Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Sections

GROUP LIFE

Soul Lessons of Groups

The group life curriculum consists of five soul lessons: shared vision, greater good, right relations, service, and to stand strong in group consciousness.

Since its founding in 1980, the Institute for the Advancement of Service in Alexandria, Virginia, has been developing a template for leadership and group life that is grounded in soul development.  Members of the Institute have joined together in evolving a leadership and group life philosophy and its practical application that open the door of group cooperation and consciousness.  Two principles of personal development that have kept it focused and steadfast in its purpose are:


When groups decide to engage wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process, they enroll in the unique curriculum of the soul classroom of group life.
  1. The participation in our healing process (self-transformation)
  2. The willingness to extend unconditionally that healing to others (service)


Advancement in understanding and evolving group consciousness has been seeded by Aquarian energies. Whereas the Piscean era focused on authority invested in a leader, the Aquarian era shifts its focus to the group, embracing the authority or inner knowing of the individual members through group cooperation and discovery.  Inner knowing occurs when groups receive the Group Soul’s input and insight.  The Aquarian Era asks both leaders and groups to shift their style, purpose, and form of leadership and group life.

At the Institute, Aquarian group life serves as a classroom of the soul for the following purpose—to learn how to be in a group as an expression of higher consciousness rather than as an expression of the individual personality.  When groups decide to engage wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process, they enroll in the unique curriculum of the soul classroom of group life.  The intent of the Institute’s curriculum is to provide a practical road map that brings Aquarian group life into reality. This includes tools and practices for living each of the seven components of Aquarian group life:

  1. Stages of Soul Development
  2. Purpose of the Group Soul
  3. Universal Principles of Group Energy
  4. Soul Lessons of Groups
  5. Challenges of the Aquarian era
  6. Energy Triangle Model
  7. Spiritual Awakenings


Below is a summary of soul lessons of groups, one of the components of an Aquarian group life curriculum.


Soul Lessons of Groups

The group life curriculum consists of five soul lessons.  The first four lessons are shared vision, greater good, right relations, and service.  Once a group has mastered these four, it can attain the ultimate soul lesson – to stand strong in group consciousness.  Each soul lesson has challenges and integrates experience with knowledge unique to each stage of soul development.

Shared Vision

The shared vision soul lesson serves as the underpinning that supports all other soul lessons of group life.  A group successfully creates and manifests a shared vision when it learns how to translate personal vision into shared vision; to develop, ground, and sustain a shared vision; and to evolve a shared holographic philosophical framework.

Greater Good

To understand and apply the concept of a group’s greater good is a complex and profound group soul lesson.  It depends on emotional, mental, and spiritual maturity, the development of intuition and will, and the practice of synthesis.

Greater good is an ideal of the group mind.  Greater good means more good for everyone, the entire group, including the individual.  No lesser or greater good exists for either the individual or the group.  The greater good for the individual is the greater good of the group and vice versa.   Greater good as applied to groups means living Goodwill and Will to Good.  It is the livingness of Brother and Sisterhood.

Right Relations

The right relations group soul lesson determines the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the group and fosters cooperation and group consciousness among group members.  The right relations soul lesson for groups includes three values:  healthy boundaries, friendship, and integrity.  All three values are spiritual principles that hold the intention to see the soul in others and create cooperation and group consciousness among group members.

Service

The group soul lesson of service is unique in that it integrates the previous soul lessons of shared vision, greater good, and right relations.  This integration occurs when groups learn to see the bigger picture or destiny of their group and practice True Service, viewing their service as a classroom for spiritual development and group transformation.

To Stand Strong in Group Consciousness

To attain the Aquarian values of partnership, cooperation, and to stand strong in group consciousness, groups must first master the four group soul lessons of shared vision, greater good, right relations, and service.  At this point all the pieces have been assimilated, and the group is open to and embraces the fusion of group personality with the Group Soul.  Then a significantly increased and vitalized energy begins to move through the group as the Soul energies flow unimpeded through the group instrument, bringing greater service into its sphere of influence.

(This article is based on portions of Susan Trout’s book The Clarion Call:  Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era, Three Roses Press, Alexandria, VA, 2009.  The Clarion Call is the third book of The Soul and Service Trilogy, the first two books being Born to Serve and The Awakened Leader. The article was first published in the World Service Intergroup Members Newsletter 2009, Issue 1.)

Copyright © Susan S. Trout, September 2009. All Rights Reserved.

If We Build It...

When a group of any size agrees to be guided by its connection with one another and all others, its members cease considering themselves as individuals separate from humanity.

Throughout his life, futurist Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) asserted that humanity’s survival on Earth depends on the wisdom to change reality by shifting attention from propping up what is obsolete to building new models. Anchored in a spirit of “if we build it”…,” Fuller writes:

You never change things by fighting
the existing reality.
To change something,
BUILD A NEW MODEL
that makes the existing model obsolete.

To live wisely depends on accepting the constancy and positive power of change and on developing group consciousness. These two principles form the wings of wisdom we ride to BUILD NEW MODELS that will change our reality.

Solidified models crumble when they no longer meet the environmental, economic, and health needs of a living world. The Band-Aid approach to healing ineffective models has never worked. To survive, we are called to reach deep into our compassionate hearts and creative minds and join together to share our collective wisdom.

Living from wisdom assumes eternal change. Change is an active principle—a guiding intelligence that asks timely questions and reveals the next step. When we cooperate with, rather than resist change, we engage in wisdom in action, the ability to acknowledge the existing reality, envision another way of being in the world, and create systems that support the evolution of group consciousness. Change becomes the guiding spirit. Used with wisdom, change evolves our model. When many individuals and organizations use this approach, group consciousness is raised and more new models evolve that naturally serve one another.


