Just what do we mean by the word wisdom? There are two
ways to approach the subject, both of which have value.
One is a mind-based, intellectual understanding of what
it is and why it matters and the other a more heart-based
way of living in accordance to its principles.
We use our brains to alayse and interpret data in ways
that are adapted to
our own unique learning processes. Thus a mathematician
recognises certain patterns and correspondences, whereas
a linguist or musician resonates with others. We therefore
seek out certain forms and fit new information into our
existing maps of the world.
Our hearts, however, receive information differently and
here it is the absence of form that matters. Here we let
go of all previous knowledge and expectation and simply
enter the creative potential of the unknown. We give ourselves
the space to receive in ways that transcend the constraints
and limitations of our thought processes.
True creativity, inspiration and growth therefore rely
on the balance between
these two ways of experiencing and interpreting the world.
When in balance they create the state of 'flow' that is
so often seen in young children or absorbed artists.
When out of balance they create distorted views of the
world that block natural creativity and development.
Wisdom can therefore be said to be an expression of the
dynamic balance inherent in natural, healthy systems.