February 11, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Join us for our next Metaphysical Service on Sunday, February 20 at 10am on Zoom.

Details and Zoom link coming next week
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • 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!

  • Next Thursday, February 17th, 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!

  • 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.

Song Of Hope by Thomas Hardy

O sweet To-morrow! -
 After to-day
 There will away
This sense of sorrow.
Then let us borrow
Hope, for a gleaming
Soon will be streaming,
  Dimmed by no gray -
  No gray!

While the winds wing us
  Sighs from The Gone,
  Nearer to dawn
Minute-beats bring us;
When there will sing us
Larks of a glory
Waiting our story
  Further anon -

Doff the black token,
  Don the red shoon,
  Right and retune
Viol-strings broken;
Null the words spoken
In speeches of rueing,
The night cloud is hueing,
  To-morrow shines soon -
  Shines soon!

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

In early January I discussed a few differences between the Eastern Sidereal system and the Western Tropical astrology systems. Here is further detail for your consideration. As I study I have come upon 6 different Astrological systems and 5 different Numerology systems so far. Also, how many variations are there of Tarot, Runes, Angel Lore, Sigils, etc.? 

In addition, consider this:
The Astrology systems set up a chart with an equal number of days spent in each sign. Below is an Astronomical chart for the calendar year 2021 showing how many days the Sun was crossing each Astrological constellation:
Aries - 25d Taurus - 37d
Gemini - 28d   Cancer - 20d
Leo - 36d Virgo - 44d
Libra - 23d    Scorpio - 23d
Sagittarius - 31d Aquarius - 22d
Pisces - 37d 
( Scorpio can be split up, if you consider the 13th sign of Ophiuchus, to only 6d in Scorpio, and then 17d in Ophiuchus.) This is quite varied from the applied 30 days per sign system, isn't it? Are you confused?

With all the different systems and hard facts you could debate the details endlessly. That is where I think the ART of interpretation comes to your aid. These energies are glorious, living entities. We live within them and our quest is to entrain the very best of their qualities. Life as dynamic art indeed. The debate can be quieted, if you choose, by approaching the analysis with some flexibility. I believe we knew the Earth School would challenge us and that we would need these many Divination systems of intricate, evolving expression for guidance. We agreed en masse on the application of these tools, similar to the languages, arts, sigils, etc. (In other words, what do we agree that this means?) The systems are science based, but with enough discrepancy to require some adjustment. Ask yourself, "What do I think this means?" What message is this being that I reside within trying to communicate? Your Higher Self and Guides will step in to assist if asked.

The systems are tools that we use with a willingness to adapt them to our circumstances. I do not believe the discrepancies between systems and obvious errant details means you cannot find great assistance with their application. 

This week:
Mercury enters Aquarius on Monday, Feb 14th on St. Valentines Day. This will lend a visionary quality to our thinking. Progressive, enlightened, and humanitarian describes this placement at its best.

The following day, Venus is conjunct Mars. Coming on the cusp of Valentine's Day, this will assist the highest expression of the outpouring of love. Venus and Mars work best when they work together.

Finishing up a wonderful sequence on Wednesday, the 16th, is the Full Moon in Leo. The Leo Moon is regal and elegant with the capacity for generosity. The softening feminine aspect of the Moon can bring out the best expression of our dignity.

In conclusion, this is my observation and my wish for us. Humanity promises to come together on a worldwide basis to exhibit peace and brotherhood for the Olympics, no matter what else is happening, in joyful defiance of strife. Because of our current challenges, this is the second Olympiad in 6 months. It's inspiring and hopeful that we can do this.
This year the Planets have combined in very helpful placements around our traditional holiday of love and brotherhood at the exact time when we are engaged in Peaceful Games to celebrate the best some of us can accomplish while in our Earthly bodies. 

I hope you find joy and encouragement around these days, as I do. May you find your Godspeed!

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Are you looking for a book about Santa Claus, an exploding Christmas tree ornament, time travel, and a giant turkey? If so you might want to get on the waiting list at the library in Boise, Idaho where 8-year-old Dillon Helbig slipped his hand-written, self-illustrated masterpiece into the stacks of the children’s section. The library kept his book and it ended up having one of the longest waiting lists in the library’s history. Read the Good News Network article Here

  • New images have been recorded by NASA revealing the red-hot glow of Venus’s surface radiating through its shroud of toxic clouds. Scientists have been able to discover geological features such as highlands, plateaus, and plains. Read the Science Alert article Here.

  • Archaeologists have uncovered 18,000 ancient Egyptian notepads. These ostraca are inscribed pottery shards and bring visibility to everyday life as they include shopping lists, schoolwork, and trade records. Check out the Smithsonianmag article Here

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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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
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.
Shopping through Amazon?
Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
  • Visit smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
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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