April 15, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Have patience with all things. But, first of all with yourself.”
― Francis de Sales
Join us this Sunday, April 18th at 10am for our metaphysical service and don't forget our Annual Convention following at 11:45

Amanda Hoover, ISD co-director and ministerial cleric will be provide us with her homily,
The Wisdom of the Rabbit
Renee Ranke will be emcee with special guest, Tapash, leading us to a contemplative state through song and chanting.

As always you may join us live on Zoom or watch us on Facebook Live

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Topic: Zoom Service and Annual Convention Sunday April 18
Time: Apr 18, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, April 15 at 7pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle with Dale Capristo. These circles focus each month on an attribute that Mary Magdalene embodied, with an aim to activate the healing frequencies of that quality within our own lives. This month the quality being contemplated is Joy. One of this month’s key teachings to reflect on: Happiness is temporary. Joy is eternal. RSVP to Dale to receive the updated Zoom Link dalecapristo@gmail.com

  • Sunday April 18
  • 10am join us via Zoom for our unique metaphysical service as we come together in prayer, song and celebration
  • 11:45am come on in for our Annual Convention (see details below) as we review where we are and make plans for our next fiscal year

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

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This Sunday at 11:45am is the ISD Oneonta Annual Convention

What's Up at ISD?

Come and find out! 4-18-21. At 11:45
ISD Members and friends are invited to attend via the same zoom link as our church service. We will review our progress & finances over the past year, elect Board Members, vote on next year’s budget, Set goals for next year.

Anyone may attend and get an exciting glimpse at the inner workings of ISD Oneonta, but only ISD Members can actually vote.  

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:

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

The Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta Presents
The Power Prayer Toolbox Series
Register for our final session for $25, or $20 for ISD Members

Click on the class title below for more information or to register.

April 25th, 2021
12 noon-2 pm Darling Hill Farm, Westford EST
Fire is used in all Spiritual Traditions to magnify prayer. Along with singing and chanting these higher vibrations call our Spirits, our Ancestors, our Guides. Presented in Sanskrit and English. 
Yogi Tapash

Join us on April 25th! We will celebrate the conclusion of our successful and fully Interfaith Prayer Tool Box Series ~~~~and our ability to meet outside! 

Our Prayer Tool Box Series began in February on alternative Sundays, and will conclude Sunday April 25th in person at Darling Hill Retreat House beginning at 12 noon with a Vedic Fire Ceremony. Hindus like to send their prayers to Spirit via fire!

Afterwards we are going to have an old fashioned outdoor Birthday Party for every ISD member who had a Birthday during our sheltering in though were unable to celebrate with friends.

Please wear a Birthday Springtime hat (of some kind!) and bring 1 present for a grab bag Birthday Gift! We are celebrating the communal incarnating of our souls together during this challenging and Spiritually empowering dawning of the Age of Aquarius!!!

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 April 15th
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.

The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth

Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you’ll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?

The sun above the mountain’s head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.

Books! ’tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There’s more of wisdom in it.

And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.

She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless–
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.

One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:–
We murder to dissect.

Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


The alignment and energies of the heavens are in a particularly rapid sequence this month, as
though the sky is a giant kaleidoscope.

Perhaps the best way to benefit is to ride the wave and FLOW with the swift changes using an alternate interpretation of the River Styx in combination with the Milky Way in our night sky.

The River Styx is depicted in mythological lore as the boundary between the Living World and the Hellish Underworld. It is most often told as a difficult experience to be crossed quickly with the ultimate punishment of being condemned to the eternal Hell, or Hades.
A recent dream showed me a completely different version of the River Styx! It was iridescent, liquid plasma, and extraordinarily beautiful. It was a personal "tween" place to enjoy, swim within, or ride upon. Each of us has this boundary to assist us to clear the veils, to release the sacred seals, to grow into our full Soul expression.

We have a River of Stars in our night skies that can serve as a guide to this personal Divine place - The Milky Way.
Consider using this light path across the sky to assist you to find your own symbolic version of this transformative River Styx that is a delivery medium to your extraordinary SELF, rather than entrance into some hellish version of amnesiac eternity

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • If you could strum a spiderweb like a harp; what would it sound like? Researchers at MIT have used the process of ‘sonification’ to do just that. The fascinating Digital Music News article Here and listen to the music a spider may hear in its web

  • Check out This fascinating story the boy who mailed himself from Australia to Wales, by way of Los Angeles in 1965 at the age of 19. That boy is now a 75-year-old man who is getting ready to release a book about his adventure and is searching for the two friends, John and Paul, who helped him mastermind the escapade. 

  • Today in history! This article on History Net details historical events from today, April 15. From Dr. Samuel Johnson publishing the ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1755, to Abraham Lincoln’s death in 1865 and the Titanic sinking at 2:27 am in 1912; read all about the historical events that happened on today’s date.

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.
“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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