Those of us experimenting with madspace have learned some techniques to help get into the state. Breath is an important
one. Hyperventilation will tend to bring out fiery emotions and a fiery energy in the mind. So will exhaling for longer than
you inhale. Slow regular breathing will tend to bring out calm, still, reflective, flowing energy and emotions. So will inhaling
for longer than you exhale. The trick is to raise the feeling of energy you have while focusing on the problem by using the
breath. Too much fiery energy will burn you out and scatter your thoughts. Too much calm energy will relieve the stress and
be prone to making the thoughts run down. You must balance the fiery and calm energies with the breath to retain focus with
as much emotion and energy as possible.
While doing this it helps to
move. Pacing is always good. The more physical energy you raise the higher you can drive your mind. Sooner or later you'll
hit the overload you need. Tensing the muscles tends to bring out fiery emotions and feelings of energy. Relaxing them brings
the opposite. Periodically sit or lie down and relax as much as possible. Sit upside down, perhaps, to help shake up your
Make sounds too. Sounds meant
to raise your emotions or focus your resolve help. Growling is good. Laughing maniacally does too. Repeating a simple mantra
like “I CAN do this, I CAN do this,....” can also help. By involving the voice you are bringing more of your brain
online at once, and getting closer to madspace, especially if the sounds affect the emotions.
While doing all of this it is
necessary to keep focused on the problem you are trying to solve. But don't think too much about, in a logical and deterministic
sense. Such thoughts involve the forebrain and dualistic non-unitary thinking. Instead just consider the problem as a whole
from many different angles. Look at different parts of the problem. Consider all the subjects it involves or is a part of.
Over and over again, as powerfully as you can.
Deliberately entering madspace is primarily a matter of experience with these techniques. The
more you practice with them, the more effective they become. Description with words can only take you so far. You must feel
it to know what the right balance of emotions and energies are, and to feel how to get to the level of stress you need without
going too far.
It might be necessary to first have a breakthrough experience before any real control can be
had. Deliberately going about solving a large problem, or learning a complex thing, by setting up everything right for a good
attempt and resolving to try no matter what the stress or difficulty might provide such a breakthrough. In making such a big
production of setting up an attempt and taking care to have every edge you can get, you might learn enough about how it works
to start duplicating it in the future. It worked for me with learning perturbation theory by meditation. Before that the eureka
moment and madspace came at random. Afterward I started finding them when I sought them.