July 9, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“If you keep looking within, you will find stillness, a tranquility that you’ve never experienced before. It’s like this secret space your mind can visit that unlocks new levels of creativity and confidence that you never thought possible.”
― Joel Annesley, Quiet Confidence: Breaking Up with Shyness
A Metaphysical Celebration on Sunday July 18 at 10am live and in-person at the Friedell residence

We are so excited as we hold our first in-person service of 2021 at Rev. Diana's home in Oneonta. For those of you local to the area, please join us...we look forward to seeing you. And for those of you who can't come in person, we will still be on Zoom (Zoom details in next week's newsletter).

The wonderful Amanda Hoover will be our emcee and Renee Ranke presents the homily "Pearls of the Heart: Precious Gems Birthed from Grief"
For those of you joining us, click Here for directions
What Magic is in the Air at ISD Oneonta?

  • Midday at the Oasis is today, Friday July 9 12-2pm. If you are local to the Oneonta area, why not join us? See below for full information

  • Don't forget to sign up for our 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky' series TODAY!
  • Our Thursday night summer series kicked off last night, with Alison's Yoga/Reiki refresh. Everyone who attended felt relaxed and refreshed afterwards. Thanks Alison!
  • Coming up next Thursday, July 15th 5:30-7pm EST Spiritual Protection: Combating Negative Forces- with Dick Buchanan.
Details about this exciting series below in the Adult Education section.

  • Those of you who are local to Oneonta or the vicinity, please check out our in-person events and make sure to join us this summer. We have missed you.
  • Sunday July 18th is a live service at the Friedell's and you can sign up for the Weed Walk with Marguerite following the service.
  • On July 24 there is a Ritual for Grief Release with Angelica Palmer at Darling Hill Farms.
  • And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, come to our new headquarters for Midday at the Oasis.
Full Details in Adult Education below, and watch this newsletter or our calendar as more in-person events roll out this summer.

  • 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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Midday at the Oasis
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from noon - 2pm
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.
July 8th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm  
Reiki & Yoga Refresh-  with Alison Christiansen.
Relax with a restorative, all levels Kripalu Yoga practice, with long distance Reiki, Grounding & self-empowerment practices will enrich the clearing & cleansing experience with Alison, an Ithaca based Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Reiki Master. 

July 15th, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
Have you ever felt such negative energy from someone that you felt psychically attacked? Dick Buchanan, a long time psychic, shares tried & true techniques to repel & spiritually protect ourselves against negative energy.

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
Heart Linking with Your Angel with JoAnn Wormuth, IET Healer, Reiki Master Teacher
Who is my Angel? Everyone has an angel, but angels must obey human free will. JoAnn guides us in inviting angel guidance & wisdom into our lives thru this transformational workshop. 

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

Check out these upcoming in-person events with some wonderful guest instructors!
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
Sunday July 18 1pm-5pm
Weeds for Wellness: An Ecological Foraging Event w/ Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
This is an in-person event

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N,. and expert herbalist, returns to ISD to lead us on a fascinating walk to discover edible weeds, and plants, even invasive ones, that actually support our wellness.
We will taste wild food, hear the music of the plants, and learn safe foraging with instructive hand-outs. We will convene at the home of the Friedell's and do some foraging at Riddell Park, even get to taste a beverage that Marguerite makes for us!

$40 General
$35 ISD Member Discount

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

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

7-8:30pm EST

Mediumship Development Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. Join this sacred circle as we join together to practice receiving evidence of the continuation of life and learn together with our loved ones on the other side

Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@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.

Lester by Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


We are in the heart of Cancer season. Relationships, friendship, home, quiet comfort are the traditional areas highlighted.

The New Moon is on Friday the 9th. This is the conjunction of the Sun and Moon in Cancer. This week we also find Neptune and Jupiter in water sign Pisces, who may both assist you to go beyond present life detail. Use Jupiter's expansiveness and good fortune along with Neptune's mysterious, otherworldly, ultra dimensional reach to advance your SOUL GROWTH. 

These few days around the New Moon may give you a window, a portal to see, understand Soul patterns that present themselves once more for healing and transformation back to LOVE. Uranus is sextile the Sun/Moon conjunction. Conjunctions mutually intensify, Sextiles enhance opportunity. Uranus can stimulate sudden events. 

The Eclipse season in June, followed immediately by the Earth/Sirius conjunction last week, finishing with the New Moon Cancer season of "Relationships" has presented us with an intense but unmistakable chance to grow our Souls as never before. 

The circumstances you have "in your face" in this lifetime are almost surely patterns that have presented themselves in other existences. THE GAINS YOU MAKE NOW WILL REVERBERATE THROUGHOUT YOUR OVERSOUL! Try now to reach breakthroughs, find vast "sight" of your Soul's mission. Know that you can put yourself in Vertical Time and send that understanding out along the timelines of all your lives. You will be your own solution! Also, don't ever forget that you have a guide team and Angels with you every step of the way. They are ready to assist. You need only ask!

The next alignment we must factor in is the Venus/Mars conjunction in Leo present this week. Your female/male relationships will intensify their focus. This may be inner balance conflicts, or comfort zones, that project themselves onto outer relationships/friendships. The world is a mirror. This may not be comfortable. Leo can be about Pride and Domination. Applying this to the battle of the sexes both within and without may test you. However, bear in mind that Leo is also Courageous and Noble. Try to summon those qualities to your circumstances. Perhaps the most benevolent way to approach this opportunity is to take time to process whatever presents itself for adjustment. Allow things to settle if they become uncomfortable before you make any major life decisions.

Our EMOTIONS are dominating at present. This is ultimately for our benefit. Consider that while operating with divine mind is always the best way to navigate your Soul's landscape, you cannot advance all the way HOME with your mental body alone. ASCENSION IS REACHED THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL BODY. Go forward with SELF LOVE my friends. Godspeed...
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • We could all use more peace and serenity. This Celtic Serenity blog gives you five simple methods to help usher tranquility into your life. To quote our own Rev. Story….. Ohhhhmmmm!

  • In a moment of unity, William and Harry put aside their differences to unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, erected at the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. Read the itv article and see the video Here.

  • This one is fun! Take This free NERIS Type Explorer personality test at 16 personalities.com and find some valuable insight into yourself. Are you a Defender, an Architect, a Protagonist? How can this information help you approach work and relationships?

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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