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, April 6, 2019

Celestial cognitive impairment?

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise
Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise

[ed. - Perhaps Robert Burton is receiving mixed messages from "Influence C" ("Higher Forces," the gods) or maybe his fading mental faculties are impairing his ability to translate these celestial signals.]

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 10, 2019:
Speaking of doubting: Two events happened in the past week that have a lot of followers wondering about Burton’s mental condition.

The first was an urgent announcement, which was the following:
“Dear friends around the world,

“Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

“Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

“The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our ‘ascendents’ and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product–and not the journey it took to get there.

“In relation to this, Robert quoted [Bernard] Berenson, who said, ‘A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.’

“Robert added: ‘For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture.'”
The very next day, just when his loyal followers were planning a massive bonfire of Daily Cards and Girard’s books, Burton withdrew the above directive without any explanation.

The second event, a day or two later, occurred at a meeting. First Burton made yet another prediction, that he would continue running the show only for 2 more years. He then woke up briefly, possibly prodded by Dorian, to realize that this contradicted what he had said a month or two earlier; and thus he changed the immediately-preceding prediction from 2 years to 10 years, no doubt to a huge collective sigh of relief from the believers in attendance (except for Dorian, who now has to continue wiping food from Burton’s beard for 10 more years).

[ed. - The following March 2019 video demonstrates Burton translating "Influence C's" messages in real time, struggling to mold reality to his fantasies. In this case, he attempts to match Bastille Day, July 14th, to the date of America's first atomic bomb blast, July 16, 1945. The test took place at Trinity Site (not Frenchman Flat, the Nevada test site Burton mentions.) The Frenchman Flat reference, however, leads to his ominous "tale of two cities" play on words, Lon-done and Par-ish. Near Alamogordo, New Mexico, not at Las Cruces, some 90 miles from Trinity Site. But Las Cruces supports his dystopian vision of humanity being crucified (while all dues-paying members are saved.) He goes on, "So there's a 44 in there..." (as Dorian shrugs and looks to change the subject.) In a script that's likely been followed many times before, Burton "learns" that the interval between Oppenheimer declaring, "It worked," and Burton "crystallizing" was 30 years, 30 being another magic number in Burton's teaching.]


From Fifty Years with Angels, p. 13
"This is a nice photograph of Rosemary Macdonald, who joined the school early on. We used to meet at her house, the Macdonald Farmhouse, in Vacaville. That is quite interesting because the atomic bomb was conceived and tested at McDonald's Ranch in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and divine presence, which is dropping the atomic bomb internally, was conceived at the Macdonald Farmhouse in Vacaville. The atomic bomb was also developed under the direction of a Robert - J. Robert Oppenheimer. It reflects the power of divine presence in an unconscious form whereas, in a conscious being, such as Buddha [or Robert Burton!], it is in conscious form, and it is controlled and eternal. What we were doing in Vacaville was conceiving atomic energy in conscious form - self-remembering."

[Note: The bomb was assembled and tested, not conceived, at McDonald Ranch, aka Trinity Site, which is about 160 miles from Los Alamos and about 90 miles from Las Cruces, which Burton (conjuring an esoteric significance) has also cited as the blast location.]
 

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