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Learning the Meaning of Acceptance (048-2 Sunday 9/9/1956)
Life's highest lesson is constructive growth through positive acceptance. In this dimension, acceptance is our highest answer to God's will. The need to accept God's will, even though we don't understand it, is what is important. It's only when we trust a superior wisdom greater than our own, that we can with vision and faith and teachableness and flexibility, go forward.
The Patient's Responsibility towards Healing (069-1 Sunday 6/30/1957)
A discussion of psychosomatic illness, and how we need to access unused aspects of character to overcome illness. Jesus healing miracles are discussed. Examples of people who have been healed through their faith.
According to Thy Faith (089-2 Sunday 7/6/1958)
Faith teaches us to stand at ease and restfully while God is working out all the answers in a way perhaps beyond our comprehension and our expectation, and in a much more interesting manner than we would idealize. Through sharing several examples of individuals, Flower describes what living in faith means. As we give our thoughts only believing one pointedly to the good side, we shall see that faith is creative and productive thought. And never have we any right to think in any other way
Faith for the Healing of the World (099-1 Sunday 10/26/1958)
People are returning to church in large numbers because they are realizing that God is their only hope. The mission of our Lord in regard to helping man to be whole is being refounded ever more widely and clearly.
Individual Immortality (110-2 Sunday 5/31/1959)
In this lifetime, we are responsible for building a conscious bridge between this dimension and the world and experience of God. We should take our Christian faith so much to heart that we have a readiness to leave this body when God wills. We are not allowed, no matter how deeply we love, to let that love take the place of our love for God. Describes the Angel of Transition as mighty, strong, resplendent, all-glorious. Describes post-transition experiences, hosts present at Memorial Services, battlefield victims leaving their bodies as cocoons, welcomed by Shining Being.
Meaning of the Spiritual Sun (125-1 Sunday 1/10/1960)
Since earliest times God was thought of as great light and in the Christian faith we read our God is a consuming light. Light as in the form of fire is the purest of all elements, indeed it is so pure that very few spiritual individuals understand it on this earth and very few scientist's will ever know it in its entirety. We should think about this glorious light and this spiritual fire by which we are invested because we know that the greatest souls of earth have been the fire bands of spirit. And we know that whereever there's one awakened by God, that fire of spirit will be found through him with ever successively awakening light within others. So in deed we turn our thoughts to this subject of fire and of light and of the spiritual sun and of the solar logos itself with renewed impetus.
Spiritual Purposefulness (126-2 Sunday 3/13/1960)
Explores the importance of having spiritual purposefulness or aims in our striving to be closer to God. Consider the means we are using to grow into the stature that the Christ has prepared for us. Faith always is powerful and is the one of the qualities to use, but it must be creative, it must be kept fresh and one must be adaptive to find ever new means to use to bring about the goal, the intention of our own inner transformation, and our achieving what the message of Lent tells us we can--the purification, the rising, the going through the way of the cross and coming out on the other side unselfed.
Studies in Progress (2 of 4): Progress through Faith (131-1 Sunday 6/12/1960)
Faith is self-commitment which depends on God's sufficiency, not man's self-reliance. Lew Ayres, former actor, went on faith around the world filming world faiths. Examples of George Muller's work building an orphanage. Example of a progressive school in Pacific Palisades that teaches pre-school children and their parents to recognize that through spiritual faith their relationship can be more beautiful. Lessons Flower learned from her Korean-American children. The best gift parents can give their children is a background in which character can develop. We must practice faith in overcoming bad habits. Examples of tithing and success that followed.
The Communion of the Holy Assembly (155-1 Sunday 6/25/1961)
The Reverend Flower Newhouse speaks of the more advanced orders of life which serve God and are yearning to be contacted by us and of our need to stretch our souls toward them to climb in consciousness. Explaining that Christianity has borrowed traditions from the older Jewish faith including from the esoteric portion of the Kabbalah called the Zohar, she discusses the advanced orders of Angels, Adepts, Masters and the Ancient of Days and Silent Watcher which are equivalent to the Logi.
