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.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Paul R.'s story

"Paul R" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 13, 2013:
I only recently discovered this blog [Fellowship of Friends Discussion]. I was a student in 1978 to 1979. I joined the Atlanta center after finding a bookmark in “Search of the Miraculous” [P.D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous]. I then moved to California to be closer to the teaching. But I left the school because I could not keep up with the monthly dues ($200 a month) and they wiped out my savings. I really did not want to leave the school, there was a sense of awe about the place, and I liked the illusion of being one of the chosen few. However, over time, I accepted that I was snookered by a con man and forgot about them. And of course that was verified when California didn’t crash into the ocean and there was no nuclear war. I became interested in them again when a friend told me about an Eckhart Tolle event she attended in San Francisco. Only it wasn’t about Eckhart Tolle, it was about the Fellowship of Friends. They had given her a tour of Renaissance (including an airplane tour) and were intensely pressuring her to join. The guy trying to recruit her said he could see an inner truth in her. They wanted her and her husband to attend one of those dinners. I told her they were a cult and the teacher was a con man. She didn’t go because of the way they misrepresented themselves on being an Eckhart Tolle group. But that story piqued my curiousity [sic] about them. I was surprised they were doing so well after the false predictions made by Robert. I read all the fascinating stories on this blog and websites. I consider myself fortunate compared to other former members of this cult. I only lost two years and my bank account, which was pretty meager. I had no clue about Robert’s sexual predations and his male harems. I can’t believe that I forked over money for his opulence and then his legal settlements.

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