August 5, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
"Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Join us tonight, Thursday August 5 5:30-7pm for

For the next session in our healing summer series, Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky we are delighted to welcome Michael Wann, the Susquehanna Sage, who reveals another intriguing mystery about the Susquehanna, the Grandmother River, the history of Goddess worship, and the city of Scranton which sits on her banks. Join us as he discusses some mystifying info involving a unique mineral deposit beneath Scranton & space travel.

Full Details and Registration Link Below in Adult Education
This Sunday, August 8 from 2pm to 5pm Join us on Zoom for this very special event

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!

Full Details and Registration Link Below in Adult Education
Our next magical metaphysical service will be Sunday, August 15 at 10am

We will gather together IN PERSON LIVE! The Sunday Service will be at the new ISD Headquarters, 124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY, the residence of Tom Landon. We will be outdoors on Tom's Lawn, so dress for the weather. We will move indoors if it is pouring rain (and bring a bathing suit for afterwards, if you'd like).

.....and following that at noon....

Summer Swim, Fun & Fellowship Potluck- Bring a dish to share, bathing suit, towel, drum or rattle if you have one- We will eat delicious food, chat, catch up with each other & swim. Tom and Maggie will lead us in raising group consciousness, with a drum circle or simple crystal singing bowl chants. Share the rhythm and get in tune with each other and ourselves. Email Tom & Maggie & tell them what you plan to bring!;
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight at 5:30 pm is the next workshop in our 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky' series! Join The Susquehanna Sage, Michael Wann, as he shares more fascinating tales about the 'Grandmother River', the Susquehanna in the 'Susquehanna Mysteries- the Scranton Enigma'.
  • Coming up next Thursday, August 12th 5:30-7pm EST E-Squared Book Contemplation with ISD's own Co-director, Amanda Hoover.
Details about this exciting series below in the Adult Education section

  • Coming up this Saturday, August 7 from 10am-5pm, at our temporary headquarters at 124 Count Hwy 58 in Oneonta, is an in-person event Reiki Level One: Energy Healing Training with Jo Ann Wormuth. This is a required class for our upcoming ISD Healing Certification program. Full details below in our Adult Education section

  • We are so excited to announce that this Sunday August 8 from 2-5pm we will be joining with internationally-renowned healer and founder of Breath of Love Institute, Julia Mikk, for a life-changing breath-sound-healing-ceremony! Details on this, Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience  with Julia Mikk are below in our Adult Education section. Sign up today, you don't want to miss this!

  • 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, If you need directions, he will send them!
More information on our Website

This just in................the spa is now available in addition to the pool.....just another feature of this five-star resort! So come, swim, soak in the hot tub, and enjoy the company!

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

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

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

Sunday August 8 2pm-5pm
Zoom Event

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

Saturday August 21, 6pm-8:30pm

Mystical Dinner at Origins Cafe in Cooperstown

Catch the magical ambiance of a summer evening out. . .Messages from Spirit PLUS dinner in the garden at Origins Café – what could be a more perfect summer’s evening entertainment?
Several intuitive readers are available during the evening on the upper level for private ten minute readings. Your $54 Admission Ticket includes delicious seasonal buffet dinner and a private reading with one of the readers!

Event Price for dinner and readings: $54

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
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
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
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
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 August 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

We Are 
by Renee Ranke

Outside can be loud and overwhelming
Fear and worry try to disguise themselves as home
Regret and guilt trudge behind clinging to life’s shirt tail
Tomorrow may seem a bleak and uncertain destination
Become still
Yesterday was the road to today
Remember the path but shake off its dust
Tomorrow is always tomorrow
With changing colors like the chameleon
Grace is being present here and now in this moment
Touching the filaments of Love all around
Not fleeting and nebulous, but tangible and real
We are those eternal threads
Always gently winding, embracing, and supporting
We are breath
We are mind
We are beauty
We are joy
We are Love

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


ASTROLOGY FORCAST (August 6 - August 13)

The New Moon on Aug 8th is of particular interest to us this week. It is an alignment that offers more assistance than usual to make real progress on the activation and true shining of the Heart Chakra, along with help in bringing balance to aspects of duality.

The New Moon is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon in Leo. This is the invitation to make progress in almost any area of your life that you may have been attempting, with limited success, for awhile. The Sun rules bright Leo. The best expression of Leo is great nobility and courage. Those qualities may be utilized to even greater effect because this New Moon is within the window of what is called, "The Lion's Gate."

"The Lion's Gate" is the return of visibility of the brightest star in our sky, other than the Sun, Sirius, in the dawn sky. It is called the Heliacal rising. That is when a star has been invisible behind the Sun, then becomes visible again as sufficient distance separates the two heavenly bodies. Sirius is a beautiful star! Easily visible to the naked eye, she becomes even more spectacular when viewed in a telescope. Bright colored rays shoot out of her center. She has been called the Rainbow Star.

Ancient Egypt considers the Heliacal rising of Sirius to be the annual return of beloved Goddess, ISIS, from the underworld. Her return corresponds with the return of the floodwaters of the Nile. These are life-giving waters necessary for survival. We are invited to embrace the Divine return of the Goddess in "The Lion's Gate" in the same window of opportunity as the August New Moon.

These events happening together will in 2021 further open portals of Cosmic Love available to all. The opening and purifying of the 3rd dimensional Human Heart Chakra will be possible.

It will take some effort and may be erratic. That is because the Sun/Moon conjunction forms a square to Uranus in Taurus. Squares potentially bring friction and challenge. Uranus can bring sudden change, either good or unfortunate. The key to avoid such friction is to choose the Nobility and Courage of Leo, rather than it's shadow aspects of stubbornness and overpowering ego.

The Heart Chakra is featured as the invitation is to reach for Cosmic Love. Feel the love of the fully balanced Divine and also feel free to call for assistance from any of the Gods/Goddesses, Angels, and Ascended Masters who are associated with the Sun and Moon.

This is a golden opportunity to leave old sorrows, wounds, guilt, shame, anger, and any event who's time has come to be recorded in the Akashic Records, but no longer in your body, mind, and spirit. Choose Courage and Freedom! I wish you Godspeed...
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Sharing his Love and Light. This Sunny Skyz article includes two inspirational videos from Rowyn Montgomery. This loving 7-year-old from Tiverton Rhode Island began sharing videos after he was bullied at school. He wanted to help others to understand that "With bullies, it doesn't matter what they think about you, it matters what you think about yourself and it's good to embrace yourself and tell other people who you are".

  • Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The real-life SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star were spotted in an image captured by a remote submersible off the coast of New England (no pineapple to be found). Check out the article Here.

  • Looking for a little motivation in August? Here is a Fab NG article that provides you with four inspirational TEDx Talks. From ‘ How to make work-life balance work’ to ‘The power of defining yourself’, these talks will keep you inspired this month.

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 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 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:
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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