September 23, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
― Guillaume Apollinaire

Our next
Metaphysical Service
Sunday October 3rd at 10am on Zoom
Details will be coming in next week's newsletter

A big THANKS to all of you who joined us on our Zoom ordination this past Sunday. Even if you weren't able to join us, we felt your presence!!
We wouldn't be here without all of your support and well wishes. Your love has been what has propelled us forward!
Special thanks to Rev. Jim De Biasio, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey, Tom Landon, and Kimberly Winsor.....and always to Rev. Sue Landon for starting us on this path and continuing to guide us.
Rev. Amanda, Rev. Maggie, and Rev. Renee

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 23rd, 5:30pm-7pm is Part 2 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

  • Tomorrow, Friday September 24th, 12pm-2pm is Midday at the Oasis. Come join us! Full details below.

  • ***Cancelled*** Elke's monthly Allowing Abundance circle is cancelled for this month

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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!
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, but open to anyone to register
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 for those in the Healing Certification Program (the class is free for those enrolled 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 October 26th
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.
On Being Human by C.S. Lewis

Angelic minds, they say, by simple intelligence
Behold the Forms of nature. They discern
Unerringly the Archtypes, all the verities
Which mortals lack or indirectly learn.
Transparent in primordial truth, unvarying,
Pure Earthness and right Stonehood from their clear,
High eminence are seen; unveiled, the seminal
                Huge Principles appear.

The Tree-ness of the tree they know-the meaning of
Arboreal life, how from earth's salty lap
The solar beam uplifts it; all the holiness
Enacted by leaves' fall and rising sap;

But never an angel knows the knife-edged severance
Of sun from shadow where the trees begin,
The blessed cool at every pore caressing us
                -An angel has no skin.

They see the Form of Air; but mortals breathing it
Drink the whole summer down into the breast.
The lavish pinks, the field new-mown, the ravishing
Sea-smells, the wood-fire smoke that whispers Rest.
The tremor on the rippled pool of memory
That from each smell in widening circles goes,
The pleasure and the pang —can angels measure it?
                An angel has no nose.

The nourishing of life, and how it flourishes
On death, and why, they utterly know; but not
The hill-born, earthy spring, the dark cold bilberries.
The ripe peach from the southern wall still hot
Full-bellied tankards foamy-topped, the delicate
Half-lyric lamb, a new loaf's billowy curves,
Nor porridge, nor the tingling taste of oranges.
                —An angel has no nerves.

Far richer they! I know the senses' witchery
Guards us like air, from heavens too big to see;
Imminent death to man that barb'd sublimity
And dazzling edge of beauty unsheathed would be.
Yet here, within this tiny, charmed interior,
This parlour of the brain, their Maker shares
With living men some secrets in a privacy
                Forever ours, not theirs.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This week features a continuation of the spiritual cleansing, purging, from all timelines, parallel lives, our own DNA,, etc. All of the outer planets are retrograde. They are joined this week by the last Mercury retrograde of the year on the 27th.

A retrograde season these intense urges ALL to reorganize, restructure our lives and organizations. The Autumn harvest season aids this greatly. The Spiritual Forces, the Stars, and Helpers gather momentum to aid us. Rather than repeat the same material/themes, I am going to share with all of you some lovely words that were given to me this past January in Renee Ranke's automatic writing class. They may be very helpful to you at this time of intense Soul growth.

The two images referred to are two Bald Eagles engaged in an aerial fight on the Erie Canal and a blooming Lotus flower. Both were images I had recently seen before class. Spirit used images from my life to help me REMEMBER.

I used the writing prompt; How can I best be of service to the world right now?


"TAKE FLIGHT!!! Eagles soar. Young being pushed to find his own path. We showed you that scene for a reason. The young wants to stay where he is. Do what he knows.

The time is now. The Lotus grows and Flowers from the dross/residue from our life's events. It is MEANT to transform and to grow again into the next, more magical and beautiful thought. From thought and thence into manifestation.

You are meant to create continuously with "the remains of the day." In the world of duality you will, by design, have energies that BEG to be reborn. NOT DUPLICATED, NOT FORCED TO LINGER, but to be reborn, recreated into another expression; one of ever-increasing GRACE.

You are the most Divine, most Exquisite creators. You wonderful, amazing souls who forsook your memory of your own Divinity, your own Sovereignty, just to create it anew from nothing but your own inherit Magick."

I cannot possibly improve on those beautiful thoughts, so I will wish you Godspeed everyone.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Are aliens visiting us? This Gamble Online article reveals results that they came to after studying data from the National UFO Reporting Center. Information detailed includes what US states report the most UFO sightings, the most common UFO shapes, the best time of day for spotting a UFO, and a lot more. ‘The truth is out there’!

  • An amazing 12-year-old artist with Down Syndrome sent a painting to Queen Elizabeth and received a response from the palace. The full article on The First News is available Here and contains pictures of the beautiful Polish girl and some of her other breathtaking work.

  • A record number of humpback whales counted in Japan this year. The first drug developed without animal testing was submitted for FDA approval. A dog is on staff in a Florida hospital to sniff out Covid-19. Find out about these stories and more in This Good Good Good article ’13 Good News Stories About Animals to Leave You Feeling More Hopeful’.

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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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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