One Example: If a guy has trouble saying “I love you” to his wife, what Maamarim might address that by talking about the properties of chessed and yesod, the sefirot corresponding to love (chessed), vulnerability, connection and sexual intimacy (yesod). Once those Maamarim were identified, I thought they might begin to figure out different experiential exercises that can inculcate these concepts and values (articulated in the Maamarim) into the person. After all, people are not brains walking around on bags of meat and very often, emotional pain and trauma that is lodged in the body will only exit by engaging the body.
But none of this happened. Nothing close to it. It pains me deeply but there it is. Many people refused to even go because the Rosh, a wonderful human being and incredible Talmid Chacham (someone who has shown me incredible kindness) has serious anger and communication issues. Others messaged me they won’t go because some of the Rabbanim won’t talk to the other Rabbanim outside of public functions and scheme against the others. Hardly the paragons of healthy happy Jews. Personally, while I hear that, the value of “accept the truth from those who speak it” would outweigh this if not for the fact that there was no attempt at listening and receptivity to people’s needs nor any attempt at articulation or systemization of Chassidus to address people’s needs.
4 – I feel it prudent to point out that Chabad has never been one to tout Daas Torah and intellectual subservience to Torah Scholars. Think Zalman Moshe and Reb Mendel – need I say more? Therefore I feel it wise to address the Asifa’s points substantively, as I just did above.
5 – Claims that meditation is passul (invalid and unholy) will not hold water. The Rebbe himself, was one of the biggest proponents of using powerful techniques that all sorts of unsavory groups used. The Rebbe didn’t care who created them or how they were currently being used.