According to Wikipedia, “Psychonautics (from the Greek ψυχή psychē [‘soul’, ‘spirit’ or ‘mind’] and ναύτης naútēs [‘sailor’ or ‘navigator’] – “a sailor of the soul”) refers both to a methodology for describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states of consciousness, especially an important subgroup called holotropic states, including those induced by meditation or mind-altering substances, and to a research paradigm in which the researcher voluntarily immerses himself or herself into an altered mental state in order to explore the accompanying experiences.”
As mentioned elsewhere, Guhen Kitaoka recently discovered that such right wing entities as the modern European Empires, which discovered the unknown continent of America in the 15th century on one hand, and such a left wing movement as “Counter-culture” during the sixties on the other hand, have the common spirit of “cognitive expansionism” to try to discover and explore “terrae incognitae” in a successive way, while always challenging the cognitive limitations and seeking to continually expand the human consciousness.
Guhen now thinks that what he has been studying and practicing for the last 30 years is a “methodology for getting out of one’s own box and for expanding one’s own identity and consciousness,” integrating the Western psychology with the Eastern mysticism, and that this very methodology is exactly what “cognitive expansionism” stands for (!).
This methodology is based mainly on NLP in which he has been directly trained by the four most important co-founders/trainers, and Guhen tends to describe as NLP and his own method as its derivative as “in-brain drug dispensers,” meaning that they turn out to be a purely psychological set of tools enabling their users to reactivate the same states of consciousness they have experienced in the past, by simply secreting the same natural neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, endorphin, etc., without depending on any outside substances.
Guhen further claims that, following a great Indian philosopher, Shanracharya, whom he used to extensively and comprehensively study during his stay in the UK in the nineties, as far as one masters the whole knack of “in-brain drug dispensing,” one will no more need to even practice meditation (!) to achieve the above outcome. Thus, what he can provide his clients with may turn out to be something beyond such meditational methods popular among IT people as “Mindfulness,” “Vipassana,” “Focusing,” etc.
It is in this context that Guhen decided that he may dare to call himself a “Psychonaut” and his method “Psychonautics,” though these terms may sound rather controversial.