Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Fellowship of Friends registers "Inner-circle-squared.org"

[ed. - Presently, the Inner-circle-squared.org domain is forwarded to www.propylaia.org, the Fellowship's member portal. Expires 2018.]


[Important: If you are a current Fellowship of Friends member and landed here while searching for the Propylaia homepage, please do not regard this a "mistake." Instead, try to view this as a sign you were meant to spend some time exploring these pages, learning more of your organization's history. I encourage you to heed the advice of Ames Gilbert, formerly a Fellowship member for 16-1/2 years. Once he began to realize the depth of Robert Burton
's depravity, and the extent of abuse within the Fellowship, Ames had the courage to confront Burton and other Fellowship leaders.]

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 10, 2015:
Hello to any seekers interested in finding out more about the Fellowship of Friends and the fraud Robert Earl Burton. Please think on the following:

Tens of thousands of people have passed through the organization in the last 44 years, and some of them were damaged, shattered for life, or even committed suicide. About 1500 or so, passive, obedient, compliant, and entranced remain. Some of them have been there for almost the entire time!

Although Burton has pronounced over the years that half a dozen would become ‘conscious’ (how the heck would he know?), most of even those recognized and marked by the self–described ‘conscious being’ have left as well. What does it say for the efficiency of Burton’s method that the culmination of all this effort and as much as $200 million in donations has produced one sorry specimen labeled ‘conscious’, that is to say, Girard Haven. The guy who recommends that followers obey Burton ‘like a dog’. The one whose idea of ‘verification’ is to take the insane Burton at his word, then desperately look for any evidence to support it. The one who has never spoken out about Burton’s abuses and rapes, or the way he has lived like an emperor at the expense of his followers decade after decade. Who has not shown not the slightest sign of independent thought or action after 42 years on the leash— this is the sole product of Burton’s “school”, which is advertised as the one and only way on earth to help one develop ‘consciousness’?
Do you really want to spend a lifetime (just a down payment, according to Burton) giving your sweat, effort, sanity and treasure to charlatans like Burton or Asaf Braverman, and their ilk? Please, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere, take our word that there is nothing there of value to any decent, thoughtful person.

"qwertyuiop" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 29, 2011:

Yes, I want Burton to be held accountable, but mainly I just want more people to learn more about him. Just a rhetorical question, but when has MORE information and more knowledge about Burton helped to solidify his standing with his followers? The only way he’s able to keep people in the group is to withhold information, hide it, conceal it, distort it.

Ever notice there’s not a page on Burton’s Cult websites that reads something like the following?
“Learn more about Robert Burton and the Fellowships of Friends!”
“Read what former members are saying!”
“How Burton Uses Sexual Encounters to Enlighten his Followers!”
“Why Huge Teaching Payments are Necessary for Awakening!”
“Why Angels Only Communicate with Us and not with You!”
You don’t see such pages because “learning less” is the goal.

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