A comprehensive perspective on the many ways Angels communicate and work with us. Provides simple techniques to help us initiate contact with Angels ourselves.
Our story begins in the Inner Worlds - what the Lord Christ called the Kingdom of Heaven. Here lies our true homeland as well as the abode of Angels. Here is where we reside between incarnations. And we speak in terms of worlds because there are numerous levels or dimensions that compose this kingdom. More of these glorious realms will be described as our story unfolds, but for the moment, let us just acknowledge the existence of the Inner Worlds and open the door to their exploration.
The source of the knowledge within this book is a soul who spent her life founding a work of Christian mysticism whose central theme is the experience of God, Christ, and the Inner Worlds. The purpose of this work was never to amaze its followers or glamorize the subject but, like the voyage of Columbus, to open up new realities - to challenge the "flat world" notions of conventional viewpoints and to swing wide the gates of the dormant sixth sense, which is intuition. The name of this soul was Flower A. Newhouse, and she came into her present incarnation with the ability to see clearly into the inner dimensions. What she saw were all manner of inhabitants of the Inner Worlds: nature beings, Angels, great souls who have mastered the lessons of life, magnificent realms of form and color beyond description - in a word, heaven and all its wonders.
From the past, she recalled previous lives and the harvest of insights and remembrances that summed up her wisdom as a teacher. Out of the wealth of this background, two charges were given her to unfold this lifetime: to reignite the flames of Christian mysticism as the foundation for living the Life and following the Way and, second, to help people rediscover the Kingdom of Angels.
It is the latter of these two commissions that this book addresses, and one Flower was uniquely gifted to fulfill. Some fourteen lives ago she exchanged her existence as an Angel to enter the human line of evolution, an uncommon step for such a being, but one with the mission of bringing the two kingdoms closer together. In making this transformation, she brought with her the clairvoyance, or inner sight, she knew as an Angel, as well as that kingdom's salient values of obedience to the Divine, honoring of truth, and selfless love.
Her kinship with the Angelic line of evolution made of Flower a most remarkable revealer of their ways and forms of service. More than that, she was a fascinating person in her own right. To meet her for the first time - most often attending one of her lectures - was to behold an Angel incarnate. There was about her an authority born of her origin and experience that underscored the veracity of her words. She spoke as one who knew firsthand the truth of what she had to say. Her bearing and mannerisms reflected the grace and joy that characterizes the Angels. But the most compelling evidence of her nativity as an Angel was her steadfastness in living the Life. Daily, she went about her Father's business. She was remarkably consistent in all of life's settings, and always exemplary. She lived as she taught. There was about her no trace of hypocrisy or good intentions gone astray.
A particularly revealing aspect of Flower's awareness of the Inner Worlds came through her eyes. She was constantly surveying her surroundings for the presence of Angels and nature beings. One might be in the midst of a conversation, only to notice her eyes glancing about pleasantly, greeting the otherwise unseen visitors. When she beheld one of these celestial beings, her eyes seemed to look past anyone with her, much as someone might stare off into empty space when preoccupied with some distracting thought. Only in her case, she was seeing with the third eye, a focusing that looks beyond what the outer eyes ordinarily see. This was even more evident when she was studying an individual's aura. In the few seconds this took, she seemed to be looking through the person's entire being to something deep within.
These other worlds that Flower gazed upon are known only indirectly and intuitively to the rest of us who do not share her clairvoyant gifts. Certainly our best approximation to their reality is our innate longing for a perfect world - a world in which there is absolute truth and justice, harmony and beauty, peace and love. In our ignorance we regard such notions as idealistic and naive - a childlike fantasy of what ought to be but never is. Still, there is a compelling fascination with the thought, as though we once knew such a place and somehow we must find it again. Every great religion, one way or another, promises the existence of such a heavenly realm, be it called Paradise, Nirvana, Arcadia or Valhalla, teaching us that if we are faithful and true, it will be our destiny.
Flower taught that these Inner Worlds are indeed ideal and real and that our dim remembrance of these magnificent dominions are what keeps our hopes alive. Her descriptions of the Angel Kingdom tell of an orderly, obedient, harmonious dominion free of the passions and pains of the human path. Moreover, it is an older evolution than its human counterpart and its citizenry are vastly more advanced. Their motivation is utterly selfless and purposeful, standing in striking contrast to the underlying conflicts and self-serving inclinations with which humans struggle.
In the scheme of things, Angels play a central role in serving their Creator by being the means of maintaining the framework and order that holds the universe together. Setting aside for the moment the circumstances of Angels involved with our planet, consider the awesome sweep of the known universe - an unimaginably vast extension of space some fifteen billion light years across, and for the most part empty except for, here and there, billions of scattered galaxies, each containing billions of stars and a number of planets. It is no wonder, Flower has commented that the handful of angelic orders of which we on earth can be made aware is but a fraction of those that exist throughout the galaxies. Granted, while such a consideration far exceeds our capacity to assimilate it, it does underscore the immensity of God's reach and the vital part Angels play in the fulfillment of His design for the whole of creation.
Closer to our own lives, Angels are a significant source of influence and illumination in all that we do to further our own evolutionary unfoldment. In particular, they are the principal means of our drawing closer to God, an outcome which lies at the heart of mysticism. Unfortunately, human beings are in such a habit of assuming credit for all that comes out of our heads and hearts, we are amazingly ignorant of all that goes into these thinking and feeling functions that have their origin in the angelic realms.