Why Certain Individuals Were Considered Great Souls (175-1 Sunday 2/18/1962)
Reverend Newhouse opens her talk with the reasons we come to this particular church, the presence of the Lord's Spirit and the active faith found here. She speaks of discovering greatness in unexpected souls and places and of the debt we owe Initiates who lived before us including Hosea of Samaria and his belief in God's love and forgiveness, Isaiah whose greatness of character earned him great respect, Daniel, who was God's man, Confucius who changed the life of the Orient, Luther who brought Reformation and freedom of religion, Benjamin Franklin who enabled Americans to be free and other great souls including Robert Browning and Albert Schweitzer.
Adventures in Faith Class (15 of 20): The Esoteric Value of Creative Faith (186-2 Sunday 5/20/1962)
Flower describes attributes and requirements of faith, giving specific insights as to how best to pray and envision for various needs. Discusses health, protection, and world conditions. Describes prayer archetypes, the Garden of Prayer, help being given by souls in the inner worlds in aiding prayer work. Concludes with audience questions and answers.
The Value of Creative Faith (204-1 Sunday 10/21/1962)
This talk was given at a church in New York and is on the subject of faith. Flower says that we can never have enough faith and faith must be intensified at every degree of our unfoldment, and when it is then we can walk freely and knowingly and joyously with God. She further explores how we can deepen our faith through our daily living, prayer work, and relationships with others. She concludes the talk by reminding us that through faith we are not limited by our circumstances.
Lecture Tour Report: An Adventure in Faith (204a1 Sunday 11/4/1962)
Trip Report: Europe--A Journey of Faith and Spiritual Discovery (251-1 Sunday 6/7/1964)
The Glory of Harvest (375-2 Sunday 11/24/1968)
The best of the year is saved for the last. We are cleansed through gratitude. Gratitude is one of the chief characteristics and requirements of illumination. The other two are love and humility. A man of faith is grateful and that is why he attracts grace to himself. It is because faith which is the blending of many other qualities, puts him into attunement and realization, enables an individual to be open and receptive and teachable, and joyous. We should give thanks for our testings. Begin and end the day with a prayer of thanksgiving. Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Emmanuel: God With Us (389-1 Sunday 4/6/1969)
Easter celebrates our Lord's victory over death and evil. He is now a transformer that touches spiritual essence throughout all regions. He is the example of what it means to think and feel and live and aspire from the soul plane. Christ's mission is to release the Divine into our conscious knowing. Beings higher than ourselves in intelligence and unfoldment carry out the purposes of our Lord, which emphasise the four cornerstones of Christianity–love, faith, kindness and integrity. As you serve the Christ, the adventure you will know of becoming more universal and more cosmic in your appreciation will be the most wondrous spiritual adventure you have ever enjoyed. Christ will not finish His work until the whole planet and all of humanity of every century is brought to its highest degree of development.
Faith Versus Need (408-1 Sunday 1/18/1970)
This talk is on the subject of faith as it relates to one's needs, primarily in relation to health or financial. Of all the things that we require the most spiritually it is faith. Flower shares several examples of individuals, including herself, who have been helped in outer ways when they have put their trust in God. She reminds us that although our circumstances may appear limiting, we must never limit God. She also describes what happens esoterically when one exhibits this quality. Faith, love, and integrity bring about in their blending a glorious beautification of the mental body, the astral body, the etheric body which have a residual effect upon the physical form.
Reinforcements Can Be Spiritual (409-1 Sunday 2/1/1970)
This talk discusses how spiritual reinforcements can be used to help one progress spiritually. Flower gives specific examples of reinforcements that can activate one's faith—in other words, put one's faith into action. She emphasizes the importance of doing this. Faith is that contact with the available Divine Presence. And when we possess faith it should never be inactive. It must always be active, so that it fills our first wonderful blessing, which is consciousness. Followed by 27 minutes of Q&A.
