The work is considered "Great" because it is one of our main purposes in this lifetime, and how we evolve our souls through each successive life.
Many of us are like an undisciplined child whose souls have just began our journeys on the path of the Great Work, and some souls are old wise beings that just need to 'remember' the Great Work in order to evolve. To remember is to become a Gnostic that taps the ancient Gnosis encoded within your very own DNA.
This is the Great Work of Human Evolution.
To evolve by the “opening out” and “unfolding,” of our soul's development to a higher plane of consciousness, and living. In human alchemy, we seek to control and speed up this natural process of soul perfection by resurrecting the spiritual essence in each one us us that has become trapped in matter. This is the purification process of the human being to the purest of its essences which is the light.
The spiritual transformation of the human in which we shed our impurities of toxic eating, thoughts and living. It is the joining of opposites being that of our souls and body in which refine by the Great Work.
Jesus had said about the Great Work, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
By doing so, we become illuminated and enlightened to the Truth of who we are and where we are going. That is to say, to the light while we live through love.
The ancient philosopher Plontius had written, "If we speak and write, it is but as guides to those who long to see: we send them to the place itself, bidding them from words to the Vision: the teaching is of the Path and the Plan, seeing is the work of each Soul for itself."
In order to truly partake in the Great Work, the goal for each one of us is to perfect ourselves the best we can through right thinking, actions and living. To take the higher path of the soul being that of our Lord into a more spiritual way of life while we live and operate in the material world.
We do this by taking reasonable control of all aspects of our lives to become one with our soul as we try to make ourselves, our loved ones and the world a better place than we found it.
Eliphas Levi says, "The Great Work is, before all things, the creation of man by himself, that is to say, the full and entire conquest of his faculties and his future; it is especially the perfect emancipation of his will."
It is the Great Work of both spiritual and material worlds.
Manly P. Hall had written, "Having become a citizen of two worlds, the individual must act accordingly. There can be no backsliding, because the individual must reach a state of certainty before this enlightenment is given that makes it utterly and completely impossible to backslide. He cannot ‘get it’ and then fail and turn from it. If he turns from it, it means he never had it. If he fails, he fails himself. He cannot fail the infinite.”
This is the science of being a true human, and the Great Work of the soul. The art of living in the light through our hearts, and the music of the soul that operates through love, reason, and empathy for all God's creatures.
You are the conductor of this Great Work. Work that must be done on your own path down the road of evolution, or devolution. Therefor, you need to choose your thoughts, actions and life work wisely.
This is the decree of the Rosicrucians, "I do further most solemnly promise that (should I accomplish the Great Work) I will not abuse the great power entrusted to me by appearinggreat and exalted, or seeking to appear in public character in the world by hunting after vain titles of nobility and vain glory, which are all fleeting and vain, but will endeavor to live a sober and orderly life, as becomes every Christian, though not possessed of so great a temporal blessing; I will devote a considerable part of my abundance and superfluity (multipliable infinitely to work of private charity), to aged and deeply-afflicted people, to poor children, and, above all, to such as love God and act uprightly, and I will avoid encouraging laziness and the profession of public beggars.''"