by Flower A. Newhouse from 1950 to 1990
Here you'll find a large sample of the recorded lectures given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse between 1950 and 1990. These lectures can be purchased on CD-ROM and many are now available as Audio Downloads.
For a complete list of available audio and video recordings, visit Questhaven Academy.
Angels • Animals • Arts • Awareness • Bodies • Christ • Christmas • Consciousness • Discipleship • Easter • Evolution • Faith • Family • God • Healing • Hierarchy • Initiates • Karma • Inner • Lenten • Love • Masters • Meditation • Michaelmas • Music • Mysticism • Mystics • Nature • Numerology • Perception • Prayer • Psychology • Reincarnation • Retreat • Seasons • Senses • Soul • Symbols • Thanksgiving • Thoughts • Transition • Travel • Words • World • Zodiac
Extracting Spiritual Stimulus from the Arts
060-2 Sunday 09/02/1956
How beauty depicted in great paintings, music, sculpture and architecture inspire us and lead us to the Divine with descriptions of how the Arts affect our higher bodies.
Various Forms of Healing
062-1 Sunday 02/17/1957
We must be open to various kinds of healing. It is not always advisable to rely on spiritual healing alone; God has created the medical arts, and many other forms of healing which we can use. In order to be healed, we must be flexible, teachable, and humble.
Upholding and Strengthening the Beautiful
149-1 Sunday 03/26/1961
When one realizes the scarcity of art forms expressing spiritual ideas and influences in the average Â Christian home, he is appalled by this serious omission. Â Nearly all American homes contain some form of art or adornments, but do they express representations of the classic forms of the beauty of Holiness? Â Numerous families are today reared in the midst of art forms which are not beautiful, but are mediocre; some are even ugly! Â The artistic taste of the parents has been unduly influenced by the current strong wave of materialism. Discusses Spirit of Beauty, C.S.Lewis, Toynbee, Felix Mendelssohn. (Palm Sunday)
The Meaning of the Sacrament of Beauty
364-2 Sunday 06/23/1968
Flower states that God comes to us by many paths, and we should welcome and value every path He uses. For one of the greatest and most joyous ways He illumines and touches is by the beauty of holiness, by beauty - the spirit of true and genuine beauty. It is a wonderful thing to be aware that all art is sacramental. Everything we do can become an art - our living, our thinking, our meditations - everything. She details how a person with extended perception experiences examples of the arts - four-dimensionally, and describes great art as it appears in the higher planes.
Additional Insights into the Arts
366-1 Sunday 07/07/1968
Flower describes places in Europe that are inspired and designed that raise our consciousness. She explains why we need beauty in our lives. She lists many musical numbers that inspire the listener.
Walking in Beauty
466-1 Sunday 06/27/1971
This talk awakens us to the beauty that is all around us, not only God's artwork in nature, but in the fine arts as well as our everyday living. Flower stresses the importance of creating beauty in our homes and in our daily surroundings through our choice of artwork, jewelry and decorations. She encourages us to listen to uplifting music and visit museums of fine art. She shares what she sees clairvoyantly when gazing upon a painting that is done well. She advises us to become that type of Christian that walks with awe in the imminence of God's presence in nature, who listens with inner feeling to monumental works of harmonious sound. Appreciate tremendous beauty and receive from it the charging that is there for you. See every hour as a new canvas upon which you may make your impressions, your impressions of raising the hour into the level of harmonious significance, or into the expression of the beauty of holiness.
The Hierarchy of Great Souls Made Perfect in God: The Masters
469-1 Sunday 08/15/1971
Describes perfected beings that still have any connection with humanity; their functions and locations in inner worlds. Inner hierarchy has its seat in Shamballa; led by the Christ; different masters serve in different areas such as government, education, healing, arts, science and religion. Angel Hierarchy also exists, led by the Angel King, works with weather, elements, rising of continents, life on earth through nature. These two hierarchies meet and mingle, that is, their leaders may confer in council. Each, knowing the intentions of the other, can do much better in his own sphere of service.
