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, July 6, 2007

The Fellowship attempts to call off its dogs

[ed. - Fellowship of Friends spokesman Nick Spaulding (or someone masquerading as Nick) makes an appearance on the blog.]

"Ni_k Spa_ldi_g" posted the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
It’s TRUE, it’s all true…..well, ALMOST all true:
#190 Somebody:
I know Howard Carter [blog poster].
He has Vanity, Power and Fear features. Mars-Jovial.
He also has a great sense of humor and believes in magic.
He sees Magic everywhere he goes. And if you don’t argue
with him he will be your best friend (especially if you are a
ALL TRUE except I am NOT Howard Carter…..and I am sure this is good news for Howard….however he/she is……and…good news for Un_anim_ [blog poster] because he has not broken his vow.

The “magic” on this page of the drama is that, before I read my name on the blog, I WAS formulating a post:
To ask Howard Carter, Siddiq…and GOlb (if they are truly current students) to discontinue posting to the blog.

Since my many efforts to find who they were had failed, using the Shiek [sic][blog moderator] as a private go-between off the blog itself, was the next step…….until seeing my nam_ today….

My thoughts are these:

Dear Howard, Siddiq, and GOlb:

Please consider not participating in the blog….


Rodney Collin said that giving knowledge and attention to issues esoteric, when someone is not asking for them, violates the principles of esoteric transmission.
Robert has asked not to have discussion amongst ourselves, about students who have left…This helps to “leave their space clean.”

Robert has also asked that we avoid “unnecessary” association with friends who have chosen to leave.

So, if you would consider that no one has been officially asked to participate on the blog except probably the legal people, and that considerable energy has gone from you, into the blog that is confrontational and provocative, maybe…. could you find it beneficial to stand down?

Also, from the view that the blog may offer a doorway to a place of peace and healing for pain and suffering that you may consider real or imaginary, this is their process, not yours. Give them their space. Generally, people consult with those they trust before making big decisions. If there were any confusions, misgivings, or questions….they usually ask before making choices …… please consider
“Hafiz, step aside…It is you who are in the way.”

Also……Howard, Siddiq, and GOlb,

If you feel that the blog is a neutral space for discourse, you may be naive….. in addition to offering a doorway to peace and healing, it also seems to offer another doorway to a “War Room” where sincere and heartfelt plans for action are being made.

This truly being my first and last post……

Love to all who wish……


"Bruce" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 7, 2007:

286 [post number]

Thanks Ni_k. A thoughtful. valuable post.

Siddiq, sounds like you are (as we used to say) “losing your work”, or a bit on the panicky side. If it is a real school you should have nothing to fear, and nothing to defend. They don’t burn at the stake anymore.

I think it’s clear Siddiq, HC, Golb are here to feed us bullshit on many levels. It’s not the first time this has been pointed out.

Siddiq is obviously having a different part of his “being” evoked by the threat of an outside force disrupting the superstructure he or she has come to depend on for his or her “value” in the FOF.

It’s also been pointed out countless times that these FOF defenders, as one purpose, are here to monitor any possible threat to their community.

After these thousands of posts, Ni_k comes with, what I feel, is an extraordinary post, identifies himself, does what he came to do, and moves on. As opposed to the dishonest, cowardly anonymous manipulations of the Siddiq’s, HC’s, LOL’s, GOlb’s etc.

It’s clear they learned well from the master scammer, but I don’t really think they’re worth shit to a tree.

thank you Ni_k.

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