USM Founding Faculty, Pioneers in Spiritual Psychology, and Your Facilitators for Soul‑Centered Living I
Spirit continues to be at work in the University of Santa Monica Online classroom in amazing and wondrous ways that touch our Hearts and inspire us to continue this work of the Spiritual Heart during this very challenging time as the evolutionary tide on the planet is rising!
♥ Never has the need on the planet for this work been greater, nor the opportunity—and necessity—to Heal the issues we took embodiment to heal more apparent. And never have the opportunities for deep Healing and revelation of the majesty of the Authentic Self been more available.
It is with Gratitude in our Hearts and our many years of experience applying the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology in our own daily lives, and supporting thousands of students in learning to do the same, that we share the Soul-Centered Living I Program with you. It is our intention to provide you with inspiration, encouragement, practical tools, and opportunities for learning how to live into the Spiritual Context—the Awareness that you are a Divine Being having a human experience and that your life serves Spiritual purpose.
Through participating in the Program and applying the information and tools you’re learning, you can experience the Blessings of nothing less than transforming your consciousness and transforming your life and being an active participant in transforming the world. Welcome aboard.
Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick
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The University of Santa Monica’s world-renowned Soul-Centered Living I: A Way of Being and a Way of Life—A 10-month Certificate Program in Spiritual Psychology is now available to anyone on the planet through the Blessings and advances in online classroom technology such that we can provide a truly Soul-Centered educational process online.
Current student experiences are best expressed by what they are sharing with us regarding their participation in the Online classroom, “the Loving transcends the medium.”
All of us at USM are so enthusiastic! Who would have thought we could successfully translate this world-renowned Program to a live online offering available to students around the world without your needing to leave the safety and sanctuary of your own home!!
We invite you to join us for a year to remember.
The University of Santa Monica is dedicated to communicating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology™ Worldwide through the process of Soul-Centered Education.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
For more than 40 years, we have provided students with opportunities for learning and applying life-changing Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. You may be asking, “What is Spiritual Psychology? What are these Principles and Practices? Can they help alleviate the mental anguish and emotional suffering I experience at times? Can they assist me in transforming my consciousness and my life—knowing my life purpose and living into it?”
We say, “Yes. That is exactly what they’re designed for!”
If you delve into the meaning of the word psyche, you’ll find phrases such as “breath, principle of life, soul.” But if you explore the meaning of the word psychology, you’ll see “the science of mind and behavior.” Somehow, in the translation from essence to clinical practice, the most important aspect of psyche has been lost. We recognize our calling as restoring the spiritual dimension to the Heart of an authentic psychological inquiry. It is this reintegration that is the Heart of a truly Spiritual Psychology, which we define as the study and practice of Conscious Awakening. As my [Ron’s] first spiritual teacher was fond of saying, “The reason psychology was inspired onto the planet was because humanity forgot why it was here.”
And what does Awakening mean? It begins with the awareness that we simultaneously reside in two worlds. We are most aware of the one known as physical-world reality. It’s the world of our everyday existence, including relationships, work, finances, health, weather, politics, etc., with which we are familiar and which we think of as reality. It is the world we know through our five senses.
And, as we are becoming more and more aware, beyond five-sense, observable, material reality, there is another reality. It is non-material, multi-dimensional, and spiritual in nature. For our purposes, we define Awakening as becoming more and more aware of this “other” reality, where we experience our Essential Spiritual Nature as Loving, Peaceful, Joyful, Free, Enthusiastic, Beautiful, Creative, Wise, and more! The Persian poet and mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi, was certainly speaking from an Awakened state when he wrote:
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.
Awakening into the Awareness of who, or more accurately what, you truly are and living your life from within that Awakened state is the essence of Spiritual Psychology. Today, as the evolutionary tide on the planet is rising, and larger numbers of people are Awakening to the Awareness that they are, in fact, Divine Beings having and using a human experience, the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology provide context and tools for living into that Awareness. It is, in fact, our destiny to Awaken; for as we do so, we are actually Remembering that which is and always has been true.
This can be considered your personal introduction to what we speak of as “the Michelangelo effect,” which was so brilliantly expressed by the master sculptor himself when he said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” In just such a way, Awakening is not a journey of “becoming”; it is a process of “Remembering.”
Now here’s what to us is the most interesting and exciting part. This process of Awakening is not primarily a meditative process, though we encourage a spiritual practice we refer to as Spiritual Exercises. Awakening can be facilitated by engaging in an active process of releasing or dissolving the self-created barriers within your consciousness that are all that prevent you from knowing the Majesty of your Soul—from experientially knowing that you are the Presence of Love.
