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.
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Tests and How to Meet Them
003-1 Sunday 03/07/1954
Talk given in Los Angeles describes types of tests, how to meet them and reasons for spiritual testing. Determine each of four characteristics that are trying to be developed in us. Pray in order to meet this test and cause through our yearning for God a responsiveness and a new conditioning and develop a plan by which this problem can be transcended. Followed by 8 minutes of Q&A.
The Value of Christian Retreats
008-2 Sunday 08/22/1954
Describes persons attracted to retreats. Lists character traits required for commitment to serve. Differentiates between prepared persons and those not yet ready. The highest retreats of today do combine the best powers and frequencies of all the rays, while keeping true to the motivation of their own distinctive outpouring.
Every Man Is Responsible for His Standards
009-1 Sunday 08/29/1954
Flower reminds us about the importance of having a spiritual code or keynotes to live by. Every individual is like a sponge absorbing, but we must become ever more selective and assimilate only that which we choose, only that which discrimination tells us will give us healthier mental hygiene. As we practice the Christ's fullest teachings, our own moral code will continue to expand, and we will be a stronger crusader and pioneer and protector of the weak, the fearful, the downtrodden, or the attacked than if we were not living to the highest and fullest that we understood. And what we ask for ourselves we must ask with the same vigor for all.
The Single Standard of God: Acceptance
011-1 Sunday 10/17/1954
Flower describes the psychological problems created by living a double standard. The cause behind all our problems is that our acceptance of God is not strong enough. The single standard of acceptance is complete reverence for God. Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach are examples of persons who lived the single standard. We must live from all the floors of our being. The rite of baptism indicates our desire to come under a single standard.
The Art of Giving Oneself
016-1 Sunday 01/16/1955
In this talk on the importance of becoming more self-giving, Flower shares the need for us to strive in this way. She talks about the harmfulness of pride and ego. She stresses, 'Now wherever we find people troubled with pride, God is not worshipped. Proud people worship themselves, not God. And as long as pride exists in any iota or degree in any part of us, we are our most bitter enemy and nothing else can hurt us so much as this very diabolical force.' She uses Albert Schweitzer as an example of one is completely self-giving.
Toward the Development of Creativity
017-1 Sunday 01/23/1955
We need to have more of the realization of the creativity powers which are inherent within us. The soul is the source of inspired ideas, in tune with the causal world - the reservoir of God's light, GodÂ¹s information, all the archetypes of the future and past.
The Spiritual Significance of Friendship
025-2 Sunday 06/05/1955
There are cosmic currents that heal, inspire, direct, bless or release our burdens. Our relationships depend on what we have within to give or receive. We must develop an open love and deep feelings for others in order to develop God-qualities. Our ability to love is an index of character. Talk given in Los Angeles.
The Value of Group Consciousness
023-2 Sunday 06/12/1955
We should be interested in every cause that is just, in every cause that speaks for a greater good up to which mankind must climb. Since one person is limited in his means, in his mentality, in his strength, it takes many working together for mankind to know the great blessing that cooperation can bring.
Aspiring Toward Good Stewardship
028-2 Sunday 08/07/1955
Flower discusses various aspects of stewardship. She explains spiritual, metaphysical and physical characteristics involved in becoming a more able steward, as well as falsities regarding this quality. Flower lists four main types of attitudes toward supply, productivity, and money, exemplified by the following symbols: the Closed Hand, The Sieve, the Budgeter, and the Pool. She follows with description and extensive examples of each of these types, with the fourth type being the highest.
Living in Tune with the Eternal
017-2 Sunday 08/14/1955
Flower describes the importance in living in tune with Eternity Consciousness rather than just from the mind and body.
Keeping Spiritual Interests Creative
012-2 Sunday 08/21/1955
Expresses the importance of living one's life from the Kingdom. Flower describes ways we can practice and live our lives with spiritual creativity at the center keeping us focused on the Higher Kingdom of God's world. She explains how a person is not truly living his or her life as a Christian unless they are living in this way.
The Grace of Thanksgiving
035-2 Sunday 11/20/1955
Inwardly and clairvoyantly, gratitude is seen as a vapor, orchid in color, a beautiful light lavender shade; it's fragrant. Intended to be grateful for our blessings which come to us by grace. Need to be ready for seeing the good of tests while they are here. Gratitude does not come until the soul is awake in us.
Insights into the Nature of Obsession
036-2 Sunday 01/22/1956
Flower describes the darkness of obsessive emotions and characteristics and what we can do to avoid them and bring God Light into our lives.
How Greatly Do We Value This Life?
046-2 Sunday 04/22/1956
Flower emphasizes the importance of valuing our time here on earth, and making the most of our lives. We have entered earth's life stream in order to be pressed by the limitations of time, into the exercise of our faculties, into greater and deeper and wiser growth, but we must cooperate every moment of our conscious time.
Effective Ways of Dealing with Loneliness
053-1 Sunday 06/10/1956
Those who have a good and satisfying relationship with God are never lonely. And secondly, having this first, they cannot help but love people more and not only mankind, but the creatures and all of life. For if they love God, who made life, then they love that life itself. They love everything in it that is of God, the good. And wherein they find discords and that which is not of the good, they are so busy correcting the misery of the world, that they haven't time for grief or for loneliness or for the feelings of the lack of acceptance or of one's own inner disapproval. So in order to have permanent healing from loneliness, we need to consider those two things and what we can justly do about them.
Learning the Meaning of Acceptance
048-2 Sunday 09/09/1956
Life's highest lesson is constructive growth through positive acceptance. In this dimension, acceptance is our highest answer to God's will. The need to accept God's will, even though we don't understand it, is what is important. It's only when we trust a superior wisdom greater than our own, that we can with vision and faith and teachableness and flexibility, go forward.
Growth in the Handling of Our Emotions
057-2 Sunday 09/23/1956
It is important for us to learn to control our emotions by choosing our thoughts and interpretations of others constructively.
Let Us Love All
058-1 Sunday 09/30/1956
Those souls who are surcharged with the spaciousness and the inclusive consciousness of goodwill want to know and to understand and to love all. All of us, as we are traveling on the path to our Lord Christ, must recognize that we must move from the personal to the impersonal and from the impersonal to the universal. And we must move consciously, willingly and eagerly to open up our hearts.
Being True to Ourselves
058-2 Sunday 10/07/1956
This inspiring talk encourages us to live from our God Indwelling rather than our personality selves. With several examples and esoteric insights of how we can accomplish this, Flower guides us to a higher way of living and viewing life around us.
The Refreshing Power of Reverence
059-1 Sunday 10/21/1956
Flower reminds us how important it is to practice reverence in our daily lives in order to draw closer to God. When reverence is present it takes everything in us, every atom in us, up to God and surcharges these atoms with the regenerative power. When we live our lives in genuine reverence we are no longer living for ourselves, but for others. Describes the qualities that express reverence and shares many examples of individual experiences.
The Use of Experience and Vision
061-2 Sunday 01/06/1957
Man would prefer that the world be perfect with no illness, pain or discord. We must not question God's Divine Plan but work with the life He has given us to refine and improve ourselves.
The Gift of Spiritual Love
055-2 Sunday 02/24/1957
Flower describes how persons who live a loveless life may on the surface appear popular or successful but that in time their inner state will manifest in psychosomatic illness, physical illness or in a number of other ways. Â She suggests that before this happens we examine our own heart and that we ask God to show us how we can improve our relationships with others. Â Flower goes on to talk about the various kinds of love, motherly love, sisterly love, brotherly love, friendship, and so on, but it is spiritual love that we need to express. Â The love that Christ taught us. Â Love for all of God's creation on earth. Â She gives several examples of people who have lived spiritual love and how they have inspired, challenged and awakened us.
What We Need to Polish in Greater Exercise of Our Use of Christian Truths
063-1 Sunday 03/17/1957
Flower explores the greater mysteries of Christ's teachings, focusing on the Holy Spirit and our need to call upon this great power to help us overcome ourselves. The Holy Spirit has a distinct function, and we are so much poorer for lack of exercising its qualities. She gives details and examples for each purpose of the Holy Spirit to help us understand each one further. She also expresses the importance of living in the present moment.
