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->''"Come along if you care''\\
''Come along if you dare''\\
''Take a ride to the land inside of your mind"''
--> -- ''[[Music/TedNugent The Amboy Dukes]]'', "[[TropeNamers Journey to the Center of the Mind]]"

A relative to FantasticVoyagePlot, except instead of traveling into another character's physical body via AppliedPhlebotinum, they [[MentalWorld enter their mind]]. The problem this is supposed to solve can range from recurring nightmares to [[EasyAmnesia memory loss]] to [[SingleIssuePsychology psychological disorders]], and even the odd ConvenientComa. Expect to see some psychological aspects of the character [[AnthropomorphicPersonification manifested as physical beings]], a la ''[[Series/HermansHead Herman's Head]]'' (See GhostInTheMachine and EnemyWithout). Since it lays bare all the innermost thoughts and feelings of a character, it can be used as an extreme case of the BigEgoHiddenDepths or InAnotherMansShoes.

Often the justification for a MindScrew episode.

A closely related plot is the one where the main characters enter [[DreamLand the dreams of their sleeping cast mates]] or the HappyPlace of [[ConvenientComa comatose friends]]. If there's MindControl involved, expect a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind to free their friend in an OrpheanRescue.

Oddly, rarely shown as a malicious act when done by the heroes, despite being deeply personally invasive and usually without consent. This may be [[JustifiedTrope justifiable]], however, if the owner of the mind would otherwise get/remain crazy/in a coma, or, in short, when serious issues are at stake. Less justifiable when done to solve minor issues.

Compare the malicious version, MindProbe, or a single person variant, the VisionQuest.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Captain Tylor drops into a coma due to a MindControl chip implanted in his brain, so Yuriko and Azalyn have to enter his mind to fight it. The problem is this has only worked once in the past and the person entering the mind died, so they've no idea how to go about doing so.
* Interesting variation on the trope: Instead of one character doing this to another, the ''audience'' takes a Journey to the Center of the Mind into the protagonist's head in the final episode(s) of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Shadi goes into Yugi's mind to investigate why he has a Millennium Item. He's understandably surprised to find not one but ''[[SplitPersonality two]]'' minds there!
** [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "By the way, have you ever seen Labyrinth?"]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': During Jim's duel with Judai while he's possessed by Haou, Jim uses his magic replacement eye to take a trip into Judai's mind to figure out what's going on with him. He finds the former [[TheAce Ace]] surrounded by images of his dead friends and listening to to a repetitive loop of [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech the reasons he sucks]] from that season's villains, sinking deeper into despair and [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight farther out of reach]].
* In episode 12 of ''PaniPoniDash'', alien technology causes Rebecca's class to get stuck in Himeko's dreamscape, where they encounter all matter of weirdness, including IdiotHair on everything, a restaurant that serves nothing but crabs, and a fat thug who claims to be the Archangel Michael guarding the door to Himeko's heart.
* In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' anime and manga, the Taoist mystic Subaru takes a trip Within [[spoiler: to pull Kamui out of his HeroicBSOD and [[AngstComa catatonic state]] after Fuuma's FaceHeelTurn and Kotori's death]]. This overlaps with him being a milder example of a DreamWeaver as seen in ''TokyoBabylon'', where he entered the mind of a rape victim named Midori [[spoiler: who once was his ForgottenChildhoodFriend of sorts]] to help her deal with the trauma.
* The ending of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' turns into a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''-[[ShoutOut esque]] Journey to the Center of the Mind for [[spoiler:Hei, after Amber uses the Meteor Fragment on him to trigger the Tokyo Explosion using his quantum-manipulation abilities.]]
** It isn't the first time something similar happened, either. This is the problem with being in an EldritchLocation with an AmplifierArtifact near someone who [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper can change the way the world is put together]]]] and doesn't know it; PsychoactivePowers tend to ensue.
* With the help of a stray Unown, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime's heroes go into a Larvitar's mind to find out what exactly went wrong to make him so untrusting of humans... an incident involving poachers that left its Tyranitar mother injured and the two separated when it was still in its egg!
* Utilized for psychotherapy via DreamLand in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
* There is a machine that allows people to do this in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. They call it ''Diving'', and the user undergoes an OutOfClothesExperience while visiting the patient's psyche.
* In the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' movie, "Conqueror of Shamballa", the mindreader Noah takes the liberty of looking into Edward's past while he's asleep. In doing this she learns about his home and his brother.
* Happens throughout ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'' with the help of a small machine. People's minds are all libraries of various kinds, with their memories as books.
* Happens frequently in ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', as this is the Proxies' preferred method of combat.
* If Road from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is not [[EyeScream stabbing your eyes out]] for the hell of it, she enters your mind so that she can start [[MindRape raping it]]. [[spoiler:Lavi]] did not enjoy the little tour of his own subconscious fears and insecurities.
* In [[http://www.usagi.org/doi/smoon/episodes/smr075.html episode 75]] of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the titular Moon and the other senshi enter Chibiusa's mind to help her after she falls into a dark energy induced coma. In the anime, it also marks the first time we clearly see Sailor Pluto, the one who sends the Senshi there in the first place.
* Whenever it's done in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (via magic, of course), it involves an OutOfClothesExperience.
* In ''Manga/SeikimatsuOccultGakuin'', the school activities include a FlatlinePlotline. The SpiritWorld is depicted as this trope.
