The term psychonautics comes from the Greek words psuchè (life breath, spirit, soul, mind) and nautès (sailor, navigator). It translates as (the art of) 'sailing the mind' or 'navigating the psyche'. The term, which constitutes an elaboration of the term *psychonaut, is attributed to the Swiss-Mexican ethnobotanist Jonathan Ott. It is used to denote the exploration of the psyche by means of techniques such as meditation, prayer, * lucid dreaming, brainwave entrainment, * sensory deprivation, and the use of * hallucinogens or * entheogens. A person involved with psychonautics is called a * psychonaut.
   Ott, J. (2001). Pharmanopo-psychonautics: Human intranasal, sublingual, intrarectal, oral and pulmonary pharmacology of bufote-nine. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 33, 273-282.

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