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Edward Bruce Bynum. Ph.D., ABPP joined me on MLK day to talk about his new book Our African Unconscious: The Black Origins of Mysticism and Psychology.
Dr. Bynum’s premise is that RACE is a national struggle that elicits fearfulness in some and hopefulness in others. Whether you are fearful or hopeful depends on your level of African unconscious.
Our African unconscious is thoroughly researched and examines the ancient soul of Africa and its correlation with the collective unconscious. This is not a book of hate. Instead, it is a book of understanding to precipitate the much-needed change our society faces today.
The fossil record confirms that humanity originated in Africa. Yet somehow, we have overlooked that Africa is also at the root of all that makes us human—our spirituality, civilization, arts, sciences, philosophy, and conscious and unconscious minds.
In this African-revisioned look at the unfolding of human history and culture, Edward Bruce Bynum reveals how our collective unconscious is African. Drawing on archaeology, DNA research, history, depth psychology, and the biological and spiritual roots of religion and science, he demonstrates how all modern human beings, regardless of ethnic or racial categorizations, share a common deeper
identity, both psychically and genetically, connected with a primordial African unconscious.
Exploring the beginning of early religions, spirituality, and mysticism in Africa, along with philosophy, art, and science, the author looks at the Egyptian Nubian role in the rise of civilization and the emergence of Kemetic Egypt, revealing how and why ancient Egypt was separated from the rest of Africa in the Western mind—despite it being the most sophisticated expression of the Mother Continent. Next, he examines the Oldowan, the Ancient Soul, and its correlation with what modern psychologists have defined as the collective unconscious. Finally, revealing the spiritual and psychological ramifications of our shared African ancestry, the author examines its reflections in the present confrontation in the Americas, in the founding fathers’ work, and in modern Black spirituality, which arose from African diaspora religion and philosophy.
We talk about
- Race relations today
- How republicans try to control others
- Why black is preceived as a negative and white a positive
- 93% of the Universe is dark matter
- Race as a political issue
- The collective unconscious
Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and former director of the behavioral medicine program at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. The 2005 recipient of the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the American Psychological Association and the author of several books, including Dark Light Consciousness, is currently in private practice in Hadley, Massachusetts.