A review of "The Luminous Journey"
- A review of "The Luminous Journey"
Johan Quanjer 1934-2001
Reviewer: Joe McGonagle
Review date: 3rd March 2003
Johan Quanjer (pronounced "Kwanya") was the originator of a
spiritual-political philosophy that he dubbed "Pneumatocracy" (a
Greek representation of "The rule of the Spirit"). This book is
an autobiography covering from his early childhood, through to
the sunset years of his life.
At several stages of his life starting moments before (no, that's
not a typo!) his birth he encountered spiritual revelations which
took various forms. Some of these could be attributed to wishful
thinking, but there can be no doubt that they greatly influenced
his dedication and enthusiasm for the Pneumatocratic philosophy,
his social consciousness and his activism. Although he was an
enthusiastic proponent of the philosophy of Pneumatocracy, he
does not attempt to force-feed it to the reader in this book.
His biography takes you from his young childhood in Dutch
colonial Java, through his maturation into a young man in
NAZI-occupied Holland, and his experiences in North America
(where he travelled widely, undertaking various relatively menial
jobs and where he was introduced to Theosophy). He left America
in 1957 and spent a short time with his parents before moving to
England in the same year. It was in England that his political
and spiritual development peaked.
During his lifetime, he came into contact with most, if not all
facets of "New Age" activity from mediums to UFO groups and he
socialised with members of the entire social spectrum from
new-age colonists to Royalty. Although his activities were
centred on what is often regarded as "fringe" areas, he displays
little tolerance in his book for the charlatans and cranks that
have always been part of the fringe scene. He was highly critical
of individuals and groups that he thought were taking unfair
advantage of human gullibility. He also had a damning opinion of
communism and was a keen supporter of European politics, actually
standing for election to the European parliament under the banner
of "Spirit of Europe" in 1994. He also founded "New Humanity"
magazine, which was one of the longest running alternative
publications in the UK until it recently ceased publication.
His autobiography is fascinating on several levels. It will
interest those with spiritual leanings, it contains first-hand
accounts of Colonial Java and occupied Europe, examples of the
extremes of trade-unionism in Britain, the involvement of the
privileged classes in the new-age movement, behind the scenes
commentary on politicians and groups such as the Findhorn
community, and has many anecdotes about people who were famous in
their day for one reason or another.
The strength of character, humour, and sincerity of Quanjer are
made apparent in this book. He seems like a man whose charisma
was instantly obvious to anyone that was lucky enough to have met
In my opinion, this book should be added to the reading list for
anyone making a serious study of religion, philosophy, social
history, or politics. It will also be of particular interest to
those who are curious about participation by the higher social
strata in the new-age movement.
"The Luminous Journey" is privately published. The review copy
was 463 pages in Microsoft Word format and is available from:
The Luminous Journey,
51A York Mansions,
Prince of Wales Drive
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7622 4013
CD ROM (MS word) £25*
Bound copy £40
* For a limited period only, the CD version is available at the
special price of £10.
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