June 17, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“I am Shakti, as well as Shiva. I am everything male and female, light and dark, flesh and spirit. Perfectly balanced in one single moment lasting an eternity...”
― Robin Rumi
Join Us This Sunday , June 20 at10am Live on Zoom for our Metaphysical Service!

Help us celebrate Father's Day. Rev. Diana Friedell is our emcee and Renee Ranke will give the homily, "The Gentle Warrior: Redefining the Divine Masculine Through the Footprints of Our Fathers".

Don't miss out on the magic and connection of our unique metaphysical services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month!

Join us on Zoom or if you can't be with us then catch a portion of our service during our simulcast to Facebook Live.

Full Zoom Details:
Topic: Sunday Service June 20
Time: Jun 20, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Join us tonight, Thursday June 17 5:30pm - 7pm, for 'Flower Essences' and don't miss out on the remaining two Thursdays (for a total of five workshops)...Sign up now for 'The Body Enlightened' an AMAZING self-care series with Kimberly Winsor. Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Also tonight, Thursday June 17 7-8pm. Our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle with Dale Capristo. This month we will focus on Discipline. Mary Magdalene was a master of discipline with a sense of joy. What is discipline like in your life? How can discipline become more joyous? Full Details below under our Monthly Circles

  • Coming up on Tuesday June 22 at 6pm is our Monthly Abundance Class with Elke Saal. If you would like some help clearing the blockages to abundance, make sure you join. Full Details below under our Monthly Circles

  • Midday at the Oasis is back and will be happening on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, beginning Friday June 25. See below for full information

  • We are so excited to announce our official Thursday night summer series, 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'', coming in July ......sign up now. Details below in the Adult Education section.

  • 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!

Adult Education

Summer is Heating Up With Our Thermodynamic 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 3rd 5:30pm -7pm Spiral Meditation
an exercise to bring the resonance of the heart center out;
balancing the great power around and in us
Thursday June 10th 5:30pm -7pm Superfoods
7 of the most important foods to get into you daily!
Thursday June 17th 5:30pm -7pm Flower Essences
Introduction to flower essences so that you may begin
to incorporate them into your life
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. . . .
Or purchase the whole 5 class series for the price of 4 classes.....

All five classes in the series for:
$125 $100 General Tuition
$100 $80 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
5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.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 June 17th
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 June 22nd
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.

Sailing to the Shore by Renee Ranke

Like the explorers of old we traverse the ocean
Crossing from barren and bleak uncertainty
Sailing towards a beckoning shore rippling just outside our vision
The horizon promises streets of gold and sand of diamonds
Below us
The sea
He ebbs and flows
Some days we seem mired in a stagnate swamp
Other days the tumultuous waters boil and roar
But today, oh today
The sails are billowing, and we fly like eagles across smooth glass
Knowing when we reach the shore, She will open her loving arms and welcome us to the Land of Promise
Our once and future Home
The streets are the gold of wisdom
The white sands sparkle like diamonds, purity unsullied
Know ye this
That ferocious ocean with his uncertain waves
He was naught but a puddle
An optical illusion
The endless pilgrimage
Was truly but a moment
You have always been here
You have come again

Welcome Home

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


As the portal activations/energies settle from last week's Solar Eclipse, the Mercury retrograde comes to a close. There will be a few more days to process what all the activity from the Eclipse season has brought to your attention.

The theme of the entire month has been Shadow work, coming face to face with your Soul's orphaned, less valued aspects. The portals and energies opening and coming online have been to assist in personal advancement at the deep soul level. The progress made at the personal level then moves the collective along.

The next significant celestial event is the Summer Solstice. This day is thought among some Indigenous cultures to be a Sacred pause. Summer is the season of creation/manifestation. What are we creating, what has our experience of that creation been? NOW, we will also have the opportunity on this day to revisit the Points of Avatar. They are the 15th degree of the four fixed signs of the Zodiac representing the four Earthly elements: Aquarius/Air, Taurus/Earth, Leo/Fire, and Scorpio/Water. The planets on these points in order are; Saturn/Aquarius, Uranus/Neptune, Mars/Leo, and Moon/Scorpio. These points are thought to be the most significant entries for the Planetary Avatar to the Cosmos, the reciprocal being the entry point of the most sacred aspect of Cosmic Love to reach us here on Earth. On the Solstice, ALL FOUR POINTS OF AVATAR WILL BE ONLINE. You may think of this as the most benevolent assistance you could receive. It will be, however, potentially taxing to your nervous system, as has been the entire month.

You may receive extra calming from Earth and her kingdoms. On this day you may want to make extra effort to get outside. Birdsong, breezes, water, soil on your fingers, bare feet on the ground, grasshoppers and crickets singing to you, plant extracts, plant essential oils, etc. Particularly beneficial will be breathing in the Prana/Manna outside at Dawn when it is strongest. Any of these things will help your nervous system adapt to the changes.

Finally, the Moon is full on July 24th in Capricorn, enhancing your final exam/report card for the month's energies. YOU get to decide! What soul fragments do you wish to actively carry forward with you? What do you wish to lovingly give back to Love/Light for renewal? The choice is to clear and reinvent all parallel lives and all timelines, assisted by all elements of creation. May you be BLESSED.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Sorry for doubting you, Jonah!! I have always thought that the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale was metaphorical. Maybe not. Read This NY Post article about the lobster diver who got swallowed by a humpback whale near Cape Cod. 

  • And the wrongs of the past begin to right themselves. The Native American Passamaquoddy tribe just acquired 140 acres of their ancestral territory. They bought back Pine Island, in Maine; an island that belonged to the Passamaquoddy for 10,000 years until it was taken from them in the 1800’s. Read the All That’s Interesting article Here

  • The mystical magic of music. Check out This BBC article about a man who, after experiencing a head injury, suffered from amnesia for ten years. Then one day, hearing a song from his past triggered something within and his memories began to return as flashbacks. Pretty amazing the power that music has!

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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