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 from 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.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Traveler schools us on Burton's mannerisms

"Rear View Mirror" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 29, 2008:
Traveler wrote: "And finally, as Yesri Baba said more eloquently, whatcha gonna do with yourself once you are eternal and immortal? Oh maybe, you’ll finally show all those people who have spiraled down to the moon on their descending octaves, then they’ll see how lost they were! Na-na-na-na-na. Think: an eternity of having to put up with yourself all proper and conscious. Bwahahahaha”
LOL. You’re really getting to the heart of the matter with these comments. As long as we’re speculating on the afterlife, who knows… Maybe the hateful state that you describe above (because that’s exactly what it is — a form of hate)… is actually Hell?

There’s a new book out right now called Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy

Ironically, the cover of the book shows a huge image of the Earth’s moon with the name Apollo draped all over it.

Of course, as former and current followers know all too well, Robert Burton routinely preaches to his followers that the moon is Hell — yes the Hell that we all know and love. And keep in mind that if you are not a member of the Fellowship of Friends — all of you nearly 7 billion people out there who didn’t happen to find an fof bookmark — you are going to be “food for the Moon.” You will go to Hell.

Fear.

No, fear is not a new concept in the effort to manipulate and control people.

But, getting back to that book cover, similar such coincidences are typical of what Burton will grab for his own use. He will routinely say that “Influence C” is presenting us an omen and will argue this by making the most absurd connections — for example, the birthmark on Gorbachev’s head being a sign related to Armageddon, which he predicted for the year 2006 (which, hmm, is rarely discussed anymore — quite odd).
Robert Burton called Gorbachev's birthmark an omen.
So, with this book cover, I can only imagine Burton giving a dinner at $400 a head, with 20 people packed into the dining room:

“Did everyone see the cover to the new book called Apollo’s Fire? [smiling as he looks at the person to his left, but with a certain earnestness and sarcastic glint in his eye]. Well, I find it interesting that I just changed the name from Isis back to Apollo, and this book comes out. It’s quite remarkable. On the cover, the name Apollo is draped over a large image of the moon. This is one of the most startling shocks that we’ve received.”

“What does it mean, Robert?” a follower asks.

“Well, with Influence C, it could mean anything. But it’s obviously a very strong omen. You know, I have to be honest for a change. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe it is all of us who will be transported to the moon upon our deaths. Maybe I have led you all astray.”
The room grows silent, and the servers stop in their tracks with plates in hand — looking at Robert and wondering.

"Traveler" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 29, 2008:
Rear View Mirror [above]: Good scenario, but let me translate it into the way Robert actually talks:
It is interesting that we changed the name to Apollo just 44 days ago, is it not? The name of our city-state. [gazes meaningfully into the distance, tilting head to a slight left angle, activating his full-toothed smile for 3 seconds as if sharing a private poignant joke with himself] Yesterday we discovered this in a bookstore in Los Angeles. Would you show the image, dear? [picture of book cover comes on screen in the corner, all heads break contact with Robert’s left eye for a moment to take in the impression] It says Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy. [he smirks, and audience follows suit as they recognize this is clearly a message from C Influence, reminding and reassuring them of the Gods’ working relationship with the School] The word ‘igniting’ refers to the presence in your heart of hearts, in the holy Kaaba /pronounced: ka-BAH/ where you must ignite long be with the sequence. The picture represents the moon. [beat] Shakespeare said Lord-what-fools-these-mortals-be. [looks at audience expectantly, audience nods in recognition and agreement] The moon symbolizes a cold and desolate place in the universe. Marvelously, they are showing us the fire of Apollo: the destiny of those who are not trying to promote divine presence, the third eye. [points to the third eye of the person sitting next to him while the person tries to not lose his long-be] Apollo was the Greek god of beauty. [putting hands on his knees, raises eyebrows, bulges eyeballs and sports a whiff of a smile] Just as we are creating beauty every time we are present. We are creating that which is eternal. The Bible says that every hair is counted. Every time you make an effort to reach long be, you are exceedingly fortunate to escape from the treacherous lower self. The anonymous 14th century English monk said, leave me, I do not want thee. Leave the lower self, abandon the world and its meaningless entanglements. [beat] They are giving us so much now, you see. [bows head slightly and nods reassuringly] It will soon be 38 years since I met Influence C, and 32 years since my crystallization. [folds left arm over his chest, stroking chin and cheek with right hand philosophically] Christ was 33 years old when he was nailed to the cross. We must accept Influence C on their own uncompromising terms, you see. [drifts off for a few seconds, then looks at his watch] Thank you my dears, it was a lovely event. [folds hands in a ‘namaste’ gesture and gets up]
See Rear View Mirror, your interpretation of the symbolism was just much too logical and straightforward to be believably Robert. :)

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