Man's Three Great Needs
078-1 Sunday 11/03/1957
Flower reveals the three tasks we should be practicing to achieve our purpose for being on this earth as exemplified by Isaac in Genesis: 1) Build an altar (worship God), 2) Pitch a tent (awaken to our Real Selves), 3) Dig a well (apply God's Truth). They are quite simple in theory, but very difficult for most of us to achieve living in the outer world and all of its distractions.
Highlights of Character Analysis
077-2 Sunday 01/19/1958
Flower shares insights on studying one's character through physical appearance as well as behavior. Much of the resource for this talk was taken from ancient Chinese studies, Dr. Byrd Whittell, and Manly Hall. She also talks about how hobbies reflect character. The purpose of this sharing is to enlighten us to those around us as well as to have a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Spiritual Discipleship (1 of 9): God
090-1 Friday 06/20/1958
Whenever we intone any of the Holy aspects of God we should do it through vertical consciousness, we should have the feeling that we are spiritually on tip-toe and that all of us is filled with eagerness to get into our intonement. And do not forget that our Lord said that the greatest commandment is 'Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart and with all thy might.'
Spiritual Discipleship (2 of 9): Lord Christ
090-2 Saturday 06/21/1958
Our Lord Christ is the most influential individual that humanity has ever known or ever will know for all of earth's existence. There are Lords and Logi above Him, but as it concerns humanity, He is the highest that our own humanity has unfolded. He is the first flower, He is the full ripened fruit, and He is indeed the model and archetype of our own spiritual becoming.
Spiritual Discipleship (3 of 9): Other Aspects of God
091-1 Sunday 06/22/1958
The Spirit of Truth is a very best means of our approach to the Eternal God and to learn of God. So many times we stand in the way of truth because we do not wish to listen intuitionally. It requires so much effort, only that of sincerity, but it does require us to still ourselves so truly that we can know that we can receive and experience a baptism of the Spirit of Truth.
What Lies Behind Illness
087-2 Sunday 06/29/1958
There are with the exception of accidents, three general causes of illness. They are bacteria, degeneration, and stress. Functional disorders arise out of situational or environmental or work problems, or our relationship to our work situation or our family situation or the world at large. Out of the situational maladjustments come the disorders including headaches, colds, colitis, stomach upsets, and any number of conditions. Summarizes studies by Dr. Robert Collier Page on stress illnesses in the workplace.
According to Thy Faith
089-2 Sunday 07/06/1958
Faith teaches us to stand at ease and restfully while God is working out all the answers in a way perhaps beyond our comprehension and our expectation, and in a much more interesting manner than we would idealize. Through sharing several examples of individuals, Flower describes what living in faith means. As we give our thoughts only believing one pointedly to the good side, we shall see that faith is creative and productive thought. And never have we any right to think in any other way
Spiritual Discipleship (6 of 9)
092-2 Sunday 07/20/1958
We don't need to postpone our eternity because our eternity is now, and the soul, which has never left its threshold, can bring about the experience of Divine nowness if we cause the mind, emotions, energies, and physical form to be creatively subservient to that Holy One within each one.
The Heart of Thanksgiving
102-1 Sunday 11/23/1958
Thanksgiving is a gift of grace to us. It has the qualities which the developed Christian must express if he is to know the gift of enlightenment. Saying thank you to God is not a day by day and hourly event. We should never accept or take blessing from the Eternal without having a moment of saying thank you God.
The Positive Life
106-2 Sunday 03/01/1959
Flower describes the Christ Ideal. She tells us that it is not enough to believe in a Deity, but we must strive to know God. She says that religion should make a difference, so much a difference that Christians should be known as Christians even though their names might not be known. They should express something, be far more tolerant, far more inspired and joyous and interested and outgoing and self-giving than are those who merely assent to God's Presence. Through descriptions and examples she guides us to follow the way of Christian Mysticism and reminds us that everyone who claims to love God has the great challenge to prove it by his or her living.
Life's Unfinished Business
109-1 Sunday 04/19/1959
We know the weaknesses we have brought forward and in our reflection period each night we should review the day looking at what we have contributed to the past, the present and the future so we can unfold and develop our potentials. Flower describes a book on intuition that says if we want steadiness and self-control we must release self-indulgence. The intuitional faculty transcends the intellectual one and as we transcend and transform, we evolve, drop what binds us and come into a state of receptivity. Once we receive intuitions and they work out constructively, we begin to have a foothold in the world of God's Light and to more fully trust intuition.
Giving Thanks with Praise
120-1 Sunday 11/22/1959
At Thanksgiving there are many who remember the author of life and the benefactor who has given them everything of good they have ever received. Only the deepest and most evolved intellect that has the wisdom to be thankful. Gratitude is a skill which needs to be developed and exercised. Nine tenths of what we receive as great gifts out of the grace of God. Ingratitude is revealed through a spirit of complaining and fault finding and discontent and grumbling. Story of a trip to New York when the Newhouse family all counted their blessings. Gratitude is accompanied by this sense of divine wonder. As we say these thanks, it occurs to us we live in a perpetually working miracle. Includes story of A.J. Cronin giving the thank you therapy to patients.
Wholeness as an Ideal and Objective
123-1 Sunday 01/31/1960
We are taught by our Lord Christ that we were born or rather we were created before we were born on earth. In this inner creation we were made perfect. We also recognize that in being created Divine, we have nothing to do with our own Divinity, we gave no work to it, no development, we paid no price for it, it was a great gift. We must think not only from the standpoint of one incarnation, we think from the standpoint and vastness of eternity itself. Discussion of regeneration and reincarnation.
126-2 Sunday 03/13/1960
Explores the importance of having spiritual purposefulness or aims in our striving to be closer to God. Consider the means we are using to grow into the stature that the Christ has prepared for us. Faith always is powerful and is the one of the qualities to use, but it must be creative, it must be kept fresh and one must be adaptive to find ever new means to use to bring about the goal, the intention of our own inner transformation, and our achieving what the message of Lent tells us we can, the purification, the rising, the going through the way of the cross and coming out on the other side unselfed.
The Baffling Problem of Evil
127-2 Sunday 05/01/1960
How many of us believe in evil? It is a good question to ask because there are many occasions wherein we will confront this type of testing, the testing of evil and if we just neglect it or ignore it we will be the more and the better prey to such a power. There are two kinds of Christians, one is that type who knows vaguely in the background of his mind that evil does exist, but he is doing his best not to be a part of it and so for him it has no direct bearing upon his thought or his life. The other Christian, and usually the metaphysical Christian does not believe in evil. He thinks that evil is an illusion and that there is nothing of this type of power. Always do we find that evil makes its prey of those who disregard it completely, particularly of those who do not believe in it at all. For that reason we should know something about this problem.
Studies in Progress (1 of 4): Progress through Challenge
130-2 Sunday 06/05/1960
This first talk in a series on human progress begins by reminding us how important it is to live in the present. Don't count what you are going to be according to your futuristic hopes and dreams. Live in today. The present moment is the only moment in which you will ever live in any dimension and therefore, telescope all that you know in this moment at hand. She goes on to review humankind's progress from barbarians to the modern age with its emphasis on intellectualism and our individual part in humanity's goal of world unity and peace. Using Albert Schweitzer as an example, she says, 'you and I are expected to remember these two things every day, every moment: I need to achieve spiritual enlightenment and unfoldment through reverence, and at the same time give myself largely and willingly and joyously to others, while I help the world achieve more peace and more unity.'
Studies in Progress (2 of 4): Progress through Faith
131-1 Sunday 06/12/1960
Faith is self-commitment which depends on God's sufficiency, not man's self-reliance. Lew Ayres, former actor, went on faith around the world filming world faiths. Examples of George Muller's work building an orphanage. Example of a progressive school in Pacific Palisades that teaches pre-school children and their parents to recognize that through spiritual faith their relationship can be more beautiful. Lessons Flower learned from her Korean-American children. The best gift parents can give their children is a background in which character can develop. We must practice faith in overcoming bad habits. Examples of tithing and success that followed.
