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.")

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Has the Fellowship of Friends existed solely to feed Robert Burton's insatiable appetite for young men?

[ed. - The Russian invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns that refugees fleeing the conflict are falling victim to human trafficking. Following the dissolution of The Soviet Union, similar concerns about human trafficking were raised in relation to the The Fellowship of Friends. Then, Robert Earl Burton saw the opportunity to expand recruiting into former Eastern Bloc nations. His recruiting efforts targeted young, attractive heterosexual males. "WhaleRider's"  satire below comes a little too near the truth. See also: Inner Circle facts]

 
"Whalerider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 12, 2022:

U.S. Embargo on Exporting Russian Sperm Creates Cult Crisis

Russian Doll House, CA

The recent invasion of Ukraine and subsequent travel restrictions placed upon Russians has severely impacted the futures market of Russian sperm for a Northern California Gay Sex Cult, known as the Fellowship of Friends, who rely heavily upon the high sperm count of young Russian males to feed the insatiable appetite of the cult leader, Robert E Burton, causing him to overtax his domestic sources and prompting his followers to develop new supply chains to entangle unsuspecting young males from other third world countries like Central America.

Burton has also required his followers to call his recent recruiting effort exclusively as a “Special Spiritual Operation” and will immediately expel any follower who uses any other term to refer to his newest international sex trafficking exploit.

Despite recent revelations of what goes on beneath the cult’s gilded veneer of dinners and concerts, critics warn that Burton is unlikely to withdraw his misuse of “higher forces” and will undoubtedly double down in his efforts to secure complete male dominance over the lives of his followers.

 

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 17, 2022:

96. WhaleRider [above]

Wow. How did you know?

Robert Burton is actively organizing the relocation of his followers living in Russia to Mexico City, since they do not need a visa to enter Mexico. So far, some 20 followers have made the move, or are in the process of doing so. To accommodate them in Mexico City, at least 2 new so-called “teaching houses” have been opened.

Will Burton travel to Mexico City in the near future? Stay tuned.

 

 "Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 30, 2022:

1. crossroads

Imagine the debt owed by the Russian refugees to Robert Burton. Whatever funds did not come from the Fellowship directly to cover air fare, housing costs in Mexico City, plus expenses for 6 months, came from a massive fundraising campaign that is ongoing. And how will Robert exact his pound of flesh from these young Russian men? Well, Burton will be heading down to Mexico City on Easter Sunday, April 17. Get ready, boys. Line up at the Hilton Hotel, Reforma to make the first installment on your debt, understanding that the debt will never be repaid in full, and regular installments will be expected whenever and wherever Burton demands.

 

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 19, 2021:

You have to wonder how many people, both formerly-important old-timers, and the younger generation mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe, understand the depth of the scam perpetrated by Robert Burton: pretending that the Fellowship is an “esoteric school” with a “conscious teacher” helping people around the world to become “conscious beings” so they may go to “Paradise;” while in actuality the Fellowship and its structure of “centers” is, and has always been, primarily engaged in recruiting sex partners for Burton, shipping them off to Apollo (or wherever Burton wants to meet them), and of course raising untold tens of millions of dollars over the years to satisfy Burton’s insatiable appetite for sex and bodily fluids, and also his various spending addictions.

It was never about the “4th Way.” That was, and still is, merely the bait.

Does Girard know? How about Linda? Kevin, Benjamin, Nicholas S? Helga, Mark L (Marcus), Greg H (current FF president)? And then there was Abraham Goldman. And Dorian. And Asaf had to have known everything. And a whole ton of ex-bigshots, and center directors, some still in the Fellowship, some gone, some dead. How many buried in the cemetery knew everything, yet said nothing?

I know it’s just my POV, but to me this is the most important thing to know about Burton and the Fellowship of Friends.

A fake school, a fake teacher, a fake teaching, a fake 4th Way lineage, and many fake promises.

