Introduction


Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated 2007) Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship. Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Is there a warrant for Robert Earl Burton's arrest in the EU?

Robert Earl Burton
[ed. - For years it has been rumored that a warrant exists for Robert Earl Burton's arrest within the European Union. Due to their inconsistencies (e.g. "Czechoslovakian" versus "Italian" passports, "two" versus "3" Russians), it is not clear if the comments below refer to the same case. Having no confirming evidence, I must consider this gossip (a misdemeanor in the Fellowship!) Meanwhile, "Golden Veil" nobly struggles to uncover the truth.]

"Intercontinentia Buttocks" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 21, 2007:
Forgive my anonymity, but what I am about to write concerns my friends, to whom I don’t wish any troubles with the authorities.
Some 4 years ago two of Robert’s boyfriends, both Russians, were rejected visas to the US. Robert then came to the aid of students (then in Rome) to acquire forged Czechoslovakian passports through Italian mafia with which they tried to enter the country.
Immigration officers discovered the forgery and the two boys spent some time with police at the airport.
Decision was made to send them back to the country from which they came from, i.e. France. They spent about 3 months in prison there, after which time they were sent back to Russia.
Being in the prison did some good to one of them, as he had time to ‘come to his senses’ and finally decided to leave Robert and the school.
The other, however, is still ‘serving’ Robert, although hating it, but such is the price of staying in the country of his choice.
The one who was leaving told Robert about his decision, to which he said that if he does leave him, his wife is going to leave him and he’s going to loose some attractive things offered to him by his teacher. Still, he left and after a while his wife left him.
After a while, he decided to blackmail Robert by writing an article about his experiences with him in American papers. I told him to get a good lawyer if he were to do so, but he went ahead alone and had to deal with Mr. Lawyer A.G., who blackmailed him back, using his knowledge of certain circumstances of the boy’s life. The whole thing was settled for a pitiful $3.000 in exchange for a signature on a paper stating that the information about Robert should not be disclosed to anyone.

"Secret keeper" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 22, 2007:
I. Buttocks [above] – this story is true. I heard it too from the guys themselves and from many other students. I’ll never mention any names here for the same reason – I don’t wish any trouble for the guys, both of whom I like very much and wish them well.

Funny how an illegal thing could be almost glorified in the Fellowship of Friends because Robert went against feminine dominance. So many things that are immoral and simply wrong or criminal can be justified and glorified based on a belief that the teacher can do no wrong.

I only wonder if Department of Homeland Security thinks that crossing US or European border under fake name using a forged passport is OK and is no wrong doing… Especially in post-2001 era.

What shocking is that RB went to such risky extreme only with a purpose to get personal sexual pleasure out of these 2 young males. He would have never done a similar thing for a female student or an older male student from a different country.

Many students knew about this story, news spread quickly in Isis. Friends would secretly tell each other: Robert got him a fake passport so he can come here to be with him uder different name, but – psst! – don’t tell anybody it’s a secret…

I guess as long as Robert goes against feminine dominance, doesn’t inner consider and uses intentional insencerity [sic] he can do whatever he wants. He can even bend the US law if he wishes and students will have to faithfully keep his secrets.

"dandelion" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 6, 2008:
One of the biggest coverups by the FOF was the purchasing of fake Italian passports for 3 Russians in a Naples train station by Judith Grace - cost thousands of $$$.

"J. D." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 31, 2011:
Among the many others [enablers for Burton] don’t forget Judith Grace, who, during her royal days as first lady in Italy, received direct orders from ‘above’ to buy fake passports for a couple of Russian pages from the able Neapolitan counterfeiters. This type of illegal activity soon proved to be decisive for the ban sanctioned on Mr. Burton by the French government when later on another couple of pageboys tried to sneak in Europe by train.

I believe that Mr. Burton is still not welcome in Europe.

"Artemis44" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 15, 2018:
The real reason Robert Burton can’t travel to Europe is that there is an arrest warrant in the European Community for him, not that the long plane flight can be detrimental to his health, as current members are told.

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 25, 2019:
Does anyone know with any certainty if there are any countries in which RB cannot travel due to arrest warrants? And what are the charges?

