June 24 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
― Brother David Steindl-Rast
Our Next Service is Sunday July 18 at 10am.

Yes our metaphysical services are usually on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month!
But, we are taking July 4th off this year for some much needed rest, relaxation, and celebration with family and friends......we will be back with our 'regularly scheduled' services on Sunday July 18th.
Those of you who are local to the Oneonta area, keep an eye out for details and join us in person, outdoors at Rev. Diana's house, for the July 18th service!
What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Join us tonight, Thursday June 24 5:30pm - 7pm, for 'The Body Enlightened: Byron Katie Worksheet' , the fourth workshop in this AMAZING self-care series with Kimberly Winsor. Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Midday at the Oasis is back and will be happening on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Join us this Friday June 25 12-2pm. See below for full information

  • Make sure that you sign up now for our official Thursday night summer series, 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky' beginning July 8th with 'Yoga Refresh' a wonderful Zoom Kripalu Yoga session with long distance Reiki. And it's taught by Alison Christiansen......who just happens to be Rev. Diana's brand new daughter-in-law! Welcome her to the family at the same time as getting some much deserved spiritual and physical refreshment! Full Details about this exciting series below in the Adult Education section.

  • The ISD Healing Certification Program is seeking to borrow a massage table for student practice. If you have a table you are not using and are willing to consider a loan to our program, please contact Jo Ann Wormuth, Director of Healing at email at sweet.transformations@yahoo.com or by text at 607-434-9527 to discuss details.

  • Wise Wednesday Circles with Diana are on hiatus for the summer. But we are hard at work coming up with some ideas for exciting new circles!

  • There are still more exciting summer events coming........so don't forget to keep checking here for updates!

  • Also, watch for announcements about our Intuitive Practitioner Program and our ISD Healing Certification Program.

  • Looking for some inspiration? Check out our homilies on our YouTube channel: 

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Please help us to keep offering quality classes, beautiful metaphysical services, and engaging development circles by clicking on the donate button below to make a donation to ISD Oneonta.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Midday at the Oasis
2nd and 4th Fridays- 12-noon - 2pm
No, actually, in person- We wanna see your face (its been a long COVID separation!) at the new Lotus Center at the home of Tom Landon.
The Oasis & the gardens are beautiful and ready for you.

Come for casual conversation, light lunch, laughter, and library time with ISD friends and members, and the Pastor, Diana Friedell. We will be POOLSIDE in the good weather, bring your suit if you’d like, and a dish to pass if possible. Please let Tom know in advance that you will be attending by emailing him, tflandon51@gmail.com. If you need directions, he will send them!
More information on our Website
Adult Education

Summer is Heating Up With Our Thursday Offerings!!!
We bring you Two wonderful 'Soul-full' series where the theme is YOU.

Self Care takes center stage beginning with 'The Body Enlightened' Series with the wonderful Kimberly Winsor and continuing with 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'.
Make yourself a priority this summer and join us every Thursday night through August.

The Body Enlightened Series
with Kimberly Winsor

Join us in June for this healing series that provides you with tools for personal wellness and self-care designed to increase the living light in your body:

Thursday June 24th 5:30pm -7pm Byron Katie Worksheet
Self-work for unraveling some of our tightest spots

Thursday July 1st 5:30pm -7pm Power Herbs
6 common herbs that can help with various
health challenges
Tuition: $25/class or $20 for ISD Members. . . .
Coming Thursdays Beginning in July:

Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky
Summer 2021 Soulful Healing Series

Enjoy your summer, enhance your spiritual journey, rejuvenate, meet like minded souls. Open your innate Spiritual Gifts. Find your path to service. 
Join us on Zoom every Thursday starting July 8th, 2021, with a different topic each time.
Zoom link sent when you register. Click on TITLE.
Register Individually or for WHOLE SERIES for 20% Off at the Registration Link for July 8th or 15th Class.
July 8th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm  
Reiki & Yoga Refresh-  with Alison Christiansen.
Relax with a restorative, all levels Kripalu Yoga practice, with long distance Reiki, Grounding & self-empowerment practices will enrich the clearing & cleansing experience with Alison, an Ithaca based Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Reiki Master. 

