March 20, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development

"I am very much aware that what we are all, in our country and around the world, going to do in the next weeks and months and years is of inestimable importance. "
Madeleine L'Engle from A Circle of Quiet

Good Friends and Great Energy

Join us this Sunday, March 22 at noon for our first ever ISD Oneonta Zoom session.
There will be prayers, inspirational readings, transformational healing and most importantly...laughter!!
It will be a chance for us to all catch up so you don't want to miss it!!!

Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting at noon on Sunday March 22 (if you have never used Zoom before, please click on the link a little early so you can install the required app and set up your audio and video...hey you can even join from your Smartphone!!)

And the Good News Is!!!!!

As this world comes together in times of difficulty and uncertainty, we thought that it would be worthwhile to share some positive news about the current COVID-19 situation:

  • Over 82,760 people have successfully recovered worldwide
  • China reported its first day with no new locally transmitted coronavirus infections and has closed down its last coronavirus hospital as there are not enough new cases to support them
  • Researchers in Rotterdam claim to have found a coronavirus antibody which could lead to a vaccine and also allow self testing
  • Doctors in India have already been successfully treating patients using a combination of HIV, Swine Flu, and Malaria medications
  • Japanese pharmaceutical company, Takeda Pharmaceutical is working on a new drug to combat
  • It is believed that plasma from newly recovered patients can treat those who have been infected and this is being researched in several countries
  • Researchers in Canada have replicated the virus which will help with testing and development of treatments and vaccines
  • A 103 year old Chinese woman who suffered from the corona virus has made a full recovery
  • Reports of new cases are slowing in Italy and South Korea
  • The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more recoveries than new cases for last week
  • The first three patients to test positive in Maryland have recovered

Events Postponed or cancelled for the upcoming week:
Psychic Tarot w/Rev. Sue Landon
Thursday, March 19th and March 26th, 6:40pm-9pm
Stay tuned for new dates. . .
Cancelled this Monday, due to reducing our exposure in crowds- Normally 6pm Check w/Erika Miller for future weeks.


How about using this time of social distancing to begin a meditation practice or strengthen your existing practice?

Prevention magazine touts seven “Science Backed Health Benefits of Meditation”:
1.  Meditation improves your mental health
2.  It reduces harmful inflammation
3.  Meditation can help control your cravings
4.  It gives your brain a boost
5.  Meditation helps fight premature aging
6.  It helps keep a cold out of your future
7.  Meditation may help you deal with pain

Read more in their 2019 article

. . .
Here are some free apps that can help you out:

Headspace is an app that helps beginners learn to practice mindfulness. It will give you tutorials and reminders to remember to pause every day. There are free and subscriber options available

InsightTimer is a wonderful tool for both beginners and more seasoned meditators.
It has over 30,000 free guided meditations available, including meditations for children. It also has music available for those who prefer to guide themselves through their meditation

with Master Healer Diane Foster
April 18th, 12-2:30
One of our favorite teachers coming from Canyon Ranch to share techniques to access intuitive guidance during healing sessions. She shows us how to use crystals and how to build a crystal grid. She shows different ways to use a pendulum, and how to use a pendulum grid to get healing answers for our clients.
* *Please Note that Diane has almost a 2 hr drive to get here. So please REGISTER if interested. We will not hold the class if there are less than 6 people registered. Thank you!

Calling all ISD Energy Healers
and Prayer Warriors

 A message from Jo Ann Wormuth:

Our thoughts have great power. When we focus those thoughts in a group consciousness with a singular intention, miracles will happen.
As Director of the ISD Healing Program, I am seeking volunteers to come together as a family with a daily healing and prayer.
We will set an intention to transmute COVID 19 worldwide, pray for the well-being of our dear Mother Earth, and send healing to our friends and family members.
Each day at 5 PM EST, we will pause for about 10 minutes and meditate and pray with the intention of sending healing energy to all.
You do not have to be present each day. Requests for healing or suggestions should be submitted at the below ISD website l ink.

