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As we give direct attention to the surrounding Light of God we step into a higher state of being.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

Meditation and Prayer

Silence, Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation

Meditation and Prayer are the disciplines that most directly draw us Godward, into the inner worlds.

Holy Temple, © Jonathan Wiltshire (innerworldart.com)

The act of prayer unites us with the vital currents of Deity. By no other method could we be worthily and preparedly aligned to these wavelengths.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

Daily meditation, which is as necessary to the Soul as is nourishment to the body, is a safe and proven means for lifting the level of one's consciousness. It provides brief footholds on higher elevations of perception as well as new levels of living from their range. We consciously purify ourselves of worldly or personal preoccupations and center ourselves wholly upon consciousness of God.

There is one path which is unfailing, which cannot help but mold the man, transform him, change him according to the model of God Who dwells within him, and that unfailing path is meditation.
Flower A. Newhouse, Meditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal

Meditation and Prayer provide us with the Armor of the Spiritual Life
Flower A. Newhouse, Keep This Day Fortified

The power of prayer aligns man to God's infinite love and help. There are prayers of adoration, of thanksgiving, of appeal, and of renewal. These expressions to God are lifeless unless we imbue them with the color and vitality of genuine feeling. Prayers should be offered directly to God, the Absolute Spirit.

The most important reason we go into silence, as well as the reason that we meditate in prayer is that we want communion with God, who is above us and beyond us, and is our Maker. And so, in silence we sit or stand absorbed in the reality of that Beauty which created us, which loves us, and which breathes us continually into more expansive states of becoming. We say to the Eternal, ever-listening and observing, 'My soul longeth for the ever-living God.'
Flower A. Newhouse, Silence and What It Is

The important steps of meditation are simple:

  • Still the mind. The use of a keynote such as "peace" quiets and directs the consciousness.
  • Practice alignment. Man is a sevenfold being. Each day it is well to relate and attune all aspects of consciousness with the inner Divine Self.
  • Remember the seven expressions of God by reverently intoning the names of His Host: "God in the Divine Mother and Father Creative Spirit; God in the Perfected Son, our Lord Emmanuel, the Christ; God in the Holy Comforter, Spirit of Truth and Wisdom; God in the Divine Spirit of Grace and Mercy; God, present in the Cloud of Silent Witnesses before the Deity; God Inbeing within man; God, the Supreme Good in everything.
  • Choose a meditative plan for the day or week. Use specific forms which will encourage a balanced inner unfoldment.
  • It is necessary to practice previsionment before one begins work on the chosen type of meditation. Envision the endeavor of meditation as flowing smoothly, without interference or mind wandering.

Flower on Silence

To practice silence we enter the boundary of the Eternal Threshold. At its entrance we thoughtfully pause to gaze upon, examine and consider the inner territory into which we have been admitted by the questing of our higher selves. We gain an impression of vibrant stillness-of Light in different intensities according to our individual approach.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

There is this feeling that there is so much wonder and color and music and beauty and purpose and being and life and activity, around us in this throbbing Silence.
Flower A. Newhouse, Silence and What It Is

Flower on Prayer

Open your vigil of prayer with worship of the Christ. Greet him as the Hierarch of all spiritual efforts and attainment.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

A lifeline is swung into eternity by prayer from the sphere of the impermanent.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

One of the rules of the inner life is that you never ask for yourself what you have not already asked for the whole world to realize. And you ask assistance for everyone who needs it before you mention your own requirements.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

Flower on Meditation

Our lives remain unproductive and unenlightened until we practice meditation. It is a certain and safe procedure whereby we create and enjoy the good we seek.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

The art of meditation not only grants with time and practice a government of the mind, but it allows for the tuning of the entire instrument.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Flower on Contemplation

We can meditate or pray whenever we wish, but contemplation is something that happens within us when we are involved in deep devotional states.
Flower A. Newhouse, Gateways Into Light

From contemplation, new ideals, habits and resolutions are born... Meditation must then take up the task of converting these purposes into manifest realities.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Quest

The first thing we learn is that concentration and meditation deal with aspects and material that we can think about, subjects with which we can familiarize ourselves and in which we can improve our realizations. But contemplation is something you cannot do on your own. It happens to you just as illumination does.
Flower A. Newhouse, Contemplation: The Art of Spiritual Envisionment

Prayers for World Treatment

Pour out your love, your goodwill and an ardent wish for the improvement, the unfoldment and the happiness of these global brothers.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Concentrate upon the Christ Spirit coming into the great body of mankind. Entertain the thought of this mass body until it becomes dear to you and intensely important. You will work by continents, seeing the peoples of Earth as receptive to this Christ Spirit.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Strive once again to love this Earth and its population with such depth that crime, war, disease, suffering and want are felt by your soul. Then only, because of your sympathy and your realization, are you able to call down the victorious Christ Spirit, that it may enter the various places and persons on Earth where these destructives are most prevalent.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

Should you do your work fully and from the right or highest level of your soul's aspiration, you will have the mystic experience that the masters abidingly know, of being a conscious and very necessary part of humanity's growth and blessing.
Flower A. Newhouse, Wellsprings of the Holy Quest

It is within your power to ask that the Supreme Spirit functioning through the Solar Logos ray out to each remembered persons and nations Its Light of that frequency which prohibits war.
Flower A. Newhouse, Disciplines of the Holy Quest

Publications Available on Prayer and Meditation

Gateways Into Light
A comprehensive manual on Western meditation from Flower's rich experience with meditation, contemplation and prayer.

Insights Into Reality
A clairvoyant's penetrating insights are shared in a chapter on Meditation and Prayer.

The Journey Upward
This compilation of 15 of Flower A. Newhouse's out-of-print booklets includes Meditation: the Way to Attainment.

Disciplines of the Holy Quest
The Higher Ones open the door into spaces of power in Keys to Creative Meditation.

Wellsprings of the Holy Quest
The Wise Ones teach us how to touch the harmony and peace of the Inner Worlds in Meditation.

Here Are Your Answers
A compilation of Flower's answers to questions from others about Prayer & Meditation.

Songs of Deliverance
Chapters on The Fount of Meditation, Our Daily Opportunity, Achieving Stillness, Creative Meditation & Prelude to Prayer.

The Quest
Lessons on The Role of Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation, What Meditation Can Be & Ways Into God's Presence.

The Christward Way
Topics include Meditation Steps, Posture During Meditation & Meditation Viewed Esoterically.

Silence and What It Is
A recorded lecture from 1962 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse sharing keynotes of Silence, including stillness, joy and expectancy.

Meditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal A recorded lecture from 1955 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse who emphasizes that meditation is central to spiritual training.

Keep This Day Fortified
A recorded lecture from 1963 by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse sharing ideas from her earlier booklet, The Armor of the Spiritual Life.

Guided Meditations by Flower A. Newhouse

Lectures on Prayer by Flower A. Newhouse

Lectures on Meditation by Flower A. Newhouse