About The Author
You may know Bernard de Montréal through word of mouth, the written word, or perhaps from having attended one of his many lectures or seminars. The weight of his contribution calls for an acknowledgement of this captivating figure among significant 20th century free thinkers. This Québécois author broadened and redefined the notion of thought and its origin. In his English book “Beyond the Mind”, he tackles the nature of the mind and its purpose in the future evolution of humanity. His teachings are relevant to the fields of psychiatry, parapsychology and all disciplines dealing with the mind.
His pioneering efforts to establish the basis of a new science of mind, which he termed Evolutionary Psychology, has opened up the possibility for others to investigate and develop. Hence, Bernard de Montréal’s teachings have broken ground in ways that remain to be defined by the impact and attention they will solicit, as his works become accessible to the wider public. The Canadian author and lecturer was also a dearly loved father and husband. Click here for a biography of the author.
Bernard de Montréal first appeared in the public arena in 1978. He emerged as a captivating figure, summoning through direct cognition, the words to describe the imminence of a new human consciousness. His ideas are congruous with a universal and free movement which has emboldened other visionaries, throughout history, in their urge to brave the inroads of a new territory.
Bernard de Montréal was a free-thinker and a non-conformist, intent upon raising doubts about all forms of absolutism and spirituality. Emerging cognitive sciences and breakthroughs in quantum physics had begun to undermine the pre-eminence of conventional premises surrounding the dynamics and nature of the mind. Fundamentally opposed to the reductionist theories of materialistic monism, pillar of modern neural science, this universal thrust is rooted in the early 20th century debates on the nature of mind and consciousness. This thrust forward also attempts to undertake an unprecedented flight towards uncharted territory, in the footsteps of enlightened men of science and alternative philosophers of consciousness, who dared to acknowledge the limits of empirical science:
“Modern science is beginning to delve beyond appearances but it cannot yet find essentially the nature of the mind. Because of egocentricity, scientific thought is experienced as a tool to investigate what is nonthreatening to the status quo of the intellect. Physical science predetermines its own psychic limitations.” (Beyond the Mind, p. 17)
Hence, far from appearing in a total vacuum, Bernard de Montréal’s teachings surface at a time when a solid base has formed, capable of accessing a new vision of reality. The expression of a new science of mind can now proceed, bringing forth an awakened consciousness.
Throughout his career, he bore the task of harbinger, with character and compassion. It is with insistence and a clear sense of purpose, yet ultimately tinged with a visible detachment, that the author summons the new man. He sublimated his own altered consciousness through a lengthy mind transmutation, into a controlled source of new knowledge. He moved on a sharp tangent beyond his predecessors and contemporaries, confronting the reader with a close-up view of the mind, lying at a point far beyond all previous assumptions and attempts to seize and observe its reality. In light of the above, he sought to reveal the core of the thought phenomenon. He also warned against belief systems which have historically stumped mental growth. It could be said that Bernard de Montréal distinguished himself, throughout his career, by the will and intensity he manifested in his attempt to expose the ignorance of the laws which govern the invisible worlds, a will directed at exposing man's propensity for collective entrapments and belief systems, which to this day quench the thirst to belong.