December 2, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
โ€œThe cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.โ€
โ€• Joseph Campbell

Join us for our Metaphysical Service this Sunday, December 6th at 10am
ISD Co-Director and ministerial cleric, Amanda Hoover offers us her homily
"Over the Rainbow Bridge"
๏ปฟand ministerial cleric Renee Ranke will be our emcee
Join us on Zoom or watch or simulcast on Facebook Live.
We hope to see you there!!

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"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
Kahlil Gibran

We remember with love and joy our mentor, pastor, friend, sister, Susan Landon. Reverend Sue touched many of our lives in her special charismatic way and so many of us would not be who we are today were it not for her love, support, and guidance.
Reverend Sue crossed from this earthly plane on November 23, 2020, after a long and bravery filled battle with metastatic cancer. Her family sent her to the heavenly plains on the wings of song and so much love was sent to embrace and lead her forward into this new journey.
She will be remembered for her kind, powerful Ministry and strong leadership and teaching gifts at the Institute for Spiritual Development. Without Sue and her sister Diana Friedell, our Oneonta Branch of ISD would not exist today.
๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐’๐ฎ๐ž, ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ.
We join our hearts to send her sister Diana, her husband Tom, and her whole big beautiful family all of our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Please feel free to leave your memories of Sue in the comments, and to visit the Funeral Home Website to post your remembrances:
If you would like to honor Sue's memory with a donation, in lieu of flowers, as per Sue's wishes, please click on the yellow "Donate Button" on the home page at , or send a check made payable to the Institute for Spiritual Development, w/ "Rev. Sueโ€ on the memo line and sent to Diana Friedell, 400 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820
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
On Sunday, December 13 at 6:45 PM, the Oneonta Region Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will join other chapters worldwide to observe The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be held online this year via Zoom. The annual event is a time to remember our departed children and to openly acknowledge the special place they have in our hearts. Anyone who has lost a child of any age is invited to attend. Close relatives and friends are also welcome. All participants should register in advance by going to and clicking on the registration link found on the home page.
Participants are encouraged to join the meeting at 6:45 pm and please have on hand a photo of your child, a small candle and a lighter. During the ceremony, each family will be given an opportunity to say a few words about their child, share the photo and light the candle in memory of their loved one. The program includes a variety of music, poetry and personal stories. However, the focal point of the evening will be the candle lighting. For more information, please call Diana Friedell at 607-433-2089 or Kathryn Davino at 607-746-7396, or visit
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There's still time to join us tonight for the last in our Fall 2020 'Metaphysically Speaking' Lecture series,
"Lifting the Veil: What do we know about life after death?" 

Tuition :
$15 /$10 ISD Members

Thursday December 3 5:30-7:00pm EST
Our own Pastor and Co-Director, Rev. Diana Friedell leads the 'Grand Finale' of our Fall 2020 series with this workshop that asks; How can we KNOW that the Soul continues after the change called "death"? With the foundation of her 18 years as a psychic medium she will guide us as we delve into the science, the signs, near death experiences, & share personal stories. This workshop includes a unique guided meditation to meet and communicate with a departed loved one.
We have open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!!!!
Join one/two/or join them all!!
๏ปฟTake 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. Letโ€™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 โ€˜night school journeys.โ€™
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
Next circle is Tuesday November 29th
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 โ€œLike attracts Likeโ€ 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.

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Itโ€™s December and, letโ€™s face it, it has been a doozy of a year. So letโ€™s get a little smile going with These funny โ€œIf 2020 was aโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ memes from Sunny Skyz.

  • Well why not a little inspiration 'astrological style'? Letโ€™s check out This weekโ€™s horoscope from Rob Brezsnyโ€™s โ€˜Free Will Astrologyโ€™ courtesy of the Good News Network

  • Ooh and ahh at These beautiful Swarovski crystal covered American Girl dolls. These beauties took over 330 hours to design and hand embellish. Mattel auctioned off the three exclusive holiday collector dolls raising almost a million dollars ($880,400) with all proceeds going to support the First Responders Childrenโ€™s Foundation Toy Express Program-an initiative designed to spread joy to children of Americans working the frontlines during the pandemic. 

๏ปฟThe 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.๏ปฟ
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 โ€“ Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
Jo Ann Wormuth โ€“ 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. . .