Spiritual Psychology Today

the official newsletter of the university of santa monica

december 2022


This Season of Love is filled with beautiful opportunities for receiving and sharing the Cornucopia of Blessings that are eternal and ever-present! It’s a time when Awareness of the Spiritual Context and utilizing your Soul-Centered Basic Skills with yourself and others are ways of experiencing Blessings of Peace… Joy… Compassion… Acceptance… and Love.     

In this Season of the Heart, we also have infinite possibilities for embodying the foundational Practices of Spiritual Psychology:  Seeing the Loving EssenceHeart-Centered ListeningPerception CheckingCleansing the Lens of Your PerceptionCompassionate Self-Forgiveness… for you are the Presence of Love. You can bring the Blessing of Soul Moments wherever you go!  

As you receive and partake of the Meditation included here, Receiving a Cornucopia of Blessings, may your Heart expand and your Spirit lift. We invite you to listen to this Mediation often throughout this Season and into the New Year. You may consider listening daily as a 33-day process! It is a gift from our Hearts to yours!

Let’s do the best we can with what we know… with continuing our own transformation and Awakening… living in the Remembrance of that we are born the Beloved… knowing the Inner Gold within is already Present and available for sharing. 

In 1989 on the day John-Roger was installed as the University’s Chancellor, he shared a Blessing on the University. As part of the bountiful cornucopia of Blessings of University of Santa Monica, we share it with you here. We encourage you to read it out loud as a way to fully receive it! 

Lord God,
as you’ve always heard me,
as you’ve always talked to me,
see if you can see it clear
to talk to the hearts
of these who are your people
that are choosing you.
Sustain them in what they plant.
Let them reap the harvest.
Let them have the abundance,
and prosperity and riches,
the health, wealth, and happiness,
the loving and the caring,
but mostly, Lord,
let them involve themselves
in the sharing.

Baruch Bashan

What a Cornucopia of Blessings have come forward through the Blessings of Soul-Centered Education through the University of Santa Monica. We are eternally Grateful for the privilege and Blessings of knowing you and serving you these many years!

With Blessings of Infinite Light and Loving,


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Drs. Ron & Mary Hulnick

Hello! As we approach the completion of 2022, we are taking this opportunity to share a few things with you about what’s happening at USM… from the desk of Admissions!!

Eliza Swords smiling, Spiritual Psychology admissions counselor
Eliza Swords
The very first thing we would like to do is introduce ourselves to you! Many of you know me, Eliza, from the Worldwide Community Gatherings and my many years in Admissions at USM—and now I am so thrilled to introduce you to my new Admissions partner, the sensational Holly Odneal!

Holly earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance & International Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then went on to earn her Certificates in Spiritual Psychology from USM having completed the 10-month Programs in Soul-Centered Living I (2019), Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II (2020), and Consciousness, Radiant Health, and Healing (2022).

Holly Odneal
In addition, Holly completed the most recent Loyalty to Your Soul Online Workshop held this past September. As you can see, Holly has a lot of depthful experience in the USM Classroom. We are both beyond honored to be supporting you in your journey with USM and truly cannot wait to support you in any way we can! It has become abundantly clear to us that, from what occurs at our monthly Worldwide Community Gatherings and in the Classroom, our community of both Grads and those new to this work are more hungry than ever for the kind of transformation and healing that USM offers. And Ron & Mary have yet again said YES! What that means is that we are enthusiastically heading into the 2023 Admissions Season at USM and have many exciting opportunities for you to answer Spirit’s calling in your heart!

In case you didn’t already know, our biggest news is USM’s renowned 10-month Online Certificate Program—Soul-Centered Living I: A Way of Being and A Way of Life —is again being offered in 2023 beginning March 3–5. Click here to read more about the Program or click here to schedule a call!

