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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The Accomplishments of Meditation
011-2 Sunday 10/24/1954
Meditation is key to developing our character. What is character but the quality of consciousness made manifest. We cannot change the consciousness without touching higher frequencies, higher envisionment, higher realizations, higher channelings, realized only through meditation.
Brief Specific Meditations and Thorough Depth Meditations
012-1 Sunday 10/31/1954
A focus on the importance of meditation and the individual preparation prior to one's meditation periods. Provides a variety of approaches to prayer and meditation along with examples of prayer customs in various cultures. Daily prayer and meditaion are the means by which the eternity consciousness and you will become completely linked.
Meditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal
021-2 Sunday 04/03/1955
This talk highlights the importance of meditation, the proper technique, and outlines different types of meditation. Flower says we have no excuse for not meditating. She says, any person who can think at all can meditate. She emphasizes that meditation is central to our spiritual training. It is through meditation that we connect to our higher selves and God, grow spiritually and are rightly directed in our daily lives. Talk given in Los Angeles.
Discovering Gateways into Light
056-1 Sunday 07/22/1956
Meditation is the most fertile and the most effectual way by which God can be approached. Meditation is spiritual concentration, requiring we empty ourselves, create the right mood, practice stillness and envision positive archetypes. Examples of keynotes to bring us to positive attention. Meditation is a perpetual return to God, our inner sanctuary.
How Thoughts Influence Life
150-1 Sunday 04/23/1961
In a talk giving in San Diego, Flower stresses the importance of being aware of and using rightly the power of our thoughts. You think a thought and it is a living thing. It is a moving thing. It is color. It is pattern. And the clearer your thought is in meditation or prayer, the larger the pattern of your thought will be as it moves along. If you are very reverent, your thought pattern will move up. It is very important for every Christian to arouse himself, to shake off the lethargy that has been upon him, and to see that his mind is fully dedicated to God because there is that above mind, which is much greater than mind, which will use all the forces of the mental powers in order to guide them, to instruct, to teach, to mold, to bless the energies of consciousness as well as of emotions and of the physical body and of the affairs in the world.
Silence and What It Is
205-1 Sunday 11/11/1962
Differentiates Silence from prayer and meditation. Describes three stages in Silence: conditioning ourselves for divine reception, standing receptively in God's light, entering a higher state of being. States that Silence is entering the boundary of God's great country of the Eternal. Gives keynotes of Silence, including stillness, joy and expectancy.
Meditation and What It Can Be
207-1 Sunday 11/25/1962
The Rev. Flower A. Newhouse explains that in the devotional life, there are three companions which usually work together: silence, the practice of prayer, and the practice of meditation. Meditation is thought along a specific line with the intention of our being able to relate to that ideal to be able to go forth from the meditation into living, applying it realistically and truly.
The Way Within
231-1 Sunday 09/15/1963
Our unconscious mind gives us many clues and instructions in our dreams at night. This inner side of ourselves gives us wonder opportunities and potentials to work on and sometimes startling revelations.
Keep This Day Fortified
233-1 Sunday 10/13/1963
Flower A. Newhouse shares ideas from her earlier booklet, The Armor of the Spiritual Life, telling us we are each given the same number of hours in the day to bring forth the best we can. She suggests putting spiritual armor around ourselves in the form of various aspects of prayer, meditation, concentration, contemplation, previsioning the day, light-treatment and triple ring-pass-not of the white light of Christ. She explains that Masterhood begins right where we are, and as we train ourselves we will be flooded by the Light of God-inspired effort and growth.
239-1 Sunday 01/26/1964
The first segment of this talk addresses the function of the Holy Trinity and how we should focus our prayers to the different aspects of God. The second segment is on the importance of visualization, particularly in our meditations and prayer work. Flower compares the spiritual aspirations and meditation techniques of the Eastern student, for example a Zen student, to that of the Western spiritual student, specifically Christian and the use visualization as a tool in meditations and prayer work.
