A Three-Month Study Program


To support individuals in their experience of service as an expression of their soul’s evolution.

To integrate knowledge and experience concerning the soul-service connection by strengthening the awareness of the relationship between motives for serving and the quality of service.


  1. To experience service as an equal partnership between the server and the served; this partnership supports the emergence of each other’s higher potential into a joint masterpiece
  2. To experience service as a fulfilling and joyful presence in your soul’s journey
  3. To practice the dynamic relationship between your inner work and your service
  4. To acquire practical psychological and spiritual tools that support both the server and the served

The goal of all service is simply to bring out what is already there, to unveil the soul, to support the emergence of each other’s higher potential into a joint masterpiece.

~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve


Do you view serving others as a way to find meaning and purpose in your life?  Are you disillusioned that your service is not having the result you wish it would have?  Are you experiencing overwhelm, exhaustion, or a lack of joy in your service?  Do you see your service as a way to give but not to receive?  Are you searching for a spiritual approach to your service?

Ask yourself if now is the time to devote yourself to beginning (or deepening) your spiritual journey of service.  As a universal and cohesive philosophical framework, the Born to Serve Study Program, a website-based course, focuses on these topics:  service as the masterpiece of the soul, the nature of service, service and the evolution of the soul, the dimensions of service, the shadow of service, and the soul’s seven evolutionary stages of service.

Essential to understanding the soul’s evolution of service is the practice of the Ten Universal Tributes.  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 is a way to learn how to unify personal healing and service.

The Born to Serve Study Program consists of twelve modules of study.  You will work with two modules a month. Having an entire month for two modules allows time to work with the material and integrate its teaching at a gradual pace. As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the program requirements and time commitments listed below.


For optimal use of the study program material, be willing to acknowledge unrealized potential in yourself and to recognize projection, denial, and neglect in your own and others’ service. When you know that a reservoir of creativity and psychological and spiritual strength lies hidden within you, you can safely commit to improving the quality of your inner state and thus the quality of your service.  You can experience service as a joyful presence in your life.

Topics Covered

  • The Michelangelo metaphor of service as the masterpiece of the soul (one module)
  • Nature of the soul and its relationship to service (one module)
  • The soul’s unfoldment (one module)
  • Evolutionary shifts of consciousness for the twenty-first century (one module)
  • Dimensions of service (one module)
  • Prevalent shadow motivations for service and selected shadow-work exercises (three modules)
  • Seven evolutionary stages of service (four modules)
  • The Ten Universal Tributes and their Tenets (part of every module)
  • Psychological and spiritual support tools for the server (part of every module)


  • Follow the designated study steps and complete reading and worksheet assignments for each module on schedule
  • Spend approximately four to six hours a week (about an hour a day) to complete each of the twelve two-week modules
  • Apply material in personal and work life (service)
  • Work with the Universal Tributes and their Tenets
  • Discuss completed assignments and handouts in one-hour monthly phone calls with your assigned faculty member, plus additional contact by email as needed
  • Lesson cannot be extended past the original six-month period


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

Whether service is practiced as duty, charity, purification, or devotion, the call to service expresses the desire to love through action…we discover service as life rather than as something we do in life; we discover that everything we do is service.
~ Susan S. Trout, PhD Born to Serve


  1. Student is provided with Table of Contents and the first two modules and asked to review them before orientation phone call or meeting.
  2. Phone or in-person orientation to review assignments and handouts for the first 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 two weeks after you have started the first module.
    • A one-hour phone call made by you to your faculty member will take place at the end of each month to review the month’s assignments (e.g., first two module assignments in the first month) and experience with the material. Your faculty member will send you an email that explains the focus of these phone calls.

* 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: $400

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 ServePurchasing 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, website 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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