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.
Man's Inner Potentials
The Infinite Within Man
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.
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Books authored by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse are available for purchase. Our latest release, The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Volume II, is also offered as an eBook Audio Download!
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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