Artists sometimes lament their inability to isolate the creative impulse. If only they could captivate the Muse, they reason, they could accomplish so much more. Maybe if they had a deeper understanding of how they do what they do, they could repeat it more efficiently, more easily.
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor gained special insight into this when she suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Enduring the loss of cognition in her left brain, where practical work is performed, she found herself existing mostly in her right brain, where creativity resides. There she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. Banished from her left brain, she found creativity unimpeded by thoughts of physical reality.