Studies in Progress (3 of 4): Progress through Grace
131-2 Sunday 06/19/1960
The Spirit of Grace, the fourth Aspect of God, is essential to humanity's progress. The Spirit of Grace does not work through nations, but through people and even animals. Divine Grace can overcome the limitation, the eccentricities, and the egotism in men's hearts to bring about the unification and the protection of this world. The work of this Spirit is needed now more than ever to assure the continuation of humanity on earth. Examples of how the Spirit of Grace works through others are given as follows: St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Monks; St. Paul, Bernardo Jines, founder of a school for homeless boys in Lima, Peru; a dog named Peril; a chef who was cured at Lourdes. The best channels of Grace practice self-sacrifice, self-surrender, self-giving and love in action. We can be instruments of Grace by praying for the world to be saved by Grace.
Studies in Progress (4 of 4): Progress through Karma and Dharma
132-1 Sunday 06/26/1960
Flower explains the law of Karma and how it is applied in the continuity of life. She also explains the meaning of Dharma, 'the right selection of the best means for canceling out unpleasantness.' She gives examples of both karma and dharma at work in different person's lives. She also lists several well-known individuals who believe in reincarnation or the continuity of life.
The Inner Side of Loneliness
134-2 Sunday 07/31/1960
Addressing those who suffer from loneliness, Flower makes a distinction between feeling lonely and of being alone or having time to one's self. One can be solitary without feeling lonely. In fact, some of the greatest mystics have been solitary figures in that at times they would withdraw into purposeful aloneness. And all of us need that kind of aloneness in order to be well, in order to be creative, and in order to formulate plans intelligently and such, but this repeated isolation and withdrawal from people is another matter, and its springs are within or rise out of negativity. Flower indicates that loneliness mainly grows out of an improper direction of our feelings and gives instruction on how to climb out of our feelings of loneliness. Above all, she stresses the importance of seeking a stronger relationship with God.
Esoteric Aspects of Progress
140-2 Sunday 11/13/1960
Flower shares with us the importance of making spiritual progress in this lifetime. She says the worst thing we can do is become complacent about inner progress. She gives examples of various individuals, some who chose positively and some negatively, to pursue spiritual growth in their lives. Each of us has our own need to make progress, to gain consecutive day-by-day, hour-by-hour growth in that we must not fail. If the struggling is hard, peace will come. Peace as we realize that we are being lifted and we are being freed and we are gaining new insights and outlooks and freedoms.
Thanksgiving and Gratitude
141-1 Sunday 11/20/1960
This Thanksgiving talk gets right to the point. We should be living in gratitude each day, from one moment to the next. Flower emphasizes that lack of gratitude brings severe karmic consequences. We need to not only remember to say 'thank you' from our hearts to those around us with every opportunity that arises, but we should remember to thank God daily for all of the blessings we tend to take for granted.
The Conquest of Small Temptations
145-1 Sunday 01/29/1961
Temptation arises from the darkness. There is a side of life still unevolved, still primevally dark, and it is this side, which belongs to also the animalistic side of man, and has a linkage or correspondence with the carnal nature of every person, that it is forever endeavoring to pull man down, and resists all advances in consciousness, in behavior, in expression, all movements and endeavors that are upward lifting. This same type of darkness within us is that expression that makes us feel that things are a little bit too hard, that we have earned a rest, that we don't need to make sufficient effort.
Relation between Evolution and Regeneration
154-2 Sunday 06/18/1961
Attaining spiritual realization is our supreme need and our highest gift if we can achieve it in this lifetime. Flower asks us to ponder where he or she can look for guidance in achieving this goal. She refers to the words in the Bible; various Christian religions, including Christian Science beliefs as well as Catholicism; and ultimately, urges us to seek higher knowledge that lifts us to a new level of spiritual exploration. One in which spiritual evolution will reveal the revelations of deeper teachings. She tells us that each of us can behold the gifts of divinity, if we are willing to make the journey.
Drawing Closer to God (3 of 3)
158-1 Sunday 08/27/1961
Flower stresses our golden precepts: first; to realize Divinity or God; second, to realize God's Divine presence within us; third, to live attuned to our Lord's way; and fourth, to fulfill all the Christian rules. Explains need to overcome faintheartedness, halfheartedness, lack of commitment to Christ. We are living less than our Christianity unless we make eternity the background of our Christian worship. Emphasizes striving for continual overcoming. Gives examples of raising children in awareness of great Christian powers. Begins with dedication of carillon bells.
There Must Be Victory over Evil
164-2 Sunday 11/12/1961
Flower talks about the evils of communism, and about challenges to Questhaven from a neighbor and the water district. We know that whenever we confront an individual or group, or in an ideology such as communism, what we must do. Evil cannot stand truth. Truth is its opponent. Truth is forever victorious. Discusses three tests of Christ.
Christ's Life Drama and its Relationship to our Growth
167-1 Sunday 12/17/1961
Flower discusses the life of Jesus, who born on earth in order to lead us into those great archetypal developments for which we have been prepared. Shares insights from Carl Jung with discussion of archetypes. To Carl Jung, God was not knowable. He was experienced as a reality through the intuitional nature. They always changed names of disciples to something finer and better than their personality or historical names. Jesus came a Master, He left a Lord. The last of His Lordship degree was being able to come back after death to prove that there was another side to life.
Experiences on the Human Path
169-1 Sunday 12/31/1961
Our purpose is our need for God Our life work is to know God better and more deeply and consistently every day. Tests recur to see whether we are strong enough to to press on, to have a greater load to carry as our privilege in Christ's great Cause Our speech has to be more differentiated, more full of discernment, more perceptive, more true to spirit. We've got to be true to spiritual reality all the way through. Taking care of people, even difficult ones, is not only an individual gift to them, but it is a giving to the great stream of humanity. God makes us channels of grace for many other individuals, and that the more we can serve as channels of grace, the more blessed we are, in the way God intended us to be.
Teachableness: The Art of the Spirit
174-1 Sunday 02/04/1962
Learning depends upon teachableness. Flower stresses the importance of our being willing to change and grow by being teachable. Through several examples of individuals who significantly changed their outlook on life and their circumstances, by being open to trying a new approach, we are taught that we should change our approach as well. If we can raise our thoughts, then through holy enthusiasm, through teachableness, through creativeness, we will have a doubling and an expanded consequence of pleasure and of goodness in our own experiences, and for that we should be most grateful and we should be most eager to anticipate it, to welcome it, and to move towards it.
The Heart's Symbolic Function
174-2 Sunday 02/11/1962
Flower states that by being more awakened to the superphysical aspects of the heart we may come into greater control of this wondrous center. Some individuals experience heart awakenings during their lifetime, and some are born with their heart centers already functioning. Describes the heart chakra from physical and superphysical standpoints, including the heart center on astral, mental and soul levels. Explains that it is important as we progress in our Christian experience that we love others as well as those souls in the inner kingdoms, and in doing so our hearts shall be lifted. As ones heart is lifted upward, the hearts spiritual counterparts on each level vibrate at higher and higher levels, creating greater color in every body, as well as size of heart center. Indicates that there are 714 references to the heart in the Bible, New and Old Testaments. Quotes several of these, and recommends anyone who experiences difficulty with their heart, to read and use them in their life.
Winter's Value to the Soul
180-1 Sunday 03/25/1962
Flower discusses symbolic meanings of the seasons and expands upon winter's lessons, both from an outer and an inner standpoint. Mentions Gladys Taber and Thoreau as naturalists who loved and learned much from winter. Describes winter's testings and challenges physically, psychologically and spiritually; indicates how we are to react to these from a spiritual viewpoint.