As a Grad of any of the University’s 10-month Programs, you are also invited to audit USM’s renowned Soul-Centered Living I: A Way of Being and A Way of Life starting March 3, 2023! We’ve had Grad audits the past few years who rave about the elevation and transformation of their consciousness and lives.

As a Grad of the two-year Program, you are invited to audit the four-day Online Practicum, February 16–22. This is the culminating event for the LM&SCL II Class. As we have mentioned, the students have been playing “all in” and their Practicum provides powerful opportunities for healing issues for the last time and for the revelation of the Beauty and Majesty of the Authentic Self.

And finally, we see many of you in our monthly USM Worldwide Community Gatherings. What a blessing these are! We currently have two planned for January—on the 5th and the 26th. RSVP now for January 5 entitled, “Soaring Into the New Year on the Wings of Love: Living Your Soul’s Purpose in 2023—and Beyond.” We regularly receive messages from Grads about how valuable it is to have this touchstone in their lives. You can find past events linked from our Events & Media page on our website.
Here’s what a 2006 Grad had to say about his auditing experience:

“The USM Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living program offers an extraordinary set of tools to deepen our effectiveness in experiencing the most learning and joy during our lives. It strengthens our capacity to contribute to the lives of others. It cuts to the heart of the science of wellness and human performance with a foundation of applied spiritual psychology.”

—Jonathan Brennan, PhD, EdD, USM MA 2006
(Audit SCL I 2021 & LM&SCL II 2022)!

We look forward to speaking with you and exploring how the life-changing Program, Soul-Centered Living I: A Way of Being and a Way of Life, can support you in transforming your consciousness and transforming your life in 2023. 

With Love, 

Eliza & Holly

♥ Ron and I continue spending time each day steeping in Silence as we deepen in the frequencies of Light and Loving available during this Sacred Season of Love and Joy. We are deeply Grateful for the Blessings of Being on the planet at this time of the Greater Awakening.

The holidays are a wonderful time for revelry and revelation of that which is most precious … experiencing life through the lens of the Soul’s operating system (way better than the ego’s lens and story) … sharing time with loved ones … celebrating the birth of the Beloved within, and … service. What beautiful opportunities for expanding in your already open Heart and sharing the gifts you came to share.

It also can be a time for turning inward for meditation, contemplation, and replenishment in service to experiencing your Essential Loving Nature—the Majesty of the Soul within—and the elevation that comes through focusing on Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Grace. We just completed a week participating in the Living in Grace retreat online for that purpose. Simply fabulous!

Focusing on Gratitude opens your Heart and elevates your perspective any day of the week. Making Inner Peace more important than nursing some ancient grievance brings the Blessings of releasing judgments and separation through Compassionate Self-Forgiveness. And Grace comes through Giving … giving from the Heart. Maybe it’s speaking Kind Words; perhaps it’s through a random act of kindness; maybe it’s through inviting someone for coffee or offering a small gift; perhaps it’s through service.

What simple yet powerful ways to receive and replenish so your gas tank is filled with Love overflowing with Aliveness … Clarity of Intention … and Enthusiasm for your life and the infinite possibilities and Blessings before you as we complete 2022 and prepare for new beginnings.

As we Soar into the New Year on the Wings of Love, let’s spend an evening together enjoying the elevation and perspective that Higher Consciousness offers and exploring what Living Your Soul’s Purpose in 2023—and Beyond means to you! We’re eager to explore what 2023 will bring as we contemplate the crescendo of our lives.

One of our favorite quotes from John-Roger is:

“You receive in accordance of your clarity of vision, definiteness of purpose, steadiness of faith, and the depth of your gratitude.”

Join us for an uplifting evening focusing on Living Your Soul’s Purpose in 2023—and Beyond! Let’s see what Spirit has for us! Your Soul will thank you. ♥

USM Worldwide Community Gathering 
with Drs. Ron & Mary Hulnick
Living Your Soul’s Purpose in 2023—and Beyond

Open to All!