As written in A Course in Miracles—
“Your task is not to seek for love but to seek and find all the barriers you’ve built against it,” and to that we add, “… and to dissolve them.”
For more than 40 years, USM has attracted students who were so deeply called to participate in the University’s Programs that they traveled great distances from around the world each month, including from places as far away as Dubai, UAE; Oslo, Norway; Kenya, Africa; Sydney, Australia; Quito, Ecuador; as well as many European countries.
Now, as a consequence of the global pandemic, Ron and Mary have redesigned USM’s dynamic, Spirit-filled curriculum such that it can be delivered online while maintaining its experiential nature.
This change in delivery system is in harmony with the University’s mission of Communicating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology Worldwide through the process of Soul-Centered Education.
Part of the question we asked was: How would this immersive Soul-Centered education, which takes place inside the Spiritual Context, translate into an online format?
What is amazing is students report the Heart-to-Heart, Soul-to-Soul connection and palpable transmission of Loving are as present and enlivening as ever.
The Essence of Soul-Centered Living— A Way of Being and a Way of Life— is Awakening into the Awareness of who you truly are— Co-Creating and living your life from within that Awakened state.
The Soul-Centered Living I Program includes five sequential and cumulative courses that empower students to integrate the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology as a Way of Being and a Way of Life.
Live online classes for this 10-month Program are conducted in a supportive educational environment beginning with a powerful three-day weekend in October. Subsequent weekends two through nine meet Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month.
The fourth course, Engaging in the Art & Practice of Co-Creation, is offered as a monthly Tuesday evening class. (Note that due to time zones differential for our international students, the Tuesday evening course is made available the following Thursday morning.)
The tenth class and culminating experience is a Three-Day Spiritual Psychology Laboratory. This course is a capstone to the Soul-Centered Living I Program and a bridge to the Second Year Program, Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II. Please refer to the Class Schedule below for dates and hours.
The content, methodology, and processes of this Program provide students opportunities to recalibrate their consciousness and their lives at a higher level. Classes emphasize relevant, immediately usable information, skills, and experiences designed to support students in Awakening into the Authenticity of who they truly are, Healing the patterns they took embodiment to heal, and empowering them in sharing their gifts thereby making a meaningful contribution in the world.
The first three months of the Soul-Centered Living I Program provide an experiential introduction to the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology, a portal to transforming your consciousness and transforming your life while learning to live within the Spiritual Context. The point of entry is the Awareness that you are a Divine Being having and using a human experience for the purpose of Awakening.
Trio processes as well as Facilitator talks and large group sharing support students in learning and practicing 16 Soul-Centered Basic Skills, tools of Healing, Awakening, and enhancing interpersonal effectiveness. These include Seeing the Loving Essence; Heart-Centered Listening; Perception Checking; Responsibility I—The Power of Choice; Responsibility II—Shifting Perspective Through Ownership; Reframing Issues as Blessings; Compassionate Self-Forgiveness; and Seven Steps to Issue Resolution. In addition, students learn and practice Principles and tools of Co-Creation.
The content and processes of this course provide students opportunities to recalibrate their consciousness and their lives at a higher level—to experience a change in perception from the duality of the ego’s operating system to seeing life, including both challenges and opportunities, through Soul-Centered Eyes. Classes emphasize relevant, immediately usable information, skills, and experiences designed to support students in Awakening into the Authenticity of who they truly are, Healing the patterns they took embodiment to heal and learning tools of Co-Creation that empower them to intend and manifest their lives more in harmony with what has heart, meaning, and purpose for them.
The second three months of the Program provide opportunities for students to continue deepening their understanding and application of the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology in their everyday lives, both personally and professionally. This course builds on the foundational information and Soul-Centered Basic Skills introduced in Awakening and Co-Creation I. It includes the experiential application of Practices for working within each of the four levels of consciousness—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—included in the Spiritual Psychology map of consciousness. Each Practice is seen and applied through the lens of Spiritual Psychology.
In addition, students are presented with the opportunity to learn a primary practice of Spiritual Psychology known as Self-Counseling. Additional Soul-Centered Basic Skills are presented and practiced including Giving Effective Feedback; Receiving Feedback Effectively; Stepping Free—Experiencing and Enjoying Living Beyond Your Comfort Zone; Responsibility III—Self‑Honoring Choices; and Identifying, Owning, and Accepting Projections.
The next three months of the Program support students in further integrating a Learning Orientation to life applying the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology in their everyday lives. Each month has a specific focus—the seventh month is Living Into Your Purpose and Answering the Call of Spirit; the eighth month is Cleansing the Lens of Your Perception; and the ninth month is Accepting and Sharing Your Gifts.
