Sorrow Cleanses the Soul

by Michael Maciel

We’ve all done something that we regret. Shame keeps us from facing the loss that our action caused, which makes it difficult to be with the fact of the results of what we did.


By “fact,” I mean the changed reality that our action created. What we did cannot be undone—and we know it.


But being with the fact is different from mourning the loss. That’s how we know if what we’re feeling is true sorrow and not merely the emotion of sadness. Something has been broken and it cannot be repaired—that’s the fact. And our full-on acceptance of it leaves us feeling profoundly empty.

Emotions cannot exist in emptiness. They have no place there. If we’re in emotional pain, it’s because we haven’t accepted the reality of the absence. That which is gone cannot be retrieved, no matter how much we want it.

True sorrow can only be experienced within the emptiness of the fact of that. So when we finally accept the absence, there is no emotion, because the new reality is empty.

Why go there? Because it’s real. Emotional turmoil happens when we refuse to accept what is. It’s the reaching for the out-of-reach, desiring the unattainable, and the desperate clinging to what no longer exists that causes pain.

In emptiness, there is no pain. And it’s out of emptiness that something new can be born.

When we come to the stark realization that our life is an abject failure, that nothing we have done has gotten us any closer to God, then and only then can we begin our path of return.

Anything more than that is baggage.

About Michael Maciel

Michael Maciel has studied the Ancient Wisdom Teachings and symbolism since the early 1970’s. He was ordained a priest in the Holy Order of MANS in 1972. Check out Michael’s YouTube channel The Mystical Christ with Michael Maciel, along with The Mystical Christ Academy on Patreon.
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2 Responses to Sorrow Cleanses the Soul

  1. Hamid Emami says:

    When thinking about the pain that my actions or those of others have caused, one of Jerry Jampolsky’s best definitons of forgiveness pops into my mind; “Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past.” (Love Is Letting Go Of Fear).

  2. “And the earth was without form and void…” The earth symbolizes the heart (the anagram is no coincidence). When the heart is made void of all false beliefs (via truth), it is also made void of the painful emotions associated with those beliefs. It is through this void that “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart© “comes into existence within us.

    “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth…. ” In this new state, called “new Jerusalem,” there is “neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain…” Godspeed

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