* An interrogation technique in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' takes the form of this. The interrogators project themselves into their victim's head, often needing to fight through layers of protective genjutsu, until they reach the core mind. From there they can access and view memories.
** The seal on the Kyuubi takes a form of this for Naruto. In the first part he needed to make a long trek through a maze of flooded corridors to communicate with the Kyuubi; by the second part the distance between their minds had been greatly reduced.
* In ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', one of the main characters falls into a coma after overusing her magic powers, and her closest friend and love interest have to pull one of these in order for them all to wake up safely.
* Tatsuya from ''HekikaiNoAion'' went intro the protagonist's mind to wake her up from a LotusEaterMachine, to do that he must help her to realize that she's in a dream making her face the truth of Simon's death.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Nightmask of TheNewUniverse had the ability to enter anyone's dreams, which he used to assist in psychotherapy.
* In a villainous example, one story arc of the ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' comics had the Thought Police enter the mind of Sleepwalker's human host in an attempt to capture him.
* The final arc of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Girl}}'' has the titular heroine journeying into both her own mind and the mind of her father, the original {{Spider-Man}}. The first version is a typical MindScrew, but the latter is much more serious, as May struggles to save her dad from being [[PeoplePuppets possessed by the Green Goblin]].
* The DonRosa Scrooge [=McDuck=] story "The Dream of a Lifetime" has the Beagle Boys using an invention stolen from Gyro Gearloose to enter Scrooge's mind, where they end up reliving some of his many adventures. DonaldDuck ends up going in after them, to try and wake them up before Scrooge wakes up with disastrous consequences for him and the Beagle Boys.
* Done in Paul Jenkins' run on ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk''. Bruce Banner travels into his own mind to try and strike a deal with his Hulk personalities, each of which represents a different aspect of Bruce.
* GrantMorrison's run on ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} New X-Men]]'' featured a trippy, one-issue-long sequence with no dialogue (save one line on the last page), in which telepaths Jean Grey and Emma Frost travel into Cassandra Nova's mind in order to rescue Professor Xavier. In a later issue, when Jean discovers [[spoiler:Emma's been having an affair with her husband]], the confrontation takes place in Emma's mind.
** In [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Wolverine]] [[spoiler: Wolvie's body has been taken over by demons, prompting Emma to lead several members of the X-Men into his mind in an attempt to drive them out. In addition to people representing aspects of his personality and memories of comrades, Wolvie has doors in his mind dealing with specific subjects.]]
* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' (#31 of the revived series) that had TheAtom literally shrinking down inside of the Joker's brain at the request of some scientists. He is given a tour through Joker's childhood after accidentally walking through the wrong synapses and absorbing some memories.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange does this quite a bit. A person's mind seems act as a sort of pocket dimension, with [[AcidTripDimension all associated imagery]].
* In a ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' Fill-in issue by J.M. Dematteis, MartianManhunter decides to show TheSpectre that there is good [[RousseauWasRight in everyone]] by taking him, along with the rest of the League, into the mind of ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' of all people, showing that in the impossible maelstrom of depravity and chaos that is his mind, somewhere, there is a small house with a kindly couple, representing the tiny bit of humanity the Joker still has.
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}'' story arc about a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent trapped in Wade's mind, there are several scenes presenting this from her point of view, as well as Comicbook/DoctorStrange visiting to work on getting her out.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Socratesland" involves the protagonists going to the center of Socrates' mind to repair a malfunctioning communicator chip, where the various aspects of his personality frolic about.
* During the first arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', Twilight Sparkle does this to Trixie in order to save her from her [[MindRape Discording]] [[spoiler: and an EnemyWithin named Loneliness]].
** The [[BadFuture Dark World]] has Twilight do something similar to Angry Pie [[spoiler: enabling a SplitPersonalityMerge]] in order to finally free her of Discord's control.
** Then, during the Wedding Arc, [[spoiler: Trixie returns the favor by helping Cadence get into Twilight's mind to complete the process of freeing her from Chrysalis' control]].
* Similarly, in ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'', Twilight helps Megan and Morning Glory's family enter Morning Glory's mind in order to save her from the near-comatose state Discord left her in centuries ago.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Uncle uses a spell powered by the Sheep talisman to send Tohru into Jade's mind in order to gather intel, only for Tohru to end up in Jade's MentalWorld and encounter the Aspects ({{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of parts of Jade's mind) before being thrown out. This seems to have been for no other reason than to establish said MentalWorld and the Aspects as a recurring subplot.
* The Series/DoctorWho Fanfic After Life has the 9th Doctor going through this after his regeneration.
* The ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' is a journey to the center of the author's mind. In this story, the world inside a person's head is made up of physical manifestations of the experiences and memories of that person's life. In the case of the author - who is obsessed with zoology, paleontology, and speculative biology - most of the world is mostly covered in dense, tropical jungle filled with every variety of creature from any variation of time, space, or imagination.
* During the final match in ''Fanfic/TheMoonstoneCup'', Twilight experiences this just before the mass of energy in her threatens to explode spectacularly to figure out how to properly use the extra energy against her opponent.
* This is how many Tensei in FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle [[TookALevelInBadass awaken their]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} true selves]] and they can do it once they break through at will. It's not entirely safe and [[AndIMustScream they can get stuck there]]. Or worse, one of the [[MesACrowd parts of them, such as their shadows or previous incarnations]] [[HumanoidAbomination can take over]].
