Seeing the Forest AND the Trees ~ A Four-Week Course


I see the external reality of a situation as well as seeing beyond it to the personal lessons, inner strength, and spiritual essence of myself and others.

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


To support individuals as they learn to simultaneously see the reality of a situation and its deeper spiritual meaning.


            To create a safe place, the server applies double vision, acknowledging the present situation while seeing beyond it.
            ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve

                1. To see the facts of a situation while simultaneously seeing the “bigger picture.”
                2. To practice seeking the spiritual essence within challenges
                3. To work with your own inner state while respecting others’ right to make their own choices
                4. To experience responding from healthy beliefs, attitudes, speech, and actions

                    MAKING THE DECISION

                    Do you wish to see yourself and others through the eyes of “spiritual essence”?  Would you like to respond rather than react to the behavior or words of others?   Are you seeking a way to respond to a loved one who is making poor life choices?  Would you like to make choices that support living your life fully and completely in a world of constant challenge and change?

                    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 EIGHT supports the development of double vision through the understanding and practice of Tribute Eight:  I see the external reality of a situation as well as seeing beyond it to the personal lessons, inner strength, and spiritual essence 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 Eight and Tenets: I see the external reality of a situation as well as seeing beyond it to the personal lessons, inner strength, and spiritual essence of myself and others.
                    • Understanding and Practicing Double Vision
                    • Understanding and Practicing Responding—Instead of Reacting


                    • 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

                    Double vision develops through meditation, prayer, contemplation, self-inquiry, and inner work. ~ Susan S. Trout, PhD, Tribute 8, Tenet 2

                    ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

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

                    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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