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.
Christ's Star-like Spirit
015-1 Sunday 12/19/1954
During Christmas there are openings into the Reality of Christ wherever there is appreciation for goodness. By following His path, remaining open and aligned to that which is above us, we will be raised in consciousness. The triad of Holy God powers that The Christ came to radiate and teach us, will become more active in us and gradually govern us.
Michaelmas: Feast of the Angels
030-2 Sunday 09/25/1955
Flower focuses on the importance of Angel awareness to Christians and urges us to acknowledge the Angels in our daily lives, not just at high occasions such as Michaelmas and Christmas. She cites several passages in the Bible where Angels are referenced and shares of great souls who were aware of Angel Presences, and the world religions that honor the Angels.
The Heart of Christmas
036-1 Sunday 12/25/1955
The more we worship Christ, the more He dominates the center of our consciousness, because we choose to be Christ-led, Christ-centered. The gift we give Him each year is our self; deepened, widened, opened more receptively, made more sympathetic, made more appreciative to His vast and eternal ministry.
Spiritual Qualities Maytime Represents
100-1 Sunday 05/04/1958
A discussion of the Vernal festival, celebrating springtime from a spiritual aspect, the benefits of being in nature. The difference of the powers present and felt in spring compared to those in winter and at Christmas. Spring as a time of renewal. Benefits of the sun in springtime.
As Christ Might Idealize Christmas
102-2 Sunday 12/21/1958
Flower describes the Christmas symbols and their meaning to Christians. She gives her thoughts on what Christ would like for humankind.
Christmas in the Heart
122-1 Sunday 12/20/1959
Christmas is an event of spiritual empowerment. It is a bestowal from great cosmic glories. We require planetary and solar nourishment which is poured out at the great spiritual festivals. Explains the symbolism of the Christmas tree, decorations, and gift giving. Let us use whatever will lift our emotions - music, symbolism in decoration, the shared impressions of love for Christmas, all that is food to our emotional body and mentally gives us an impetus toward the development of greater character.
Postscript to Christmas
121-2 Sunday 12/27/1959
Christmas is such a high planetary experience. It is a perpetual baptism of spirit. Christmas can only be celebrated from the soul. We should deeply consider taking a part of our work for the new year, the promise to love spiritually, think spiritually, and will spiritually. Christmas is aligned to these powers and reflections of spirit. We want only that love which is spiritual. Love which is emotional is prideful, exclusive, it is critical, it is selfish. This day is what the Christ spirit needs to have as outposts of its consciousness. If we become instruments of its force, we may be sure that the power will flow through if we have the instrument ready. Gifts should be given all year, not just at Christmas. Describes a trip to Allentown where she met cousins. Describes the use of a strong archtypal word to help us through an ordeal.
Christ's Contribution to the Preciousness of Life
143-1 Sunday 12/25/1960
When you step into the Christ current, you are made whole. Christmas is an achievement of history for which our Lord is responsible. When we approach it half-heartedly, when we don't give it our total selves, we not only fail him, but we fail all the yearnings of our superphysical and our subliminal nature. The Christ is a living reality and he is very much in action behind the scenes of our living. He is so occupied with his great work of being hierarch of all religions. He has given us a spiritual morality by which we live. He loves us each one so greatly, and His love is universal. It applies to those who are not Christian, just as much as those who are.
Christmas in the Year 1961
167-2 Sunday 12/24/1961
Christmas is a high, glorious, mysterious event. We aspire to its innermost meaning. When we are spiritually impoverished, help is given from beyond ourselves, enabling us to be freed from being rooted in ourselves. Through love of him and being sent in him, we can sense the majesty and glory of the movement of power and wonder that is everywhere around us. The splendor of Christmas is revealed to us when we are in a childlike state of purity, that beholds God in his glory and responds in purity and purposefulness.
The Christmas Message
209-1 Sunday 12/23/1962
During Holy season, we know that the Lord Christ returns to us again and again. He is not dwelling in any far off place to which we haven't access. He dwells, it is true, on planes higher than we can usually reach. But once a year, he descends and gets to close to this earth that the very atmosphere rings with the music of his qualities. His spirit is tangible among us. We know that the atmosphere is different, not because it is December 24th on our calendar, but because there is an entirely different light in the world living around us. This is the one who came to teach us the way back to God that we must treat consciously. The most dreadful thing in the whole world is for us to be unmoved and insensitive at Christmas time.
