Spiritual Psychology Today

the official newsletter of the university of santa monica

april 2021

Announcing a Make-up Class! April 15 & 16!

We can hardly wait to share with you the magic and majesty of the inaugural Soul-Centered Living Program I Online, which took place in the University of Santa Monica Global virtual classroom last Saturday and Sunday with more than 175 students and 40 graduate assistants participating. When the “doors opened,” the Heart of USM expanded to welcome the students from across the United Stated and 15 countries around the world.

Even before meeting the class, we had been called to redesign the first weekend of the Program sensing the incoming students level of consciousness along with Awareness of the greater Awakening that is taking place on the planet at this time. Our experience of the class was both inspiring and humbling. The students’ open-hearted sharing, enthusiasm for the trio processes, receptivity to the Spirit of Love infusing the entire experience, and readiness to do the work brings tears to my eyes as I reflect on the weekend.

We are deeply Grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve, sharing the life-changing Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology. Through the years it has been apparent to us that each class stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before. Our Heartfelt Gratitude to all University of Santa Monica alumni. You are the Heart of University of Santa Monica and Ambassadors of this work!

Already 24 students have registered for the Make-up Class scheduled from 9am–6:30pm PDT on both Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16. And two more countries are now represented in the class: Italy and the Netherlands. If you know someone who may be interested in this world-renowned educational process known to transform consciousness and transform lives, encourage them to take a look at the web page and to speak with one of USM’s lovely Admission Advisors.

And if you’re called to audit, please do the same. Know you’re always welcome here at University of Santa Monica!

With Blessings of Loving, Light, and Heartfelt Gratitude,

Mary & Ron

This map reflects the students currently enrolled in the Soul-Centered Living I class! 18 countries are represented, including UAE, Qatar, New Zealand, Canada, Venezuela, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, UK, Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States.

“This course has been the most life-changing and transformative experience thus far in my life. It touched my soul with its tenderness and compassion and led me to radically shift the way I look at the world. I never knew what it was to actually let go of patterns and stories that didn't serve me until I learned the Tools in this class. My life is completely different and so beautiful. I went from feeling like I wasn't worthy to standing fully in the knowledge of my radiant authentic beauty and the sweetness of my heart. I now know fully what a privilege it is to be me in this embodiment and receive every challenge and opportunity with open arms, trusting that spirit is with me. I am in Love with this class and with this learning, it will serve as the foundation for the rest of my life.”
Scout Willis
Soul-Centered Living I, 2019
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021
“This program will transform your life—there is no doubt.”
Daniel Sachs
Soul-Centered Living I, 2019
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021
“Every single thing in my life changed as a direct result to my commitment to this program. It is the most sacred container that I've found on the planet. It's been a privilege of a lifetime to know myself as the presence of love, all of which was cultivated in this precious space of the highest light for the highest good. I couldn't and wouldn't want to imagine my life without USM. I am endlessly grateful for you, Ron & Mary. Thank you for being a brilliant example of Light-beingness.”
Holly Odneal
Soul-Centered Living I 2019
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021
“USM has changed my life forever. And more than just me, my family will never be the same. I am in touch with the truth of who I am. I'm connected to healing grace and will share that with my loved ones and all I meet. I will forever be grateful for every person and learning that I gained from my experience here. A million times, thank you!”
Rebecca Abouaf
Soul-Centered Living I, 2019
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021

“I am more calm than I would have been without USM. And I am learning to embrace everything and everyone on my path because now I know it is for me and my growth. Life is easier with USM principles. This is one of those experiences that you just have to go through to realize its value. A USM experience is a manual for living a more joyful, purposeful, and peaceful life. And it has the potential to transform you and your path in ways you have not even considered.

“USM is a supportive, non-judgmental and loving environment for you to unpack your baggage, sift through it, find the gold, and release the rest. And it is done through the leadership and loving lessons of Ron and Mary Hulnick who are two of the best models I can think of for teaching, listening, supporting, loving, and just being angels on this earth. I wish I had discovered them earlier in my life!”

Sabrina Hakim
Soul-Centered Living I 2019
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021

Classes Begin April 10 & 11, 2021!

