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
Interesting Insights into Animal Evolution
027-1 Sunday 05/22/1955
Focuses on the importance of practicing inclusive love toward all of God's creatures. Cites several examples of individuals who are reaching out to the animal kingdom with love and compassion. Describes what we can do to nurture our own relationships with our pets and wildlings at large, and gives examples of how intelligent animals are, and how we can further their evolution through love.
The Spiritual Significance of Friendship
025-2 Sunday 06/05/1955
There are cosmic currents that heal, inspire, direct, bless or release our burdens. Our relationships depend on what we have within to give or receive. We must develop an open love and deep feelings for others in order to develop God-qualities. Our ability to love is an index of character. Talk given in Los Angeles.
A Potpourri of Spiritual Thoughts
035-1 Sunday 11/06/1955
Flower discussed a potpourri of wholesome foods for spirit that guide us in living. She suggested using single words as keynotes to remind us of spiritual needs we are working on. We can vary the words by using different synonyms. Importance of willingness, obedience and patience were discussed. Thoughts influence things; we influence others through love and will influences the self. Definition given for sainthood. It is important to be free from attachments. Reference to Dante's Purgatorio symbolizing rejoicing when a person achieves mastery.
The Kingdom of the Shining Ones
020-2 Sunday 12/04/1955
Flower describes the great love and caring of these higher beings and all the benefits Angels bring to mankind and the planet. She shares examples of Angels as found in the Bible and other forms of literature. She shares experiences she and others have had first hand with these magnificent and Holy Ones. But most of all, she brings the reality of these high Presences to the forefront of our consciousness. Talk given in Los Angeles.
Effective Ways of Dealing with Loneliness
053-1 Sunday 06/10/1956
Those who have a good and satisfying relationship with God are never lonely. And secondly, having this first, they cannot help but love people more and not only mankind, but the creatures and all of life. For if they love God, who made life, then they love that life itself. They love everything in it that is of God, the good. And wherein they find discords and that which is not of the good, they are so busy correcting the misery of the world, that they haven't time for grief or for loneliness or for the feelings of the lack of acceptance or of one's own inner disapproval. So in order to have permanent healing from loneliness, we need to consider those two things and what we can justly do about them.
Let Us Love All
058-1 Sunday 09/30/1956
Those souls who are surcharged with the spaciousness and the inclusive consciousness of goodwill want to know and to understand and to love all. All of us, as we are traveling on the path to our Lord Christ, must recognize that we must move from the personal to the impersonal and from the impersonal to the universal. And we must move consciously, willingly and eagerly to open up our hearts.
The Gift of Spiritual Love
055-2 Sunday 02/24/1957
Flower describes how persons who live a loveless life may on the surface appear popular or successful but that in time their inner state will manifest in psychosomatic illness, physical illness or in a number of other ways. Â She suggests that before this happens we examine our own heart and that we ask God to show us how we can improve our relationships with others. Â Flower goes on to talk about the various kinds of love, motherly love, sisterly love, brotherly love, friendship, and so on, but it is spiritual love that we need to express. Â The love that Christ taught us. Â Love for all of God's creation on earth. Â She gives several examples of people who have lived spiritual love and how they have inspired, challenged and awakened us.
We Live on Many Levels Simultaneously
052-2 Sunday 03/10/1957
Often during our own individual moments before God we become awake to this same experience of feeling one in us who is larger than our surface self. This larger presence gives us a key and a prompting to living a greater life and channeling a deeper and more inclusive love.
Our Soul Is Enlivened by Thought Word Deed and Effort
071-2 Sunday 07/28/1957
The Reverend Flower A. Newhouse talks about prayer, love, faith, idealism, symbolism, and love of nature in striving to live in such a manner that more and more our consciousness and life is diffused by the soulic potentials and qualities and powers. (Incomplete Recording)
The Purpose of the Creatures
100-2 Sunday 05/18/1958
Assistance and instruction from the Higher Ones is given to us when we likewise help, train, and love the creatures. Spiritually we are not superior to the creatures, unless the intellect has awakened and expanded within us and brought through the conscious spiritual nature.
