July 22, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
Greetings! so sorry for the confusion. Today's email went out with some incorrect stuff (so much for multitasking!!).

  • Please note that there will be NO Midday at the Oasis this week. Tom Landon and Rev. Diana are off on vacation enjoying some much deserved rest and relaxation. But please make sure that you catch up with us in August for the next Midday at the Oasis visit!
  • Under Adult Education, the fourth session in our 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky' series is Angel Wisdom: Conversing with your Angel with Pastor Rev. Diana Friedell.

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Join us tonight, Thursday July 22 5:30-7pm for

On the Wings of Love: Navigating Grief as the Pathway to Grace

The third session in our healing summer series, Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky, takes a look at grief as a pilgrimage of love.
 In this interactive workshop we will ask these questions:
  • What is grief?
  • How does it manifest in our lives?
  • What can we learn from it?
  • And can we navigate our way out of its depths by changing our view; no longer seeing it as an enemy, but instead as a steppingstone to catharsis and transformation?

And continue the healing with our in-person special event at Darling Hill Farms this Saturday July 24 4-6pm

The Flowing River: Ritual for Grief Release
Join us at Darling Hill Farm for this interactive in person workshop, led by Angelica Palmer of Cherry Valley.
Inspired by the grief rituals of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso and the work of Sobonfu Somé and Zahava Griss, we come together through drums, song and movement, supporting each other’s grieving process as we strengthen the collective.
Participants may be dealing with personal or general issues. All welcome.
Participation is limited. Pre-enrollment required.
Our next Metaphysical Celebration will be on Sunday August 1 at 10am on Zoom

Stay tuned for full details and the Zoom link

What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight at 5:30 pm is the third workshop in our 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky' series! Join Psychic Medium, Renee Ranke for 'On the Wings of Love: Navigating Grief as the Pathway to Grace ' as we look at grief as a stepping stone to catharsis and transformation
  • Coming up next Thursday, July 29th 5:30-7pm EST Angel Wisdom: Conversing with your Angel with Pastor Rev. Diana Friedell
Details about this exciting series below in the Adult Education section.

  • Coming up this Saturday, July 24 from 4-6pm at Darling Hill Farm is a Ritual for Grief Release with Angelica Palmer.

  • There are still more exciting summer events coming........so don't forget to keep checking here for updates!

  • Also, watch for announcements about our Intuitive Practitioner Program and our ISD Healing Certification Program.

  • Looking for some inspiration? Check out our homilies on our YouTube channel: 

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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
Midday at the Oasis
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from noon - 2pm
NO Session Friday July 23rd............see you in August
No, actually, in person- We wanna see your face (its been a long COVID separation!) at the new Lotus Center at the home of Tom Landon.
The Oasis & the gardens are beautiful and ready for you.

Come for casual conversation, light lunch, laughter, and library time with ISD friends and members, and the Pastor, Diana Friedell. We will be POOLSIDE in the good weather, bring your suit if you’d like, and a dish to pass if possible. Please let Tom know in advance that you will be attending by emailing him, tflandon51@gmail.com. If you need directions, he will send them!
More information on our Website
Adult Education

Begins Thursday July 8th

Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky
Summer 2021 Soulful Healing Series

Enjoy your summer, enhance your spiritual journey, rejuvenate, meet like minded souls. Open your innate Spiritual Gifts. Find your path to service. 
Join us on Zoom every Thursday starting July 8th, 2021, with a different topic each time.
Zoom link sent when you register. Click on TITLE.
Register Individually or for WHOLE SERIES for 20% Off at the Registration Link for July 8th or 15th Class.It

July 22nd, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
In this interactive workshop we will take a look at grief; how it manifests in our lives and how we can view it as a stepping stone to catharsis and transformation.

July 29th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm
with Diana Friedell
 Have you ever wondered how to invite Angelic help & healing into your life? Learn special techniques to invite & access angelic guidance • Angel Totems Guided Meditation to hand a problem to your angels, to transform it.

August 5th, 2021 5:30-7pm
Susquehanna Mystery: The Scranton Enigma-  with Michael Wann; Artist, Astrologer, Storyteller, Researcher
The Susquehanna Sage, reveals another intriguing mystery about the Susquehanna, the Grandmother River, involving Goddess worship, and the city of Scranton which sits on her banks.