Additional Soul-Centered Basic Skills are presented and practiced including Facilitating Lesson Awareness; Accessing Intuition and Cultivating Inner Guidance; Cleansing the Lens of Perception Through Identifying, Owning, Accepting, and Dissolving Negative Projections; Identifying, Owning, and Accepting Positive Projections in Service to Soul Purpose; Identifying, Clarifying and Honoring Your Heartfelt Dreams; and Asking for What You Want.
Through our focus and actions, we create. We are creating all the time through our beliefs, thoughts, words, choices, attitudes, and actions. As you Awaken and become more Aware, you have the opportunity to become a more conscious Co-Creator and conduct your life in greater harmony with your Soul’s Purpose and Heartfelt dreams.
What will you co-create as you transform your consciousness and transform your life? What is the calling of your Heart…? What matters to you most…? What heartfelt dreams are gestating inside…? What gifts did you take embodiment to share…?
This course meets once each month on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 to 8:30 pm PT. The intention of this course is identifying and clarifying an area of your life that has Heart and meaning for you with the intention of manifesting that area more in harmony with what you envision for yourself and the Highest Good of all concerned.
The process involves placing into practice the Soul-Centered tools of Co-Creation and Manifestation along with the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology. Wholehearted engagement on both the Goal Line and the Soul Line provides opportunities for experiencing greater Aliveness and for recalibrating your consciousness and life at higher levels.
In order to support the experience of being part of an educational community, please note that USM accepts only 250 highly qualified students into this foundational program.
We are committed to ensuring that all students who participate in the Program are ready for the depth of work that occurs. Therefore, we require students to engage in a thorough Application process to support them in clarifying their intention and ascertaining their readiness.
For acceptance to Soul-Centered Living I: A Way of Being and a Way of Life—A 10‑Month Online Certificate Program in Spiritual Psychology Online, the University of Santa Monica’s Admissions Committee uses the following criteria to evaluate each applicant’s completed Application:
Click here to begin the Application Process.
If you’d like to explore how the life-changing Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology can support you in transforming your consciousness and transforming your life, we invite you to schedule a call with Donna Otmani, our USM Admissions Advisor. These conversations are for you! Donna will do her best to:
Donna is a USM graduate and she understands every part of the process. She can share her own experience of the Program as well as assist you in determining whether or not USM’s Soul-Centered experiential education is a fit for you at this time.
For more than 40 years, the University of Santa Monica has offered pioneering experiential educational Programs in Spiritual Psychology supporting more than 6,500 graduates in Awakening more fully into the Awareness of who they truly are while living more in harmony with their life purpose as they take action, making a meaningful contribution in their world.
It has been said, a tree is known by its fruit. USM is known by its graduates who are a multitude of living, breathing, Awakening Souls, many of whom are committed not just to the transformation of themselves but to the transformation of their world as well.
How does this transformation and Awakening occur? What kind of educational process catalyzes empowerment within its students and graduates creating a transformational ripple effect throughout the world?
The educational paradigm the University of Santa Monica brings forward is both radical and simple.
The transformed world you seek around you can only emerge by first transforming the world within you. That world is your own consciousness.
For more than four decades, USM students and graduates have discovered their own answers to life’s essential questions and are using their transformation in consciousness to actively transform the worlds of business, medicine, media, coaching, counseling, law, education, family, and more.
What they have discovered, and are using to transform themselves and their worlds, is available for all to discover—
A transformed world and a transformed life are only as far away as your own consciousness.
And that starts within you.
Are you ready to answer the call and participate in this very special offering providing opportunities for:
Classes meet Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month for nine months, plus one Tuesday evening per month between class weekends. The 10-month Program culminates in a Three-Day Laboratory. Please note that the first weekend meets Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific
*(First weekend includes Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific)
**A replay with live trios of each Tuesday’s class is also offered on the following Thursday morning.10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Note: All ending times are approximate. There is a meal break of 75 minutes on each Weekend and Lab day, along with other shorter breaks throughout each day.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pacific
The Three-Day Intensive is sequential and cumulative.
It is very important that students participate in its entirety.
$1,200 for the 10 Months (October–July)10 months of Classes x $1,200 per month
$900 for the 10 Months (October–July)
10 months of Classes x $900 per month
*Grad Audits = Those who have completed Soul‑Centered Living I or the First Year of the two-year Program.
What is the real story of Awakening as you live more and more fully into the Awareness that you truly are a Divine Being having a human experience? What happens as you integrate skills such as Seeing the Loving Essence and Heart-Centered Listening and they become a Way of Being?