"Artemis44" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 26, 2019:
109. Golden Veil – March 25, 2019 (Page 171) [above]

You asked:
Does anyone know with any certainty if there are any countries in which RB cannot travel due to arrest warrants? And what are the charges?
A friend of mine ["Cult Survivor" below?] who is a former member but is still in contact with members told me that there is an arrest warrant for Robert in the European Community and that is the reason why he has not traveled to Europe for more than 10 years. My friend did not mention any specific country or the charges.

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 30, 2019:
45. warpage
Excuse a stupid question, but how does he and others (not just cult leaders) GET AWAY WITH IT ALL?
Money talks, specially in USA (remember O. J. Simpson?). You can’t get away so easily in other countries — there is an arrest warrant for Burton in the European Community (that’s the reason why he hasn’t been in Europe for more than a decade).

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 30, 2019:
[Responding to Cult Survivor above]

Do you mean the entire European Union? I thought that only France was off limits.

If anyone has documentation on what exactly the arrest warrant is for, could they please share that information here? Or if possible, can we see a copy of the arrest warrant?

"Pyewacket" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 1, 2019:
47.Golden Veil. [above]

Hi, the following may be of interest or information to anyone on here who hasn’t heard of an EWA (European Arrest Warrant). Basically, any one of the 28 European Union member Countries can issue such a Warrant for someone’s arrest for a reported crime that then becomes enforceable should the alleged perpetrator set foot in any other EU country. That is the whole of Europe, from it’s Atlantic coast up to the borders of Russia and Turkey. I’ve had a go at trying to search the EWA website, and typed Burton's full name into their search bar, which came up with over 800 results ! Since then I’ve not had any time to delve much further. If indeed an EAW has been issued, there will be a record, hopefully, publically [sic] available one somewhere. Do we definitely know that France was the issuer?

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 1, 2019:
53. Pyewacket – June 1, 2019 [above]

Thanks for your response. I have searched this: “European Arrest Warrant” and I think that the specific website you describe has not come up. I tried searching Robert Earl Burton on this website:

https://e-justice.europa.eu/home.do?action=home&plang=en

and there are no search results.

Pyewacket, could you please give the link here to where you describe you “had a go at trying to search the EWA website, and typed Burton's full name into their search bar, which came up with over 800 results.”

54. warpage – June 1, 2019

Probably the issues of false religious visas, money laundering for income tax fraud, false qualifications as a non profit organization, etc. are more likely than sexual abuse to reach an organizational or individual conviction. A real insider would need to be a whistle blower.

[ed. - See also: First Encounters of the INS kind, A lawyer abandons ship (the Ark), A discussion of criminal activities, and Robert Earl Burton marries Anton S. Tishakov.]

Thursday, July 4, 2019

"A true artist is a conscious being."

[ed. - From Apollo Moments, Dorian Matei makes bread in a promotional video for the "Ancient Crafts Festival" at Apollo, July 27th.]
"Where I begin is with Robert's visions, which are really on the scale of a few thousand years. I believe they're 100% true. I believe these have happened, actually, these visions have happened already and that's why he has them. I feel it's almost an element of danger in only looking at them as spectators."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fellowship of Friends editor censors Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki

[ed. - Last December, "Taylor R" (Fellowship of Friends director Rowena Taylor?) attempted to whitewash the Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki Fellowship of Friends page. ("LocalWiki is a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge.") As shown below, Taylor wiped all critical content, regardless how valid, from this community resource. On March 4th, Gayle Madwin, the creator of this LocalWiki, reverted many of Taylor's edits, commenting, "Restoring links. Please do not delete working links to outside sources," (Those sources include the Sacramento Bee and Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat.)

Taking things a step further, on May 21st, "Marco Corolli" edited the restored LocalWiki page, and added further detail and many new links, including links to the Fellowship of Friends Discussion, to a new Robert Earl Burton entry, to "Cult Survivor's" recreated Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, and to this blog.]

