April 29, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham
Join us this Sunday May 2 at 10am for our unique Metaphysical Service

Join us live on Zoom for our May Day celebration. Rev. Story Ducey will be our emcee and Rev. Diana Friedell offers us her homily, 'Dance With Me' May Day finds us coming out of our COVID isolation- just as the earth is awakening- with spring re-birth, who will I be? 

***We will be simulcasting a portion of the service live on Facebook. So if you can't join us, tune in to Facebook for our Healing portion of the service and our homily***

Full Zoom Details:
Topic: Sunday Service May 2, 2021
Time: May 2, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Join us this Sunday, May 2 at 10am for our Metaphysical Service. Full details above!!

  • Don't forget that Story's Mediumship Intensive series begins Thursday May 6 at 5pm. 'Through the Veil' promises to be quite an exciting series; so don't forget to Register Now!! Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Interested in Intuitive Development? Check out our online development circles below under Adult Education

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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
Adult Education

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

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
Our Weekly Circles:

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm EST

The Art and Science of Intuitive Development

With Rev. Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning and 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
Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.com
Thursday Mornings 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
And our Monthly Circles:

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm EST

Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions

Next circle is Thursday May 20th
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 updated Zoom Link dalecapristo@gmail.com
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm EST
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.

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.
Desiderata - Words for Life by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This week I am going to talk about one potentially paradigm shifting day - May 1st.
There are a multitude of planets and energies all complementing each other in a magical creation corridor.
The Sun, Venus, Mercury, Uranus, and Lilith are all together creating a brilliant stellium of planets in Earth sign Taurus. This combination of planets expresses much commonality in Taurus. They are all about appreciation of BEAUTY, as well as fertility, abundance, strength, gifts in artistry, music, and gifting a significant psychic ability to the mix. ALL of these things are enhanced on this day.
This day is also the day of Beltane. A rich tradition of Celtic origins still celebrated in Wiccan traditions. It is the day that celebrates fertility, abundance, vitality, joy, sensuality, sacred marriage, on a day when the Sun is now strong enough to consummate growth. The element of choice is powerful, creative Fire.
May 1st falls on a Saturday, a day ruled by Saturn. This day Saturn will surely exhibit the best of it's energies, assisting perfect justice and give it's strength to rewards delayed, but not denied.

LILITH is adding her wild, purest form of feminine sensuality to this day. She insists on equality. She will NO LONGER be suppressed.
Lastly, there is one more force of magic - in numerology May 1st is an 11 day. The master energy of awakening magic and creativity.
 So use this day to anchor in dreams and set intentions. You will receive MUCH assistance in the endeavor!

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Mocean Energy, a U.K.-based wave power company, has unveiled Blue X, a machine prototype that will be used to harvest tidal energy. Check out the Inhabitat.com article Here about the prototype that was unveiled on April 21.

  • North Dakota has rolled out a program to offer COVID-19 vaccines to Canadian truckdrivers who are transporting goods between the US and Canada. The vaccination initiative was a collaboration between North Dakota and Manitoba as a way to get the trade between the state and the Canadian province flowing again. Read the CBC article Here.

  • The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) was a two-year basic income experiment in the California city of Stockton that concluded in February. The trial, funded solely by philanthropic donors, provided $500 monthly to 125 people randomly selected to take part. Read the Positive News article Here to find out the results of this experiment and three other international basic income trials.

The below link will remain here for easy access:

  • 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.
Give From the Heart

Our ISD Oneonta family member and friend, Joe Fisher, left this earthly plane on March 20th as a result of a septic infection.

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.

They could use our help.

We have started a GoFundMe to help the family with funeral expenses. Please consider donating what you can:

“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.

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

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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