One thing that has helped me a lot over the years of my spiritual maturation into adulthood as a being with control over my own thoughts and possession of my conscience for myself is books. The one book that helped me the most during the first half of my growth is the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is an epic tale which we in the West call mythological and instructs the devotees of God into the proper relationship one should have with his/her Creator. I'm sure others can comment on this and it's form and function in The Vedas, it's unique timetable, etc.
In Chapter III, verse 17; on service, duty or Dharma, it states in a translation by one of my earlier teachers, Goswami Kriyananda, who runs or ran a teaching seminary in Chicago, IL,:
He who takes delight in the Atma alone,
Is illumined in That and there has his home.
Who rejoices only in Atma's delight,
Has no prescribed duty, is free in the Light.