Newhouse, Flower (1909–1994)
Metaphysical teacher Flower Newhouse was born Mildred
Arlene Sechler on May 10, 1909, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
From her childhood days, she told her parents that her real
name was Flower, but they did not choose to follow her lead.
Her father died when she was six, and two years later her mother
remarried. They then moved out of Allentown and eventually
settled in Scranton. Shortly after that, the still-prepubescent
Mildred claimed that she was confronted by her guardian
angel, who told her that he was now taking charge of her development.
At the age of 13, Mildred again announced that she
wanted to be called Flower, and her mother and sister finally
gave in.
Through the next years, Mildred developed her own independent
ways, and her family learned to trust her inner
promptings. Thus, in 1924, they took very seriously the story
of her encounter of a new entity in her life whom she described
as John the Beloved. The spirit had come to her and called for
an immediate move to California. Within weeks they were in
Los Angeles. Flower found work as a salesperson in a retail
store, but twice a week began to teach what she had learned
from her spiritual contacts. Within a short time she was able to
become a full-time teacher. In 1933, while in San Bernardino,
California, to speak, she met Lawrence Newhouse, whom she
would marry later that year. He would become her confidant
and helpmate for the rest of his life. That same year she issued
the first of many booklets, The School of Life.
By this time Newhouse had come to see herself as the product
of a set of previous incarnations. She had returned this time
to be a teacher and to found a teachings center. She was in contact
with the broad range of spiritual entities from nature spirits
to the theosophical hierarchy, but saw her special emphasis to
be the enlightening of people concerning the ministry of angels.
Soon after their marriage, she and her husband began traveling
throughout North America and she built a large following.
She launched a periodical, the Inspiration Newsletter, in
1934, as a means to stay in contact. Finally in 1940, she found
a suitable and affordable tract of land upon which to build
Quest Haven, the spiritual center she had envisioned. When
dedicated, it became the headquarters of the Christward Ministry,
the name she gave to her far-flung work. People began to
move to land close by Quest Haven so they would be able to attend
the regular weekly events at the center.
The rest of her life, Newhouse concentrated her efforts on
building Quest Haven, writing a series of books, and composing
a set of lessons summarizing her teachings. Lawrence died
in 1963, but Flower lived for another 30 years, passing away in
1994.
Sources
The Christward Ministry. Vista, Calif. Christward Ministry,
n.d.
Isaac, Stephen. The Way of Discipleship to Christ. Escondido,
Calif. Christward Ministry, 1976.
Newhouse, Flower. The Christward Ministry. 4 vols. (lessons
1–208). Vista, Calif. Christward Publications, n.d.
———. The Meaning and Value of the Sacraments. Escondido,
Calif. Christward Ministry, 1971.

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