April 1, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

An All-ISD Easter Sunday Service on Easter Sunday April 4 at 10am

Join Rev James De Biasio, founder of the Institute for Spiritual Development, and ministers from ISD sister churches as they come together on Zoom for an "All-ISD" Easter Sunday Service. Springtime Magic is guaranteed!
Via Zoom & YouTubeLive
With Rev. James De Biasio, and Ministers and Ministerial Students from ISDDC, ISD Oneonta, NY, and ISD Treasure Coast, FL

A Metaphysical Perspective on the events of Easter Sunday -- celebrating our rising anew from the death of all of the boundaries that have inhibited us, into the Light of Infinite Possibility!
Registration required to participate on Zoom

What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Friday night, April 2 7:30pm-8:30pm Rev. Rob Banaszak of ISD DC presents the Service of the Shadows, a metaphysical, meditative interpretation of the events leading up to the death of our brother Jesus the Wayshower
  • Sunday, April 4th at 10am is the All ISD Easter Sunday service. Information is above. Please make sure that you register in advance to receive your Zoom link
  • We have a couple of new articles in this newsletter:
  • Christene Springle is spending time getting to know various female deities and she is sharing her findings with us. Find her first monthly submission in Faces of the Divine: the Goddess Corner below. April's Divine Feminine is Ostara, a goddess of spring
  • Tom Landon wanted to let everyone know that Poppy, the wonder dog is back at work bringing joy to patients and staff at Bassett Medical Center. Check out his heartwarming article Poppy's Return below

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Sad News

Joe Fisher, a friend and member of our ISD Oneonta family, left this earthly plane, on March 20th, 2021, as a result of a septic infection after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. 
Our hearts, prayers, and immense love go out to his wife, Lisa Fisher, and their sons Russell, Christopher, and "honorary family member", Joseph, who is like a son to them. 
We will be holding a GoFundMe, to help the family with funeral expenses in the near future and will notify you here when its ready. 

Notes and cards may be sent to Lisa at:
110 Yurdon Pond Rd.
Davenport, New York 13750
It's time for our ISD Oneonta annual membership renewal!

Renew now so that your vote can be counted during our annual convention taking place Sunday April 18 at noon (after service)

Do you agree with our mission and vision? Where might we go next?
In our fourth successful year, it is now time to renew your membership & pledge. 

Thank you for your continued support, both with volunteer work, love and donations. We wouldn't still be here without dedicated supporters like you.

“Midday at the Oasis”- Wednesdays

Drop in at the new Lotus Center, every Wednesday between 12 noon and 2pm for light refreshments, laughter, & library time. 

We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! 

The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon.  Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside. 

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.
We also have an Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.  

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend and he will coordinate the refreshments: (240) 285-8011
Carol Callahan, Librarian
Susan Owens, Tom Landon, Membership Comm.

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!

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

The Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta Presents
The Power Prayer Toolbox Series
The ISD Faculty join forces to explore the power of prayer. Science has shown that prayer is effective, but how do we start a practice? What words, what attitudes actually work?

Please join us in Zoom Class on 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, and pick what to add to your spiritual garden.
Register for one for $25, or $20 for ISD Members, or for the Entire Series at a discounted rate of $135 for all six sessions or $108 for ISD Members. Zoom link sent when you register.

Click on the class title below for more information or to register.

There is still an option to sign up for the full series. Choose the full series at the registration for March 28th's Ho'oponopo class and we will send you recordings of the first three sessions to watch at your leisure.

