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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today's Daily Card

Robert Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult daily card
Fellowship of Friends "Daily Card"

[ed. - These small printed cards containing a quotation from Robert Burton or other "noble" personality were distributed to the membership. Today, the Fellowship uses Twitter and e-mail to distribute an endless stream of aphorisms.]

"Ollie" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
“The pace of the School has increased, and our being has increased because of it.” - The Fellowship of Friends (from “Daily Card”, April 28, 2010)

"Why Robert Burton is a fake" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 25, 2008 at 9:48 p.m.:
These are the daily cards of today and yesterday:
We are too much under feminine dominance to awaken
by ourselves, but Influence C are not. We are not
actually supposed to awaken, but Influence C
make it possible. They do not have to answer to
anyone – they are the law.
Six and four make you present.

"Pensate un attimo" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 18, 2008 at 5:52 p.m.:
Thursday, March 13, 2008
When I yawn, I cover my mouth, in order to be different from the animals.

Love, Robert

"Ollie" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 29, 2008 at 12:42 a.m.:
A few recent words on eternity, arrogance and sequential dieting:
Very few people want the sequence, because it is so minimal. I thank you for wanting and embracing it. Remember, the state we are in will eventually survive the death of the physical body and be eternal. Nothing can compare to it. - Robert Burton, March 2008
Those who have difficulty with the current form are not able to take Influence C on their own divine terms. There is a lot of arrogance in that. Who are we to question them? - Robert Burton, March 2008
Influence C has put our school on a sequential diet. Those who can accept this fact will stay, and those who do not will have to go. - Robert Burton, March 2008

"Ollie" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion  blog, March 29, 2008 at 12:52 a.m.:
And, gentlemen, this one is for you:
Later many of you will have to work with younger people on all the things I have worked on with you. It requires infinite patience. - Robert Burton, March 2008

"Why Robert Burton is a fake" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 2, 2008 at 11:42 a.m.:
The lower self wants only nothing, non-existence,
imagination. Presence is not enough for the lower
self; Influence C is not enough for him.

Love, Robert

"Draco" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 2, 2008 at 9:52 p.m.:
Spring is here and its arrival is accompanied by increased sex energy. If you have difficulty in this area it may behoove you to remember the Teacher’s advice to go to bed an hour later and rise an hour earlier.

Or you could just suck off twenty cocks in a row.

"Pensate un attino" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 27, 2007:
TODAY’S daily card
The love of my students is a great stabilizing
force. It has the ability to neutralize all the
Love, Robert

Robert Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult daily card
Fellowship of Friends "Daily Card"

[ed. - Robert Burton's 40-year literary legacy consists almost entirely of such aphorisms, suggesting Burton is actually incapable of producing anything beyond short, eminently-quotable, yet trite statements. Deep analytical thought quite eludes this "teacher." From daily e-mails to subscribers, here are more gems from 2012:]
Divine wordless presence has no name. It is the nothingness that alone is somethingness.

The work is so personal. Each one of us has the responsibility to circumvent our own lower self and be present.

The only thing one can teach is being present to simple, inconspicuous moments.

The effort to remember oneself implants a desire within one’s heart to awaken and experience divine presence.

The ultimate epic voyage is to travel to the Present.

Presence halts the rapid, irretrievable passage of time and makes it last forever.

We are always on the same internal journey, no matter where we are.

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