August 12th, 2021 5:30-7pm
E-Squared Book Contemplation- with Amanda Hoover, ISD Co-Director, Life Coach
We will experience meditation techniques from Pam Grout’s spectacular & uplifting book, for seeing how we inform our outer reality and discuss our holographic universe to understand and practice quantum manifestation

August 19th, 2021 5:30-7pm   

Each Class Individually:
$25 General Tuition $20 ISD Members

Purchase the full series and get a 20% discount (full series registration at the July 8th or July 15th event)
$150 $120 General Tuition $120 $96 ISD Members

Sunday August 8 2pm-5pm

Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience  with Julia Mikk 

Come join us for a rare opportunity to journey with internationally-renowned healer and founder of Breath of Love Institute, Julia Mikk, through a life-changing breath-sound-healing-ceremony! You will experience profound emotional relief, touch deep inner peace, and access clear Soul Guidance for your life!
Groundwork for a liberated life free of struggle, worry & exhaustion! Are you a health-loving person who has practiced yoga, read self-help books, attended healing workshops, and perhaps had some powerful spiritual glimpses, but when it comes to your everyday reality you still struggle with overwhelm, anxiety & the feeling that something is missing? If so, join us for this special breath-sound-healing-ceremony. You will experience emotional relief, deep inner peace & access soul guidance. 

$47 General
$40 ISD Member Discount

Check out these upcoming in-person events
Saturday July 24 4pm-6pm
The Flowing River: Ritual for Grief Release w/Angelica Palmer
This is an in-person event

Join us at Darling Hill Farm for this transformational event with Angelica Palmer of Cherry Valley. Inspired by the grief rituals of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso and the work of Sobonfu Somé and Zahava Griss, we come together through drums, song and movement, supporting each other’s grieving process as we strengthen the collective.
Limited space available, so register early!
$25 General
$20 ISD Member Discount

Saturday August 7th

Reiki Level One
Energy Healing Training with JoAnn Wormuth

This class is offered only live in-person.

Required for our upcoming ISD Healing Certification, but open to anyone.
Learn to use this ancient Japanese technique for clearing blockages in life force energy - reduce chronic pain, illness, & stress for yourself and others, create more balance, wellness & good health. Increase your power & effectiveness as a healer thru JoAnn's Attunements & practice healing with the techniques, under JoAnn's excellent tutelage

Tuition: $90 or $85 for ISD Members. . . .
Cost includes Manual, Certificate, Lunch and Beverage

If you are interested, but can't make this date. Please let us know as JoAnn will be offering future sessions

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
Weekly Circles:

7-8:30pm EST

Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. These experimental circles will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and home work from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com
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
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 July 15th
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
4th Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm EST
Next circle Tuesday July 27th
Allowing Abundance
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.
Check out our July 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

On Death  by Kahlil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
   And he said:
   You would know the secret of death.
   But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
   The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
   If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
   For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

   In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
   And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
   Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
   Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
   Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
   Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

   For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
   And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

   Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
   And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
   And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

 The energies supporting us this week begin to take on a very expansive flavor. We may all have belief in Angels, Ascended Masters, our guide teams, etc. But we cannot always FEEL them. The opportunity exists this week to go from belief to "knowing." The individual will find any efforts put toward Soul growth, and self-examination to be enhanced by the full measure of Cosmic Love. The Full Moon is in Aquarius for the next two months. She is reflecting to us the full spectrum of LOVE from our Oversoul, and from our Galactic family.

 The Full Moon is on July 24th in Aquarius. Perhaps now, more than usual, you will feel the presence of all those you have supporting you. The passed loved ones, Angelic forces, Star family, guide teams, etc.

When the Moon is in Aquarius, she is reflecting out to us the full measure of the greater universe to which we belong. This is the chance to feel a kinship with all things, large and small, in all places. The Earth teems with landmasses literally containing Star dust. Plants, animals, and people as well are part Stardust. That amazing truth is more easily understood when bathed in Aquarian energies.

This may make it much easier for you to feel connected to everyone and everything, not in an overwhelming way, but in a way that is comforting. Aquarian energy is about feeling expansive in a VERY loving way. It is also feeling a certain level of non-judgmental detachment. In the best presentation of Aquarius, you look upon all things with kinship. That vision is within, as well as reaching out to the stars. The human becomes more magnanimous, more fascinated with all forms of life.

To the extent that you can do this on the next two full moons you will only benefit. When Aquarian energies are successfully adopted it tends to take you to a "point of no return." You will not be able to forget the experience of the expansion. The expansion will be what is most appropriate for each star sign, each individual. The benefit, therefore, is full flavored with something for everyone!

 The Aquarian age is upon us. Each of our efforts is accumulative. The accomplishments build upon each other. Be of great hope and great cheer. All of our individual growth helps the whole. We stretch and reach, all the way out to our favorite Star!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • In sickness and health. Did you know that geese mate for life? Read This heartwarming story about Arnold the wild goose who is being treated for a foot injury at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts. His mate showed up at the door of the clinic and stood watch through his whole surgery and post-op. She remains by his side as he recuperates!

  • Are our brains wired for spirituality? A new study from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that spiritual acceptance can be localized to a specific brain circuit in the periaqueductal gray (PAG). Check out the Science Daily article Here for more details about the brain circuit for spirituality.

  • Have you ever done something silly while on ‘auto pilot’? I could probably write a book about my own episodes! Check out This Sunny Skz article for a good laugh as people share some of the funniest things they have done when not paying attention to what they are doing (I have done #17 many times!!).

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.
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!

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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