True group consciousness depends on cooperation, perseverance, and the intent of selfless service. Conscious groups make change safe.

When a group of any size agrees to be guided by its connection with one another and all others, its members cease considering themselves as individuals separate from humanity. This realization of interconnectedness creates true group consciousness. True group consciousness depends on cooperation, perseverance, and the intent of selfless service. Conscious groups make change safe. Each member of a conscious group contributes her individual experience, creativity, and piece of the wisdom. The resulting collective wisdom is greater than the sum of its parts. Conscious groups can then join in exploring true solutions instead of re-inventing problems.

As agents of change, conscious groups build inspired models. Inspired models foster cooperation within and between people and nations. When we choose to build a new model using the principles of the constancy of change and group consciousness, we ride the wings of wisdom to creating a new reality. In this way, we realize world wisdom in action.

Reference: Susan S. Trout, PhD. Kosmos Journal, Fall 2007 issue.  An extended version of this article appeared in the Institute for the Advancement of Service Newsletter September 2007-February 2008 issue.

Copyright © Susan S. Trout, September 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Leadership and Group Life during the Piscean-Aquarian Transition: A Clarion Way Training - Part I

Understand and apply a new model of leadership and group life as a classroom of the soul at this unique moment in our planet's history.
Oct 18, 2014
from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Cost: $120

Description: Based on the third book of Susan Trout’s Soul and Service Trilogy, The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era (2009), this training emphasizes the practical application of a holographic template for leadership and group life in the early years of the Aquarian 2,120-year cycle. We have an unprecedented opportunity to articulate and manifest a new model of leadership and group life as humanity moves out of the Piscean evolutionary cycle and into the Aquarian.


The Aquarian spreads before us as an age of possibility. To fulfill that potential requires humility, diligence, and the deepening of consciousness, particularly while we continue traversing the challenging years of the transition. ~
Susan S. Trout, PhD, The Clarion Call

Part I:

  • Identifies values of Aquarian leadership and their relationship to Aquarian group life

  • Provides practical application of the foundational premises of holographic Aquarian leadership and group life as a classroom of the soul: soul stages of leadership and group life, the Inner Leader and Group Soul, soul lessons of leaders and groups, Universal Principles of Group Energy, and challenges at the threshold of the Aquarian era


This training is appropriate for those who presently lead or serve as a member of a group OR for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Aquarian leadership and group life, personally or professionally.

Note: Part I is a prerequisite to attending Part II.

PART II
Leadership and Group Life during the Piscean-Aquarian Transition:
A Clarion Way Training


lotus drawing Reviews key principles of leadership and group life during the Piscean-Aquarian transition

lotus drawing Provides opportunities to discuss how you have applied them since Part I

Register HERE for Part II

Teaching Staff: Susan Trout (Coordinator), The Clarion Way Faculty

Location: IAS, Alexandria, VA. Students will get directions to our office upon registration.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Paypal
Online:
Click on the PayPal link below. After payment you will be returned to this site to complete the Registration Form.


By Check mailed to: IAS , P.O. Box 320245, Alexandria, VA, 22320-4245

Questions? Send us an e-mail if you have questions about this event or any of our programs.

Leadership and Group Life during the Piscean-Aquarian Transition: A Clarion Way Training - Part I

Understand and apply a new model of leadership and group life as a classroom of the soul at this unique moment in our planet's history.
Oct 18, 2014
from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Cost: $120

Description: Based on the third book of Susan Trout’s Soul and Service Trilogy, The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era (2009), this training emphasizes the practical application of a holographic template for leadership and group life in the early years of the Aquarian 2,120-year cycle. We have an unprecedented opportunity to articulate and manifest a new model of leadership and group life as humanity moves out of the Piscean evolutionary cycle and into the Aquarian.


The Aquarian spreads before us as an age of possibility. To fulfill that potential requires humility, diligence, and the deepening of consciousness, particularly while we continue traversing the challenging years of the transition. ~
Susan S. Trout, PhD, The Clarion Call

Part I:

  • Identifies values of Aquarian leadership and their relationship to Aquarian group life

  • Provides practical application of the foundational premises of holographic Aquarian leadership and group life as a classroom of the soul: soul stages of leadership and group life, the Inner Leader and Group Soul, soul lessons of leaders and groups, Universal Principles of Group Energy, and challenges at the threshold of the Aquarian era


This training is appropriate for those who presently lead or serve as a member of a group OR for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Aquarian leadership and group life, personally or professionally.

Note: Part I is a prerequisite to attending Part II.

PART II
Leadership and Group Life during the Piscean-Aquarian Transition:
A Clarion Way Training


lotus drawing Reviews key principles of leadership and group life during the Piscean-Aquarian transition

lotus drawing Provides opportunities to discuss how you have applied them since Part I

Register HERE for Part II

Teaching Staff: Susan Trout (Coordinator), The Clarion Way Faculty

Location: IAS, Alexandria, VA. Students will get directions to our office upon registration.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Paypal
Online:
Click on the PayPal link below. After payment you will be returned to this site to complete the Registration Form.


By Check mailed to: IAS , P.O. Box 320245, Alexandria, VA, 22320-4245

Questions? Send us an e-mail if you have questions about this event or any of our programs.

Visit this portal again
for further explorations
of  healthy principles of
group life and their
practical applications


line drawing lotus

bookstore

Personal tools