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.

Wednesday, February 10, 1999

The Esoteric History Project

[ed. - In the late 1990s, "Veronicapoe" documented their research online in the "The Esoteric History Project". They later moved the project to the Internet Archive and developed it further. The date of this post reflects the first "capture" of the original project by the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.]




The Esoteric History Project


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The Fellowship of Friends: "I am the Christ of the age"
The Fellowship of Friends: Literally and worse burned on the cross
The Fellowship of Friends: We will be able to see the ocean from the top of our hill
The Fellowship of Friends: The earth's shorey lips and other thoughts
The Fellowship of Friends: Spring 1972 photograph
The Fellowship of Friends: The "Slander Journal" [ed. - Dead link at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8444/slander.htm]
The Fellowship of Friends: An early defection (November 1972)
The School of the New Dawn
The Fellowship of Friends: Humans can be objectively viewed as earthworms
The Fellowship of Friends: Teacher's note (from the "period of silence")
The Fellowship of Friends: 1982 letter to Teacher (includes Teacher's suggested edits)
The Fellowship of Friends: If the Shoe fits
The Fellowship of Friends: The Impressions Octave at Apollo
The Fellowship of Friends: The Teacher surrounded by the Inner Circle (16th c., Siena) [ed. - Dead link at http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/pimage?1481?+0+0]
The Fellowship of Friends: Students and Former Students
The Fellowship of Friends: Origin of a Prophecy
A Teacher's Sudden Departure





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