It was, according to a theory he’d studied in depth, a result of first observing and information gathering, then allowing the assembled fragments of data, insights and information to blend together. This was where ideas and solutions were born apparently. You couldn’t force it with “6 Steps to Creativity”. You had to leave it to settle for a while. To ferment.
But that was just another theory, another guess at the infinite complexity of the human mind. He’d practiced it a few times and it felt good, like releasing a cramp on your brain, a cramp caused from over rationalising. Like constantly doing reps in the gym on one muscle, it would get tight and sore, even chronically tight so that it an over reliance on one strength became a problem for other muscles around