Just some thoughts I thought I'd share from personal experience.
To really study and practice the Way, we must become self-reliant, allowing our own minds and hearts to guide us.
Break free from the shackles of organized religion, cults and spiritual groups. Become a solitary cultivator and tell very few people of your practices.
Be yourself, not how other's want you to be.
Cut back on 'spiritual' books. Too much, and clouding of the mind and confusion arise. If you must read spiritual literature, limit yourself.
Get out in nature, as often as possible, preferably alone and use every one of your senses to experience the wonders of life.
Meditation, contemplation, and observing the workings of the world and universe are all that's really needed.
We must become both teacher and student.
Zhuangzi Chapter 2:
'If you allow your mind to guide you,
who then can be seen as being without a teacher ?'