We just completed the first weekend of the new Soul-Centered Living I Online Program, and what a GLORIOUS experience it was. Sacred and inspiring! The incoming students are so ready and willing! The sharing is already vulnerable, profound, and deeply rich with participants from around the world who are now able to join the USM classroom due to the online format. The transmission of the Loving is as palpable as ever. Spirit continues to be at work in the USM classroom in amazing and wondrous ways that touch our Hearts and inspire us to carry on!♥ Never has the need on the planet for this work been greater and never have the opportunities for deep Healing and revelation of the majesty of the Authentic Self been more available.

For those of you who are Grads, know that we have been diligently working the Co-Creative process of attuning and receiving Spirit’s inspirations regarding the Consciousness, Radiant Health & Healing Program: A Portal to Grace curriculum. It is beautiful and inspiring to see it clarifying, refining, and morphing into an even more exquisite vehicle for bringing forward the Beauty, Wisdom, and Radiant Health and Well-Being of those who will be participating. Radiant Health is informed by the Radiance of the Soul.

This morning I Awakened with such Aliveness, Enthusiasm, and Vitality. Kahlil Gibran’s words were resonating in my consciousness: “I awake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of Loving.” What a blessed life I am living, and I am so grateful for the gifts and blessings that we share when we come together in the USM classroom—now the virtual classroom.

Our experience with the Second Year class last year truly demonstrated, as Father Guido Sarducci said in his soliloquy in the Five-Minute University: “God is everywhere!!” The transmission of Loving, Healing Grace for which USM is well known grows ever stronger as the energy field continues to refine and elevate.

The class is swiftly filling with more than 90 registrations to date. A beautiful gathering of grads have stepped forward to partake, and every day there are more registrations. It’s going to be an empowering experience of Healing Grace and the ongoing revelation of the Authentic Self!

If you’re called to be part of this very special class, schedule a call with Eliza Swords or Lori Richards today here for support in fast-tracking your application.

CHH is the crown jewel of USM’s current offerings. Ron and I invite and encourage you to join us for a year to remember!

“Ron and Mary have moved from stage to screen but the education and the love is the same. Almost more intimate if you can imagine that! The extraordinary gifts and connection Ron & Mary have is clear to see!!!”
Stephanie Faracy
Consciousness, Health & Healing 2008
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021 Audit

“To all like me who feared that the spirit of USM would get lost in the online format, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the first online class and the first online trio ever offered by USM.

When I took Soul-Centered Living I in 2019, it was such a beautiful experience. I couldn’t understand how the ‘high’ that I would feel after being in the class weekend could be achieved in an online format. I thought: ‘We would miss soul-gazing,’ and ‘I won’t be able to hug people and enjoy their energies,’ etc.

“Well, after having participated in Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online in 2020, I’m so excited and relieved to report that I found the online version to be as strong, and in some ways stronger, than the in-person classroom.

I find more intimacy with Ron and Mary as I always have front row seats—I always feel like they are talking just to me.

I find more intimacy with my trio partners
I don't get distracted by others in their trios
I can create a workspace of my own where I can be more efficient and have my handouts ready to go
I can cry without abandon
The commute is amazing
It's better for me financially as I don't have to buy air tickets, book hotel rooms, etc.
I can have coffee in the classroom (no running to Whole Foods and trying to get back in time)
I don’t need to wait in line for the bathroom
I can rest my body and head after a moving trio without disrupting others

“I realized the venue has changed, but the people and the work are the same. It’s not the location but the people that make the class, and the USM tribe was there. The loving USM community with their open hearts ready to love and be loved were there. I feel so blessed and excited by the possibilities of having more and more USM teachings in my life.”

Sanya Bari, USM student of Spiritual Psychology
Sanya Bari
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online 2021

We’re sounding the call to service for the 10-month Soul-Centered Living I Program for a key role. Forty assistants have already answered the call to serve the First Year Class. A very special function remains to be filled—that of Sound Assistants.

You may be thinking, I don’t know if I’m qualified for something like that.

The most important thing is that you love being of service and want to serve in this way. We’d love to welcome someone who has an affinity and love for this unique way of serving.

The job description is different in the online format from what was required.
It’s less complicated now. (No need to learn a sound board.) 

