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Founded on December 4, 2018
Metaphysics is a philosophy that views the universe, the phenomena around us, from two perspectives. The first tries to identify or explain the nature of man, of being and the universe. In this way it is very closely allied to science. It is a philosophy that attempts to explain the essential nature of being and the created universe of all reality. The second perspective is that as metaphysics starts to explore reality, it comes to the understanding of a higher truth. It does not simply take things as they are. Metaphysics parallels religion in that way because as we begin to examine the universe, we are led to the conclusion that there is something that cannot be perceived by the senses that lies behind all reality.
Through an interactive service, using lecture, meditation and our own spiritual gifts, we will explore our connection with the universe we live in. As a group, we will experience different energies and vibrations and how they effect us individually and as a group.
We are all on a journey. Though we follow different teachings our ultimate goal is the same, to find our way back to the Creator..
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
William Shakespeare's Hamlet
I was ordained as a minister with the Institute for Spiritual Development (ISD) in Sparta, NJ in 1997. At that time there were 2 other ISD churches. ISD Washington, DC and ISD Wharton, NJ. We Now have 7 locations.
New Jersey: Sparta and Madison
New York: Oneonta,
Florida: Sarasota and Vero Beach
Tennessee: Lebanon (Middle Tennessee)
Through spiritual services, classes, lectures and celebrations, ISD strives to promote Metaphysical living.
I call all who are searching to reconcile all that you were taught in the past, with all you feel today. I ask you not to "throw the baby out with the bath water" but to explore the higher meaning of this information.
Through classes and various activities, we offer many opportunities to help you expand your awareness and enrich your involvement, and it is our hope that you will explore and pursue all the avenues that interest you. We look forward to assisting you in this wonderful metaphysical adventure.
As you may know, federal law stipulates that in order to be accredited as a church, an organization must have a distinct set of beliefs. Our Declaration of Principles, is the standard of beliefs which express our unique understanding and identity and define us as a metaphysical organization. These statements not only express the core of the church’s identity, but, more importantly, stipulate the beliefs which unite all ISD members. While still allowing for the expression of individual beliefs, the principles form a platform of uniformity.
In its finest expression, the institute is a non-denominational, non-dogmatic church celebrating the diversity of spiritual thought and experience through which all may learn, prosper and grow. Sharing the extraordinary wealth of spiritual expression without setting unreasonable standards of doctrine, the church and the Declaration of Principles stand as an invitation to the seeker of truth, a welcome oasis for the expression of unconditional love and acceptance.
Thus, with love do we greet you, and with hope do we grow with you—not by the efforts of one or a few, but by the energy of all.
ISD National, Florida, Founder of the Institute for Spiritual Development and Spiritual Advisor
Director of the Sparta, NJ church, International Astrologer and Spiritual Adivsor
Director, ISD of MiddleTennessee, Psychic, Teacher - Healing Channel
Following is an annotated version of the Declaration of Principles:
WE BELIEVE IN INFINITE INTELLIGENCE
The Principles are not placed in any order of importance, except this one! It is from this that all that follows has meaning.
Often, one of the first questions asked about the institute is: “Do you believe in God?”
In the first statement of the Declaration of Principles, we attest to the existence of a Supreme Entity from which all creation flows. This Source is the source of all things visible and invisible and the beginning and the end of all manifestation.
WE BELIEVE THAT INFINITE INTELLEGENCE EXPRESSES ITSELF IN ALL EXISTENCE AND IN HUMANITY AS A MANIFESTATION OF DIVINE LOVE.
As you cannot separate an artist from his or her work, the presence of the Infinite Creator must be inherent in every aspect of the manifest universe. In one of the most dramatic descriptions of God, the evangelist John states, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). As participants in the Divine Nature, it follows that we experience and express the perfect love of the Infinite Mind. This is a love based on the recognition that each person is an expression of the Divine in creation.
WE AFFIRM THE UNITY OF ALL LIFE EVERYWHERE.
As all things flow from the Infinite Mind, it follows that all life is one, whatever its manifestation. The bond of creation ties all living things to each other.
WE BELIEVE IN COMMUNION WITH ALL PLANES OF EXISTENCE, AND THAT MEANINGFUL COMMUNICATION FLOWS FROM THIS CONNECTION.
Everything is vibration. In this vibratory universe, we are capable of both emitting and receiving vibrations. As we attune our receptors, we are capable of connecting with and thereby communicating with the vibrations above and below our own. When we consciously attune ourselves to a vibration, we are able to connect and communicate with that level of vibration.
WE AFFIRM THE DIVINE RIGHT OF EACH INDIVIDUAL TO SEEK THE TRUTH IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS, AND THAT LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THAT TRUTH DEFINES TRUE SPIRITUALITY.
There is no absolute truth in the finite world. That is the purview of the Infinite Mind and belongs to It only. Therefore, all truths are partial and incomplete. We have been given a higher sense, which allows the individual to perceive the truth that resonates with him or her. We are then responsible to live up to what we perceive as true. Living life based on the principles and philosophy the individual accepts as true places each on his or her path of spiritual enlightenment.