April 11th, 2021
Dive into a lively book club session, about "Jesus and the Lost Goddess", a book about the eradication of the Christian Goddess by the patriarchal Roman church, which left us as motherless children. The wisdom of the Goddess can be sought in prayer and through our daily thoughts and intentions to strengthen both the divine feminine & divine masculine aspects of ourselves for true union within & without. 
Amanda Hoover, Co-Director, School Administrator

April 25th, 2021
12 noon-2 pm Darling Hill Farm, Westford
Fire is used in all Spiritual Traditions to magnify prayer. Along with singing and chanting these higher vibrations call our Spirits, our Ancestors, our Guides. Presented in Sanskrit and English. 
Yogi Tapash

Coming Thursdays in May:

Join us in May for our Thursday evening lecture series and Evidential Mediumship Training. This intensive is open to all levels. Each evening a mini lecture related to the history, purposes, & practice of Mediumship will be presented for 30 minutes. Then a different exercise each week will be introduced and practiced. A visiting medium and faculty member will join Story each week with personal tales of what mediumship means to them. Let the magic & mystery begin!

Normally $25/class or $20 for ISD Members. . . .
Special Limited Promotion: FIRST CLASS FREE!!
All four in the series for:
$80 General Tuition or $60 for ISD Members

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!!
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
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. 
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at info@dianafriedell.com

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 April 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.
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 Tuesday April 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 April 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Resurrection by Alice Guerin Crist

All rank on rank the tall white lillies stood,
The graceful palms against the rose-flushed sky
Showed gemmed with dew-drops, and red poppies glowed
Through the rank grass near by.

All hushed the air was - rapt and clear and still
The earth, late racked with pain
Felt it's insensate form with rapture thrill
And hope was born again

But in that garden there was silence deep,
All nature waited - till a ringing cry
'Rabboni! Master!' cleft the dewey air,
And swift the listening sky

Flashed into splendour, and the sun leaped up
And all creation thrilled with joy new-born
Hailing Our risen Lord with ectasy
On that first Easter morn.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

ASTROLOGY FORCAST (Mar 31 - April 6)

This week features a Venus/Sun/Chiron conjunction.
We will address the often over looked planetoid/comet

Chiron orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, Chiron is associated with our deep wounds, our habitual coping habits. Heretofore Chiron has symbolized unhealable wounds. We perpetually shift from Victim/Bully/Healer in an unending dance of wounded inevitability.

The Earth has entered a new part of the Milky Way Galaxy, which is in turn entering a new aspect to the Great Central Sun. This is the changing star chart of the Age of Aquarius. New opportunities abound.

Chiron/Venus/Sun conjunction offers the utmost healing of the Divine Feminine aided by the Absolute Healing powers of our Solar Father.

We each have a Divine Healing Elixir - SELF LOVE to gift ourselves,, and ultimately, each other. Chiron/Venus/Sun assists. Let it begin...
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Archaeological excavations have discovered fragments of a biblical scroll, in addition to other artifacts in a desert cave in Israel. The remnants include verses from the books of Zechariah and Nahum. Read the BBC article Here

  • Scientists in Finland are working to prove or disprove that the aurora borealis makes sounds under certain conditions. For hundreds of years observers have reporting sizzling, cracking or whooshing sounds. Members of Canadian First Nations believe that the aurora consists of the spirit of their ancestors and the noises heard are those same ancestors singing. Check out the Good News Network article Here

  • Deepak Chopra goes digital! Check out This Cnet article that talks about the celebrity’s new app, Digital Deepak, and Deepak's thoughts on artificial intelligence. And if you want to install Digital Deepak, the link is Here

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?"

Faces of the Divine: the Goddess Corner
by Christene Springle

Welcome Ostara, maiden of the Spring! You bring the rising sun, renewal, and bird song.
Ostara is the Germanic Goddess of spring and dawn. She is the first warm spring winds, budding trees, and snowdrops that push up through the fading snow. She is the awakening earth. Ostara brings to us renewal and birth. Call on Ostara when a fresh start is needed.
Symbols are rabbits, hares, eggs, pastel colors, and the first flowers of spring.
Ostara Magic
In need of a spiritual spring cleaning? Just before dawn, go outside and visualize what you want to ‘clean’ into a handful of seeds or an egg and then bury it. Turn your back and walk away toward the rising sun. If you can, pick the first flower you see and hang it to dry. Keep it close or on your altar as a reminder of hope and renewal.

