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Serious/SIllY “acoustic umbilical cord”

Joan Winifred

I read somewhere how an expert described our cries as babies..”an acoustic umbilical cord” …cries are necessary to have not just physical needs met, but emotional needs…and what about our spiritual needs??

WE are complex beings with (many buttons) multi-level needs..may be? that’s why (one possible reason why) some of us still cry as adults…we need my POV, mostly our spiritual needs are neglected. (Perhaps, initially neglected by our parents, who for whatever reasons, were Ill-equipped to care for our multi-level needs. Some of us were not taught the basics by our primary teachers/examples of doing/living aka parents…so, may be ? some of us didn’t learn young how to care for our spiritual (and emotional) wellness.)

We readily admit the devestating damage mentally,  emotionally and physically to a baby/young child that is undernourished, etc. or neglected intellectually, linguistically, but what about “spiritually” neglected?? (Stunted compassion growth or empathy growth, etc? A lack of over-all well-being and purpose and direction/meaning in life? A lack of ethics or some sort of moral compass?) Crying adults and children is powerful communication…(we certainly hear a lot of it in the global and local news, eh?)

The term navel appears in ancient writings…here’s one old 2001 article of interest previously read and now re-read:

“A Healing to Your Navel”
IT IS believed that a large number of mankind’s illnesses are triggered by such emotional stresses as fear, sorrow, envy, resentment, hatred, and guilt. In view of this, how comforting the Bible’s statement that the ‘fear of Jehovah’ is “a healing to your navel and a refreshment to your bones”!—Proverbs 3:7, 8.

The bones are the supporting framework of the body. Thus, the Bible uses the word “bones” metaphorically, to represent one’s being—especially as affected by deep feelings and emotions. But how is the fear of Jehovah “a healing to your navel”?

Bible scholars differ in their opinions regarding the mention of the “navel” in this passage. One expositor says that because it is at “the central region of the body,” the “navel” may be representative of all the vital organs. Another scholar suggests that the word “navel” may mean the umbilical cord, as it is used at Ezekiel 16:4. If this is so, Proverbs 3:8 may be emphasizing our need for utter dependence upon God—much as a helpless fetus is completely dependent upon its mother for nourishment. Still another idea is that “navel” may here refer to the muscles and tendons of the body. In the context of this verse, it may be that these parts are being contrasted with the “bones”—the body’s more solid components.

Whatever the specific meaning, one thing is certain: Displaying a reverential fear of Jehovah (the true God of Compassion) is the course of wisdom. Conforming to God’s standards can contribute to our physical well-being now. More than that, it can bring Jehovah’s favor upon us, which will lead to endless life in perfect health—physically and emotionally—in his coming new world.—Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:4; 22:2.


{in a nutshell…God’s standards as outlined in the Bible are not burdensome and are “principles” based on agape love and compassion…unlike many man-made standards (rules)…here in the States and elsewhere that cause much stress, violence and strife.}



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