such knowledge.
Let’s take a look at this table:
What Are the Symbolic of the Cry of a Newborn
Jeremiah Chapter 1:5 made an astonishing claim of God forming and sanctifying him, Jeremiah, even before he came forth out of the mother’s womb. This claim reveals something deep about the life of a human. What does this mean? It means we are not just accidental beings. We are carefully planned being to manifest a purpose and as such, we need guides towards manifesting this purpose.
Call for Spiritual Guidance
The newborn cry is a call for spiritual guidance and it is very symbolic because, at birth, the child separates from the mother, and becomes a new being. As the child separates, he or she accepts responsibilities for his own spiritual life. While this responsibility is not immediate, and the implications of the separations are not visible, it’s divinely innate in the child that one day He/she shall take responsibility for his/her own spiritual existence.
An Indication of Divine Connection
The newborn cry is a show of divine connection and it is symbolic because of every one us experiences and explores our divine or spiritual connection through faith in the unseen, manifestation of talents and innate abilities, use of intuitions and emotional intelligence. At birth, the newborn is made aware of this connection which can only be attained through the yearnings of the soul.
An Indication of Acceptance of Role and Needs Manifest
The newborn cry is an indication of acceptance of role to manifest in this earth the gifts, talents, and message which he carries from the spiritual realm. While he or she does not begin the manifestation of these gifts immediately, the newborn made it clear from his/her symbolic cry that accept the responsibility to manifest his own God’s given role on earth. Do I need to remind that cry is symbolically a manifestation? Certainly no because even the neonate is aware of the need to manifest and that need expressed in the first symbolically cry at birth.
A sign of Prayer Offerings
The cry is symbolic of prayer offerings. As indicated by experiences of men through history especially during difficult and trying moments, our yearning becomes so deep that the only pray we can offer is cried. I remember during the 9/11 bombing of the world trade center, a woman was being interviewed and she said: “I cried and then I prayed”. Sometimes the emotions are so deep that the only way we could bring them out is to cry. It could be a cry for joy or a cry for liberation from pain.
The cry of a newborn too can either be that of crying for joy or that of crying for liberation from pain. The first cry can be symbolically linked to a cry for joy or beauty—a marvel at the beauty of the world or the shrewd pain the child would have to live through. It is symbolic of an offering of a thanksgiving prayer or an offering of prayer for help to be able to face the uncertainty in the world. Whichever way, the cry of a newborn is a symbolic prayer offering. In some culture, the newborn is forced to offer this prayer because of its symbolic.
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