Joe C
by on July 30, 2019

I want to give credit to Leo from for inspiring me to create this post. He has a video about recontextualization which is very interesting and I would recommend checking it out:

To paraphrase what he says in this video, recontextualization allows you to change how you feel about a situation without changing the facts. In any situation, recontextualization is possible if additional information is acquired. He describes nonduality as the ultimate context, so having a nondual awakening would be the ultimate recontextualization. This doesn't change science or the facts, but it changes the context in which science and the facts are to be understood. The video is an hour and a half long, so this is by no means a sufficient summary.

Having given credit to Leo, let's proceed with our discussion of psychedelic recontextualization. On one of my more intense mescaline trips, I realized that the universe is perfect. Completely and without exception, the universe is more perfect than you could ever imagine. The word that comes to mind is reconciliation. All problems are reconciled. When we perceive something as being a problem, this is simply due to our limited human understanding. It is not just that the universe does not make mistakes, for this is a statement of neutrality. It is that everything the universe does is breathtakingly beautiful, unspeakably perfect. The word heaven has to be redefined to incorporate this experience of cosmic perfection.

While I didn't understand this fully then, this was an experience of recontextualization. It's like if someone was doing something which hurt you, but you found out that they were really trying to help you, and the hurt they caused was completely unintentional. This doesn't change the objective facts, this doesn't change the fact that they engaged in an activity which hurt you. But it changes the context, and therefore changes your fundamental interpretation and understanding of what happened. In saying the universe is perfect, this is not saying suffering is not real. This is saying as human beings we lack full understanding of the universe, and there is a greater context in which suffering happens. The reconciliation lies in this cosmic recontextualization. The purpose of the universe is not to make humans happy, so we assume the universe is without purpose. If we are not the center of the universe, then nothing is. But the universe has a purpose, in a sense, although you have to expand the definition of the word purpose to include something so expansive and contemplatively unprecedented. The universe has something better than a purpose which the word purpose may not be strong enough to encompass. The word purpose implies that the goal hasn't been achieved yet, but the universe has fully achieved its purpose. Purpose implies some possibility of failure, but there is no such possibility. Purpose implies some sort of opposite, but there is no such opposite.

The psychedelic landscape is an uncharted frontier. We do not have a comprehensive understanding of the realms to which psychedelics take us. When I say that psychedelic experiences recontextualize, I cannot tell you exactly what the new context is. Where I disagree with Leo from is in his claim to know the ultimate context. I do not believe nonduality is sufficient to summarize the ultimate recontextualization. Psychedelics show us that the ultimate recontextualization is far crazier than anything anyone has ever articulated. Terence McKenna said he could never quite explain the psychedelic experience, that he could only get close to explaining it, and some days he got closer than others. There is no perfect articulation of the ultimate psychedelic recontextualization that has yet been uttered. Our understanding of this is in it's infancy.

There is nothing more offensive than psychedelic recontextualization to someone who has an identity as a victim. I'm not saying there are no victims; I'm saying there is a difference between being a victim and identifying as a victim. Not all victims identify as victims. Psychedelic recontextualization is not politically correct. Psychedelic recontextualization is not attractive to people who want to perpetuate ideologies that try to fundamentally distinguish between good people and bad people. The idea that reality is perfect is scary to a lot of people. At the same time, there is nothing more healing than psychedelic recontextualization. There is nothing more healing than realizing your suffering exists in a context that is more meaningful and beautiful than you ever could have comprehended. True healing is offensive, and does not fit the mold for what society thinks healing *should* be.

The power of psychedelics to heal depression and social anxiety is fundamentally tied to their ability to recontextualize. Depression and social anxeity are rooted in belief structures that in many cases are factual. We can't overcome depression by debating the facts if the facts are correct. Let's say you have social anxiety because you can't speak without stuttering. If this is an objective fact, your anxiety is rooted in a fact which is true. The only hope is to recontextualize. God fell asleep, he is having a dream where he thinks he is a guy who stutters, who has terrible social anxiety. God becomes aware of the fact that he is dreaming, and this man no longer feels insecure about the fact that God stutters. Mainstream medicine treats depression and anxiety. Psychedelics, used in a correct and careful context, can heal these conditions permanently.

Part of the message is that sexuality is a fundamental aspect of reality. Sexuality is not random, it is part of the fabric of existence. On a macro level, the masculine and feminine are engaged in a state of transcendental harmony and bliss. There is only one masculine and one feminine, so this may be the only context in which the term soul mate is truly and literally appropriate. But this meta-relationship includes all earthly relationships, so any passion involved in an earthly relationship is simply a microcosm of the passion between the divine masculine and the divine feminine. There is a way of seeing pain as negative pleasure, so there is only pleasure and negative pleasure, both have the geometric shape of pleasure. There is something deeply kinky about this recontextualization of pain, and the analagous statement that nothing exists other than the pursuit of pleasure. If the universe is fundamentally made out of consciousness, and the fundamental nature of consciousness is that it chases pleasure over pain, then the best way to characterize the universe is that it is trying to have fun.

The divine masculine and feminine are eternally united in perfect harmony, the suffering of life is forgetting this, thinking that love is conditional and must be earned or pursued. Death is falling again into remembering. The suffering of life actually provides the best possible context for reawakening, for as orgasmically blissful as eternal harmony is in and of itself, the depths of the euphoria are from the contrast of reawakening to this from the suffering of everyday life. The statement that a tree cannot grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell is to be taken literally.

The universe is nothing, nothing is equal to zero, zero = x - x for any x, so that zero contains every possible x. Hence the universe contains everything through some cosmic subtraction, that subtraction is the masculine feminine dichotomy which mathematically vanish to nothingness. Why does something exist as opposed to nothing? Because the masculine and feminine exist in such perfect mathematical harmony that they vanish to absolutely nothing, and nothing contains all possible somethings.