Fellowship of Friends cult in Oregon House/Apollo censors LocalWiki article
"Taylor R's" reputation management effort. Source: Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki

[ed. - The Fellowship of Friends page on the Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki reflecting edits made by "Marco Corolli":]

Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki page for Fellowship of Friends Oregon House Fourth Way cult
Current page reflecting "Marco Corolli's" full disclosure effort. Source: Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Find The Fellowship of Friends on Wikipedia (no, really)

[ed. - A former Fellowship of Friends member (and veteran defender of the Fellowship during 2007 Wikipedia edit wars) has returned under the pseudonym "UltraEdit" to create a new Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page free (thus far) from the partisan debate of the past. Compare the current article with the contentious 2007 draft versions: Find The Fellowship of Friends on Wikipedia (or maybe not)]

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult Wikipedia page
Screenshot of Fellowship of Friends on Wikipedia

[ed. - Some background on the current Wikipedia project:]

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 1, 2019:
Solartype is too consistent, persistent and organized to be a single person, so I agree with Jess (see comment No. 24) that we are dealing with a group of FOF members working together. We have a precedent: The “Wikipedia octave” ["octave" here roughly means "project"] back in 2007, when 4-5 members (one of them full-time) worked for 3 or 4 months “fighting former students in Wikipedia”, to the extent that Wikipedia decided to delete the article because it was taking its administrators too much time to monitor the page with the constant edits (see link below). A few days after the deletion of the FOF Wikipedia page, I was having lunch with Abraham Goldman, the main lawyer of the FOF at the time, and he told me with a smile, “We won the Wikipedia battle, we wore them out”. Sadly, “Abe” Goldman had a tragic end – he committed suicide in 2011 (see link below).

Still on the topic of lawyers, another lawyer of the FOF, a person named David Springfield (originally David Lubbers), sent a letter to the Board of Directors in 2009 announcing that he was not going to represent the FOF legally anymore because of “a combination of crime, gross carelessness and ignorance of almost all Board members” and “serious crimes have likely been committed and are possibly continuing to be committed by current members on the Board”. His letter also mentioned that he would no longer “Investigate/Monitor the Blog/GF/PR (Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, Greater Fellowship forum), etc.” implying that he or somebody connected to him had infiltrated this blog and the Greater Fellowship site. The FOF was able to have the letter removed from this blog threatening the hosting site (WordPress) with legal action, but a few days later the letter was posted on Wikileaks and it’s still there challenging the bullying tactics of the FOF (see link below). David Springfield/Lubbers was disbarred in 2015 for stealing $100,000 from a client and the last thing I heard is that he is a fugitive in Canada (see link below).

In summary, based on the past history of the FOF, it makes sense that Solartype is not the name of an individual but of an “operation”.

References:

Find The Fellowship of Friends on Wikipedia (or maybe not)
https://robertearlburton.blogspot.com/2007/06/find-fellowship-of-friends-on-wikipedia.html

Abraham Goldman, Fellowship of Friends attorney, commits suicide
https://robertearlburton.blogspot.com/2011/08/abraham-goldman-fellowship-of-friends.html

Censored Fellowship of Friends cult letter from former legal council David Springfield, 2009
https://robertearlburton.blogspot.com/2007/11/lawyer-abandons-ship.html

That Awkward Moment When You Discover a Former “Professor” Is Disbarred
http://sandjack.tv/2017/02/10/1l-awkward-moment-discover-former-professor-disbarred/

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
Here is an idea: Should we create again a Wikipedia article about the FOF?

I don’t think that this time the FOF will allocate a team to the “Wikipedia octave” like they did in 2007 — their resources are very depleted — so the article probably won’t be deleted (the previous article was removed by Wikipedia because it was taking too much time for the administrators to mediate the “edit wars” between current and former members).

I think it’s worth a try.

We could start with a copy of the previous article that was saved on the Internet Archive (link below) and start editing to see what happens.

Deleted FOF article on Wikipedia:

https://web.archive.org/web/20140118222956/http://en.wikipedia.org:80/wiki/User:Vassyana/FoF/NPOV

Any thoughts?

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
112. Cult Survivor – February 15, 2019 [above]

I think that an article about the Fellowship of Friends belongs on Wikipedia. I disagree with your assumption thatit would not be challenged though; an article about the Fellowship of Friends would likely instigate a back and forth edit war.

I have edited Wikipedia articles and created two entire articles – that are still up – on topics that are not related to cults. Both articles are about people and were initially challenged regarding their notability. The challenges come not from “administrators”, as you call them, but other editors. These editors can be absolutely anyone writing on Wikipedia. Some people with more experience especially take it upon themselves to scrutinize new articles – and assist new writers.

