as moth to flame
ever we are drawn
to the refiner’s fire
so as long as we choose to remain
mere semi-precious stones
mortal material too impure
to channel the energy of spirit
the crucible will call to us
with implacable summons
and happily in we clamber
as fool stepping from cliff
bedazzled by illusions
guised as visions
reaching always beyond grasp
enchanted by a dream too far
thus we consign ourselves
to the hell-fires
of our own kindling
and there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth
but the purpose is served
to break the oblivious bonds
of recalcitrant ego structure
rendered liquid to purge the dross
that fragmented shards
of what grace we possess
might coalesce into critical seed
germinating the blueprint
of the reconstructed self
and when the fires subside
undergo the phase transition
lattice work aligned with soul
forming crystalline translucence
and thus emerges
the Jewel in the Lotus

The most common method of purifying solid organic compounds is by recrystallization. In this technique, an impure solid compound [is heated and] dissolved in a solvent and then allowed to slowly crystallize out as the solution cools. As the compound crystallizes from the solution, the molecules of the other compounds dissolved in solution are excluded from the growing crystal lattice, giving a pure solid.

From: Wikipedia

The crystallization process consists of two major events, nucleation and crystal growth. Nucleation is the step where the solute molecules dispersed in the solvent start to gather into clusters, on the nanometer scale (elevating solute concentration in a small region), that become stable under the current operating conditions. These stable clusters constitute the nuclei. However, when the clusters are not stable, they dissolve. Therefore, the clusters need to reach a critical size in order to become stable nuclei. It is at the stage of nucleation that the atoms arrange in a defined and periodic manner that defines the crystal structure…

The crystal growth is the subsequent growth of the nuclei that succeed in achieving the critical cluster size. Nucleation and growth continue to occur simultaneously while the supersaturation exists. Supersaturation is the driving force of the crystallization, hence the rate of nucleation and growth is driven by the existing supersaturation in the solution. Once the supersaturation is exhausted, the solid–liquid system reaches equilibrium and the crystallization is complete, unless the operating conditions are modified from equilibrium so as to supersaturate the solution again.

For crystallization (see also recrystallization) to occur from a solution it must be supersaturated. This means that the solution has to contain more solute entities (molecules or ions) dissolved than it would contain under the equilibrium (saturated solution).