January 13, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us for our Metaphysical Service this Sunday, January 16 at 10am on Zoom with a portion simulcast on Facebook Live.

Our emcee will be Rev. Story Ducey and the homily is:
"Pathways to Higher Self Embodiment" presented by Rev. Amanda Hoover

Click below link to join us on Zoom:

Full Zoom Details:
Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Jan 16, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every month on the Third Sun, until Sep 18, 2022, 9 occurrence(s)
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What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday January 13 at 5:30 pm, begins our three-part class Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers. If you are in the IPP program, this is the first required class....but anyone is welcome to join us. Full details are below under Adult Education.

  • This Saturday's Introduction to Trauma & Healing has been postponed. Stay tuned for rescheduled dates.

  • Don't forget that this Sunday January 16th at 10am is our unique Metaphysical Service join us on Zoom or if you only have a little time, then catch a portion of the service on Facebook Live.

  • There is still time to join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....details below under Adult Education

  • Did you know that our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel? If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to relisten to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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ISD Oneonta Membership

ISD Oneonta is here thanks to love and support of our ISD Members! We couldn't do this without you!

We are excitedly heading in to our fifth successful year and we can't wait to see what is ahead.

This is the time of year where we ask our existing members to renew their membership.
So if you are already a member, please don't forget to renew. You can access the 2022 pledge renewal form Here

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us Here.

We are always happy to talk to you about joining our ISD Oneonta family...so please feel free to reach out to us!

With Love, Diana Friedell, Pastor
ISD Oneonta
Rev. Amanda Hoover, Co-Director
Rev. Renee Ranke, Co-Director
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

We are excited to announce our ISD Oneonta
2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,
If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,
then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

Thursdays January 13th, January 20th, and January 27th
5:30-7 pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
 Meditation is a self-care practice that allows us to quiet our minds, calm our physical bodies, and go within to reach a heightened level of awareness. This three-part class looks at the art, the history, the science, and the magic of meditation from three unique perspectives with three instructors. Join Rev. Diana, Rev. Story, and Rev. Renee as they lead you on a journey towards discovering the benefits and joys of meditation for yourself.
Required for the IPP program but open to anyone

Thursday January 20th
Ethics & Protocol for Intuitive and Healing Practitioners
All you ever wanted to know about practicing legally, ethically, & correctly in your Psychic & Healing Work. Diana Friedell, Director at ISD, & JoAnn Wormuth, Healing Program Director, review good practice & required protocol for giving messages from Spirit within ISD and in NY State. Free & Required for Intuitive & Healing Practitioner students.
There is a repeat of this class on May 19th for IPP students who are joining the January 20th Mediation Class

Thursday February 3rd and February 10th
Foundations 101: Activating Psychic Pathways
As spiritual beings how do we receive our psychic information? In what ways are we receiving messages, reading energy, and experiencing those things around us that we cannot physically hear, see, or touch?

And as human beings, how do we interact and understand those around us in the physical world? How do we begin to learn what we are receiving intuitively and what is the ‘junk’ that we have picked up from others?

This two-session class, led by Rev. Renee Ranke, will help us to understand how we are receiving our telepathic messages and in what ways we can 'energize' our psychic sensitivity.

Thursday February 24th & Thursday March 3rd 5:30-7pm
Foundations 102: Harnessing Psychic Abilities
 It is said that we all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2-part class, with Psychic Medium, Diana Friedell, learn the safe way of opening the door to intuitive messages, meet personal spirit guides in meditation, and learn the 7 Spirit Guides of Theosophy. Through fun games & exercises, develop confidence and clarity in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

Saturday February 26th
Muscle Testing 101: The Art of Surrendering First
Kimberly Winsor, RPP, LMT, teaches us the ins and outs, the do’s and don'ts of muscle testing- a technique used much like dowsing, using one's own body to cipher out truth for any given situation. Answers come in a yes/no format, so attention is paid to learning how to ask questions, with lots of fun practice. Attend on Zoom, or in person at the new Lotus Center.

Thursday March 10th & Thursday March 17th
Foundations 103: Expanding Psychic Abilities
“Feeling is Believing!” Your new abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

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
5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.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 January 20th
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
Check out our January 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

The Brain-is Wider Than the Sky
by Emily Dickinson

The Brain-is wider than the Sky-
For-put them side by side-
The one the other will contain
With ease- and You-beside-

The Brain is deeper than the sea-
For-hold them- Blue to Blue-
The one the other will absorb-
As sponges-Buckets-do-

The Brain is just the weight of God-
For-Heft them-Pound for Pound-
And they will differ- if they do-
As syllable from Sound-

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

This week features several days of Trines forming between the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto.

Because the planets are still congregated in a bowl formation on the Eastern Hemisphere, there are days when the same aspect will be forming multiple times in quick succession. Lucky for us, it is Trines that are on the way. The bowl formation allows us to profit from our experiences. Trines are considered the most harmonious aspect, characterized by ease and luck. Now, match this up with the Sun and Venus in Earth sign Capricorn, and you have helpful energies available during a time of year when we settle in and try hard for self-examination and improvement.

Jan 12 - Sun/Moon (overall harmonious balance) , Moon/Venus (beauty, the Arts), and Moon/Pluto (personal power, emotional control, courage)
Jan14 - Moon/Mercury (good sense, communications) Moon/Saturn (organization, responsibility, dignity)
Jan 15 - Moon/Jupiter (expansive imagination, devotion)

The Full Moon is on the cusp of Cancer/Leo on Sunday Jan 17th. Leo's shine will be tempered by Capricorn's precision. Cancer will remind us to remember to keep self, home, and family in our thoughts. With all the Trines leading up to this you have a stronger than usual opportunity to create from the best attributes of all these Planets. It seems as if we have a great partner at the beginning of this year's endeavors.

Mercury has moved into the early degrees of Aquarius. It starts the first of 4 retrogrades this year on Jan 14th. It starts in Aquarius and returns to Capricorn for a while. This will be one of the cautions around an otherwise harmonious time. The best use of this time will be to carefully recheck, rethink, reconfigure all aspects of your decisions. It does not have to be a bad aspect. We can think of it as a time to employ precision and patience!

One last significant sky event is the end of the Uranus retrograde on Jan 18th. It is a planet of rebellion that tends to shake up the status quo. It insists you pay attention, and if you don't, it will force the issue somehow. Now the energies will soften and allow the needed changes to be implemented in a gentler way. We have until August before it's next retrograde. That time can be productive to push forward with the creations you most want to bring forth.

May you find your Godspeed!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • So who knew that a fish could drive a car? As part of a study to discover how fish navigate, Israeli scientists taught a goldfish to drive a car. The study proves that their ability to navigate is universal and not based on their environment. The Q Telegram article is Here, complete with a video showing the fish ‘driving’.

  • Did you know that the word ‘psychedelic’ was coined in 1957, by a psychiatrist, and is derived from Greek ‘psyche’-soul and ‘delos’-reveal. In a recent small-scale study utilizing psilocybin, or ‘magic mushrooms’, on patients with depression, it was found that the psychedelic provided a more rapid improvement and in the long-term performed as well as traditional antidepressants. Read the web MD article Here

  • A team of archaeologists from the University of Warsaw discovered a stone game board from 4,000 years ago while excavating in Oman’s Qumayrah Valley. Check out the Notes From Poland article Here.

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.

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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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
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:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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.
Shopping through Amazon?
Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
  • Visit smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?
It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.
We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.
We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.
Welcome Home!!!
We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -ex officio
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Co-Director, Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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