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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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
Ceremonies and their Individual Meanings
006-1 Sunday 04/04/1954
Lecture given by Flower in Los Angeles describing the meaning and significance of the Sabbath, holidays, sacraments and ceremonies including christening, confirmation, baptism, marriage, memorial service, communion, birthdays, New Years, Memorial Day, Easter, Michaelmas, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Followed by 18 minutes of Q&A.
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.
Our Cup Runneth Over
061-1 Sunday 11/18/1956
Story of first thanksgiving day with the Pilgrims. God's favor blesses all life equally, but man is beginning to be aware of the source of his good. Gratitude is a return to the eternal.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Confronting Angels as a Reality
515-1 Sunday 10/01/1972
Begins with discussion on book, Men and Angels, by Theodora Ward, explaining Ward's research and discovery of Angels. Author had experience, as she wrote the book of feeling Presence. Later gives examples from Bible. Gives many New Testament and apocryphal examples as well. Swedenborg and William Blake knew Angels by sight. Some persons were even jealous of the Angels - one was Martin Luther; another was John Calvin. The Angels are perpetually aware of the glory of God and are praising God and giving Him thanksgiving. We can do likewise, and in doing so we'll feel the reverberations of their frequencies moving in and among us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.