Practicing Christian Healing
089-1 Sunday 05/25/1958
We must be aware that God has given us a spirit of love and power, and a sound mind. These are our birthright. If we do not possess them, we must examine what disrupts the flow from the divine indweller.
Spiritual Discipleship (1 of 9): God
090-1 Friday 06/20/1958
Whenever we intone any of the Holy aspects of God we should do it through vertical consciousness, we should have the feeling that we are spiritually on tip-toe and that all of us is filled with eagerness to get into our intonement. And do not forget that our Lord said that the greatest commandment is 'Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart and with all thy might.'
The Courts of the Faithful
098-2 Sunday 11/09/1958
Most 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.
Every Christian a Healer
101-2 Sunday 11/30/1958
People can cause their own illnesses when the superego is in charge. Through their attitudes, they put up barriers to their own healing. There are five steps to wholeness. The first and most important of which is surrender to God's will. The second stage of spiritual healing is one expressed in the maxim, fast on negatives and feast on positives. The third rule is to remember that only God can heal. The fourth rule is to practice harmony to the fullest extent. Fifth, we must put ourselves into a state fit for healing. Our love for God must deepen continuously and forever.
The Positive Life
106-2 Sunday 03/01/1959
Flower describes the Christ Ideal. She tells us that it is not enough to believe in a Deity, but we must strive to know God. She says that religion should make a difference, so much a difference that Christians should be known as Christians even though their names might not be known. They should express something, be far more tolerant, far more inspired and joyous and interested and outgoing and self-giving than are those who merely assent to God's Presence. Through descriptions and examples she guides us to follow the way of Christian Mysticism and reminds us that everyone who claims to love God has the great challenge to prove it by his or her living.
110-2 Sunday 05/31/1959
In this lifetime, we are responsible for building a conscious bridge between this dimension and the world and experience of God. We should take our Christian faith so much to heart that we have a readiness to leave this body when God wills. We are not allowed, no matter how deeply we love, to let that love take the place of our love for God. Describes the Angel of Transition as mighty, strong, resplendent, all-glorious. Describes post-transition experiences, hosts present at Memorial Services, battlefield victims leaving their bodies as cocoons, welcomed by Shining Being.
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.
128-2 Sunday 04/24/1960
A new season begins the week after Easter. There is a distinct change is what we are receiving spiritually. We receive from the powers of nature. Nature is an enlightener that can be approached in our gardens or in the wilderness. To learn from nature, we must concentrate on the message of each place. Living in the city can desensitize us, but in the wilderness, we are spiritually reinvested. Trees should be a special love of the spiritual Christian. Nature has lessons for all of us, deep strong, true, creative, ever changing.
Studies in Progress (3 of 4): Progress through Grace
131-2 Sunday 06/19/1960
The Spirit of Grace, the fourth Aspect of God, is essential to humanity's progress. The Spirit of Grace does not work through nations, but through people and even animals. Divine Grace can overcome the limitation, the eccentricities, and the egotism in men's hearts to bring about the unification and the protection of this world. The work of this Spirit is needed now more than ever to assure the continuation of humanity on earth. Examples of how the Spirit of Grace works through others are given as follows: St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Monks; St. Paul, Bernardo Jines, founder of a school for homeless boys in Lima, Peru; a dog named Peril; a chef who was cured at Lourdes. The best channels of Grace practice self-sacrifice, self-surrender, self-giving and love in action. We can be instruments of Grace by praying for the world to be saved by Grace.
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.
The Bridge of Realization
144-2 Sunday 01/15/1961
Flower talks on the importance of developing and using our spiritual abilities to become more God aware. We must, as we go onward, see that we will be sensitized to Spirit safely only as we live the regenerate life, and only as we become more honest, more devoted, more self-sacrificing, more in love with God, and aware that God is our greatest need. She describes spiritual realization as a bridge. It is a mediator between our incompleteness in the physical and in the superphysical realm between those wondrous faculties we possess which could link us to wholeness and everlastingness, the spirit of beauty, the spirit of goodness, the Spirit of Christ. Ours is the choice.