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[[folder:Films]]
* This is the entire premise of ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. Even Malkovich goes into his own mind, and the resulting surrealistic horror might qualify as terrifying if it weren't so goddamn funny.
* This is the whole point of the movie ''Film/TheCell'', where in trying to connect to those who are in a comatose state, this normally therapeutic tool then gets used as a MindProbe on a serial killer by the police and [[spoiler: then turned around on the therapist by the serial killer into a MindScrew. Later, the whole experience then makes the therapist improve on the whole thing to make it a true Journey to the Center of the Mind]]
* ''Film/FightClub'': "Slide!"
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'': [[spoiler: Four times.]] It has gained so much fame for this it could be considered the TropeCodifier.
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}''. Much mirror-maze self confrontation/realization with a loin-clothed Sean Connery and a Omnipotent Computer Brain.
* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' has it happen again and again; the Imaginarium is kinda-sorta its title character's mind combined with the explorers' imagination(s).
* ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'' revolves around government agents entering people's dreams for various purposes.
* ''Film/{{Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}'': Snape introduces Harry to the magical ability of Legilimency, the ability to enter another's mind. We see Snape use it to peruse Harry's memories, we also learn that You-Know-Who used to use this skill to enter people's mind and implant visions so horrible they would be begging for death, and later we see a short, but trippy look inside Harry's mind as he and... well, You-Know-Who, battle for control of Harry's body.
* Near the end of ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', Maggie travels into Freddy Krueger's mind, and sees his memories.
* All the occurrences happening to the hero in ''Film/{{Gozu}}'' can be seen as this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Creator/GregBear novel ''Queen of Angels'' has a climactic trip into "the country of the mind" of a killer.
* The Japanese novel ''{{Paprika}}'' (and the 2006 anime movie based on the novel) revolves around a device that lets the user enter another person's dreams, and what happens when said device falls into the wrong hands.
* The sixth novel in the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, ''A Wizard Alone'', has Nita and Kit travel into the mind of an autistic wizard.
* And, of course, ''The Dream Master'' by Creator/RogerZelazny.
* This also happened during ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' by Creator/TerryPratchett. The Nac Mac Feegles entered Tiffany's mind in order to [[spoiler: bring her some sheep's wool, Jolly Sailor Tobacco and turpentine, all things she relates with home and Granny Aching, to help her fight the Hiver that was controlling her mind.]]
** There are also some short scenes in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'' which show Sam Vimes' mind as a permanently rainy, yet apparently empty city.
* In ''Timewyrm: Revelation'', one of the earliest Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novels, Ace gets pulled into the Seventh Doctor's psyche by the titular Timewyrm.
* In Simon Spurrier's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} NightLords novel ''Lord of the Night'', the eldar trap Sahaal in his own mind. The psyker Mita is caught with him and at first thinks it's a daemon world. She explains the situation, he persuades her, and she frees him.
* The protagonist of Creator/NormanSpinrad's story "[[Literature/DangerousVisions Carcinoma Angels]]" goes on a journey into his own mind to attempt to cure his cancer. It works, but in a twist ending [[spoiler: he can't find his way back out and spends the rest of his life in a coma.]]
* In Andreas D. Hesse's ''Schatten über Fraterna'' (lit. "Shadows above Fraterna"), almost the whole story takes place in the protagonist's sister's mind, after his sister literally fell into a coma and he himself got hit by a truck. As every person his sister knows has an alter ego in her mind, equipped with power according to the relationship to her, he slips into the body of the duke of Fraterna, only to notice that the personification of his evil side has just stolen the most vital artifact in the whole world (the reason for his sister's coma). He is assigned by the queen (the representation of his sister) to retrieve said artifact.
* The protagonists of James Morrow's ''Blameless in Abaddon'' enter the mind of God Himself, where they converse with Biblical characters and dinosaurs playing Scrabble. They discover that God is a Platonist, and hence everything they encounter is the Idea/Essence of that thing. They also learn some counter-arguments to the best theodicies[[note]]A theodicy is an explanation/defense for why evil exists if God is good[[/note]]; they intend to use them in the prosecution of an upcoming trial against... God Himself.
* This trope is a typical day at work for a soulscaper in ''Literature/BuryingTheShadow''. They heal injuries and illnesses of the mind from the inside.
* There's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumegari a light novel]] written by Creator/{{CLAMP}} named ''LightNovel/YumeGari'' (''Dream Hunter''), where the main character Tatsumi Honjou is a ''yumegari'' warrior who investigate the dreams of others and, if needed, dive into them. Every ''yumegari'' must be partnered with a ''yumemori'' who has to watch over the ''yumegari'' and their own dreams; Tatsumi's ''yumemori'' is a man named Kyousuke Kaga, and after [[BattleCouple her parents and predecessors]] die in the line of duty, Tatsumi goes to live with Kyousuke...
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'''s sequel, ''What We Become'', Remak and Rose enter Mal's mind.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, Counselor Troi enlists the aid of a powerful alien telepath to enter the mind of her comatose mother.
** In another, Picard and company attach Data's brain to the holodeck to enter his dreams so they can learn what he doesn't know that he knows.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', O'Brien and Bashir interrogate a special agent this way. He turns the tables on them by [[spoiler: creating a part of his mind that looks like the room they started from and trying to trap them there]].
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': "Terrorform," the gang has to rescue Rimmer from his personal demons as manifested on a moon that has transformed itself into a manifestation of his psyche. In "Gunmen of the Apocalypse," the crew link a virtual reality machine up to Kryten's brain and enter his subconscious to help him fight off a computer virus that he had contracted in order to come up with an antidote.
