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Practical Applications and Tools for Inner Work

What "inner work" really means:
The little willingness needed to identify,
face, and dissolve past physical, emotional,
mental, and spiritual wounds
at a causal level,
to welcome the rewiring of our neurology,
to learn from our life experiences, and to
align our personal soul with the Divine.

~ Susan S. Trout, PhD

The Institute offers a number of practices, or healing modalities and tools, that provide the opportunity to turn inward and begin the journey of actualizing the soul’s destiny. Our classes and trainings in inner work (also referred to as “shadow work”), heart and will practices, meditation, centering and witnessing, energy work, self-care, Medicine Poetry, and Qigong, have been used by many people since the Institute’s founding in 1980.  These modalities are an integral part of our philosophy, which is based on two principles of personal development:

  • The participation in one’s own healing process (self-transformation), and
  • The willingness to extend unconditionally that healing to others (service).

By continually doing
my inner work,
I engender compassion for myself and others.
~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Universal Tribute 4,
Tenet 1


A prerequisite to inner work is centering the body.  Centering practices expand our psychological space and enable us to connect with our inner strength.  You experience a sense of psychological spaciousness and stability when you bring your attention to the center of your body.

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Website courses, conducted by phone and video conferencing (such as Skype), integrate healing modalities and practices as a significant part of every course.  Visit our website courses page for a full list and descriptions of courses we offer by clicking HERE.

Adding Light to the World: An Urgent Call

We had forgotten who we are
And why we had come
A clarion blast
Awakens us to our injured world
Together we answer an urgent call
To add Light to the world

~ Susan S. Trout ~

A crisis of epidemic proportions blankets the world. Devastating natural disasters, wars between nations, financial uncertainty, misused technology, political disturbances, terrorism, and threats of global destruction shatter our reality. As the chaos of our world intensifies, we search for ways to help and bring love, care, and compassion into the world, wondering:

The greatest need in today’s world is that it needs
more Light.

What is the greatest need in our world today? How do we connect with our inner strength? What is the highest service we can extend to humanity?  The answer to these questions is clear:

  • The greatest need in today’s world is that it needs more Light.
  • We experience inner strength when we connect to the Sacred Within and trust our willingness and ability to be a Force of Light.
  • Our highest service to humanity is to breathe Light into the world.

The Gift of the Hamsa Mantra

The Hamsa mantra is a balance between the outbreath and inbreath of God.  Our inbreath is from God; our outbreath (from God) adds to the Light of the world. We thereby extend God’s Life Force into the world, serving the highest good of humanity and the planet. This is true for every breath we take.

Hamsa means I am That – That I am.  “I” is individual self-awareness. “That” is the unlimited consciousness of the Universal Self, also referred to as the I AM Presence, Divine Source, God Within, Father-Mother God, Unknowable Absolute, and Life Force. The Hamsa mantra affirms our connection with the Divine and thereby supports our remembering that we are not alone.

The Hamsa mantra (also called the natural or prana mantra) goes on continually in all living creatures. It is due to the Hamsa mantra pulsation that we are alive. In a human being, the breath comes in and goes out 21,600 times a day, and each time it repeats this mantra. This process goes on continuously day and night in a living being – Ham on the inbreath, sa on the outbreath – again and again: Ham-sa... Ham-sa…

In real time, we add to the Light of the world and thereby reflect back to God our gift of life. By adjusting our awareness about every breath we take, no matter where we are or what we are doing, thinking, or feeling, we add Light to the world. With our outbreath, we ask that every thought, feeling, and deed be consecrated with Divine Love for the purpose of adding to the Light of the world every minute of every day. In this process, we become Lightbearers, those who show another way – a way to learn, grow, and serve with love and compassion.

Hamsa Mantra Meditation Practice

Acknowledge trust in your ability to be a Force of Light by affirming from your heart:  “I breathe in the Light of God.  I breathe out God’s Light to the World.”

Hamsa mantra meditation is a simple technique of quietly watching the breath come in and go out, without doing anything else. As the breath comes in, it makes the sound Ham (pronounced as h-ah-m), meaning I breathe in the Light of God. As the breath goes out, it makes the sound sa (pronounced s-ah), meaning I breathe out God’s Light to the World.

Sit upright with your feet on the floor or in a cross-legged position on the floor or in a chair. Join the index finger and thumb of each hand and rest your hands on your knees. Keep your spine straight and comfortable.

Close your eyes. Breathe naturally.

Repeat the mantra silently: Ham on the in-breath, sa on the out-breath.

Concentrate on the mantra. Become absorbed in it. Move into meditation, bringing your attention back to the mantra when you are distracted by thoughts, feelings, or noises.

Meditate for 20 minutes or for a period of time that is comfortable for you.

Note: The secret of the Hamsa was first revealed in 
the great Kashmir Shaivism treatise,
the Vijnana Bhairava

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