WE AFFIRM THAT SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENT IS PROGRESSIVE AND UNENDING, AND THAT THE DOORWAY TO REFORMATION IS NEVER CLOSED AGAINST ANY SOUL.
Any evolutionary process demonstrates movement and progression. The drive of evolution is constantly upward, leading to ever higher and progressive states of being and awareness. If we consider that the end of all existence and experience is the ultimate reunion with God, lifetime after lifetime is a perpetual journey of spiritual awakening. Our purpose, our ultimate destiny, is to be reunited with our loving Creator.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE HIGHEST MORALITY IS CONTAINED IN THE MANDATE: “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.”
The ancient adage, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is less a suggestion than a moral imperative. As human beings functioning in a complex society, we are guided by codes of conduct to ensure the wellbeing of the group and the security of the individual.
Most of the time, we are unaware of just what is guiding our conduct and decisions. We all want to be treated honestly and fairly, with kindness and respect. We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted for the people we are. If we use these desires for ourselves as our guiding principles for our treatment of others, we create a formula for a successful society and a happy, spiritually attuned, personal life.
WE AFFIRM THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL, AND THAT WE CHOOSE OUR HAPPINESS OR UNHAPPINESS AS WE APPLY THE LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE.
The experiences of life tell us that success depends on the amount of effort we put into achieving our goals. Our words and actions establish the direction and quality of our life. We are responsible for the choices we make and for the consequences arising from those choices.
WE AFFIRM THAT LIFE IS ETERNAL, AND THAT THE EXISTENCE AND PERSONAL IDENTITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONTINUE AFTER THE CHANGE CALLED DEATH.
The affirmation of the continuity of consciousness is a belief dating back to the dimmest past of human memory. We see death as a passage into another sphere, not the termination of the individual’s life.
WE BELIEVE THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF GOD IN OUR LIFE IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND OURSELVES.
The Infinite Creator must love Its creation, and that love must be perfect and unconditional. Our brother Jesus directed us to “Love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13:34). For those on a true spiritual path, there is a singular reality—we are all one, united by the mind of the Infinite Creator. No condition, exception or illusion of separation can alter our obligation to love everyone as a manifestation of the All. Since we can only give what we have, that unconditional love must begin with ourselves.
WE ACCEPT THAT THE LIVING GIFTS OF PROPHECY AND HEALING, REPORTED IN ALL SACRED SCRIPTURE, ARE AN AFFIRMATION OF DIVINE SPIRIT WORKING TROUGH US.
The Source of All is the source of all spiritual phenomena. We are the instruments of that Power as we allow it to move through us. We are the vehicles by which the perfection of creation is brought about. We are co-creators of our individual reality, and as such, we partake in the Divine creative force. The gifts of the Spirit referred to by the evangelist Paul in Corinthians are not phenomena isolated to a distant age. They continue to manifest through all ages, as the Spirit continues to work through the world. “Now there are diversities of gifts, but there is only one Spirit. There are diversities of powers, but it is the one God who works all things in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4). Through Spirit, God enables us to manifest the gifts of healing and prophecy.
The masculine active, electric, creative nature of the ultimate mind
Which Art In Heaven
The creative mind itself, the Great Cause, a higher vibration, separate from those on the earth plane
Hallowed Be Thy Name
The healed or wholeness of the essential essence, complete and perfect
Thy Kingdom Come
The kingdom of all planets and planes of existence within the creative mind made manifest into form. The effect of what was formed in the ultimate mind.
Thy Will Be Done
God individualized Himself in an infinite number of distinct conscious selves, each one quite different; with a distinct way of knowing the universe, Each self having a different experience, Individual but undivided in spirit. The consciousness of each one is distinct from God and from the others and yet none are separated. God's will is that each of the individual conscious selves experience the earth plane in a unique and personal way and yet still being connected.
On Earth As It Is In Heaven
The manifestation of creation, earth, becoming the cause that is the whole entity in itself. Just as a hologram when becomes many complete pictures of the original when separated by something, so too does the creator become many smaller images or beings when outside itself. As these smaller beings experience life, so too does the Whole being.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Provide for us that which we need to survive in this manifested existence, assist us as we have experiences on the earth plane. Make the divine presence within us strong enough to "feed our spiritual selves."
And Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors
Debts, trespasses, sins. We are asking for forgiveness for the the wrong we have done to others and at the same time, forgiving our offenders. By setting our debtors free we in turn free ourselves from the experience. We go from being the victim to being just a participant in what was a not so pleasant experience.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil
As we advance spiritually, we become more aware of energies, the power of your prayer is greater, the healing better. You also become more susceptible to forms of temptation you were not able to consider when your awareness was less. We are asking for the wisdom to recognize these situations and the guidance to avoid them.
For Thine Is The Kingdom, The Power And The Glory Forever
We recognize that all the known and unknown universal manifestations are of the will of the Creator.
Tell me what you think you see
Every time you look at me,
Foe or Friend, Dark or Light,
Someone to love, someone to fight?
Tell me what you think you see,
Is it real or fantasy?
Is how you see me based on fact?
Or is it based on what you lack.
Perception is a funny thing,
Experience colors everything.
What you think you know as true,
Maybe only true to you.