In Zen that Heart Sutra “arouses the mind (Prajna) that rests on no form.” Prajna or the Wisdom Mind is a playful mind, an integrating mind, a MacGyver Mind that playfully uses what’s given to get out of a fix. In play there means and end are not separated. In act of play there is no future.
What does that mean. Prajna is the creative mind. Now America certainly worships that. Think outside the box is a postulate for that—however, creativity isn’t thinking. But you get the idea idea. What is the “box”. The Box is the known, and the known is Culture, all that Culture knows and as shored in the Memory Field of the difference sciences and arts.
So lets get back to Play as I was describing it. What I’m doing here is play. I don’t demean play to being childish fantasy. Play is freedom to create. When you want an answer, a creative answer, you play with the ingredients you have collected. You trust that there is an Intelligence here that transcends the Known or the Box of Culture. You invite the Intelligence to use you as its conduit, that conduit being whatever you art or expertise is.
At some point in your play, you exhaust your strategies, or thinking, and change the subject. You go play golf and take a walk, and when the mind is as empty as a Virgin, the inception is given. Eureka! The insight arrives full blown, and you know what to do. Not thinking kicks in and you work out the translation of the Insight, since it comes full flown. You translate the Idea into a business plan, a chemical formula, or a musical composition that others can reproduce.
When you can play, you are not a victim. You are not the created, but the creator/created. Out of your created box, you create yourself outside of the box. You come the maker of boxes.