Adventures in Faith Class (16 of 21): The Esoteric Value of Creative Faith
186-2 Sunday 05/20/1962
Flower describes attributes and requirements of faith, giving specific insights as to how best to pray and envision for various needs. Discusses health, protection, and world conditions. Describes prayer archetypes, the Garden of Prayer, help being given by souls in the inner worlds in aiding prayer work. Concludes with audience questions and answers. Talk given in Los Angeles.
Adventures in Faith Class (19 of 21): Inner Peace through Faith
189-2 Wednesday 06/06/1962
Put God first. That is the shortcut to everything, and if you find yourself struggling it is because your mind is centered with the negativity. It is centered in your thought life instead of on God. This statement by Flower sums up this Wednesday evening class on faith. We are reminded that our purpose in life is to strive toward spiritual masterhood, and we do this through self-control and self-discipline, and by putting God before anything else in our lives. The lecture is followed by a question and answer period.
How to Meet Tests
190-1 Sunday 06/10/1962
When going through trying times in our lives, Flower tells us that remembering God is our control center and is the most important thing we learn. Our tests are to prove to us whether or not we have been sufficiently, not only instructed, but grounded in what we have learned in our dedication of God. She gives specific examples of what we can do to help us through difficult times or testings in our lives, and to learn from these experiences.
The Value of Creative Faith
204-1 Sunday 10/21/1962
This talk was given at a church in New York and is on the subject of faith. Flower says that we can never have enough faith and faith must be intensified at every degree of our unfoldment, and when it is then we can walk freely and knowingly and joyously with God. She further explores how we can deepen our faith through our daily living, prayer work, and relationships with others. She concludes the talk by reminding us that through faith we are not limited by our circumstances.
Applying Universal Consciousness
211-1 Sunday 01/06/1963
We are forever at work on the permanent structure of our own divine unfoldment. Work is involved when we choose to move forward. Higher states of consciousness indwell us inherently. Our whole evolutionary period should move from personal consciousness to universal consciousness. Goodness is primary and superior to truth. Truth is secondary and full of methods and theories, goodness is wisdom attained. Examples of goodness such as the good Samaritan; a Welch minister who saved a lamb; and a Japanese farmer saving a village are given. Universal consciousness changes us in regard to our spiritual will. Will is superior to theories of truth.
The Necessary Cultivation of Tranquility
224-2 Sunday 06/02/1963
An inspiring talk for anyone striving for inner peace. At the kernel of every soul that lives in this dimension and in God's country is a center where God is, and all peace rests upon this center and man's abiding within it. To have peace we should really think of a sunburst as from within us, raying out its flashing points of light into all of our aura, and we should stand still in the mystery and the wonder of that flashing of the star of our God Self. And whenever we are inclined to be the most disturbed, we should stop and practice this attunement to the star of our inner being.
Let Us Have a Rule for Our Lives
227-2 Sunday 07/21/1963
It has become very clear to us that each one who has achieved anything spiritually had a rule for his life. He may not always have shared it, but it was there, and it spoke through his discipline, through his consecration, through his great purposefulness. Until we have life rules, we are wasting and neglecting to a large extent our possibilities.
Effort without Ego
229-1 Sunday 08/11/1963
It is tragic that some people never achieve freedom from themselves. They are egocentric from their birth until death. They never know what it is to have something higher than themselves that takes over and channels them. And until this happens they are in a very sorry state. It is so necessary that a man awakens to the full degree and measure of soul consciousness. When he does this he is aware that though his human self is very human and there are parts of him which are limited, there are also aspects of himself which are intoned to intelligence, capability, wonder, excellence, beauty, power, and to God.
Man's Glorious Future
229-2 Sunday 08/18/1963
In every congregation, regardless of its size, there are today, as well as has been true of the past, three types of students who are awakening towards a realization of God. One of these types is called the follower, the next is called the seeker, and the third is called the awakened, or the consecrated. Flower gives many examples of illumined persons and their experiences.
The Magic of Giving Thanks
236-2 Sunday 11/24/1963
Discussion of the first Thanksgiving and how it came to be a legal holiday. Now people have many reasons for being thankful, but it should not take a certain day a year to remind them of their blessings. Gratitude has a healing quality. If we could see clairvoyantly we would notice that our thoughts changed from flat thought forms of a neutral or beige color, which is a nondescript form of thinking, to thinking in terms of beautiful rounded thought forms which suddenly burst their rounded form and became like flaming pyramids of orchid colors and these colorful forms would travel swiftly into the great light of God.
Why We Are Here
237-2 Sunday 12/08/1963
Flower describes why we have an earthly existence and what our reason for being is. Simply put, we are here to recognize the Divine within each of us. She uses the analogy to our own human growth and evolvement of the lowly acorn and its unfoldment to becoming the mighty oak tree. She reminds us that our earthly home is only temporary and our true home is with God. This we should never forget.
Psychic Conditions We Must Overcome
242-1 Sunday 02/16/1964
We possess seven senses, two of which are affiliated with the inner side of our beings. Inner unfoldment of higher traits was given to the disciples. Flower referenced the book Realms of the Living Dead. Augusta Curtis shared with Flower meeting with an aviator who just lost his life in battle. Flower discusses the unwise use of an ouija board. It is possible while still in physical bodies to tune in to the Hall of Learning, Hall of Wisdom or Lodge of Masters.
Alchemy and Its Relationship to Man
244-2 Sunday 03/22/1964
There is a relationship between alchemy and Lent, because Lent refers to the Christing of the self. Symbology of salt, sulfur and mercury in relation to our growth.
The Great Path and How We Are Related to It
245-2 Sunday 04/05/1964
Regarding the purpose of life, Flower tells us that man incarnates on earth in order to find God here. She then recounts various states and conditions of human evolution along the upward Path, including testings or minor initiations of the four elements. Discusses alchemical transformations of the spirit, then describes qualities of each of the major degrees of initiation. Concludes with audience questions and answers. Talk given in Los Angeles.
In Another Person's Shoes
252-2 Sunday 06/28/1964
Through several examples, including personal ones, Flower shares with us that in order for us to have spiritual love for humanity and the creatures we must have compassion and empathy, and that we should always be helpful to right a wrong situation. Right needs defense no matter for who it is, and we should do what we can to safeguard right and bring justice into action, into activity once again. She goes on to say, that wherever we find sadness or something wrong, we are responsible because it was brought to our attention to do something to correct the situation.
Having a Secret Formula for Life
256-2 Sunday 08/09/1964
Flower teaches that we need a formula for our lives, something to spur us on to higher levels of consciousness. She also speaks of making medallions showing in symbols of our formula or credo. She gives many examples of successful people who have had a code or credo for their lives giving them purpose to achieve.
Thanksgiving as a Sacrament
265-1 Sunday 11/22/1964
Flower and another speaker alternate in listing all the things for which they and the congregation are grateful.
The Esoteric Side of the Taking and Keeping of Promises
271-2 Sunday 02/07/1965
Flower first speaks about the importance of keeping one's word. She describes esoterically what occurs when we make a promise or pledge to ourselves, someone or something else. She tells us that those who are insincere have karmic consequences. Flower then shares spiritual impressions from different music numbers that a group of listeners responded to. Flower shares her own impressions along with those of the group. The talk concludes with a led meditation that pledges the participant to God.
The Esoteric Side of Freeing Oneself from Creating New Karma
272-2 Sunday 02/21/1965
To be free of adverse karma we must work to overcome ourselves, desire to understand and grow from life's lessons and a desire to be part of the new. Flower described ways that we create new karma, rather than freeing it. Examples are given of ways to change negative habits into positive ones. Our present conditions are a result of our past actions. To end karma we must work out the old and not create it. Description of major and minor karma, and dharma. Cruelty to persons or animals brings disastrous circumstances. Spiritual healing and karma. New mental and astral bodies are created each lifetime.
