Johan Henri Quanjer


Johan Henri Quanjer

23rd May 1934 - 13th February 2001

Johan Henri Quanjer was a teacher, a visionary, a philosopher-mystic and one of the most important figures of the international esoteric community of the last quarter of the 20th Century.

The fact that he also prophesised the rise of Boris Yeltsin and the fall of Communism demonstrates how he effectively, and uniquely, blended spiritual teaching with geo-political acumen, according to his own model of political theory, which he dubbed Pneumatocracy, or the 'rule of the Spirit in governance'. He would study the daily newspapers and the music of the spheres will equal alacrity. His commentary on both was always unusual, sometimes at odds with the mainstream, and regularly prophetic.

He came into the limelight in 1994, standing for European Parliament in the London South West Constituency, on the platform of the Spirit of Europe. He was the first non-British national ever to be nominated to stand in a UK election.

Johan Quanjer was born in Surabaya, on the Island of Java in what is now Indonesia on 23rd May 1934, the second son of a Dutch naval officer and his aristocratic wife. His was taken to Holland in March 1937, via the Suez Canal, and his family was to spend the Second World War in Epe, under German occupation. It was this experience, coupled with a 'mystical illumination' at the age of 2 in the hills of Tretes in Java beforehand, which undoubtedly helped to form his unique insight into a post-Marxist solution to political and social dilemmas.

"I couldn't understand the need to base everything on conflict, and indeed I deduced that conflict is not necessary for human progress and never really has been".

His father, who had spent the war as a convoy escort vessel captain in the Free Dutch navy, liberated his family in 1945.  Johan, along with most of the Dutch population was near to starvation at this time, and he remembered vividly how his father arrived in an American army lorry laden with food. He recounted how the taste of a slice of white bread had never tasted better to the skin-on-bones 11-year-old boy.

After the War, Johan travelled extensively in North America, including a stay in Hollywood, before coming to the UK in 1957. Living in central London, he very soon made contact with the wealthy Belgravia-based esoteric community. He lived from 1964 in Battersea. This was his base from which he made an extensive investigation of what became the New Age, a community he knew intimately, but paradoxically, of which he always considered himself an outsider, as he felt uncomfortable with its prevailing atmosphere of political gullibility. Nevertheless he was well known its key players, and he was a confidante of Sir George Trevelyan, of the Wrekin Trust.

In 1973, Johan was to coin the word 'Pneumatocracy', becoming the only person, as he put it, who was prepared to consider the relationship between politics and spirituality, at a time when Marxist ideology ruled.  He was to tour extensively between 1970 and 1996, conducting what he called his "Wisdom Schools". He lectured across Europe and the USA.  His vision included a broad sweep of history and he talked of the need to go beyond conflict, as part of the next "8000 year cycle".  He was to see parallels between his own vision and that of key historical figures such as Hermes Trismegistus, Plato, Jesus of Nazareth, Emperor Justinian of Constantinople, Giordano Bruno, Marsilio Ficino, Tsar Alexander II, and Jean Monnet, the founding father of the European Union.

In 1975 he founded the New Humanity Journal a bi-monthly publication, which he edited and published continuously until just before he died.  As such, the New Humanity is one of the longest running alternative publications in the UK.

In 1990 he met James Traeger, who was to become assistant editor of the New Humanity and Johan Quanjer's campaign manager and official agent in the 1994 European elections.  Although James Traeger was 31 years his junior, the two were to form a very close friendship and working relationship and James edited Johan's account of is own life, entitled The Luminous Journey' which was first published in 1996.

Johan had an extraordinary ability to touch peoples' lives.  Even the doctors and nurses who treated him at St Georges Hospital South London, described him as a very kind, special man, who had the ability to encourage people in a truly profound way.  Indeed Johan considered his relationships with his medical carers as a key element in his ability to survive twice as long as the doctors expected he might when he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991. Johan never married although he had many loving friends and close family, including an adoptive son, Andre Flavel, who lives in New Zealand.

Johan, in The Luminous Journey describes himself as a "cosmic bushwhacker".  He did indeed clear the way for a whole new outlook towards politics, history, philosophy and spirituality in the post-Marxist vacuum, and no doubt the 21st Century will prove to be the time when his vision will prevail.

Johan wrote his autobiography in 1997, entitled: The Luminous Journey. It is available  for purchase, in book form or on CD-ROM.

Contact :

Johan Quanjer, the Luminous Journey

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