July 30, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
.......Joy Harjo









Our first 'in person' metaphysical service will be this Sunday, August 2nd at Fortin Park in Oneonta at 10am

We are very excited about this outdoor 'Olde Fashioned Spiritualist Service' , where we will be observing strict social distancing protocols......

This very special service, with codirector Amanda Hoover as our emcee and ministerial cleric Maggie Kilbride leading us into our homily, will include a co-homily where several of us share insights, messages, and spiritual experiences received throughout this pandemic.
Special guest, Saraann Delafield from Red Feather Retreat in Port Crane will lead us in a shamanic drumming meditation

Anyone planning on attending, we request that you register in advance. There will be strict safety protocols in place. Please read all of the required guidelines and register HERE

Don't worry!!! We will still (hopefully phone service allowing!!) be streaming live on Facebook for any of our friends who aren't local to Oneonta, or anyone who can't join us in person!!!
A Note from the ISD Board
Board Secretary and ISD member, Susan Owens and ISD member Ally Sutton-Pyle are hard at work pulling information together for a new ISD church directory through Instant Church Directory Online.
We will be reaching out to you shortly with additional information on how to enroll.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for Ally at Sunday's church service where she will be taking pictures to include in the directory. She will be asking you to fill out a photo release if you agree to having your picture taken.
Thanks Susan and Ally for all of your hard work!!
Please help us keep our doors open by making a donation to ISD Oneonta by clicking below. No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education
Two Part Class: Tuesday August 11th and Tuesday August 18th 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Fundamentals of Meditation
Join our own Pastor and Co-director Diana Friedell as she leads us into discovering meditation as a key to emotional balance, healing and stress relief. Lowering blood pressure, relieving stress symptoms, speeding up healing time, reducing anxiety, not getting sick as often- these are just some of the meditation benefits proven by science. Diana makes meditation easy- whether you've meditated in the past, and want to re-vamp your practice, or you are just starting out, you will reach transcendent states of connection and oneness with Diana's unique guided meditations.
General Tuition $70 ISD Members $60
we are offering a 22% special limited time price:
$55 General Tuition or $47 for ISD Members.

Two Part Class: Thursday August 13th and Thursday August 27th 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Psychic Bootcamp with Rev. Diana and Renee Ranke
The name sounds a little scary but this is always a lot of fun. This two part class will gently challenge and intuitively guide you towards enhancing your psychic gifts.
Find and break through your self-imposed psychic limits.
For people at all levels of intuitive development with a sincere desire to deepen their ability to connect, get clearer and faster messages.
Lots of 'exercises' but no sore muscles!!
 22% special limited time price of $55 general admission or $47 for ISD Members
Diane Foster
Saturday August 15th 12 noon to 2:30pm
Healing and Intuition
Master Healer Diane Foster, from Canyon Ranch, returns to share techniques to access intuitive guidance during healing sessions. Through a series of “energy exercises”, she will guide you through the journey of re-awakening your Intuition. You will begin to connect with your own energy on a higher level, and learn how to use and trust your intuition.
General Tuition $35 ISD Members $30
Coming Soon:
Keep watching the newsletter, Facebook, and ISDoneonta.org for registration details

Coming this fall, our healing certification program begins with a lot of great classes and instructors. Start thinking about whether you are guided to be an ISD certified healer and even if you are not these are still great classes to join! Details will be coming!!
We have Online Development circles!!!!
Choose your circle!!
Join one/two/or join them all!!
Take your pick. We have meditation and messaging or 'dream weaving'....please join us and tap into your own spiritual connection

  Suggested Donation for these circles is $10
We understand that many are suffering with financial stress during this time.
No amount is too small and no amount is required!! Please click below to make a donation to ISD
ISD Development Circles:
Come to one, or two, or join them all!!

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm ....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
I ntuitive Development Circle under the leadership of Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Story connects Scientific Research into consciousness studies, and the human energy field. Helping us to understand how our bodies are wired for telepathy and intuition. Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
This is a healing/meditation Zoom circle every Monday night
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm ....
Learning and Psychic Development Circle
These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Our own little spiritual oasis where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels comfortable learning, discussing, and unfolding their connection to their own psychic and mediumistic gifts. Let’s join together in the spirit of Love to explore, communicate and develop!!
Each of the circles, facilitated by ISD ministerial cleric Renee Ranke, will begin with a discussion and learning segment that changes weekly. Renee will then lead us in a healing guided meditation directed at receiving your own personal message from Spirit. And we will finish up the session with group messaging work.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions to Renee at mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm .. ..
Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle
Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Return to a sense of Body, Mind, Soul balance and connection with your Spirit helpers. Refresh and renew with a unique guided meditation. Diana, an Intuitive Development Teacher and Psychic Medium for the past 20 years, will lead us in different practices and exercises to allow our own abilities to unfold and continue to develop in a like-minded group. Open to anyone, at all levels of development. We have a lot of fun, and discover the best way to approach our sessions is by saying "I don't know what I don't know!" and "I am open and ready to receive."
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at info@dianafriedell.com
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am ....
Dream Message Circle
J oin a Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle with Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
 RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com


Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm ....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday August 20th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.
Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link

Monthly on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm ....
Allowing Abundance
Next circle is Tuesday August 25th
This circle, facilitated by Elke Saal, will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Based on the Abraham Hicks teachings and using principles of intention we will deepen our understanding of allowing abundance into our lives. As “Like attracts Like” we need to feel what we desire emotionally before it can manifest into the reality that we prefer. We will strengthen our intentions for abundance with the support of the group energy field.

Don't forget that we are here for you during these challenging times
The ISD Adult Education Committee implemented some changes to tuition, as a way to assist people who might not be able to afford our classes and workshops given the current challenging financial climate.
We have discounted some of our standard prices and have even given you the option of registering for free! Yup, free!
  • When you click on the registration page, you will find an option to take the class at suggested prices (quoted) and there will also be an option to register for free
  • We also will be offering a 'Donate' button on the event landing page so that you can 'pay what you can' or donate the tuition for someone less fortunate.....
  • If there is a course that you have already taken, but you wish to attend again, we are offering you the option to 'review' for half price
Check out our July 2020 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
The Playground of Life XIX
by Kahlil Gibran
 
One hour devoted to the pursuit of Beauty
And Love is worth a full century of glory
Given by the frightened weak to the strong.

From that hour comes man's Truth; and
During that century Truth sleeps between
The restless arms of disturbing dreams.
 
In that hour the soul sees for herself
The Natural Law, and for that century she
Imprisons herself behind the law of man;
And she is shackled with irons of oppression.
 
That hour was the inspiration of the Songs
Of Solomon, an that century was the blind
Power which destroyed the temple of Baalbek.
 
That hour was the birth of the Sermon on the
Mount, and that century wrecked the castles of
Palmyra and the Tower of Babylon.
 
That hour was the Hegira of Mohammed and that
Century forgot Allah, Golgotha, and Sinai.
 
One hour devoted to mourning and lamenting the
Stolen equality of the weak is nobler than a
Century filled with greed and usurpation.

It is at that hour when the heart is
Purified by flaming sorrow and
Illuminated by the torch of Love.
 
And in that century, desires for Truth
Are buried in the bosom of the earth.

That hour is the root which must flourish.
 
That hour of meditation, the hour of
Prayer, and the hour of a new era of good.
 
And that century is a life of Nero spent
On self-investment taken solely from
Earthly substance.
 
This is life.
 
Portrayed on the stage for ages;
Recorded earthly for centuries;
Lived in strangeness for years;
Sung as a hymn for days;
Exalted but for an hour, but the
Hour is treasured by Eternity as a jewel.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

Cubans celebrate no new domestic cases of Covid as most of that country moved into the final phase of resuming normal activity. Read the Reuters article Here


British ministers are getting ready to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests. The finger prick tests that can tell a person within 20 minutes if they have ever been exposed to the coronavirus passed its first major trials. Check out the Reuters article Here

Here is an uplifting story about 'Miracle Larry'. This Covid survivor left his Manhattan hospital last week after a 128-day fight. At one point he was considered the sickest patient in the hospital. Read the NBC New York story about how the faith of his family and friends helped him pull through Here

Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping during this pandemic period. Here is a link to the US Department of Health & Human Services that will provide you with resources and tools to help deal with the stress of this time.

Do you have coronavirus questions?
Here is an interesting article from CNN that may answer some of them. Questions like, "When are people with coronavirus most contagious?" and "How safe are public restrooms?"






Help us to raise the money to pay ISD National for our hymnals.
You are invited to dedicate an ISD Oneonta hymnal in the name of a loved one. For a donation of $35 a custom bookplate will be permanently placed in a hymnal. 
You may dedicate it to the Memory of a friend or loved one who has died; OR you may present it "in Honor of:" a living friend or loved one, who you would like to honor- as a gift to mark a special occasion, or just to thank them.

Simple to do, click on the below link, fill out the form, and press send!
Just a reminder that we are continuing our Prayer Warriors group, every day at 5pm we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now

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 to our Healing Program director, Jo Ann Wormuth at the below ISD website l ink:


Not an ISD Oneonta member? Think about joining our family

Any previous members who still haven't renewed.....Renew your membership NOW at ISD on line here : ISD Membership Renewal
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
See my brand new website! Thank you Dan Afriacano: www.dianafriedell.com
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.









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Our ISD Leadership
Shown Amanda Hoover, Co-Director

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! Dian a!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .