A time arrives in the life of every true seeker when it is not enough to simply believe in God. The greatest need is to know God.
Flower A. Newhouse
September 25-27: MICHAELMAS RETREAT
Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. – From the Angel Kingdom to Earth: A dramatic presentation of the early incarnations of Flower A. Newhouse
Saturday, September 26 – A day spent on Angel awareness
Sunday, September 27 at 10:45 a.m. – A dramatic presentation of the most recent incarnations of Flower A. Newhouse. Narrated by Reverend Lucy Wold
Monday Aug 10, 17, 24 & Sep 14, 21: FINDING YOUR TRUE NORTH CLASSES
Classes are being led by Retired Captain Dan Willis to study selected chapters in Flower's book, Songs of Deliverance. Classes are being held in the Academy on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. See our Calendar for scheduled dates.
August 7-9: 75th ANNIVERSARY RETREAT–Questhaven celebrates its 75th Anniversary!
We are still riding the currents of inspiration, spiritual love, and renewed sense of purpose brought forth from last week's 75th anniversary celebration here at Questhaven. The retreat began with a powerful Friday evening service that included sharings from individuals and the presentation of three new works of art, honoring Questhaven and its founders, Flower and Lawrence Newhouse. This was followed by a very moving video presentation of Questhaven's evolution since its birth in 1940. The service concluded with a rededication to Christ through an oil ceremony.
Saturday we had a well-attended Open House to introduce Questhaven and its history to the local community. This drew many to the Retreat for the first time, as well as giving us the opportunity of welcoming back some old friends. Tours of the grounds and facilities were offered, and poster presentations and scrapbooks showing Questhaven's history were on display in the Friendship House. Many of our ministers and other friendly greeters were there to welcome visitors and answer questions about the Retreat and Ministry.
Our anniversary celebration concluded on Sunday with a special service held in the Oak Grove as a tribute to the dedication service originally held here by Flower A. Newhouse on August 4th, 1940.
The service included joyful, uplifting music from both our vocal and hand bell choirs, two sacred dances, and inspirational sharings by three of our ministers on the Angels, the Masters and Christ as revealed by Flower. Following the service the Friendship House was full as we gathered for food and fellowship.
This retreat reminded all of us who love Questhaven that we have a special opportunity this life to contribute each in our own small way to ensure the continuance of Questhaven's purpose as we move forward into the next 75 years.
What a privilege that is!
Days are of little consequence unless you objectively come closer to the shining nearness of God's Presence Indwelling.
A group of 28 spiritual seekers made their way through Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, visiting Castles, Cathedrals and Lords of the Mountains.
Vernal Retreat highlighted their trip with a slide show presentation accompanied by music and dance along with shared personal experiences from their journey, traveling with inner perceptiveness.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Thank you to all of you who joined us for Easter Retreat 2015!
It is this concentrating upon and loving and revering and following the real Lord Christ that enables the Christ nature to slip into us.
Flower A. Newhouse, Ash Wednesday, 1968
LENTEN AND EASTER TALKS
Lessons that have been impressed on Flower A. Newhouse
Wednesday Night Services
Feb 18 Ash Wednesday An Inner Understanding of Lent
Reverend Flower A. Newhouse
Mar 4 Outposts of Consciousness–Be Forever Expectant of the Good
Mar 11 Outposts of Consciousness–Never Count the Cost
Mar 18 Outposts of Consciousness–We Are to Express Spiritual Love as Widely as Possible
Mar 25 Outposts of Consciousness–To Help Others Lighten Their Load and Climb
Feb 22 Outposts of Consciousness–Improving our Speaking and Thinking
Reverend Blake Isaac
Mar 1 Outposts of Consciousness–Facing Our Fears and Anxieties
Reverend Lucy Wold
Mar 8 Outposts of Consciousness–Cutting Through Our Chains and Fetters
Reverend Hal Lingerman
Mar 15 Outposts of Consciousness–Drawing Closer to God and Being Open to Him
Reverend Elizabeth Wood
Mar 22 Outposts of Consciousness–We Do Not Attain What We Want. We Attain What We Are
Reverend Miara Wiltshire
Mar 29 Palm Sunday In Christ's Way–Build an Altar, Pitch a Tent, Dig a Well
Reverend Blake Isaac
Apr 5 Easter Sunday Easter's Victory–Christ Risen Within Us
Reverend Jonathan Wiltshire
As Christmas approaches through the Advent season, we have an opportunity to draw even closer to our Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. His nativity is really the unfolding of our nativity through Him. Our Lord brings His influence upon our continual rebirth and transformation.
The days which precede and include Christmas shall be consecrated to the deepening of spiritual Love for all the Lives which God has created and the handiwork He has made. From the practice of such inward preparation, may we be filled with the spirit of peace, love, and of reverence for God. Then with clear-sightedness and accelerated intuition we shall approach Christ's day to testify through His inner cleansing.
Flower A. Newhouse
The weeks of Advent offer everyone many accelerated opportunities to draw closer to the Lord Christ and all the Company of Heaven who are inspiring and encouraging us to waken all our God-given spiritual capacities.
