Knowledge And Wisdom, Awareness, Openness and Generosity.
Human intelligence has an extraordinary beauty. It is a wonder of nature, and both our own and our common future is depending on the recognition of
its true potentialities.
Every child, man and woman is longing to trust their own intelligence, their minds and instincts and to be able to express freely, what they wonder
about, sense, feel and think. Asta Fink also believes that we badly need a culture where we commit ourselves to listening openly to others who are expressing views that are not immediately intelligible or acceptable
to us. We all have to guard against the danger of being prematurely old because of tiredness, materialism and narrow-mindedness.
One of the preconditions for transforming the destructive patterns involved here is that we develop the skill of inner and outer awareness.
Awareness is a fundamental quality of mind that has brightness, presence and openness as its main characteristics. You will see it with small children, absorbed in playing with their feet, as you will see it with
anybody absorbed in a specific task. Meditation is a practice that aims at developing this faculty of inner and outer awareness beyond the common limitations of emotional interferences.
It is also helpful to understand to what extent the common polarisation between objectivity and subjectivity restricts and distorts the natural and
creative use of our intelligence. This polarisation can be compared to the common polarisation between women and men. The Danish author Karen Blixen has stated that the “key to the essence of the Woman is locked
into the casket of Man, just as his key is locked into hers.” If that is so, what is the solution? In a way it is simple: The solution lies in openness. The situation only stays hopeless if we keep being preoccupied
with whether we will get our own key. If on the contrary we are focussing on whether we as women are giving the man his key, and if we are willing to receive ours from him and vice versa, then it is no longer
hopeless. We can control that, and this is where generosity comes in:
Likewise: when a hard-line scientist acknowledges the need for intuition and sensitivity and a more intuitively minded professional person
recognises the need for precision and (self) discipline, then the natural beauty of intelligence can begin to unfold.