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Tests and How to Meet Them (003-1 Sunday 3/7/1954)
Talk given in Los Angeles describes types of tests, how to meet them and reasons for spiritual testing. Determine each of four characteristics that are trying to be developed in us. Pray in order to meet this test and cause through our yearning for God a responsiveness and a new conditioning and develop a plan by which this problem can be transcended. Followed by 8 minutes of Q&A.
The Adonai and Spirit of God Indwelling (Summer Pilgrimage Retreat 3 of 3) (005-2 Sunday 6/27/1954)
From here on we want to learn all that we can about the Holy triad because healing will flow from the awareness of the divine powers that are resident within. Discusses esoteric teachings regarding our seven-fold bodies and the hierarchy of God's inner kingdoms.
Michaelmas: Feast of the Angels (010-1 Sunday 9/26/1954)
Rejoice and give reverence to God that there is an order that is with Him purely, and loyally, that are able, willing, and desirous of companioning us on our path. Flower quotes widely from the Book of Enoch and intersperses the quotes with her own words.
The Single Standard of God: Acceptance (011-1 Sunday 10/17/1954)
The Christ Self in Men (013-2 Sunday 12/12/1954)
Flower A. Newhouse teaches us the importance of getting to know our God Indwelling so we can touch the kingdom of God the Whole.
Christ's Star-like Spirit (015-1 Sunday 12/19/1954)
During Christmas there are openings into the Reality of Christ wherever there is appreciation for goodness. By following His path, remaining open and aligned to that which is above us, we will be raised in consciousness. The triad of Holy God powers that The Christ came to radiate and teach us, will become more active in us and gradually govern us.
The Art of Giving Oneself (016-1 Sunday 1/16/1955)
In this talk on the importance of becoming more self-giving, Flower shares the need for us to strive in this way. She talks about the harmfulness of pride and ego. She stresses, 'Now wherever we find people troubled with pride, God is not worshipped. Proud people worship themselves, not God. And as long as pride exists in any iota or degree in any part of us, we are our most bitter enemy and nothing else can hurt us so much as this very diabolical force.' She uses Albert Schweitzer as an example of one is completely self-giving.
Toward the Development of Creativity (017-1 Sunday 1/23/1955)
We need to have more of the realization of the creativity powers which are inherent within us. The soul is the source of inspired ideas, in tune with the causal world - the reservoir of God's light, Godıs information, all the archetypes of the future and past.
The Power of Words (020-1 Sunday 3/20/1955)
Our words affect others and we are accountable for every word we utter. Count Alfred Korzybski, the founder of the Science of Semantics, studied the use of words and their effect on others. Stuart Chase made a study of the word idealism. We must speak according to the standards of spiritual truth. We are, to a certain extent, co-workers with God.
Meditation: The Gateway to Life's Highest Goal (021-2 Sunday 4/3/1955)
This talk highlights the importance of meditation, the proper technique, and outlines different types of meditation. Flower says we have no excuse for not meditating. She says, any person who can think at all can meditate. She emphasizes that meditation is central to our spiritual training. It is through meditation that we connect to our higher selves and God, grow spiritually and are rightly directed in our daily lives.
Races and Their Spiritual Purposes (025-1 Sunday 5/1/1955)
God's plan of evolution consists of us incarnating into different races and different nations until Masterhood is achieved.
Interesting Insights into Animal Evolution (027-1 Sunday 5/22/1955)
Focuses on the importance of practicing inclusive love toward all of God's creatures. Cites several examples of individuals who are reaching out to the animal kingdom with love and compassion. Describes what we can do to nurture our own relationships with our pets and wildlings at large, and gives examples of how intelligent animals are, and how we can further their evolution through love.
The Spiritual Significance of Friendship (025-2 Sunday 6/5/1955)
There are cosmic currents that heal, inspire, direct, bless or release our burdens. Our relationships depend on what we have within to give or receive. We must develop an open love and deep feelings for others in order to develop God-qualities. Our ability to love is an index of character.
Keeping Spiritual Interests Creative (012-2 Sunday 8/21/1955)
Expresses the importance of living one's life from the Kingdom. Flower describes ways we can practice and live our lives with spiritual creativity at the center keeping us focused on the Higher Kingdom of God's world. She explains how a person is not truly living his or her life as a Christian unless they are living in this way.
Seven Bodies Series (4 of 5): The Meaning and Right Uses of Causal Realities (033-2 Sunday 10/23/1955)
Rare glimpses into the soul which is dormant until exercized. Our soul counsels us and we receive revelations or understanding. Describes appearance of the soul in the aura. The soul has the equivalent of energy, feeling and mentality raised to their highest. Increase soul awareness through reverence for God and overcoming thoughts of appearances.
Insights into the Nature of Obsession (036-2 Sunday 1/22/1956)
Flower describes the darkness of obsessive emotions and characteristics and what we can do to avoid them and bring God Light into our lives.
Priestess of the Home (052-1 Sunday 5/13/1956)
Focus on the Divine feminine aspect of God. Mother Light inspires women to their highest potential and encourages them to be priestesses of the home. Points out how men can overcome their lack respect for women and fear of femininity. Shares the lives and events of some significant 'priestess' women.
Increasing Our Appreciation of God in Nature Retreat (3 of 3): Consciousness Side of the Mysteries of Nature (051-1 Sunday 6/24/1956)
When in nature we must practice unification, adoration and wonder. Quotes and experiences in nature from mystics and naturalists. Sufi teaching regarding various stages of consciousness. Days have cyclic changes just as the year has seasons.
Discovering Gateways into Light (056-1 Sunday 7/22/1956)
Meditation is the most fertile and the most effectual way by which God can be approached. Meditation is spiritual concentration, requiring we empty ourselves, create the right mood, practice stillness and envision positive archetypes. Examples of keynotes to bring us to positive attention. Meditation is a perpetual return to God, our inner sanctuary.
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.
Power Aspects of the Seven Rays (057-1 Sunday 9/16/1956)
Discusses the seven rays and their purpose in affecting the course of our lives, preferences and challenges common to each ray type. Each person has a main ray and a sub-ray, to achieve balance or synthesis. The seven rays have come from God and are part of the Divine plan for human evolution. Knowledge of the rays provides understanding of the differences, preferences and talents of each ray type. Discusses various body types and emotional preferences and differences in each type.
The Refreshing Powers of Reverence (059-1 Sunday 10/21/1956)
Reminds us how important it is to practice reverence in our daily lives in order to draw closer to God. When reverence is present it takes everything in us, every atom in us, up to God and surcharges these atoms with the regenerative power. When we live our lives in genuine reverence we are no longer living for ourselves, but for others. Describes the qualities that express reverence and shares many examples of individuals' experiences.
Our Cup Runneth Over (061-1 Sunday 11/18/1956)
Story of first thanksgiving day with the Pilgrims. God's favor blesses all life equally, but man is beginning to be aware of the source of his good. Gratitude is a return to the eternal.
The Use of Experience and Vision (061-2 Sunday 1/6/1957)
Man would prefer that the world be perfect with no illness, pain or discord. We must not question God's Divine Plan but work with the life He has given us to refine and improve ourselves.
Various Forms of Healing (062-1 Sunday 2/17/1957)
We must be open to various kinds of healing. It is not always advisable to rely on spiritual healing alone; God has created the medical arts, and many other forms of healing which we can use. In order to be healed, we must be flexible, teachable, and humble.
We Live on Many Levels Simultaneously (052-2 Sunday 3/10/1957)
Often during our own individual moments before God we become awake to this same experience of feeling one in us who is larger than our surface self. This larger presence gives us a key and a prompting to living a greater life and channeling a deeper and more inclusive love.
Healing As Practiced on Various Levels of Consciousness (067-1 Sunday 5/5/1957)
Healing is important because of the background that is entailed in the meaning of wholeness. Great unity between religion, medicine, and psychology to speed the work of man's attaining wholeness. Paracelsus said sickness was a result of man's own inner contentions. God uses many channels to bring forth great light, many venues of healing. There's only one Healer, and one healing Power, and that is God, but these are auxiliary means. (LA lecture)
Deeper Aspects of Healing Techniques: The Patient's Contribution to Healing (067-2 Sunday 5/26/1957)
All illness puts us back into a state equivalent to childhood. There is a constructive side to that because no one can help us, neither God nor a friend, nor a physician, unless we are going to be constructively dependent. That is open and teachable and ready and receptive to instruction, admitting that we don't know everything, and that this is a state which needs conquest.
