A time arrives in the life of every true seeker when it is not enough to simply believe in God. The greatest need is to know God.
Flower A. Newhouse
Questhaven Retreat is a secluded nature preserve located in the coastal wilderness of San Diego County, providing a sacred setting for individuals and groups of all faiths to experience peace and renewal.
Sincere seekers visit throughout the year to harvest its energies and wisdom, prayerfully walk the labyrinth and trails, stay in one of the many cottages, and draw closer to God in the beauty of nature.
The Christward Ministry is a spiritual training center, dedicated to sharing the universal, esoteric teachings of the Lord Christ as taught by Questhaven's founders, Flower and Lawrence Newhouse.
Following the path of Christian Mysticism, we strive for a direct experience of God through a deepening relationship with the Living Christ. We emphasize learning and living the Christward Way.
Flower A. Newhouse is a well-known twentieth-century Christian mystic. She wrote and lectured extensively to reawaken humanity to the reality of the Living Christ, the Inner Worlds and the Angel Kingdom.
Her exceptional synthesis of inner perception and Christ-centered character was consecrated to the rediscovery of esoteric truth and the training of students in the way of Christian discipleship.
As Christmas approaches through the Advent season, we have an opportunity to draw even closer to our Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. His nativity is really the unfolding of our nativity through Him. Our Lord brings His influence upon our continual rebirth and transformation.
The days which precede and include Christmas shall be consecrated to the deepening of spiritual Love for all the Lives which God has created and the handiwork He has made. From the practice of such inward preparation, may we be filled with the spirit of peace, love, and of reverence for God. Then with clear-sightedness and accelerated intuition we shall approach Christ's day to testify through His inner cleansing.
Flower A. Newhouse
The weeks of Advent offer everyone many accelerated opportunities to draw closer to the Lord Christ and all the Company of Heaven who are inspiring and encouraging us to waken all our God-given spiritual capacities.
Flower A. Newhouse said "A soul that is active in us is dwelling in a wonderful world, a world of Light, a world of power and beauty and creativity such as we know nothing about in this dimension." Like a star to shine its reflections of God upon us, we need to learn to listen and respond to its rays of hope and promise. Let us explore how we can do this in ever greater ways.
The word vigil is derived from Latin meaning wakefulness. It is more than staying awake, being on guard, or sitting up with one who is in need. Throughout the history of religion vigil has been an important aspect of the holy quest. It's a way to find our inner strength, to know divine intercession, to discover that silence is not empty. The Christmas season calls us to the silent night, the holy night, and vigil.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1, 46-48 (KJV)
How exquisite is the stillness that reveals His nearness. For the Spirit of our Lord walks with us guiding our discovery of life's sacredness. Let us find that stillness, feel His nearness and welcome that which He brings. Behold! The Light of Christmas is in our midst.
If we desire a deepening understanding of Christmas as an inner experience, it calls for each of us to expand our understanding into the mystery of the Christ office. From Lord Maitreya to the first Christmas, we begin to sense the growing immensity of the one who came to fulfill the prophesies–Lord Emmanuel, the Living Christ. With great joy, the world sings out for the Lord has come.
Let us commune with the reality of Angels, and be open to the purity, the wonder, the mystery and the almightiness of their God-given life and purpose.
Flower A. Newhouse
On the wings of Angels we are lifted following our Michaelmas Retreat experience this past weekend at Questhaven. The opening service Friday night beautifully prepared us for a higher awareness of the Angel Kingdom through words, music, dance, and a creative portrayal of souls, representing each of the seven rays, being awakened to their life purpose and guided by their Guardian Angels.
Participants had an opportunity on Saturday to explore a deeper connection with their own Guardian Angel as well as other Angels through activities, which included proprioceptive writing and creating mandalas, followed by sharing and lunch. In the afternoon there was time for deeper meditation and reflection as we gathered in the church for sacred silence interspersed with Flower's insights on the Angels set to uplifting music. The day concluded with a group labyrinth walk, followed by a sharing in the Academy.
Sunday's service was filled with the music of Angels through the handbell choir, the voice choir, the congregation, and a sacred dance. Four of our beautiful women ministers led the service with Rev. Myrna Triggs opening, and Rev. Lucy Wold, Rev. Elizabeth Wood, and Rev. Miara Wiltshire each sharing a different aspect to increase our Angel awareness. The retreat concluded with a potluck lunch that filled the Friendship House to overflowing with joy and fellowship as old friends reconnected and new friends were discovered in our ever-growing spiritual family.
