1 – the preliminary for all soul healing solutions is to take responsibility for yourself to find your own personalized solution.
2 – outside sources and directives, even from superiors , are insufficient, and can only be a guideline…”you must devise original plans for yourself.”
3 – don’t stray from the advice of our holy Sages of all generations, but within it, you must carve your own way , personalizing their advice as it applies to your own life.
4 – public opinion is like a torrent river sweeping up everything in it’s path [including the individual mind into being brainwashed].
5 – don’t be concerned too much with what people say, and to not get swept away, you must actively swim against the current, struggling for authentic, individual, unaffected spiritual growth.
6 – a person should individuate themself with the essence of who they really are—-free of social rules, cultural customs or accepted norms—all with a mind of their own….This means bringing out that which is unique in you—so when someone will quote you–they’ll say—”now that’s his/her unique way…”.
7 – individuation is the key to truly exercising your free will and ultimately to reach G-d.
from ‘TO HEAL THE SOUL’
by Rav Kalonymous Kalman Shapira ztz’l, The ‘Warsaw Ghetto Rebbe’, also known as the ‘Holy Fire’, as well as the ‘Piasczenza Rebbe’ , perished in the hell of the Holocaust in 1943.