Reverence for Life
153-2 Sunday 05/21/1961
We need an ethic of life, as Albert Schweitzer found one, that will attune us wherever we stand so truly, so positively, so affirmatively with our Divine Creator that His will is upheld and His good is felt and His light and love is known within us, at least as we are worshipful and recognizing of His Presence.
Discovering Spiritual Values through Nature
160-1 Sunday 08/13/1961
Nature possess' a school of wisdom all its own and we may enter this hall of instruction if we know the precious keys for every classroom. The key to the in earnest spiritual student are those of appreciation, attention, awareness and communion. Nature is willing to give us more that the outer or superficial aspect of herself if we are able to lose ourselves in love of God in her great cathedral. The more therefore, we learn to love the outdoors and everything that is within it that is wholesome, the more sensitized we should become and the more intuitionally conscious of Divine Presence right there confronting us.
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 Heart's Symbolic Function
174-2 Sunday 02/11/1962
Flower states that by being more awakened to the superphysical aspects of the heart we may come into greater control of this wondrous center. Some individuals experience heart awakenings during their lifetime, and some are born with their heart centers already functioning. Describes the heart chakra from physical and superphysical standpoints, including the heart center on astral, mental and soul levels. Explains that it is important as we progress in our Christian experience that we love others as well as those souls in the inner kingdoms, and in doing so our hearts shall be lifted. As ones heart is lifted upward, the hearts spiritual counterparts on each level vibrate at higher and higher levels, creating greater color in every body, as well as size of heart center. Indicates that there are 714 references to the heart in the Bible, New and Old Testaments. Quotes several of these, and recommends anyone who experiences difficulty with their heart, to read and use them in their life.
Why Certain Individuals Were Considered Great Souls
175-1 Sunday 02/18/1962
Reverend 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.
Added Insights into Christian Mysticism
194-1 Sunday 07/22/1962
Flower states that Christian Mysticism is the very aim and endeavor of every Christian heart. The questing Christian who is on fire with love for God is conscious of the fact that in Christian Mysticism is a path that leads to God and an awareness and total comprehension of the spirit that made us. Discusses mystical states of consciousness. Cites lives of mystics, including Alfred Tennyson, Simone Weil and Thomas Merton.
Determinism Versus Free Will
218-2 Sunday 03/24/1963
We have free will to choose how we respond to life's challenges. We have sown seeds in the past which result in the harvest we experience now. Examples are given to illustrate how we can transcend karma and make our lives meaningful. The message is given to live our lives to the very last moment with determination to grow and improve constantly-meeting every situation with love.
In Another Person's Shoes
252-2 Sunday 06/28/1964
Through several examples, including personal ones, Flower shares with us that in order for us to have spiritual love for humanity and the creatures we must have compassion and empathy, and that we should always be helpful to right a wrong situation. Right needs defense no matter for who it is, and we should do what we can to safeguard right and bring justice into action, into activity once again. She goes on to say, that wherever we find sadness or something wrong, we are responsible because it was brought to our attention to do something to correct the situation.
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.
273-1 Sunday 02/28/1965
Flower explains the restricting growth self-centeredness causes us in our personal evolution. Anyone who is selfish is a child who has not grown up into spiritual maturity. Flower shares examples of individuals who exemplified love and unselfishness. Love only wants to raise, to lift, and to help, love is kind and just. Love is gratitude in expression. Love is of God, and being of God it will bless the receiver as well as the possessor of this wondrous current. Let us remember all the days of our lives that we are to love, not as our personality self wants to love, not even as our higher self desires to love, but as our Lord loves.
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.
