February 17, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”
― Kahlil Gibrán, Sand and Foam
Join us for our Metaphysical Service
this Sunday, February 20 at 10am on Zoom with a portion simulcast on Facebook Live.
Rev. Amanda Hoover will be the emcee and the homily will be presented by Rev. Renee Ranke, "Yes Charlie, There is Such a Thing as a Psychic Medium; How Do We Prove What Can’t Be Seen?"

Full Zoom Details:

Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Feb 20, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every month on the Third Sun
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What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday, February 17th at 5:30pm, is Part 3 of our Meditation for Mystic, Healers, and Seers. Those of you who signed up for the full class don't forget to join Rev. Story Ducey at 5:30pm for the final class!

  • Also tonight, at 7pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle. The Magdalena quality of Faith will be contemplated

  • Sunday, February 20 at 10am join us for our Zoom Metaphysical Service

  • For those of you in the Intuitive Practitioner Program, don't forget to join us at noon on Sunday, after our service, for the first of our free monthly development circles for IPP students

  • There is still time to join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....details below under Adult Education

  • If you attend regular weekly development circles, check out our new Lightseeker's Discount below!

  • Our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel!  If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to relisten to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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ISD Oneonta Membership

Are you committed to your spiritual unfoldment and to expanding your intuitive skills through regular practice with a like-minded supportive community, under ISD Faculty’s excellent tutelage?

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles throughout the month, from 2 to 15 circles.
If you attend 3 circles a week, the normal suggested donation for the month would be $120, and with the LightSeeker’s Discount, you pay only $40.
Please mark your donation (at the donation button on the website home page) as being for the monthly ‘Lightseeker’s Discount’.
THANK YOU! You made a difference!

Thank you for your help in reaching our goal of raising $200 for the Otsego County Hunger Coalition!

About the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County (HCOC): The Hunger Coalition of Otsego County is a nonprofit group created to support community services which assure that everyone has the opportunity to receive food assistance. They unite together in a network that shares information and resources throughout the county. 
The HCOC network is comprised of a diverse group of people representing food pantries, community meal sites, seasonal food programs, farmer's markets, religious, educational, nonprofit organizations and agencies, and individuals concerned with food insecurity of our neighbors. To learn more about HCOC, visit http://www.otsegohunger.com/index.html or https://www.facebook.com/HCOCOTSEGO

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 are excited to announce our ISD Oneonta
2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,
If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,
then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

Thursdays January 13th, January 20th, and February 17th
5:30-7 pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
 Meditation is a self-care practice that allows us to quiet our minds, calm our physical bodies, and go within to reach a heightened level of awareness. This three-part class looks at the art, the history, the science, and the magic of meditation from three unique perspectives with three instructors. Join Rev. Diana, Rev. Story, and Rev. Renee as they lead you on a journey towards discovering the benefits and joys of meditation for yourself.
Required for the IPP program but open to anyone

Thursday February 24th & Thursday March 3rd 5:30-7pm
Foundations 102: Harnessing Psychic Abilities
 It is said that we all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2-part class, with Psychic Medium, Diana Friedell, learn the safe way of opening the door to intuitive messages, meet personal spirit guides in meditation, and learn the 7 Spirit Guides of Theosophy. Through fun games & exercises, develop confidence and clarity in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

Saturday February 26th
Muscle Testing 101: The Art of Surrendering First
Kimberly Winsor, RPP, LMT, teaches us the ins and outs, the do’s and don'ts of muscle testing- a technique used much like dowsing, using one's own body to cipher out truth for any given situation. Answers come in a yes/no format, so attention is paid to learning how to ask questions, with lots of fun practice. This is an in-person class at the new Lotus Center.

Thursday March 10th & Thursday March 17th
Foundations 103: Expanding Psychic Abilities
“Feeling is Believing!” Your new abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

Thursday March 24th & Thursday March 31
The Swing of the Pendulum for Life Decisions
Dowsing with a pendulum, is one of the oldest forms of divination. It allows you to tune in to subtle universal energies for guidance. In Part I of this class, Judy Lynn brings you closer to your pendulum with a greater understanding of how it best works for you. In Part II Renee Ranke leads you on a journey to discover your own internal pendulum.
There is a required class for the IPP students, but open to everyone

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
Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.
Weekly Development Circles:

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

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.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 February 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
Oracle Group

Contact Story for more information
7-8:30pm EST
Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homework from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com

Check out our February 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

The Inward Morning
By Henry David Thoreau 

Packed in my mind lie all the clothes
  Which outward nature wears,
And in its fashion’s hourly change
  It all things else repairs.

