Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Monday, March 31, 1975

March 1975 Notes

March 3:
There is a new exercise [at The Farm]: for housework to continue until 2:00 a.m.
March 4:
In order to create the “third state”, Robert announced he would stop “playing the fool”. [Playing the Fool: Acts designed to create an altered state of consciousness in oneself, and in others. According to Burton, these occasions "create memory."]
March 18:
[Contradicting his earlier announcement, at the Bay Area Meeting:]

Robert “borrowed” a dollar from Joel, then took off his shoe [likely a Gucci], placed the dollar inside and set it afire. When the dollar had been consumed, Robert poured the ashes back into Joel’s wallet.

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