We practiced pours in watermedia. A mask is applied, painted in careful detail. You pour paint across the paper and then let it dry. You pull off a portion of the mask. You pour paint again. Dry. Peel. Pour. Dry. Peel. Pour. Dry. Peel. The exercise is tedious, and time consuming. But you reveal at the end, layers of transparent paint in luminous layers.
I think people in flux are like this. People learning self-awareness.
Trials are poured across us. Troubles, pain, woes, and sorrows. Those things change us, and if we bear them well, with grace and hope and a learning effort, when we peel back the next layer of mask we've kept to protect us from those pains, we reveal new possibilities for luminous change. In the end, our trials and troubles can transform us into beings of light.