The Diamond Heart
238-1 Sunday 12/15/1963
This talk given during the advent season focuses on our humanity striving toward having a 'diamond heart,' or someone who has come to crystalline purity and no longer allows the personality to intrude. Flower explains what is required to achieve this with Christ, the greatest diamond heart who ever lived, as our example.
Christ the Great Hierarch
238-2 Sunday 12/22/1963
This talk helps to prepare one inwardly for the holy midnight hour of Christmas, which is essential to achieve a highly spiritual Christmas experience. Flower explains what is happening on the spiritual plane at this time, and what one must do to be receptive to the energy and blessings which are present. She emphasizes one should strive toward realization through attunement rather than anticipation of an inner experience or feeling.
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.
Christmas is an Initiatory Reminder
268-1 Sunday 12/20/1964
Christmas is the spirit of Christ made manifest and visible to man, transforming our outer lives. It is a time to adore the living Christ, the model of our own becoming. Christmas is a reminder of the first degree of initiation. Describes traits of initiates. A reborn soul has, as his or her predominant quality, obedience to superior development and attainment, and to everything that is above one in God. Describes symbolism of Christmas star, manger, Bethlehem, tree, bells, carols.
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.
Easter's Meaning for Us
303-1 Sunday 04/10/1966
The story of our Lord Christ is a continuing unfoldment. It is always glorious and beautiful to recognize at Easter and at Christmas how very much He has grown, and how much wider are the hosts that are about Him, and how many more persons He has claimed. The cross was not the ending for Him. It was only the beginning, and our Lord Christ is very much alive, so that we always include in addressing Him the term, Thou who art the Living Christ, because we consider that very important in rightly addressing this very great soul.
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.
How to Inwardly Celebrate Christmas
319-1 Sunday 12/11/1966
Now the spiritual person who loves and honors Christ greatly, knows that he will not be particularly lifted and benefitted permanently through the outer festivities, the family reunions, glorious and happy though they are. He knows that unless something happens to him, unless he knows a birth within himself of a higher state of consciousness, the meaning of this particular Christmas will be lost to him. And so the more devoted and consecrated the individual, the better will he endeavor before Christmas comes to realize its worth and to prepare for it.
The Light That Fills the Hearts of Men
320-1 Sunday 12/25/1966
Through Christ we receive the impulse of the Christing of our own nature. When the Lord Jesus became the Lord Emmanuel at His ascension, He became the director of the Christ Spirit and charged it with his own Beinghood. We have a twofold responsibility: firstly, to remember our Lord Christ and what he represents; secondly, we owe our Lord the increase of the Christ spirit, day by day, by making the commonplace uncommon. The meaning of Christmas is so deep because it unites the physical and eternal world, and it relates us to that part of us which has always belonged to God and will forever. When the Christ looks at you, he makes you feel as though he sees the God indwelling that you are becoming. He makes you know that he sees what you can be.
The Perennial Transformation
320-2 Sunday 01/01/1967
In this New Year's Day talk, Flower begins by giving an esoterical translation of one of Thomas Merton's books that relates to the holy cycle of the year. She talks about the importance of living our lives attuned to these cycles and shares the impact individuals have when living their lives in this way. She gives specific suggestions in how to live our lives in this way, and says we should strive to keep living Christmas daily. We must never leave the threshold of our consecration, our dedication, our gift to the Christ, our worship of the Divine Resources.
Christmas Is the Time of Spiritual Wonder
377-2 Sunday 12/22/1968
A story Flower Newhouse wrote in 1949 describing what happens on Christmas Eve at midnight that we can experience if we are open to it.
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.
Lord Christ to Thee Our Hearts Are Open
406-1 Sunday 12/21/1969
The Rev. Flower A. Newhouse explains how the Christ is the greatest influence in our lives, and that we can begin to pay the tremendous debt we all owe to Him by the Christing of our thoughts, the Christing of our emotions, of our living, and of our entire nature. Christmas is the initiatory transforming event to give a part of ourselves to the living Christ - to love more lovingly, to serve more selflessly, to honor Him in every moment of our lives.
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.
