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.
For a complete list of available audio and video recordings, visit Questhaven Academy.
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
Michaelmas: Feast of the Angels
010-1 Sunday 09/26/1954
Rejoice and give reverence to God that there is an order that is with Him purely, and loyally, that are able, willing, and desirous of companioning us on our path. Flower quotes widely from the Book of Enoch and intersperses the quotes with her own words.
The Power of Words
020-1 Sunday 03/20/1955
The discoveries of Count Alfred Korzybski, the founder of the Science of Semantics, on the use of words and their effect on others are explored by Flower as she reminds us that we are accountable for every word we utter. She shares how to speak according to the standards of spiritual truth, and in this way become a 'co-worker' with God for creating Good in our world.
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.
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)
His Word was with Power
105-2 Sunday 02/15/1959
Lent is a glorious time of unfolding. Lent requires maturity of the Christian because it symbolizes all that man must undergo to become master of his own being. We should welcome the active side of Lent and the contemplative side, and study the Word during Lent. Jesus was very insistent on the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore we are responsible for proclaiming it. The words of God have flowed forth from the invisible to the visible through the written word and the spoken word, and even more than that, they have incarnated in changed lives.
The Probing Mind Finds
120-2 Sunday 11/29/1959
God dwells in the world, in the universe, and in those areas and dimensions that exceed our present understanding. In fact, we cannot escape God, but to be aware of God in immensity and confronting us is something that will benefit us and bring refreshment both spiritually and in being. So we lift our cup of being to the Supreme Presence, which is here and everywhere equally present and ask to be bathed in the Divine Light.
How Thoughts Influence Life
150-1 Sunday 04/23/1961
In a talk giving in San Diego, Flower stresses the importance of being aware of and using rightly the power of our thoughts. You think a thought and it is a living thing. It is a moving thing. It is color. It is pattern. And the clearer your thought is in meditation or prayer, the larger the pattern of your thought will be as it moves along. If you are very reverent, your thought pattern will move up. It is very important for every Christian to arouse himself, to shake off the lethargy that has been upon him, and to see that his mind is fully dedicated to God because there is that above mind, which is much greater than mind, which will use all the forces of the mental powers in order to guide them, to instruct, to teach, to mold, to bless the energies of consciousness as well as of emotions and of the physical body and of the affairs in the world.
Relation between Evolution and Regeneration
154-2 Sunday 06/18/1961
Attaining spiritual realization is our supreme need and our highest gift if we can achieve it in this lifetime. Flower asks us to ponder where he or she can look for guidance in achieving this goal. She refers to the words in the Bible; various Christian religions, including Christian Science beliefs as well as Catholicism; and ultimately, urges us to seek higher knowledge that lifts us to a new level of spiritual exploration. One in which spiritual evolution will reveal the revelations of deeper teachings. She tells us that each of us can behold the gifts of divinity, if we are willing to make the journey.
The Life of Arthur E. Waite the Great English Mystic Author and Literary Critic
170-2 Sunday 01/14/1962
Summary of the life and work of Arthur Edward Waite, an English mystic and writer, who Flower describes as one of the most luminous writers of Christian mystics that one would desire to read. He is one of the most inspired, most scholarly, most challenging. We do well to pay attention to any of his works because they speak of a high romance of spirit. They point our ways to the great mysteries of eternity, far better than do most writers. He is a man who speaks with authority and the light of the ever-living illumination is upon him. He speaks t through all his words.
The Staff of the Illumined
221-2 Sunday 04/21/1963
Perfected souls came with powerful inspiration. Their words have been recorded down to our present day. They have a message for us which shall outlast this planet's lifetime. When we consider what a soul undergoes in the journey of evolution through this human way, we know that the human career begins at the stage of individualization. There is a long vast journey of growth and unfoldment, and then at last the first degree of initiation, or rebirth, is achieved. When this stage comes, man becomes a part of a larger order. He becomes a member of the Great White Brotherhood, and he serves no longer his own unfoldment, but the development of the world. Then there is a later stage, of the fifth initiation, when the human evolution ceases, and the superhuman evolution begins.
They Walked with God
235-1 Sunday 11/03/1963
Next 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.