I looked over the old Fellowship of Friends article on Wikipedia that you linked and there is a BIG problem with it: there are almost no footnotes. EVERYTHING in a Wikipedia article must be footnoted and from a “credible” source. Personal, first hand experience and personal opinions are not acceptable. Also, quoting from blogs like this one, the Robert Earl Burton Blog, the various podcasts and videos, and the Rick Ross and Steve Hassan cult websites – none of these would be considered credible sources and should not be quoted from. BUT all of these “non-credible” blogs and websites are remarkably good sources to find what would be considered credible sources, mainly newspaper articles written about the Fellowship of Friends.

I only skimmed the article you linked to look for footnotes and haven’t read it, but if you think it is a good article, you could start with it and simply edit it – rewrite it as needed – and seek supporting sources for ALL of the information already written and add in footnotes. Documentation of sources are needed for literally for every sentence in footnote form. It is best to use a varied number of sources; don’t use one newspaper article for all your sources.

If you really want to take this on, I suggest that you write it offline first. The next step would be to put it on a draft form on Wikipedia in a sandbox and enlist the assistance of an experienced editor to help you. You could write to one of the main editors of the Heaven’s Gate article on Wikipedia, for example. Once it is published and no longer in your sand box, anyone at all can make changes. A factual and neutral tone is best. I recommend that you read the Wikipedia article “Wikipedia: Your First Article” – especially the sections entitled “Gathering References”, “Things to Avoid” and “And Be Careful About…” Most editors create a user profile first and then start out by editing existing articles – before writing an article themselves. The work of people who write without a user profile is usually eliminated. Most people write using pseudonyms, though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Your_first_article
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_%28religious_group%29

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
Regarding another Wikipedia page, I would say, why reinvent the wheel?

If one is interested in the history of the Fellowship of Friends, I can make no stronger recommendation than robertearlburton.blogspot.com [this site]. It is searchable by subject and tags, and organized by date, has tons of accompanying images and videos. It would be hard to duplicate the density of useful information and the man–years that have gone into creating this site, IMO.

If one is interested in lively to–and–fro, arguments about the FoF from both sides, the early pages of this blog (2007-2010) are worth going through [see links to "Fellowship of Friends Discussion" in sidebar]. The later pages have very little input from followers because they were given a ‘suggestion’ by Girard Haven (which then turned into a ‘task’) to not engage on the blog—that fact speaks for itself, of course.

If one wants to keep these sites at the top or near the top of the search results, they have to be active and have ‘good’ links to and from them. The particulars of Google’s search algorithms are a ‘secret sauce’, of course, but it is known that they rank links by ‘quality’, based on traffic, the links to them and their ‘quality’, and so on.

I’m an average user, so I start with something like Google Search, key in “Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends” and up comes the REB site. I look around for anything new, then end the session by going to the left of the page and clicking on the latest entry on this blog, and thus arrive here. After catching up, I go on to Google News, very briefly since there is usually nothing of actual value to me there. I’m just registering my presence on the most important news aggregator and establishing a strong link from this site.

That way, I have a chain of strong links to and from the websites I’m trying to ‘train’ Google Search to rank higher.

The more folks that do something along these lines, the higher up the rankings for both these sites.

And anyone who knows how to improve search rankings for these sites (without paying for adverts), please chime in!

I know it is petty, but I am always encouraged by Linda Kaplan’s supposed comment from a decade ago,
"The Blog is the worst thing that ever happened to the Fellowship”
Linda, I know we can’t agree on much, but I can certainly agree with you on that!

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
113. Golden Veil [above]

You said: “I think that an article about the Fellowship of Friends belongs on Wikipedia.”

Yes, it does. It adds credibility to this blog and Tim’s REB site. People tend to think that what Wikipedia says is “official” because it can be challenged. Besides, Wikipedia is much more succinct and organized than this blog and even Tim’s REB site, even if this last one is pretty well organized. Finally, Wikipedia has an air of “neutrality” that this blog and Tim’s REB site lack.

You also said: I disagree with your assumption that it would not be challenged though; an article about the Fellowship of Friends would likely instigate a back and forth edit war.

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. I asked my friend that is still in the FOF and she told me that of the 4 people that were in the “Wikipedia octave” in 2007, 2 are out of the school, one passed away and one is in his 80’s and lives now at a center. She agrees with me that the FOF doesn’t have the resources and the energy to engage in another Wikipedia war.

Thank you for the tips about how to create an article; I created a couple of articles myself in the past so I have some experience.