How to Find Healing in the Silence
251-2 Sunday 06/14/1964
States that there are many reasons why we approach Silence: for tranquilizing, as preparation for worship, attunement with Deity. One simple form of of Silence which too often we neglect, is to enter Silence for healing. Describes changes in aura and renewal of energies after silence. Lists positive affirmations or watchwords for silence. Gives examples of people transformed by practice of Silence.
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.
Humanity's Need for Meditation
266-1 Sunday 12/06/1964
We are responsible for our thinking and it must be improved. People who are difficult to us require our universal love and goodwill. Quotes from Thoreau given. Procedure for practice of concentration, meditation and contemplation given, and descriptions of each. Daily review of life rules is important. Meditation deals with higher levels of thought, not logical thinking. Suggested guidelines for meditations on 8 different days. Suggested meditation for Christmas and Easter. We should meditate on our possibilities and talents. Gandhi's life rules given.
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 Importance of Idealization and Visualization
285-2 Sunday 08/22/1965
This is an excellent talk describing the use of visualization in meditation and prayer work. Flower specifically walks the listener through the use of this tool step-by-step. She explains the importance of having good prayers and meditations and why visualization is key to attaining this. She then gives specific examples of individuals who use visualization to attain their goals. She encourages us to use this in our everyday life to make our ideals reality.
Experiencing Creative Attunement
286-1 Sunday 08/29/1965
This talk is about how creativity must be incorporated into every aspect of our lives, from the daily tasks we perform to how we meditate and think of God. Specific examples are given to help with ideas of ways to bring this about, including a guided meditation using creative visualization.
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.
Contacting the Creative Source
301-2 Sunday 03/20/1966
Focusing on the creativity of the mind, the Reverend Newhouse tells of the great reservoir of Divine power, knowledge and energy available to us. To tune in to the Divine, we need a suitable condition for tuning in, minds trained to be open and alert stillness. She says our striving should be self-emptied and God filled as we learn to be accountable for every thought and to use our minds purely, rightly, unselfishly and helpfully. By envisioning what is needed (constructive desire), supplying that archetype (steadfast expectation), blessing it each day (reverent attention) and showing our appreciation we can bring forth what is idealized. She tells us that clarity in thought forms is more important than strength.
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 Art of Cultivating and Controlling Thought Power
382-2 Sunday 02/16/1969
Let this vine be in you, which was, and is, in Christ Jesus. This is the goal of evolution. This is our innermost aim to come to that state of consciousness wherein the highest in us thinks through us and uses us as its channels. Flower describes how meditation can help us refine our mental body, and emphasizes the importance of choosing our thoughts, words, activities, and relationships from a higher level. If we do this, you can be that one in your field of service that lifts the whole atmosphere into a more wholesome place in which to function, wherein greater brotherhood or sisterhood is realized, where thoughts of a constructive order are given precedence over discord.
Hail to Those Who have Achieved Mastership
397-1 Sunday 08/03/1969
Masters choose one of these areas of service: help humanity; enter spirit of Everlasting God-blending into or melting into God; or enter into Nirvana for total contemplation, meditation and prayer. There are councils throughout different seasons of our year. Major festivals in which Masters, Lords and Logi meet to celebrate and to hold a baptism for this solar system.
Reinforcements Can Be Spiritual
409-1 Sunday 02/01/1970
This talk discusses how spiritual reinforcements can be used to help one progress spiritually. Flower gives specific examples of reinforcements that can activate one's faith. Faith is that contact with the available Divine Presence. And when we possess faith it should never be inactive. It must always be active, so that it fills our first wonderful blessing, which is consciousness. Followed by 27 minutes of Q&A.
Meditation: The Bridge to Reality
548-2 Sunday 02/03/1974
Rev. Flower A. Newhouse explains that Meditation, which is the practice of the Presence, is also the bridge which leads us into the deep within - a great, the powerful, the divine within, which is in us as well as in the interior world which God ensouls. Meditation takes from concentration the continued habit of thinking clearly and thinking beautifully and selectively. She explains that learning how to purposely meditate tunes us to the foundations of creative living.
