February 2, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

February 5th, 10am

"Remember Who You Are"

Homily by Rev. Renee Ranke

Rev. Story Ducey, Emcee

In Person at ISD Lotus Center or

on ZOOM at this Link. . .

or watch the simulcast of homily on 


Psychic Messages for some participants are a regular part of our Sunday Service.

Followed by Hospitality

Upcoming classes and events..

Cabin Fever Spirit Fest, Through The Veil with ISD-on ZOOM!

Saturday February 18, 2023 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

"What's in that Crystal Ball for Me?" Is the wind of your life changing directions? At a crossroads? Consult a tried and true ISD Psychic Medium, while waiting out winter, to see what your spirit guides & departed loved ones are trying to show you that would help you with your life path. Only $30 for 25 minutes!  Or $25 for ISD Members.


ISD Board Meeting

February 5, 2023 11:45 - 1:30 PM

 The Board of Directors meet on the first Sunday of every month, via Zoom. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. New policies are reviewed and set, the treasurer's report is reviewed and financial decisions are voted upon. The board determines the direction that ISD takes, and plans for its future. If you have some ideas you would like discussed, you are welcome to email Kimberly Winsor, the President of the Board, to see if it can be added to the Board Agenda. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe, but do not have the privilege of voting. There will be a time for public commentary, if you are not on the agenda.

Board members include President, Kimberly Winsor; Vice- President, Tom Landon; Treasurer, Sali Dellysse; Secretary, Carol Callahan, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christine Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherri Barton, Connie Lull

"Laws of the Universe" w/ Rev. Jim DeBiasio

Tuesday February 7, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Weekly on Tuesday, until March 7, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

CLASS: "The Laws of the Universe", The Kybalion, with Rev. Jim DeBiasio, founder of ISD, brought to you by ISD Washington D.C.

Through fascinating lecture and spirited discussion, this five-week course explores the Seven Hermetic Principles revealed in The Kybalion. Participants will learn how to grasp, understand and utilize the tremendous power of the Principles. The course also provides a basic understanding of all metaphysics and metaphysical thought.


"Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday February 10, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Monthly on the second Friday

124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 (map)

Gather in with us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon. Please let Tom know if you plan to drop in! Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside! Bring a dish to pass if possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have one- we just want to SEE you!

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.

We also have a set alone Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.

RSVP to Tom Landon if you would like to attend: (240) 285-8011; tflandon51@gmail.com

If Tom doesn't receive any RSVP's the event is cancelled.

"Setting Intentions" w/Jaya Buckland

Sunday February 12, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 PM

On Zoom & at ISD Headquarters124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, & on ZOOM (map)

Have you ever been confused about setting an “Intention”? Do you know the difference between a goal, an affirmation or an intention? Do you know how each one plays a part in your life and spiritual practice?  Jaya, a Karma Yogi & Meditation Teacher, has worked for 20 years helping people define and work with intention. Join us in person or on zoom. and spend an afternoon creating a scaffolding to assist you in understanding the meanings of intention and how intention can assist you in creating a more meaningful life.


Harnessing Psychic Abilities w/Diana Friedell

Thursday February 16, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until February 23, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

We all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2 part class, with Psychic Medium, & ISD Co-Director 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, clarity & accuracy in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

This course is open to anyone who is developing their intuitive gifts. All levels, also meets a requirement for the Intuitive Practitioner Program.


Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

Thursday February 16, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monthly on the third Thursday

Institute for Spiritual Development, Lotus Center (map)

Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions

Mary Magdalene


Beloved of Jesus, Scorned Woman, First Apostle, Teacher, Healer, Oppressed, Dismissed and now – Sainted

Who was she?

Explore her life and journey.

• learn more about the Divine Feminine

• learn about Mary Magdalene’s spiritual Path of Devotion

• explore ways to dive more deeply into your own Path

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. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.

Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.

Dale Capristo is an energy practitioner focusing on Reiki Sessions and Magdalena Energy sessions at Luminosity Reiki. She is passionate about sharing with others techniques for holistic healing and balance. Dale is a Reiki Master Practitioner active with Reiki since 2006, and a certified Magdalena Healing Practitioner since August 2018.


Soaring with Spiritual Sensitivity

02/21/23 - 03/28/23 w/ Renee

In this 6-week workshop we will delve into spiritual sensitivity and take a look at how it impacts us physically and mentally. As a sensitive person in a world poised on the brink of change, how can I learn to embrace my ‘feeling-side’ as a super power rather than experiencing it as an anchor keeping me weighed down? Find out with Renee Ranke.


SHIFT FAIR Vending Application 4/22 and 4/23

Psychic Readers, Energy Healers, +Spiritual & healing &Craft Vendors, Workshop Ideas & Presenters now being sought for the SHIFT NY Holistic & Psychic Fair. Early applications encouraged - over 200 fairgoers expected, registration includes free publicity of your business & website. SLOTS for Psychic Readers are NOW FULL, but we are accepting applications for all other vendors and workshop presenters.


Time to Renew Your Membership

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

We are excitedly heading in to our seventh  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 2023 pledge renewal form Here. Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/membership-renewal-2023

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us Here. Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/becoming-a-member

With Love,

Diana Friedell, Pastor

ISD Oneonta

Rev. Story Ducey, Co-Director

Sali Delysse, Treasurer



Please note:

There is a new mailing address for ISD Oneonta.

We didn’t need the larger PO Box we were paying for, so we

started the year off with a new smaller PO Box to save money.

The new address is:

P.O. Box 332, Oneonta, NY 13820

Please change your address book. (Delete PO Box 1266)

Thank you!

Check out our February 2023 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook, to see our events posted there. February event calendar HERE.

Prayer Warriors

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, JoAnn Wormuth at the below ISD website link:


Malala Fund

UPDATE: We raised $220 of $500 Goal. . .$280 to Go

Will you help ISD Reach its goal?

 ISD Oneonta members, under the leadership of Kimberly Winsor and Ally Sutton-Pyle, have challenged ourselves during the holiday season with a fundraising goal of $500 to go to the Malala Fund, a charity that is raising funds for girls to be able to go to school, a privilege that is either banned or financially out of reach in many countries. The Malala Fund is an international, non-profit organization that advocates for girls' education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and her father, Ziauddin. Read more on Wikipedia. Or read more about Malala Fund here. Help us meet this challenge to ISD Oneonta! Click on the button on the ISD Website here to be sure your donation counts toward the total that ISD Oneonta is raising.

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations



A magical date has arrived! Feb 1st - Celtic Imbolc - This marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The Sun grows in strength and duration with each passing day.

A few days remain to view Comet C/2022 E3 (Z.T.F.) By the time this is printed the comet will be in the constellation Camelopardalis (barely any visible stars. It looks like an empty space just beyond the Little Dipper), heading toward the star Capella in constellation Auriga. Binoculars will increase your chance of seeing it. I will pass on a message that I received regarding the comet in ISD circle this week:

"My green coma is to invite your healing and assist you with helpful energies from deep space. The green energy can apply to healing, embracing shadows, and for abundance.

My tail is symbolic of transformation to another form or expression through the application of the Sun's heat. My tail transforms and leaves the system changed. I leave remnants in your system to assist you long after I have departed.

My path is not nearly so random as you might assume. I have been traveling space for eons of your time to arrive at this appointed hour. Your hour of transformative history. I bring you greetings and wisdom from "the neighborhood." (This last word was delivered with a gentle, ironic smile, since it has a 50,000 year orbit.)

The personality that delivered this message was androgynous, very friendly and benevolent.

The first change in pattern this week is Ceres beginning retrograde motion in Libra on 2/02, lasting until 5/06. Ceres is the largest asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. She is associated with motherhood, agriculture, and nurturing. In Libra retrograde the tendency for issues around lack may arise, resulting in hoarding and an "us-vs- them" mentality. You may feel a lack of support. If any of these feelings should arise in you, the challenge will be to remember your sovereignty. All you need may be accessed from inside of you. Remember your God cell and your Heart Center. Trust and believe in the greater good and abundance in all things, as much as you can. Resist the tendency to look outward and conclude that anything outside yourself is denying you what you are seeking. Look within for your birthright.

The Full Moon is on Feb 5th in Leo at 1:29 pm EST. There is a T-square between the Sun in Aquarius, the Moon opposite in Leo, and Uranus in Taurus, which is directly on the Cosmic Point of Avatar. This forms a right triangle with Uranus on the apex point. Vast new energies will pour in from the Cosmos, through the Uranus apex point on the Taurus Point of Avatar, beginning a most transformative year. Flow and Grace are the currency of the realm for the coming changes.

This is on a Sunday, which is ruled by the Sun, and the Moon is in Leo, also ruled by the Sun. The positive aspect of a Leo moon is great love, generosity, kindness, and enthusiasm. The BEST expression of Solar power in Leo is great dignity and leadership capabilities. On this night you might look to the Moon and invoke the best expression of this nobility in yourself. How can you best shine the light in your unique way to help illuminate the world for everyone's benefit? It need not be monumental. Small gestures add up.

VENUS is shining her beautiful bright light down on us as our Evening Star in the west as darkness descends. She is exalted in Pisces for this Full Moon. NEPTUNE remains in Pisces, the sign of its rulership as well. We have a nice mix of planets in signs where they express their best attributes. This gives us good reason for optimism.

VESTA, an asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter, moves into Aries on Feb 7th, staying through Apr 15th. Vesta signifies the location of the sacred in your chart. She can be thought of as your "eternal flame." She is evocative of commitment, missions, fidelity, independence, and new ventures. Aries is a very enthusiastic fire sign. Vesta can contribute purity to all that fire energy.

We are already in the penumbra leading to the massive changes beginning in March via sign changes for Saturn and Pluto. The momentum is building toward a new paradigm that includes the greatest good for all beings. May it help you find your Godspeed.

When your horoscope says, "An old love will visit soon."

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.

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!

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?

It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!

Now there are also chapters in, Washington DC, Treasure Coast 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:

Like and Follow on Facebook

Institute for Spiritual Development International

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.

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 foSpiritual 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

Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President

Tom Landon - Vice President

Sali Dellysse - Treasurer

Connie Lull-


Susan Owens -


Christene Springle - Trustee

Connie Lull - Trustee

Story Ducey -

Ex-Officio Member

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Sherri Barton


Carol Callahan


Diana Friedell - ex officio

Shown above Rev. Diana Friedell, and Rev. Story Ducey

Our ISD Leadership

Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director

Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director

Adult Education/Programming Chair

Ministry Training Program

JoAnn Wormuth – Healing Program Director

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