I will go ahead and create the article. Let’s see what happens.

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
115. Ames Gilbert [above]

You said: “Regarding another Wikipedia page, I would say, why reinvent the wheel?”

It’s not my intention to reinvent the wheel, it’s more to add credibility to this blog and Tim’s REB site, as I said above. For the FOF, it would be like adding insult to injury, so to speak.

You said: “I know it is petty, but I am always encouraged by Linda Kaplan’s supposed comment from a decade ago, 'The Blog is the worst thing that ever happened to the Fellowship.'”

My aim recreating the Wikipedia article is for Linda to say “The Blog is the worst thing that ever happened to the Fellowship, and on top of that the Wikipedia article is back. Oh boy.”

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 15, 2019:
Cult Survivor, I salute you for making this effort, and wish you every success. And it seems like you know what you are doing, and are not naïve about the work it entails.

As for the value of my advice—when Tim Campion suggested starting up the REB website, I recommended against it…

Ha! So much for my wisdom and foresight! I’m very glad he didn’t let any naysayers get in the way of his vision and the actualization of that vision, and I’m sure countless others are as well.

Again, best of luck!

P.S. my supposed wisdom and foresight led me right into the Fellowship of Friends. You could hardly find a better example of why I or anyone else should disregard such!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal"

"Eric Costa's" YouTube Channel "Exposing the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Burton the Criminal"
"Eric Costa's" YouTube channel as it appeared May 5, 2019

[ed. - "Eric Costa" (not his real name), a self-described former member of the Fellowship of Friends recently created a YouTube channel which included a series of videos titled "Exposing the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Burton the Criminal Parts 1, 2, and 3."

Eric states that he was recruited in May 2012 and was an "official member" for one year and an "unofficial member" for five years, leaving the Fellowship in 2018. (The distinction between "official" and "unofficial" is unclear.) Costa lived at Apollo for one month and claims to have been part of the Fellowship's "inner circle."

In Part 1, Costa speaks about the psychological effects of mind control within the cult, the Fellowship's training of "mind control handlers," and how this mind control led him to consider suicide.

In Part 2, he describes his month at Apollo and attending 90 to 100 teaching events.

Part 3 continues his narrative of life at Apollo, including the use there of "slave labor," and a description of how, on his final day in the cult, he disrupted a Fellowship meeting at the Galleria and confronted Robert Burton. Immediately following this, he was excommunicated and put on a train to Los Angeles.]

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 1" (excerpt)

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 2" (excerpt)

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 3" (excerpt)

Monday, April 15, 2019

"Robert seems to want only Fellowship members to survive"

[ed. - In recent days, a photo has emerged showing a letter to the Oregon House community that mysteriously appeared on the bulletin board of the Oregon House post office last October 5th. At a meeting of the Fellowship of Friends congregation that same day, Robert Burton addressed the treasonous act. Beneath the photo and text of the letter are portions of a discussion at the time about Burton's prophecy. See also: Fellowship of Friends to its neighbors: "We are 'conscious beings.' You are not."]

Cult leader Robert Earl Burton only wants Fellowship of Friends members to survive
"We have the letter, but we don’t want to show it...some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack.
The queen of hearts can’t keep a secret. And we are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House.
We are not in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings.” - Robert Earl Burton, October 5, 2018.
(Posting courtesy of the United States Postal Service)

Text of letter:
October 5, 2018

Dear Oregon House friends and neighbors,

I am a member of the Fellowship of Friends. I need to remain anonymous, or risk being expelled.

I believe in the divinity of our leader, Robert Burton, and in his gift of prophesy. What I don't agree with is the Fellowship's position of not sharing Robert's prophesies with the larger, non-Fellowship, community. Robert seems to want only Fellowship members to survive what is coming.

Currently, Robert foresees a catastrophe occurring early in the morning of October 21.

That is a little over 2 weeks from now. He is being informed by a higher intelligence that California will fall into the ocean, and that the safe zone is above Loma Rica. More than 150 Fellowship members who live outside the area are planning to be in Oregon House during the next 3 weeks to witness the event. That in addition to over 500 members that already live in or near Oregon House.

I am sharing this information with you, which I believe to be true with all my heart, in order to put my conscience to rest. It is only right and fair that everyone receives this message, so you have the option of making preparations as you see fit, just as the Fellowship has been actively preparing for most of this year.

