Bernard de Montréal
Bernard de Montréal (1939–2003) was a Canadian author and lecturer. The author defined his teachings as Psychologie Évolutionnaire, which translates into English as Evolutionary Psychology (not to be confused with the similar term dealing with a branch of cognitive psychology that draws on the sociobiological theories of natural evolution).
The term "Evolutionary Psychology", in context of its use in Bernard de Montréal's work refers to the study of the evolution of the human psyche, that is to say the study of its return to the source of all of its dimensions and its consciousness of them. This is an ascending, individuating process leading to multidimensional reality, whereas the naïve or unconscious soul involved collectively in spiritualizing the material dimensions through its domination by a "belief system", is a descending or incarnating, collective experience, or involution, as it is termed in this new psychology.
Life and Works
Bernard de Montréal was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 26, 1939. He received his early education at Collège Sainte-Croix, a Catholic classical institution. After graduation, he went on to study anthropology at the University of Albuquerque in New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Bernard de Montréal experienced a transformation that was the starting point for his exploration of the human mind through telepsychism. At this point in his life, he began conscious channeling, a practice that would open the door to his life's work in topics that included paranormal psychology and metaphysics. In addition to three published books and his numerous conferences and seminars, he became known to Quebec audiences chiefly through esotericist and ufologist Richard Glenn's TV show Ésotérisme expérimental, beginning in 1977 according to Glenn's own website He thereafter continued teaching and speaking in public until his death in 2003.
As a percipient, Bernard de Montréal used automatic writing as well as mental dictation to capture and express an inner communication. These distinct modes of expression were characteristic of his lectures and teachings. According to theologian Richard Bergeron (théologien), Bernard de Montréal's teachings can be linked to "Western gnostic doctrines," more specifically to "cosmic science groups" which "propose a philosophy of life postulating that man is a product of the universe and belongs to the cosmic totality. (…) The main protagonists of cosmic sciences in Quebec are Ms. Adela T. Sergerie, Ms. Natacha Kolesar Laska (…) and Bernard de Montréal who draws heavily on traditional cosmogonies while enriching them with data based on contemporary sciences."
His teachings explored numerous subjects including:
- Origins of thought
- Soul experience
- The concept of "Cosmic Lie"
- Evolution vs. Involution
- Mental illness
- The Individual vs. the Collective Mind
- The Supramental (a concept obviously derived from Sri Aurobindo's ideas of the Supermind (Integral yoga), "Supramental descent" and "Supramental transformation")
- The Death or Astral World
From a Catholic viewpoint, Université de Paris D. ès L. Marie-France James, who has extensively studied esotericism and the origins of the New Age movement, describes Bernard de Montréal's interviews on Richard Glenn's TV show Ésotérisme expérimental as follows: "The character is clever, evasive, has an answer to everything, and has perfect mastery of a certain type of esoteric-occultist jargon in which the words 'higher beings,' 'supracosmic evolution,' 'vibrations,' 'supramental,' 'denial of affectivity and of any emotionalism' (he is also ice-cold...impersonal and, paradoxically, seems full of himself) keep coming up on his lips."
In October 1988, Montreal's consumer rights association ACEF (Association coopérative d'économie familiale, or Cooperative Association for Family Economics) asked in its newsletter S'en sortir the following question about Bernard de Montréal: "Would you give $5000 for the purchase of land in Costa Rica, without signing any contract, based merely on 'vibrational' considerations? Yet this is exactly what guru Bernard de Montréal suggests to participants attending his seminars. This gentleman, who organizes conferences and seminars, toys with the idea of founding a private club in Costa Rica on a 3-million-dollar land. 'The contract will come over time. If people do not have confidence, they should not invest,' says a spokeswoman for his organization."
After 26 years of teaching, lecturing and appearing as a guest in interviews, Bernard de Montréal died at the age of 64, survived by his wife and daughter. The author left a legacy of nearly 2,000 recorded teachings. Two of his books were originally published in French. The third book, Beyond the Mind, was first published in English in 1998. The second edition in English was published in 2010. The English translations of his other two books are due to be published at a future date. He left behind numerous unpublished essays and writings.
- La Genèse du Réel; Editions de la Science Intégrale (1988); ISBN 978-2-921139-00-7 (French)
- Dialogue avec l'Invisible; Éditions de la Science Intégrale (1997); ISBN 978-2-912366-00-9 (French)
- Beyond the Mind (2nd Edition); iUniverse Publishing (2010); ISBN 978-1-4502-6133-3 (English)
- Par-delà le Mental, iUniverse Publishing, (2011); ISBN 978-1-4502-9746-2 (French)
References and External Links
- Official website - accessed May 22, 2011
- Ésotérisme experimental website - accessed July 9, 2015
- [ACEF-Montréal], "Acheter un terrain à l'étranger", S'en sortir: journal de l'Association coopérative d'économie familiale (ACEF-Montréal), vol. 7, no 1 (Oct. 1988), p. 15.
- Richard Bergeron (théologien), Le Cortège des fous de Dieu: un chrétien scrute les nouvelles religions, Montréal: Éd. Paulines, 1982.
- Marie-France James, "L'ufologie à la télévision: critique, discernement et nouvelles hypothèses", Lettre de la Fondation médicale Agapè Inc., vol. 1, no 13 (Sept.-Oct. 1981). Reprinted in Lumière et paix: revue de pastorale des centres de santé, vol. 5, no 5 (Sept.-Oct. 1981), p. 15-18.
- Ésotérisme expérimental website.
- Bergeron, p. 172: "Les sciences cosmiques proposent une philosophie de vie qui postule au départ que l'homme est un produit de l'univers et qu'il appartient à la totalité cosmique. (…) Les grands protagonistes des sciences cosmiques au Québec sont Mme Adela T. de Sergerie, Mme Natacha Kolesar Laska (…) et Bernard de Montréal qui puise largement aux cosmogonies traditionnelles et les enrichit de données inspirées des sciences actuelles."
- James, p. 17: "Le personnage est habile, fuyant, a réponse à tout et maîtrise parfaitement un certain type de jargon ésotéro-occultiste où les mots 'êtres supérieurs', 'évolution supra-cosmique', 'vibrations', 'supra-mental', 'dégagement de l'affectivité et de toute émotivité' (il est d'ailleurs de glace...impersonnel et, paradoxalement, paraît fort imbu de lui-même) reviennent continuellement sur ses lèvres."
- [ACEF-Montréal], p. 15: "Donneriez-vous 5000 $ pour l'achat d'un terrain au Costa Rica, sans signer aucun contrat, sur de simples considérations 'vibratoires'? C'est pourtant ce que propose le gourou Bernard de Montréal aux participants à ses séminaires. Ce monsieur, qui organise des conférences et des séminaires, caresse le projet de fonder un club privé au Costa Rica sur un terrain qui vaudrait 3 millions de dollars. 'Le contrat, ça va venir avec le temps. Si les gens n'ont pas confiance, ils ne doivent pas investir,' indique une porte-parole de son organisation."