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
What Lies Behind Illness
087-2 Sunday 06/29/1958
There are with the exception of accidents, three general causes of illness. They are bacteria, degeneration, and stress. Functional disorders arise out of situational or environmental or work problems, or our relationship to our work situation or our family situation or the world at large. Out of the situational maladjustments come the disorders including headaches, colds, colitis, stomach upsets, and any number of conditions. Summarizes studies by Dr. Robert Collier Page on stress illnesses in the workplace.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Family
096-1 Sunday 09/21/1958
The ideal family life is discussed and suggestions for parents and children are examined.
Duty's Great Purpose
117-1 Sunday 09/13/1959
Flower Newhouse teaches us the importance of living a purposeful, dedicated Christ-consecrated life. We have a karmic duty to our parents, our children, our sisters and brothers, our husbands or wives, our friends, our spiritual family and a duty to God for the upliftment of mankind. If we fail to give service in these relationships, our penalties are compounded with interest and we will face a lack of caring similar to what we inflict on others. Our tendency is to rejoice in some relationships and evade others, but dharma, the principle of right selection, is the law for the evolving soul. When we grow in spiritual stature and understand duty we can no longer fail.
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.
Man's Memorial to the Eternal
280-1 Sunday 05/30/1965
Quotes Werner von Braun on immortality. Cites atheistic scientists conversion to Christianity and belief in immortality via instrument recording exceptional brain waves of woman at moment of death. Intones names of friends and family no longer in physical plane, and with the congregation, sends remembrance and love to them. We believe that life is continuous. It expresses in the body and out of the body. Memorial Day, when it is known from the deepest point of view, teaches us that life is eternal; that love is deathless; to 'Lay hold on eternal life.' We need to so live every day in living time, that we are alert, aware and attuned to the glories of the everlasting.
The Value of the Creatures
281-1 Sunday 06/13/1965
This talk begins with introductory remarks by Stephen Isaac. It is followed by a review of Flower's recent Northwest lecture tour, given by Faye Bancroft, who drove Flower and companioned her on the trip. Faye presents highlights of their experiences, including the overflow audiences, the warm and positive receptions from all those who heard Flower's inspiring messages, and the helpfulness of Questhaven friends. Flower's talk follows, discussing the animal blessing, increased awareness of animal welfare, the presence of Folatel Angels by abandoned animals, Newhouse family pets, and letters from a man who was transformed by his cat's transition. She then shares numerous insights from the book The Cry of a Bird, by Dorothy Yglesias.
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.
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 Years of Jesus Until Thirty
384-2 Sunday 03/02/1969
Describes Christ's early life in Nazareth, including vibrant details of His family and the countryside. These recollections come from Flower's own memories of that life. Flower states when He was here as the historical Jesus, He did not need to be taught, by any person, any philosophy, any book, that which He came to say. Jesus traveled widely in Palestine, but did not study in India or other countries. Describes His temptations and triumphant victory over evil.
Love is Christ's Pathway
514-1 Sunday 09/17/1972
Love that will sustain and see us through every testing is spiritual love. Example of couple with marital problems; advised that they once had love; now they could come to love again. Several years later, they had achieved spiritual love. Need to realize that in marriage is our opportunity, beginning with the governing of our relationships nearest at hand, and blessing them with the might of spiritual love. There is where we find our own transformations. Love for children and animals as well. Gives examples of her children, raccoons in mountains, and family dogs. Love, true love, never faileth. It does not fail one's marriage partner, one's child, one's friend, or anyone.
Taking the Myths Out of Marriage (1 of 2)
524-1 Sunday 02/11/1973
Today we are considering the marriage relationship and its beautification, edification and healing in some areas. Many ideas in this talk were prompted by the book, The Mirages of Marriage by Wm. Lederer and Dr. Don L. Jackson.
Taking the Myths Out of Marriage (2 of 2)
524-2 Sunday 02/18/1973
As we think about the spiritual depths that we need to give marriage we should realize that there are assets and liabilities each of us takes into the marital relationship. It is vital that every spouse, man or women, works at this marriage every moment of his waking consciousness to extend its boundaries of interest, to beautify the relationship, to deepen it, to receive more from it and to give more because of it.
Spiritual Opportunities to Be Found in Friendship
536-1 Sunday 08/05/1973
Great friendship has no possessiveness or personal love, but is based on soul love. Our friends today may be family in the next life; as family there are obligations. Friendships have an ebb and flow of tides as persons move to other areas. Seven qualities needed for friendship: appreciation, affection, unselfish regard, mutual interests, adaptiveness, devotion and loyalty. Testings in friendship bring past karmic conditions to the surface. Poem by Virginia Stillman read by Peter Hein. Followed by Questions and Answers.
What It Means to Be the Masculine Parent
558-1 Sunday 06/16/1974
A talk about Father's day and examples of exceptional fathers and their influence on the lives of their children. The intention of the Supreme is that the father be the head of his family, that he gives his wife support, lovingly, tenderly, helpfully, and in all the ways of their relationship together. He is also intended to realize and act on two words. One of them is obligation. The other is trust. Every male who has a family must fulfill these two principles highly.
The Hierarchy of Perfected Souls and The Master Mary
613-1 Sunday 08/15/1976
Masterhood is described, the completion of human evolution. In 1950 there was such an outflow of instruction and benediction from the Masters, the veils were very thin for about 10 years. Speaks of Life of Jesus. Mary in Palestine was 4th degree initiate, well-prepared; temple training. Parents were associated with Essenes. Describes family of Jesus. Good relationship with Joseph, both initiates. Of Joseph's 3 sons, 1 daughter James the Lesser was Flower's favorite. Immaculate Conception and Assumption discussed. Upon Masterhood, Mary chose her mission. Today she is considered to be the feminine exponent of Divinity, along with Kwan Yin, who is a master of the far East.
Motherhood: Challenges and Blessing of Womanhood
682-2 Sunday 05/13/1979
Mothers represent the feminine aspect, or the feminine principle, of God. In God there is both the gentle side, the passive side that we call in this dimension the feminine side of expression, and the positive, the assertive side, which is the masculine gender. Woman is not a part of man, despite what the Bible tells you. Woman is one-half of the God Spirit that makes up the Monad which is in us all. Behind this aspect of motherhood is the caring of God and the work of God to bring about, in the younger life that has been born, knowledge, spiritual knowledge, particularly, and guidance and nursing and good nutriments, all of the things for which a woman in her home is responsible if she is fulfilling her role as a developed woman.
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.