October 01, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
"The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves."

Richard Rohr

Service This Sunday:
Join us on Zoom this Sunday, October 4th, at 10am EST . Also streaming live on Facebook

The lovely Amanda Hoover will be our Emcee and Renee Ranke will deliver the homily “Leave the Light On: Holding Space for Positivity in Times of Uncertainty”

Topic: Sunday Service
Time: Oct 4, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Adult Education

Hey!! It starts tonight!!
Our Fall 2020 Lecture Series,
"Metaphysically Speaking",
kicks off tonight, Thursday October 1st at 5:30 pm, with
'Lotus and Tumbleweeds'
Check out the full series with clickable registration links Here

Tuition for each session:
$15 /$10 ISD Members

Or Register for the whole 8-Part Series:
$120/$80 ISD Members
Special 20% discount:
$94/$64 ISD Members

Thursday Oct. 1st 5:30-7:00pm EST
The beautiful lotus roots and thrives in the dirtiest mud; Tumbleweeds blow with the wind and find a new place to grow roots. Meet the teachers as they discuss the tools that they lean on to find grounding and to thrive during these chaotic times
Your Instructors:
Story Lucile Ducey, Renee Ranke, Diana Friedell, Amanda Hoover, and Kimberly Winsor
Schedule Metaphysically Speaking Series
Sunday Series Continues:
Remaining dates:
Sunday October 11th 10am-12pm and Sunday November 8th 10am-12pm

Reincarnation and Past Life Regression
This exciting three part lecture series will be held on the second Sunday of the month through November.
Rev. Story Ducey; Academic Philosopher, 35 year Teacher of metaphysics, and Medium, takes us on a journey to discover past lives that have created patterns of behavior & prompted choices that still affect our lives today. 
This series taps into our collective group energy, and provides a safe setting to actually take guided journeys into your past realm. Together we will discuss the regressed memories experienced, & why and how it still has influences over our life. In the process, you will re-acquire blocked strengths to help meet your current goals.
Each class will have a Talk and guided past life regression with discussion. Course is open to all levels, from Novice to Avatar.

Full Series:
General Tuition $65 ISD Members $55
One Session:
General Tuition $25 ISD Members $20
Saturday October 17, 2020 3pm-6pm EST
Introduction to Muscle Testing

Kimberly Winsor, RPP, LMT, teaches us the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts of muscle testing- a technique used much like dowsing, using ones own body to cipher out truth for any given situation. Answers come in a yes/no format, so attention is paid to learning how to ask questions, with lots of fun practice.
This class meets a requirement for the healing certification program which starts next fall, but is open to anyone who would like to take it! 

Register to attend in person, at the ISD Lotus Center (Covid safetly protocols in place) or on Zoom
$35 General Tuition or $30 for ISD Members.
Two Part Class:
Saturday October 24, 2020 11am-12:30pm EST
Saturday November 7, 2020 11am-12:30pm EST
Enhancing the Sacred in Your Life and Home with Altars and Shrines
In this class, retired History Professor, Edythe Quinn, explores the beautiful practice of creating and tending Home Altars & Shrines. She introduces us to her altars, the sacred reason for building them, like honoring family, or spiritual traditions, & shows us how to make one of our own. In part 2, we will show and tell the altars we have made.

Class format is Zoom
$25 General Tuition or $20 for ISD Members.
Boo!!! Join us for:

Halloween Spirit Fest!
Saturday October 31 12pm-3pm EST

ZOOM in on your magic broomstick, as the "White Witches" gather and combine forces to relay messages from departed loved ones, teachers and guides. Dress up in costume and have your wands ready! First, authentic spirit communication from 4 Tried & True Mediums; Add a Private reading w/ Psychic Reader of your choice. Check in on your Life Path Questions. . . Register now, spots are limited!

ISD's Halloween Spirit Fest will be held from 12 noon -3 pm on Zoom and will feature 6 Psychic Readers.  
What might Spirit have to say that will help you through these changing times? Come & find out, in two ways. . .
  1. at the Evidential Mediumship Gallery starting at 12 noon, held via ZOOM in the comfort of your own home! Join the fun, wear a costume. Our Gallery Mediums are Diana Friedell, Story Ducey, Renee Ranke, Judy Simmons. Stay on the Zoom Call for your
  2. Personal, Confidential Psychic Readings from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm by assigned appointment time with tried and true psychic readers  will be only $25 for 20 minutes ($20 ISD Member Rate).  Halloween

We have open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!!!!
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 and note what circle the donation is for ISD Donation PayPal
ISD Development Circles:

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
Intuitive 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
Join 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 October 15th
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 October 27th
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.
Check out our October2020 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Still I Rise 
by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Feeling stressed? Really, who isn’t in these unprecedented times? We have all heard that stress is detrimental to us emotionally and physically. But, is it possible that the way we that we think about stress is more detrimental to us than actually experiencing stress? Here is a TED talk given by Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist in 2013, “How to Make Stress Your Friend” that speaks to the fact that the way we think about stress may be more detrimental than stress itself. It is quite an interesting and entertaining video, I highly recommend taking ten minutes to watch it!

  • Some good news to come out of Covid Quarantine…..It seems as if many people have rediscovered their love of nature. Check out the Good New Network article Here that talks about a recent poll conducted by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation where 58% of the 2,000 Americans polled say that they didn’t appreciate nature has much as they should have in the Pre-Covid days. As we head into autumn, now is a great time to get out and enjoy nature’s beauty!

  • We have shared this one before but is well worth resharing. This class is the most popular one at Yale. Yale psychology professor Dr. Laurie Santos expected 40 students to sign up for her 2018 class, ‘Psychology and the Good Life’. Over 1,000 students signed up, or 1 in every 4 Yale students. A free online version, entitled The Science of Well Being was released and more than 2 million people in 200 countries have signed up. Enrollment for this Yale class is free and honestly this is a subject that we can all benefit from. Check out the details Here

These links will remain here so that you will easily be able to find them if you have a need:

  • 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?"
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 
Go to the Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., and even if the door is locked, you will see stickers in the plastic flyer display holder on the wall to the LEFT of the Door, under the prayer flags.
Take one to put on each bag that you are bringing to Hannaford- Ask someone there where the bags go. With that correct tag on it, the bottle deposit money goes directly into the ISD Oneonta Account.

Thank you to all who have brought in your 5 cent returnables for us to return, and to Connie Lull for delivering to Hannaford.
We have built up about $160 for ISD just from returning our cans!
Thank you!

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!
A note from Rev. Diana

Members and Friends:
Wanna Reach out to friends in your church family?
Susan Owens is has taken on the task of starting a church directory through an online app called InstaChurch, and a few of you have replied to her already about your preferences.

All members are automatically in the directory, but only with the information that you provided when you joined the church.
A reminder that the Directory is Completely Private- passcode protected, will only be able to be seen and accessed by people who are in the directory- ISD Members and friends.

Please email Susan Owens if you would like to be included in the directory, but haven’t formally signed up to be a member yet;
or if you do NOT want to be in the church directory.
You will very soon have the opportunity to see the directory and check your listing, and send any corrections to Susan at drsowens@yahoo.com
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 link:

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