June 10, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
― Dr. Seuss
Our Next Metaphysical Service Will be Sunday , June 20 at10am Live on Zoom!

You don't want to miss the magic and connection of our unique metaphysical services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month!

Join us on Zoom or if you can't be with us then catc a portion of our service during our simulcast to Facebook Live.

What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • If you still haven't signed up for this wonderful self-care series.....what are you waiting for? Join us tonight, Thursday June 10 5:30pm - 7pm, for 'Superfoods' and don't miss out on the remaining three Thursdays (for a total of five workshops)...Sign up now for 'The Body Enlightened' an AMAZING self-care series with Kimberly Winsor. Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Important Info: There will be NO Midday at the Oasis this Friday. Stay tuned for updated information on this fellowship event.

  • We are so excited to announce our official Thursday night summer series, 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'', coming in July ......sign up now. Details below in the Adult Education section.

  • Also, watch for announcements about our Intuitive Practitioner Program and our ISD Healing Certification Program.

  • Looking for some inspiration? Check out our homilies on our YouTube channel: 

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Help Needed: Stories About Dads Revealing Their Sensitive Side

I am looking for some inspiration for a Father's Day homily!

Share with me memories or stories that spotlight your father's or grandfather's softer side (or someone who has been like a father to you) and they may get used in my June 20th Father's Day homily! I can't guarantee that I will use them all; but I would be honored to get to know your fathers, grandfathers, and father-like figures better!

Email them to me at reneeranke@gmail.com

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

Summer is Heating Up With Our Thermodynamic Thursday Offerings!!!
We bring you Two wonderful 'Soul-full' series where the theme is YOU. Self Care takes center stage beginning with 'The Body Enlightened' Series with the wonderful Kimberly Winsor and continuing with 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'.
Make yourself a priority this summer and join us every Thursday night through August.

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 5:30pm -7pm Spiral Meditation
an exercise to bring the resonance of the heart center out;
balancing the great power around and in us
Thursday June 10th 5:30pm -7pm Superfoods
7 of the most important foods to get into you daily!
Thursday June 17th 5:30pm -7pm Flower Essences
Introduction to flower essences so that you may begin
to incorporate them into your life
Thursday June 24th 5:30pm -7pm Byron Katie Worksheet
Self-work for unraveling some of our tightest spots
Thursday July 1st 5:30pm -7pm 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

Coming Thursdays in July:

Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky
Summer 2021 Soulful Healing Series

Enjoy your summer, enhance your spiritual journey, rejuvenate, meet like minded souls. Open your innate Spiritual Gifts. Find your path to service. 
Join us on Zoom every Thursday starting July 8th, 2021, with a different topic each time.
Zoom link sent when you register. Click on TITLE.
Register Individually or for WHOLE SERIES for 20% Off at the Registration Link for July 8th or 15th Class.
July 8th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm  
Reiki & Yoga Refresh-  with Alison Christiansen.
Relax with a restorative, all levels Kripalu Yoga practice, with long distance Reiki, Grounding & self-empowerment practices will enrich the clearing & cleansing experience with Alison, an Ithaca based Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Reiki Master. 

July 15th, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
Have you ever felt such negative energy from someone that you felt psychically attacked? Dick Buchanan, a long time psychic, shares tried & true techniques to repel & spiritually protect ourselves against negative energy.

July 22nd, 2021 5:30-7:00 pm
In this interactive workshop we will take a look at grief; how it manifests in our lives and how we can view it as a stepping stone to catharsis and transformation.

July 29th, 2021 5:30-7:00pm
Heart Linking with Your Angel with JoAnn Wormuth, IET Healer, Reiki Master Teacher
Who is my Angel? Everyone has an angel, but angels must obey human free will. JoAnn guides us in inviting angel guidance & wisdom into our lives thru this transformational workshop. 

August 5th, 2021 5:30-7pm
Susquehanna Mystery: The Scranton Enigma-  with Michael Wann; Artist, Astrologer, Storyteller, Researcher
The Susquehanna Sage, reveals another intriguing mystery about the Susquehanna, the Grandmother River, involving Goddess worship, and the city of Scranton which sits on her banks.