297-1 Sunday 01/16/1966
Man's mind is his most potential as well as his most neglected instrument. We are responsible for our thoughts. Description of how our atoms are used when our physical life ends. Flower described three levels of our minds: sub-conscious, conscious, and super-conscious. Flower's advice to a woman suffering from depression. We should dwell in a consciousness of agelessness. Talk includes Flower and Lawrence's discovery of Questhaven. Description of forms, color and movement of our thoughts and prayers. We must erase negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
The Special Power of Silent Effort
300-1 Sunday 02/27/1966
Speaks of consciously entering the Great Silence, explaining that we must have outer silence in order to enter the inner silence. Flower stresses that more is often accomplished through silence than through words, and suggests that we can help those in need by holding them in the silence. She gives personal examples from her work and tells of hearing the Music of the Spheres outside in the silence of the night. To be a channel for the releasement of archetypes of beauty, purposefulness and usefulness we must be silent. She tells us that silence strips us of our egotisms. We are only ready to pray, meditate, serve or speak when we experience first relaxation, then patience and finally silence.
The Tremendous Creative Influence of Thought
355-2 Sunday 03/17/1968
Flower Newhouse describes in detail the power of thought. Through several examples, she shares the superphysical aspect of thought, its color, form, and effect. She says, 'We learn through extrasensory perception, through extended vision, that thoughts have activity, they have motion. Thoughts have color and thoughts have form... realizing then, that thought is not only creative and has influence, but thought is something, it does something, it moves somewhere, you want to see that it's going the right direction, and it's going into the field where, that is the reservoir of the Christ Spirit, where it can be acted upon and brought to you when you are ready for the right answer.'
The Art of Cultivating and Controlling Thought Power
382-2 Sunday 02/16/1969
Let this vine be in you, which was, and is, in Christ Jesus. This is the goal of evolution. This is our innermost aim to come to that state of consciousness wherein the highest in us thinks through us and uses us as its channels. Flower describes how meditation can help us refine our mental body, and emphasizes the importance of choosing our thoughts, words, activities, and relationships from a higher level. If we do this, you can be that one in your field of service that lifts the whole atmosphere into a more wholesome place in which to function, wherein greater brotherhood or sisterhood is realized, where thoughts of a constructive order are given precedence over discord.
The Persistent Challenge Towards Spiritual Maturity
471-1 Sunday 09/12/1971
In this talk, we are reminded that our goal as humanity is to become spiritually mature. In other words, to become masters. Flower says that spiritual maturity is being master-like. It is working upon the achievement of masterhood. It is taking up hour by hour, and day after day, our individual life work, which is the development and the unfoldment of spirituality, depth in consciousness, the improvement of intelligence, and a greater self-giving towards our world.
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.
Aspiring to Realize the Beautiful
558-2 Sunday 06/23/1974
If we want our lives to be richer, then we need to behold beauty everywhere. We need to seek it, we need to express it and appreciate it and share it. Have you ever realized that beauty is always a gift of grace? When it comes to us it does so with a certain amount of surprise. It is wonderful to see life freshly, to meet things that are not anticipated and find them so exquisitely uplifting. Flower Newhouse discusses beauty in art, architecture, words and music, as well as in our own homes, sharing some of the inner impressions and effects given by beauty in its various manifestations.
An Ideal for Today's Literature
583-2 Sunday 06/22/1975
In this talk, Flower encourages us to read challenging and illuminating literature. She gives several recommendations of authors as well as book titles that will uplift the reader and stretch the mind. She warns us not to subject ourselves to books that bring out our lower natures, but to find writers who give us beauty in their descriptive imagery, like Gladys Taber. She challenges us to be responsible for the use of your words that you speak and write. Be more discriminating and be responsible for what you read. She concludes her talk by sharing, 'There are testaments not only of devotion, but testaments of challenge and of initiatory experiences that come through the writings of those who have been wise enough to hold to the pure gold of great transforming truth. Find those books. They are your eternal friends.'
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.'
The Importance of Names
628-1 Sunday 03/06/1977
The meanings of numbers and how they affect us when our names and birth dates are added up, and how numbers apply to many words.
Our Thoughts and Acts Create Records
702-1 Sunday 02/10/1980
Every one of your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions leaves a pattern in the atmosphere around you, even the most trivial of your thoughts and your feelings. And these patterns live for a time. It is true that those that are insignificant in value disappear very gradually and only those thoughts and energies which contained great power, either the power that was good or that was destructive, are apt to be resident in your aura even today, unless you changed. And when you become more than you were, when you had a terrible temper or you did something not quite honest, or you express some feeling of animosity to an individual, when you outgrow feelings of that kind and possibilities of that kind then, of course, all the old things are disintegrated by the light of your new creations that are on a much higher level.