D Akey and Dr. Lima.. I was particularly attracted to this part of the quote:
Genius, then, consists, according to our explanation, in the capacity for knowing, independently of the principle of sufficient reason, not individual things, which have their existence only in their relations, but the Ideas of such things, and of being oneself the correlative of the Idea, and thus no longer an individual, but the pure subject of knowledge.
I find that as Elisabeth Gilbert also noted that the source of genius and creatiion lies outside and we can only "tune in" to become a receptor to it. For me the challenge, fun is exactly how to go about inviting that state ( short of drugs). Sometimes and mostly it is a walk in nature, or maybe a great glass of Scotch and cigar, or music or all of the above.. but primary is to simply sit down and start and be open... It is the "technical" side of art, the learning of the materials, techniques, art history that a good book or art school can be of aid to the artist in achieving what they are guided to do.