* Natch, there's a ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' example. When Buffy goes catatonic in "Weight of the World," Willow uses magic to enter her mind.
* Likewise in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Orpheus," the eponymous drug traps both Angelus and Faith inside his memories until his soul is restored.
* In a ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' dream episode, Bobby was trying to get killed by his dead wife (who he killed), Dean fought and killed a doppelganger personifying his massive ball of self-loathing and Sam was tied down in a Christ-pose and used his psychic powers(?) to kill the BigBad of the episode by bringing back his [[AbusiveParents Abusive Dad]].
** In the 6th season's finale, [[spoiler:Castiel breaks down Sam's wall and he has to find his way back to Dean and Bobby by finding and killing Robo!Sam and Hell!Sam, which the wall was making sure he never remembered]].
** And again in the 7th season mid-season finale, when [[spoiler:Bobby is dying of brain trauma, and has to navigate his own mind to escape a reaper coming after him and to find a way out]].
** Invoked again in the 8th season, when Castiel takes Sam inside the mind of Fred Jones, a [[RealityWarping reality warping]] psychic, to talk him into regaining control over his powers since the latter buried himself too deep within his own subconscious to engage him in a more conventional manor.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Matt Parkman was forever going inside peoples' minds and dreams for various reasons. This came back to haunt him in Volume Five when [[spoiler: he traps Sylar's consciousness inside his own mind, ultimately allowing him to take control of his body]].
* In the season four (two part) finale of ''Series/{{House}}'', Chase attempts to use medical hypnotism to unlock House's memories of a bus-crash. We can see both the inside of the bar he visited beforehand, and the bus he rode on. Most details are obscured or not present.
-->'''House:''' God, I hate Beer brand beer!
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', [[SuperMan Clark Kent]] does one of these to get some data from Lex Luthor's head and save his BroughtDownToNormal cousin Kara. It should be noted that the machine used for the trip had killed everyone who tried to use it before, but, well, it IS [[LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe Super]][[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands man]]. Inside Lex's head he finds [[AnthropomorphicPersonification two Lexes]], the adult, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive ruthless]] Lex, and a child Lex, referred to as [[ShoutOut Alexander]], who is good and helps Clark on the trip, while fearing the other one will attack him. Said kid coincidentally serves to revive [[StatusQuoIsGod Clark's faith that Lex can be redeemed]]. For a while, [[YouCantFightFate at least]].
** In another episode, one of the criminals from the PhantomZone tries to [[BodySurf take over]] Clark's body, trapping him in a imaginary world where he is a schizophrenic patient who [[AllJustADream has hallucinated every bit of the series so far]] (The Phantom Zone is a book on a shelf, Jor-El is a brand of shampoo, and so on). It is the MartianManhunter who enters his mind to save him.
* In the ''FraggleRock'' episode "Boober's Dream," Boober goes on a Journey to the Center of the Mind to confront his [[{{Keet}} fun-loving and irresponsible]] [[GollumMadeMeDoIt alter-ego Sidebottom]], who has gotten out of control. When this fails, he enlists the rest of the FiveManBand to [[DreamLand journey with him]] and put a stop to Sidebottom's antics.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Taken}}''. Several characters enter a crashed alien spacecraft, and see visions from their minds - a soldier sees his mother and her delicious cookies; one sees cockroaches, his greatest fear; one of the main characters sees her dead grandfather that she never met, who claims to be how she views him in her mind. In the end, [[spoiler: it turns out the resident child psychic has been pulling these images out of peoples minds and making them see them - there wasn't even an alien crash.]]
* One of the episodes of Disney Channel's ''Series/SoWeird'' had this as it's plot. Fi, Jack, and Clu end up going inside a young boy's dreams to find out why he's having nightmares. The nightmare-creature (represented by a huge mass of black mist) is constantly chasing them, and will only be defeated when the child stands up and faces his fears. What's he afraid of? [[spoiler:His parents are constantly fighting and he's afraid [[ParentalAbandonment that one of them will leave.]]]]
* The episode "Numbskulls of the Beast" from ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' sees the heroes use magic to get inside the head of the BigBad, to find where he has hidden the MacGuffin; They aren't particularly interested in why his wrath is represented as [[SurrealHumor giant red teddy bears]], or what's with his mind having security guards (who are flying Brooklyn-accented [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]]) and cable cars.
* In the ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide", Peter and [[MadScientist Walter]] enter Olivia's mind in order to retrieve her conciousness after she is possessed by [[spoiler:William Bell]].
* Occurs somewhat often on ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', where there are Gates, humans with magical potential granted by an "inner demon" called a Phantom; if such a person crosses the DespairEventHorizon, their Phantom breaks free into the real world, killing them in the process. Wizard and [[SecondRider Beast]] fight to keep existing Phantoms from creating more, usually by protecting Gates from falling into despair; if that fails, they can use magic to enter the Gate's mind and destroy their Phantom before it can manifest. The Underworld is usually depicted as a [[TimeStandsStill time-stopped]] version of the Gate's strongest memory, which becomes fragmented as they fall into despair and is repaired when the Phantom is destroyed. It doesn't happen very often, mainly due to the amount of expensive CGI it requires.
* In an episode of ''STARStreet'', the band take a trip inside Ashley's head after he starts behaving oddly. They pry through some of his memories and emotions before finding the cause of the problem, and even go as far as performing a song to get rid of it.
