This newly released book is a volume of wealth in succinct lessons on developing consciousness and character that will enable you to realize Christian discipleship in your own life. The variety of topics is each bright with insights and practical instruction.
Life's Highest Adventure
Attaining Spiritual Consciousness
Our Priceless Treasure
Safeguarding Our Treasure
The Mind Can Be Renewed
Good Creates Its Own Impetus
Man's Choice of the Good
Use Words Constructively
The Rules of the Game
Meeting Spiritual Crossroads
The Necessity of Self-Control
Man As An Instrument
The Importance of Doing
A New Chapter of Life
Meeting Life Constructively
Earning God's Blessing
God's Presence In Our Midst
Every Man An Awakener
God Has A Plan of Life
Our Part In Fullfilling The Plan
Insights Into Health and Disease
Man's Preparation For Healing
The Achievement of Wholeness
At-one-ment With Nature
Spiritualizing Our Homes
Measuring Our Application of Truth
The Fount of Meditation
Our Daily OpportunityMeditation
The Conquest of Egocentricity
The Infinite Within Man
Toward Increasing Devotion
Prelude to Prayer
Facing Life's Unfinished Business
Man and the Elder Brothers
Recipients of the Light
The Magic of Rediscovery
Steps Toward Discipleship
Mastery, the Splendid Necessity
The Value of Esoteric Teachings
A Practical View of Rebirth
Preparation for Illumination
Stages to Illumination
Transitions of Consciousness
The Necessary Second Birth
The Alchemical Power of Spirit
If I Were to Live Again
New Year Potentialities
YEARS AGO I was asked repeatedly how one could change his outlook from that of a conventional or surface acceptance of Christianity, to genuine depth acceptance. My answers to these individuals inspired a series of lessons based on how to go about deepening appreciation for the spiritual life and its relevant living.
The brief daily lessons found in this text are stated as simply and concisely as possible, so that their themes can be more readily remembered. The idea underlying these messages is that we must balance regular study with daily practice. Each day we shall learn of some aspect or quality of the spiritual life to ponder and exercise.
This book aims at developing the kind of consciousness and character that will enable one to realize the meaning and importance of Christian discipleship.
Flower A. Newhouse.
Our Lord taught the disciples about all the glorious realities and the wondrous experiences of unfoldment that we each aspire to realize. He taught them, for instance, that man needed to come to earth in order to exercise his latent divinity. He also said that as this latent divinity began to express itself and unfold, petal by petal, then all the higher powers of man would be felt, and they would bring him the recognition of all the horizons and developments that were in them. They would touch, while they were still mortal, the same consciousness, the same joyous attunement that Masters knew who loved God. He also stressed, among those who formed the inner band of followers, that there were other orders of intelligence and unfoldment, and that when man loved God the most and when he was sufficiently sincere in his desire for these higher capacities to unfold, man would be conscious of these Bright Messengers of space; and his own unfoldment would be the more quickened because of this awareness.
After the Lord Jesus left the disciples, His followers would gather together in a group of at least seventy and repeat from memory the things which the Great Hierarch had revealed to them. Even in those times of meeting, a few of them were enlightened and they would go into deep meditations. One mind would be like a fagot, suddenly illumined, and would be the mouthpiece for the group in the channeling of a wonderful message of attunement and revelation. It was given from the awareness of the overshadowing Christ Spirit and the earnest group would be greatly inspired.
We realize as we read the works of Paul that this initiate taught the mystery teachings and that he prepared men particularly for initiation. He said, "We speak wisdom among them that are perfect." Whenever we read the word "perfect" in the Bible, as it is used in relation to men or women, we want to transpose that word to "initiate." In other words, Paul said, "We speak wisdom, we speak the sacred revelations among those who have been initiated into the awareness of those mysteries."
There never has been an age since man was born on earth that the holy knowledge of the great, vast teaching concerning the meaning of life was withheld. Sometimes we have had loaned Hierarchs, teachers and seers. But finally we began to develop our own Great Ones and They became the vestal virgins and the priestly initiates who quietly and secretly maintained this sacred teaching in certain places. It was not held secret because of any thought of superiority, but simply due to the fact that the masses were not ready for deeper, advanced awareness.
Materialistic men sometimes fear channels of the sacred wisdom. We know how they treated Socrates. He was aware of Sylphs and all of the great Deva Kingdoms. And more than any other philosopher of his time he taught the relationship between the Soul Selfthe creative, electric Self of manand the physical vehicle. For that they killed him.
Down through the ages this Holy Light was kept alive. It flared up so magnificently in St. Francis of Assisi; again in Jacob Boehme; again, and closer to our time, in Gandhi. Each one of these transcendent souls labored for years and lifetimes in order to achieve God-consciousness to such a degree that the powers of God were able to be unfolded in him. And then when such souls possessed that sacred trust, they were channeled by these magnificent Alpine Forces and were able to speak God's word and do His will among men, and keep the Holy Light alive in its chosen occult centers.