Open the Heart to Nature (070-1 Sunday 7/7/1957)
Most of the greatest things in life are silent, and they will meet us and enrich us in silence. The stars are silent, the growing flowers and trees are silent, and gravitation. The inspiration of thoughts comes silently too. As we approach God, we want to meet Him in such silence that we silence all of ourselves and we listen to the reverberations and the rejoicings that are broadcast from His kingdom.
An Endeavor towards Awakenment (073-1 Sunday 8/4/1957)
As we practice qualifications of becoming aware, which is reverence and opening a lifeline of spiritual contact or communion between the invisible and the manifest visible world, we cannot help but grow and discover glimpses of greater awareness. Give first attention to God, lifting up and giving ourselves each day to the Supreme, to channel, correct, transform, enliven, bless and heal. The more reverent we are, the more sensitive, more informed intuitionally we can become.
Healing Power through Invocation (073-2 Sunday 9/29/1957)
We should be open to all means of healing. All of these instruments are God's channels. For most people who are ill, a rededication to more wholesome and far-reaching purposes is required. We must be aware of our motivation for illness and healing. Powerful invocations are important for healing prayers.
Man's Three Great Needs (078-1 Sunday 11/3/1957)
Flower reveals the three tasks we should be practicing to achieve our purpose for being on this earth. They are quite simple in theory, but very difficult for most of us to achieve in the outer world. Even if we believe in putting God first in our lives, most of us relegate the Divine to an inferior position. She says we should take the words printed on the U.S. currency, 'In God we trust,' and let that trust come alive.
Aids to Spiritual Healing (072-1 Sunday 12/1/1957)
The state of humility opens us to the supernal in us, and only humility. Self must never be enthroned because it is the greatest mistake that is made if we capitalize that. The self is a part of God's unfolding plan. We must be humble in order to request healing, and to accept the fact that we need healing. Discussion of the role of the chakras in health and healing. The talk ends with questions and answers.
Healing from the Spiritual Viewpoint (2 of 3) (082-1 Sunday 1/26/1958)
We are more than body, we are God's. Inner meaning to parts of the body and how to keeping good health. Symbolism of the anatomy and the evolution of man. Importance of numbers representing parts of the body and life itself. Vital organs, blood, etc. Inner state of health. Change within self for healing come. We can't do it ourselves, we must rely on God.
Highlights of the Study of Numbers (082-2 Sunday 2/2/1958)
Everything in the world physically and in the inner worlds is attuned to rhythm, frequency and number. Pythagoras is responsible for our arithmetic. India began the system that begins with zero and it meant God. Explanations given for meaning of numbers 0 to 9 both in our birth dates and names. Pythagoras taught 3 important things to prepare us for spiritual study are gymnasium, music and numbers. Quotes given from Ariel Taylor on numbers and explanation of numbers 11 and 22.
Healing from the Spiritual Viewpoint (3 of 3) (084-1 Sunday 2/23/1958)
Healing of the whole man is spiritual in context, yet we must never approach it from any single angle. Healing needs to be approached from many angles in order that we get the full context of God's operation of healing powers through this earth.
Healing's Resurgence (087-1 Sunday 4/27/1958)
When we ask for healing for chronic illness, it is important that we first decide that this healing will be permanent and that we will do our utmost to uproot whatever the states are within us which have brought about this unpleasantness. Complete healing requires complete surrender to God's will.
Practicing Christian Healing (089-1 Sunday 5/25/1958)
We must be aware that God has given us a spirit of love and power, and a sound mind. These are our birthright. If we do not possess them, we must examine what disrupts the flow from the divine indweller.
Qualifications for Extra-Sensory Perception (088-2 Sunday 6/15/1958)
Speaking of man's evolving awareness of his own finiteness and limitation, Flower tells of man's gradual shift Godward and the slow unfolding of extra-sensory perception. She describes the different faculties of the sixth sense including telepathy, clairvoyance, clairsentience, intuition, theophany, and channelship explaining that we all possess these gifts in a dormant state until we develop a deep interest in God. She warns of the great costs to be considered and the need for spiritual moral courage, integrity and sincerity.
Spiritual Discipleship Retreat (3 of 9): Other Aspects of God (091-1 Sunday 6/22/1958)
The Spirit of Truth is a very best means of our approach to the Eternal God and to learn of God. So many times we stand in the way of truth because we do not wish to listen intuitionally. It requires so much effort, only that of sincerity, but it does require us to still ourselves so truly that we can know that we can receive and experience a baptism of the Spirit of Truth.
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.
The Courts of the Faithful (098-2 Sunday 11/9/1958)
Most important trait for those who love God is the quality of faithfulness to God. Mystics have to explain things in such a way that the heart understands. They have robust righteousness, indomitable integrity, unflinching, uncompromising in what they consider to be right. They demonstrate self-commitment of utter humility. Mystics are full of the romance of beauty. Extensive info on Evelyn Underhill and William James.
The Heart of Thanksgiving (102-1 Sunday 11/23/1958)
Thanksgiving is a gift of grace to us. It has the qualities which the developed Christian must express if he is to know the gift of enlightenment. Saying thank you to God is not a day by day and hourly event. We should never accept or take blessing from the Eternal without having a moment of saying thank you God.
Every Christian a Healer (101-2 Sunday 11/30/1958)
People can cause their own illnesses when the superego is in charge. Through their attitudes, they put up barriers to their own healing. There are five steps to wholeness. The first and most important of which is surrender to God's will. The second stage of spiritual healing is one expressed in the maxim, fast on negatives and feast on positives. The third rule is to remember that only God can heal. The fourth rule is to practice harmony to the fullest extent. Fifth, we must put ourselves into a state fit for healing. Our love for God must deepen continuously and forever.
Healing Tides (103-2 Sunday 1/25/1959)
God's light expresses certain frequencies which man can attune himself to according to his need. The mystic tunes into God's light and seeks enlightenment. The one who is ill tunes into God's light and receives healing. One who is ill is also wise to seek the expertise of physicians, psychologists, or teachers to help us and heal us.
His Word was with Power (105-2 Sunday 2/15/1959)
Lent is a glorious time of unfolding. Lent requires maturity of the Christian because it symbolizes all that man must undergo to become master of his own being. We should welcome the active side of Lent and the contemplative side, and study the Word during Lent. Jesus was very insistent on the proclaiming of the Word. Therefore we are responsible for proclaiming it. The words of God have flowed forth from the invisible to the visible through the written word and the spoken word, and even more than that, they have incarnated in changed lives.
The Positive Life (106-2 Sunday 3/1/1959)
Flower describes the Christ Ideal. She tells us that it is not enough to believe in a Deity, but we must strive to know God. She says that religion should make a difference, so much a difference that Christians should be known as Christians even though their names might not be known. They should express something, be far more tolerant, far more inspired and joyous and interested and outgoing and self-giving than are those who merely assent to God's Presence. Through descriptions and examples she guides us to follow the way of Christian Mysticism and reminds us that everyone who claims to love God has the great challenge to prove it by his or her living.
Adventures in Christian Mysticism (107-2 Sunday 4/5/1959)
Flower Newhouse explores a mystic's direct, first-hand experience of union with God, the efforts a mystic makes to become attuned and awakened to God, the mystic's need for openness and expansiveness beyond logical reasoning, the three stages of Christian Mysticism, and the personal experiences of some well-known Christian Mystics.
Life's Unfinished Business (109-1 Sunday 4/19/1959)
We know the weaknesses we have brought forward and in our reflection period each night we should review the day looking at what we have contributed to the past, the present and the future so we can unfold and develop our potentials. Flower describes a book on intuition that says if we want steadiness and self-control we must release self-indulgence. The intuitional faculty transcends the intellectual one and as we transcend and transform, we evolve, drop what binds us and come into a state of receptivity. Once we receive intuitions and they work out constructively, we begin to have a foothold in the world of God's Light and to more fully trust intuition.
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.
Nature's Eternal Refreshment (111-1 Sunday 6/7/1959)
The great outdoors offers inward peace and benediction to all who will go out of their homes into their great expansiveness, for here God truly is to be felt more closely, more intimately, more gloriously, more shiningly than in almost any other sphere where we will find Him. Great naturalists introduce us to a new consciousness and a new dimension. Flower shares several examples of naturalists inspirational writings, as well as true experiences of animal lovers who have taken wildlings into their homes.
