by Flower A. Newhouse from 1950 to 1990
Here you'll find a large sample of the recorded lectures given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse between 1950 and 1990. These lectures can be purchased on CD-ROM and many are now available as Audio Downloads.
For a complete list of available audio and video recordings, visit Questhaven Academy.
Angels • Animals • Arts • Awareness • Bodies • Christ • Christmas • Consciousness • Discipleship • Easter • Evolution • Faith • Family • God • Healing • Hierarchy • Initiates • Karma • Inner • Lenten • Love • Masters • Meditation • Michaelmas • Music • Mysticism • Mystics • Nature • Numerology • Perception • Prayer • Psychology • Reincarnation • Retreat • Seasons • Senses • Soul • Symbols • Thanksgiving • Thoughts • Transition • Travel • Words • World • Zodiac
A Lesson in Symbolism
001a2 Sunday 08/09/1953
Throughout the mists of time great teachers spoke of mysteries in the language of symbols so that these truths would be obvious only to the advanced who would understand them. Flower A. Newhouse shares the inner meaning of a variety of symbols from mystics, religions, nature, and dreams.
Increasing Our Appreciation of God in Nature Retreat (3 of 3): Consciousness Side of the Mysteries of Nature
051-1 Sunday 06/24/1956
When in nature we must practice unification, adoration and wonder. Quotes and experiences in nature from mystics and naturalists. Sufi teaching regarding various stages of consciousness. Days have cyclic changes just as the year has seasons.
The Courts of the Faithful
098-2 Sunday 11/09/1958
Most important trait for those who love God is the quality of faithfulness to God. Mystics have to explain things in such a way that the heart understands. They have robust righteousness, indomitable integrity, unflinching, uncompromising in what they consider to be right. They demonstrate self-commitment of utter humility. Mystics are full of the romance of beauty. Extensive info on Evelyn Underhill and William James.
Adventures in Christian Mysticism
107-2 Sunday 04/05/1959
Flower Newhouse explores a mystic's direct, first-hand experience of union with God, the efforts a mystic makes to become attuned and awakened to God, the mystic's need for openness and expansiveness beyond logical reasoning, the three stages of Christian Mysticism, and the personal experiences of some well-known Christian Mystics.
Adventures in Christian Mysticism
124-1 Sunday 02/14/1960
Flower describes that it is through intuitional consciousness that we reach heightened states of God Awareness. The intellect must remain passive in order to attain expansive states of consciousness. Explains that the one thing that has kept Christianity alive since the time of Christ on earth is the creativity and works of the Christian Mystics. Mentions various mystics during history. Talk given in San Diego.
Christian Mysticism Retreat (3 of 3): Conclusion
133-2 Sunday 07/17/1960
Flower explains that man can experience reality if he prepares himself in order to do so. The way of mysticism begins in a longing for God to be known directly. When an individual Christian takes up his Lord's challenge personally, he comes to the third phase of Christian mysticism, self-surrender. From self-surrender he moves to a fourth experience, consecration. All that matters is sincerity for the life practice of Christ's holy channelship, is that God is to be all-in-all.
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.
The Life of Arthur E. Waite the Great English Mystic Author and Literary Critic
170-2 Sunday 01/14/1962
Summary of the life and work of Arthur Edward Waite, an English mystic and writer, who Flower describes as one of the most luminous writers of Christian mystics that one would desire to read. He is one of the most inspired, most scholarly, most challenging. We do well to pay attention to any of his works because they speak of a high romance of spirit. They point our ways to the great mysteries of eternity, far better than do most writers. He is a man who speaks with authority and the light of the ever-living illumination is upon him. He speaks t through all his words.
More about Christian Mysticism
176-1 Sunday 03/04/1962
The definition of Mysticism is given as the ultimate goal of Christianity and all World Religions because it points to man's direct union or attunement with God. The goal is that man be made conscious of God and lifted into the state of greater God awareness. Various examples of the great mystics, and their illumination are sighted. Describes the five stages of enlightenment as considered by Christian Mysticism.
