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, February 14, 2012

Apollo is all a twitter as The Teacher tweets

[ed. - The following refers to an apparent announcement to Fellowship of Friends membership. See also 4th Way Tweets.]

J. D. wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
You too can now own a piece of insanity :
Dear friends around the world, In keeping with Robert’s wish to share his thoughts and travels with students around the world, a Twitter account called LivingPresence has been created. Twitter is free to use and allows instant live messages (“tweets”) of Robert’s observations to be shared with his online followers, as he creates them. These short messages will be sent out by students who accompany Robert on his travels and at Apollo.
To follow the Living Presence Twitter account, go to http://www.twitter.com and set your own Twitter account to be a follower of @LivingPresence. You can choose whether to receive Twitter notifications via your Twitter account or via instantaneous text messages sent to your mobile phone. If you wish text messages, choose “Mobile” options and enter your mobile phone number (Twitter will ask you to validate the phone by texting Twitter as a next step).
These messages are not intended to take the place of the Weekly Notes, but to simply create sparks of light in our daily life…
Enjoy!
[ed. - I tried to participate, but was denied "follower" privileges. For a taste of what gems await you, Higher Forces seem to have arranged a little preview of this new Channel to the Gods:]


April 14, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats

Regarding a one way sign seen from our table: One way -
their way (pointing up, referring to C Influence). Key West, Fl.



April 13, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats

This meteor fragment used in a piece of jewelry represents
the lower self controlled by the four wordless breaths.


Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends Cult Leader hugging young man

April 13, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats
Photo from Robert: license plate says "hug"




April 13, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats

Photo from Robert: Sign saying Palm Beach Towers with #44

“It is nice, is it not”

[ed. - No photos were attached to the following:]


April 14, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats

Everyone must serve the absolute.

But we are the lucky few who have the privilege to serve him consciously.



April 13, 2012. Posted in Sweet Tweets from Robert's Daily Beats

Robert enjoys this medium because it comes right out of the "lovin' oven".

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