Equal Partners in Service ~ A Four-Week Course


I acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between giving and receiving, understanding that both are essential for the wellbeing of myself and others.

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

Course Description


To explore unconscious assumptions about giving and receiving and become aware of selfless service as the ultimate purpose of one's spiritual journey.


            The inability to fully receive arises from the ego's need to defend itself against love.
            ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD. Born to Serve

              1. To understand the reciprocal relationship between giving and receiving and the necessity for both
              2. To raise awareness of the hidden assumptions held about giving and receiving
              3. To recognize the fundamental role of a healthy relationship to giving and receiving from a spiritual perspective
              4. To learn about and taste the experience of selfless service

                MAKING THE DECISION

                Do you sometimes wonder what the point is of all the work you do? Do you become discouraged, angry, or resentful when your work does not produce results or when you are not appreciated?  Do you feel you are in the world to be of service but are unsure of what form your service should take?

                Do you find it difficult to receive? Do you give out of a sense of obligation?  Do you give and give and give, becoming burned out from your service?  Would you like to have tools that help you change your inner state to allow you to see giving and receiving from a larger spiritual perspective?

                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 SEVEN: Giving and Receiving supports your understanding of the relationship between giving and receiving through the understanding and practice of Tribute Seven:  I acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between giving and receiving, understanding that both are essential for the wellbeing of myself and others. As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the program requirements and time commitments listed below.

                Topics Covered

                • Tribute Seven and Tenets: I acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between giving and receiving, understanding that both are essential for the wellbeing of myself and others.
                • Understanding the Reciprocal Relationship Between Giving and Receiving
                • Uncovering Mental Models of Giving and Receiving
                • Understanding and Practicing Seva, or Selfless Service


                • 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

                Living with an attitude of selfless service is ... the ultimate purpose of our respective spiritual journeys. We are born to learn how to serve the Inner Self,
                the God-Self within ourselves and others, and in this way to live in the consciousness of the True Self. ~ 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

                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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