* Spoofed in the Hartnell-era ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Chase", in which the crew land in a HauntedHouse containing screaming, bats, ghosts, Count Dracula, etcetera. The Doctor and Ian remark that everything is [[ClicheStorm too familiar]], causing the Doctor to postulate that the TARDIS has taken them into 'the darkest depths of the human mind'. Ian, quietly applying OccamsRazor, seems to realise they're actually in a theme park attraction, but keeps quiet so as not to upset the Doctor.
* During Season 3b of ''Series/TeenWolf'', when [[spoiler: Stiles]] is possessed by the Nogitsune, Scott uses his werewolf powers to take both himself and Lydia into his mind in order to draw him out from the Nogitsune's control.
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[[folder:Music]]
* {{Ayreon}}'s "The Human Equation": the protagonist, while comatose has a rather lengthy discussion with his emotions.
* Similarly, "The Trial" from Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'', which has Pink being confronted with his issues.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In one episode of ''AndSometimesY'', the hosts travel into the mind of a CBC Radio listener.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TheBrain'' is a somewhat literal version of this, showing how the brain itself works.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the RavenLoft adventure ''The Forgotten Terror'', the deceased [=PCs=]' souls are trapped in a realm contained in the gemstone of an cursed dagger. In addition to areas that look like they are made of ruby, there are areas based various memories and aspects of the villain's personality. In the center of the realm is the villain himself, who is all-powerful within this realm. It's like a fantasy RPG version of the film TheCell.
* In the French roleplaying game ''La Méthode du Docteur Chestel'', the [=PCs=] are sent into the mind of a psychiatric patient in order to investigate his inner world and try to solve his mental problems. Gamemasters are encouraged to be creative with the (unfortunate) consequences of the therapy.
* This is the fundamental premise of ''Dreamwalker''.
* The surrealistic indie rpg ''Lacuna Part I. The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City''
** The players are agents of an unidentified organization dedicated to curing anti-social (i.e. criminal) behavior by entering a shared subconscious space with the criminal/patient.
** They basically took the idea of the collective unconscious and turned it into a semi-tangible dream world where nothing is guaranteed to make sense, and it's populated with the unconscious, unwitting minds of everyone on the planet. Needless to say, there's a lot of [[DreamLand strange symbolism to be had]].
* ''TabletopGame/Champions'' Organization Book ''The Circle and M.E.T.E.''. In the adventure "To Sleep, Perchance to Dream", the {{PC}}s must enter the mind of a comatose superhero and convince him that he's dreaming and needs to wake up.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The song "Amazing Journey" from ''{{Tommy}}'': "Sickness can surely take the mind where minds can't usually go/Come on the amazing journey and learn all you should know..."
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* This is the central premise of Tim Schafer's ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''-- traveling into the minds of others and sorting out their emotional baggage (literally) and psychological problems.
** Likewise, the action-adventure ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'', in which we discover that people's dreams and subconscious minds contain a lot of {{block puzzle}}s.
*** And the PS2 action-RPG ''VideoGame/DualHearts'', which sadly got lost in the shuffle of case of [[KingdomHearts many games]] with [[ShadowHearts "Hearts" in the title]] coming out around the same time.
**** Dual Hearts and Alundra are created by the same development team. DH is practically a SpiritualSuccessor.
* The "Dive To The Heart" segments from several KingdomHearts games. They generally take place early on and represent the player character's Keyblade powers awakening / resurfacing.
* In ''QuestForGloryIV'' it's possible to see into the mind of a powerful enchantress in your dreams, by sleeping at certain places that have been touched by her magic. The dreams tell the hero what happened to her, foreshadow the climax of the game, and can vary slightly from character class to character class (characters who play as Paladins receive more information about what to do, while characters who have some magical ability have some dreams with [[LoveBeforeFirstSight a more romantic bent.]])
* In the [[VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's game]], Arthur Dent travels inside his own mind. He's looking for his common sense. It's pretty tiny, so it takes a while to find.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' featured several labyrinthine dream sequences including one in which you are injected with about three lethal doses of a psychotic drug, and get a phone call from your dead wife who screams "''[[BreakingTheFourthWall WAKE UP MAX, YOU'RE IN A COMPUTER GAME!!]]''"
* ''BreathOfFire'' uses this quite a bit. Every game in the series had a mental dungeon or two.
* The surreal dreamworld side quest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. It's the side quest where you help a comatose man wake up by retrieving parts of his sanity and reason to make him realize that it is AllJustADream.
* One of the scenarios in ''[[OsuTatakaeOuendan Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2]]'' involves the Ouendan entering the dreams of a six-year-old boy to help him with his bed-wetting problem.
* In the dating sim/RPG ''ArTonelico'', there exist machines called 'dive machines' that allow someone to travel to a Reyvateil's soulspace. The point is for the driver to deepen their relationship with the Reyvateil in order to generate new spells (and costumes). 'Diving' as a intensely intimate act and so a Reyvateil will only allow someone they like and/or trust to do so.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': [[ActionGirl Tifa]] has to venture into the mind of her friend Cloud when he becomes mentally-quadriplegic and sits ''almost'' silently in a wheelchair, unable to do anything, after falling into the Lifestream. She, then Cid, become the main characters until Cloud comes round thanks to her help.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' sees Sly entering the mind of a trance-bound Panda King with a little help from the Guru. Once inside, he finds the Panda King locked in their BossBattle from the first game, continuously reliving the moment of his ultimate failure.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}}'', in which the protagonist, through [[HandWave sheer force of will]], enters Manah's mind to cleanse it of DemonicPossession, ending in a rather creepy BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind against lots of shadowy clones of Manah's younger self. [[TheFaceless But with only]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
** [[NintendoHard That hurt like hell]].
* In ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'', you have to enter the mind of the heroine to eradicate a demon that is devouring her from the inside.
