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As we give direct attention to the surrounding Light of God we step into a higher state of being.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

Meditation and Prayer

Silence, Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation

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Meditation and Prayer are the disciplines that most directly draw us Godward, into the inner worlds.

The act of prayer unites us with the vital currents of Deity. By no other method could we be worthily and preparedly aligned to these wavelengths.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

Daily meditation, which is as necessary to the Soul as is nourishment to the body, is a safe and proven means for lifting the level of one's consciousness. It provides brief footholds on higher elevations of perception as well as new levels of living from their range. We consciously purify ourselves of worldly or personal preoccupations and center ourselves wholly upon consciousness of God.

There is one path which is unfailing, which cannot help but mold the man, transform him, change him according to the model of God Who dwells within him, and that unfailing path is meditation.
Flower A. Newhouse, Meditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal

Meditation and Prayer provide us with the Armor of the Spiritual Life
Flower A. Newhouse, Keep This Day Fortified

The power of prayer aligns man to God's infinite love and help. There are prayers of adoration, of thanksgiving, of appeal, and of renewal. These expressions to God are lifeless unless we imbue them with the color and vitality of genuine feeling. Prayers should be offered directly to God, the Absolute Spirit.

The most important reason we go into silence, as well as the reason that we meditate in prayer is that we want communion with God, who is above us and beyond us, and is our Maker. And so, in silence we sit or stand absorbed in the reality of that Beauty which created us, which loves us, and which breathes us continually into more expansive states of becoming. We say to the Eternal, ever-listening and observing, 'My soul longeth for the ever-living God.'
Flower A. Newhouse, Silence and What it Is

The important steps of meditation are simple:

  • Still the mind. The use of a keynote such as "peace" quiets and directs the consciousness.
  • Practice alignment. Man is a sevenfold being. Each day it is well to relate and attune all aspects of consciousness with the inner Divine Self.
  • Remember the seven expressions of God by reverently intoning the names of His Host: "God in the Divine Mother and Father Creative Spirit; God in the Perfected Son, our Lord Emmanuel, the Christ; God in the Holy Comforter, Spirit of Truth and Wisdom; God in the Divine Spirit of Grace and Mercy; God, present in the Cloud of Silent Witnesses before the Deity; God Inbeing within man; God, the Supreme Good in everything.
  • Choose a meditative plan for the day or week. Use specific forms which will encourage a balanced inner unfoldment.
  • It is necessary to practice previsionment before one begins work on the chosen type of meditation. Envision the endeavor of meditation as flowing smoothly, without interference or mind wandering.

Flower on Silence

To practice silence we enter the boundary of the Eternal Threshold. At its entrance we thoughtfully pause to gaze upon, examine and consider the inner territory into which we have been admitted by the questing of our higher selves. We gain an impression of vibrant stillness-of Light in different intensities according to our individual approach.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

There is this feeling that there is so much wonder and color and music and beauty and purpose and being and life and activity, around us in this throbbing Silence.
Flower A. Newhouse, Silence and What it Is

Flower on Prayer

Open your vigil of prayer with worship of the Christ. Greet him as the Hierarch of all spiritual efforts and attainment.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

A lifeline is swung into eternity by prayer from the sphere of the impermanent.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

One of the rules of the inner life is that you never ask for yourself what you have not already asked for the whole world to realize. And you ask assistance for everyone who needs it before you mention your own requirements.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

Flower on Meditation

Our lives remain unproductive and unenlightened until we practice meditation. It is a certain and safe procedure whereby we create and enjoy the good we seek.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

The art of meditation not only grants with time and practice a government of the mind, but it allows for the tuning of the entire instrument.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Flower on Contemplation

We can meditate or pray whenever we wish, but contemplation is something that happens within us when we are involved in deep devotional states.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

From contemplation, new ideals, habits and resolutions are born... Meditation must then take up the task of converting these purposes into manifest realities.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

The first thing we learn is that concentration and meditation deal with aspects and material that we can think about, subjects with which we can familiarize ourselves and in which we can improve our realizations. But contemplation is something you cannot do on your own. It happens to you just as illumination does.
Flower A. Newhouse, Contemplation–The Art of Spiritual Envisionment

