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.")

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. Read more about the blog.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

With Robert in Egypt - De Nial

[ed. - Ames Gilbert discovered a rare copy of the classic DVD With Robert in Egypt, available for a limited time on eBay. This "non-rated" edition stars Robert Burton, renowned actor, director, and conscious being (second only to Jesus Christ.) Produced by Isis Media Productions in 2005, the DVD includes such special features as "cult." But you must hurry! At only $30, this offer is a steal!*]

Fellowship of Friends cult leader video - Robert Earl Burton in Egypt the Nile (De Nial) Self-Remembering

* “For use and viewing by members of the Fellowship of Friends only. Not for resale, reproduction or any other viewing.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Robert Earl Burton's 2018 Prophecies

Delusional Fellowship of Friends Fourth Way Gurdjieff Ouspensky cult leader Robert Earl Burton Self-Remembering
"I was only three days off in the prediction of my crystallization, which over a period of ten years is quite good, and I consider that prediction accurate. If a depression occurs in 1984, if California falls in 1998, if Armageddon occurs in 2006, then I was correct. All of which means, I am correct regarding the other information I have been speaking about.
Actually, most of what I speak about is facts.”

- Robert Earl Burton, June 11, 1979

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 11, 2018:
News from the farm: Just when it seemed he had given up on the prophecy end of the “conscious school” racket, Robert Burton is back to making some more of his trademark predictions.

The first prediction is that Dorian M*tei [ed. - Dorian Matei] will “crystallize as a conscious being” this year. As many will remember, Burton “predicted” this of himself back in 1976. It was, apparently, the only one of his dozen or more predictions to “come true,” and coincidentally the only one whose outcome he could control simply by stating that “it happened,” when there was no way for anyone else to verify what, if anything, actually occurred. Insiders feel that Robert is running out of energy to fundraise enough to meet his spending addiction (primarily for antiques), which by all accounts is totally out of control. Thus he needs a #2 conscious being to help bring in the dollars. Dorian owes his house, its furnishings, his gardens and orchards, even his bakery business, to Robert and the Fellowship, not to mention his very nice salary, likely second only to Robert’s. Thus, Dorian is all too happy to go along with Robert’s “conscious being” scheme. And I predict that this one will “come true” just like in 1976. And I further predict that many people, way too many, will believe it, just like many of us did 40+ years ago.

Fool me once, shame on you (Robert Burton); fool me twice, shame on me, and on you (current Fellowship members).

But wait, there’s more. It’s 2018 and time for another end-of-world/civilization prediction. This one is set to occur on Oct 21 (though some heard Oct 18) of this year. No specifics are being shared at this time; no doubt “Influence C” is withholding that information for their own reasons. All the student body is “invited” to vacation in Oregon House/Apollo for 1 month at that time. Meanwhile, all gatherings amongst centers are suspended for 1-1/2 years, so people can save their money to give to Robert in October.

It must be some weird psychological mechanism, but for some people (like most of the 1500 current members of the Fellowship of Friends), the more these predictions do not happen, the more easily the next one is believed. Really bizarre.

And the beat goes on.

[ed. - Robert Earl Burton from Fifty Years with Angels, page 65:]
"Influence C have been giving us many prophecies to work with over the past fifty years as the end of the sequence of civilizations is at hand. As always, the prediction of the fall of California hangs over our heads. Gurdjieff said that there are special times in the history of the earth when a great deal of esoteric material becomes available and must be gathered because these periods also coincide with great cataclysms or destructive events, such as World War I and II. The last two world wars cannot even begin to compare with World War III."

Saturday, January 6, 2018

"The One True Way" Fellowship of Friends podcast

The One True Way podcast on Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult

"A winery, olive oil, and a creepy old man guide members through the fourth's not the start of a bad joke but our episode on Fellowship of Friends."

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion:
Two scientist ladies in the rural South ponder Robert Earl Burton and the Fellowship of Friends. Podcast [below] on January 6, 2018.

“A winery, olive oil, and a creepy old man guide members through the fourth way…it’s not the start of a bad joke but our episode on Fellowship of Friends.”

About One True Way ~

“Have you ever been curious about cults but were afraid to ask because of the social taboo? Well, we sit down and answer as many questions as we can about a different group each episode. We’re not experts, we’re actual scientists.

Jodi and Jess are both scientists. Between the two of them, they have degrees in all of the hard sciences-Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. They both currently work in academia and live on a small family farm in the rural south.”

[ed. - The following archived podcast originally appeared on the Blazing Caribou Studios website ( That link is now defunct.]

Monday, January 1, 2018

Official Fellowship of Friends holidays

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends Fourth Way cult holidays

[ed. - "At the end of the day" (especially at the end of the day) it's all about Robert Earl Burton, thus the Fellowship of Friends recognizes the following holidays celebrating The Life of Robert Earl Burton.]
January 1st
On January 1, 1970 Robert Earl Burton recruited his first follower, and thereafter regarded this date as the founding of The Fellowship of Friends.
March 19th
On March 19, 1976 Robert Earl Burton reported that he had "crystallized" as a Man Number 5 ("a conscious man.") He alone witnessed the event.
 May 12th (or was it the 4th, 5th, or 11th?)
On one of these dates (or possibly a different one) in 1939, Robert Earl Burton was born in Enola, Arkansas (or was it Mineral? Or Little Rock?)
June 27th
On June 27, 2014 "The Absolute" (creator of Heaven and Earth) made a personal appearance before Robert Earl Burton. (The Absolute made a second appearance on on September 4, 2016.)
 July 4th
On or around July 4, 1971 members gathered at their farm. Robert Earl Burton calls this the founding of Via del Sol, aka Mount Carmel, aka Renaissance, aka Apollo, aka Isis, aka Apollo (again).
September 5th
On September 5, 1967 Robert Earl Burton met Influence C (Alex Horn's school.) (Until then, he was unaware of his creator.)