The Meaning of the Sacred and the Profane Beauty
477-2 Sunday 11/07/1971
Flower discusses the higher meaning of all art forms in this talk, which is inspired by a book she read by Gerardus Van Der Leeuw, a Finnish writer and a great genius. Flower concludes that all this brings home to us the task of making our own lives beautiful. If we are not dancers, we can walk with greater grace. We may not be trained or great singers, but at least we can sing with all our souls to God and through what we sing, be healed of minor limitations.
Beautys Endowments to Spiritual Life
508-1 Sunday 06/25/1972
We need beauty as much as we need food and health. Flower Newhouse describes spring and summer as the Festival of Reception, then further notes that the Spirit of Beauty is all-giving, and when we are ready to receive and sensitive enough, we will be aware of how richly it adds to our inner life. It requires the purifying of our senses and the ennobling of our hearts and our thoughts. Further, she makes us aware of the many forms of beauty, including literature, arts, music, dance, and nature, among others.
Aspiring to Realize the Beautiful
558-2 Sunday 06/23/1974
If we want our lives to be richer, then we need to behold beauty everywhere. We need to seek it, we need to express it and appreciate it and share it. Have you ever realized that beauty is always a gift of grace? When it comes to us it does so with a certain amount of surprise. It is wonderful to see life freshly, to meet things that are not anticipated and find them so exquisitely uplifting. Flower Newhouse discusses beauty in art, architecture, words and music, as well as in our own homes, sharing some of the inner impressions and effects given by beauty in its various manifestations.
An Ideal for Todays Literature
583-2 Sunday 06/22/1975
In this talk, Flower encourages us to read challenging and illuminating literature. She gives several recommendations of authors as well as book titles that will uplift the reader and stretch the mind. She warns us not to subject ourselves to books that bring out our lower natures, but to find writers who give us beauty in their descriptive imagery, like Gladys Taber. She challenges us to be responsible for the use of your words that you speak and write. Be more discriminating and be responsible for what you read. She concludes her talk by sharing, 'There are testaments not only of devotion, but testaments of challenge and of initiatory experiences that come through the writings of those who have been wise enough to hold to the pure gold of great transforming truth. Find those books. They are your eternal friends.'
The Spiritual Values and Uses of Color
589-1 Sunday 09/07/1975
In this insightful talk, Flower shares with us the spiritual meaning of color as given by Pythagoras in his teachings. She emphasizes the importance of choosing the right color to help one in an area of need. For example, certain shades of red can boost one's physical energy, shades of orange can promote courage. She says she can't stress enough how vital it is that each one of us become an artist (not necessarily in the traditional sense) using color to enhance our lives, even if it is simply in what we choose to wear or how we decorate our homes. She says, "our persons and our homes, our entire environment including our garden, must be an expression of our personal art in which we have used what we know spiritually to bring out certain effects.
Welcome Beauty Consciously and Appreciatively
635-1 Sunday 06/26/1977
Flower stresses the importance for each of us to express beauty in our lives through creative endeavors. She explains that we need not perceive ourselves as having true artistic talent, but that we are all capable of expressing beauty creatively. She tells us we should create beauty in our homes and gardens and everything around us. She gives several examples of famous artists, composers and writers who have contributed beauty to our world through their creative pursuits. Beauty is important because God speaks to us not only in nature and at church, but through the arts.
The Shape of Things to Come
648-2 Sunday 01/01/1978
With promptings from the inner realm, the Reverend Flower A. Newhouse gives and highlights of the new year related to weather patterns, world affairs, medicine, and the arts.
The Lessons the Arts and Nature Reveal
660-2 Sunday 06/25/1978
Flower dedicates this retreat to the Spirit of beauty. She states that those who are appreciators of beauty as it courses through both the arts and nature, should begin with ourselves, and not only during this season but every day, to see that we embody something of the Spirit of Beauty.Â She then tells of and later shows several examples from her own home.