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Oneironautics (/ənrˈnɔːtɪks/) refers to the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. Such a traveler in a dream may be called an oneironaut.

Within one's dream[edit]

A lucid dream is one in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. They are able to exert some or a complete control over the dream's characters, narrative and/or environment. Early references to the phenomenon are found in ancient Greek texts.

Within the dream of another[edit]

The idea of one person being able to consciously travel or interact within the dream of another person, known variously as "dream telepathy",[1][2][3][4] "telepathic lucid dreaming", or "telepathic dreaming",[5] has been explored in the realms of science and fantasy fiction; in recent works, such an interaction is often depicted as a computer-mediated psychotherapeutic action, as is the case in The Cell, and Paprika, as well as through the direct intervention of another sleeping person, as in Inception, Dreamscape, and Waking Life. The concept is also included in the fantasy series The Wheel of Time as an ability "dreamwalkers[broken anchor]" are able to use.

A trope in such works of fiction explores the ramifications of whether the sleeping protagonist should enter the sleeping brain of another as opposed to allowing another individual to enter one's own brain; the entering of another individual's brain often results in unpleasant surprises, depending upon the mental state of the host or the preparedness of the guest. Roger Zelazny's 1966 sci-fi novella The Dream Master, which applies computer-mediated dream telepathy in a psychotherapeutic setting, focuses on the protagonist's growing struggle to keep his balance as he enters the brain of a fellow psychotherapist who is blind, and subconsciously destructively hungers for the visual stimuli upon which dreams largely depend.

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  1. ^ Bosma, Harry. "The Importance of Dreams Survey – Lucidity And Telepathy". Alquinte.com. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ LaBerge, Stephen (1985). "Chapter 9: Dreaming, illusion, and reality". Lucid Dreaming. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-33355-1.
  3. ^ Ullman, Montague; Krippner, Stanley (June 2003). Dream Telepathy. ISBN 1-57174-321-9.
  4. ^ Waggoner, Robert (2009). "Does Dream Telepathy Explain Mutual Lucid Dreaming?" (PDF). The Lucid Dream Exchange. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-09-27.
  5. ^ "Telepathy Dreams". The Psychics & Mediums Network. Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-05-15.