Duty's Great Purpose (117-1 Sunday 9/13/1959)
Flower Newhouse teaches us the importance of living a purposeful, dedicated Christ-consecrated life. We have a duty to our parents, our children, our sisters and brothers, our husbands or wives, our friends, our spiritual family and a duty to God for the upliftment of mankind. If we fail to give service in these relationships, our penalties are compounded with interest and we will face a lack of caring similar to what we inflict on others. Our tendency is to rejoice in some relationships and evade others, but dharma, the principle of right selection, is the law for the evolving soul. When we grow in spiritual stature and understand duty we can no longer fail.
Those Who Are Targets for Illness (117-2 Sunday 9/27/1959)
We must never have within us any rigidity or fixation towards a way of health we cannot break. We must accept in fullness of reverence and in complete trust that we have a life graph given us by our Father, that this life graph of our purpose will not expire until our purposes are completed. The average Christian who is doing his best but is not thinking of God all the time, must realize that his density is largely in his own keeping and that his destiny of health is governed largely by his attitude, by his feelings and by the way he uses his energies.
Giving Thanks with Praise (120-1 Sunday 11/22/1959)
At Thanksgiving there are many who remember the author of life and the benefactor who has given them everything of good they have ever received. Only the deepest and most evolved intellect that has the wisdom to be thankful. Gratitude is a skill which needs to be developed and exercised. Nine tenths of what we receive as great gifts out of the grace of God. Ingratitude is revealed through a spirit of complaining and fault finding and discontent and grumbling. Story of a trip to New York when the Newhouse family all counted their blessings. Gratitude is accompanied by this sense of divine wonder. As we say these thanks, it occurs to us we live in a perpetually working miracle. Includes story of A.J. Cronin giving the thank you therapy to patients.
The Reality of the Christ (121-1 Sunday 12/13/1959)
Emmanuel means God with us and it refers to the spiritual title given to this soul who also bore the name of Jesus when he became spiritually of age and took upon Himself the mantle of the Christ. We should call Him by the spiritual title. Our Lord was human, but He more quickly had the power of excellence, that supreme ability to surrender himself, and to give himself to that which is higher than anyone else that has evolved through the earth. There are many perfected souls; that option is open to all, and all are evolving toward it. Before the Lord Emmanuel, the Lord Maitreya was the Christ of our planet. Our Lord is the supreme officiant of humanity. Reading of Flower's favorite excerpts from the Gospel According to Thomas. Past lives of Jesus as Joshua, David, and Ikhnaton. Jesus as Lord and Master.
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.
Adventures in Christian Mysticism (124-1 Sunday 2/21/1960)
Flower describes that it is through intuitional consciousness that we reach heightened states of God Awareness. The intellect must remain passive in order to attain expansive states of consciousness. Explains that the one thing that has kept Christianity alive since the time of Christ on earth is the creativity and works of the Christian Mystics. Mentions various mystics during history.
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 Greatness (1 of 3) (129-1 Sunday 5/15/1960)
Flower describes the high moral character that signifies greatness and steps needed to achieve self-mastery. She speaks of self-surrender, spiritualizing of the will and the mountain of one's overcoming in order to be a more open channel for God to use and influence. She explores the lives and testings of some of the individuals who achieved greatness including St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, Blaise Pascal and Pearl Buck.
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.
Studies in Progress (3 of 4): Progress through Grace (131-2 Sunday 6/19/1960)
The Spirit of Grace, the fourth Aspect of God, is essential to humanity's progress. The Spirit of Grace does not work through nations, but through people and even animals. Divine Grace can overcome the limitation, the eccentricities, and the egotism in men's hearts to bring about the unification and the protection of this world. The work of this Spirit is needed now more than ever to assure the continuation of humanity on earth. Examples of how the Spirit of Grace works through others are given as follows: St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Monks; St. Paul, Bernardo Jines, founder of a school for homeless boys in Lima, Peru; a dog named Peril; a chef who was cured at Lourdes. The best channels of Grace practice self-sacrifice, self-surrender, self-giving and love in action. We can be instruments of Grace by praying for the world to be saved by Grace.
Christian Mysticism Retreat (3 of 3): Conclusion (133-2 Sunday 7/17/1960)
Flower explains that man can experience reality if he prepares himself in order to do so. The way of mysticism begins in a longing for God to be known directly. When an individual Christian takes up his Lord's challenge personally, he comes to the third phase of Christian mysticism, self-surrender. From self-surrender he moves to a fourth experience, consecration. All that matters is sincerity for the life practice of Christ's holy channelship, is that God is to be all-in-all.
The Inner Side of Loneliness (134-2 Sunday 7/31/1960)
Addressing those who suffer from loneliness, Flower makes a distinction between feeling lonely and of being alone or having time to one's self. One can be solitary without feeling lonely. In fact, some of the greatest mystics have been solitary figures in that at times they would withdraw into purposeful aloneness. And all of us need that kind of aloneness in order to be well, in order to be creative, and in order to formulate plans intelligently and such, but this repeated isolation and withdrawal from people is another matter, and its springs are within or rise out of negativity. Flower indicates that loneliness mainly grows out of an improper direction of our feelings and gives instruction on how to climb out of our feelings of loneliness. Above all, she stresses the importance of seeking a stronger relationship with God.
Occult Factors at Work in Prayer (138-2 Sunday 10/16/1960)
Flower focuses on the two main reasons we pray–our need for God and our adoration for God. Flower explains why and how we should improve our prayer work. She describes what happens esoterically when prayers are said and how the Hierarchy aids our prayers. There are different types of prayers–prayers for healing, for upliftment, for attunement. They are too numerous to count. She uses Bible verses to support the importance of prayer and gives personal accounts of how prayers are answered.
Thanksgiving and Gratitude (141-1 Sunday 11/20/1960)
This Thanksgiving talk gets right to the point. We should be living in gratitude each day, from one moment to the next. Flower emphasizes that lack of gratitude brings severe karmic consequences. We need to not only remember to say 'thank you' from our hearts to those around us with every opportunity that arises, but we should remember to thank God daily for all of the blessings we tend to take for granted.
The Bridge of Realization (144-2 Sunday 1/15/1961)
Flower talks on the importance of developing and using our spiritual abilities to become more God aware. We must, as we go onward, see that we will be sensitized to Spirit safely only as we live the regenerate life, and only as we become more honest, more devoted, more self-sacrificing, more in love with God, and aware that God is our greatest need. She describes spiritual realization as a bridge. It is a mediator between our incompleteness in the physical and in the superphysical realm between those wondrous faculties we possess which could link us to wholeness and everlastingness, the spirit of beauty, the spirit of goodness, the Spirit of Christ. Ours is the choice.
How Thoughts Influence Life (in San Diego) (150-1 Sunday 4/23/1961)
Flower stresses the importance of being aware of and using rightly the power of our thoughts. You think a thought and it is a living thing. It is a moving thing. It is color. It is pattern. And the clearer your thought is in meditation or prayer, the larger the pattern of your thought will be as it moves along. If you are very reverent, your thought pattern will move up. It is very important for every Christian to arouse himself, to shake off the lethargy that has been upon him, and to see that his mind is fully dedicated to God because there is that above mind, which is much greater than mind, which will use all the forces of the mental powers in order to guide them, to instruct, to teach, to mold, to bless the energies of consciousness as well as of emotions and of the physical body and of the affairs in the world.
Lessons from Past Civilizations (151-2 Sunday 4/30/1961)
Mankind is very decidedly standing at a crossroad and trying to decide whether to turn to the right or the left. Other civilizations have met comparable challenges. Some of them have succeeded in overcoming the challenges that we are making. Others have succumbed to the temptations and deteriorated from within by thinking themselves superior to other races or nations and treating them as subhuman or becoming complacent. And so our world indeed is facing a terrible crisis, the outcome no one knows. What is needed is creative humility of the type that will be dependent upon the only power that sees us through the ordeals ahead; and that is the spirit of God.
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.