July 15th, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
Have you ever felt such negative energy from someone that you felt psychically attacked? Dick Buchanan, a long time psychic, shares tried & true techniques to repel & spiritually protect ourselves against negative energy.

July 22nd, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
In this interactive workshop we will take a look at grief; how it manifests in our lives and how we can view it as a stepping stone to catharsis and transformation.

July 29th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm
Heart Linking with Your Angel with JoAnn Wormuth, IET Healer, Reiki Master Teacher
Who is my Angel? Everyone has an angel, but angels must obey human free will. JoAnn guides us in inviting angel guidance & wisdom into our lives thru this transformational workshop. 

August 5th, 2021 5:30-7pm
Susquehanna Mystery: The Scranton Enigma-  with Michael Wann; Artist, Astrologer, Storyteller, Researcher
The Susquehanna Sage, reveals another intriguing mystery about the Susquehanna, the Grandmother River, involving Goddess worship, and the city of Scranton which sits on her banks.

August 12th, 2021 5:30-7pm
E-Squared Book Contemplation- with Amanda Hoover, ISD Co-Director, Life Coach
We will experience meditation techniques from Pam Grout’s spectacular & uplifting book, for seeing how we inform our outer reality and discuss our holographic universe to understand and practice quantum manifestation

August 19th, 2021 5:30-7pm   

Each Class Individually:
$25 General Tuition $20 ISD Members

Purchase the full series and get a 20% discount (full series registration at the July 8th or July 15th event)
$150 $120 General Tuition $120 $96 ISD Members

Check out these upcoming in-person events with some wonderful guest instructors!
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
Sunday July 18 1pm-5pm
Weeds for Wellness: An Ecological Foraging Event w/ Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
This is an in-person event

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N,. and expert herbalist, returns to ISD to lead us on a fascinating walk to discover edible weeds, and plants, even invasive ones, that actually support our wellness.
We will taste wild food, hear the music of the plants, and learn safe foraging with instructive hand-outs. We will convene at the home of the Friedell's and do some foraging at Riddell Park, even get to taste a beverage that Marguerite makes for us!

$40 General
$35 ISD Member Discount

Saturday July 24 4pm-6pm
The Flowing River: Ritual for Grief Release w/Angelica Palmer
This is an in-person event

Join us at Darling Hill Farm for this transformational event with Angelica Palmer of Cherry Valley. Inspired by the grief rituals of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso and the work of Sobonfu Somé and Zahava Griss, we come together through drums, song and movement, supporting each other’s grieving process as we strengthen the collective.
Limited space available, so register early!
$25 General
$20 ISD Member Discount

Join us during the week for our 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 Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for
Weekly Circles:

7-8:30pm EST

Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. These experimental circles will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and home work from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com
2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning & Psychic Development Circle

With Renee Ranke. These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions:mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com

7-8:30pm EST

Mediumship Development Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. Join this sacred circle as we join together to practice receiving evidence of the continuation of life and learn together with our loved ones on the other side

Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com
10-11:30am EST

Dream Message Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com
Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday July 15th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
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.
Click below for additional information
RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link dalecapristo@gmail.com
4th Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm EST
Next circle Tuesday July 27th
Allowing Abundance
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.
Check out our June 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

The Joy Of Little Things by Robert William Service

It's good the great green earth to roam,
Where sights of awe the soul inspire;
But oh, it's best, the coming home,
The crackle of one's own hearth-fire!
You've hob-nobbed with the solemn Past;
You've seen the pageantry of kings;
Yet oh, how sweet to gain at last
The peace and rest of Little Things!

