Moshe Feldenkrais on creativity and spontaneity

“…all creative people do things in their own way. Painters, mathematicians, composers, and everybody else who has every done anything worthwhile, always had to learn to paint, think, and compose—but not in the way they were taught. They had to learn and work until they knew themselves sufficiently to bring themselves to the state of spontaneity in which their deepest inner self could be brought up and out. Such people are not free of compulsion—much to the contrary. The difference is that what they produce out of the state of compulsion has some value because of the true spontaneous nature of the production.” Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self,  Introduction