May 20, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon

Our next Metaphysical Service will be Sunday June 6 at10am Live on Zoom!

You don't want to miss the magic and connection of our unique metaphysical services! So mark your calendars and join us on the first and third Sundays of the month on Zoom with a portion simulcast to Facebook Live.

What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday May 20 at 5:30pm, is the third session of this month's Thursday night mediumship intensive, 'Through the Veil'' If you haven't yet, Register Now!! Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Also tonight, Thursday May 20, our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle happens at 7pm. This month's Magdalena quality is 'Compassion'. Full details below in our Adult Education section under Circles and you may contact Dale Capristo for information or for the Zoom

  • Sign up now for 'The Body Enlightened' a self-care series with Kimberly Winsor

  • *****Reiki 1 class is Saturday June 05 10am-4pm. Live in person at our new headquarters. Required for our Healing Certification Program, but open to anyone. Check out details and link for registration below in the Adult Education section*****

  • Coming in July......our official summer series 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'. We are hard at work preparing and full details will be coming soon! Also, keep your eyes open for announcements about our Intuitive Practitioner Program and our ISD Healing Certification Program.

  • Interested in Intuitive Development? Check out our online development circles below under Adult Education

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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

Thursdays in May:

Join us in May for our Thursday evening lecture series and Evidential Mediumship Training.

This intensive is open to all levels. Each evening a mini lecture related to the history, purposes, & practice of Mediumship will be presented for 30 minutes. Then a different exercise each week will be introduced and practiced. A visiting medium and faculty member will join Story each week with personal tales of what mediumship means to them. Let the magic & mystery begin!

Normally $25/class or $20 for ISD Members. . . .
Special Limited Promotion: FIRST CLASS FREE!!
All four in the series for:
$80 General Tuition or $60 for ISD Members

Saturday June 5

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

Coming Thursdays in June:

The Body Enlightened Series
with Kimberly Winsor

Join us in June for this healing series that provides you with tools for personal wellness and self-care designed to increase the living light in your body:

Thursday June 3rd Spiral Meditation
an exercise to bring the resonance of the heart center out;
balancing the great power around and in us
Thursday June 10th Superfoods
7 of the most important foods to get into you daily!
Thursday June 17th Flower Essences
Introduction to flower essences so that you may begin
to incorporate them into your life
Thursday June 24th Byron Katie Worksheet
Self-work for unraveling some of our tightest spots
Thursday July 1st Power Herbs
6 common herbs that can help with various
health challenges
Tuition: $25/class or $20 for ISD Members. . . .
Or purchase the whole 5 class series for the price of 4 classes.....

All five classes in the series for:
$125 $100 General Tuition
$100 $80 ISD Members

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
Our Weekly Circles:

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning and 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
Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana
Thursday Mornings 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
And our Monthly Circles:

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm EST

Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions

Next circle is Thursday May 20th
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 updated Zoom Link
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm EST
Allowing Abundance

Next circle Tuesday May 25th
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 May 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Peace on Earth by William Carlos Williams
The Archer is wake!
The Swan is flying!
Gold against blue
An Arrow is lying.
There is hunting in heaven—
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Bears are abroad!
The Eagle is screaming!
Gold against blue
Their eyes are gleaming!
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Sisters lie
With their arms intertwining;
Gold against blue
Their hair is shining!
The Serpent writhes!
Orion is listening!
Gold against blue
His sword is glistening!
There is hunting in heaven—
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


We will concentrate on Wednesday May 26th this week. There is a Total Lunar Eclipse on the Gemini - Sagittarius axis, with the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius. 
A Lunar Eclipse is an opposition, which promotes awareness and opportunity. Throughout human history Eclipse days are considered important, life altering times. Soul examination is enhanced and very appropriate around the days of any Eclipse.

Sagittarius is philosophical and freedom loving. It is a highly creative fire sign that is happy and lucky. Gemini is a communicative and mental air sign.
The nearly 2 year Eclipse Cycle when all Eclipses fall on the Gemini - Sagittarius axis is drawing to a close soon. The Zodiac influence has been masculine. The next approximately 2-year cycle will shift to feminine signs. That ushers in the rise of the feminine expression, creating a long-anticipated balance of our dualistic society.

A Lunar Eclipse is about culmination. What is ending? How has it felt? DO YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME, OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT? Now would be an excellent opportunity to examine this in
your life. It is significant to say examine, not decide. Eclipse days are
potent, but they are a departure from the normal procession of our heavenly
bodies. Pause points!

Pause, evaluate, investigate. What is your world view? What are your core beliefs? They are the building blocks of your personal world. Do you like the dwelling you have built so far? Is it wonderful? Great! Could it use some improvements? Even better!

Now is one of those times of universal shifting. You are the architect. Tie up the loose ends of what needs to conclude. Make lovely plans and exciting new blueprints.

Do your analysis now and imagine your most beautiful world into beginning in 2 weeks, June 10th, on the Solar Eclipse.

At the end of this challenging year where we have been shaken like ragdolls in a giant dog's mouth, the Lunar and Solar Eclipses are a fantastic chance to begin anew.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • It's the Eye of the Tiger! In what is believed to be the first operation of its kind on a big cat, Ratna, a 17-year-old Sumatran tiger from Cambridge England, received successful corneal surgery. Read the article Here

  • Thirty-five members of the largest Asian elephant herd in the western hemisphere have been sent to the beautiful White Oak Conservation Center in Florida. These beauties have been retired from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The article and video are available Here.

  • You’ve heard of swimming with the dolphins? Well how about playing with sea lion pups? Take a look at This Good News Network article (and don’t forget to watch the video) about scuba divers on the Galapagos Islands who got to play with some curious sea lion pups.

The below link will remain here for easy access:

  • 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.
“Midday at the Oasis”- Fridays

Drop in at the new Lotus Center, every Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light refreshments, 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.  Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside. 

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 an 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.  

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend and he will coordinate the refreshments: (240) 285-8011
Carol Callahan, Librarian
Susan Owens, Tom Landon, Membership Comm.

For those of you in Oneonta or the vicinity who are looking for information on Covid vaccination:
SUNY Oneonta is now a New York State POD (Point of Dispensing) for the COVID-19 vaccine. They are prepared to vaccinate up to 1,200 people seven days a week from morning to evening. 
Make an Appointment:
By Phone: 1-833-697-4829
Local sites:
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Otsego County Health Department
  • A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown
For help making an appointment: Call NYConnects at (607) 547-4232
For a ride to vaccine appointments: Call GetThere at 1-855-373-4040

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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