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 most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall 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 from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated) Fellowship Wikipedia page, 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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today

[ed. - The domain now forwards to the WordPress blog Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today (below). As previously mentioned, Burton and the Fellowship have had an on-again, off-again relationship with The Fourth Way, even resorting to such extreme measures as banning the works of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky! And it is indeed a stretch when the biography below states that Alex Horn was "affiliated" with the Gurdjieff Foundation and that Horn "studied" with Rodney Collin. But Robert Burton's (and the Fellowship's) credibility depend upon establishing a clear (though at best tenuous) link to the Fourth Way Lineage. And in that pursuit, truth is often sacrificed.]

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Screenshot from Fellowship of Friends blog, Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today

1 comment:

  1. From the site, Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today:

    "Alex Horn also studied with English writer and playwright Rodney Collin, Peter Ouspensky’s pupil, late in Collin’s life, in Mexico."

    Even though Robert Burton's "4th Way lineage" depends on the connection between Alex Horn and somebody, anybody, stemming from Gurdjieff, the evidence that Horn "studied" with Rodney Collin, or even met him, is virtually non-existent, except in the fantasy world of Burton and his hard-core believers. It is fairly well confirmed that Horn went to Mexico with a group of fellow actors from Chicago, but to study acting techniques for a year at the beach (where they could live cheaply), not to be with, or even look for, Collin in Mexico City.

    The Fellowship of Friends propagandists further claim that Horn met Collin "...late in Collin's life...," implying that Collin was a wise old teacher who had a major influence on the younger Horn in a very brief time. True, Horn was relatively young, 25 years old in 1954 (approximately the year of the visit to Mexico), but Collin himself was only 45. Even though Collin died 3 years later in Peru, it is intentionally misleading to describe Horn meeting Collin late in his life when he was still so young.

    So one really has to wonder why Robert Burton is so insecure about his own consciousness and authority to call himself a 4th Way teacher, that he has to fabricate past events in order to validate his supposedly 4th Way lineage.