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, September 25, 2011

Blue Logic: Fellowship of Friends bookseller

[ed. - Blue Logic is an outlet for Fellowship of Friends publications and Fellowship-recommended texts. The BL website features works by Fellowship of Friends members Rolando Altimirano, John Craig, Girard Haven, Gilbert Moore and John Stubbs, who are responsible for most of the "New Titles" listed below. A curious omission from the list is Robert Earl Burton's Self Remembering.]

"Wondering Who's Watching" wrote the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 25, 2011:
What’s new in wonderful world of FoF:
New Titles:
E. Kehl & N. Walker, Where the Two Worlds Touch
G. Haven, Art of Presence
G. Moore, Gods Play Chess, Don’t They
G. Moore, Mysterious Origins of Chess
G. Moore, Out of Africa
G. Moore, Through the Eye of A Needle
J. Craig, Philadelphia
J. Stubbs, Inner Connections
L. Carter Holman, Evolution of A Self-Taught Painter
R. Altamirano, In Touch With the Miraculous
Love Sonnets and Songs by Anonymous Egyptian Scribes
R. Altamirano, Meetings with Remarkable Friends
W. Smith, Pinocchio Nerino
Ancient Teachings:
Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
4th Way:
A. R. Orage, On Love and Psychological Exercises
George Gurdjieff, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson
P.D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous
R. Collin, Theory of Conscious Harmony
R. Collin, Theory of Celestial Influence
More things in heaven & earth…:
CS Lewis, The Great Divorce
CS Lewis, Four Loves
JL Borges, Labyrinths
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, Sylvie & Bruno
Lewis Carroll, Sylvie & Bruno Concluded
Umberto Eco, Kant and the Platypus
Wm. Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Wm. Blake, Song of Experience
Diary Notes from Hell:
Who Am I?
Power of Now, Then What?
More Diary Notes from Hell:
High Velocity
Quantum Communication
Site contains books, biographies, blogging, etc

"Constant Reader" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 25, 2011:
108. Wondering Who’s Watching

To the FOF members responsible for Blue Logic:

As a former member of the FOF, I am startled by your inclusion of Borges on your reading list. The man was a genius. I know, I know, you appropriated Leonardo, Lincoln, and a hundred others – why balk at this? Perhaps it’s because I was castigated for reading him while I was in the FOF; he was, after all, one of the “dead ones.”

I am even more appalled by your inclusion of C.S. Lewis, a convinced and committed Christian, on your list. You describe “The Great Divorce,” on your website as being “extraordinary tale of our obsessive identification with excess baggage – and the consequences.”

I know C.S. Lewis would be horrified at the group he is being used to promote on this website. I know, because I have read him, and not just in the heavily edited FOF “Cliff Notes” version.

This is a man who was a guardian for a string of teenagers and supported a raft of other dependents, including an alcoholic brother, the irascible mother of a dead friend, and a dying wife. This is a man who never shirked a single responsibility in his life, and gave away a good portion of his income to take care of the needy. This is a man who answered every one of the thousands of letters he received, even from the children and the mentally unstable fans. This is a man who taught Oxford students tirelessly, day after day, and wedged in his own writing in his “free” time.

You, of course, will think he wrote a few great books despite these “feminine dominance” weaknesses. No, that’s where you have it wrong. He wrote them because of his caritas, because of his humanity and discipline and will. You won’t understand until you try it.

About one thing C.S. Lewis is unquestionably especially right: the attempt to marry heaven and hell is doomed, based on the mistaken belief “that reality never presents us with an absolutely unavoidable ‘either-or.’ … This belief I take to be a disastrous error.”

The FOF represents precisely this kind of marriage – the belief that we do not make choices when we dump our children, parents, friends, debts or whatever to pursue “higher impressions” and self-indulgent moments. The idea that we can remake God in our own image, according to our own vices. The idea that we can cut our own deal. That something is only evil if we think of it so.

Please don’t die like Abraham, abandoned by those who saw him as “excess baggage” in his old age. Despite the flowery PR eulogies, he had been dumped by Robert and dumped by FOF insiders, after taking care of every piece of dirty laundry the FOF had ever soiled. The devil makes a bad master.

It’s time to get out of the pool folks. As someone wise said, “Beyond good and evil, there is only evil.” Either-or. Which will it be?

FOF moderator: Could you maybe add to the list of fraudulent FOF pseudonymous organizations?

1 comment:

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