Poppy’s Return by Tom Landon

In the winter of 2018, my dog Poppy and I were accepted into the Bassett Healthcare Network’s eight week training class for therapy dog certification. Poppy rescued me in early 2017 and was the first dog I ever had with qualities perfect for therapy dog work. She is obedient, perky, loves all types of people, and is oh so cute! I was very proud when Poppy received her certification from Therapy Dogs International in May 2018. Our great adventure was about to begin.
Our weekly visits to Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, Fox Nursing Home, FoxCare Center, and The Plains at Parish Homestead were addictive. Each facility was unique in its staff, patients, and physical layout, and we very much looked forward to each adventure. What’s not to like when everyone you meet greets you with a smile and wants to pet your cute little dog? Seems that everyone has one or more loveable pets at home and they want to share stories about them. Each encounter with staff or patients generated smiles and happiness, a sharing of stories, and sometimes a brief, loving remembrance of a departed family member or pet. Poppy and I were privileged to share each encounter with love and respect.
The love fest stopped abruptly the second week of March 2020 with the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our lives were transformed in ways we couldn’t even imagine. We have all lived it and experienced the impacts it had on our lives and those we love. All those smiles and happiness of our therapy dog visits ceased immediately as we all struggled with fear, loss of loved ones, and not knowing what the next day would bring.
The long-awaited vaccines became available in late 2020 and by January 2021, I had my first Moderna shot, with a second round in mid-February. I received a call in mid-March from Gerald Paciello, Volunteer Coordinator, and he said it was time for Poppy and I to make our return. Oh, Happy Day! Poppy got a bath for the occasion, and I donned my tux for our first visit in over a year on March 22, 2021. The smiles and joy returned as we made our way up and down the hallways, greeting our staff friends and introducing ourselves to new acquaintances. Oh, it was so good to be back on the job!
Poppy and I have a unique opportunity to witness the dedication, compassion, and expertise of our local doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and other healthcare workers. I am thankful for their service to all of us who depend on them to keep us well. Thank you, we appreciate you!

Tom Landon, Oneonta

For those of you in Oneonta or the vicinity who are looking for information on Covid vaccination:
SUNY Oneonta is now a New York State POD (Point of Dispensing) for the COVID-19 vaccine. They are prepared to vaccinate up to 1,200 people seven days a week from morning to evening. 
Make an Appointment:
By Phone: 1-833-697-4829
Local sites:
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Otsego County Health Department
  • A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown
For help making an appointment: Call NYConnects at (607) 547-4232
For a ride to vaccine appointments: Call GetThere at 1-855-373-4040

A magical inspired message from our own Connie Lull about her gratitude for the Covid vaccine:
The Pandemic is a Planetary event. It has affected all living beings on Earth. Humanity's attempt to adapt to this shared reality has resulted in the highest, purist level of UNITY we have ever achieved.

It was revealed in recent issues of The Sedona Journal that this is the first time that the entire human community has worked together at the same time to create a solution to a shared concern. I feel great, humble appreciation as I go on this Full Moon day to get my second Covid-19 vaccine. What I will be gifted is so much more than a vaccine to a pathogen. I will receive into my energy field all the Love, Good Will,, and Creativity that the Human Race has achieved. I am choosing to allow this gift to supersede all other concerns about vaccines, pharmaceuticals, blame, etc. It is nothing less than Humanity's Greatest Love shared.

There is another example of humbling, paradigm shifting, serendipity at work here.
I am receiving the Pfizer vaccine. I heard the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, discuss his family's history with the Holocaust. His mother was on the firing squad line at Auschwitz. She was taken off the line at the last minute. Mr. Bourla says when his parents recalled these events they never discussed them with resentment or revenge in mind. They would say, "Here we are, we lived. Life is wonderful." This man's mother survived Auschwitz, and gave birth to a man whose company would later help save humanity. I have German heritage on my Mother's side. As I said, Humbling! That fits my definition of GRACE!

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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