August 12th, 2021 5:30-7pm
E-Squared Book Contemplation- with Amanda Hoover, ISD Co-Director, Life Coach
We will experience meditation techniques from Pam Grout’s spectacular & uplifting book, for seeing how we inform our outer reality and discuss our holographic universe to understand and practice quantum manifestation

August 19th, 2021 5:30-7pm   

Each Class Individually:
$25 General Tuition $20 ISD Members

Purchase the full series and get a 20% discount (full series registration at the July 8th or July 15th event)
$150 $120 General Tuition $120 $96 ISD Members

OTHER EXCITING SUMMER EVENTS will be advertised soon!

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

Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.com
7-8:30pm EST

Mediumship Development Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. Join this sacred circle as we join together to practice receiving evidence of the continuation of life and learn together with our loved ones on the other side

Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.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 June 17th
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
4th Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm EST
Next circle Tuesday June 22nd
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 June 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

How happy is the little Stone by Emily Dickinson

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn't care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


Thursday June 10th is an Annular, or Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse. It is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon in Gemini. We have several elements active/energized for our consideration.

Take a deep breath and let's look at

The eclipse is in Gemini, the Twins. The emphasis is THINKING, communicating, many irons in the fire at once. Mercury, the Messenger, rules Gemini and is currently in retrograde. That means, to begin with, this eclipse is inviting you to reanalyze, rethink your QUEST up until now. Try your very best to vividly imagine positively. CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU WANT.
This star alignment has quest energies. Signs, symbols, and synchronicities will appear to alert seekers.

While the order of the day is to THINK, the real coin of the realm may be gained through thinking with the Heart brain rather than the Head brain.

The call is to Wisdom. Allow time to process your journey. This is the time to set intentions. It is, again, critical to concentrate on what you want. Eyes on the prize! Refuse to be distracted by the noise of chaos playing out around you.

I have not read this anywhere, but feel compelled to pass on imagery that has come to me as I write this. As you may know, some of the Indigenous Native American cultures refer to North America as Turtle Island. The shape of the continent can be likened to a Snapping Turtle facing North.
Turtle symbolism is of Mother energies, the joining of two realms, Water and Earth. The faerie realm and awakening to opportunities. Turtle speaks of longevity or what is called "The Long Walk."

Now let's tie it all together with one last detail. The Eclipse is falling predominantly over the extreme Northern regions of the Earth. The North Cardinal Direction is about WISDOM. Thinking and setting intentions in the Spiritual Planes. You've heard the phrase, "Finding your True North." The energies gifted to us on Thursday will be overlighted by all of the above PLUS the wonderful expansive good luck/will of Jupiter, who overlights Thursdays.

All together. We have an invitation and golden opportunity to use our most beautiful Divine Heart Based Mind to overlight to journey in the coming months and even years. The Mother energies activated in the North will settle over us like a comfortable, warm cloak when you figuratively step out on the road of your life quest in the coming months.

May you find all the help you need to activate your first, best destiny by utilizing the Eclipse energies to operate from your own inner Sage/Wisdom.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Hoax or rise in fruit aliens? Check out This funny Msn.com article that details a NY Times article (since taken down) about a rise in ‘fruit aliens’ leading to an abundance of watermelon on Mars!! If nothing else, it will make you smile to think about fields of Martian watermelon!!

  • Besides being just darn fun; adult coloring books can help us destress and relax the fear center (the amygdala) of our brains. This Good News Network article has a link to the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s #ColorOurCollections project where global museums, libraries, archives, and academic institutions provide free, downloadable coloring pages inspired by their collections. Grab your crayons and have fun!

  • Okay, this one will make you giggle! Students at a Scranton, Pennsylvania high school were sent home early as a bobcat was spotted roaming the school. Well…..it turns out that the bobcat’s name is Kakashi and he was a housecat who had been missing for three months. Read all about it Here in this Sunny Skyz article. And make sure that you watch the video at the end for a little extra smile about first responders getting a sweet treat thanks to the confusion caused by Kakashi!

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.
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 isdoneonta@gmail.com 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 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.

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: www.dianafriedell.com
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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