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, December 21, 2015

Asaf Braverman's "Be." website Terms and Conditions

I hereby release and discharge “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time” of and from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, losses, liabilities, rights, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, obligations, costs, expenses, liens, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, damages, judgments, extents, executions, claims, and demands, of every kind and nature whatsoever, whether now known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, matured or un-matured, suspected or unsuspected, in law, admiralty or equity (collectively, “Claims”), which I ever had, now have, or hereafter can, shall, or may have against “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time”...

[ed. - From Asaf Braverman's Be. website. Can you imagine if Robert Burton's "students" had to sign such a waiver upon entering the Fellowship of Friends? At least here there is a nod to accountability, or more appropriately, the lack thereof.]

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

BePeriod.com expresses a certain psychological perspective and suggests techniques to increase self-awareness. The context used is for educational and spiritual purposes only.

By paid or unpaid use, of the beperiod.com website or affiliated Ark In Time websites, (including but not limited to Facebook and Google + sites, webinars, seminars, videos, tutorials, apps, website interactions, suggested exercises and practices, and all other presented material), you are agreeing to enter into the terms of the General Release.

GENERAL RELEASE

I attest that I am 18 years of age or have reached the age of majority in the country in which I reside. I agree to assume sole responsibility for the use of the beperiod.com website or affiliated Ark In Time websites, including Facebook and Google + sites, webinars, seminars, videos, tutorials, apps, website interactions, suggested exercises and practices, personal interactions with Asaf Braverman, his associates, paid employees of the Ark in Time company, paid contractors, or volunteers, and that beperiod.com, Ark In Time and other affiliated websites and its present and former, officers, directors, members, affiliates, successors, assigns, and agents (collectively, “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time”) shall not be liable for the content of the website, the material, videos, webinars, seminars, tutorials, website interactions, and suggested exercises, writings of the Fourth Way, of Asaf Braverman, George Gurdjieff, PD Ouspensky, and other suggested readings and references (collectively, “website and tutorial material”).


The Be Pyramid, “The Fourth Way” and the writings of Asaf Braverman, George Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky, other suggested readings and references and all the context and material thereof, are not intended to diagnose or treat any psychological, emotional, physiological or physical discomforts or disorders. “Beperiod”, “Ark in Time” and all writers and contributors, named or unamed, are not licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, physicians or psychiatrists. Any user who is currently under any form of professional psychological or other medical care is obliged to notify their counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist or physician of the use of any such website and tutorial material. Under no circumstances should the user discontinue any therapy, counseling, psychotherapy or medication without first consulting their counselor, therapist, psychologist or physician.

I hereby release and discharge “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time” of and from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, losses, liabilities, rights, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, obligations, costs, expenses, liens, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, damages, judgments, extents, executions, claims, and demands, of every kind and nature whatsoever, whether now known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, matured or un-matured, suspected or unsuspected, in law, admiralty or equity (collectively, “Claims”), which I ever had, now have, or hereafter can, shall, or may have against “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time”, including but not limited to property damage, personal injury or death arising out of or relating to such website and tutorial material. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless “Beperiod” and “Ark in Time” from any damages, expenses, or liabilities arising out of or relating to such Claims.


I understand that I may later discover Claims or facts that may be different than, or in addition to, those that I now know or believe to exist regarding the website and tutorial material, and which, if I had known at the time of using the Beperiod and Ark In Time, may have materially affected this release and my decision to enter into it and grant the release contained herein. Nevertheless, I intend to fully, finally and forever settle and release all Claims that now exist, may exist or previously existed, as set forth in this release whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, or suspected or unsuspected, and the release given herein is and will remain in effect as a complete release, notwithstanding the discovery or existence of such additional or different facts. I hereby waive any right or Claim that might arise as a result of such different or additional Claims or facts. I have been made aware of, and understand, the provisions of California Civil Code Section 1542 (”Section 1542”), which provides: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.” I expressly, knowingly and intentionally waive any and all rights, benefits and protections of Section 1542 and of any other state or federal statute or common law principle limiting the scope of a general release.

I AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND TO ENTER INTO THE TERMS OF THE GENERAL RELEASE.

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