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 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 2007) Fellowship of Friends 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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

"Fellowship of Friends Videos" YouTube channel

[ed. - The "Fellowship of Friends Videos" octave appears to have reached an interval after posting the lone video below. ("Octaves" and "intervals" are esoteric concepts found in the teachings of George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky. For more information, consult Wikipedia, not the Fellowship of Friends.)]


"Welcome to Fellowship of Friends Videos! We are beginning a project of uploading short videos based on content from our websites RobertEarlBurton.net, LivingPresence.com, BeingPresent.org, and more. [ed. - Indeed, many more!]

"We are a group of men and women, who have gathered together to share a lifetime pursuit of being present. Based in Northern California, with centers located worldwide, our school provides a place for aspiring souls to live and work together in an atmosphere of beauty and effort, under the guidance of a conscious teacher.

"We were founded fifty years ago on the Fourth Way teachings of George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky. Today, we embrace the practical wisdom of all great spiritual traditions, recognizing that all esoteric schools teach the same thing: how to be present to your own life.

"To learn more about our school and living in the present—working with a precise method, a teacher, and the help of other dedicated people—we invite you to visit our pages or find the center nearest you."

[ed. - The introduction continues:]
Robert Earl Burton bases his teaching on George Gurdjieff [ed. - Though Burton claims he never read Gurdjieff's works] and the Fourth Way writings of Peter Ouspensky. Over the years, he has focused relentlessly on “self-remembering,” the effort to increase consciousness by a direct effort to be present within this moment. The Fellowship of Friends channel is focused on selected themes and thoughts from Robert Earl Burton. Robert Earl Burton founded the Fellowship of Friends on New Year’s Day, 1970.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Robert Earl Burton's Fifty Years with Angels: September 5, 1967 - September 5, 2017 is published

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends Fourth Way cult leader Apollo - Fifty Years with Angels

[ed. - Robert Earl Burton's, Fifty Years with Angels: September 5, 1967 - September 5, 2017 (not to be confused with My Fifty Years with the Angels) is published. It is compiled and edited by Judith Grace, a Burton acolyte for over 42 years. To date, it is the most autobiographical, and self-congratulatory, of Burton's publications.]
 "Very early on I wondered who was helping me, and they ["C Influence" or "Influence C"] started signaling Leonardo [da Vinci]. Leonardo and I are very different, but we are also very similar from the point of view of presence. What a great founder for a civilization! We can see why Apollo is already so beautiful in its small way. Leonardo was probably the most aesthetically sensitive human in the history of the earth. His role was intended to represent the Absolute on earth. Once, when I began to work, as I was laboring, Leonardo said to me, "Trust no 'I's; be present." Then everything stabilized.

At one point when I was younger, I was receiving many shocks from Leonardo. Finally I snapped and spoke back. He whispered, "Shhhh." And I never did it again after that! I am actually Leonardo's only offspring. Like myself, he never had children in his life, and I am his only child five hundred years later. He is behind every word I speak, even though I take responsibility for it, and I am grateful. Who would not be grateful for such a mind guiding us."  - Robert Earl Burton, from Fifty Years with Angels
Leonardo da Vinci - Robert Earl Burton's "father" and guide to Fellowship of Friends cult "new civilization"
Presumed self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci
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