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 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.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Pieternel's plea

"Please" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 11, 2007:
Please tell me it is not true,

Please tell me it is not true

The winery never made sales because of the info regarding RB “actions” would become known and the sales would drop over and over.

Please tell me that it is not true that my teacher offered to explain the 4th way books to the first students?

Please tell me it is not true that many of my friends went out to foreign centers to take pictures to show to my teacher for “future activities”.

Please tell me it is not true that my fellow- friends call ex students and students to check out information on other student’s activities in different spiritual areas?

Please tell me it is not true my doctor friends bring Prozac and Viagra to the Galleria? [Burton's residence]

Please tell me it is not true that my teacher was send away from his teacher because he was asked not to chase men and he could not keep this task?

Please tell me that it is not true the boys receive info that sperm has special energy so my teacher can do his special Work?

Why did I never ask the right questions…did things, trusted…why…?

Please my stomach hurt…I can not sleep. I try to see why I did not see this earlier in the School, why, why…

Yes it is true that I am slow and in all these years, was not aware…yes it is naïf [naive], CB [Cry Baby, Fellowship blogger] and others you can scold me…and still say it is so easy to leave?

Yes I see that my teacher has conditional love.

Yes, I saw myself treating others with conditional love.

O God, I do not understand is it better to go to the moon then to conform to your teacher, my conscience aches.

It aches so much. Maybe I should pretend it is all OK and not my business.

In the six processes Rodney Collin writes: “A man must speak and act as he thinks to stay mentally healthy…if not expressed can make terrible inroads on the whole physical and moral well-being of a man….”

It [Collins' book] also mentioned that there are always sign before crime manifests….Page 193. Crime will manifest when the process of destruction and corruption are not happening sufficiently.

O please tell me, I was not able to see things as they are…that it is not true.  Please….

The wish not to see things as they are…

Thanks all for reading and I know…time will heal all wounds, as my dear friend reminds me so often…

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