In vain I look for change abroad,
  And can no difference find,
Till some new ray of peace uncalled
  Illumes my inmost mind.

What is it gilds the trees and clouds,
  And paints the heavens so gay,
But yonder fast-abiding light
  With its unchanging ray?

Lo, when the sun streams through the wood,
  Upon a winter’s morn,
Where’er his silent beams intrude
  The murky night is gone.

How could the patient pine have known
  The morning breeze would come,
Or humble flowers anticipate
  The insect’s noonday hum,—

Till the new light with morning cheer
  From far streamed through the aisles,
And nimbly told the forest trees
  For many stretching miles?

I’ve heard within my inmost soul
  Such cheerful morning news,
In the horizon of my mind
  Have seen such orient hues,

As in the twilight of the dawn,
  When the first birds awake,
Are heard within some silent wood,
  Where they the small twigs break,

Or in the eastern skies are seen,
  Before the sun appears,
The harbingers of summer heats
  Which from afar he bears.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


I am going to concentrate on one important day this week. It is Tuesday, 2-22-2022. 

This date is a very important planetary return for the United States of America. Pluto returns to the same degree it occupied in Capricorn on the official birthdate of our nation - July 4, 1776. 

Pluto, the planet of reckoning and analysis of the shadows, asks us to self-evaluate. How are we living up to our ideals, or are we not? If we do decide on adjustments, how difficult that is remains in our hands. That is where Pluto's additional quality of transformation offers its service. Pluto will inevitably usher in the new. However, the powerful little dwarf planet has the previously unheralded ability to expand our collective ideals. Here, it can help create a visionary structure. Pluto will help us utilize new patterns that leave no one behind, unless that is their free will choice.

What other energies come to our aid at this critical juncture? 

The star Altair in the constellation Aquila has twice presented itself in recent ISD circles offering assistance. The idea communicated was, "I'm here. I will overlight this time for you. Hold steady. Be brave." Aquila is "the Eagle" constellation that appears in the Spring on the eastern horizon. Indigenous Americans believe the Eagle to be a messenger between the Earth and the Great Spirit. The Eagle, symbol of our country, is one of our visible success stories when it comes to rectifying misjudgements. The Eagles are back from the brink of extinction. They soar once more in our skies. They ask us to choose to soar as well into our next age.

The United States, however flawed and/or challenged we may be, is held up as the leader of the free world. We are in the midst of a great reckoning. How do our systems hold up to our ideals? Can they truly work for everyone? That answer is ongoing and in transformation. It is not an easy time.

Another group message in an ISD circle came just two nights ago that was of great comfort to us all. We were aware of a vast Angelic presence. Angelic forces were accompanied by a deep, primordial, LOVING, Goddess group energy whispering in a steady drone. The collective mind came to many in the form and sound of the transformative Bee. The group was encouraged to relax and settle. Do not strain to understand. Just RECEIVE. Stay the course. You are almost there. THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE IS UPON YOU.

This was intriguing to us. Let us explore that message further. Jubilee has a few definitions. Among them; a celebration of an event, a year of emancipation and restoration, a remission of the consequences of sin.

Additionally, Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Platinum Jubilee commemorating the 70 years of her reign on Feb 6, 2022. 

The celebration of a rare feminine ruler and the energy of the feminine Platinum Ray is more cause for hope and trust in ourselves. 

Platinum is a noble precious metal that is highly resistant to corrosion,(or corruption). It has an alchemical symbol combining the crescent Moon and the Sun. The Platinum Ray is also called the Rainbow Ray. It includes all 7 colored rays. These symbols have inclusion as a theme. 

Let us utilize all of these opportunities to create the best of all worlds. We were told that we would shine longer than the last stars. May you be inspired and comforted at the same time, and may you find your Godspeed.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Remembering the Remarkable Queens Who Ruled Ancient Nubia. Check out This fascinating interview with scholar Solange Ashby as she ‘shines a light’ on the forgotten ancient female leaders of the Kushite kingdoms.

  • New research suggests modern humans lived in Europe 10,000 years earlier than previously thought. Check out This the Conversation article published by members of the research team that discovered evidence of modern human life from around 54,000 years ago, in the Grotte Mandrin in France.

  • Archaeologists in northwest Pakistan’s Swat Valley have unearthed a roughly 2,000-year-old Buddhist temple that could be one of the oldest in the country. This Smithsonian Mag article shares details

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.

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection
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:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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.
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What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?
It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.
We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.
We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.
Welcome Home!!!
We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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