Thursday, January 5, 2023
6–8 p.m. Pacific

I first began my studies at USM in 2007 when I was 23 and fresh out of college.  It’s 15 years later, and I continue to use the USM skills and tools regularly in my life. Having started on the path relatively early, I feel I was able to devote so much of my young adult years to working through my upsets, such that now my focus is not on unearthing trauma or working through childhood wounding, it is really on purpose, which includes creating a life for my little one. 

I’ve always had a special connection to nature, and last July, that connection and calling pulled me to Kenya for a three-month trip of volunteer conservation service and adventure. I tracked cheetahs, and banded birds to monitor their movements. I released sea turtles back into the ocean and also found myself on safari soaking in the beauty of a land where large mammals can still be found in abundance.

Sometime during the trip, I found myself spending time and just Being with the indigenous Maasai people of the Maasai Mara region. These are people that still know how to live in tune with the land, including large wildlife, like lions, hyenas, buffalo, and elephants. 

They are facing a rapidly changing and modernizing world while still aiming to hold on to traditions and a way of life that is in harmony with, rather than in conflict to, nature. 

At first I thought I needed to have a project, to contribute to conservation by doing (which I did do, down the line), but I finally came to the space of knowing that my gift is my presence—there is nothing I need to DO. 

Soon after I spent the night in a traditional village in a mud hut. That night, the community named me “Nashami.” It means the Beloved One. The very next day, I met Francis, who is the father of baby Zuri.

While this time in my life has not been easy, and I still don’t fully understand what it is that I am meant to do in terms of concrete action in the realm of conservation, I have never felt more sure-footed and on my path. I know this little one was meant to be, that I chose her and she chose us. My transition and choice to birth her in Kenya, to stay connected with Francis despite a myriad of culture differences and personal challenges, has certainly not been easy. 

But through it all I know I have been following my Truth. And I am so grateful for USM for creating the space for me to come to, time after time, to hear my own wisdom, and to elevate in consciousness.

So thank you for all that you do, and who you are, and what you have brought and continue to bring to the world. I haven’t shared at all in class this year, but I thought you might like to hear how USM has helped shape the trajectory of my life, and how I continue to use the skills regularly in times of challenge. Know that I was connected in energetically with the class this last weekend, but my physical focus was just getting enough sleep and keeping my little one happy and fed!

So thanks again, and if circumstances work out, it’s my intention to participate in Practicum in January when I’m back in the US! 

In the Classroom: Spiritual Psychology students

Experience the miraculous expansion and levity as Ron & Mary coach Maria through a shift from the identification with the ego to the Awareness of herself as the center of pure, Loving Awareness and the Soul Essence within her.

USM’s Mission Made Manifest:
Answering the Call of Soul-Centered Education Worldwide

It’s truly been an extraordinary year at USM filled with Soul Moments—from the Consciousness, Radiant Health, and Healing Four-Day Lab and the monthly Life Mastery & Soul-Centered Living II class weekends—to the monthly Worldwide Community Gatherings and the amazing three-day Loyalty to Your Soul Workshop Online!

We are profoundly grateful for the privilege and Blessings of continuing to serve what has become a global community. In 2022, students from 18 countries around the world participated. We bow in awe to all who choose to participate in the USM Online Classroom and, in particular, to the International students living in other time zones who are with us faithfully through the wee hours of their night. This is surely a demonstration of clear intention as well as extraordinary commitment and willingness.

Given all that is unfolding around the planet, USM’s mission is clearly more important than ever. A Soul-Centered education is one of the most leveraged preparations for living in these challenging times. What could be more powerful than navigating life at this time experientially knowing you are the Presence of Love, equipped with the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology? To us, there seems to be Spirit-filled synchronicity in the convergence of events occurring globally and USM’s expansion of its outreach through the Online Classroom.

