Reaching the self of which I speak requires a journey not unlike the one you've been on your entire life. However, there is a destination which is substantial in a way quite apart from your experience thus far. Properly done you will find yourself requiring conditions which caution has placed far to the back of your consciousness, such as trust and unfettered expressions of love and appreciation. These, of course, are accompanied by a sense of vulnerability which is seen to be unwise to reveal within your current world.
You must bear in mind the nature of existence does not alter itself because the inhabitants of one tiny planet within this limitless universe have corrupted their world, and so themselves, to the point that rather than feeling joy and comfort within existence, fear and uncertainty are allowed to prevail.
The extent of your self has remained defined by your nature regardless of the condition of your surroundings and the people you find yourselves among. Their grasp of truth has no bearing on your grasp of truth, and should you become more aware of the actualities of this reality, you should recognize a distinct departure from those who do not. It is only logical this should be.
Unfortunately, too, your world has been victim to those among you who would use scant knowledge of these things of which I speak to create for themselves a livelihood feeding upon the profoundly innate aspirations and beliefs which are native to your intelligence. These people have created cults designed to serve only their founders, or their corrupt purposes. You are cautioned to not follow anyone even if doubt rises sharply within you about your own capacities and abilities.
This journey is you reaching yourselves. No one else can do this for you. No one else should try. If anyone should, politely deny them. No one is better equipped for this than you for you. You, as well, even though in this journey you may discover a wealth of wisdom and knowledge, will never be able to lead another along this way. Yours is yours. Theirs is theirs. Resist this urge. It may seem simple to you. It will not be for them.