Question: One frequently-asked question is whether Bernard de Montreal had designated a specific individual to the task of pursuing his teachings on Evolutionary Psychology.
Reply: This is a common question. To our knowledge and given the author’s strong anti-sectarian position, such a measure was unthinkable as it denied the very individualistic nature of his teachings. In fact, Bernard de Montréal has often warned his audience and readers against the fascination exerted by notions of ritual and hierarchy, by the distinctions of ‘initiate’ and uninitiated, by degrees of mastery, initiation rites and of ”chosen” individuals. He rather encouraged people to forge their own identity, their inner core. As many would agree, his teachings were “vibrational”, to use his term. Due to the fluidity or immediate nature of his delivery and to the subtleties which he sought to transmit, it would have been rather misleading and counter-productive to format his teachings into a school of thought, subject to interpretation and to the potential gradation of its members, something which he rejected entirely. In the author's own colorful words (translation):
"...the capacity to adjust an 'other'... is part of creative consciousness. Be careful! I know some, in the province of Quebec, who [take on]... the 'occult mission' of adjusting 'others' and who are in the process of 'destroying' others...Who are we? Balthazars?... If you hear someone tell you that he has the 'mission ' to adjust you, you had better take off in a cab!... I tell you! Something will happen to me, in time, and this [issue] will resurface... That is a power trip!" (B de M, Private lecture, 8/11/92)
Finally, the author’s mode of communication was multifaceted and unique in a way that cannot be reproduced without distortion. This concern does not however deny the validity of current and future studies surrounding the author's teachings by individuals respectful of the integrity of his works and mindful of avoiding plagiarism. The author briefly addresses the initial question as follows:
"Some individuals have creative faculties and a certain intelligence... which allows them to adjust others, within the bounds of respect for the other. What they can achieve is extraordinary! [But] when I hear it said... in the public...:'that one is a little Bernard de Montréal', it is as though I had a slew of offsprings... It's frightening!... I reject my offsprings!... That is why I tell you : let people do what it is they do, as long as they don't speak in my name!" (B de M, Private lecture, 8/11/92)
Did Bernard de Montréal wish for his works, both literary and audio lectures, to be diffused as a whole, for a large audience and/or through the Internet?
The author did not wish for his works to be diffused as a whole and indiscriminately, particularly over the Internet. The author’s position in this regard was clear. Bernard de Montréal discouraged any tendencies towards proselytism. He deemed such attempts troubling to individuals ill-versed in his teachings. In light of this, he clearly denounced the illicit copy of his material. Bernard de Montréal weighed the responsibility of his words, reiterating publicly and in many instances the responsibility of public figures towards their audience and the frailty of the mind. Consequently, the unauthorized diffusion on the Internet, or any other support, of these protected works and any alteration of the original works protected by copyright law countravenes his voiced intentions, aimed at protecting people’s equilibrium in respect for collective and individual paths.
In accordance with the author’s intentions, his private collections have not been commercialized. This decision takes into account is considerations bearing on the original content of specific lectures that were intended for a specific audience, at the time of their creation and presentation. The author's intention was to ward against the “false interpretation of ideas and concepts developed...if taken out of context", aware that some lectures were intended for a designated private audience, well versed in the nuanced concepts of his teachings. In light of this, Bernard de Montréal’s seminars and the distinction between private and public lectures was meant to facilitate a gradual introduction to his concepts.
It follows that the disrespect of copyright law contravenes his teachings. Any person disrespecting this ethical and legal guideline is asked to remove any unauthorized copies.
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