Perhaps you're counted with the Great;
You strain and strive with mighty men;
Your hand is on the helm of State;
Colossus-like you stride . . . and then
There comes a pause, a shining hour,
A dog that leaps, a hand that clings:
O Titan, turn from pomp and power;
Give all your heart to Little Things.

Go couch you childwise in the grass,
Believing it's some jungle strange,
Where mighty monsters peer and pass,
Where beetles roam and spiders range.
'Mid gloom and gleam of leaf and blade,
What dragons rasp their painted wings!
O magic world of shine and shade!
O beauty land of Little Things!

I sometimes wonder, after all,
Amid this tangled web of fate,
If what is great may not be small,
And what is small may not be great.
So wondering I go my way,
Yet in my heart contentment sings . . .
O may I ever see, I pray,
God's grace and love in Little Things.

So give to me, I only beg,
A little roof to call my own,
A little cider in the keg,
A little meat upon the bone;
A little garden by the sea,
A little boat that dips and swings . . .
Take wealth, take fame, but leave to me,
O Lord of Life, just Little Things.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

ASTROLOGY FORCAST (June 25 - July 1)

This week we discuss what is referred to as a retrograde season. That is because there are 5 planets retrograde at various times in June. The inner planets, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, have a more immediately noticed effect on our daily life. As mentioned last week, the Mercury retrograde has ended, but turning retrograde this week is Neptune, joining Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. Therefore, 4 out of 5 of the Outer planets are in backward appearing motion in their orbits. The opportunity arrives to shift thinking on long term influences in our lives, relationships, and cultures. This added to the intense Eclipse season in June may have you, and those around you, changing core beliefs, world views, organizations, cultures, etc.

The most significant day this week will be on Sunday June 27th. Uranus reaches an exact conjunction with the Earth sign, Taurus' Point of Avatar. Uranus can show it's influence in sudden changes. Huge interdimensional portals will open. This offers you a significant chance to leave behind all that you have been working with this month. You have likely had an understanding of parts of your life not working toward your best interests. Uranus helps you complete necessary changes. Release what needs to exit, and in addition, be RECEPTIVE to what will be available to you according to your current vibration.

As we close this very active month that has challenged us all, I leave you with this thought. I wish you Godspeed. This phrase has traditionally been to wish you safety along the journey. I think of it as something else in addition to safety for your life path. May you be assisted to vibrate your energy field at an ever-increasing pace, toward LOVE. May the ascension we are all working toward be ever closer to your lived experience - I wish you Godspeed!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Celebrating with joy! Check out This Good News Network article, complete with pictures of the princess in her crown and tutu. 90-year old ‘G-Ma’ celebrated her milestone birthday with a princess themed party! 

  • It was 4-years since their last mating, but last November it happened again! And on Wednesday Ri-Ri and Shin-Shin, pandas at Japan’s oldest Zoo, became the proud parents of twin cubs. Not sure on their sex yet, so keep an eye on the news to find out and read all about the auspicious birth in the NY Times article Here.

  • Having trouble finding joy while sifting through the news? Why not try ‘digging for ponies’. This article from the Union.com might help. Author Carole Carson tells us her daily method for creating a ‘pony list’ that never fails to shift her mood to one of joy. 

The below link will remain here for easy access:

  • Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping. 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.
Struggling with Zoom? We Want to Help
We Miss You!
Do you want to join our events, classes, or Sunday Metaphysical Services but you are struggling with the technology?

Shoot us an email at isdoneonta@gmail.com Let us know that you are struggling and what problems you are having. We will see what our team of spiritual 'tech gurus' can do to help. 

....and if you are a 'tech guru' yourself ,and would like to offer a helping hand, please reach out and let us know that you would be willing to help by assisting other members who are having technology issues!

Did you know that there are SEVEN ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, Middle Tennessee, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

Together we shine love and light to souls around the country and around the world with education, metaphysical services, healing and community.
We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 

Email Tom Landon at tlfandon51@gmail.com and he will give you a time to pick up stickers at our new ISD headquarters.
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.

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:

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.

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
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!

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