Accessing Compassion ~ A Four-Week Course


By continually doing my inner work, I engender compassion for myself and others.

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


To explore inner work as a way for individuals to nonjudgmentally observe life experiences that can lead to increased compassion for themselves and others


    1. To support and further the study of your inner state through engaging in inner work
    2. To learn more about the psyche and the spirit through inner work
    3. To use psychological and spiritual practices that promote healing of the psyche and spirit
    4. To learn from life experiences that support the development of compassion for self and others
    Continuous inner work provides the only way to address the denied parts of oneself through which one habitually has served. By removing the veil of unfinished business, one opens the way for the Divine Will to manifest. The fruit of this unceasing inner work matures into deepened compassion for self and others. ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve


    Are you looking for a way to be more comfortable within yourself?  Do you want to strengthen your inner life and expand your inner work?  Would you like to have tools to help understand the psyche of yourself and others through “spiritual eyes”?  Do you tend to have strong reactions?  Are you easily triggered?  Have you learned to observe your reactions without judgment?  Would you like to learn to respond from your True Self?  Are you looking for ways to learn more about spiritual gifts?

    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 Four: Inner Work & Compassion supports you in accessing compassion for yourself and others by observing life experiences nonjudgmentally and through the understanding and practice of Tribute Four: By continually doing my inner work, I engender compassion for myself and others. As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the course requirements and time commitments listed below.

    Topics Covered

    • Tribute Four and Tenets: By continually doing my inner work, I engender compassion for myself and others.
    • Understanding and Practicing Inner Work
    • Understanding and Practicing Compassion


    • 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
    We do not “get better” so much as we let go of the judgments we hold against ourselves. This inner work itself is our service; we serve as we work on our own healing. ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve


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


    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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