* One of the Quests in ''RomancingSaGa3'' had you go into a character's mind and save her from the being conjured by the poison she drank. [[spoiler:Turns out that the entity causing her nightmares was also making her unable to walk; she becomes recruitable after said mission.]]
* At least two examples in ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains''. [[spoiler:The villain Psymon Omega has you enter his mind and destroy his fear of commitment, the unknown, and the past. Similarly, the famous singer Johnny Sonata has you enter his 'personal hell' and destroy his soul so he can get out of a DealWithTheDevil.]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' features sequences where you enter your own and other people's dreams (and fight inside them, and YourMindMakesItReal if you die...), and the game ends with an extended where you enter your soul and have to prevent the EnemyWithin from literally devouring your memories, and then banish him.
** Gann can also wander around in your dream sequences, as can Kaelyn, Safiya, and Okku if you have enough influence with them at the end. Though only your romance option can enter the final sequence.
* Used as a character upgrade in ''LaPucelle'', which is the prequel to ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. Complete with split personalities, EvilIsSexy, laser swords and all wrapped up inside the mind of a rebellious princess.
** Featured heavily in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', where it's called Mao's "heart" instead of his mind. Much of the plot revolves around Mao trying to defeat his psychological demons and "open his heart" by repeated trips inside his own psyche. In the end, [[spoiler:it's the PowerOfFriendship and not these journeys that allows him to overcome his problems]].
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' assumes the theory that Creator/LewisCarroll's Wonderland was all a representation of Alice's subconscious mind, and in the game Alice retreats to Wonderland after her parents die in a fire, only to find Wonderland twisted beyond recognition by her own guilt and trauma, and takes it upon herself to defeat her inner demons and set Wonderland right once again.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' has your character ''literally'' open a portal to Hell through [[ButtMonkey Techsmith 314's]] mind - after you have him [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong face-raped by a demonic monkey, of course.]] (Played with for laughs, if it's any consolation.)
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', the player and partner are sent into Azurill's nightmare to find out why he won't wake up.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series, there is a machine called the Encephalon which does this. In the entire trilogy, there have been three of these uses - once when retrieving KOS-MOS's memory banks from a black box in Episode I ([[spoiler:shown as Miltia before and after the Gnosis incident began]]), and in Episode II, the crew has to dive into MOMO's head ([[spoiler:shown as the subconscious of the girl MOMO was based off of, combined with a little of Jr.]]'s) to figure out what the hell Albedo did to her back during the MindRape of the previous game. The third incident is in Episode III, where the crew dives into Shion's subconscious ([[spoiler:shown as Miltia before the whole thing with the Gnosis started]]) without even knowing they had done so. All three of them were pretty much {{Mind Screw}}s, ''especially'' the KOS-MOS one (where it doesn't even ''use'' KOS-MOS's memories, instead an amalgamation of Shion and Jr.'s).
* In ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', Ronfar goes into Mauri's mind to free her from Zophar's influence.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this. There's a side quest where you can go into Cyan's mind and help him overcome his (justified) angst.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' has several dream sequences where the PlayerCharacter wanders around a recreation of their childhood home floating in a void, while [[BigBad Irenicus]], Imoen and their SuperpoweredEvilSide spout cryptic foreshadowing at them.
* In [[ArTonelico Ar Tonelico I and II]] the main character can 'dive' into the 'cosmosphere' of the Reyvatails in your party, which is directly similar into exploring a person's inner mind and consciousness. It is a major game play mechanic as not only does it give you an intriguing look at their inner-selves, but is a requirement to unlock more powerful [[MagicMusic song magic]] for the Reyvatail you are diving into.
* Franchise/SilentHill can be seen as this, with each game an examination of a particular character's psyche. ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' being the most obvious.
* This happens multiple times in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', thanks to [[MadScientist The Scarecrow's]] fear toxins. They typically involve a lot of MindScrew, some FissionMailed, and oh yeah, a {{Kaiju}}-sized Scarecrow trying to drive you permanently insane.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft'', the [[EldritchAbomination Old God]] Yogg-Saron will forcibly bring the players into his mind. There, they will bear witness of some acts that took place in the lore (or are currently taking place) in the form of illusions that they must shatter to access the brain, which must be damaged enough to remove Yogg-Saron's invulnerability. However, if they remain inside the Mind's Eye for too long, their ''SanityMeter'' will instantly drop to zero, thus falling into the Old God's control
** In the Wailing Caverns dungeon, the player is literally fighting creatures summoned by a sleeping druid. The final boss is essentially his mental jailer--when you kill it, he wakes up.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', [[spoiler:Henry's recovery from his HarmlessFreezing involves fighting a little girl with HumongousMecha arms (AKA Travis' FetishFuelStationAttendant) in his mind.]] It's a relative BigLippedAlligatorMoment in the game, and coming from [[MindScrew this]] game, that's saying a lot.