 

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 19, 2021:

Insider ~ November 19, 2021 [above]

If the Fellowship of Friends is “A fake school, a fake teacher, a fake teaching, a fake 4th Way lineage, and many fake promises.” then it follows that the students are fake as well.

It doesn’t take long to see that the Fellowship of Friends is not a “Fourth Way” Gurdjieffian school, it’s something else. Some are “seekers” and “find the school,” and are soon convinced that “the School” is what they have been missing their entire lives. As has been said before, prospective students are often attentively “love bombed” – and then assigned various tasks or practices. Probably the only real practices common to Gurdjieff and Burton though is a certain form of hypnosis, a kind of charismatic seduction – and the money con and practice of sex with students. Members are so busy learning the student act they don’t have time to think about Burton’s crass sexual whims, and if they ever do, they indulge in denial and turn a blind eye; cognitive dissonance.

 

"WhaleRider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 20, 2021:

Never mind whether or not the FOF is a “fake school”, which begs the question…is there such an entity as a “real school”, other than your local university, that is?

Clearly the FOF is a FAKE RELIGION whose belief in a “higher power” is used to justify taking in vast sums of money, avoid paying taxes, sexually exploit male followers, and to protect and enrich the predator in chief.

 

"diegoriverassquaretrouserleg" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 21, 2021:

I somehow missed these podcasts back in 2019. They seem to have no connection with Jennings’s and contain a wealth of historical information, detail and psychological insight.

There are two parts, links are below. I found them to be a chilling and good companion and introduction to Jennings series.

Hard to believe I was involved in this horror show. Burton is a truly sick, perverted fuck. Many of the gory details are out there now for people to find and yet and still, only the surface has been scratched,

Largely the crimes of the early years are documented now and available here and there in the public domain for anyone with a mind to find them and piece them together, but Burton refined his strategies of abuse and got better and better at it, he also perfected ways of isolating himself from prosecution and litigation whilst the predation escalated.

He continues today largely unimpeded, financially supported by the naive and needy and enabled by the knowing and willingly complicit.

Fifty years of lies, abuse, manipulation and madness, predation, greed addiction, coercion and intimidation……….

“I am the brightest light since Jesus Christ” – Burton

Buyer beware.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0SANWzuG2sBGay8g5JQsSR?si=cC0g42-tSP2y6Y94-lx4ng

Listen to Part 1:

Listen to Part 2:

 

and if you haven’t listened to Jennings’ excellent podcast series, you can find the six episodes here on spotify

  

"44thWay" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

[Quoting] #23 laughoutloud

“44th way, this is complete 'bollocks'.”

[Quoting] #30 laughoutloud

“Yes, I meant that many know the dry facts, but probably have different perspectives and attitudes about it.”

This is a question that I muse over in my book, without coming to a definite conclusion. Yes, I was a member for over two decades; yes, at one point I was a Centre Director. That doesn’t mean that I was clearly aware of the abuse. I knew that Burton was a homosexual: that is nothing to remark on. I knew he had a sex life, that also is nothing to remark on, of itself. I did not know that his entourage were all heterosexual, nor did I know that religious visas were obtained for them solely to feed Burton’s lust. Even after leaving, it did not at first dawn on me that these so-called consensual arrangements were actually abuse of power. Bear in mind also that we are now all much more sensitised to these issues because of the Harvey Weinstein case and others. It is within my adult lifetime that rape within marriage has been made legally a crime in the UK: perceptions change.

I was aware that Burton had a sex life around the time that the ‘sex exercise’ was rescinded, and it did seem paradoxical (to say the least) that Burton was allowed to have sex while other homosexuals were not, although that rule was also rescinded about that time. (It reminded me of what someone told me many, many years before, that Leon MacLaren, leader of the SES, did not impose any exercise or rule that he did not follow himself.)

To leave the school, one’s understanding – of such information as one has – must be such that it destroys one’s belief that the Teacher is actually what he claims to be, that is, a ‘Conscious Being’ (whatever that is).

What did you know then that you see differently now?

