‘The Work’ is a term used by many mystery, esoteric, and psychological schools to refer to a spiritual work that is taking place within an individual who consciously decides to embark on the path of self-discovery and inner self-realization of the Being.
In essence, the work is psychological, mystical and esoteric, leading to profound changes in ones own interior, such as expansion and transformation of consciousness, purification of negative inner states such as anger, fear, lust, pride (that in Gnostic terminology are called ‘egos’), crystalization of higher spiritual bodies, activation of psychic faculties such as clairvoyance and telepathy, and much more. It serves a purpose of perfecting an individual and transforming him into a higher form of being, enabling him to access knowledge of himself, the Universe, the mysteries of life and death, the Creation, and that which is beyond the created Universe.
Many sages, prophets, gurus, and spiritual teachers have walked upon this path and have given testimonies of the transformative effects of such Work in various sacred texts. Many of such texts over time turned into organized religion and their message got distorted, changed, corrupted, and the essence of the Work was lost to interpretations. We can still find it though in some texts such as some of the ancient Christian and Chinese scriptures, some ancient Egyptian, Mayan, and Vedic texts, as well as in some Buddhist texts.
This esoteric literature was the basis for emergance of many mystery schools over the ages that had as an objective the ‘accomplishment of the philosopher stone’, or in other words the completion of the purpose of human life.
It was Samael Aun Weor, who was known as the master of synthesis (because he synthesized many of the ancient religions), who made the Work accesible to public in a complete form.
I have been asked by people over the years to recommend them a school where they can learn the techniques for self-realization. I would recommend them the esoteric school Gnostic Society Tradition and Revelation.
Even though I am not a trained instructor from this organization, I can recommend you this school because it provides with everything necessary for spiritual awakening.