But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, ‘they that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick’.
Matthew 9:12 King James Bible
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Matthew 11:19 King James Bible
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Matthew 26:29 King James Bible
Any quotes are dangerous. No quotation can capture the essence of the moment recorded.
What the above quotations show is some kind of healing, some kind of movement of heart, some kind of change is possible.
They are foolish people, indeed, who believe that one can reach the Divine Presence without a vehicle, without relying on a means. It is as though they are saying, “We may reach the moon without using anything. We may jump from here to there!” What is the purpose of knowledge if one does not use it?
(Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani p9 The Healing Power of Sufi Meditation ISBN 1-930409-26-5)
Any true spiritual way offers a vehicle of change. The criterion for the seeker of change is clear focus on that which needs changing.
Only when everything needs changing is a person ready to change.
Abandon the vessel of yourself only if you feel that you are truly sinking. Otherwise it may be safer to stay with who you think you are a while longer, or you may have a natural immunity from this addictive society in the first place.
If you are abandoning yourself, then here is your lifeboat.