Thresholds of Initiations (426-1 Sunday 7/19/1970)
Life can be made much more interesting and fulfilling when we understand what it is trying to accomplish in us. Everything about that which we meet, that which we encounter in our daily living, has purpose and meaning, and we are to see it in that sense and rise to meet it, knowingly, expectantly, and charged with faith. It is how we respond to these testings that determines our spiritual development. A portrayal of a woman who embraced her suffering and terminal illness, offers an inspirational example of how we can use difficulty as transformational, when we surrender to God.
Reinforcing Centeredness Within (486-2 Sunday 1/16/1972)
States that centeredness is one of the cardinal qualities that each of us needs to attain; it is the means by which illumination comes. To be centered means that you are aligned to your real self, your soul. Gives examples of different approaches by which centeredness can be experienced anew. Reminds us that In spiritual living, faith needs to be ever fresh.; we must hunger for newness in our own approach. Describes Centering, a book by Mary Richards, as astonishing. Suggests having a symbol in your mind always that brings you as readily as possible to centeredness.
What Inner Meaning Is Behind Being Lost Or Saved? (527-2 Sunday 4/8/1973)
Difference described between Christianity and churchianity. Discussion of Catholic faith, Protestant and other faiths. Discussion of meaning of being lost or saved. Apostle Paul's version of being saved vs. our Lord's. Emerson met several famous authors in England and was disappointed to find they were not the same persons that their writings indicated. He felt Henry Wordsworth was the most outstanding and was one person at all times. Teilhard de Chardin was a 4th degree initiate and was badly treated by the church. After his passing his writings have been accepted. Explains that psychopaths have lost contact with their souls. After they return to primal essence and are sent out into life again they will be reunited with the seed atoms of their souls. The two things that can't be compelled from us are belief and love.
An Initiate's Most Important Requisite (534-1 Sunday 7/8/1973)
Flower describes the church as the home of our higher beings. We come here as we would to a school, for various classes of instruction. The church is a school to teach the way to God. Its many grades are all interesting, and in every church there are individuals who belong to various levels. Further, she states that in the every day application of spiritual teachings, the chief spiritual qualities that we must express, besides the necessity of humility and reverence and the giving of ourselves to God, are love, faith and integrity.
The Faith Necessary for Miracles (594-2 Sunday 11/23/1975)
What Kind of Faith Have You? (615-1 Sunday 9/12/1976)
The 'How To' of Faith (682-1 Sunday 4/29/1979)
Meet Problems Wisely with Faith (785-2 Sunday 5/1/1983)
This talk reminds us how we must continually work on our faith, so that it can always be attuned to God and His will for us. When we face a problem we don't know what God's wish for us is. His wish might be entirely different to our own. Flower gives several examples of faith resulting in wondrous outcomes for individuals, using quite a few from the writings of Emily Gardner Neal, a former newspaper reporter, who went into churches to work with miraculous healings. Flower reminds us, that if you don't like your life exactly as it is, you can have it improved. All you need do is to be in contact with God to trust Him to teach you how to be the receiver of the good for which you ask.
The Questhaven Story-A Saga of Triumph and Faith (912-2 Sunday 3/13/1988)
Joy Day shares the history of Flower and Lawrence Newhouse and the founding of Questhaven Retreat. Chronicles the discovery, growth and development of Questhaven Retreat and the formation of The Christward Ministry. Details early experiences, struggles, testings (earth, air, fire, water), and triumphs. Lists varied contributions of early retreat pioneers.
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The Glorious Reminder of Michaelmas
Living with the Realization of the Angels
The Influence of the Angels
Why the Reality of Angels Is Vital to Our Age
Our Very Important Guardian Angels
The Path of the Masters
The Masters of Wisdom and Their Work
The Inner Side of Nature
Walking in Beauty
What All Men May Receive from Christmas
Christian Mysticism and What It Is
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
Understanding the Seven Rays
Man's Ties with His Country
The Priestess of the Home
The Akashic Records
The Meaning of Open-Key Periods
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.
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