273-1 Sunday 02/28/1965
Flower explains the restricting growth self-centeredness causes us in our personal evolution. Anyone who is selfish is a child who has not grown up into spiritual maturity. Flower shares examples of individuals who exemplified love and unselfishness. Love only wants to raise, to lift, and to help, love is kind and just. Love is gratitude in expression. Love is of God, and being of God it will bless the receiver as well as the possessor of this wondrous current. Let us remember all the days of our lives that we are to love, not as our personality self wants to love, not even as our higher self desires to love, but as our Lord loves.
The Thirty-Three Steps to Spiritual Maturity
274-2 Sunday 03/28/1965
Includes excellent guidelines for helping one formulate his or her life rules. Flower lists and describes each of the thirty-three steps toward spiritual maturity. The first twenty-eight are positive qualities to strive for, while the last five are negatives we need to let go of. These thirty-three steps will help us to grow, to unfold, and to become a living antennae. And when we do you may be sure that every cost we have paid all the way up to this moment have been worth the terrific expense for even a few moments of the blissful encounter of a great spiritual reality, a true break through into illumination.
The Thirty-Three Steps to Spiritual Maturity (LA)
280-2 Sunday 06/06/1965
Includes excellent guidelines for helping one formulate his or her life rules. Flower lists and describes each of the thirty-three steps toward spiritual maturity. The first twenty-eight are positive qualities to strive for, while the last five are negatives we need to let go of. These thirty-three steps will help us to grow, to unfold, and to become a living antennae. And when we do you may be sure that every cost we have paid all the way up to this moment have been worth the terrific expense for even a few moments of the blissful encounter of a great spiritual reality, a true break through into illumination. Same talk given on 3/28/1965 (274-2), but given in Los Angeles.
Lessons That Have Been Impressed on Me
283-1 Sunday 06/27/1965
This talk shares the important lessons that Flower's soul taught her over and over throughout her life. She gives examples of how each of these lessons from the importance of living in the Now to conquering fear impacted her growth and her drawing closer to God.
Dwell in Living Time
283-2 Sunday 07/11/1965
Living cannot be improved unless we give spiritual attention to time. When we do that, then we make no more mistakes in calculating time unwisely or in wasting it or in being heedless of its vast privilege. God's gift to us is eternal life and that eternal life should begin right now in living time because it is a foretaste of our own immortality. And it brings us in alignment with the inner worlds, which we should know even before we enter them. It gives us the consciousness that makes us worthy to go home to God when we are ready.
In Everything Give Thanks
292-2 Sunday 11/21/1965
If we are grateful, we open spiritually. We are much more sensitive and responsive or receptive to the great glories that pour forth esoterically through the Christmas season. Thanksgiving is a period in which we recapitulate, reappraise and reexpress the many things for which we are grateful. It cleanses the feelings and makes them pure and God-aligned, and brings us into condition for enlightenment. Since our nation is the cradle of the new race, America is an archetype in its highest aspirations of those qualities which we all bless. On Thanksgiving day, we repeat the summarizing of that which our soul knows to have been good for us. The more we are grateful for shelter, for the joy of our loved family, for beauty, the more we appreciate those things, without being unduly attached to them, the more we will attract still more abundantly and ever better quality will come to us.
Man's Purpose in Life
301-1 Sunday 03/13/1966
This talk is very specific in what our purpose in life is–to be more God conscious, more God aware. Flower gives examples of how we can live our lives more purposely. She also explains the difference between a spiritual purpose and a personal mission, since people often confuse the two. She shares her personal as well as others' experiences that illustrate living life with spiritual purpose, and presents that purpose in nine parts.
Now Is the Time
309-2 Sunday 07/17/1966
Reverend Newhouse explains vertical versus passing time and the rewards of using vertical time throughout our daily lives. Reverend Newhouse persuades us that now is the time to practice vertical time and be attuned to God.
Thanksgiving's Transforming Power
318-1 Sunday 11/20/1966
Thanksgiving opens the gates to the holy season of Christmas. Gratitude is the quality which reveals the beginning of greatness. In the inner planes, those who are perfected watch for these qualifications. First, gratitude, second, humility, and third, love. Keeping a gratitude journal helps us become more appreciative. Self-centeredness is an enemy of gratitude and greatness. Thanksgiving is transforming because it keeps us in the attitude of touching that which is holy and being immersed in it and blessed by it.
To Be a Good Disciple
321-2 Sunday 01/15/1967
Flower explains why each individual should be striving for self-mastery by becoming a good disciple of the Lord Christ. She outlines the qualifications needed to achieve this and follows up with several individual examples of those who are true disciples and overcame their personality selves. Strive to become disciples. You will find the real disciples, always the hard-working ones in any work or cause. Strive yourselves to be that kind of disciple, and when you are all the truths that you need to know will come to you easily and with greater inspiration and from higher resources than ever in your wildest hopes you thought might happen to you.
The Dweller on the Threshold
324-1 Sunday 02/19/1967
Reverend Newhouse explains the dweller's identity, how it subverts our best intentions and how we should go about rising above it on our path to God. She reminds us that the sufferings of the now are not to be compared with the glory which is to be revealed to us. Say that to yourself when you are tried by your own tendency to be fearful, or jealous, or suspicious, or worrisome.
The Glorious Necessity of Balance
329-2 Sunday 05/21/1967
In this insightful talk, we are given ideals to strive toward that will help us achieve balance in our lives. This is not only important for our physical existence here on earth, but as Flower explains, 'The great Masters, those who are perfected men and women, will accept no pupil who is not balanced, and this is because an individual who is balanced has control on every level in which he is interested. For that reason, then, we need interest and achievement on every level of our seven-fold nature, so that we may be able to be at peace and at home on the different planes of consciousness as we precipitate in this wonderful mystery of balance.'
Gratitude: A Quality of Spiritual Maturity
342-2 Sunday 11/19/1967
Before we celebrate the initiation of rebirth and regeneration or our Lord's holy birth in us, we know the cleansing and the benediction of gratitude. Our Lord always prefaced his requests by giving thanks before he spoke for the good that he sought. Give thanks before something happens to you, and live in the expectancy and the wonder of that for which you ask and that very likely which you need. Prayers would not have any importance, any power in them, unless they have been prefaced by this feeling of gratefulness. Giving thanks is an absolute spiritual necessity for us. The constant rhythm of gratitude causes the circulation of the powers of the Soul and the Adonai to seep into and penetrate our personality selves.
The Scalpel of Decision
344-1 Sunday 11/26/1967
We are continually faced with new decisions and our Higher Selves urge us to go into new areas of consciousness and live more highly. The practice of humility and self-surrender help us achieve higher consciousness. Flower explains nether, primal and summa states of consciousness.
Values to Be Derived from Power Tides and Cycles
350-2 Sunday 02/04/1968
Explains God's cycles of occurrence, regularity, and alternation, according to the Law of periodicity. Outlines the cycles in a day, the 52-day cycles of the year, and the seven-year cycle, . Emphasizes the best use of these cycles and tides, during the hours of our days and days of our lifetime.
Mankind's Great Goal
357-2 Sunday 03/31/1968
Flower reveals that the goal of mankind is to know the source of his origin through illumination. She describes in great detail the five life waves of humanity on this earth, which began several millions of years ago, much longer than science has claimed. We are currently in the fifth wave, which alone began about 18 million years ago. She explains how each wave has advanced to the next and that through it all we have but one purpose, and that is to be reconnected to God in full consciousness through illumination.
The Quality of Mercy and How to Apply It
367-1 Sunday 07/21/1968
At least ninety percent of all that blesses us is from the Spirit of Grace. A small percentage comes from what we have earned. Spirit of Grace is a great reservoir of Divine stored energy that is wholly related to and dedicated to Divine mercy and the dispensing of grace throughout the cosmos; under the dispensation of and guidance of a woman Lord called a Regina. God's givingness flows to us from the source of grace, more than from any other source. Spirit of Grace alone will give without demanding any cost whatsoever. Must not ask for grace for ourselves; only for others. We need to be channels of grace, toward ourselves and to others; younger souls who need someone to help. Small things as important as big things. Flower shares how important it is to love and care for animals.
