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by Flower A. Newhouse from 1950 to 1990

Flower A. Newhouse, circa 1940's

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The Courts of the Faithful

Sunday, November 9, 1958 (098-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseMost 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.

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Characteristics of Initiates

Sunday, February 1, 1959 (106-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower discusses many of the spiritual giants who have been among us. We can best understand these souls if we realize that they too have been human, but have evolved slowly and purposefully and meaningly into the hierarchal places to which they were appointed by the Divine decider of all things. Qualities required of initiates include simplicity, self-surrender, humility, reverence, courage, generosity, lifting. Initiates avoid excess, maintain balance, avoid spiritual absorption and selfishness. Enlightened ones come in with fresh interpretation of Truth. True initiates have no egotism, no superiority to force on others, but does hold true to what he knows, and will defend that, even against death.

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Studies in Greatness (1 of 3)

Sunday, May 15, 1960 (129-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower describes the high moral character that signifies greatness and steps needed to achieve self-mastery. She speaks of self-surrender, spiritualizing of the will and the mountain of one's overcoming in order to be a more open channel for God to use and influence. She explores the lives and testings of some of the individuals who achieved greatness including St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, Blaise Pascal and Pearl Buck.

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Studies in Greatness (2 of 3)

Sunday, May 22, 1960 (129-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseSpeaking of true greatness as 'moral greatness' which rises out of self-conquest, Flower laments the moral 'littleness' of Goethe and Rousseau and praises the spiritual greatness of Emanuel Swedenborg and William James. She describes the life of Swedenborg, a genuine fifth ray seer, not a mystic, detailing his evolving clairvoyance and exclusive devotion to spiritual studies in later life. She talks of one of Swedenborg's champions, William James, a thinker and philosopher who put intuition above reason and Spirit beyond intuition, as being on his way to becoming a seer of the type of Swedenborg.

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Studies in Greatness (3 of 3)

Sunday, May 29, 1960 (130-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseIn this third talk on 'greatness', Flower explains that before our evolution is finished, each of us must attain the spiritualizing of the will and self-surrender that characterizes true greatness. This talk focuses on the illumined Initiate of Light Emanual Swedenborg, his growing clairvoyance, his ability to tune into the inner worlds with full waking consciousness, his description of three main groupings in the inner world and his willingness to reveal to mankind the inner experience to which we will all graduate.

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Persons I’d Like to See Alive Today

Sunday, July 24, 1960 (134-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseStressing the great value of the Sabbath, Rev. Newhouse explains that the progress made in our world is the result of great souls who lived on earth. She discusses Initiates she wishes were back in our world today and explains each of their special strengths. These Initiates include Elijah, Confucius, Socrates, Virgil, Prestor John, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Browning, Marguerite Valois, John Ruskin, William James, and Edvard Grieg.

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The Communion of the Holy Assembly

Sunday, June 25, 1961 (155-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseThe Reverend Flower Newhouse speaks of the more advanced orders of life which serve God and are yearning to be contacted by us and of our need to stretch our souls toward them to climb in consciousness. Explaining that Christianity has borrowed traditions from the older Jewish faith including from the esoteric portion of the Kabbalah called the Zohar, she discusses the advanced orders of Angels, Adepts, Masters and the Ancient of Days and Silent Watcher which are equivalent to the Logi.

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Why Certain Individuals Were Considered Great Souls

Sunday, February 18, 1962 (175-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseReverend Newhouse opens her talk with the reasons we come to this particular church, the presence of the Lord's Spirit and the active faith found here. She speaks of discovering greatness in unexpected souls and places and of the debt we owe Initiates who lived before us including Hosea of Samaria and his belief in God's love and forgiveness, Isaiah whose greatness of character earned him great respect, Daniel, who was God's man, Confucius who changed the life of the Orient, Luther who brought Reformation and freedom of religion, Benjamin Franklin who enabled Americans to be free and other great souls including Robert Browning and Albert Schweitzer.