What transpires when you catch on to the fact that life is happening inside your consciousness and not “out there” as you previously thought? What happens when you realize that your experience in physical-world reality is determined largely by the beliefs found within the matrix of your perceptual filter, functioning as your internal operating system … and you consciously begin downloading and installing a “Spiritual Awareness” software upgrade?
What shifts occur when you realize you are the architect of your life, and that your inner and outer choices are the building blocks of your future … and you begin making more Self-Honoring choices, choices more in harmony with your Loving nature and your Soul’s Purpose?
What happens when you wake up to the Authentic Empowerment available through taking responsibility for your judgments and upsets with the intention of releasing them … and you begin realizing you are at cause rather than at the effect?
What happens when you begin to apply Loving to the places inside where there is hurt … and you engage in Compassionate Self-Forgiveness of your judgments, misinterpretations, and misidentifications—and you let them go?
What happens when the deep wellspring of Compassion that resides within your Authentic Self begins Flowing abundantly through you … and you wake up into the Awareness that you are Love?
Here’s what happens! You’ve struck it rich! This is when life truly begins, for in those moments of Revelation, you know the Mother Lode, the Source of True Gold, is within you—in fact, it is you! You’ve experienced your Authentic Self, and your Awakening Heart is aware of the download of Spirit’s Blessing through you as you.
Your consciousness becomes a conduit for Living Love and your course through life, an expression of that Love—for you know, as poet Rod McKuen knew: “It doesn’t matter who you love or how you love, but that you love.” To which we would add—for you are Love!
As students experience the deep Healing of issues and ego patterns available through learning and utilizing the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology both in the University of Santa Monica classroom and the classroom of their everyday lives, they experience Awakening into their Essential Nature, the consciousness we refer to as the Authentic Self—Joyful, Compassionate, Wise, Creative, and Unconditionally Loving. It is this consciousness in which they have direct access to the Wisdom, Inspiration, Knowing, and Guidance of the Soul.
As this transformational process occurs over time, students become increasingly aware of their gifts and the deep yearning to be of service—to use their God-given gifts and lives in ways that serve the greater Awakening taking place on the planet at this time. They experience themselves hearing and answering the call to make a meaningful difference, contributing to real solutions to the urgent needs and challenges that face humanity.
Our world has been destabilized by a global pandemic, economic and political uncertainty, as well as fire, flood, thirst, and hunger reflecting the dire need for the evolution of consciousness and yet-to-be-birthed solutions to meet these needs. As such, many are experiencing the call to activism. The call in so many hearts at this time is “How can I make a difference?”
At USM, we recognize the answer is activism, not based in shame, blame, judgment, against-ness, right-making and wrong-making, separation or violence. Real solutions do not emerge from the self-righteousness of the ego. Rather, they emerge from Sacred Activism based on knowing that growth in consciousness IS the vehicle for activation of the active ingredient essential to making a positive difference. This active ingredient essential to Healing, transformation, and real change is Loving … and Loving’s eternal flow activating Hearts in Healing … Serving … and Sharing. USM’s Programs have been designed and curated with this intention in mind and Heart.
At the University, we acknowledge that consciousness is fundamental—and as Spiritual Psychology Principle 20 states:
Outer experience is a reflection of inner reality.
The next steps of human agency—exercising choice and intentionality in co-creating a “new earth”—include: Healing through learning and continuing to do the work in consciousness necessary to cleanse the lens of perception. This work is done by recognizing that it’s an “inkblot world” and engaging in the difficult yet required work of accepting responsibility for the disturbance within our own consciousness that we project onto others and the world. This includes healing hurts, misunderstandings, and misidentifications that support the ego’s story of justified outrage, victimization, and separation. It means dismantling guilt, blame, and shame. We heal through applying Loving to the places inside where these patterns reside and forgiving ourselves for our judgments and misunderstandings. As John Lennon said, “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.” We say: change your lens, change your life, change your world.
At USM change begins within! Sacred Activism is recognized and honored as a path with Heart … a path of the Spiritual Warrior.
We provide experiential education and tools for life that facilitate real and enduring transformation/change and equip graduates to make meaningful contributions in their world.
As a student, the University of Santa Monica’s Programs provide you with opportunities for growth both personally and professionally through learning and applying the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology to everyday life experience. This educational process results in you experiencing greater connection with the authenticity of who you are, your life purpose, and enhanced levels of success and fulfillment. This empowers you to make a more meaningful contribution in your world.
A significant number of students hold advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines.