Discovering Spiritual Values through Nature (160-1 Sunday 8/13/1961)
Nature possess' a school of wisdom all its own and we may enter this hall of instruction if we know the precious keys for every classroom. The key to the in earnest spiritual student are those of appreciation, attention, awareness and communion. Nature is willing to give us more that the outer or superficial aspect of herself if we are able to lose ourselves in love of God in her great cathedral. The more therefore, we learn to love the outdoors and everything that is within it that is wholesome, the more sensitized we should become and the more intuitionally conscious of Divine Presence right there confronting us.
The Spiritual Value of a Talisman (160-2 Sunday 8/20/1961)
Ancient use of symbols in Chaldea, Egypt and Greece drew freshets of power. Illumination is often charged with symbols and so are dreams. The ancient world considered mandalas, or talismans, to have spiritual power and contain messages from God. Constantine's dream of a flaming cross led to success in battle and ultimately becoming Emperor. Flower described a sample mandala one might receive to symbolize goals of entire life. Description of symbol of a tree, sun, star, triangle, etc. Amulets were used to repel evil. Arthur Waite's invocation for blessing of a mandala or talisman. Quotes of Edgar Allen Poe and Jacob Boehme given.
Drawing Closer to God Retreat (3 of 3) (158-1 Sunday 8/27/1961)
Flower stresses our golden precepts: first; to realize Divinity or God; second, to realize God's Divine presence within us; third, to live attuned to our Lord's way; and fourth, to fulfill all the Christian rules. Explains need to overcome faintheartedness, halfheartedness, lack of commitment to Christ. We are living less than our Christianity unless we make eternity the background of our Christian worship. Emphasizes striving for continual overcoming. Gives examples of raising children in awareness of great Christian powers. Begins with dedication of carillon bells.
Feast of the Angels (161-2 Sunday 10/1/1961)
God has made, not only one kind of being, called the human being, but He has made many orders, and we know so few of them. Shares examples of Angels described in Holy scriptures and great literature. Functions of individual Archangels given and Orders in Angel Kingdom explained. Naming of Angels signifies one of Light, a messenger appointed by God. Present-day stories and personal experiences with Angels and Angelic intervention shared.
Thanksgiving Enriches the Grateful Heart (165-1 Sunday 11/19/1961)
Thanksgiving is a season of preparation, it is a start of holy season. There should be a continual thanksgiving in our hearts always. Where there is gratitude, there is love, kindliness, thanksgiving, sincerity and the result is happiness. All virtues are like jewels. Recounts a story by Maurice Metterlink and a story of children taken to the inner worlds who return with gratitude for the ordinary in their lives. Story of Dr. Ray Charles Jarmon, a radio preacher in Los Angeles, who participated in medical studies of LSD. Discussion of his observations during those experiments. Whenever anyone is grateful, the most beautiful blue, almost purplish, rises out of his aura, that is crystal clear. There is also perfume. Angels would tell you that after the worship of God, gratitude is the most important aspect of character to develop.
Creative Prayer (165-2 Sunday 11/26/1961)
People pray out of reverence and respect for God. Man prays for things that he has not been able to fulfill themselves. Reverend Newhouse explains different forms of prayer, the attitude we should have to keep prayers ever living and fresh.
Christ's Life Drama and its Relationship to our Growth (167-1 Sunday 12/17/1961)
Flower discusses the life of Jesus, who born on earth in order to lead us into those great archetypal developments for which we have been prepared. Shares insights from Carl Jung with discussion of archetypes. To Carl Jung, God was not knowable. He was experienced as a reality through the intuitional nature. They always changed names of disciples to something finer and better than their personality or historical names. Jesus came a Master, He left a Lord. The last of His Lordship degree was being able to come back after death to prove that there was another side to life.
Christmas in the Year 1961 (167-2 Sunday 12/24/1961)
Christmas is a high, glorious, mysterious event. We aspire to its innermost meaning. When we are spiritually impoverished, help is given from beyond ourselves, enabling us to be freed from being rooted in ourselves. Through love of him and being sent in him, we can sense the majesty and glory of the movement of power and wonder that is everywhere around us. The splendor of Christmas is revealed to us when we are in a childlike state of purity, that beholds God in his glory and responds in purity and purposefulness.
Experiences on the Human Path (169-1 Sunday 12/31/1961)
Our purpose is our need for God Our life work is to know God better and more deeply and consistently every day. Tests recur to see whether we are strong enough to to press on, to have a greater load to carry as our privilege in Christ's great Cause Our speech has to be more differentiated, more full of discernment, more perceptive, more true to spirit. We've got to be true to spiritual reality all the way through. Taking care of people, even difficult ones, is not only an individual gift to them, but it is a giving to the great stream of humanity. God makes us channels of grace for many other individuals, and that the more we can serve as channels of grace, the more blessed we are, in the way God intended us to be.
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.
More about Christian Mysticism (176-1 Sunday 3/4/1962)
The definition of Mysticism is given as the ultimate goal of Christianity and all World Religions because it points to man's direct union or attunement with God. The goal is that man be made conscious of God and lifted into the state of greater God awareness. Various examples of the great mystics, and their illumination are sighted. Describes the five stages of enlightenment as considered by Christian Mysticism.
What Can We learn from Memorial Day Observances? (188-1 Sunday 5/27/1962)
Briefly reviews history and purpose of Memorial Day, which permits us to remember the presences of those who have been part of our lives who are no more here, but who are very much alive in the world of God. Describes events at and following transition, beginning with Angel of Transition. Describes Three Pools of Energy: cleansing, renewal, and baptism. Necessity for person to attend Memorial Service. During Life review, each person is their own judge. After thorough life review, reunion with loved ones, then exploration of inner worlds. Description of astral world sites of beauty and great interest. Mental world landscapes quite different.
How to Meet Tests (190-1 Sunday 6/10/1962)
When going through trying times in our lives, Flower tells us that remembering God is our control center and is the most important thing we learn. Our tests are to prove to us whether or not we have been sufficiently, not only instructed, but grounded in what we have learned in our dedication of God. She gives specific examples of what we can do to help us through difficult times or testings in our lives, and to learn from these experiences.
Added Insights into Christian Mysticism (194-1 Sunday 7/22/1962)
Flower states that Christian Mysticism is the very aim and endeavor of every Christian heart. The questing Christian who is on fire with love for God is conscious of the fact that in Christian Mysticism is a path that leads to God and an awareness and total comprehension of the spirit that made us. Discusses mystical states of consciousness. Cites lives of mystics, including Alfred Tennyson, Simone Weil and Thomas Merton.
Wielders of God's Light (195-1 Sunday 8/5/1962)
Flower looks at Light, a part of the third aspect of the Trinity, and the channels of Light who made spirituality, education, refinement and civilization possible. She tells us that as we use our spiritual understanding, the frequencies and velocities of Light are seeking to channel our minds, conduct and bodies. She explains that souls who are balanced, self-controlled and wise are counseled, enriched and healed by the Light and as we tune into God's Light prayerfully we may receive answers to our problems.
Drawing Closer to God Retreat II (3 of 3) (196-2 Sunday 8/12/1962)
Retreats exist to give people a plan where they may come and feel closer to the eternal. God is the reason for our incarnation. It is not beyond our capacity, nor our purpose, to keep the maker of our lives before us and keep ourselves responsible to Him. We are failing until we take that pledge of giving ourselves and loving God continuously, every moment, of every hour, of every day, every year, until by the thinking of that great rhythm of light, we are made finer and cleaner and closer, and spiritualized according to His way and His spirit.
Applying the Immensity Consciousness (198-1 Sunday 9/2/1962)
When we think of the manner and the great generosity of God, the manner by which He has created this cosmos, we should be in perpetual astonishment, wonder, humility and deep appreciation. And we should think of our own lives being challenged by the greatness and the grandeur of the scale upon which God conceives. So by thinking of the immensity consciousness and of the bigness of life and applying that to the minute circumstances with which we deal, we can never feel limited. Included in this talk is a wonderful exercise to help expand one's immensity consciousness.
Seven Bodies Series (1 of 4): The Etheric Astral and Mental Bodies (198-2 Sunday 9/9/1962)
We are instructed according to everything which our Lord taught that man is a septenary being. He has seven faculties and not just the God Spirit and physical body. Each of these forms has its own sphere of influence and its own purpose and its own objectives to achieve. But together, our seven bodies form the constellation of the self. In this talk, Flower describes the lower bodies, what fortifies them, and what depletes them of energy.
Michaelmas: Feast of the Angels (200-2 Sunday 9/30/1962)
Beauty, purity and purposes of Angels described, especially work of Guardian Angels. Angels have garments of essence in continual motion. Artists sensed and drew this as wings. Describes ways Angels assist mortals and responses to prayer. Differences between Angelic and human evolution. We are unceasingly in the presence of Angels, wherever we move, because Intelligences of this purest and highest creation are carrying out the will of God in the most minute as well as the most major circumstances and undertakings.
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.
Silence and What It Is (205-1 Sunday 11/11/1962)
Differentiates Silence from prayer and meditation. Describes three stages in Silence: conditioning ourselves for divine reception, standing receptively in God's light, entering a higher state of being. States that Silence is entering the boundary of God's great country of the Eternal. Gives keynotes of Silence, including stillness, joy; and expectancy.
The Necessary Cultivation of Tranquility (224-2 Sunday 6/2/1963)
An inspiring talk on striving for inner peace. At the kernel of every soul that lives in this dimension and in God's country is a center where God is, and all peace rests upon this center and man's abiding within it. To have peace we should really think of a sunburst as from within us, raying out its flashing points of light into our entire aura, and we should stand still in the mystery and the wonder of that flashing of the star of our God Self. And whenever we are inclined to be the most disturbed, we should stop and practice this attunement to the star of our inner being.
Man's Glorious Future (229-2 Sunday 8/18/1963)
In every congregation, regardless of its size, there are today, as well as has been true of the past, three types of students who are awakening towards a realization of God. One of these types is called the follower, the next is called the seeker, and the third is called the awakened, or the consecrated. Flower gives many examples of illumined persons and their experiences.
Keep This Day Fortified (233-1 Sunday 10/13/1963)
Flower A. Newhouse shares ideas from her earlier booklet, The Armor of the Spiritual Life, telling us we are each given the same number of hours in the day to bring forth the best we can. She suggests putting spiritual armor around ourselves in the form of various aspects of prayer, meditation, concentration, contemplation, previsioning the day, light-treatment and triple ring-pass-not of the white light of Christ. She explains that Masterhood begins right where we are, and as we train ourselves we will be flooded by the Light of God-inspired effort and growth.
God Within and God Unfolded (234-1 Sunday 10/20/1963)
Man is beginning to recognize that they are more than body and a spirit. We are a septenary or seven-fold being, and that because we are seven-fold, we have much to do in overcoming as well as raising and enhancing of these powers that belong to our inner nature. Describes the attributes of our lower quadrate (physical, etheric, astral, mental bodies) and higher triad (soul, adonai, monad), as well as the symbols, characteristics and terminology of our higher bodies. Descriptions of initiates and masters. Compares God inherent and potential with actualized and unfolded.
They Walked with God (235-1 Sunday 11/3/1963)
Next to man's discovery of the truth of God comes the exampleship of great souls who have desired nothing so much but communion with the everlasting. We need the inspiration and the confirmations that these souls who are more advanced than ourselves have to give us. We need whatever the Saints have to say to us. We require their courage, their fortitude, their devotion. They can simplify the way of our own becoming because they are the prophecy of what we shall be ourselves one day. And therefore we should be most interested in every great soul that we learn about, for in his life and in his words and in his radiation we have something that is better than food for the body, because it is food for the soul.
Evolution and the Bible (236-1 Sunday 11/17/1963)
Flower explains the esoteric perspective of human creation in relation to the Bible story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the scientific theory of evolution. Flower shares that both science and religion contain truth in their diverse theories on evolution. Science tells us that all life is evolving, that it is unfinished as yet. That is true for the physical side. Religion tells us that man was made in God's image, and that is true, but the two persons are different. Religion speaks of the inner man and science speaks of the outer one. They are not speaking of the same aspect, and if we understand that we can better realize how they can come into agreement at some time in the future.
The Magic of Giving Thanks (236-2 Sunday 11/24/1963)
Discussion of the first Thanksgiving and how it came to be a legal holiday. Now people have many reasons for being thankful, but it should not take a certain day a year to remind them of their blessings. Gratitude has a healing quality. If we could see clairvoyantly we would notice that our thoughts changed from flat thought forms of a neutral or beige color, which is a nondescript form of thinking, to thinking in terms of beautiful rounded thought forms which suddenly burst their rounded form and became like flaming pyramids of orchid colors and these colorful forms would travel swiftly into the great light of God.
Why We Are Here (237-2 Sunday 12/8/1963)
Flower describes why we have an earthly existence and what our reason for being is. Simply put, we are here to recognize the Divine within each of us. She uses the analogy to our own human growth and evolvement of the lowly acorn and its unfoldment to becoming the mighty oak tree. She reminds us that our earthly home is only temporary and our true home is with God. This we should never forget.
Visualization (239-1 Sunday 1/26/1964)
The first segment of this talk addresses the function of the Holy Trinity and how we should focus our prayers to the different aspects of God. The second segment is on the importance of visualization, particularly in our meditations and prayer work. Flower compares the spiritual aspirations and meditation techniques of the Eastern student, for example a Zen student, to that of the Western spiritual student, specifically Christian and the use visualization as a tool in meditations and prayer work.
The Great Path and How We Are Related to It (245-2 Sunday 4/5/1964)
Regarding the purpose of life, Flower tells us that man incarnates on earth in order to find God here. She then recounts various states and conditions of human evolution along the upward Path, including testings or minor initiations of the four elements. Discusses alchemical transformations of the spirit, then describes qualities of each of the major degrees of initiation. Concludes with audience questions and answers.
Interesting Aspects of Occultism (264-2 Sunday 11/15/1964)
Perhaps the first thing which is given to us in esoteric teachings, that has not been shown us before is: that we come to life with a purpose, and secondly, that we are accountable every moment for our inner growth. We are a self-evolving person, responsible for our own perfectibility. God gave us life and that is His gift to us. Now we must, through growth, perfect it. We are what we are because we have made ourselves so, and at this very moment we are making ourselves that which we will experience in the future. No other line of teaching tells us that.
Christmas is an Initiatory Reminder (268-1 Sunday 12/20/1964)
Christmas is the spirit of Christ made manifest and visible to man, transforming our outer lives. It is a time to adore the living Christ, the model of our own becoming. Christmas is a reminder of the first degree of initiation. Describes traits of initiates. A reborn soul has, as his or her predominant quality, obedience to superior development and attainment, and to everything that is above one in God. Describes symbolism of Christmas star, manger, Bethlehem, tree, bells, carols.
The Esoteric Side of the Taking and Keeping of Promises (271-2 Sunday 2/7/1965)
Flower first speaks about the importance of keeping one's word. She describes esoterically what occurs when we make a promise or pledge to ourselves, someone or something else. She tells us that those who are insincere have karmic consequences. Flower then shares spiritual impressions from different music numbers that a group of listeners responded to. Flower shares her own impressions along with those of the group. The talk concludes with a led meditation that pledges the participant to God.
Eliminating Self-Centeredness (273-1 Sunday 2/28/1965)
Flower explains the restricting growth self-centeredness causes us in our personal evolution. Anyone who is selfish is a child who has not grown up into spiritual maturity. Flower shares examples of individuals who exemplified love and unselfishness. Love only wants to raise, to lift, and to help, love is kind and just. Love is gratitude in expression. Love is of God, and being of God it will bless the receiver as well as the possessor of this wondrous current. Let us remember all the days of our lives that we are to love, not as our personality self wants to love, not even as our higher self desires to love, but as our Lord loves.
Dwell in Living Time (283-2 Sunday 7/11/1965)
Living cannot be improved unless we give spiritual attention to time. When we do that, then we make no more mistakes in calculating time unwisely or in wasting it or in being heedless of its vast privilege. God's gift to us is eternal life and that eternal life should begin right now in living time because it is a foretaste of our own immortality. And it brings us in alignment with the inner worlds, which we should know even before we enter them. It gives us the consciousness that makes us worthy to go home to God when we are ready.
Initiations: Past and Present (284-1 Sunday 7/18/1965)
Each life we recapitulate what we have overcome in the past. Initiation begins with tests and ends with transformation. Our relationship with God must come first, families are secondary. Quotes from book The New Priesthood by Ralph Lapp and Alfred North Whitehead. Discussion of importance of developing ESP for right use. The Piscean message is to come to self-understanding. Symbolism of the fish explained. Our shadow nature is the residue of the unconquered things of the past that we sometimes project onto others. Discussion of anima and animus. Analysis of a dream of one of Jung's patients concerning the animus.
