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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Photoshop rules

Photoshopped inscription on photo of Chartres Cathedral by Fellowship of Friends cult member.
Detail of Chartres Cathedral with "Photoshopped" inscription
added by a devout Fellowship of Friends member

No Person posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
Opus111 [blog poster, asked:], “How about the photoshop issue? Do you know of flagrant forgeries in the images that students are shown?”
Yes, I do. So do many others! It was e-mailed to the whole school, what, you forgot? Or did you just join yesterday? Here’s the ‘official letter” from January 23, 2006 after one of such “images” were sent to students with the task from the teacher to install it as your desktop image. It was a pure forgery, pieced together in Photoshop to make a point. After many repeated questions about the true origin of this “esoteric image” official FOF finally confessed:
Dear Friends,
The source of the desktop image is from the Royal Portal at Chartres Cathedral (right bay archivolts of the West facade). Circa 1145. The archivolts depict the Seven Liberal Arts, with scholars who best illustrate each art.
The two scholars shown in the picture represent Music on the left, and Grammar on the right. The quotation is not part of the original picture, but was entered via PhotoShop.
In presence,
Linda Tulisso [Linda Kaplan], Isis
Later I asked some “inner circle” friends about this issue, and they said that it is a pretty common practice to “photoshop” the information to make it fit the “current teaching”. (Like the amount of elements in the picture, or the image of “wolf in sheeps clothing”, etc etc.) It’s just being done, altering the original quotes, alering the original images, to tell you what Robert wants to tell you, to push his “sequence”. What would you call it? I would call it shameless LYING. You can call it anything you want! One dedicated stident from our NY center whom I asked about the issue of deliberate forgery, said that “it doesn’t matter, as long as it produces a state”.
So – there you go! Doesn’t matter.
May be there were not 6 poops after all, but 5 or 7… or 32 satrs… Or 9 men instead of 6… But who cares, right? Who cares about anything – as long as you get a state.. Anything for a state…
Photoshop rules.

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