** However, it's implied that [[spoiler:it's influenced by the show that Travis was "[[ADateWithRosiePalms watching]]" while Henry was out cold.]]
* It's strongly implied that this is what the Dream World represents in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', but... [[MindScrew then again...]]
* This is shaping up to be a major plot element in the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' FanSequel ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining''.
* Classic RPG ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' contains a boss fight where a character has to fight his/her way though the mind of an insane robot.
* There's an EdutainmentGame called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Journey into the Brain]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has a sidequest where you find [[MadGod Sheogorath]] taking a vacation in the mind of the deceased, criminally insane Emperor Pelagius III's mind, which he finds to be a nice vacation spot. To get Sheogorath to leave, and tend to his Daedric realm, you have to treat Pelagius' mental illness using Sheogorath's Daedric artifact.
* Red from ''{{Solatorobo}}'' takes one after the game's midpoint thanks to a VirtualTrainingSimulation. He winds up having to [[FaceYourFears face his greatest fear]], which is [[spoiler:losing control and killing everyone he loves.]]
* Chapter 5 of ''FinalFantasyXIII2'' features this, unveiling the true feelings and wishes of both Serah and Noel.
* In ''Videogame/ArcRiseFantasia'', the party goes into Ryfia's consciousness in order to bring her back, after she's injured by an attack meant for L'Arc.
* This is the premise of the game ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim 3D''; after being flattened by a cow, Jim ends up in a coma. In order to wake up, Jim (personifed by his ego) must navigate stages that represent different parts of his mind, ultimately doing battle with his femenine side; Earthworm Kim!
* When the player presses the B Button during the important decision in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', Varik enters Dr. Andonuts's mind and discovers the reasoning behind his insanity.
* This is the main feature of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''; Mario can [[DreamWalker travel through Luigi's dreams]].
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters'' has this as a set of levels. After leaving The Bad Place, the heroes end up in a room with a series of doors, each leading to a special nightmare for each character. The whole segment is quite {{Mind Screw}}y and hard to interpret, but:
** Tweek starts as a walking egg, and his siblings are all in eggs in a huge nest out of reach. You must reach the other eggs by jumping up some treacherous platforms to leave. Presumably, Tweek fears being separated or rejected by his brothers and sisters.
** Bungalow starts in a swamp, filled with tokens and swarming with enemies. This is the only nightmare with tokens, and Bungalow must find them all to escape. Bungalow is aware that he is not as intelligent as the rest of his comrades and feels intellectually inadequate, and he fears any intellectual burden because he feels he can't do it.
** Chang starts in a white room, and he's white as well. He's in a room with invisible walls set up like a maze. Enemies are present and visible through the walls, but they can't see him through the walls themselves. Chang possibly fears being ignored or forgotten due to his height.
** Rico is trapped in New Quack City, [[NotWearingPantsDream and he isn't wearing any pants]]. He's being pursued by tanks and police {{Mook}}s.
** Juliette is trapped in a dining hall, wearing a black formal outfit. People can be heard mocking her attire. Dingo enemies wearing masks of the other squad members attack her. Presumably, Juliette worries about what other people think of her, and worse, she fears her friends talk about her behind her back. The pictures on the wall of her and [[BigBad Viggo]] elude to something worse: she maybe feels that her comrades trust her so poorly that they feel she could betray them at the slightest coercion, or she fears betraying their trust.
** Roofus is wearing old army gear, and is stuck in an urban war zone. [[ShellShockedVeteran He fears going back to war]]. The tanks have Viggo's face painted on the side of them; this can be interpreted that, by not killing Viggo in the past, he is responsible for his comrades' current predicament.
* This happens very often in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'', with the weapons known as Soma having invented specifically for the purpose of allowing their wielders to enter the hearts and emotions of others (Referred to as Spiria) in order to rid them of the parasitic [[TheHeartless Zerom]].
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* ''DominicDeegan: Oracle for Hire'' loves this trope. Dominic adventures inside the minds of Szark Sturtz, kid brother Gregory Deegan, even his own, often fending off demons and necromancers with clear understanding and sheer strength of will.
* ''[[http://www.9thelsewhere.com 9th Elsewhere]]'' is about the journey inside the mind of a troubled teenage author with writer's block, where the voyagers are the protagonist (the aftermentioned troubled writer) and the oddball muse assigned to her by a musing organization.
* ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' features the main cast going into Liquid's head following a HeroicBSOD starting [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=49 here]], and later [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=281 one of Ocelot]], with hilarious results:
-->'''Psycho Mantis''': Once, just once, I would like to see a mind that is not a goddamn metaphor.
* We get a glimpse inside of [[spoiler: Zombie]]'s mind in ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' when he [[spoiler: is possessed by Lee's ghost.]]
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', the rest of the party enters Yeagar's mind [[spoiler: to free him from the influence of a malign artifact]]. Yeagar's intellect is represented by an avatar of Artax (the party wizard), his conscience by Piffany (the cleric), and his insecurities by Nodwick (the henchman and the brains of the outfit).
* ''SoulSymphony'': Pretty much the story's premise. Main character Olivia is chosen to cure high school students of negative emotions by teleporting into their "Soul Worlds" and defeat monsters.
* We get a glimpse of a [[MindScrew confusing world]] [[MentalWorld inside Nenshe's head]] in the fifth arc of ''RumorsOfWar''.
* ''NinthElsewhere'' is essentially the personification of this trope.