Flower A. Newhouse said "A soul that is active in us is dwelling in a wonderful world, a world of Light, a world of power and beauty and creativity such as we know nothing about in this dimension." Like a star to shine its reflections of God upon us, we need to learn to listen and respond to its rays of hope and promise. Let us explore how we can do this in ever greater ways.
The word vigil is derived from Latin meaning wakefulness. It is more than staying awake, being on guard, or sitting up with one who is in need. Throughout the history of religion vigil has been an important aspect of the holy quest. It's a way to find our inner strength, to know divine intercession, to discover that silence is not empty. The Christmas season calls us to the silent night, the holy night, and vigil.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1, 46-48 (KJV)
How exquisite is the stillness that reveals His nearness. For the Spirit of our Lord walks with us guiding our discovery of life's sacredness. Let us find that stillness, feel His nearness and welcome that which He brings. Behold! The Light of Christmas is in our midst.
If we desire a deepening understanding of Christmas as an inner experience, it calls for each of us to expand our understanding into the mystery of the Christ office. From Lord Maitreya to the first Christmas, we begin to sense the growing immensity of the one who came to fulfill the prophesies–Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. With great joy, the world sings out for the Lord has come.
Let us commune with the reality of Angels, and be open to the purity, the wonder, the mystery and the almightiness of their God-given life and purpose.
Flower A. Newhouse
On the wings of Angels we are lifted following our Michaelmas Retreat experience this past weekend at Questhaven. The opening service Friday night beautifully prepared us for a higher awareness of the Angel Kingdom through words, music, dance, and a creative portrayal of souls, representing each of the seven rays, being awakened to their life purpose and guided by their Guardian Angels.
Participants had an opportunity on Saturday to explore a deeper connection with their own Guardian Angel as well as other Angels through activities, which included proprioceptive writing and creating mandalas, followed by sharing and lunch. In the afternoon there was time for deeper meditation and reflection as we gathered in the church for sacred silence interspersed with Flower's insights on the Angels set to uplifting music. The day concluded with a group labyrinth walk, followed by a sharing in the Academy.
Sunday's service was filled with the music of Angels through the handbell choir, the voice choir, the congregation, and a sacred dance. Four of our beautiful women ministers led the service with Rev. Myrna Triggs opening, and Rev. Lucy Wold, Rev. Elizabeth Wood, and Rev. Miara Wiltshire each sharing a different aspect to increase our Angel awareness. The retreat concluded with a potluck lunch that filled the Friendship House to overflowing with joy and fellowship as old friends reconnected and new friends were discovered in our ever-growing spiritual family.
For me it was a gentle, soothing quiet weekend. I felt a wonderful feeling of peace after we played the bells on Friday. Randy's meditation (on Saturday) led me deeper into a tangible aspect of presence, so much so that I just wanted to sit and enjoy the feeling. There was a beautiful vibration throughout the grounds at Questhaven during this Michaelmas. I felt directed to the posted sayings about Angels on the grounds. A truly lovely experience, and you could feel the love and thought put into the music, dance, and guided activities. May our shared presence manifest as peace to all my brothers and sisters at Questhaven.
During the proprioceptive writing, I felt my Guardian come through strongly. As She directed me, my hand seemed to fly across the page and expression came freely and bountifully. I was so deeply touched by Her tender, warm and compassionate response to my inquiries. I experienced healing on many different levels. What a blessing it was! I am so grateful.
Practice the stilling of the entire self. You must command your body to be still, and your energies or nervous electrical impulses. Stillness, when commanded of the emotional nature, means restfulness and purity in that department. It is mental stillness which amounts to an emptying, a draining out your own thoughts where it is possible, which requires your greatest effort. When the mind is perfectly calm, and open and emptied of the negatives with which you might fill it, then it is a mirror for the soul to work upon and reflect through from its own superior height. You are attentive to the purpose of your concentrations. You will quiet yourself and liberate yourself in order that through emptying you can be filled from Our Wellsprings. The mind, therefore, will be in control of the whole man and yet will, as sentinel, point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and attentive. The reason is attunement to the threshold of God Consciousness. Remind yourselves frequently of your reason and let the door open itself to release its power.
The Wise and The Strong
The Masters' Purpose and Blessing Through Questhaven
There is a purpose behind all evolving life that calls for refining and perfecting. It is a spiral journey leading to mastery. A wonderful reality dawns with the knowing that there are humans who have achieved such perfection over their lower vehicles and personality-selves. They work with our Lord Christ to awaken humanity to the presence of God. These Masters also work with spiritual groups in various ways to deepen and inspire their highest ideals to come forth. Let us explore Their impetus behind Questhaven, for this is Their Work.
Reverend Blake Isaac
Sharings from Attendees of the Masters' Silent Retreat
Each year the connection I feel with the Masters deepens. It was profound to read through my journals from previous years and see how true guidance really did come through for my life.
This retreat was an opportunity to go much deeper into oneself and connect to God through the wisdom of the Masters.
The whole weekend culminated in an inspired idea for a new direction to help release some old wounds for which I am deeply grateful.