Jo Ann Wormuth

 From our weekly channeled message posted on ISD's Facebook page:

Know This

Outside the storm rages
The howl of the wind
The hammering of the hail
The bellowing of the thunder 
Beating a frenzied cacophony
Numbness sets in as cold stinging rain bites at naked skin
All around the sounds of anger
Scenes of destruction
The heavy dirge of fear
Pain and confusion
Chaos and fury
It can become overwhelming
The noise 
And the whirling
Seem to drown out all else
Sometimes It may seem easier
To become the storm
Than to stand against the pelting rain and bitter winds
Know this
Inside the sun is always beckoning
The warmth of our love is like a familiar quilt embracing you
Step away from the madness and breathe in a moment of peace
Feel the strength of being
Like a flower opening in the spring, allow each petal to unfurl and drink in calm
Whispered prayers all around quiet the chaos
You are swaddled and hushed and held with reverence
Sit within for a time
When you are renewed
Fasten that covering of Love around your shoulders as a warrior's cape, and emerge
Strengthened from within you can unwind the chaos
Listen to the thunder and hear the lyrical essence of its roar
See the raindrops a kaleidoscope of healing; patters of joy, the mist of life
Reach out to touch the wind and smile as it blows away the clouds and lifts your soul to touch the stars
Sense the rainbow as it ascends to the heavens
From a place of peace emerges a new vista
Fear and confusion reborn as peace
When wisdom unfolds into understanding
You see that you are fortitude and light
You are composed of Love which disintegrates bedlam and brings peace to turmoil
Know this

Thanks and prayers to all of those in the medical field. They are the warriors in the front lines...We send our blessings to you all for your courageousness.
Shown here is Dr. Ben, Reverend Diana Friedell's fearless husband putting in hours to assist with drive through exam station at FoxCare Center
And since we all need a smile!!!!

Big Congratulations to our own Tom Landon and Poppy!!!
They will be receiving the Otsego County Outstanding Senior 2020 award in May...

Well Tom is the outstanding senior (although those of us who know him would say that there is nothing senior about him) but the award is for his pet therapy work with none other than the Sparkling Poppy


SAVE THE DATE: April 19th, 12 noon
At this meeting we review our tremendous progress in the past year, celebrate our successes, set new goals & visions for where ISD is headed in the next year, and most importantly approve the ISD Budget for 2020-21
Let your Voice be Heard! If you want to VOTE at this meeting, you need to be a MEMBER! How do I become a member? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

Don't forget, it is time for our ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:
Already a Member? Many have already renewed. . . how about you?
Membership must be renewed before the CONVENTION
Renew your membership NOW at ISD on line here : ISD Membership Renewal
Like and follow us on Facebook so you will receive notification when we go live with healing meditations, inspirational readings and share meaningful posts.
Click on the Facebook icon on the bottom left of this newsletter and come along for the healing, love and Fun!!!!
Available for Distance Healing, while we are practicing social isolation for the next couple weeks- Tim Keys does healing sessions Email him directly to schedule your time slot!
AND Nancy Okker is available for massage (607) 286-9084‬
Rev. Diana Friedell, Pastor & Co-Director A popular area medium and psychic for 17 years, graduate of Fellowships of the Spirit, Lily Dale, NY & SUNY Oneonta, Rev. Diana is astounding in her commitment to bring the Institute to Oneonta as a gathering place for all who want to explore their own Divine nature & expand intuitive gifts. I look forward to chatting with you! 607-433-2089  
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.

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Exciting Updates to our ISD Leadership
Shown- Rev. Kristen Niles, Board President & Rev. Story Lucile Ducey- Thanks to JP Cummings for the photo
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director w/Diana
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
Jo Ann Wormuth – Developing Healing Certification Program to start in September!
Many more new leaders are stepping up. . . more to come
Founding Pastor, Rev. Sue has retired to concentrate on her healing right now. If there is anything we can do she will let us know. But meanwhile, the strong leadership at ISD continues to build on 3 years of groundwork for this amazing institution. We could use your help. If you can volunteer to help with the Bookstore, hospitality, ushering, building maintenance, website, office tasks, shopping- Just call or email! Diana!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .