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.

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."


  1. I really appreciate your website and giving former members of the Fellowship of Friends an update on the travesty that is known as Robert Burton.

  2. Thank you Signifier. I am grateful for and, frankly, amazed by all those who have, over decades now, shared their experiences, perceptions, and analyses of Robert Burton and the Fellowship of Friends. - ed.

  3. Wow, the guy - "the Teacher - looks completely bing bong insane. Can't people see that? It's so amazing.

  4. I was in the Fellowship in the 70s. He would make these predictions and when they didn't happen he said it was because C influence was just having a laugh, just jerking him around. Jesus, Lincoln and DaVinci playing jokes on him. I wonder if he said Obama was a conscious being. You know, being the 44th president and all. It's amazing what you can make intelligent people believe.

    1. Burton, reportedly, had said that civilization, as we know it, would end during the 44th presidency. Did not happen. But, civilization, as we knew it, seems to be ending during the 45th presidency.