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 an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will 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 on official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, 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.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Animam Recro blog is created

"Buddha7.2" from Animam Recro

[ed. - In April 2006, someone calling themselves The Monochromatic Knight established a profile on Google Blogger. They then created a blog called “Animam Recro” (the predecessor to the “Animam Recro” WordPress blog). The blog claims two authors: “The Monochromatic Knight” and “The Esoteric Sheik.” The Esoteric Sheik is also known as Pavel. No other name is provided for the Knight. Pavel later reports that he is a 22-year-old, Czech-born but living in London for three years. The following is the first post on Animam Recro.]

Warm Welcomes

Okay folks, I am very sad to inform you that you have arrived at a 'work in progress' blog. It's sad because you might very well be the only visitors to our blog this century and there isn't enough eye candy to make you stay.

But nevermind, The American side of this blog has gone on vacation to Holland to see a pretty lady (and just generally have a good time) so wish him a good time and safe return!

In the meantime check out our Links section (some of those websites are worth it and, you know, they just might open your eyes a little bit more to cruel cruel surreality). In the future there will be many more exciting stories from our action-packed lives, theories on the nature of reality and the non-existence of sanity in modern society and culture (always a crowd pleaser), real stuff, fictious stuff and... well, other lies.

Just to make you a little bit interested, I'll be visiting an informal presentation of Gurdjieff's Fourth Way on Sunday (, await a report and hopefully some amusing stories.

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