How to Receive Richly from Nature
284-2 Sunday 08/01/1965
Flower emphasizes the importance of tuning in to the Divinity in nature when we are in the out of doors. We must want very much to find God in His garment of nature. And if we keep our attention observant and alert, attuned, and grateful to His Presence, we will begin, even through our five senses, to be conscious of things we never realized before. She tells us that mountains are spiritual centers and that we should yearn to love mountains, if we do not already do so. Flower describes that when flowers and trees are watered and cared for lovingly by us they respond like pets.
Of What Does an Ideal Awareness in Nature Consist?
308-2 Sunday 06/26/1966
The more an individual loves nature the better is it revealed that he is advancing. The more mature the soul the deeper will be his love for the out-of-doors and for the creatures. God has placed within man an awareness, sometimes it is only intuitional but that is enough, of another kingdom; a kingdom that serves the trees, the grasses, the winds, the storm and all the loveliness of nature. And the same intuition tells us that we can receive much from this other side of life if we are open to its inner perspective.
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.
Eternal Resources of Spirit
359-1 Sunday 04/07/1968
Jesus went through the ordeal on the cross, not as a ritual, but in full consciousness. In becoming a Lord with the full investments of Christhood, He could become the Christ Regent. We too are on the way to our own Christship. We will never be Christ as our Lord is Christ Hierarch, but we must be vested with the Christ within us. Our work is to face our own initiations. We have three things to do in f acing initiations. We must know ourselves spiritually, know ourselves in the world, and know the world in ourselves. The first degree of initiation is the one of rebirth. The second degree of initiation is baptism with power. The third degree of initiation requires of us spiritual maturity. The fourth degree of initiation requires that we conquer for good ego and self love. The fifth degree of initiation takes one into mastership.
The Quality of Mercy and How to Apply It
367-1 Sunday 07/21/1968
At least ninety percent of all that blesses us is from the Spirit of Grace. A small percentage comes from what we have earned. Spirit of Grace is a great reservoir of Divine stored energy that is wholly related to and dedicated to Divine mercy and the dispensing of grace throughout the cosmos; under the dispensation of and guidance of a woman Lord called a Regina. God's givingness flows to us from the source of grace, more than from any other source. Spirit of Grace alone will give without demanding any cost whatsoever. Must not ask for grace for ourselves; only for others. We need to be channels of grace, toward ourselves and to others; younger souls who need someone to help. Small things as important as big things. Flower shares how important it is to love and care for animals.
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 Three Paths to Union with God
379-2 Sunday 01/19/1969
Three different ways to God are examined. Reverend Newhouse explains the drawbacks and strengths of each of these paths: the path of service; the path of the intellect; and the path of devotion or love. Each of us belongs to one of these ways quite naturally. However as we advance we begin to take on the white light of truth so that the qualities of the other ways, even those that are outside of the three we mentioned, and we become a composite of all those ways of development by which men are led to Divine union.
Emmanuel: God With Us
389-1 Sunday 04/06/1969
Easter celebrates our Lord's victory over death and evil. He is now a transformer that touches spiritual essence throughout all regions. He is the example of what it means to think and feel and live and aspire from the soul plane. Christ's mission is to release the Divine into our conscious knowing. Beings higher than ourselves in intelligence and unfoldment carry out the purposes of our Lord, which emphasise the four cornerstones of Christianity–love, faith, kindness and integrity. As you serve the Christ, the adventure you will know of becoming more universal and more cosmic in your appreciation will be the most wondrous spiritual adventure you have ever enjoyed. Christ will not finish His work until the whole planet and all of humanity of every century is brought to its highest degree of development.
What Religion Is Attempting to Achieve
402-1 Sunday 10/12/1969
Flower describes some troublesome trends in our country and how we need to take a stand for Truth. The emphasis is put on how we need to constantly be striving for growth toward God. She says, With spiritual illumination comes the realization that God is endeavoring to perfect His creation. For each phase of His creation, He has a purpose. He achieves the perfecting of creation through various means; one of them is through His love and caring for creation.
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.