Here are the requirements and opportunities:

  • Loves serving.
  • Is close tolerant, able to accurately track trio timing and annotate the Daily Schedule.
  • Communicates clearly. Willing to modulate their voice and speak from their heart, thus assisting students in connecting with their Authentic Selves during trio rotation centerings.
  • Has a sense of energetics when it comes to music and has the ability to attune and choose appropriate music for processes and breaks in collaboration with the facilitators.
  • Has a sensitivity for audio mixing, able to use the various level controls on the computer to deliver seamless sound.
  • Is technically proficient with a Mac, able to work with audio and video programs, PowerPoint, and Zoom.
  • Is willing to learn and coachable.
“Learning the role of sound assistant is a blessing and an excellent opportunity to cultivate the quality of attunement. Sound assistants become adept at working with the class schedule, aligning to the energy in the room (now a virtual meeting), and attuning inwardly to choose music that uplifts and allows for deepening in the experiential processes. Plus, the sound team is cool!”
Mike Polek
USM Staff & seasoned Sound Assistant
 The Soul-Centered Living I Assisting Team, which just served the first class weekend on March 20 & 21, is an extraordinarily strong team. You will be joining a loving, excellent, and welcoming group of USM Grads in your role as Sound Assistant. The Make-up Class takes place on April 15 & 16. Click below or email Eliza Swords here to express your interest!
“The willingness to do gives the ability to do.”
—John Roger

Benefits of Serving at USM

  • Strengthening you in your Spiritual Awareness such that it becomes easier to remember you are a Divine Being having and using a human experience and to live within that context.
  • Partaking of the Blessings of Joy, Loving, and Deep Peace that are the natural by-products of Service.
  • Experiencing your own continuing Spiritual Awakening by participating within an organization and an energy field that are part of the evolutionary impulse actively moving on the planet at this time.
  • Integrating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology at a deeper level while staying current with the latest information and inspiration coming through USM.
  • Uplifting and clearing yourself once a month by immersing yourself in the healing energy of USM.
  • Continuing to deepen your connection with Spirit and attunement with your Inner Counselor.
“I’ve loved assisting with the online format. There’s something truly magical about being able to support the class from the comfort of my home! It’s been an amazing way to learn and experience the transcendence of USM’s teachings—it doesn’t matter where we are, whether online or in person, the healing and learning are ever present. It’s also been a great opportunity to flex into new leadership skills and opportunities as we say ‘yes’ to what’s here and now.”
Maggie Munts, LM&SCL II ’19
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online Assistant, 2021
“Being an Assistant online was far more rewarding than I had imagined it could be! It was such a Gift, Blessing, and Surprise to discover the depth of connection with the other Assistants, the level of Spiritual Focus, and the deep communion and recognition with All of the Students. It was so intensely Spirit-driven, intensely focused Work and Service, and soooo incredibly Fun!!! What an honor and a privilege it was to serve so wholeheartedly. The Assisting space was a microcosm of the safe Space created in the online Classroom to Shine in Authentic Self-Expression and Service!!! Assisting is such a Soulful and Heart‑filling opportunity.”
John Chi, LM&SCL II ’19
Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II Online Assistant, 2021

Soul-Centered Living I and Consciousness, Radiant Health & Healing are beginning in this lively Spring Season and USM is in full flow!

As such we will pause for the month of April in holding the beloved Worldwide Community Gatherings, and we will resume in May.

The replays are all available to you to watch any time. Links to each of the 22 past Gatherings can be found by clicking the button:

We hold you in our hearts and look forward to gathering again in the Glorious University of Santa Monica Oasis. Please enjoy a special classroom segment from this past weekend’s Soul-Centered Living I class below. 

In the Classroom: Spiritual Psychology students


 This audio clip begins with Sunday morning’s five-minute Peace Meditation, the focus of which is the beautiful qualities of the Authentic Self. It then moves into Large Group Sharing where several students share their qualities and affirmations that came forward from the prior day‘s exercise. They are qualities the students will be working with throughout the year as well as affirmations they wrote to support bringing those qualities to life.

These students have already reported that they’re using them everyday and finding such joy and expansion in their lives already because of them. 

“If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.”
—William James
Awakening is a process, not an event.

“Having been a seeker since the age of 12, I am aware that as long as I am in this human body, my journey never really ends. I am always growing, changing, evolving, learning, and expanding. Principle 11 is a permission slip for me in a way that says, ‘I don’t have to be perfect and I don’t have to get it all right now.’ This journey of awareness is a gradual unfolding—like the blossoming of a flower into a fruit—that happens with a beautiful, natural, divinely orchestrated timing which is really perfect for my unique and individual journey. I become consciously aware of what I need to be aware of at the precise time that is perfect for my learning journey. There is no ‘destination’ to arrive to. The journey itself is the destination.”

—Donna Bond, CHH ‘16


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