If you want more information, or to verify anything I have shared, you may try calling Fellowship President Greg Holman, at 692-2222, ext 8217. Note that he has not given his approval to be mentioned in this letter, and might not accept your phone call.

I wish everyone the best, firmly believing that wee will all be better, stronger, wiser and more compassionate as we get through this major trial together.

"Tim Campion" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 1, 2018:
I am very worried! With Higher Forces indicating to Robert Earl Burton that California may fall into the Pacific Ocean just three weeks from now (October 21st), isn’t it the CIVIC DUTY of Robert Burton, Greg Holman, Ethan Harris, Rowena Taylor, Dorian Matei, Nicholas Spaulding, and others to spread the alarm, to advise local authorities, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Will the Fellowship of Friends, who proclaim themselves “good neighbors,” secretly plan for a catastrophe, the likes of which haven’t been witnessed since the days of Noah, while keeping their friends and neighbors in the dark? Has Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher been quietly alerted so that he and his loved ones can shelter at Apollo along with Fellowship members arriving from around the globe? And where is The Press? The Appeal Democrat, Sacramento Bee, and others should be all over this breaking story!

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 6, 2018:
An apocalypse update: Only 2 weeks to go before yet another “fall of California.” The big day is Sunday, Oct 21, early in the morning. Burton is predicting that the ocean will rise 800-900 feet, to about the level of nearby Loma Rica. Everything above that level will survive. 150 FF members from distant centers (especially Russia, Mexico and The Netherlands) will be visiting Apollo at that time, joining the 500+ already living in Oregon House. Burton is taking full financial advantage of the fear he himself has created by having 4 meetings per week (but soon to be 6 or 7), plus another 8 “teaching” events. If nothing else, the flock will be thoroughly fleeced by the time they return home on Oct 22.

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 10, 2018:
At a recent meeting, Robert spoke at some length about a letter that appeared on the bulletin board at the [Oregon House] post office. He seemed quite disturbed by this act of treason. Apparently the letter alerted the larger community to the Oct 21 “fall of California.” He thinks it was a lady, a FF [Fellowship of Friends] member, who “needs to be in the kings more.”

Here are some highlights of Burton’s rant (parenthetical comments are mine):

“They (non-members) don’t care about the prediction.”

“If it happens (the “fall”), they’ll probably want to get away as soon as they can, because they want a normal life style, get back to electricity and cities.” (Is Burton projecting here?)

“There will be an exodus, probably. Who would want to stay here? You could hardly get in and out of the place.” (Some members were shocked at these words. It sounds like Burton would be the first to leave.)

“There’s no harm, except it’s not a person’s job to do this (share the prediction with the community). It’s for the teacher or the Board, and you don’t want too many chiefs and not enough injuns (sic). If you multiply that times everyone in the room, it’s chaos.”

“Some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack.”

“We are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House. We are NOT (emphasized) in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings (as he waves his arm and acknowledges everyone in the room).”

[ed. - A witness to the Fellowship of Friends meeting provided the full context for the above quotations. Very generally, Burton's use of "in the queens" refers to volatile emotional responses, and "in the kings" to disciplined intellectual responses.]
“Do you know that someone put out an anonymous letter about the Fellowship working with this date? At the post office, they tacked it up (I think it was a lady), and she was in the queens, thinking she was in the kings. Now the postmaster saw it and removed it immediately and gave it to Greg Holman. But the last time we had a prediction, students would go into the Oregon House Store and they said, “Well, we expected to see you coming here on Gondolas today.” They don’t care about the prediction. It’s out of the question, really. If it happens, they’ll probably want to get away as soon as they can because they want a normal life style, get back to electricity and cities. There will be an exodus, probably. Who would want to stay here? You could hardly get in and out of the place. It doesn’t hurt us, the letter. It’s just sincere but misguided. Yes, and the queens think they are the kings, but they’re not. They don’t have the depth. And there’s no harm, except it’s not a person’s job to do this. It’s for the teacher or the board, and you don’t want too many chiefs and not enough injuns. If you multiply that times everyone in the room, it’s chaos. But overall, you’re handling it quite well. And the person who wrote the letter needs to be in the kings more. We have the letter, but we don’t want to show it. It’s just.. Also, some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack. The queen of hearts can’t keep a secret. And we are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House. We are not in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings.” - Robert Earl Burton, October 5, 2018

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Celestial cognitive impairment?