How to Receive Richly from Nature (284-2 Sunday 8/1/1965)
Flower emphasizes the importance of tuning in to the Divinity in nature when we are in the out of doors. We must want very much to find God in His garment of nature. And if we keep our attention observant and alert, attuned, and grateful to His Presence, we will begin, even through our five senses, to be conscious of things we never realized before. She tells us that mountains are spiritual centers and that we should yearn to love mountains, if we do not already do so. Flower describes that when flowers and trees are watered and cared for lovingly by us they respond like pets.
Experiencing Creative Attunement (286-1 Sunday 8/29/1965)
This talk is about how creativity must be incorporated into every aspect of our lives, from the daily tasks we perform to how we meditate and think of God. Specific examples are given to help with ideas of ways to bring this about, including a guided meditation using creative visualization.
Why Knowledge of the Angels is Important (289-2 Sunday 9/26/1965)
Bible and many other religious and cultural examples honoring Angels given. Individuals with Angel beliefs and experiences shared, including Joy Day's experience. Angels are still in existence at this moment, carrying out God's wishes, teachings of the Angels and their helpfulness does not pertain to any one age, nor to only a certain limited amount of persons. This help is given to all who are prepared and who make themselves ready for such unfoldment and disclosure. Angels do not want our human worship, nor wish us to interfere with their labors. The more types of Angel beings we know, the better for us in our meditative work.
In Everything Give Thanks (292-2 Sunday 11/21/1965)
If we are grateful, we open spiritually. We are much more sensitive and responsive or receptive to the great glories that pour forth esoterically through the Christmas season. Thanksgiving is a period in which we recapitulate, reappraise and reexpress the many things for which we are grateful. It cleanses the feelings and makes them pure and God-aligned, and brings us into condition for enlightenment. Since our nation is the cradle of the new race, America is an archetype in its highest aspirations of those qualities which we all bless. On Thanksgiving day, we repeat the summarizing of that which our soul knows to have been good for us. The more we are grateful for shelter, for the joy of our loved family, for beauty, the more we appreciate those things, without being unduly attached to them, the more we will attract still more abundantly and ever better quality will come to us.
Man's Purpose in Life (301-1 Sunday 3/13/1966)
This talk is very specific in what our purpose in life is–to be more God conscious, more God aware. Flower gives examples of how we can live our lives more purposely. She also explains the difference between a spiritual purpose and a personal mission, since people often confuse the two. She shares her personal as well as others' experiences that illustrate living life with spiritual purpose, and presents that purpose in nine parts.
Contacting the Creative Source (301-2 Sunday 3/20/1966)
Focusing on the creativity of the mind, the Reverend Newhouse tells of the great reservoir of Divine power, knowledge and energy available to us. To tune in to the Divine, we need a suitable condition for tuning in, minds trained to be open and alert stillness. She says our striving should be self-emptied and God filled as we learn to be accountable for every thought and to use our minds purely, rightly, unselfishly and helpfully. By envisioning what is needed (constructive desire), supplying that archetype (steadfast expectation), blessing it each day (reverent attention) and showing our appreciation we can bring forth what is idealized. She tells us that clarity in thought forms is more important than strength.
Of What Does an Ideal Awareness in Nature Consist? (308-2 Sunday 6/26/1966)
The more an individual loves nature the better is it revealed that he is advancing. The more mature the soul the deeper will be his love for the out-of-doors and for the creatures. God has placed within man an awareness, sometimes it is only intuitional but that is enough, of another kingdom; a kingdom that serves the trees, the grasses, the winds, the storm and all the loveliness of nature. And the same intuition tells us that we can receive much from this other side of life if we are open to its inner perspective.
Now Is the Time (309-2 Sunday 7/17/1966)
Reverend Newhouse explains vertical versus passing time and the rewards of using vertical time throughout our daily lives. Reverend Newhouse persuades us that now is the time to practice vertical time and be attuned to God.
The Watchful Eye of Spirit (310-1 Sunday 7/24/1966)
This talk describes what it means to be interested in God, to want to know more about the Eternal, not just believing in God, but realizing God. Flower gives examples of persons who are transformed in their realization of God. There is an all seeing eye of Spirit all around us and in us, and we should be thoughtful and respectful and reverence before this Glorious Presence.
The Light That Fills the Hearts of Men (320-1 Sunday 12/25/1966)
Through Christ we receive the impulse of the Christing of our own nature. When the Lord Jesus became the Lord Emmanuel at His ascension, He became the director of the Christ Spirit and charged it with his own Beinghood. We have a twofold responsibility: firstly, to remember our Lord Christ and what he represents; secondly, we owe our Lord the increase of the Christ spirit, day by day, by making the commonplace uncommon. The meaning of Christmas is so deep because it unites the physical and eternal world, and it relates us to that part of us which has always belonged to God and will forever. When the Christ looks at you, he makes you feel as though he sees the God indwelling that you are becoming. He makes you know that he sees what you can be.
The Dweller on the Threshold (324-1 Sunday 2/19/1967)
Reverend Newhouse explains the dweller's identity, how it subverts our best intentions and how we should go about rising above it on our path to God. She reminds us that the sufferings of the now are not to be compared with the glory which is to be revealed to us. Say that to yourself when you are tried by your own tendency to be fearful, or jealous, or suspicious, or worrisome.
Unveiling the Mysteries of the Holy Spirit (324-2 Sunday 3/5/1967)
Flower explains the aspect of God in and throughout the Holy Comforter. We need to understand more about the Holy Spirit if we are to develop the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and are to be guided, blessed, and helped by it. This third aspect of God, functions throughout our planet, just as the Christ Spirit, and God the Mother, Father Spirit, do. Flower shares the symbols (white dove, rush of wind, seal of the Holy spirit) of Holy Spirit and cites relevant Bible verses. Describes manifestations and functions of this aspect, as enlightener, stimulator, awakener. Gives examples of outposts of Holy Spirit. There will be an increased emphasis on Holy spirit with coming of Aquarian Age. Ends with brief, but fascinating Question and Answer session.
The Chakras that are Present in Us (325-1 Sunday 3/19/1967)
Flower describes the chakras, their appearance, colors and location in each of the higher bodies. Explains their differing functions in each of our inner bodies. Describes three energies coursing through thespinal cord–the life force from God the Whole courses down; Vitality energy spirals up from right side of spine; Kundalina fire begins on left side of spine implanting its energies at the seven sacred centers. States that God in us, our Divine spirit, has its outflow through the heart chakra. Notes that on Palm Sunday our Lord Christ was aware of the tremendous background that He had behind Him. In that preparation he knew how to work on his inner bodies so that the tumultuous acclaim of the excited, fickle, changeable crowd did not excite him.
Values to Be Derived from Power Tides and Cycles (350-2 Sunday 2/4/1968)
Explains God's cycles of occurrence, regularity, and alternation, according to the Law of periodicity. Outlines the cycles in a day, the 52-day cycles of the year, and the seven-year cycle, . Emphasizes the best use of these cycles and tides, during the hours of our days and days of our lifetime.
The One God and the Meanings of the Other Gods (352-2 Sunday 2/18/1968)
Gods of ancient times are actually higher beings. There is one Supreme God, but there are other great intelligences to whom early men gave the term God. They are used by the One Great God to carry out His purposes. Early man realized that there was a Hierarchy of just souls made pure in God and that there were many branches to this stream of life force that sustained creation. There are great evolved beings who are above the rulers of the ocean, the rulers of the air and fire and water. These are the tremendous Tija. The early Grecian, Romans, Babylonians, and Persians and all of the people of those earlier times were really speaking of true intelligences.
Mankind's Great Goal (357-2 Sunday 3/31/1968)
Flower reveals that the goal of mankind is to know the source of his origin through illumination. She describes in great detail the five life waves of humanity on this earth, which began several millions of years ago, much longer than science has claimed. We are currently in the fifth wave, which alone began about 18 million years ago. She explains how each wave has advanced to the next and that through it all we have but one purpose, and that is to be reconnected to God in full consciousness through illumination.