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* Literature/{{Carmilla}} does it to Samantha Everheart in the third 'Hive' story of the WhateleyUniverse when Samantha is going into a HeroicBSOD. (It's Carmilla's fault this is happening, so she has to fix it.)
* In ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', many went [[@Ozbourne Oz]]OriginalCharacter's mind , and later done with "[[{{Persona 3}} Ra]][[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans ven]]."
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* In ''TheTick'' episode "The Tick vs. Proto-Clown," The Tick gets literally knocked into orbit by the titular monster and goes on a journey through his own mind while the rest of the heroes have to deal with Proto-Clown.
* In the ''JimmyNeutron'' episode "I Dream of Jimmy," Jimmy travels into Carl's highly-illogical dream-scape to deal with his friend's recurring nightmare.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Cyborg and Beast Boy go into the depths of Raven's mind, where they meet embodiments of all the facets of her personality.
* ''{{Duckman}}'' enters his own mind via hypnosis. Inside, he finds a monster made from his guilt that sabotages his ability to love women because he feels responsible for his wife's death.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' did the dream version in the episode "Sleepy Time." Naturally, Spongebob managed to ruin the dreams of everyone in Bikini Bottom, and he awoke to find a group of annoyed friends and neighbors, insisting he stay out of their dreams because they get enough of him during the day.
* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has [[spoiler:the symbiote forcing Peter to go through one after he attempts to remove it]].
* The first episode of the Aardman Animations series ''RexTheRunt'' had the cast entering the mind of CloudCuckoolander Vince in a shrunken submarine in order to cure his Random Pavarotti Disease.
** Instead, they re-tune him to BBC Radio 4.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had an episode where Batman and Dr. Hugo Strange entering the mind of the Joker to find out where he hid Detective Yin before she's killed by a bomb. The latter was quickly side-tracked by trying to psycho-analyze the Joker (which he was just looking for an excuse to do) while Batman [[spoiler:pulled the Joker into ''his'' mind, and tricked him into revealing the location by [[INeverSaidItWasPoison making him thinking they already knew]] ]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has one episode where Danny's overshadowing ability extends to flying inside people's minds, specifically their dreams.
* An opening of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had the titular character enter the mind of his teacher and the mind of a classmate (later revealed to have dyslexia). The first mind was a giant homework factory, the second was a giant picture slideshow.
* In the series finale of ''MightyOrbots,'' when the title robots mistakenly believe they are slated to be [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman scrapped,]] they decide to prove their worth by making a likely suicidal frontal assault on the series BigBad, Umbra, a vast living computer in a DysonSphere called the Shadow Star. They physically penetrate Umbra's body, and find themselves literally ''inside his mind,'' doing battle with the physical manifestations of his thoughts. [[spoiler: Against all odds, they win and destroy Umbra. They go home, and discover they were never going to be scrapped after all. They had misheard Rob planning a party for their first birthday. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Sniff!]]]]
* This once happened to WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} when Lydia became trapped in his mind. She ended up helping his pathetic, wimpy "will power" defeat "Prankenstein," the part of Beetlejuice's personality that goads him into playing tricks on people.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Brothers]]'' episode "Assisted Suicide" the Monarch uses a mind-control machine to go inside Dr. Venture's brain to try and kill him from the inside out; Dr. Orpheus goes in after him to save Doc from the "possessing spirit." However, it turns out that Dr. Venture's mind isn't such a pleasant place to be, and a combination of traumatic memories and Freuidan archetypes send the Monarch running away screaming.
** Doctor Henry Killinger does this to Doctor Venture as well in the episode "The Doctor is Sin."
* In "Memory of a Memory" of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the main duo Finn and Jake have to retrieve a spell from their friend Marceline's memory so that she can awaken from her slumber. [[spoiler:Turns out that they were OutGambitted by [[{{Jerkass}} Ash]] (Marceline's ex-boyfriend) to retrive the memory of a break up so Marceline would think that they never broke up at all.]]
* In the HalloweenEpisode of ''InvaderZim'', Zim and Dib gets trapped in a world filled with twisted amalgamations of characters from the CrapsackWorld the show takes place in, evidently inside Dib's mind. Of course, when they try to escape into the real world, they find it too horrifying to bear and return back to their own (apparently less) hellish dimension.
* The ''DuckDodgers'' episode, "A Lame Duck Mind" has the Cadet, I.Q. High and the VillainOfTheWeek going inside the tangled mess that is Dodger's brain. They're assisted by Dodger's Id, Super-Ego and Ego.
* Candace, Phineas, Ferb and others go inside Candance's mind to retrieve a memory in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Monster from the Id".
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' Miss Martian breaks Kaldur's mind not knowing that he's a ReverseMole. She is forced by Black Manta to heal him, so she and Artemis (disguised as Tigress) enter Kaldur's mind which is shown to be shattered by her attack.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', when Joker gains RealityWarper powers Batman tricks him into entering his mind to drive him insane. The Joker is pulled into a world without Batman, meaning he has no reason to exist and is sane. In horror at this, the Joker gives up his powers to escape.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', this is the plot of the episode "Dreamscaperers". Gideon summons a demon named Bill Cipher to invade Grunkle Stan's mind and retrieve the code to a safe containing the deed to the Mystery Shack. Dipper, Mabel, and Soos must go into Grunkle Stan's mind to stop him.
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* There are people who have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astral_projection tried to do this in real life.]]
** See also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychonautics psychonautics]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream lucid dreaming]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_quest vision quests]].
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