The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Dreams, the Body and Mysticism with Dr. Bruce Bynum

We know that humanity originated in Africa. Africa is therefore at the root of all that makes us human: our spirituality, civilization, arts, sciences, philosophy, and even our conscious and unconscious minds. Today we welcome back poet and author Dr. Edward Bruce Bynum. We talk about his new book Our African Unconscious: The Black Origins of Mysticism and Psychology and about what he will be presenting at his welcoming keynote at the IASD Tucson conference in July.

Bruce starts by marveling about how little we have changed biologically in 50,000 years yet how far we have come culturally and scientifically. We talk about how mysticism emerges out of physical and biological experiences and about the flexibility of our experience of time.

We go into the history of mysticism and how it was not always dominated by old, white men including discussion of female priests of the ancient Asclepion temples and the growing modern recognition of Native Americans and other aboriginal cultures. We touch on OBEs, NDEs, precognitive dreams and pyramids as places if initiation.

We take a call from Ray from Santa Cruz who brings up topics of life after death and past lives. He shares a short, powerful dream about a scarab.

Bruce ends by reading his poem, “I dream”.

BIO: Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Diplomat in clinical psychology. He is nationally certified in biofeedback and is a senior fellow in the National Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His focus is psychosomatic medicine, hypnosis and individual psychotherapy, and he is currently in private practice in Hadley Massachusetts. His most recent books include Our African Unconscious, Dark Light Consciousness (both of which are now available in audio form) and The Dreamlife of Families. New poetry books include The First Bird, The Magdalene Poems, The Luminous Heretic, and Gospel of the Dark Orisha. He recently received an APA award for “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit”.

Contact him at

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We play clips from the following two guest-selected songs: Dream Weaver by Gary Wright and the Moody Blues, Ride My Seesaw.

Outro music is Everything by Mood Science. Ambient music created by Rick Kleffel new every week. Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on May 7, 2022.


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