When looking at the mind, intellect and its connectivity to the Self, i felt it is easier to understand and relate it with the example of the knife. Intellect, as a sharpened blade is essential to discriminate, execute. It becomes a dangerous tool only when it is not rooted in the wooden case, The Self. The same intellect when connected with the Self, can be a potential instrument for the right usage.
Meditation is that vital platform where the unseen factory transforms the various potential factors to connect to the Real Self. Awareness, again is the prime factor to realize and to remain in it.
It is indeed important to have the right instrument and the right person to make use of it too. Understanding and working towards the same, lets us have the clarity and confidence in making the best use of the instrument.