Given their omnipresence and importance, it is puzzling that so little is known publicly about their reality and about their service of our planet. Certainly Angels are well recognized in the sacred books of the world's great religions. The Old and New Testaments provide clear recognition of their existence. Richer still are the books of the Apocrypha. The revelations of Mohammed were given by the Angel Gabriel. The ancient literature of India refers to beings called devas, another name for Angels. There is a whole realm of "spirits" that permeates the rise of religion from prehistoric times right up to contemporary belief systems in tribal communities.
Yet precious little is acknowledged of the nature, appearance, and purpose of Angels. They seem to manifest in an astounding manner here and there throughout the passages of history, possessing wondrous powers, only to vanish mysteriously into the silent mists. We are left with a series of isolated, unconnected incidents, giving evidence of their reality, but no clear picture of who they are, where they come from, or why they exist.
A great part of the mystery of Angels is the veil of invisibility that normally envelopes them. For most of us, what we can't see or hold in our hands tends not to exist. The few partings of this veil that have occurred provide only fragmentary glimpses of these magnificent presences. And even when we gather together all of these fragments, there are not enough pieces to form even a rough sketch of their makeup, mission, or role in the record of history. For this reason alone, it is small wonder that few people have taken them seriously.
How is this situation changing? In 1990, Sophy Burnham published her landmark volume, A Book of Angels. Like a draft of wind fanning long smoldering coals, the subject of Angels caught fire. Overnight, other books on this subject began to appear. Television programs, such as Touched by an Angel, fueled the awakening interest. What these expressions had in common was the appearance of Angels in the guise of humans, quietly and unobtrusively influencing the lives of everyday people. Characteristic of these encounters is the sudden appearance out of nowhere of one or more friendly strangers who act to protect or awaken certain individuals with life-saving or life-changing results. When the incident is concluded, these benevolent visitors disappear as mysteriously as they arrived, never to be heard from again.
Certainly, this form of manifestation happens.
A woman who attended a Michaelmas Retreat at
Questhaven a few years ago told the following
remarkable story. She was on her way to visit a
friend in Los Angeles when, to her dismay her car
suffered a flat tire. When she pulled over to the
curbside intending to find a phone, several
menacing gang members surrounded her car and
began taunting her. Just at that moment another
sedan pulled up along side of her car. It was
driven by a powerfully built black gentleman who
inquired if he could be of assistance. There was
about him such a commanding presence that the
youths quickly found excuses to move along. He
parked his car and proceeded to change her tire,
all the while smiling and carrying on an engaging
conversation. When he finished, he suggested
another route to her friend's home and bid her
safe journey. She thanked him and attempted to
pay him for his services. This he graciously
declined. After getting into her car, she turned
one last time to wave farewell. Incredibly, there
was no car or driver to be seen.
Episodes of this nature are far more common than previously realized, as the impressive number of recent books on this theme document. Just how often such incidents are truly encounters with Angels, on the one hand, or simply good Samaritans, on the other, remains unclear, but a strong case has been made for these phenomena to be authentic. They are mentioned here because it involves appearances of Angels in a form other than their natural semblance - certainly a capability Flower has confirmed they possess.
Nevertheless, it has been Flower's lifelong endeavor to reveal Angels as they naturally appear to her clairvoyant perception and that will remain the perspective of this book. The view of the Angel Kingdom which Flower has given us to contemplate and, if possible, experience, is that of a line of evolution created by God long before the formation of its human counterpart. These extraordinary beings have been given the responsibility on a grand scale to be an extension of their Creator, maintaining order and assuring progress throughout the universe.
Concerning the planet Earth, the work of the Angels is to support the evolution and well-being of its entirety. Concerning ourselves, it is to safeguard our journey through life and mantle our drawing closer to God and all that this entails.
The chapters that follow delineate how this charge to the Angels is organized and carried out, as revealed through Flower. At the outset, it needs to be emphasized that this is a voyage of discovery. When we reach the shores of this new-found continent, the part of us that is most apt to respond first is our capacity for inner impressions and realizations. Thoughts come to us, as we say "out of the blue" - thoughts that reveal an intelligence beyond our own. These insights contain a wisdom that enriches our recognition of the Inner Worlds. They are not necessarily grand and glorious revelations worthy of a prophet but they always point out a truth about life or oneself never before grasped or appreciated. They are life-changing, transforming, enlightening moments of truth if we are wise enough to harvest them. They most often involve the little things of our experience - the little steps of growth that, one by one, sum to a growing total.
As one who once was walking along a flower-strewn mountain trail realized: "Look, listen, and learn. All of nature teaches." What made this moment memorable was the fact that until this thought brought the hiker to a halt, his preoccupation was with the challenge of climbing to a mountain summit, all the while passing by the wonder of nature's presence and reality around and about him.
Our teacher in these moments of enlightenment, more often than not, will be our Guardian Angel. She, with infinite patience and prescience, awaits the synchronicity of circumstances that makes such revelations possible. They comprise the onset of the awakening within us of that inner perception which indeed becomes the open door to our developing selves.
We are left with one caveat. Flower often reminded her students that to receive instruction on the mysteries of life - in this instance, the Angels - is also to bear responsibility for putting this knowledge to work in our lives. To seek such information out of curiosity or intellectual acquisitiveness and not live true to its wisdom and implications, incurs a self-limiting karma in our future incarnations. Therefore, take to heart all that rings true in what follows and resolve to match the enlightenment you experience with words and deeds worthy of your revelations.
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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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