Do you know what sand is? We never had sand before I came to the surface, but I learnt some interesting things up here.
Stones, crystals, the shells of sea creatures, beaten by the ocean over countless years, until they become tiny, almost indistinguishable from each other. That’s sand. It took countless years because the stones and shells resisted, but every step that went towards making them sand was a step where they gave in.
And sand is nothing like stones. It’s a complete transformation. Sand flows like a river, sand warms your toes. It becomes this magnificent thing, not from one grain of sand but from all the grains moving together, that’s not liquid, not solid. Sand is the most amazing thing. And if you hold a piece of sand, too, and feel really deep inside it, you can tell the core of it is still what it was. It’s still a stone or a shell, you can feel that, feel the difference, with your aetheric senses.
Gods are like that, and tempering is like that. From a distance, it seems like being worn away and worn away until there’s nothing left of you. But really every grain of sand is still unique. They’ve just learned to flow together. They’ve learned to be as one. You have to give up a lot of things, and yes, it will be painful, but in the end you’re part of something beautiful.