The fire of the foundry is used to heat the metal to a malleable state so that the swordsmith can hammer out the impurities, called slag. The metal is then expertly folded and properly cooled. The entire process, when done properly, gives the metal strength, balance and flexibility.
The forging process involves repeated firing, hammering, folding and cooling. The legendary Katana has over 1000 layers (though it is debated how many times it is actually folded), let’s just say it’s been folded many, many times.
As spiritual Warriors, we are repeatedly placed in the fire of the foundry so that we can be forged into our greatest potentials. We are heated to become malleable, hammered to remove impurities, folded and cooled to give us strength and flexilibility. This is all done out of Love to bring us to our greatest potential.
The greater our ability to be both strong and flexible, the greater our potential to separate the truth from the illusion with precision and accuracy.
So fellow warriors, be not afraid of the fire making us more malleable. Fear not the hammering process to remove our impurities and illusions. Surrender to the folding. Be still during the cooling process. As it is our willingness to undergo the forging process that allows us to experience our very purpose: Love.
It is the Swordsmith’s Love of the Sword that brings it to being. Just as it is the Creator’s Love for Us that brought Us into being. The only difference is that the Creator’s Love for Us is constant throughout the entire process.