For me it was a gentle, soothing quiet weekend. I felt a wonderful feeling of peace after we played the bells on Friday. Randy's meditation (on Saturday) led me deeper into a tangible aspect of presence, so much so that I just wanted to sit and enjoy the feeling. There was a beautiful vibration throughout the grounds at Questhaven during this Michaelmas. I felt directed to the posted sayings about Angels on the grounds. A truly lovely experience, and you could feel the love and thought put into the music, dance, and guided activities. May our shared presence manifest as peace to all my brothers and sisters at Questhaven.
During the proprioceptive writing, I felt my Guardian come through strongly. As She directed me, my hand seemed to fly across the page and expression came freely and bountifully. I was so deeply touched by Her tender, warm and compassionate response to my inquiries. I experienced healing on many different levels. What a blessing it was! I am so grateful.
Practice the stilling of the entire self. You must command your body to be still, and your energies or nervous electrical impulses. Stillness, when commanded of the emotional nature, means restfulness and purity in that department. It is mental stillness which amounts to an emptying, a draining out your own thoughts where it is possible, which requires your greatest effort. When the mind is perfectly calm, and open and emptied of the negatives with which you might fill it, then it is a mirror for the soul to work upon and reflect through from its own superior height. You are attentive to the purpose of your concentrations. You will quiet yourself and liberate yourself in order that through emptying you can be filled from Our Wellsprings. The mind, therefore, will be in control of the whole man and yet will, as sentinel, point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and attentive. The reason is attunement to the threshold of God Consciousness. Remind yourselves frequently of your reason and let the door open itself to release its power.
The Wise and The Strong
The Masters' Purpose and Blessing Through Questhaven
There is a purpose behind all evolving life that calls for refining and perfecting. It is a spiral journey leading to mastery. A wonderful reality dawns with the knowing that there are humans who have achieved such perfection over their lower vehicles and personality-selves. They work with our Lord Christ to awaken humanity to the presence of God. These Masters also work with spiritual groups in various ways to deepen and inspire their highest ideals to come forth. Let us explore Their impetus behind Questhaven, for this is Their Work.
Reverend Blake Isaac
Sharings from Attendees of the Masters' Silent Retreat
Each year the connection I feel with the Masters deepens. It was profound to read through my journals from previous years and see how true guidance really did come through for my life.
This retreat was an opportunity to go much deeper into oneself and connect to God through the wisdom of the Masters.
The whole weekend culminated in an inspired idea for a new direction to help release some old wounds for which I am deeply grateful.
Take in everything before you and let your eyes be drenched with beauty, and as you love beauty in a reverent way it becomes a sacrament to you.
Flower A. Newhouse
A weekend of experiential events to increase our awareness of Beauty as an aspect of the Divine is an ideal preparation for our summer travels, both outwardly and inwardly.
June 20 – Church of the Holy Quest
A unique meditative tour to the inner side of Earth's mountain regions as clairvoyantly observed by Flower Newhouse. Richard Boult, devoted student of Flower's and a well-traveled lover of nature, led us on this holy trek, followed by an inspired sacred dance by Questhaven's Temple Dancers.
June 22 – Church of the Holy Quest
The retreat concluded with our Sunday devotional service and a summarizing talk, "Reflections of Divine Reality–A Sampling of Beauty Expressed" by Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire. Service included inspired gathering of music, art and reverent adoration of the Most High.
The Lord Christ and the active influence of the Christ Spirit awakens us to the Divinity within man and draws us Christward.
adapted from Christward by Flower A. Newhouse
Please enjoy these highlights and impressions from Easter Retreat
The opening with the Angel Dance brought in such beauty and power. Each performer was overshadowed by an Angelic Host. At the end of the dance, I looked at the Christ portrait. In utter amazement, I saw a radiant Light that formed around the Christ and moved out to fill the entire Chapel with His blessing. The power was overwhelming and brought me to tears.
For me last night's service was extremely powerful and humbling. Every aspect of the program was well done. I applaud and thank you for once again bringing Christ and the Inner Worlds closer.
The Lenten Meditations began the rhythmic movement which wove the tapestry of Sacred Energy so gracefully revealed yesterday in all its Glory! Everything was impeccable, reflecting the love and lightness of Questhaven's provision of The Light! I give great thanks for the privilege of participating.
I reside today in the richness of remembrance of all that took place on many levels. It is a memory and reflection of true wonder, fullness and beauty.