You ARE the Self! You are pure Awareness. They say, we (our soul, which is the same as the Self, Atman is Brahma) take a body to experience (or maybe to work out karma). But we never cease being the Self, Brahma or Siva, pure Awareness. Perhaps we go through cycles of life (and death) until we realize who we truly are.
But all these are hypotheses until we experience them, no?