September 16, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead.”
― Buddha Gautama

A very special
Metaphysical Service
this week
Sunday September 19th at 10am

This very special ordination service will only be on Zoom (no Facebook Live) with ISD founder Rev. James De Biasio.

Being ordained as Ministers for the Institute for Spiritual Development are Amanda Hoover, Maggie Kilbride, and Renee Ranke.
Join us on Zoom for this momentous service and celebrate with us...we wouldn't be here without your love and support.

Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Sep 19, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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If you are looking for some inspiration today, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday September 16th, 5:30pm-7pm is Part 1 of the two part class, History and Science of Spiritual Healing. Details on the class below in the Adult Education section. This is a required class for our ISD Healing Certification program. Find details on the Certification Program Here

  • Also tonight, Thursday September 16th, 7pm-8pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle with Dale Capristo. This month the quality being contemplated is 'Tenderness'. Details below in our Adult Education section under Online Development Circles.

  • Saturday September 18th from 10am-12pm join us for this free in-person event. Reawakening the Sacred Susquehanna: Kayaking to Her Heartbeat. You don't want to miss this event, full details below.

  • On Sunday September 19th at 10am be sure to join our Metaphysical Service on Zoom and help us celebrate the ordination of Amanda, Maggie, and Renee.

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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!
Register Now
September 18th 10am-12pm
Susquehanna River Renewal Kayak Trip w/Kimberly
Join a collaborative, co-creative effort to make amends for past wrongs, to give thanks and to connect with other high powers and intentions doing the same.
Calling kayakers who resonate with earth-keeping and who love spiritual/healing work to join us for a special opportunity on Goodyear lake, to enter a prayerful space and to do something to make a difference!
Come play, bring your kayak/canoe or rent one!
Rain or shine event time is Sept 18, 10am-12pm at Sillmans Cove on back side of Goodyear lake. We will gather briefly there on land and paddle to the center of the lake for the ceremony.
Advance registration is required, cut off for registration is Sept 12th. This is a free event.
Adult Education

Thursday September 16th and Thursday September 23rd 5:30-7pm

History and Science of Spiritual Healing
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program
Part I is presented by JoAnn Wormuth. From medicine man to priest-healers, she will introduce us to colorful spiritual healers, healing cults & their methods & beliefs about healing, through pre-historic times to ancient Greece.
In Part II, Diana Friedell reviews research that proves the existence of the energy body & the efficacy of energy healing and which hospitals offer it as a treatment modality.

Double multiply exposure portrait of a dreamy cute woman meditating outdoors with eyes closed_ combined photograph of nature_ sunrise or sunset. closeup. Psychology power of mind inner voice concept.
Thursdays September 30th, October 7th, and October 14th 5:30-7pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
A required class for our upcoming Intuitive Practitioner Program and strongly suggested for those in the Healing Certification Program

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.
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.
 Whether you are a beginner looking to develop a deeper connection to yourself and your own divinity, or whether you are an experienced meditator looking for tips to strengthen your existing practices, this class is for you.

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 September 16th
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 September 28th
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 September 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Silence by Sara Teasdale

To Eleonora Duse
We are anhungered after solitude,
Deep stillness pure of any speech or sound,
Soft quiet hovering over pools profound,
The silences that on the desert brood,
Above a windless hush of empty seas,
The broad unfurling banners of the dawn,
A faery forest where there sleeps a Faun;
Our souls are fain of solitudes like these.
O woman who divined our weariness,
And set the crown of silence on your art,
From what undreamed-of depth within your heart
Have you sent forth the hush that makes us free
To hear an instant, high above earth’s stress,
The silent music of infinity?

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

The week begins with a continuation of the caution of last week. Friday features three squares among the planets. This presents challenges, restrictions that it may be wise
not to push against. The sacred geometric wheel is always turning. There are no squares to deal with after this. As the wheel turns toward the Full Moon on Monday, Sept 20th the star patterns offer more benefic trines and sextiles. This presents you with opportunity and easy luck.
The Harvest Full Moon is at 7:54 pm on Monday evening EDT. The moonrise is at 7:13 pm. This will make for a really spectacular visual. The moon being almost Full as it is rising, as well as the typical orange color will be one of those times when spirit is able to settle into the physical body more easily. The Autumnal Equinox is a powerful, sacred cycle on the Earth. In some ways it is the culmination of the efforts of the year. The time of harvest is in the ninth month, the end of the numerical cycle. Glory in this time. Harvest all the most hopeful, loving accomplishments of your year. Gently free what no longer serves. This "harvest" theme is especially strong this year as it's also the end of the first decade after the 2012 Galactic alignment of the Milky Way Galaxy with the Great Central Sun.
This Full Moon features a day when 3 of the 4 Points of Avatar are active. They are the points in Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio where particularly potent portals to the Cosmos become open and activated. The planets are Venus/Scorpio, Saturn/Aquarius, and Uranus/Taurus. The ability to join head and heart will be especially assisted on this Full Moon.
The Fall Equinox corresponds with the Sun's passage into Libra on Wednesday. The Sun in Libra enhances harmony, justice, the ultimate fair balancing of all things. Libra is perhaps the place where Divine Grace is most available to be embodied. Libra is also an Air sign. The Air element is free, forward reaching.
This week, this season asks you to "reach for the Stars." I wish you Godspeed everyone.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • We know that trees help us breathe by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen; but did you know that they also help mental and physical health? And this is especially true for children, “A new study published in Nature Sustainability reports that children between the ages of nine and 15 who spend a lot of time around trees experience several cognitive benefits.” Check out the full article from The Optimist Daily Here.

  • Have you ever dreamed of manifesting your own home in Italy? Well, we might just have the answer for you. This Good News Network article talks about 44 towns in Italy that are selling their empty properties for one euro. 

  • Here is this week's smile! Read This article about Molly the magpie and Peggy the dog. The pictures and story about these real-life best friends will gladden your heart!

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 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:

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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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