A compilation of 15 of Flower A. Newhouse's writings from out-of-print booklets. Each Book of this book is meant to help one better understand the upward journey to perfection.
The Rev. Flower A. Newhouse wrote many essays and booklets before writing her first full-sized book. These have been brought together in two volumes, the first of which is The Journey Upward. This volume deals with the mysteries and knowledge of the world outside the Soul. The rays and their colors, meditation techniques, life after death and the sacred city of Shamballa are among the topics included in this book.
Each chapter of this book is meant to help one better understand the upward journey to perfection. These are observations that one, who has been long on the trail, is happy to share with us. With the help of this book the reader many stand where he is on the trail and realize points that he saw but did not notice. High ahead gleams a shining city. Nearby is a friend whom one can now more fully understand. One's partners on the journey can be better company, and one can help them more than before. Of course, this book only covers a tiny glimpse of bright realities, but it is more than I have ever seen before, and the privilege of working with this book has benefited me in a special way.
May this book be a blessing for you also as you journey upward.
Athene Bengston, 1978
A Sketch of Flower's Life, by Merle Perry
Life is indestructible: it can be changed in form but not in essence. There is life within as well as without the body but there is no cessation of the individuality We are born to earth life to advance further in our self-conquest and our spiritual unfoldment. (pg 15)
Beauty shines in all its pristine essence before us. It is for us to newly discover and translate this beauty to our spirits and our senses. (pg. 39)
The nearer one is to enlightenment, the more drawn to nature to study and love her ways. (pg. 59)
A time comes when man realizes his health depends on inner purity and stability of consciousness. The Christian who accepts the complete content of the Christ's ministry cannot overlook Jesus' emphasis on spiritual healing; he is advised to think first of God when his well-being is impaired. (pg. 60)
True happiness comes from strength and the Light of God Indwelling. The actual purpose of earthly existence is growth, not pleasure. We are pilgrims from eternity on a temporary journey into earth life. Our best hope for fulfilling the purpose of this earthly pilgrimage is to relate ourselves as best we an to the Divine Cause which projected us into human life. (pg. 74)
At last the soul recognizes in full that his only need is God. This awareness enables him to move beyond self-centeredness and then wordly centeredness to God centeredness. (pg. 75)
Meditation 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. (pg. 78)
The important steps of meditation are simple: (pg. 79)
1. Still the mind. The use of a keynote such as "peace" quiets and directs the consciousness.
2. 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.
3. 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."
4. Choose the meditative plan for the day or week. Use specific forms which will encourage 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.
Man evolves upon one of seven different major ways of unfoldment. Each path has its gradations of seven distinct levels of advancement. Every soul belongs to some basic ray (pg. 106)
That attitude which will bring us unfailingly Christward is a constant devotion to the Christward pattern. This includes meditation on the Spirit of God, the Christ Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the unfoldment of Christhood and the Christ Cause. The Christ Spirit is the great influence dedicated to the awakening of the Deity within man. Its ministry is devoted to the blessing, protecting, unifying, freeing, transforming and renewing of persons. As the officiant of the Christ Spirit, the Lord Jesus is our kingly Hierophant and Wayshower, expressing in Himself the meaning of Christhood. (pg. 116)
The alpha and the omega of the Christ teaching is man's being centered in God. (pg. 119)
There are laws of right thinking just as there are laws of music, physics and mathematics. (pg. 120)
Man is completely encircled by a nimbus (aura) which serves as an index to his general welfare. It indicates the state of his health, his cardinal interests, and his spiritual and mental development The human aura is the individual's field of radiation. (pg. 139)
In the beginning the Infinite Will of God chose to separate man's evolutionary journey into seven primary paths (rays) of experience. Like colors being added to the canvas of each life's portrait, they reveal in us the overtones and harmonies, the traits of interest and the qualities of nature which characterize our unfolding return to God. (pg. 146)
As every outer government on this globe has its capital, so is there a spiritual headquarters for the invisible guidance of mankind on this planet on the Inner Planes. Shamballa has maintained its nucleus for eighteen and a half million years, or since the birth of life on our terrestrial globe. (pg. 172)
One stands before the Gates of Illumination when he desires conscious realization of God. The gates will not open before he changes his character, habits and desires. The stupendous moment which every Soul seeks arrives when God moves upon the waters of one's stilled consciousness. In a second, God's Presence and Power are known with such clear, pure, joyful, perception that eons of groping efforts seem insignificant. (pg. 180)
The inaugural steps to enlightenment are those which refine, purify, discipline and invigorate the physical and inward bodies and senses. For this reason much work is urged for your acceptance of that which comprises character unfoldment. (pg. 186)
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Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Vol. I • Vol. II
Songs of Deliverance
Disciplines of the Holy Quest
Wellsprings of the Holy Quest
The Seven Bodies Unveiled
Touched by Angels
Angels of Nature
Rediscovering the Angels
Kingdom of the Shining Ones
Songs from the House of Pilgimage
Prayers of a Mystic
A Measure of Days
Here Are Your Answers, Volume I • Volume II • Volume III
The Journey Upward
Insights Into Reality
Gateways Into Light
These Too Shall Be Loved
Travel With Inner Perceptiveness
The Sacred Heart of Christmas
Through Lent to Resurrection
The Drama of Incarnation
The Quest Volume I-VI
The Meaning and Value of the Sacraments
The Way of Discipleship to Christ
The Christward Way
Seven Paths Upward
The life and writings of Flower A. Newhouse are those of a Christian mystic, and her insights into the inner realms of life provide us with a path to wholeness that she called "Living the Life." These teachings are not doctrine, but a practical guide to the direct, immediate experience of God. Flower's mission was also to reawaken humanity to the reality of angels, a work she began with her first book in 1937, and added to in many published writings and in recorded lectures.
Dr. Stephen Isaac was a teacher, counselor, and consultant in various public schools, universities, and private industries. Dr. Isaac maintained a life-long interest in Questhaven Retreat, and Flower A. Newhouse, whom he met when he was ten years old. Ordained a minister in this work in 1952, he served as a regular speaker and as its director.
Phyllis Isaac resides on the grounds at Questhaven and has known Flower A. Newhouse since she was a child. She has been a life long student of her work and serves the Retreat as a minister, speaker, workshop coordinator, editor, and counselor.
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