What to do
The Mason is “sent into this world, not to be constantly hankering after, dreaming of, preparing for another; but to do His duty and fulfill his destiny on this earth” (Albert Pike, M&D, p.139)
This correlation Pike makes here between Duty, one’s personal Duty, and Destiny is the veritable key to the mysteries! Our Sacred Duty, like Gnosis—direct experiential knowledge of the deepest variety—is ineffable. No one can know what your personal Destiny or Duty is, hence this series of degrees is styled, the Ineffable Degrees. When you discover the work that you are to perform, “all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” (P.Coehlo, Alchemist, p.22) and so we must prepare to put our hand to the plow as well as to hold onto the reins because such an alignment of Will, Intention, Work and Duty will have behind it a force much akin to the inertia of an avalanche!
What if our occupation, our job, isn’t the same as what we have divined as our Duty and purpose? Well admittedly, mine is not—yet it supports and doesn’t take away from my Duty. It may in fact be more intimately connected with it than I can, at the present surmise. This is a key—the occupations we have, the loved ones in our life, the business of the home—all can work with our Duty to assist in bringing it to realization. A little shift in our perspective may reveal that these aspects of our life are well integrated with our Duty. Of course, there may be other aspects of our life that need changing. There may be habits and patterns, fears or past hurts that become complexes and blocks to the achieving of our goals. These are so many barnacles that must be scraped from the ship so that it will sail the smoother, to paraphrase Pike.
The journey in the Ineffable Degrees is a search for knowledge veiled by the symbolism of the Lost Word—its location is deep within US—further veiled in the symbolism of the cube of agate in the underground crypt. This Lost Word is our very own highest aspiration, our Duty to fulfill—our True Purpose to bring to Light. Once discovered, the question of “what am I here for?” or “What am I supposed to do?” falls to the wayside like so many pieces of chipped marble from our Rough Ashlar. It leads to a kind of Perfection, a sense of Harmony.
When we realize what it is that we must
perform in this life, nothing remains
but to begin the Work. One thing we can do is
to visualize the integration possible before us—the
manifold ways that our world supports our Duty
and the bringing to completion of our Work.