The new self is created at four (4) levels in our existence.
1) At first by introducing new life-long goals and intentions, and new global metaphors for the world. (The spiritual self)
2) Second by functioning with new thoughts, and feelings.(The mind)
3) Third by conducting new activities. (The subtle physical)
4) And forth by resulting in to new possessions, as responsible interaction at subtle and coarse material levels. (The gross physical)
The passage from the one level to the next and the overall coordination is though the virtue of congruence.
In a little more development stage of civilization, the individuals fulfill themselves by doing.
In an more advanced development stage of civilization, the individuals fulfill themselves by thinking and feeling.
It seems that our existence is in may layers, L1,L2,L3...Ln, and the lowest L1 is the gross physical body we know. The higher the layer, the less complete or developed. The more we evolve, the more the higher layers are organized acquire autonomy and self-sufficiency. This means being aware of more, being able of more, and more freedom. But this process of development is not automatic, it requires are self-conscious creative will. The more the higher layers are developed, the more we play a more important larger scale role in the lower layer. In other words, so as to develop layers L2, L3 etc, we must join the collective in society in the L1 layer. We meed allies and other existences that have already acquired self and more aware existence in the higher layers.
According to the mythologist Joseph Campbell, all hero's journeys are in a bold way from 6-phases: (see also the book by Micahel Ray, "The Highest Goal" 2004, chapter 2)
2) The call .
From here a downward orbit in our good fate starts. And somewhere in he bottom of this orbit we reach the 3rd step:
Then we may still go further worse. But gradually we start improving, by seeking and coordination with what is the 4th step:
We further improve till we get even better than the initial stage of innocence, and thus we have reached the 5th stage:
Then we stabilize in the new higher laevel and conclude with the 6th stage: