Self-Love is the Self.

Self-Love is Self. What is the essence of existence after all? Is it a thought? Yes? Then what is a thought? The answer at the heart of the matter is Self-Love. Only Self-Love can birth its Self into existency. If the Self would not love itself; it would not exist. Existence is the effect of Self-Love. Self-Love upholds its Self; it is existence itself. The experience of existence is the experience of Self-Love.
~ Wald