The Prime Importance of Humility (Part 1)
374-2 Sunday 11/10/1968
This talk was given by Rev. Flower A Newhouse and Stephen Isaac. This is the first half of the talk by Flower, who reminds us that we've only one thing to be and that is humble because we are unfinished. We humans are a work in progress, and even in our accomplishments we (the personality self) cannot take credit for it is only because the Divine God Indwelling that we make any progress at all. Flower shares many examples and persons exemplifying humility.
The Glory of Harvest
375-2 Sunday 11/24/1968
We are cleansed through gratitude. Gratitude is one of the chief characteristics and requirements of illumination. The other two are love and humility. Stories are shared that emphasize the importance this great quality. We need to give thanks for all things, including our testings. Begin and end the day with a prayer of thanksgiving. Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
The Three Paths to Union with God
379-2 Sunday 01/19/1969
Three different ways to God are examined. Reverend Newhouse explains the drawbacks and strengths of each of these paths: the path of service; the path of the intellect; and the path of devotion or love. Each of us belongs to one of these ways quite naturally. However as we advance we begin to take on the white light of truth so that the qualities of the other ways, even those that are outside of the three we mentioned, and we become a composite of all those ways of development by which men are led to Divine union.
The Spiritual Celebration of Thanksgiving
404-2 Sunday 11/23/1969
There is in winter a benediction that comes which stimulates and transforms and uplifts us as no other season can or ever shall. It is because of the great advent of Christmas and everything is transformed with spiritual beauty, with meaning and value and with great enrichment. Thanksgiving esoterically precedes Christmas because everything that is wondrous and that has high benefit for us, should be prepared for through the inner cleansing of mind, emotions and body. A great light shines during this time to emphasize whatever is present, both good and bad, so expect to be confronted by testings and be grateful that the Divine Presence believes you have the truth, strength and qualifications to meet them.
Faith Versus Need
408-1 Sunday 01/18/1970
This talk is on the subject of faith as it relates to one's needs, primarily in relation to health or financial. Of all the things that we require the most spiritually it is faith. Flower shares several examples of individuals, including herself, who have been helped in outer ways when they have put their trust in God. She reminds us that although our circumstances may appear limiting, we must never limit God. She also describes what happens esoterically when one exhibits this quality. Faith, love, and integrity bring about in their blending a glorious beautification of the mental body, the astral body, the etheric body which have a residual effect upon the physical form.
An Ideal for the Winter of Life
441-1 Sunday 11/08/1970
We should live the winter of our lives with quietness and observation, helping others whenever we can. We need to keep interested in life by reading, traveling and being involved with others in order to have a life full of meaning and enjoyment in our later years.
The Heart of Thanksgiving
443-1 Sunday 11/22/1970
By gratitude, we purify ourselves, we humble ourselves. In Thanksgiving, we can appreciate illumination of the festival of rebirth that comes at Christmas. Flower discusses the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, and other traditions in ancient Rome, and the Jewish tradition. Thanksgiving is the most glorious expression we can ray forth from the highest consciousness within us. When we express gratitude, the highest fires of the soul are lighted in us and they shine out with blessing, when we are genuine and give a benediction to the giver.
Agape Love and Its Inner Purpose
449-2 Sunday 02/14/1971
This talk is full of examples, some personal, of ways to express agape or spiritual love, which is the highest type of love we should all be striving toward. Flower emphasizes that this love needs to be given to the animals, nature, and our pets as well as toward humanity. In describing agape love she says that this love, which knows no division, no separation, no superiority, but which loves every race, every creed, is capable of transcending all kinds of religious barriers, and is also capable of separating the barriers which man has put up between himself and the creatures, and between himself and nature. Most importantly, it is not enough to understand what agape love is, it must be expressed in our daily living.
The Persistent Challenge Towards Spiritual Maturity
471-1 Sunday 09/12/1971
In this talk, we are reminded that our goal as humanity is to become spiritually mature. In other words, to become masters. Flower says that spiritual maturity is being master-like. It is working upon the achievement of masterhood. It is taking up hour by hour, and day after day, our individual life work, which is the development and the unfoldment of spirituality, depth in consciousness, the improvement of intelligence, and a greater self-giving towards our world.
Reinforcing Centeredness Within
486-2 Sunday 01/16/1972
States that centeredness is one of the cardinal qualities that each of us needs to attain; it is the means by which illumination comes. To be centered means that you are aligned to your real self, your soul. Gives examples of different approaches by which centeredness can be experienced anew. Reminds us that In spiritual living, faith needs to be ever fresh.; we must hunger for newness in our own approach. Describes Centering, a book by Mary Richards, as astonishing. Suggests having a symbol in your mind always that brings you as readily as possible to centeredness.
Beauty's 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.
Stewardship's Blessings and Challenges: A Basic of the Spiritual Life
512-1 Sunday 08/20/1972
In this talk on stewardship, the aspects of giving of our time, energies, and money in various ways is discussed. The importance of our attitudes, thoughts and motivations toward abundance are also pointed out. Flower says, that most persons think of stewardship only from the standpoint of money, but it also pertains to our time and our energies, and we need to be just as wise in our use of these two aspects as we are of the supply we are privileged to earn. It is negativity in consciousness and behavior that causes us to have a stoppage of force between the Divine and our outflow of good to the world.
Love is Christ's Pathway
514-1 Sunday 09/17/1972
Love that will sustain and see us through every testing is spiritual love. Example of couple with marital problems; advised that they once had love; now they could come to love again. Several years later, they had achieved spiritual love. Need to realize that in marriage is our opportunity, beginning with the governing of our relationships nearest at hand, and blessing them with the might of spiritual love. There is where we find our own transformations. Love for children and animals as well. Gives examples of her children, raccoons in mountains, and family dogs. Love, true love, never faileth. It does not fail one's marriage partner, one's child, one's friend, or anyone.
518-2 Sunday 11/19/1972
Gratitude, a soulic quality, is cardinal among all virtues. Before we can love spiritually, we must have gratitude. Before we can have integrity of character, gratitude must be present. Individuals who possess clairvoyance can tell the stage of development of an individual by the way he ways thank you and the way he lives in gratitude. When one expresses courteous appreciation, there is color, and it's royal purple. Story of the wise men and the sermon on the mount, and blessing things before they manifest. We need three days to do Thanksgiving properly - a day to write down our blessings, a day to come to church and give thanks, and a day for celebration with loved ones. Never be envious of anyone. Make up your mind to rejoice in the happiness of others.
Just How Much Do You Want to Change This Lifetime?
525-1 Sunday 02/25/1973
Flower discusses choosing goals for life with a spiritual purpose. All failure is spiritual failure. Describes short-range goals and long-range goals, gifts to Christ at Christmas and goals for the New Year and Lent. Gifts to Christ must come from our Souls or they won't be successful. The Divine Indweller will help us keep our word. Discussion of the need to use our minds wisely and to allow the Soul to direct them. The Soul wants to bring forth the beauty of holiness in all that we do. Example of a teacher in Moorpark who inspired students to plant flowers and it inspired the whole town to beautify its grounds.
Spiritual Opportunities to Be Found in Friendship
536-1 Sunday 08/05/1973
Great friendship has no possessiveness or personal love, but is based on soul love. Our friends today may be family in the next life; as family there are obligations. Friendships have an ebb and flow of tides as persons move to other areas. Seven qualities needed for friendship: appreciation, affection, unselfish regard, mutual interests, adaptiveness, devotion and loyalty. Testings in friendship bring past karmic conditions to the surface. Poem by Virginia Stillman read by Peter Hein. Followed by Questions and Answers.
We Can Be Transformed
550-2 Sunday 03/03/1974
Lent ushers us into a new grade and is the season of Soul examination. Reference to Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt because she looked back. Flower tells of her former heart condition and how she transcended it. Overcoming traits like selfishness require us to die to them; just praying isn't enough. Flower describes the experiences of Starr Daily and others that transformed their lives. Speaks of Phillips Brooks.
