I was reading this post from An-Noor blog.
As soon as I read it, a verse from Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar saheb's poem "Jaam o Meena ki hai Farawani" came in my mind. Below is a not so good translation.*
Shaykh-e-kaamil se jo hai mustaghni
Payega kaise zill-e-Rahmaani?
He who keep himself away from a kaamil shaykh
How can he aquire the Shade of Rahmaan?
A person always needs a teacher, a guide. Sahabah Radhiya Allahu Ta'aala anhum had the best of guides, Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. The Tabi'een had the Sahabah, and so on and so forth. Until now if we see in our scholars, you will find chains leading up to Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, not only in the field of hadeeth, but also in other fields, including the field of sulook.
So there is no need to feel embarassed of taking a shaykh, or too proud to have a shaykh. Everyone needs a guide, and Allah Ta'aala in His infinite mercy has provided us with many guides who can rightfully teach us how to love Allah Ta'aala and gain His proximity. Find a guide you have a connection (nisbat) with and stick to that guide, follow that which he tells you. Insha Allah you will find it will be one of the most beneficial things.
*If someone has a better translation or I have made a mistake, please comment.