Added Insights into Christian Mysticism
194-1 Sunday 07/22/1962
Flower states that Christian Mysticism is the very aim and endeavor of every Christian heart. The questing Christian who is on fire with love for God is conscious of the fact that in Christian Mysticism is a path that leads to God and an awareness and total comprehension of the spirit that made us. Discusses mystical states of consciousness. Cites lives of mystics, including Alfred Tennyson, Simone Weil and Thomas Merton.
Living above the Visible
255-2 Sunday 07/26/1964
States that our great purpose in this incarnation is to live above the visible plane; to have conscious affiliation with Divine world of spirit from which we came, to which we forever belong. Christ says the Kingdom of Heaven is within us; we are to increase awareness of these inner worlds. Psychology and parapsychology are increasing openness and sensitivity to them. Describes the training undertaken by Sufi mystics, travelers on the great path.
Meaningful Extracts from Baron von Hugel
293-1 Sunday 12/05/1965
Gives biographical data of, and spiritual insights from Baron Friedrich von Hugel, Evelyn Underhill's spiritual director. Considers him second degree initiate with much of third degree work completed. Describes his fearlessness and states that he was a spiritual giant. It was he who brought Underhill to Christ, she having previously been theocentric. Quotes extensively from von Hugel's letters. Analyzes, interprets, comments on his sayings.
Joys of Christian Mysticism
348-2 Sunday 01/21/1968
Flower explains how Christian Mysticism compares to traditional, fundamental Christianity and what is required spiritually to follow the Christian Mystic pathway. Examples of saints who were Christian Mystics.
The Influence of the Angels
372-1 Sunday 09/29/1968
This Michaelmas talk reveals the vastness of the Angel Kingdom and emphasizes the importance of being aware of this higher level of Beings. Flower shares insights from Gustav Davidson's dictionary on the Angels, along with references to Angels in the Bible and by other Christian Mystics. It is an informative and fascinating journey into another realm. She reminds us that the Angels need and deserve our honor, and that we shall give them forever.
Arthur E. Waite and His Mysticism
391-2 Sunday 05/18/1969
Flower A. Newhouse shares the insights of viewing life through the lens of a mystic. Flower uses Arthur E. Waite as an example, especially through his poetry, but in all of his writings. She explains the difference, which is significant, between mysticism and occultism. She shares that mystics are on the sixth ray, but that in time all the rays get to realize the values of this glorious ray. She concludes by sharing the mystic path for each ray.
The Inner Values of Summer
422-2 Sunday 06/21/1970
The summer solstice ushers in a time when we should attune ourselves more fully to nature, to learn from nature. Flower recounts the experiences in nature of many nature mystics and naturalists. She explains how we can benefit by being in nature during the summer months.
The Mystical Experience
450-1 Sunday 02/21/1971
Mysticism is the practice of the art of Divine Union. It is the endeavor of the soul to draw nearer to God. For that reason it uses all of a man, and claims all of him. Of all the approaches to God, it is the only one that knows synthesis. Flower defines mysticism, gives many examples of mystical traits, behaviors, and examples of mystics in many fields of art, music, religion, literature.
Christian Mysticism and What it Is
694-1 Sunday 10/21/1979
An overview of the history, meaning and language of Christian Mysticism, what it is and is not, the desires, beliefs, practices and nature of mystics, examples of the writings and personal experiences of mystics and a brief discussion of other forms of mysticism.
789-1 Sunday 06/19/1983
Those persons who love nature become nature mystics and these mystics are the very ones who can tell us things about nature that we might not tune into ourselves. They have seen into the depths of nature. They don't see just trees and sunshine and the beauty of the arrangement of the landscape, they sense presence and they sense power and they receive vitality in a new way. Flower shares some of her own experiences in nature, and those of other well-known nature mystics.