We find that whenever persons received their first degree of initiation, a transcendent change came over the personality of the individual. That was true of Count Leo Tolstoy. You will remember he was so much the aristocrat before his illuminationa proud landowner. When he received enlightenment he became as a peasant in attire and the whole world was cradled in love within his heart, because inclusive love is one of the prominent characteristics of the first degree initiate.
We too are given the heritage of the ageless wisdom. We too are told in every teaching that we are here in this incarnation not to be spectators, nor mere believers, but beholders and conscious receivers of the wonderful Light. We have to graduate from some states of consciousness to higher ones. We must, of our own efforts, increase the intensity of our longing in order to attain living knowing. When knowing comes, it first appears as intuition, as for example, knowing that when we pray, God listens. But with illumination shall come a perception to uswe see into that Light that once we only knew through feeling and through the Soul's intuition.
The history of our graduation from belief to direct knowing is a history of the tremendous cost of self-training. But at last our inner alertness, our reverence and being at attention in consciousness is equaled by a clarity of aura which denotes purity of motivation and certain unselfish regard for life. As purity in motivation is matched by the will to penetrate the barriers that separate one from God, then the wonderful event takes place; man begins to know and see God.
The Christward Ministry has a complete list of recorded lectures given by Flower A. Newhouse between 1950 and 1990. All lectures can be purchased on CD-ROM and newly digitized talks are now being offered as Audio Downloads!
The following lectures are instantly downloadable for $5.00 each. You can now listen to Flower with ease on your computer or mobile devices (MP3 format).
The Masters of Wisdom and Their Work
Holy Expectancy–Living the Life
Why We are Here
Man's Duty Regarding the Law of Evolution
Determinism Versus Free Will
Values to Be Derived from Power Tides and Cycles
What Religion Is Attempting to Achieve
Why the Reality of Angels Is Vital to Our Age
Our Very Important Guardian Angels
Christian Mysticism and What It Is
Understanding the Seven Rays
Man's Ties with His Country
Walking in Beauty
The Priestess of the Home
The Akashic Records
The Meaning of Open-Key Periods
To display a complete list of Flower's lectures available for purchase on CD-ROM or for download, select from the variety of topics presented below.
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
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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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Major Retreats are held to celebrate the annual festivals of Easter, Michaelmas, and Christmas.
Jun 22-23 Vernal Retreat
Annual Celebration of The Arts and Nature
Aug 10 Masters Silent Retreat
Annual Day of Silent Attunement and Dedication
Sep 27-29 Michaelmas Retreat
Annual Celebration of the Angel Kingdom
Dec 20-22 Christmas Retreat
Annual Celebration of the Christ Coming
Apr 18-20 Easter Retreat
Annual Celebration of the Christ Resurrection
are held every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Quest, with music, meditation, prayer and a spoken message.
Audio recordings of past talks.
May 5 Living a Christ-filled Life
Rev. Hal Lingerman
May 12 The Many Expressions of Motherhood
Rev. Elizabeth Wood
May 19 Expanding Our Perception: Learning to Listen
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
May 26 The Continuity of Life
Captain Dan Willis
Jun 2 The Importance of Spiritual Travel
Rev. Blake Isaac
Jun 9 Expanding our Understanding of the Healing Ways of Jesus
Feature Guided Healing in Christ Meditation
Rev. Miara Wiltshire
Jun 16 Christ's Beatitudes: Finding Harmony of Male and Female
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Jun 23 Vernal Retreat: Expanding Our Perception: Learning to See
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Jun 30 The Law of Freedom
Rev. Myrna Triggs
Jul 7 The Inner Influence of Our Zodiac Signs
Rev. Blake Isaac
Jul 14 Life's Lessons and Legacies
Jul 21 Living the Lord's Prayer: A Sharing of Lawrence Newhouse
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Classes and Workshops are offered regularly on Christward principles, prayer, meditation, healing, and artistic expression.
View our Calendar for an up-to-date list of the Classes and Workshops currently being offered.
World Prayer is practiced each Friday at noon in Chapelito. Join us here, or from wherever you are, in group prayer for the blessing of our planet, humanity, and all life.
Finding Your True North Classes are held each Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Academy. These classes are designed to help us find ways into God's Presence, using Flower A. Newhouse's western approach to meditation. Early lessons were posted online at /findtruenorth.
Wisdom Classes are led by Rev. Blake Isaac and held on alternating Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapelito.
Pranic Healing Clinics are conducted on the first Sunday of each month in the Questahven Academy from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn more at pranichealingsd.com.
PanEuRhythmy is danced most early mornings near the Labyrinth. This dance-exercise-meditation opens us to the presence and power of Spirit within ourselves and the universe. Learn more at paneurhythmy.us.
Servers in Action Days are on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and service to Questhaven.