We welcomed Bradford Keeney, Ph.D. to our show to discuss two of his newest books: The Flying Drum (on bringing magic and wonder into everyday life through use of a sacred object) and The Bushman Way of Tracking God (about the spiritual lives of the Kalahari Bushmen). Keeney has been called “an all-American shaman, the Marco Polo of psychology, and an anthropologist of the spirit” by the editors of Utne Reader. Elders of indigenous traditions throughout the world-including the Kalahari Bushmen, the Caribbean Shakers of St. Vincent, the Guarani Indians of the Amazon, and leaders of the Japanese healing tradition of Seiki Jutsu-have embraced Keeney as an elder and spokesperson for the old ways of ecstatic shaking. Following an academic career, he spent over a decade traveling the globe, living with spiritual teachers, shamans, healers, and medicine people.
The result of Keeney’s work is one of the broadest and most intense field studies of healing and shamanism, chronicled in the critically acclaimed book series, Profiles of Healing, an eleven-volume encyclopedia of the world’s healing practices. His autobiography, Bushman Shaman, tells how he became a n/om-kxao (healer) with the Kalahari Bushmen. Keeney is presently Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair in Education, University of Louisiana, Monroe; Co-Director, CIRCULUS: Institute for Creative Transformation & Virtual Pedagogy; Clinical Supervisor, Center for Children and Families, Monroe; and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
To learn more about Bradford, please visit www.TheCreativeTherapist.com