From Procrastination to Accomplishment
552-2 Sunday 03/31/1974
Reverend Newhouse talks about Lent and its major stimulus to improve our negatives and procrastinations. She encourages us to live with an expectant, higher consciousness here and now while still in this life; we must rid ourselves of the sandbags that keep us from living a full spiritual life.
The Meaning of Open-Key Periods
561-2 Sunday 08/11/1974
This talk describes the purpose of open-key periods in our lives. These periods are times in our life when we seem to have little purpose or direction, where no one else is guiding or directing us and we have only our inner selves to turn to. Flower gives specific examples of what can happen during these times and what we can do to get through them successfully.
How to Strive for Wholeness
562-2 Sunday 08/25/1974
As a Christian it is our opportunity and our obligation to become more whole every day of our lives. In so doing we will have the greatest of adventures. We will almost treat ourselves as if the highest in us which is our soul self were observing the personality self at all times; urging it, blessing it, and encouraging it, to be without the blemishes which mean separateness and to come into the unity which means wholeness. Wholeness comes at the time of mastery.
The Touch of Light
586-2 Sunday 08/03/1975
The importance of Light, and Its origin, to our everyday living, as well as ways in which Light might be wielded in order to heal, enlighten and clarify challenges which come to us is discussed. The effects of Light on each of our Inner Bodies is pointed out, as well as a description of Its appearance in the aura of the various bodies, depending on one's focus of attention. The role Light plays in the process of Initiation, as well as some requirements for that event, are also elucidated. The importance of maintaining 'outgoingness' is touched upon as well. The tape ends with a meditation using Light for planetary and personal treatment.
Develop Wholesome Imagination: Creativity
587-1 Sunday 08/10/1975
This talk explores the importance of having an imagination, a creative mind. Flower gives several examples that illustrate creative living, from developing beautiful homes and gardens to how we approach our jobs and interact in our relationships. She says, 'Each of us needs to be an artisan in the workmanship of our lives...and the great work consists of everyone making the upmost of his life.' She pushes us to live beyond the ordinary and expected, but to tune in to our intuitive nature and look for a spiritual opportunity to do better than we have ever done before.
Steps Toward the Real Self: The Soul
600-1 Sunday 02/08/1976
Flower Newhouse speaks about the soul, the personality self, the ego and the shadow self, and how eventually the outer personality is used by the soul as the personality surrenders more and more, the soul begins serving its selfhood and Divinity starts developing in us.
Authority and Obedience Viewed from the Deeper Teachings
602-1 Sunday 03/07/1976
One need of every individual is to learn to accept authority. The Hierarchy set up a nuclei throughout the earth to carry out its impulses and wishes. Many of the first kings were advanced souls. Rebellious souls who refuse to carry out authority have caused mankind confusion. We must all watch and decide carefully what we will follow. Persons most obedient to authority will be entrusted to wield authority in future lives. Reference to testings given to Pythagoras' students on accepting authority. Reference to Christ's impulse into the world to love one another. Mature spiritual servers respect authority.
Our Lives Lack Purpose until They Are Committed
620-1 Sunday 11/14/1976
The most important single spiritual event that can take place in the life of anyone is the coming to dedication. Most of those who believe in God and our Lord Christ call themselves Christians, but are not truly Christians. They are only Christians outwardly. They have to be anointed with the fires of their own spirit that gives itself to God to be really Christian. A Christian is one who is dedicated, and that is the only type of Christian that counts.
Thanksgiving the Giver of Spiritual Joy
620-2 Sunday 11/21/1976
We do not practice gratitude just on one day in the year, but it is good publicly, and together, to celebrate the thanksgiving that is always in our hearts. One of the most important qualities we can unfold or develop is the one of appreciation. One of the qualities that comes forth when we are grateful for everything God has made is the quality of remembrance. Jesus blessed something before the ripening or fulfillment appeared. Every day, we should remember constantly the goodness of God. The Divine love, the wisdom, the wonderful feeling of joy and infinite patience which God has. Includes story of Flower's struggle to feel gratitude after Lawrence's passing. The one who is the most grateful is the happiest, the most giving and receives the largest renewal. Gratitude is a magnet for good. Talk is concluded by questions and answers on a variety of topics.
Stewardship: The New Way
625-2 Sunday 01/30/1977
This talk shares a different way to view stewardship that goes beyond tithing. Through examples of individuals who give with their time and/or money, we are shown a way to look beyond our earthly limitations and reminded that with God all things, including our financial needs, are limitless. The time will come as we have this kind of faith in our stewardship, when we will be completely without fear in relation to money or provision or funds with which to pay our taxes and so on, we will be without fear. And also, our heart will so have stretched in its givingness that there will be many living that are better and happier and well-provided for than would be possible without those whose faith, and whose vision, and whose trust are large.
Love That Is Ennobling
626-2 Sunday 02/13/1977
In order for Valentine's Day to have any meaning it should be practiced every day. And in order for it to be that, then we must follow the eleventh commandment of the Christ which was added in principle to the ten commandments from the Old Testament. Jesus said: 'a new commandment I give unto you that you love one another as I have loved you.' This breathes of a different kind of love than most people express toward each other. And this great eleventh commandment is one we should reflect upon daily for when we do that it saves us in so many ways and it enables us to lift up our consciousness and to give love in such a way that it is help and a lifting influence to others. Even in practical ways spiritual love is seen to excel.
The Inner Aspects of Thanksgiving
645-2 Sunday 11/20/1977
Thanksgiving prepares us for the great feast of the birth of Christ in our own being. Humility, which always must be present, is present in the master, is present in the Lord, should be present in those who have not achieved the great degrees of development as yet. If we express humility, we will not even know we shine, because we are outgoing, outgiving, always outward looking away from ourselves to the wholeness that ever surrounds us of divinity. Includes stories of gratitude and the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal.
A Look at Illumination and Initiation
660-1 Sunday 06/18/1978
How much do you want to be close to God? How much do you want to know Christ? It takes many lifetimes to prepare for the explosion of consciousness ushering one into a new dimension of awareness. Required qualities for illumination are described, as well as those which are detrimental to achieving initiation. Illumination brings at-one-ment with the Divine. Dreams can reveal preparation for this high experience. Each degree of initiation and its requirements are described and examples given of individuals who have achieved different initiatory levels.
Learning to Deal Better with Fears and Aggressions
661-2 Sunday 07/09/1978
How several prominent people dealt with their fears, both natural and emotional fears, and with aggression.
The Decisive Moment
666-2 Sunday 09/17/1978
Crises are tremendous opportunities, provided we face reality, meet the truth and respond effectively. A crisis precipitates a decision for us. At critical moments, when we apply Christ's teachings, rather than react unconsciously, and we respect everyone who believes in God, regardless of his path, then indeed do we receive many intimations of divine presence, mantlings, benedictions, sometimes healing. Cites many examples of people who overcame tragedy and enduring sorrow, by putting attention on others and generating good into the lives of others.
Let Us Cultivate Spiritual Love
676-2 Sunday 02/11/1979
Valentine's Day reminds us of love. There are so many kinds of love. There is carnal love, personal love, there is spiritual love, too. And of these three types only spiritual love will help others and ourselves, and spiritual love is what the Lord Christ taught. You know, He expressed the eleventh commandment when He said, 'A new commandment give I unto thee, that ye might love one another as I have loved you.' That is different than the love that a husband would give his wife or a mother her child. Spiritual love goes beyond personal love. Personal love can be beautiful, but it, too, is limited.
The 'How To' of Faith
682-1 Sunday 04/29/1979
Reverend Newhouse gives examples of well known people who have used faith in their work and lives, including Lawrence and her faith in acquiring Questhaven. She talks about how we need to keep the communication lines open to God and be patient and accepting for His answer.
The Values of Nature in Man's Growth
685-2 Sunday 06/24/1979
Rev. Flower A. Newhouse discusses the invaluable importance of nature, and what we can learn from nature Intelligences. She describes several nature mystics and how nature is one of our greatest teachers.