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The Earth Is the Lord’s and the Fullness Thereof

Sunday, May 6, 1962 (185-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseMaytime brings in the Vernal Festival we are in. The intelligences of nature shine out their rays of beneficence and give to the earth their wonderful rituals, their great festivals, and their initiations. And all who are awake and all who are in some way sensitive are conscious of the fact that Maytime is not only a season of loveliness, it is a period in the calendar of the earth when the earth initiates itself into more conscious everlastingness.

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Wielders of God’s Light

Sunday, August 5, 1962 (195-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower looks at Light, a part of the third aspect of the Trinity, and the channels of Light who made spirituality, education, refinement and civilization possible. She tells us that as we use our spiritual understanding, the frequencies and velocities of Light are seeking to channel our minds, conduct and bodies. She explains that souls who are balanced, self-controlled and wise are counseled, enriched and healed by the Light and as we tune into God's Light prayerfully we may receive answers to our problems.

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The Initiate Carl Jung

Sunday, January 27, 1963 (213-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseIn this talk Flower Newhouse describes the contributions of Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung and his mission to blend religion and science. She speaks of the versatility of his interests, his tremendous self-discipline, his genuineness of character, his relationship with Dr. Sigmund Freud, his simplicity, his humanness, and his acknowledgment of the shadow side of man.

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Benefits from the Life of Saint Patrick

Sunday, March 17, 1963 (218-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower brings to light the way the Hierarchy chooses its ambassadors to man on earth, choosing some because of their gifts and others through channeling. St. Patrick, who was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a young man, was probably chosen because that area of the world needed Christianizing. He established three hundred and sixty churches. Alfred the Great in the ninth century was likely chosen for the purpose of unifying England which he did so well that many other kings turned their reigns over to him. Louis the Ninth demonstrated that a monarch could live purely and consecratedly. He participated in the Crusades and became known as the 'Mediator of Europe' giving advice that was always just.

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Initiation: The Perfecting of Man

Sunday, June 23, 1963 (226-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower explains the spiritual evolution of man, and how we humans eventually evolve to Lordship through the degrees of initiation. She describes each degree of initiation and gives examples of those who have aspired to each level, beginning with first-degree initiates, such as Walt Whitman, all the way up to sixth-degree initiates, which is the level of our Lord Christ.

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God Within and God Unfolded

Sunday, October 20, 1963 (234-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseMan is beginning to recognize that they are more than body and a spirit. We are a septenary or seven-fold being, and that because we are seven-fold, we have much to do in overcoming as well as raising and enhancing of these powers that belong to our inner nature. Describes the attributes of our lower quadrate (physical, etheric, astral, mental bodies) and higher triad (soul, adonai, monad), as well as the symbols, characteristics and terminology of our higher bodies. Descriptions of initiates and masters. Compares God inherent and potential with actualized and unfolded.

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They Walked with God

Sunday, November 3, 1963 (235-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseNext to man's discovery of the truth of God comes the exampleship of great souls who have desired nothing so much but communion with the everlasting. We need the inspiration and the confirmations that these souls who are more advanced than ourselves have to give us. We need whatever the Saints have to say to us. We require their courage, their fortitude, their devotion. They can simplify the way of our own becoming because they are the prophecy of what we shall be ourselves one day. And therefore we should be most interested in every great soul that we learn about, for in his life and in his words and in his radiation we have something that is better than food for the body, because it is food for the soul.

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Christmas is an Initiatory Reminder

Sunday, December 20, 1964 (268-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseChristmas 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.

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Power Transformers

Sunday, October 10, 1965 (290-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseBiographical information on various remarkable people. Thomas Paine, a 4th degree initiate, much maligned genius with many talents and interests who greatly helped American revolution. Thomas Jefferson was remarkable, close to mastership, with many varied talents and author of much of the Declaration of Independence. Henry Ford was another transformer, in a practical sense. Gives examples of ordinary people as power transformers. The essence of Christianity itself is to see where we may serve, to see how Christ can use us to lighten the load of someone else.

