Two teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, recorded by Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye in Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Shmini and Devarim, and collected in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Parshat Shemot.
Just as the whole people of Israel was in exile in Egypt and was then redeemed from Egypt, so is there exile and redemption in each one of us. As I heard from my teacher [the Baal Shem Tov] on the verse “Come near to my soul and redeem it,” before you pray for the universal redemption you should pray for personal redemption.
There are two kinds of exile: the physical exile of Israel among the nations, and the spiritual exile of the soul amid the evil inclination. As I heard from my teacher [the Baal Shem Tov] on the verse “Come near to my soul and redeem it,” each kind of exile follows from the other, for we are pained by both.
Come near to my soul…Psalms 69:19