The Meaning of the Sacrament of Beauty (364-2 Sunday 6/23/1968)
Flower states that God comes to us by many paths, and we should welcome and value every path He uses. For one of the greatest and most joyous ways He illumines and touches is by the beauty of holiness, by beauty - the spirit of true and genuine beauty. It is a wonderful thing to be aware that all art is sacramental. Everything we do can become an art - our living, our thinking, our meditations - everything. She details how a person with extended perception experiences examples of the arts - four-dimensionally, and describes great art as it appears in the higher planes.
The Quality of Mercy and How to Apply It (367-1 Sunday 7/21/1968)
At least ninety percent of all that blesses us is from the Spirit of Grace. A small percentage comes from what we have earned. Spirit of Grace is a great reservoir of Divine stored energy that is wholly related to and dedicated to Divine mercy and the dispensing of grace throughout the cosmos; under the dispensation of and guidance of a woman Lord called a Regina. God's givingness flows to us from the source of grace, more than from any other source. Spirit of Grace alone will give without demanding any cost whatsoever. Must not ask for grace for ourselves; only for others. We need to be channels of grace, toward ourselves and to others; younger souls who need someone to help. Small things as important as big things. Flower shares how important it is to love and care for animals.
In Nature's Glories Are Great Lessons (368-1 Sunday 8/4/1968)
This talk inspires one to go out into nature with a whole new outlook and receptivity than one has previously experienced. Flower shares with us how we can benefit from the great blessings nature has to offer us not only on a physical level through our five senses, but how we can be touched and blessed on a superphysical level as well. She says, that the more casual you are in nature, the more dormant your inner faculties are. But as it is true with everything, the more appreciative you are, and that is one of the things you have to do in approaching the Spirit of Grace, if you sound appreciation through all of your five senses, plus your sixth and seventh senses, you will not only give something to the Divine around you, to God in nature, but you will receive something from the Divine itself.
Understanding the Value of the Sacraments (373-2 Sunday 10/27/1968)
A church is a holy place where one encounters God. Holy Ones enter from the altar which represents the peak in man; the nave represents the filling of power; candles represent the presence of the Living Christ; Bible represents the Word of God; christening service gives permanent thought form by representative of the Christ and creates a link between inner and outer. Inner values of communion service, baptism, marriage, memorial, home blessing and dedication services described. Memorial service is most transcendent of all.
The Prime Importance of Humility (374-2 Sunday 11/10/1968)
We've only one thing to be and that is humble, because we are unfinished. Flower reminds us that we humans are a work in progress, and even in our accomplishments we cannot take credit for it is only because the Divine God Indwelling that we make any progress at all. Flower shares many examples and persons exemplifying humility in the first half of this talk. The second half is given by Dr. Stephen Isaac, who shares the psychological understanding and impact of this great quality.
The Three Paths to Union with God (379-2 Sunday 1/19/1969)
Three different ways to God are examined. Reverend Newhouse explains the drawbacks and strengths of each of these paths: the path of service; the path of the intellect; and the path of devotion or love. Each of us belongs to one of these ways quite naturally. However as we advance we begin to take on the white light of truth so that the qualities of the other ways, even those that are outside of the three we mentioned, and we become a composite of all those ways of development by which men are led to Divine union.
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.
Nature As Healer and Enlightener (394-2 Sunday 6/22/1969)
There are many paths by which we meet God, and upon which He speaks to us. Among them are the way of reverence through religion, the way of music, the way of color, the way of beauty, and the way of nature. We believe that for the most part the initiations of nature, or the ways of nature, are the least tried by most Christians. This is because they are so immersed in details, they are so lost in the abstractions of their routine living, that they do not disengage themselves sufficiently to behold with wonder the voice of God speaking through His firmament.
Music is the Gateway into Divine Presence (396-1 Sunday 7/20/1969)
Flower explains music as a path to higher consciousness. Most persons feel it on the astral; can be used to cleanse heavy emotions. Can step into mental bodies and be analytical. We can step into our soul bodies; this is harder to do; when we listen with our causal body, instead of the music being out there, and we observers, we are instead participators. On causal level we are one with everything we appreciate, and therefore when hearing great music it sounds through one. Describes thought forms, colors and archetypes seen while listening to musical excerpts. Describes inner music at transition to inner worlds.
What Religion Is Attempting to Achieve (402-1 Sunday 10/12/1969)
Flower describes some troublesome trends in our country and how we need to take a stand for Truth. The emphasis is put on how we need to constantly be striving for growth toward God. She says, With spiritual illumination comes the realization that God is endeavoring to perfect His creation. For each phase of His creation, He has a purpose. He achieves the perfecting of creation through various means; one of them is through His love and caring for creation.
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.
Consciousness Is an Able Tool (411-1 Sunday 2/15/1970)
As we take steps upward in consciousness, return in thought to God, and to repledge the gift of ourselves to His Holy Presence and Holy Cause. Followed by Questions and Answers.
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.
Consciousness Is Our Best Tool (428-2 Sunday 8/9/1970)
Describes evolution of consciousness in mankind, from earliest lives to present, then extends to future higher inner world states. Progression from body consciousness, self-consciousness, awakening (spiritual) consciousness. Describes sheaths formed around our God Inbeing, the Divine Knower. Most spiritual-minded persons stand today are filled with an awakening that there is God in whom they live and move and have their being. this outer form they see is but the smallest part of Being which they are, and that behind and within Being itself is the divine Indweller forever one with God the whole.
The Mystical Experience (450-1 Sunday 2/21/1971)
Mysticism is the practice of the art of Divine Union. It is the endeavor of the soul to draw nearer to God. For that reason it uses all of a man, and claims all of him. Of all the approaches to God, it is the only one that knows synthesis. Flower defines mysticism, gives many examples of mystical traits, behaviors, and examples of mystics in many fields of art, music, religion, literature.
Extending Our Inner Life of Prayer (465-2 Sunday 6/20/1971)
This talk not only emphasizes the importance of prayer in daily living, but gives specific instructions in improving one's prayer work. We are reminded that prayer is a necessary part of the dedicated Christian's life. Flower gives examples of how prayer can make a difference in our lives, and how prayers that are brief, but from the heart, are the most effective. She says that Prayer offers us communion with the Divine Pray-er in us. That Divine Presence of God Indwelling can pray to its own Divine Source or speak through us thus.
Walking in Beauty (466-1 Sunday 6/27/1971)
This talk awakens us to the beauty that is all around us, not only God's artwork in nature, but in the fine arts as well as our everyday living. Flower stresses the importance of creating beauty in our homes and in our daily surroundings through our choice of artwork, jewelry and decorations. She encourages us to listen to uplifting music and visit museums of fine art. She shares what she sees clairvoyantly when gazing upon a painting that is done well. She advises us to become that type of Christian that walks with awe in the imminence of God's presence in nature, who listens with inner feeling to monumental works of harmonious sound. Appreciate tremendous beauty and receive from it the charging that is there for you. See every hour as a new canvas upon which you may make your impressions, your impressions of raising the hour into the level of harmonious significance, or into the expression of the beauty of holiness.
Insights into the Destiny of the United States (466-2 Sunday 7/4/1971)
America was destined by the great hierarchy of Just and Pure Souls Made Perfect in God to serve a spiritual purpose. This purpose concerned the fact that in our country centuries ago was prepared the seeds for a new civilization, a new seed bed of ideas. This talk was given in a time where Communism was a dark cloud over humanity, at a pivotal point in our human evolution. Flower explains the development of humanity from the beginning of time, and how in different time periods there were highly developed souls brought into a certain country to help lift and direct our evolution. America is the center of the 6th sub-root race, and despite its faults, is leading humanity to a higher place of development.
The Hierarchy of Great Souls Made Perfect in God: The Masters (469-1 Sunday 8/15/1971)
Describes perfected beings that still have any connection with humanity; their functions and locations in inner worlds. Inner hierarchy has its seat in Shamballa; led by the Christ; different masters serve in different areas such as government, education, healing, arts, science and religion. Angel Hierarchy also exists, led by the Angel King, works with weather, elements, rising of continents, life on earth through nature. These two hierarchies meet and mingle, that is, their leaders may confer in council. Each, knowing the intentions of the other, can do much better in his own sphere of service.
The Meaning of the Sacred and the Profane Beauty (477-2 Sunday 11/7/1971)
Flower discusses the higher meaning of all art forms in this talk, which is inspired by a book she read by Gerardus Van Der Leeuw, a Finnish writer and a great genius. Flower concludes that all this brings home to us the task of making our own lives beautiful. If we are not dancers, we can walk with greater grace. We may not be trained or great singers, but at least we can sing with all our souls to God and through what we sing, be healed of minor limitations.