Faith Versus Need
408-1 Sunday 01/18/1970
This talk is on the subject of faith as it relates to one's needs, primarily in relation to health or financial. Of all the things that we require the most spiritually it is faith. Flower shares several examples of individuals, including herself, who have been helped in outer ways when they have put their trust in God. She reminds us that although our circumstances may appear limiting, we must never limit God. She also describes what happens esoterically when one exhibits this quality. Faith, love, and integrity bring about in their blending a glorious beautification of the mental body, the astral body, the etheric body which have a residual effect upon the physical form.
The Value of Knowing There Are Angels
435-1 Sunday 09/27/1970
In this informative talk on the Angels, we discover the multitudes that there are, from Angels of Birth and Angels of Death, to Angels of Nature and Angels of the Christ's Presence. We could never exhaust the types of Angels that there are and with every new season that comes, we realize more deeply and more joyously how wonderful it is to be granted one more insight into an activity of an Angelic Presence we had never even surmised existed before. We learn the importance of honoring the Angels and that their capacity to love is far greater than anything we humans can comprehend, especially that of our Guardian Angels. Angels are infinitely wise, and they have a love for creation that is almost incomprehensible to us. For that reason they can serve so nobly, so daringly, and so purely.
Agape Love and Its Inner Purpose
449-2 Sunday 02/14/1971
This talk is full of examples, some personal, of ways to express agape or spiritual love, which is the highest type of love we should all be striving toward. Flower emphasizes that this love needs to be given to the animals, nature, and our pets as well as toward humanity. In describing agape love she says that this love, which knows no division, no separation, no superiority, but which loves every race, every creed, is capable of transcending all kinds of religious barriers, and is also capable of separating the barriers which man has put up between himself and the creatures, and between himself and nature. Most importantly, it is not enough to understand what agape love is, it must be expressed in our daily living.
The World Mother's Influence on Earth
479-1 Sunday 11/14/1971
Explains the Greatness of Mary's Soul, her incarnation on Earth, and her Divine Work for humanity. Describes her great role in Christianity and Her present work on the inner planes which is that of comforting and expressing mercy, of living love, of raising the standard of femininity in the world. Indicates the importance of recognition of the divine feminine principle by religious faiths, and, explains that some faiths are more evolved in this area than others. Describes various personas of the Divine Mother that serve in Her Work, and who are recognized by religions. An example of this is Kwan Yin in China.
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.
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.
How Well Are You Improving Your Relationships?
526-2 Sunday 03/25/1973
In this talk the difference between personal love and spiritual love is clarified. Flower tells us while personal love is rewarding in that it leads us away from ourselves, it often has negative qualities attached such as fear and judgment, and it is limiting. Spiritual love, however sees all with the same degree of depth and of caring and of wanting the best for others that we wish for our nearest and dearest. And when we achieve spiritual love, the happiness of others will mean so much to us. And those who are our dearest and nearest, who have earned that right from other incarnations and we the right to be with them, too, will achieve from us a love which is incomprehensible. Flower gives several examples, both with humans and animals, of the type of love we all should be striving for.
What Inner Meaning Is Behind Being Lost Or Saved?
527-2 Sunday 04/08/1973
Difference described between Christianity and churchianity. Discussion of Catholic faith, Protestant and other faiths. Discussion of meaning of being lost or saved. Apostle Paul's version of being saved vs. our Lord's. Emerson met several famous authors in England and was disappointed to find they were not the same persons that their writings indicated. He felt Henry Wordsworth was the most outstanding and was one person at all times. Teilhard de Chardin was a 4th degree initiate and was badly treated by the church. After his passing his writings have been accepted. Explains that psychopaths have lost contact with their souls. After they return to primal essence and are sent out into life again they will be reunited with the seed atoms of their souls. The two things that can't be compelled from us are belief and love.
An Initiate's Most Important Requisite
534-1 Sunday 07/08/1973
Flower 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.
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.
