“It was one of his great achievements that he restored the dream to human beings as the word of God which, if properly read in a four-dimensional way, will show us where next to go.” – Sir Laurens van der Post
Sir Laurens van der Post, world-renowned author, soldier, and statesman achieved wide recognition for his efforts to save the vanishing Bushmen of the Kalahari. Born to a distinguished family in South Africa, he became a journalist, working in London and France. After World War II and four years in a Japanese prison camp, he traveled to Zurich and found himself seated next to Jung at a dinner party. Immediately a deep contact was made between the two and a rich and intimate friendship developed. On the anniversary of Jung’s 100th birthday, van der Post published a biography of Jung unique in its personal anecdotes and clarity of vision. Van der Post lived and worked in London after the war, writing numerous books. He was knighted in 1980 for distinguished service to the Queen. Sir Laurens van der Post died in London on December 15, 1996, two days after his 90th birthday.
This conversation with Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, was filmed in London at Sir Laurens’ home in December of 1978.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.