When we study Buddhism, we learn about the view and the meditation as supports for encouraging us to let go of ego and just be with things as they are..... These supports are often likened to a raft. You need the raft to cross the river, to get to the other side; when you get there, you leave the raft behind. That's an interesting image, but in experience its more like the raft gives out on you in the middle of the river and you never really get to solid ground.
-Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are