Past graduates have included numerous individuals from each of the following groups:
Students at the University of Santa Monica are adults with diverse cultural and varied educational, professional, and personal backgrounds. Programs are designed to accommodate those with both professional and family responsibilities. The weekend format allows students with full lives to participate. Since classes meet regularly over the course of ten consecutive months, deep bonds are formed as students become a community of support for one another.
As students progress through the Program, they recognize themselves as an integral part of a mutually supportive group of individuals committed to participating in a Soul-Centered educational process emphasizing enhanced Spiritual Awareness, the continual improvement of the quality of their lives, and living more in alignment with their Soul’s purpose.
As students complete the Program, they take their place within a community of individuals who are committed to a Learning Orientation to Life and to Soul-Centered Living.
Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick are pioneers and leaders in the field of Spiritual Psychology™ as well as master teachers and facilitators of Awakening in Consciousness.
They are renowned educators, authors, and the Founding Faculty and Co-Directors of University of Santa Monica (USM), where they continue designing the University’s extraordinary curriculum and facilitating Soul-Centered Programs in Spiritual Psychology for more than 40 years that are on the frontier of Awakening in Consciousness. These Programs provide students opportunities to experience a rich, multi-dimensional, Soul-Centered educational process supporting deep Healing and Awakening into the fuller revelation, expression, and embodiment of the Authentic Self—the Beauty, Majesty, Wisdom, Creativity, and giftedness of each student. The golden opportunity is a transformed consciousness and a transformed life.
For 35 years, the University offered state-approved Master’s Degree Programs in Spiritual Psychology. In 2016, USM completed the Master’s offerings transitioning to Certificate of Completion offerings. In May 2020, with the advent of the global pandemic, the University underwent a second radical change to offering this life-changing experiential education Online to a global community. Drs. Hulnick continue developing and refining the curriculum and co-facilitating the Programs in the Online Classroom.
Mary is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Psychologist. Ron is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist retired in the state of California.
USM graduates share that being with Mary and Ron in the classroom, whether online or in person, is without exception one of the most transformative, Loving, and memorable experiences that they will cherish for a lifetime.
Ron and Mary are the authors of Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology, published by Hay House and available in 12 countries and 8 languages and recently released as an audiobook read by the authors and available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Their latest book, Remembering the Light Within: A Course in Soul-Centered Living, was published by Hay House in 2017 and is available at www.ronandmaryhulnick.com.
A Golden Opportunity to Live a Spirit-Inspired Life
A five-part course in spiritual psychology
The intention of this complimentary course is to provide those new to this work with an experience of some of the key elements that are integral to the Principles & Practices of Spiritual Psychology and to help you discern whether Soul-Centered Living I: A 10-Month Certificate Program in Spiritual Psychology is your next step in your journey.
For Grads, you know growth is a process and not an event. Being Present in the energy field provides an opportunity to support and welcome those new to USM, and to receive the Blessings available when the community gathers in the safe and sacred space for which USM is known.
Each evening will include at least one tool that you can use immediately in your everyday life.
Learn more and Register here.
Co-founder of The Huffington Post, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and best-selling author of 15 books.
“In today’s noisy, distracted world, it’s harder than ever to listen to your inner voice. Ron and Mary Hulnick are invaluable guides for anybody who wants to live a life of meaning and purpose.”
Best-selling author of 11 books including Higher Purpose, Loveability, Life Loves You, Shift Happens, and Holy Shift
“These practices are designed to help you experience a holy shift from believing you are an ego in a body to realizing you are a Soul in the Universe. Imagine that! Imagine being grounded fully in your unconditional Self, sharing your Soul gifts with us all and living a truly Soul-Centered Life.”
USM Graduate, Host of Iyanla: Fix My Life on the Oprah Winfrey Network, best-selling author of 18 books including Get Over It
“At a time when my internal cup was empty, USM filled me with insight, inspiration, and a deeper connection to who I truly am. For anyone on a path of healing, growth, or service, USM offers food for the soul, enlightenment for the mind, and peace for the heart. This school honors and respects every student in such a wonderful way.
Regardless of who you are or what you do in the world, a USM education is a life-transforming gift that will sustain and support you all the days of your life.”
Neale Donald Walsch
Best-selling author of 29 books including Conversations with God
“The University of Santa Monica is an extraordinary institution, and if you have not heard about it, you need to.
Even if you already HAVE found your path in life and manifested the reality of your soul’s highest calling, you will want to know more about USM, if only in order to pass the word about it along to others.
There is no place quite like this place, and if you have been yearning to find your way in life, earnestly searching for a path to your own highest manifestation of the love that burns deeply within you for all of life and for all of humanity, I strongly urge you to investigate this breathtaking learning center.”
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