Some 600 years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci offered his thoughts about Intuition and Creativity. When he had a – goal to achieve, an idea to develop, or a problem to overcome, of course he utilized his logic & intelligence; but to reach the levels of success he targeted – Da Vinci knew he needed to go beyond the traditional left brain filters & limits. He chose Sensory based information ( Visuals – Sounds – Tactile – Feelings ) to penetrate and reach the deeper levels of consciousness.
Further, Da Vinci was all about Connections: connections between his logical left brain and Intuitive right brain; connections between his known goals and what he daily Saw, Heard, Read, & Sensed – always trusting that his inner creativity would identify and reveal the answer he needed, a new idea, invention, or the solution he was seeking.
A well known example of Da Vinci’s inventions: was after weeks of trying to construct a flying machine, he went for a walk, looked up, saw a bird flying, and had his design for a human airplane.
Thomas Edison (like Leonardo Da Vinci) also knew that at certain points in his creations, analytical thinking had to be subdued. He often took short naps, and he absolutely valued one specific brainwave state – sometimes known as Hypnagogia. It was the state between awake and sleep ( technically between theta and delta ).
This state was akin to our Other90%. Edison was well known for sitting in a straight chair with a steel ball in each hand before taking a cat-nap, Just as he was falling asleep the balls would drop into buckets. Edison would wake up, often with a new idea or solution. He had been in the Other90% of his Brain.