December 18, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
”I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” — Maya Angelou

Join us this Sunday December 20 at 10am on Zoom for our metaphysical church service

Our homilist, Rev Story Ducey with her homily:
"Welcome to the Age of Aquarius!" Celebration of the Return of the Light: celebrating the light within and around us, and moving into the Aquarian Age"
Ministerial Cleric, Renee Ranke will be the emcee for this Winter Solstice celebration

Join us on Zoom at the below link or watch us streaming on Facebook live

Topic: ISD Sunday Service December 20th
Time: Dec 20, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Happy Loving and Light Filled Holiday Wishes to You and Your Loved Ones
We thank all of you for your support through this challenging year. Our hearts are brimming with gratitude for YOU.
Those who have been a part of our ISD family and those new friends who have found us this year!

Just a note, this coming week (December 20-25) there will only be Development Circles on Monday Night, Monday December 20 at 7pm and Tuesday Afternoon; Tuesday December 21st at 2:30pm
Wise Wednesday, and Thursday Dream Circle are cancelled for the holiday and there is no monthly Abundance circle with Elke in December

Register now for our New Year's Spiritual Retreat and Messaging Event (info below) and stay tuned to the newsletter for some new and exciting workshops coming in January: Intro to Telepathy and Prayer, Automatic Writing, and Intro to Mediumship.
Information coming Soon!!!

Let's get the New Year started right!

New Year's Spiritual Retreat and Messaging Event- Bye-Bye 2020! Don't let the door hit you on your way out

Join us on Saturday January 2nd, 2021 from 1pm-4pm ,via Zoom, for our annual New Year's Spiritual Retreat
This will be the first year that we do this virtually, but it is always a really popular event, so be sure to register early
Join us in creating closure for 2020, burning regrets from the past, and bringing new light to your intentions for 2021.
We will experience Rev. Diana's unique guided meditations, ceremony, ritual, and messaging.
Time away from the world, time to reflect, release the past, & manifest your dreams.
Each Participant will receive their own psychic message. What might your Spirit Guide be waiting to say to you? Sit back, relax and tune in.

Saturday January 2 from 1pm-4pm Zoom link sent upon registration
$35 General Admission
$30 ISD Member Rate
And whoosh- we’re out!

Kudos to a fabulous moving team, who loaded up moving trucks at 41-45 Dietz St, under the expert logistical direction of Dan Atkinson and Kimberly Winsor.
Our team started at 9:30 a.m. and finished unloading the last U-haul truck load at 124 County Highway 58, Tom Landon’s house, by 3pm. Our Main Office will be there until further notice, with our official mailing address changing to Inst. for Spiritual Development Oneonta, P.O. Box 1266
Oneonta NY 13820. 

Special thanks to Kimberly Winsor, Dan Atkinson, Tom Landon, Evan Friedell, Elke Saal, Diana & Ben Friedell, Carter Stevens, Zach Brown, Monica Calzolari, Maggie Kilbride, Amanda Hoover, and Paula Petry.  

On a sad note, Marilyn Roper, a musician, music teacher and energy healer passed away recently, in her sleep at home.

Marilyn joined us at ISD to accompany our “attempts" at hymn singing, when we first started ISD in the spring of 2017. As a Reiki Master Healer, she participated in and helped to organize several SHIFT Spiritual Arts Fairs. Over the last several years she had dedicated herself to taking care of her life partner Rene Prins, who had many health complications from Diabetes. She was a strong supporter, and would have participated with us much more, but could not break away from the care Rene needed on Sunday mornings to join us. Rene is now in a nursing home, recovering from his last hospitalization, and his niece Gretchen Prins asks that cards of condolences & greetings be sent to 
Rene Prins
The Center
128 Phoenix Mills Rd
Cooperstown, NY

Tim Keys wrote a beautiful Tribute to Marilyn, which he shares here:
Dear Marilyn
Just Heard Recently, You Passed Into The Light,
Hope Things On The Other Side Are Shining Oh So Bright,
We Will Miss Your Angelic Ways You Shared When You Were Here,
And Wish You Peace and Love in The Coming Years.
Angels Singing, Now in Tune, As Your Flute Notes Lead The Way..
Ho Ho Ho Santa's Glad.To Hear Your Music in His Sleigh.
Donner Blitzen and Old Rudolph Moving Pretty Quick...
Sings Along with Jolly Old St Nick!!!
Happy Trails to You My Friend,
Love and Light,

Update: A memorial service for Rev. Sue Landon, retired ISD Pastor, who left this earthly plane on Nov. 23rd, 2020, will be held via ZOOM on Jan. 30th, at 2:00 pm. Details to follow

Please see the Lewis Hurley Pietrobono Funeral Home website to view the beautiful obituary, just completed by Sue’s niece Callie Porter-Borden, and to leave a note of condolence, or memories for the family. 

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
Adult Education

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

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

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
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

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday December 17th
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
No Circle in December...
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 December 2020 events calendar on for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The holiest of all holidays are those
   Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
   The secret anniversaries of the heart,
   When the full river of feeling overflows;—
The happy days unclouded to their close;
   The sudden joys that out of darkness start
   As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
   Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
   White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
   White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;— a Fairy Tale
   Of some enchanted land we know not where,
   But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Time for a smile! Check out This collection of coronavirus and quarantine jokes on “

  • Let’s relax into some gratitude. Yes 2020 has been an unexpectedly challenging year, but there is still much to be grateful for. A regular practice of gratitude can really help raise our vibration and brighten our spirit.
  1. This article from, published around Thanksgiving, gives you some concrete ways to begin integrating gratitude into your daily self care practices.
  2. And This video ‘Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg’, sent to us by our own Tom Landon, is just a beautiful way to start thinking about how wonderful TODAY is!

  • A little nostalgia to make you smile and feed your memories of Christmas past. Check out This article from the Saturday Evening Post ‘The Greatest Toys since 1900 Part I’ and see if you remember getting any of these under the tree! And don’t forget to bookmark and check back for Part II (and maybe III?)

The below 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!
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:
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. . .