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Laurenne Sala (USM ’12)—Writing My Own Story

Before USM, I felt lost in many ways on both the Soul and Goal Lines. Although I really longed to feel a spiritual connection, it was nowhere to be found. Plus, I was confused about my life’s purpose. I was a writer by trade but spent most of my time writing for other people and …

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Ashley Navarro (’15) – Letting Life Surprise Me

I always had big dreams about what I wanted my life to look like but little knowledge in how I was actually going to create it. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a nice community, but I felt a large sense of not having enough money to have or do the things my …

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Amanda Dykann (CHH ’14)—Letting Spirit
Lead the Way

Before I started at USM in 2010, I was already on a path to healing, teaching yoga full time and practicing massage therapy with a fierce, almost compulsive dedication to my students and clients. I live in Aspen, a ski resort town with a high-end clientele and a similarly high cost of living. I was …

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Miranda Alcott (CHH ’12)—Communicating From the Heart

I have been practicing my intuitive animal communication and human counseling skills since I was 3 years-old—decades before USM. I started my professional practice in 1972. In 2001, however, the area of my life where I had continuing life challenges was my hearing impairment. I became deaf at age 40, which ended my 20-year career …

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Eric Nelson—Emerging into Joy Through Service

It is has been more than 20 years since I graduated from USM. At the time, the presenting reason for my taking USM was to support myself in transitioning from a ten-year business relationship that was no longer working for me into something that worked better. I really had no idea what my USM experience …

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Debra Saavedra—
How My Ideal Scene Became My Reality

Ten years ago, I was searching for a psychology program, but I felt that something vital was missing. It seemed that most of the curricula centered around scientific studies about people, rather than offering an education for life for people. I was hoping to find a program that incorporated the Spirit of people and not …

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Visit USM at Wisdom 2.0

USM is thrilled to announce that we will have a booth at  Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco, February 20–22, a yearly conference with the intention of bringing consciousness and transformation to and through business, technology, entertainment, and culture. This dynamic weekend brings together thousands of attendees and speakers, including coaches, entrepreneurs, wellness professionals, and venture capitalists from …

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Ken Fisher (’15)— From Financial Freedom to Authentic Freedom

Fifteen years ago, when I owned a prosperous telecom company, I found myself wondering, Why am I doing what I’m doing? I loved the business, but I didn’t feel it had any real purpose for me, so I sold it. Soon after, I started a successful investment property company, but over time, I let it …

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Ed Adams (’15) – My USM Experience—Nothing Short of Life Changing

My wife, Renée, graduated from the University of Santa Monica in 2005. I witnessed her magical journey over the course of the Program, and then again when she graduated from the Consciousness, Health, and Healing Program in 2008. In the ten years since she began USM, I met dozens of USM Graduates. They were wonderful, …

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Gina Ann (’15)—Awakening Into My Soul’s Purpose

I knew something deeper was missing in my life, but I was so lost I couldn’t even hear the whispers of Spirit anymore. After losing my father and ending a relationship, I didn’t have a way to process my pain. When a family friend of mine said, ‘I have the place for you,’ and told …

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