November 5, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
...............Vaclav Havel



Our next metaphysical service will be on Sunday November 15th at 10am
Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for details!!

Please help us keep our doors open by making a donation to ISD Oneonta by clicking below. No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Please continue joining us in sending healing, Love, Light and Blessings to our own Rev. Sue Landon as she bravely battles metastatic cancer.
Prayers and hugs to her husband Tom, her sister Rev. Diana Friedell and her whole big, beautiful family.
Rev. Sue has touched our lives and helped to mold so many of us and our beloved ISD Oneonta.
Know that we are with you, Sue

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu
Adult Education

Don't forget to join us on Thursday evenings for Our Fall 2020 Lecture series,
"Metaphysically Speaking"

Check out the full series with clickable registration links Here


Tuition for each session:
$15 /$10 ISD Members



Thursday November 5th 5:30-7:00pm EST

Join Amanda Hoover as we explore this life changing book, by Gregg Braden. Bridging time and space we will journey with Gregg to see the connection of making our reality through imagination, expectation, judgement and prayer.
It is not required that you read the book to attend.
Schedule Metaphysically Speaking Series

Part Two is:
Saturday November 7, 2020 11am-12:30pm EST
Enhancing the Sacred in Your Life and Home with Altars and Shrines
In this class, retired History Professor, Edythe Quinn, explores the beautiful practice of creating and tending Home Altars & Shrines. She introduces us to her altars, the sacred reason for building them, like honoring family, or spiritual traditions, & shows us how to make one of our own. In part 2, we will show and tell the altars we have made.

Class format is Zoom
$25 General Tuition or $20 for ISD Members.
Sunday Series Continues:
Remaining date:
Sunday November 8th 10am-12pm


Reincarnation and Past Life Regression
This exciting three part lecture series will be held on the second Sunday of the month through November.
Rev. Story Ducey; Academic Philosopher, 35 year Teacher of metaphysics, and Medium, takes us on a journey to discover past lives that have created patterns of behavior & prompted choices that still affect our lives today. 
This series taps into our collective group energy, and provides a safe setting to actually take guided journeys into your past realm. Together we will discuss the regressed memories experienced, & why and how it still has influences over our life. In the process, you will re-acquire blocked strengths to help meet your current goals.
Each class will have a Talk and guided past life regression with discussion. Course is open to all levels, from Novice to Avatar.


One Session:
General Tuition $25 ISD Members $20
Saturday November 21, 2020 12pm-2pm EST
Melding Into The Light: Learning to Purge and Protect From Dark Forces with Dr. Paula Petry 

In this time of turmoil and unrest, we may feel vulnerable to dark forces. In this experiential workshop you will have an opportunity to share your experiences and learn techniques for protection. And you will also experience a shamanic journey into the upper realm to a sacred healing altar – to receive a seal of protection to illuminate your path.  

Your registration fee includes a signed copy of Paula’s newly released book, A Mother’s Courage to Awaken ($18.95 Value) to be mailed to you
General Tuition $40
ISD Member $35

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!!
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 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
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 info@dianafriedell.com
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 storyducey@gmail.com


Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday November 19th
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 24th
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 October2020 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.














John Clare, "The Instinct of Hope"

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
'Tis nature's prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?


And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Bipartisan agreement. Mississippi voters approved a new state flag design to replace their old flag containing the confederate emblem. The pretty new design contains a magnolia blossom for the 'Magnolia State' surrounded by 20 stars signifying Mississippi being the 20th state of the union. Take a look in the CNN article Here

  • How about a good laugh to stave off depression. Check out This Better Help.com article that talks about why jokes can help lift your mood and is complete with some really corny jokes!
Q - Why do birds fly south for the winter?
A - It's too far to walk.

  • Looking for a little inspiration? Check out This goalcast.com article that has 9 inspiring YouTube videos embedded. Videos like 'Here's What Lies on the Other Side of Fear' Will Smith or 'This is How You Find Your Superpower' with Jim Kwik.



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!

Help us to raise the money to pay ISD National for our hymnals.
You are invited to dedicate an ISD Oneonta hymnal in the name of a loved one. For a donation of $35 a custom bookplate will be permanently placed in a hymnal. 
You may dedicate it to the Memory of a friend or loved one who has died; OR you may present it "in Honor of:" a living friend or loved one, who you would like to honor- as a gift to mark a special occasion, or just to thank them.

Simple to do, click on the below link, fill out the form, and press send!
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.









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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. . .