It is only the West that encourages this line of thinking. The philosophy of the Greeks and of ancient Seers and Rishi's, is to first know yourself. You are a radiant lamp and a shining nugget. But to know this, you need inner Silence. When the mind is calm, vacant and quiet, this will open you up to the Higher Forces at work internally, and transform your lower nature. Perhaps you've already started along this road.
As your Love of the Self deepens, you will begin to open to the Higher Light and deeper experiences may come. Let me say that the spiritual life is a big paradox. You need to meditate in order to Love, but you need to Love, to serve, in order to enhance your meditation. They go together.
Hope this helps. If you need to strengthen your practice, then come back to me. In the beginning, there is the religious life; then later comes the spiritual life; the life of Yoga and finally you will be at the point where they blend and there is no dichotomy. Hope this helps.