August 26, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“The world before your eyes is finite, the universe inside your soul is infinite.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

Our next magical
Metaphysical Service
will be on Sunday September 5th. Keep reading your emails, details will be provided soon!

If you need some inspiration in the meantime, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Friday August 27 12-2pm Midday at the Oasis. Join us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. Full Details below

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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

Saturday September 11th
Reiki Level One
Energy Healing Training with JoAnn Wormuth

This class is offered only live in-person.

Required for our ISD Healing Certification program, 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

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.

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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 August 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Know Thyself R. Ranke

Your soul comes from a home of stardust perched on a foundation of pure love
Your body, though, has never been there
It holds on to memories of pain and sorrow
It clings to the earth and the heaviness around it
It knows no better
It knows how to be in pain, it knows how to wail
It knows how to anger and from anger to till and fertilize hatred
Human, know thyself
See your essence, feel it, embrace it, free it
Allow it to mold your shell for when saturated with your Light the bindings begin to loosen
Like ice melted by the sun, the Love inside begins to flow freely
Steadily it winds through your veins and arteries, warming and healing as it flows
Years of heaviness melts
Decades of pain dissolve into nothingness as if they never existed
Generations of grief loosen and unwind from the strands of your being
Human, Know thyself
For you are the carpenter, you are the architect, you are the creator
Dearest you are divine
Allow yourself to shine with the stars and heal with the sun
Find your peace when body and soul merge into one

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This month has presented us with a cornucopia of opportunities for personal transformation. The sky dance of planetary sacred geometry has been powerful in it's assistance. This last week continues that pattern.

Starting on the 26th, the Moon forms trines with 8 of the 9 planets, (including our Sun in that group), over the next week. Trines are powerful aspects, always positive, providing easy luck and grace.

The overall pattern of personal transformation by facing the shadow aspects of our soul continues. The last week features a day when a Finger of God formation, or YOD, involving the Sun, Saturn, and Chiron gives us one final invitation in August to transform our Earth life into a loving, soul driven, heart based experience.

August 30th the Finger of God formation encourages us to lovingly face our shadow aspects with the symbolic power of the arrow. Focused attention, with courage, is offered us to anchor in all of the hoped for improvements of self, and to leave behind all that no longer serves.

There is also a change of sign by Mercury on this same day that is of great benefit to us in the above endeavor. Mercury has been in Virgo, a placement which helps us "think well." Mercury will now join Venus in Libra. These two personal planets in Libra assist thinking and feeling with love, justice, and grace. It is a beautiful culmination of this season of the heart and personal transformation.

You will be able to succeed in things you have been working on for a long time. You have the planetary sacred geometry beaming heart-based transformation and grace down upon you. Remember that whatever increase in love vibration you are able to achieve for yourself naturally gifts itself to everyone through your emanations. You naturally broadcast that love! I wish you Godspeed!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • The site of an 8th century monastery that was believed to be lost was discovered on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Cookham, Berkshire England. The monastery was ruled by Queen Cynethryth, one of the most prominent women of the early middle ages. Cynethryth, the widow of the powerful King Offa of Mercia, is the only ancient Anglo-Saxon queen known to have been depicted on a coin. Read the BBC article about this find Here.

  • This week’s ‘feel good’ story is about pennies from heaven. Read This Sunny Skyz inspirational story written by Joseph Mazella about his personal experience with finding pennies. And make sure that you keep yourself open to the signs our loved ones send us.

  • Evidence of two new massive dinosaur species have been discovered in the northwest region of China. The fossil fragments were dated to the early Cretaceous period, about 120 to 130 million years ago. Read about the findings in This CNN article.

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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