The Risen Christ: The Governing Lord Emmanuel
553-2 Sunday 04/14/1974
As Reverend Newhouse does so eloquently, she describes how Christ is the only one in all our humanity that achieved Christhood. She explains the strength, dedication, and love it took for Him to achieve such a tremendous feat. Also how the resurrection transformed the disciples.
The Aspect of the Divine Mother
570-1 Sunday 12/08/1974
God is a consuming Fire' and 'God is Love' verses, are both true, describing different attributes of the same spirit. Father aspect of God much emphasized, and the Mother aspect receives too little attention in traditional churches. God which is Spirit is beyond our concept, but when God wished to incarnate on earth at that entrance into the world of Adonai, then God was separated into two aspects, male and female. Representative of feminine is Holy Universal World Mother, a real person, a Regina. Cares for, nurtures people and animals in need. Her outposts include Master Mary, Kwan Yin. Examples of world mothers include Mother Teresa. As a man evolves, he begins to be gentled, begins to love, to become more tender. As woman evolves, she becomes strong, sees the light of reasoning. God the Father is strength; God the Mother is love; God the Son is light. Includes remembrances of Mary in Palestine.
Authority and Obedience Viewed from the Deeper Teachings
602-1 Sunday 03/07/1976
One need of every individual is to learn to accept authority. The Hierarchy set up a nuclei throughout the earth to carry out its impulses and wishes. Many of the first kings were advanced souls. Rebellious souls who refuse to carry out authority have caused mankind confusion. We must all watch and decide carefully what we will follow. Persons most obedient to authority will be entrusted to wield authority in future lives. Reference to testings given to Pythagoras' students on accepting authority. Reference to Christ's impulse into the world to love one another. Mature spiritual servers respect authority.
Springtime and Our Love for the Earth
602-2 Sunday 03/14/1976
This talk begins with the earth's physical evolution as life began on our planet. Then Flower discusses the importance of appreciating all of earth's natural beauty and resources, especially the flora and fauna, though she includes minerals as well. She describes the attributes of a variety of trees from the great sequoia and redwood to the elderly bristlecone pine. She shares her experiences of being prompted by folatel angels when finding an animal in need of a home. She concludes this talk with these words, 'Go into nature. It will be your school. It will be your temple. It will be your song and your inspiration and it will enable you to return to your everyday positions, challenges, larger in consciousness, deeper in your love, and higher in your reaches.'
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.
Love That Is Ennobling
626-2 Sunday 02/13/1977
In order for Valentine's Day to have any meaning it should be practiced every day. And in order for it to be that, then we must follow the eleventh commandment of the Christ which was added in principle to the ten commandments from the Old Testament. Jesus said: 'a new commandment I give unto you that you love one another as I have loved you.' This breathes of a different kind of love than most people express toward each other. And this great eleventh commandment is one we should reflect upon daily for when we do that it saves us in so many ways and it enables us to lift up our consciousness and to give love in such a way that it is help and a lifting influence to others. Even in practical ways spiritual love is seen to excel.
Maytime's Inner Mysteries
657-2 Sunday 05/07/1978
It means so much to those who are so much greater than men for human beings to look up and into the world of God. There they stand bringing to us a new love of the outdoors. A love of everything which refines us, ennobles us, and brings us into deeper appreciation of beauty, whether it is in a song, or a symphony, or a poem, whether it is a painting we see or the real natural mural of the out-of-doors. If we allow our hearts to express this season more than our minds we, through feeling, will intuitionally tune into the great, great Hierarchy of Divine Servers which is about us at this time.
Let Us Cultivate Spiritual Love
676-2 Sunday 02/11/1979
Valentine's Day reminds us of love. There are so many kinds of love. There is carnal love, personal love, there is spiritual love, too. And of these three types only spiritual love will help others and ourselves, and spiritual love is what the Lord Christ taught. You know, He expressed the eleventh commandment when He said, 'A new commandment give I unto thee, that ye might love one another as I have loved you.' That is different than the love that a husband would give his wife or a mother her child. Spiritual love goes beyond personal love. Personal love can be beautiful, but it, too, is limited.
