If you want to get to know yourself, your REAL inner self, you have to leave what is familiar and venture into unknown territory. You have to explore your own inner wilderness.
How are you going to survive this inner wilderness?
The first thing you may want to do is to call for help from an inner character. The best inner character to turn is to the wild spirit within you who is willing to take risks and explore new territory.
Calling up this inner character is actually quite easy. You can sit quietly and go into a meditative state. Imagine walking into an inner landscape that is wild. This wilderness can be a forest, a jungle, a desert, a mountainous terrain. Just trust the wilderness that comes up for you.
Then call out to your wild spirit to show itself. See what image comes to you. Let your imagination pick whatever image of a wild spirit wants to manifest. Then play and explore with this figure. Ask it to show you how to be wild. Ask it to show you how to survive in the wilderness. See what lessons this wild spirit has to teach you.
This wild spirit is the pioneer in you who enjoys the challenge of investigating and searching for your true self. It enjoys exploring new inner territory. It knows how to preserve a wildness of being, unafraid of what other people say. It is not easily thwarted from your goal and will take you into unknown territory no matter how much fear you have.