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise
Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise

[ed. - Perhaps Robert Burton is receiving mixed messages from "Influence C" ("Higher Forces," the gods) or maybe his fading mental faculties are impairing his ability to translate these celestial signals.]

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 10, 2019:
Speaking of doubting: Two events happened in the past week that have a lot of followers wondering about Burton’s mental condition.

The first was an urgent announcement, which was the following:
“Dear friends around the world,

“Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

“Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

“The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our ‘ascendents’ and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product–and not the journey it took to get there.

“In relation to this, Robert quoted [Bernard] Berenson, who said, ‘A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.’

“Robert added: ‘For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture.'”
The very next day, just when his loyal followers were planning a massive bonfire of Daily Cards and Girard’s books, Burton withdrew the above directive without any explanation.

The second event, a day or two later, occurred at a meeting. First Burton made yet another prediction, that he would continue running the show only for 2 more years. He then woke up briefly, possibly prodded by Dorian, to realize that this contradicted what he had said a month or two earlier; and thus he changed the immediately-preceding prediction from 2 years to 10 years, no doubt to a huge collective sigh of relief from the believers in attendance (except for Dorian, who now has to continue wiping food from Burton’s beard for 10 more years).

[ed. - The following video demonstrates Burton translating "Influence C's" messages in real time, struggling to mold reality to his fantasies. In this case, he attempts to match Bastille Day, July 14th, to the date of America's first atomic bomb blast, July 16, 1945. The test took place at Trinity Site (not Frenchman Flat, the Nevada test site Burton mentions.) The Frenchman Flat reference, however, leads to his ominous "tale of two cities" play on words, Lon-done and Par-ish. Near Alamogordo, New Mexico, not at Las Cruces, some 90 miles from Trinity Site. But Las Cruces supports his dystopian vision of humanity being crucified (while all dues-paying members are saved.) He goes on, "So there's a 44 in there..." (as Dorian shrugs and looks to change the subject.) In a script that's likely been followed many times before, Burton "learns" that the interval between Oppenheimer declaring, "It worked," and Burton "crystallizing" was 30 years, 30 being another magic number in Burton's teaching.]


From Fifty Years with Angels, p. 13
"This is a nice photograph of Rosemary Macdonald, who joined the school early on. We used to meet at her house, the Macdonald Farmhouse, in Vacaville. That is quite interesting because the atomic bomb was conceived and tested at McDonald's Ranch in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and divine presence, which is dropping the atomic bomb internally, was conceived at the Macdonald Farmhouse in Vacaville. The atomic bomb was also developed under the direction of a Robert - J. Robert Oppenheimer. It reflects the power of divine presence in an unconscious form whereas, in a conscious being, such as Buddha [or Robert Burton!], it is in conscious form, and it is controlled and eternal. What we were doing in Vacaville was conceiving atomic energy in conscious form - self-remembering."

[Note: The bomb was assembled and tested, not conceived, at McDonald Ranch, aka Trinity Site, which is about 160 miles from Los Alamos and about 90 miles from Las Cruces, which Burton (conjuring an esoteric significance) has also cited as the blast location.]
 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Robert Burton orders "erasure" of pre-2019 teaching materials

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends cult leader orders "erasure" of pre-2019 Fellowship publications
Fahrenheit 451 was published 66 years ago.
Fahrenheit 451, the film, was released in 1966.
Fellowship members will no doubt decipher a
hidden message in this "coincidence."
[ed. - Revealed today, the contents (below) of an April 4th Fellowship of Friends Council directive to the congregation. (See "Celestial cognitive impairment?" for word that Burton rescinded this directive one day later.)

The directive commands Fellowship members to destroy materials that they have purchased from the Fellowship of Friends, that is, their personal property.

(Note: the words "Robert is now asking..." is a euphemism for Robert Burton ordering his followers to obey his command. The use of such phrasing, and the clear understanding of its meaning, dates back to the earliest days of the Fellowship.)

Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's nightmarish tale, Fahrenheit 451, such censorship imposed on an entire "church" congregation may raise legal concerns.

See also: "Fellowship of Friends editor censors Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki"]
Dear friends around the world,

Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our “ascendents” and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product--and not the journey it took to get there.