Aristotle and His Contribution to Society
689-2 Sunday 08/19/1979
Flower 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.
Man's Gift to God
696-1 Sunday 11/18/1979
This inspiring talk about living the spiritual life through our givingness and devotion to God makes one realize just how important our every action on this earth is. With the sharing of many examples of individuals who live the spiritual life to the fullest through their love and service to God and their fellow humanity, one is inspired to live their life in a more self-giving way.
Understanding the Dark Night of the Soul
703-1 Sunday 02/24/1980
Extensive excerpts from Manly Hall's book, Dark Night of the Soul. Examples also from Guidepost book, The Unlimited Power of Prayer. The dark night of the soul is a testing time wherein we feel psychological pain, stress, confusion and suffering. Those times are difficult, but they are not impossible. So when you have a very serious form of testing, realize that a part of you is trying to be lifted up into a new level of being. Qualities needed include simplicity, humility, spiritual love, silence, spiritual disciplines.
How Well Do You Enter the Silence?
719-2 Sunday 10/12/1980
Silence simply means entering the Divine threshold. Wherever God is we find Divinity. God is here in this dimension, too and we find everything He made shines with peace and loveliness and love and beauty. And we will find this amplified many times when we lift our hearts to Him on our own threshold of entrance.
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.
Love Is Your Best Gift
728-2 Sunday 02/15/1981
Reverend Newhouse gives examples of how love can transform lives. She explains how giving love is the highest gift one can give to another as our Lord Christ showed us. Of all things a dedicated Christian is one who loves. To the great Masters of mankind, three qualities are requisite in their pupils and disciples. These qualities are first reverence, then comes love, and thirdly the Masters and Lords require that their pupils and disciples have integrity, active integrity at all times.
The Valentine is a Symbol of the Heart Chakra
780-1 Sunday 02/13/1983
Flower describes the appearance of the heart chakra under different conditions and in different inner bodies. Describes prayer thought forms of love. States that love is the most transforming quality, next to reverence. Lists types of love including instinctive, personal, impersonal agape, and spiritual love, and gives examples of each. Has us ask ourselves - Are we giving enough love? Is love active in us? Are we caring for other people?
How to View Those Who Have Died
787-2 Sunday 05/29/1983
Anyone who has graduated deserves to give full attention to inner worlds. They are where they belong, enjoying themselves immensely. Although it is okay to send them thought forms of love and of happy events here, do not try to call them back to give you advice. Describes events after death including electric separation by Angel of Transition, three pools, reunion and life review. Describes astral world, astral body, creation of clothing, scenery, gardens and homes. Soul will want to visit friends, travel, then help others, then study in Halls of Learning and Wisdom.
789-1 Sunday 06/19/1983
Those persons who love nature become nature mystics and these mystics are the very ones who can tell us things about nature that we might not tune into ourselves. They have seen into the depths of nature. They don't see just trees and sunshine and the beauty of the arrangement of the landscape, they sense presence and they sense power and they receive vitality in a new way. Flower shares some of her own experiences in nature, and those of other well-known nature mystics.
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.
874-2 Sunday 09/28/1986
Orthodox churches may mention but don't teach about Angels. Angels are a glorious order. They are so much higher, their purity, goodness, love and self-giving is in what they are and do for those they serve. God wanted man and the creatures to be cared for, and very lovingly. Angels were given charge of caring for us. Whoever hasn't seen an Angel or loved one, is very impoverished. Flower describes several different orders of Angels and their interactions with men, animals, other needs. Angels of healing, of love, of initiation, of time, of transformation, of guardianship, of protection, of destiny, and many others. Angels are desirous of helping people understand what it is they are to know; to realize that they should improve their relationships; to know that they can be stronger than they are. There's no mother's love, no teacher's love, no child's love, that can ever compare to your Guardian Angel's love. Wherever you go, you will be protected.