Prayers for World Treatment

Pour out your love, your goodwill and an ardent wish for the improvement, the unfoldment and the happiness of these global brothers.
The Wise and the Strong, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Concentrate upon the Christ Spirit coming into the great body of mankind. Entertain the thought of this mass body until it becomes dear to you and intensely important. You will work by continents, seeing the peoples of Earth as receptive to this Christ Spirit.
The Wise and the Strong, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Strive once again to love this Earth and its population with such depth that crime, war, disease, suffering and want are felt by your soul. Then only, because of your sympathy and your realization, are you able to call down the victorious Christ Spirit, that it may enter the various places and persons on Earth where these destructives are most prevalent.
The Wise and the Strong, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Should you do your work fully and from the right or highest level of your soul's aspiration, you will have the mystic experience that the masters abidingly know, of being a conscious and very necessary part of humanity's growth and blessing.
The Wise and the Strong, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

It is within your power to ask that the Supreme Spirit functioning through the Solar Logos ray out to each remembered persons and nations Its Light of that frequency which prohibits war.
The Wise and the Strong, Disciplines of the Holy Quest

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Wisdom Teachings

The Lord Christ is responsible for the spiritual evolution of all people, even those who do not revere Him. Within His keeping are the keys for the development of this humanity.

IconChristian Mysticism is simply a method of reverence and devotion to God. It is a path of attainment which leads to the Divine Reality–to first-hand knowing of God. The mystical path stresses the way of Divine union with God through illumination.

IconThe Living Christ is the Lord of Angels and of men and the model of our own becoming. His service is the broadcasting of the Divine Christ Spirit, the light of redemption. His influence awakens in us the Christing of our own natures.

IconThe Angelic Kingdom consists of beings created by God. They, like mankind, press toward the goal of perfection and union with the Supreme Spirit. Angels are purer and more spiritual than man. Their very spirituality readily makes them mediators between Heaven and Earth.

IconNature provides healing and enlightenment. When wisely trod, the path to God through nature employs every faculty inherent in man. In nature, beauty shines in all its pristine essence before us. It is for us to newly discover and translate this beauty to our spirits and our senses.

IconThe Way of Discipleship is a way of drawing ever closer to the Divine Presence. It is a voluntary surrender of the entire self to the service of God. It pays great attention to spiritual realities and goals inspiring us toward inner growth.

IconMeditation and Prayer are the disciplines that most directly draw us Godward and into the inner worlds. During these moments, we consciously purify ourselves of worldly or personal preoccupations and center ourselves wholly upon consciousness of God.

IconReincarnation is the realization that life is a school, striving to awaken and quicken the Divinity within us, striving to bring man from primitive stages of unfoldment to that of greater and more glorious awareness.

A Faith Meditation

From a keynote on Faith by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse.

Learn More About Meditation & Prayer

Meditation to me is the most important thing we do.
Flower A. Newhouse, Contemplation: The Art of the Spiritual Envisionment

  • IconGateways Into Light
    A comprehensive manual on Western meditation from Flower's rich experience with meditation, contemplation and prayer.
  • IconInsights Into Reality
    A clairvoyant's penetrating insights are shared in a chapter on Meditation and Prayer.
  • IconThe Journey Upward
    This compilation of 15 of Flower A. Newhouse's out-of-print booklets includes Meditation: the Way to Attainment.
  • IconDisciplines of the Holy Quest
    The Higher Ones open the door into spaces of power in Keys to Creative Meditation.
  • IconWellsprings of the Holy Quest
    The Wise Ones teach us how to touch the harmony and peace of the Inner Worlds in Meditation.
  • IconHere Are Your Answers
    A compilation of Flower's answers to questions from others about Prayer & Meditation.
  • IconSongs of Deliverance
    Chapters on The Fount of Meditation, Our Daily Opportunity, Achieving Stillness, Creative Meditation & Prelude to Prayer.
  • IconThe Quest
    Lessons on The Role of Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation, What Meditation Can Be & Ways Into God's Presence.
  • IconThe Christward Way
    Topics include Meditation Steps, Posture During Meditation & Meditation Viewed Esoterically.
  • IconSilence and What It Is
    A recorded lecture from 1962 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse sharing keynotes of Silence, including stillness, joy and expectancy.
  • IconMeditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal A recorded lecture from 1955 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse who emphasizes that meditation is central to spiritual training.
  • IconKeep This Day Fortified
    A recorded lecture from 1963 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse sharing ideas from her earlier booklet, The Armor of the Spiritual Life.

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IconLectures on Meditation by Flower A. Newhouse

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