I'd like to take this opportunity to offer some feedback about my
teacher Wolfgang Bernard. After 30+ years of searching, and exposure
to many teachings and guru's, I found Wolfgang quite by accident while
looking for some information on Stephen Wolinsky. I purchased his book
(Wolfgang’s) and while reading it, was struck with a sense of
'truth' contained within his words. After a great deal of e-mails
between the two of us, which proved to be quite 'enlightening' I
finally journeyed to France and spent some time with him and the group
of friends that he has been working with for 10 years.
In person, I found him to be open, direct, quite humorous and
possessed of a 'knowing' that permeated everything we did or talked
about. It is quite obvious that Wolfgang lives what he teaches and
that his words come from the direct experience of 'That'. Although
there is nothing 'traditionally spiritual' about Wolfgang and his
teaching, contained within his words and insights is everything
non-dual or Advaitic. Even though most everything was conducted in
French, with the help of my translator, I was able to come quickly to
an understanding that has changed my life.
Since then I have had the opportunity to work closely with Wolfgang
and a first hand opportunity to observe how he works and interacts
with others (not just myself). While most teachers of any sort
continuously teach the same thing over and over, Wolfgang's answers
and directions are specifically directed to the individual student. I
have noticed time and again that even with what appears to be similar
or identical circumstances between students, the direction or answer
given is quite different - while eventually leading to the same
outcome. As with any good teacher, it is not the theory or substance
that matters as much as the way that it is communicated, taught and
understood. Wolfgang has this ability to cut through the ego/identity,
moving away from it and towards an ultimate understanding.
When I was with him and his group of friends in France, I was
surprised to meet a few people who have "reached the end"
and are actually living liberation (although no one is keeping score
and it is a subject that is almost never discussed). Wolfgang is also
not interested in becoming well-known or having a large amount of
followers. He 'screens' those people that want to work with him and
accepts only those that he feels have the talent to 'come to the end
of their evolution.' From the feedback I received from people who have
followed his teaching, and from my own experience I can say that his
teachings and his ability to communicate and more importantly point
the student towards the understanding and away from mis-understanding
are more than excellent. Once you're accepted, there is no space to
escape from your final bankrupt unless you quit.
He has developed a way of uncovering the Original Belief of identity.
This Original Belief is at the core of all other beliefs and which
creates and sustains the identity of personality while continuing to
enforce the illusion of a separate self. Successfully uncovering and
experiencing this Original Belief can reveal one's Essential Value,
their /raison d'être/.
His teaching is no New Age formula for happiness but an existential
awakening to ‘what is’, to the potentiality of living liberation
‘here and now.’
Wolfgang is definitely not a newbie although [listed] by Sarlo as
such, he lives liberation since 1992, after following teachers like
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and Gurdjieff groups for many years. On his
you can find examples of e-mail dialogues, interviews, and further
clarifications of his teaching.