In relation to this, Robert quoted Berenson, who said, “A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.”

Robert added: "For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture."

Monday, April 1, 2019

To Robert Earl Burton, it's Origin House, not Oregon House

[ed. - Robert Earl Burton is programming his followers to refer to Oregon House, California as "Origin House," the name Influence C (the gods) have suggested to him.]
"Travelers stopped here on their way to the state of Oregon and to the Columbia River. That is why it is called Oregon House. The word 'Oregon' in Oregon House may be a misunderstanding of the French word for 'origin.' We are origin here. We are original - we are present: Origin House." - Robert Earl Burton, Fifty Years with Angels, p.11

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton renames Oregon House, "Origin House"
Robert Earl Burton renames Oregon House, "Origin House." Source: Fifty Years with Angels, p. 11

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Girard Haven's fall from grace

"In particular, if he [Robert Earl Burton] knows what he is doing and we don’t, we have no basis for judging or doubting him. Instead, we simply have to trust him, as a child trusts his parents, or dog trusts its master. If he asks us to do things which seem to have no connection to awakening – or even to be ‘wrong’ – we have no choice but to do them anyway.” Girard Haven, Creating a Soul, page 576

[ed. - Apart from Robert Burton himself, and prior to announcements in recent years of younger, more attractive (male) conscious beings, Girard Haven, who joined the Fellowship in 1973, was regarded the Fellowship's only conscious member.

In the video below, Robert Burton publicly humiliates Haven, offering a glimpse into Burton's petty vindictiveness and thinly-veiled negativity, easily triggered by those who dare challenge his authority.

Girard offers the opinion that he did not think the painting being discussed is the work of Leonardo da Vinci. His comment is followed by uncomfortable giggles in the audience and, due to Burton's hearing impairment, Dorian Matei timidly repeating Haven's insolent words. Burton responds,
 "Well, you know, I don't...myself, I don't judge if it's by Leonardo or not."
He then recalls a similar discussion,
"..and I said that I don't have an opinion on it, because I'm not qualified. I'm not a Leonardo scholar. I don't study Leonardo. And I didn't feel I had to guess. I didn't feel I had to guess and pretend I know. Didn't have an impulse like that."
Burton then proceeds to affirm the artist is either Leonardo da Vinci or Lorenzo di Credi. When Dorian informs him the artist is actually Boltraffio, Burton "artfully" adjusts his earlier expert opinion.]





"Ames Gilbert" wrote in the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 2, 2019:
Jeez, it’s hard to keep up. Latest news from the bowels of the criminal enterprise, a.k.a. The Fellowship of Friends, the cult headquartered in Oregon House, California, 95962.

Burton has decided: there are four future ‘conscious beings’.

They are:

Dorian Mattei, Sasha Shalapanov, Nitzan Nitzan, and Samuel Mercer (grandson of Maria Machado).
Fellowship of Friends/Apollo future conscious being Nitzan Nitzan and Steven Dambeck
"Future conscious being" (but only if he remains in the Fellowship) Nitzan Nitzan with Steven Dambeck
Alert readers will quickly note that—wait for it, wait for it—Girard Haven is not on the list.

Great gallomphing goobers! I can hardly believe it myself.

After spending most of his adult life mooning after Burton, writing untold reams of rubbish about how to act more ‘conscious’, whole books of self–referential fluff justifying the actions of a loon (albeit, a ‘conscious’ loon), attempting to square the circle of the Fourth Way with the Precious Sequence™, being obedient and obsequious every moment of his life when not in front of a screen (o.k., this is a family blog)… amusing himself—and being rewarded for all this by being anointed as a ‘Man #5…

… and then having even this meagre recognition denied him? Where is the justice? Why the humiliation? It seems so unnecessary and gratuitous and cruel.

I ‘sorta’ feel for him.

But don’t worry, my source tells me that Girard is taking it well. He has nobly accepted the word of his Master, who has once again treated him as lower than a dog.

This begs the question: what about ‘Solartype’, ‘William’, ‘Nicolas Walker™’, and the rest?
Too bad, you are all ‘in imagination’. The eighty–first angel has announced The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth.

You are mere pretenders, frauds, all of you.

Robert Earl Burton, God–Emperor of Oregon House, has spoken.

So. Be. It and So. It. Is.

Until, at a guess, next week.
Girard Haven as Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland