January 6, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough”
Emily Dickinson
Our next Metaphysical Service will be on Sunday, January 16 at 10am on Zoom.
Stay tuned for details.  

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.

If you are looking for some inspiration, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday January 6 at 5:30 pm is our FREE Introduction to the Intuitive Practitioner Program. Make sure that you register to receive the Zoom link and then join us to meet the instructors and hear all about the program.

  • This weekend; Saturday January 8th is the New Year's Spiritual Retreat with Diana and Sunday January 9th is the Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience with Julia Mikk. Register now as these are both very popular events (more information and registration links below under Adult Education

  • Make time for yourself this New Year. Learn how to tune in to your own intuitive connection. Join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....details below under Adult Education

  • There will be no Wise Wednesday or Thursday morning Dream Message circles again this week. But, they will be back at their 'normal scheduled time' beginning next week.

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Time to Renew Your 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 for ISD Oneonta.
This is the time of year where we ask you to renew your membership and pledge.
Existing members 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.

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday joy!
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:

Thursday January 06 5:30-7pm
Free Introduction to the 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
 Meet the faculty of the Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program.
Join us on ZOOM, for an overview of this life-changing & fun year long program. Get to know each faculty member as they introduce their courses, meet fellow spiritual explorers, and decide if this program is calling to you!

Saturday January 8th
New Year's Spiritual Retreat
 Join us in creating closure for 2021, burning regrets from the past, and planting the seeds for your intentions for the New Year thru Diana's unique guided meditations, ceremony and ritual. A time away from time to reflect, release the past, & manifest your dreams. Diana will also give psychic messages to each class participant. What might your Spirit Guide be waiting to say to you? Sit back, relax and tune in.

Sunday January 9th
Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience with Julia Mikk
 On the cusp of the New Year, and new beginnings, Julia Mikk, internationally renowned healer, and founder of the Breath of Love Institute leads us on a profound breath-sound-healing-ceremony that will change your life. Achieve profound emotional relief, deep inner peace, and receive Soul Guidance for your life direction in 2022.

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

Saturday January 15th and January 22nd
Introduction to Trauma and Healing Parts 1&2
 Join Reverend Melinda Witter from ISD Treasure Coast for an introduction to Trauma and Healing from a Lightworker/Energy Healer's Perspective. This is an introduction course about the different types and levels of trauma (physical, mental and spiritual) and how trauma may impact people. This course will review general protocols and the use of various tools for energy healings.

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.

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.

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 December 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 Triumph of the Soul 
By Attar

Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me. I burn with love
Unto myself, and bury me in love.
The centre is within me and its wonder
Lies as a circle everywhere about me.
Joy! Joy! No mortal thought can fathom me.
I am the merchant and the pearl at once.
Lo, Time and Space lie crouching at my feet.
Joy! Joy! When I would reveal in a rapture.
I plunge into myself and all things know.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

This week rather than talking about star charts, I am going to discuss a bit of philosophy with you. I want to tell you about an Astrology book that I will sometimes be referring to when I write the columns. It is ASTROLOGY- Planet Personalities and Signs Speak by Robert Shapiro.
It concentrates on lesser-known qualities of the planets and signs.

The author does not say the traditional attributes are wrong, but that there is more. This is a rich, thought-provoking book that will become increasingly more important as our Solar System spins into a new part of our galaxy, allowing us access to more abilities and knowledge.

That is what the Stars and Planets are doing. Picture a double ferris wheel at an amusement park. It is spinning in one tight circle within the spin of a larger circle. Now imagine that it is also moving rather than stationary, and you have a good illustration of the heavens. All of the rest of the known Universe is on a similar trajectory.
The map of the Universe I was looking at recently is astounding in scope. Look up the supercluster “Laniakea" sometime. It means "immense heaven" in Hawaiian. This map and film show how far out on the edge of space our Solar System is.

The most common reaction is to feel small and insignificant. We all remember enough to approach this phenomenon differently. We know that Earth humans are truly pioneers. We are explorers on the frontier and there has never been a better time to utilize all of the tools available to assist us.

I believe that the best use of these various divination methods is to combine science with imagination to create in an artful way. Astrology and Numerology are art forms with an established scientific basis. I believe you will have moments when you say, "Yes, I knew there was more, or that it was different for me."

For example, I have not discussed before now the two major astrological systems. There is Vedic Sidereal that adjusts for the procession of the equinoxes and the Western Tropical system that does not.

I use the Tropical system. It is less precise than Sidereal systems, but is easier to find commonality for all of you in one column. The aspects and cusp energies I concentrate on are true to both systems.

There is another way that I find them both useful and applicable. The Vedic system uses the Rising sign as the identifying factor of the personality, while the Tropical system uses the Sun sign. When you have your birth chart done using both systems, your cusps become an interesting bridge energy that brings the two systems into a compatibility not otherwise acknowledged. (This is an opinion, not a solid fact. It is how I interpret the two systems to find value in both.) If you find that you exhibit a mixture of signs and planetary attributes in your life, the study of cusps can assist your understanding.

Ultimately, you are the one living this incarnation. You are the architect. The systems are available to assist you. Each system agrees that the signs and planets have their best expressions as well as their shadow sides. THIS IS WHERE ASTROLOGY MAY BECOME AN ART FORM. You are the artist who will create as no other being can. You are an original whose accomplishments will be recorded into the Akashic records for all other beings to study and benefit from.

Create with joy and a sense of adventure. May you find your Godspeed.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Are you ready for your life to ‘flow’ in 2022? Check out This article on The Conversation.com by Richard Huskey, an assistant professor of communication and cognitive science, who studies the effects of optimal (or flowing) experiences on the brain

  • Scientists discovered a filament of hydrogen that is 1600 light years long. This structure, named Maggie, is one of the longest structures ever observed in our galaxy. And studying Maggie can help astronomers learn more about the formation of new stars. Here is the article from Universe Today.

  • A sketch by Picasso found in an attic. A missing Italian painting from 1630 discovered in a church. Read This Good News Network article about 7 lost artistic masterpieces that were found in 2021.

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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