Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do you get to know yourself?“
In principle, we have an innate need to get to know ourselves, but it is not very important to find out who we are now, because in our current state, we have our animal body with its small and compact instincts.
In other words, in our world, we have individual desires for food, sex, shelter and family, as well as social desires for money, honor, control and knowledge, and essentially, all these desires are aimed at self-benefit.
We discover who we really are when we rise above the intention for self-benefit, and with an intention to benefit others and the common whole we all share, attain the roots of our souls.
In the wisdom of Kabbalah, undergoing each change of intention is called conducting a “correction,” and we the method of Kabbalah guides us to carry out such corrections until we reach the final, eternal and perfect state in existence called “final correction” (Heb. “Gmar Tikkun”).
By embarking on this journey inside ourselves and in connection with others and nature, we get to know our true selves. We then discover how we are very lofty spiritual entities, and we need only reveal that it is the case.