The product of the University is the students and graduates. You create a tremendous ripple effect throughout the world, and USM has never been more prepared to serve those Souls around the world who are ready to answer the Call to a Soul-Centered educational process. Through participating, you have experienced opportunities for Healing the issues you took embodiment to Heal and—as you continue Awakening into the Awareness of who you truly are—standing forward and sharing the gifts you came to share. We are eternally grateful for you, your participation, your contributions to this work—and the contributions you are making in your world.

Help Us Fulfill USM’s Mission

The Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology have never been more relevant and our intention to serve never stronger. We are deeply Grateful for the generous donations we are receiving in response to USM’s annual fundraiser, USM’s Mission Made Manifest: Answering the Call of Soul-Centered Education Worldwide.

For those of you who have donated already, please accept our Heartfelt “Thank you!” And to those of you who haven’t yet contributed, we invite your support.

Your financial gift is invaluable and will enable USM to continue delivering Programs to a worldwide audience in new and creative formats to fulfill its mission: Communicating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology worldwide through the process of Soul-Centered education. Can you donate $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $10,000, $100,000 or more?.

For those of you who have donated already, please accept our Heartfelt “Thank you!” And to those of you who haven’t yet contributed, we invite your support.

Your financial gift is invaluable and will enable USM to continue delivering Programs to a worldwide audience in new and creative formats to fulfill its mission: Communicating the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology worldwide through the process of Soul-Centered education. Can you donate $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $10,000, $100,000 or more?.

From Our Hearts We Thank You

USM’s legacy to the world is you, Nancy. Equipped with the life-changing Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology, you as a USM graduate have tools to continue recalibrating your own consciousness and life, serving as a beacon to others who are seeking this life-changing education. Your financial support is welcomed and deeply appreciated. Join us in making a year-end donation.

Our love and gratitude to you are eternal.

With Blessings of Infinite Light and Loving,

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Ron & Mary

Join Us in Making a Year-End Donation

P.S. If you would like to discuss your donation options with me (Ron) personally, please feel free to contact Bonne at [email protected] or (310) 829-7402, ext. 249, and she can help arrange a time for us to speak.

Hear What Current Students Are Saying
About USM’s Soul-Centered Education Online

“This program is a highlight in my life. I have returned multiple times to audit and embark on new courses. It is truly life-changing work and play, with deep Soul friendships formed, masterful teachers, experiential exercises that release conscious and unconscious challenges on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels, with grace and ease. Lifelong dreams and projects come to fruition masterfully as we let go of anything that doesn’t serve us. There is nothing more profound than giving yourself this gift.

“Be the change you want to see in the world. How? Enroll in USM programs in order to find the tools to be the change in your own life and have a loving ripple effect on the planet. USM is where you can come home to your Authentic Self. As Paolo Coelho says, ‘Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything, maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

—Sylvia Valentine

“The experiential nature of learning and practicing the tools of consciousness is unparalleled in the world of transformational education. Working one’s process with so many profound and efficacious tools is life transforming. USM fulfills on its promise of Soul-Centered Education with flying colors and richly enhanced lives.”

—Jonathan Wygant

“I moved from being driven only on my Goal Line to a new way of Being. One that is self-honoring and makes me feel connected to myself as a whole and not just my intellect. I now live a life on the Soul Line. What a massive shift!”

—Natasha Jansen

“USM is a global program for psychological and Spiritual literacy.”

—Taira Stuart

“The most transformational program I have ever attended, exceeding every expectation.”

—Greg McKee

“This program has provided the structure and lessons that I needed to free myself from painful experiences in childhood that have led to a lifetime of suffering, sitting in victimhood and projecting my limiting beliefs about myself onto others. It has supported me in realizing my full potential. I am now deeply connected to my higher power and recognize my purpose for being on this earth and am deeply connected to my love for myself and others. I was a successful executive and community member before this class, and my success in the truest sense of life on this earth has risen beyond my imagination after completion of this second year.”

—Meg Young

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