Contemplation: The Art of Spiritual Envisionment
549-2 Sunday 02/17/1974
In this talk the Rev. Flower A. Newhouse tells us that meditation is the most important thing we do and that contemplation, the very summit of our innermost practices, brings contact with the Supreme within and illumination. She speaks of being in the rarified atmosphere of the Divine where the soul exists and the flashes of inspiration which occur in that state. She describes how three layers of the alphabet came to her during contemplation and the use of them in names. Flower explains that we are aware of God when we cease to be aware of ourselves, and that vertical consciousness brings us into God's presence.
The Value of Solitude
560-2 Sunday 07/28/1974
Flower A. Newhouse emphasizes the importance of solitude to the process of illumination, referring to it as an island of space in consciousness. Although she recognizes the value of relationships in our lives, without aloneness providing time and space for self-examination and meditation, growth toward illumination and approaching the wonder of God cannot occur. She cites the example of Thoreau who spent two years in isolation at Walden Pond as well as the experiences of a Tom Neal who wrote An Island to Myself, and John Muir who, even after his marriage, spent three months each year alone in the mountains. The examples given all take place in wilderness areas with mountains and forests being the areas most mentioned. She warns against allowing attachments to interfere with opportunities to practice solitude and silence.
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.
Improving Our Prayers and Meditations
599-2 Sunday 02/01/1976
Rev. Flower A. Newhouse discusses the importance of purifying our consciousness, and to live within the ever expanding consciousness of God awareness, God Presence.
Inspirations Found through Consciousness Raising
629-1 Sunday 03/20/1977
Flower shares with us the importance of immensity consciousness, lifting one's consciousness Godward, even in the mundane every day tasks of life. She gives specific exercises one can do to practice this upliftment as well as examples of how she uses various techniques herself. She recommends authors to read, music to listen to, and places to visit that all aid in this endeavor. She concludes this talk by reminding us that the Divine God Presence and the Divine Lord Christ are the greatest things we could ever think upon, and that thinking of them frequently during the day makes life itself smoother, more beautiful, more rhythmic, more harmonious and more noble.
Seven Bodies (4 of 5): The Mental Body
673-1 Sunday 12/17/1978
This talk was one in a series that Flower Newhouse gave on the Seven Bodies. She gives an in-depth description of the Mental body and shares what we can do to help our mental bodies expand and grow as well as what we should avoid that causes our mental bodies to contract. Meditation is one of the things we can do to help our mental body, yet she warns about staying in meditation too long and shares why that can be harmful. She tells us there will come a time when audible speech will cease as we will communicate by seeing each other's thought forms, and no one will be able to keep secrets anymore, the truth will be known, therefore, humans will aspire to higher living.
How Well Do You Enter the Silence?
719-2 Sunday 10/12/1980
Silence simply means entering the Divine threshold. Wherever God is we find Divinity. God is here in this dimension, too and we find everything He made shines with peace and loveliness and love and beauty. And we will find this amplified many times when we lift our hearts to Him on our own threshold of entrance.
The Importance of Keeping a Spiritual Journal
726-1 Sunday 01/11/1981
This talk reveals the importance of keeping a spiritual journal. Flower says that journals should be kept as a recording of not only one's spiritual progress, but also the heart-warming incidents that occur in one's daily life. She gives several examples from different individuals' journals. She also shares George Simons' insights on journal keeping from his book, Your Personal Journal. These journals can be a guide to one's spiritual growth. Flower explains, that in looking over your journal after a few years have passed, you will discover things that you had forgotten and memory must be kept alive. It must be awake and it must be enriched continually by renewal. And there are things that happen to us spiritually that seem almost insignificant at the time, but which, when we read at a much later date, shines out as having been a golden moment of perception for us.
Christ and the Knights of the Round Table
733-1 Sunday 04/19/1981
Every power of good and every prayer and meditation take us into Christ's presence. John Muir came to Christ during his visit to Rome and after that he lived for Christ. Malcolm Muggeridge came to Christ by observing Mother Teresa's selfless work. Quotes given from Manly Hall's book The Mystical Christ. Quotes given from Roy Trevivian's TV interview of Malcolm Muggeridge. Flower described music in Wagner's Parsifal. Christ dwells in a state of super-consciousness and when He wishes is conscious of everything going on in the world.