Awakening to Happiness ~ A Four-Week Course


My life goal is to align my will with Divine Will
and to increase the time I function in this state
of Higher Knowing.

~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve
and The Clarion Call


To explore the essential nature of the human will - its development, wounding, and strengthening – and to apply this understanding in daily life


            We can use our will either as a source of wisdom and happiness or a source of power over others.

            ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve

                    1. To discover the four major ways the will develops – in strength, skill, goodness, and spirituality
                    2. To explore how the will’s wounding at a young age impacts physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing throughout life
                    3. To learn psychological and spiritual practices that support healing the will
                    4. To practice ways to develop and strengthen the will

                            MAKING THE DECISION

                            Are you concerned about your failure to make healthy choices in your life?  Do you find you make healthy choices in your life yet don’t continue them after a few days or weeks?  Are you frustrated with your resistance to change?  Would you like to learn new skills more easily?   Do you procrastinate?  Do you have difficulty making decisions?  Does your present life continue to reflect emotional wounds you experienced in early life?  Are you impatient?  Do you get upset and angry when someone imposes their beliefs on you or gives you advice? Are you looking for ways to develop and strengthen your will?  Would you like to experience happiness in your life?

                            Carefully read and consider the Universal Tributes Courses introductory page.  Ask yourself if now is the time to devote yourself to beginning (or deepening) your spiritual journey using the psychological-spiritual tool of the Ten Universal Tributes.

                            The course for Universal Tribute ONE supports you in accessing compassion for yourself and others by observing life experiences nonjudgmentally and through the understanding and practice of Tribute One:  My life goal is to align my will with Divine Will and to increase the time I function in this state of Higher Knowing.

                            As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the program requirements and time commitments listed below.

                            Topics Covered

                            • Tribute One and Tenets:  My life goal is to align my will with Divine Will and to increase the time I function in this state of Higher Knowing.
                            • The will and its wounding
                            • Developing a healthy relationship with one’s will
                            • Working with four aspects of the will: Strong, Skillful, Good, Transpersonal


                                      • Follow the designated study steps and complete reading and worksheet assignments on schedule
                                      • Spend approximately one-half to one hour each day to complete the four-week course
                                      • Send designated worksheets to assigned faculty member
                                      • Apply course material in personal and work life
                                      • Discuss completed assignments and handouts in phone calls with your assigned faculty member, plus additional contact by email as needed
                                      • Lesson cannot be extended past the original four-week period

                                          Our happiness depends upon the willingness to understand the nature and function of our will and to welcome its strengthening and healing with highest unconditional regard.
                                          ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve

                                          ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

                                          1. Interested person is emailed course description
                                          2. Person registers if wishes to enroll by
                                            calling 703-706-5333 OR emailing

                                          ONCE REGISTERED

                                          1. Student is provided with the Table of Contents and the assignments and handouts for the month and asked to review them before orientation phone call or meeting.
                                          2. Phone or in-person orientation to review assignments and handouts for the month and set a starting date, as well as dates and times for the following phone calls*:
                                            • A half-hour “check-in” phone call from your assigned faculty member to address any questions you may have will take place one week after you have started the lesson.
                                            • A one-hour phone call made by you to your faculty member will take place at the end of the month to review the month’s assignments and experience with the material. Your faculty member will send you an email that explains the focus of this phone call.

                                          * Student is invited to contact the faculty member during the month via email or phone if s/he has difficulty working with the materials and needs support.

                                          Course Tuition: $100

                                          Fee Policy: Course paid in full at registration.  Full refund if you withdraw within three days.  Course fee is nonrefundable after three days.  Participant makes and pays for monthly phone calls.

                                          Text: You will need to purchase your own copy of Born to Serve. Purchasing a Universal Tribute Card Set is optional.

                                          Reference: Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, ©1997.

                                          Disclaimer: The Institute for the Advancement of Service does not provide medical or mental health care.  As such, courses and study programs are not intended to be psychotherapy, medical therapy, or a substitute for either one.  Participants are required to assume self-responsibility for their wellbeing by seeking, when appropriate, psychological and medical professional care.

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