10 individual lessons

As a universal and cohesive philosophical framework, the ten Universal Tributes focus on ten essential aspects of one’s life journey:  will, purpose, service, inner work, choice, giving and receiving, extension, double vision, attitude, and spiritual invitation.

The ten Universal Tributes and their Tenets teach specifically how to manifest the Laws of Service in one's life.

The ten Universal Tributes and their Tenets were first received by Susan Trout in 1990 as inspired teachings. They are an inherent aspect of the foundational teachings of The Soul and Service Trilogy.

The word tribute describes the intentionality and quality of one person’s relationship with another person.  Being in the presence of another human being and having an opportunity to serve them is a tribute, a gift.  In giving a tribute, one holds all one gives, says, or does in a spirit of gratitude, respect, and honor.  The framework of the Ten Universal Tributes provides a way to learn how to unify personal healing and service.

Where Do I Begin?

The Universal Tributes Course consists of discrete four-week units of study, with a separate lesson available for each of the ten Tributes. You will work with one Tribute and its eight Tenets for one month and work with only one Tribute at a time. The four-week lesson for each Tribute allows time to work with the material and integrate its teaching at a gradual pace.

The Tributes can be studied and practiced in any order.  You may "enter" the Tributes Course at any point, or key aspect, on the Universal Tributes pyramid, choosing to enroll in a single lesson, to enroll in a succession of lessons, or take all ten lessons over time.  Individual lessons can also be repeated to go more deeply into the work.  If the Universal Tributes Course calls to you, it is recommended that you choose to begin with the Tribute that resonates with you and what is occurring in your life (or perhaps missing in your life) at this particular moment in time.

The Tributes show how to shift thoughts, actions, and words in order to look within rather than without for wholeness.

The following Universal Tributes Lessons are offered in one-month units:


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, practices, 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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