Man's Gift to God
696-1 Sunday 11/18/1979
This inspiring talk about living the spiritual life through our givingness and devotion to God makes one realize just how important our every action on this earth is. With the sharing of many examples of individuals who live the spiritual life to the fullest through their love and service to God and their fellow humanity, one is inspired to live their life in a more self-giving way.
Simplicity: The Goal of Wisdom
700-1 Sunday 01/13/1980
Flower indicates the keynote for 1980 is simplicity. We need to face simplicity, learn to be disciplined by it and be prepared for these changes that will be required. Simplicity requires adaptability and discipline.
Understanding the 'Dark Night of the Soul'
703-1 Sunday 02/24/1980
Extensive excerpts from Manly Hall's book, Dark Night of the Soul. Examples also from Guidepost book, The Unlimited Power of Prayer. The dark night of the soul is a testing time wherein we feel psychological pain, stress, confusion and suffering. Those times are difficult, but they are not impossible. So when you have a very serious form of testing, realize that a part of you is trying to be lifted up into a new level of being. Qualities needed include simplicity, humility, spiritual love, silence, spiritual disciplines.
The Mystery Underlying Suffering
705-1 Sunday 03/23/1980
Flower tells us that the more we know about realities such as suffering and evil, the better we are able to meet them. She explains that the mystery behind suffering is two-fold: 1) it is the purifier and 2) it is the means by which we are brought to truth about ourselves. She describes the work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and tells us that the way of acceptance of suffering is strengthening and transforming. She stresses that it is so important to work on ourselves to our last breath in this body and that much of our suffering, especially minor suffering, is brought by our own wrong attitudes, prejudices, stubbornness, closed minds, greed, fearfulness and lack of discrimination.
Gratitude: the Mark of an Old Soul
722-2 Sunday 11/23/1980
Gratitude expressed at Thanksgiving. Shares the story of Pilgrims and how Thanksgiving came to be a national holiday. It takes several days to develop a grateful attitude to properly celebrate Thanksgiving. We should keep a journal of items we are thankful for. We should be continuously thankful, not just for our material blessings, but for our spiritual teachings, and for the blessings of the Christ. To be truly grateful, we must see the good in testings. Includes the legend of three horsemen who were directed to gather pebbles which were turned into jewels. Hierarchy listen to our prayers of gratitude.
A Spiritual View of Stewardship
727-1 Sunday 01/25/1981
Rev. Flower A. Newhouse explains through several person examples that it is possible to be absolutely free from the fear of the loss of money, because it has been proved to us by so many means, that when you walk in faith with God as your partner, your good will be overflowing.
Love Is Your Best Gift
728-2 Sunday 02/15/1981
Reverend Newhouse gives examples of how love can transform lives. She explains how giving love is the highest gift one can give to another as our Lord Christ showed us. Of all things a dedicated Christian is one who loves. To the great Masters of mankind, three qualities are requisite in their pupils and disciples. These qualities are first reverence, then comes love, and thirdly the Masters and Lords require that their pupils and disciples have integrity, active integrity at all times.
The Harvest of the Heart
748-2 Sunday 11/22/1981
It is a wonderful time of the year, a time of spiritual gladness, anticipation and gratitude. When an individual says thank you with a grateful heart, a beautiful circle, orchid in color, moves out and goes into the aura of the individual. Flower discusses the thought forms and colors in grateful and ungrateful people. No self-centered person, no ungrateful individual, can ever be happy. Includes stories of gratitude.
Holy Expectancy: Living the Life
752a1 Wednesday 01/13/1982
Flower discusses importance of living the life. The three aspects of Christ's teachings to practice are gathering of spiritual knowledge, improvement of our devotions, and living the life. Flower explains how knowledge becomes wisdom; her use of a journal and scrapbook. Discusses ways to improve our devotion; importance of balancing both hemispheres of the brain. This Wednesday night talk is followed by questions and answers. Flower describes the difference between psychology, metaphysics, esoteric and mystical Christianity.
Be Alive All Your Life
766-1 Sunday 07/25/1982
Reverend Newhouse describes how to live a spiritual, purposeful life. She gives examples of people with difficulties and how they over came them. It takes depth to know that we are linked to a Divine Purpose. And that purpose is to function in us as living time and we are to be alive in it and not passive while we are here. We are to accomplish, we are to unfold, and develop the Divine inherent potentials which we possess.
Some Problems of Life
771-2 Sunday 10/17/1982
Reverend Newhouse talks about some problems we all have in living the life. How we can help those younger in evolution and how we need to be persistent in aiming for the highest we can be.
Our Festival of Thanksgiving
774-1 Sunday 11/21/1982
Flower tells us that our auras have a light orchid color when we pray with gratitude. It is that colorful essence that will emanate that gives to the Christ Spirit its color and beauty. Thanksgiving should bring to the foreground of our attention the reasons we have for being grateful. Flower says she doesn't know of any condition that puts a person in the state of consciousness, ready for illumination, as much as gratitude. Gratitude is the final quality the Great Ones who work with humanity look for.
The Valentine is a Symbol of the Heart Chakra
780-1 Sunday 02/13/1983
Flower describes the appearance of the heart chakra under different conditions and in different inner bodies. Describes prayer thought forms of love. States that love is the most transforming quality, next to reverence. Lists types of love including instinctive, personal, impersonal agape, and spiritual love, and gives examples of each. Has us ask ourselves - Are we giving enough love? Is love active in us? Are we caring for other people?
Meet Problems Wisely with Faith
785-2 Sunday 05/01/1983
This talk reminds us how we must continually work on our faith, so that it can always be attuned to God and His will for us. When we face a problem we don't know what God's wish for us is. His wish might be entirely different to our own. Flower gives several examples of faith resulting in wondrous outcomes for individuals, using quite a few from the writings of Emily Gardner Neal, a former newspaper reporter, who went into churches to work with miraculous healings. Flower reminds us, that if you don't like your life exactly as it is, you can have it improved. All you need do is to be in contact with God to trust Him to teach you how to be the receiver of the good for which you ask.
Gratitude Is the Measure of Our Development
800-1 Sunday 11/20/1983
The Christ and the Masters are always on the watch for persons who possess certain qualities, including gratitude. The Higher Ones say that next to the lack of reverence, there is a lack of appreciation in men. The more grateful you are for the good you have and have experienced, the happier your are and the more prosperous. We should be grateful for the good that comes from testing and for large and small blessings. The Higher Ones evaluate us according to our openness, according to the sincerity with which we give, and according to the fact that we let go and give.
Gratitude: The Strength of Discipleship
826-1 Sunday 11/18/1984
Thanksgiving should be a day of deep recollectedness and a going over anew of the many reasons we have to be thankful for God's great love. We must live in the consciousness of appreciation. Story of the giving tree, where Flower received illumination. Discussion of the colors associated with gratitude. If we are grateful for a good marriage, for home and family, then, if we're grateful, we should want to share that with others. Stories shared of those who are grateful.
Christ in Our Daily Lives
836-1 Sunday 04/07/1985
Rev. Flower Newhouse speaks about how this past Lent has affected us, ways in which we can feel closer to Christ, through illness, through becoming more genuine, through our Christmas gift to Him. She describes how she has proceeded through this last Lenten period and every day to become closer to Christ.
Thanksgiving from the Heart
852-2 Sunday 11/24/1985
Discussion of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and how it came to be a national holiday. Story of the call from Flower's guardian that the family needed to be in Los Angeles by November, and how the family acted on faith and did as they were instructed. Flower soon was teaching five classes each week. Reading of passages by John Muir which demonstrate his love of nature. Stories of gratitude shared.
The Adventure of Truth
925-2 Sunday 09/11/1988
This talk encourages us to live our lives always centered in truth and striving to better ourselves. Flower encourages us not to be satisfied with one level of truth at any time in our life. Keep on moving upward. She gives examples of ways in which we can apply ourselves in our daily lives, in relationships, in our chores, with our pets, and out in nature.