I know my Self when I share my Self. As I give my Self, I see my Source returned to me. All that is Whole, all that is Beauty, all that is Holy, reflects back to me in the Joy of Being, in the brilliance of Life, in the Unity of Self. I choose to share only the Self of Beauty, Wholeness, and Joy, that I may Know my Self as Beauty, Wholeness, and Joy.
Self is connected to Source. Self is a spark of the Divine Flame. Everyone has this spark; everyone is this spark. That is why when I share my Self, I am able to see my Source–because I Am what It Is.
But I don’t see my Source until I first share my Self. The seeing, the impetus that makes the seeing possible, comes from me.
“The Truth is Out There”, to use Mulder’s pet phrase. In this context (not Mulder’s), this phrase means that the Truth–Source–is; the Truth does not have to prove Itself, defend Itself, or assert Itself. The Truth simply waits patiently for me (and you) to instigate knowing It, seeing It.
We do that by finding it (as Wholeness, Joy, Peace) first within ourselves and sharing it. To this sharing, the Truth responds, “Heeeey! Hello there!” and maybe gives a little wave. That catches our attention because any attention from the Truth that comes back to us is SO much nicer than the attention we get back when we only share the little self (which is petty and small and only cares about itself).
This is one of the values of things like meditation, self-care, yoga, chanting, etc. These types of practices bring us closer to the Truth within us (even if we just label it “relaxed”), and they set our minds/hearts/bodies to a place where it’s easier to share the essential qualities of Source. The more we can do that, the more Source responds, the more motivation we have to get to that place within so that we continue seeing Source more and more in our daily activities.