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Adepts of the West

Sunday, March 27, 1966 (302-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower discusses adepts, initiates, masters and esoteric groups throughout history, concentrating on those of the western world. After discussing Manes, the Paraclete, and Manicheaism, she indicates various ways that inner truths were disseminated, including various Orders of chivalry, troubadours, bards, guilds, and lists famous alchemists and instructors. She lists many inner Orders and notes that we potentially or actually, are serving these Orders whose vows we keep and radiate in living.

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July’s revelations

Sunday, July 9, 1972 (509-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseThis talk is part of a monthly series on the months of year that were given by Flower in 1972. She shares with us what is esoterically and astrologically significant during the month of July. She also stresses the importance of enjoying summer's pleasures–vacations, picnics, outings, and, most of all, the appreciation of the beauty found in nature at this time. She provides insight into the hierarchy of trees and why particular trees were selected for planting at Questhaven. She shares many quotes and excerpts from writings by naturalist initiates, particularly Gladys Taber and, her favorite, Edwin Way Teale, that uplift and inspire one to appreciate summer as never before.

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An Initiate’s Most Important Requisite

Sunday, July 8, 1973 (534-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower describes the church as the home of our higher beings. We come here as we would to a school, for various classes of instruction. The church is a school to teach the way to God. Its many grades are all interesting, and in every church there are individuals who belong to various levels. Further, she states that in the every day application of spiritual teachings, the chief spiritual qualities that we must express, besides the necessity of humility and reverence and the giving of ourselves to God, are love, faith and integrity.

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A Study of the Metaphysical Movement

Sunday, July 22, 1973 (535-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseAn overview of the roots and the voices of the New Thought movement, from its beginnings with the Transcendentalists, the lineage and evolution of this path of growth is presented. With a focus on the nineteenth century and its influx of Great Initiates, beginning with the work of Phineas Quimby, and the many outstanding teachers of teachers who became his indirect students, such as Mrs. Emma Curtis Hopkins, the metaphysical movement came into being in order to teach man, as he was older in evolution, that thoughts are creative, influential, can be either good or bad, and what we think we attract. William James called this movement 'the religion of healthy mindedness.' As a balancing factor, Flower feels that noone is safe for inner unfoldment to the opening of his higher faculties, unless they are well acquainted with metaphysical work and knows how to protect themselves. Spirits in Rebellion by Charles Braden is referenced throughout this talk.

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The Hierarchy of Just and Pure Souls and the Master Mary

Sunday, August 15, 1976 (613-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseMasterhood 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.

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Lessons Abraham Lincoln Exemplifies

Sunday, February 6, 1977 (626-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseOf all our American presidents, there has been only one who was a very great soul–what they call an Arahat or a 4th degree initiate–and this was Abraham Lincoln. In this life he was given to the cause of the conquest of slavery because he too had been a slave, the Grecian, Epictetus. The more we read about his life, the closer we come to the realization of a man who was in the makings of a Master, and we get a foretaste of what justice in a human mind can bring about.

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Aristotle and His Contribution to Society

Sunday, August 19, 1979 (689-2)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower highlights Plato, Aristotle and the initiates of the Golden Age of Greece, based on research by Dr. Mortimer Adler. Let us love and respect every great soul who gave his life to the enriching and the enlightening of men; who have shaken and challenged us until we were disgusted with our little selves and our indifference to the rules.

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The Qualifications of an Initiate

Sunday, February 7, 1982 (754-1)

Lecture by Flower A. NewhouseFlower describes her illumination experience at the Giving Tree. Initiation is never conferred from without. It must be an inner experience of your own. Stages of unfoldment include prelude, the event itself (major or minor initiation), and postlude. Once you become enlightened, you belong to the hierarchy, you don't belong to yourself anymore. At third initiation you see who initiates you, and also know that now you are directly attuned to the Hierarchy of Perfected Souls.

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