The Language of the Soul (484-1 Sunday 12/12/1971)
The soul knows truth instantly. It is the shining vehicle; it is the vehicle that knows God. The soul gives us the courage, the vision, the genius , the know-how, for any task which we are given. All we need to do is keep in touch, keep attuned to the Higher Self. The soul is never wordy or superficial. Language of the soul is one of beauty, harmony, and great inspiration. Life lessons are impressed on us by soul. Soul intuits reality in every situation. Gifts of the soul are listed. Finishes with Questions and Answers.
May's Lovely Differences (500-2 Sunday 5/7/1972)
Flower A. Newhouse stresses the importance of the month of May as a time for deep appreciation and reverence for the beauty God has created in nature. She speaks of the physical beauty at this time of year and explores how animals see color. She describes the inner aspects of May and what occurs on the superphysical plane as nature intelligences return to the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere as other nature servers flock to the southern hemisphere. She describes the inner temples that dwell on mountain peaks and tells us that May is most like the atmosphere, climate, and the beauty of the inner worlds. She also shares traits of the two astrological signs of this month–Taurus and Gemini, as well as famous persons under these signs, and shares her own experience as a Taurian.
Confronting Angels as a Reality (515-1 Sunday 10/1/1972)
Begins with discussion on book, Men and Angels, by Theodora Ward, explaining Ward's research and discovery of Angels. Author had experience, as she wrote the book of feeling Presence. Later gives examples from Bible. Gives many New Testament and apocryphal examples as well. Swedenborg and William Blake knew Angels by sight. Some persons were even jealous of the Angels - one was Martin Luther; another was John Calvin. The Angels are perpetually aware of the glory of God and are praising God and giving Him thanksgiving. We can do likewise, and in doing so we'll feel the reverberations of their frequencies moving in and among us.
The Holiness of Christmas (520-2 Sunday 12/24/1972)
This talk was given on Christmas Eve Sunday at the close of a Christmas Retreat. Flower begins by describing the Christ's purpose for our humanity, then leads into a description of what takes place on the inner on Christmas Eve with the approach of the Hierarchy in celebration of Christs birth, referred to as the Nativity on higher planes. She ends the talk by sharing with us what we can gain if we celebrate Christmas rightly. There is no one in the world that is more interested in you and your future than this One who is carrying out God's will directly of spiritualizing the entire planet. Help Him to do that.
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.
Contemplation: The Art of Spiritual Envisionment (549-2 Sunday 2/17/1974)
In this talk the Rev. Flower A. Newhouse tells us that meditation is the most important thing we do and that contemplation, the very summit of our innermost practices, brings contact with the Supreme within and illumination. She speaks of being in the rarified atmosphere of the Divine where the soul exists and the flashes of inspiration which occur in that state. She describes how three layers of the alphabet came to her during contemplation and the use of them in names. Flower explains that we are aware of God when we cease to be aware of ourselves, and that vertical consciousness brings us into God's presence.
Gates of Illumination (554-2 Sunday 4/28/1974)
This talk challenges one to prepare for illumination. Flower shares with us the three stages of illumination. First, the union with God. During this stage, we feel one with all of life. The second stage is illumination, and in this stage we see life newly. The third stage is enlightenment, and this is where the real change in ourselves occurs. The state of enlightenment begins to relate all that we have experienced now to the changing of ourselves, to our being freed from negativities, to our newness of being, which we are feeling. Flower shares the experiences of illumination that different individuals have had, including her own.
Not Who but What is God? (569-1 Sunday 11/24/1974)
Flower discusses what God is, God the Whole. God remains beyond the limitations of our minds because He is infinite and we are finite, because the rational mind cannot truly, properly, and deeply understand the imperishable, and that which exceeds rationality. We are filled with this Force of God when we are properly attuned. Mentions scientists who are tuned in to impersonal God, the great Intelligence, power of the universe. Stresses need for renunciation, overcoming of personality self.
The Aspect of the Divine Mother (570-1 Sunday 12/8/1974)
The Holy Spirit as Distinct from the Christ Spirit (612-2 Sunday 8/8/1976)
The Angels Bless All Kingdoms (616-2 Sunday 9/26/1976)
It is time that man recognizes that Angels are real. An Angel's retreat for renewal and recharging is called a Habitude. Flower describes several Angel Habitudes in higher planes. Describes Angels and their beauty; only the face would be visible, the rest is Light. Explains that the Angel kingdom is much older than human kingdom. All of Their activities for all kingdoms, of Man, Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral, are to the glory of God.
God's Purpose in the Creation of Animals (617-1 Sunday 10/3/1976)
Angels Express the Glory of God (667-2 Sunday 10/1/1978)
Angels Are Called by God to Us (692-2 Sunday 9/30/1979)
Man's Gift to God (696-1 Sunday 11/18/1979)
Our Very Important Guardian Angels (762-1 Sunday 5/30/1982)
Do you know your Guardian Angel? Do you feel her? Flower A. Newhouse addresses in great depth our relationship to our Guardian Angels. Through examples in her own life, she illustrates how this Shining One is our greatest supporter and spiritual teacher from the inner realms-a gift from God. Questions and answers in regards to Guardian Angels conclude this talk.
More about the Angels (770-1 Sunday 9/26/1982)
Angels are everywhere and more numerous than the human kingdom. The Bible has 295 references to Angels. The Council of Nicea in the 4th century struck out far more material from the Bible than is now available. At that time they felt that subject of Angels was so glorious and great that if it was too emphasized in Christianity, that people would not honor the Christ as much as they do. The churches leave out an emphasis of the Angel kingdom. This leaves a great gap between God and Christ, and all of the Aspects of Divinity. There must be something in between! Angels are messengers from God. Flower describes the appearance of Angels at Michaelmas and mentions St. Patrick, Mortimer Adler, Dionysius, and Thomas Aquinas on the Angels.
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.
God's Spirit Indwells Us. How Do We Perceive This? (804-1 Sunday 1/15/1984)
Flower describes ways to draw closer to God the Whole and God Indwelling, how to 'live the life'. There isn't anything more important than learning more about God. This is the message given by our Lord Christ. He knew God, He worshiped God, and because He did, He gave us the incentive to seek God, to know what He is like, and to be worthy of such communication.
The Blossoming of Consciousness (805-2 Sunday 2/5/1984)
In this talk on the unfolding of our minds and souls to a higher consciousness that connects us to the Divine, Flower describes the importance of using and developing our higher faculties. One visualization that she shares to help us do this is to keep before you a triangle, inside of which is the eye of God. The base of it is truth, one side of it is goodness and the other side is beauty. All of consciousness needs to express those three qualities, and wherever you find that done you will discover a beautiful consciousness.
Your State of Consciousness (808-2 Sunday 3/18/1984)
In this talk, Flower stresses to be a watchman of your thoughts at all times. She goes on to explain that we need to still our minds in order to let God in. She tells us our consciousness is an eternal gift, and that we are preparing ourselves for that time when we are not in physical form, but all consciousness.
The Meaning of the Holy Comforter (813-2 Sunday 5/27/1984)
Angels (874-2 Sunday 9/28/1986)
Orthodox churches may mention but don't teach about Angels. Angels are a glorious order. They are so much higher, their purity, goodness, love and self-giving is in what they are and do for those they serve. God wanted man and the creatures to be cared for, and very lovingly. Angels were given charge of caring for us. Whoever hasn't seen an Angel or loved one, is very impoverished. Flower describes several different orders of Angels and their interactions with men, animals, other needs. Angels of healing, of love, of initiation, of time, of transformation, of guardianship, of protection, of destiny, and many others. Angels are desirous of helping people understand what it is they are to know; to realize that they should improve their relationships; to know that they can be stronger than they are. There's no mother's love, no teacher's love, no child's love, that can ever compare to your Guardian Angel's love. Wherever you go, you will be protected.
Our Nation Dedicated to God in Our Father's World (920-2 Sunday 7/3/1988)
America was formerly Greece and England was Rome. Rome was critical of Greece, and today England is critical of America. Flower told of her conversations with tour guides in other countries concerning our loyalty to our country. America has a part to play in the destiny of the world. Americans have a responsibility to express freedom, courage and determination to the world.
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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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