[Quoting] #32 Golden Veil

“It doesn’t take long to see that the Fellowship of Friends is not a 'Fourth Way' Gurdjieffian school, it’s something else.”

[Quoting] #33 WhaleRider

“Never mind whether or not the FOF is a 'fake school', which begs the question…is there such an entity as a 'real school'…”

Indeed. Because we (I assume I speak for all here) swallowed so much nonsense in order to pursue our dream of becoming ‘Conscious Beings’ (and/or ‘immortal at the scale of the solar system’), it seems to me important to look at the underpinnings of the Fourth Way belief system.

If we had not been inclined to believe what we (inaccurately) called ‘B-influence,’ we would not have been attracted to the Fourth Way in the first place.

 

"Man Number Zero" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

In post 43 [above], 44thWay writes:

“To leave the school, one’s understanding – of such information as one has – must be such that it destroys one’s belief that the Teacher is actually what he claims to be, that is, a ‘Conscious Being’ (whatever that is).”

For some members it seems that no information would be sufficient to destroy their belief in Burton as a Conscious Being. For example, in post 31 Insider gives a list of people who must surely know that Burton is a predator (“Does Girard know? How about Linda? Kevin, Benjamin, Nicholas S? Helga, Mark L (Marcus), Greg H (current FF president)? And then there was Abraham Goldman. And Dorian. And Asaf had to have known everything.”)

Based on what he writes in his books, Girard for one does still seem to believe that Burton is a Conscious Being. I don’t know about the other people on Insider’s list; possibly some or all of them also believe this.

So it seems to be possible to simultaneously believe “Burton is a sexual predator” and “Burton is a Conscious Being”. Burton’s defenders have occasionally posted hints to the blog on how they reconcile these two beliefs, for example “The Lower cannot judge the Higher” or “Conscious Beings are not bound by the rules that apply to the rest of us.”

 

"44thWay" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

#44 Man Number Zero [above]

Another reason why analysis of what the Fourth Way is for (and whether it is credible) is important. Why would it be ok for a ‘higher’ or ‘more conscious’ being to inflict harm on another?

 

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 29, 2022:

Robert Burton and the Fellowship of Friends are as worried and defensive as I have ever known. Without any doubt, it is related to the flood of revelations, articles and podcasts during the past year.

Recently, the Fellowship bought the domains robertearlburton dot org, com and net, and also robertearlburtonandthefellowshipoffriends dot org and net. They are trying to hog any search engine results that would otherwise be negative towards Burton and the Fellowship.

This act of desperation (really a declaration of war), ordered either by the Board of Directors, or possibly by Burton himself (on advice from his close handlers), indicates that the Fellowship is in its death throes. It will not be continuing for very much longer. All of its leadership and “older students” know this very well, and they have lost all sense of rationality and spiritual purpose.

The average age of the members living in and near Oregon House is around, if not over, 70. There is a virtual army of retired members who have nothing better to do with their little remaining time, referring to their own few remaining years, and also to the Fellowship’s certain demise, as soon as Burton has one more heart attack.

A deep Galleria inner circle member confided in me that Burton’s plans for the Fellowship, the community, and the absurd “new civilization” fable, only took into account Burton’s own lifetime. He has never planned for any continuation beyond that. This “counter-offensive” being undertaken by the Fellowship leadership and high-ranking operatives is meant to keep Burton safe from lawsuits and persecution for his few remaining months or years (in the same way that the armed “militia” keeps Burton physically safe).

Burton is certainly not concerned about the potential loss of new members from the recent revelations. Almost no one is joining anyway, and donations are now so low for the first couple of years (actually, zero for those who catch Burton’s attention, if you know what I mean), as to have no impact on Fellowship finances. [emphasis added]

Whatever we, the ex- and non-members, are doing, visibly or quietly, is having a cumulative effect. Burton is showing himself to be deeply worried about being publicly humiliated, not to mention losing his boys, toys, and personal retirement home called Apollo.

 

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