Christmas: The Festival of Spiritual Joy
444-2 Sunday 12/20/1970
Come let us receive Him and let this Christmas record in us His own great influence. The Lord Christ has made a greater impact on earth and humanity than any of us have realized or been grateful for to this very day. The word Christ in every language is the greatest word that exists. We cannot properly attune ourselves to this transcendent person unless we understand much about His office, His background, and what He is now. In this talk, Flower describes Christ's mission and who He really is. She tells the Christ's story as one having authority and integrity.
The Holiness of Christmas
520-2 Sunday 12/24/1972
This talk was given on Christmas Eve Sunday at the close of a Christmas Retreat. Flower begins by describing the Christ's purpose for our humanity, then leads into a description of what takes place on the inner on Christmas Eve with the approach of the Hierarchy in celebration of Christ's birth, referred to as the Nativity on higher planes. She ends the talk by sharing with us what we can gain if we celebrate Christmas rightly. There is no one in the world that is more interested in you and your future than this One who is carrying out God's will directly of spiritualizing the entire planet. Help Him to do that.
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.
The Coming of Christ into our Hearts and Lives
545-2 Sunday 12/23/1973
There is no more Divine event that has ever happened on earth than Nativity, the coming of the Christ. We look at Easter upwards and we know that there is a mighty event being celebrated of a tremendous attainment at that time, but it is so far ahead of us in our own unfoldment because of what it signifies; Easter does the completed degree of Lordship which our Lord had achieved. But Christmas celebrates His coming.
What All Men May Receive from Christmas
622-2 Sunday 12/19/1976
Every year you should have grown in the deepening of your recognition of Who the Christ is. And as you begin to know Him, you will realize that He is someone who lives from the innermost and radiates light forward to the outermost in touching us, but He is of earth. Revering and loving Christ and recognizing that Christmas blesses us with many benefits and we have intuitionally to tune in to more and more of the opening of the lens of our inner reception.
The Birth of Christ Within
648-1 Sunday 12/25/1977
Reverend Flower A. Newhouse reaffirms the greatness, the divinity of the Christ. She differentiates between 'Christ in you' and the Lord Christ Himself, and His office of Christhood. Flower gives uplifting examples of people growing closer to Christ, especially around the time of Christmas, and the transformations that follow. She concludes that the greatest adventure of your entire incarnation will take place when at last you know that His spirit is, at long last, born in you.
The Message of the Unicorn
720-2 Sunday 10/26/1980
Flower describes the unicorn from an historical point of view, and then from a spiritual perspective. She states that Lord Christ chose the unicorn to be the animal to represent Him to all creatures, to all wild and domesticated animal life on Earth. She tells the message the unicorn represents to humans and to animals. She says that Christmas Eve is a very special time that the unicorn comes to bless the Earth. This is the creature who is highly endowed with Christ Spirit, Christ Love, Christ instructions.
The Mystical Side of Christianity
776-1 Sunday 12/19/1982
Presented the Sunday before Christmas, this talk focuses on the history of the celebration of Christmas in the United States, preparations for Christmas, gifts to the Christ, expansion of Christ consciousness, Christ's message and the Christ temperament and character.
Our Gift to Christ
802-1 Sunday 12/18/1983
Giving Christ a gift at Christmas is one of the most important things we can do every single Christmas eve. It should be a specific gift, not a general gift. There are direct and indirect gifts. We should renew the pledge daily, and as we do so, the thought form of the gift grows. The Christ gives to us all year long. A discussion of the appearance of prayer forms. You want to be in a special place when you give your gift. Story of a young boy who gives a blind woman a Christmas tree. Describes being in the mountains with Lawrence on Christmas Eve.
Christmas' Significance on the Inner Planes
828-2 Sunday 12/23/1984
Flower reminds us that Christ is unique and has attained what no other man has. We wouldn't know God if it weren't for our Lord. He brought down God into our hearts in a knowing way. Although we know Christ best, God is no longer an abstraction to us. Christ means something, it means that here is One who has attained what no other person has. He didn't ask for this, it came upon Him. It was the grace of God that descended upon Him, chose Him, because there was no mark of defilement or impurity or prejudice in Him. He was the Son of God in the radiation of His light, and that radiation remains steadfast.
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.