September 2, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Look at the stars. See their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself.”
― Draya Mooney

This Sunday September 5 at 10am is our next magical
Metaphysical Service
Amanda Hoover will emcee and the homily will be given by Renee Ranke 'Pearls of the Heart: Precious Gems Birthed From Grief'

The service will be on Zoom with a portion simulcast on Facebook Live.
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Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service First Sunday of the Month
Time: Sep 5, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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If you need some inspiration today, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Sunday September 5th, 10am join us for our next Metaphysical Service. Following the service at noon, will be our monthly Board of Directors meeting. Guests are always welcome.

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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.
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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.

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.
This Then is Truth R. Ranke

That which is perceived as an ending
Is naught but a genesis, a new beginning

Perched on the shore
Eyes pinned to the horizon, no land in sight
The first tread can seem daunting
From the bank the swells appear tempestuous
Know this
You are as large as the Universe
Birthed from stardust
The power and might of the heavens is at your side
You are as small as the mustard seed
Faith flows through your bones
Angels bow before you
Take a breath, inhale life
Feel the strength of your birthright
Embrace the Love surrounding
Let it fill until it overflows

That ocean is but a puddle
The waves only ripples
Take a step and Behold
You have arrived
Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


 Astrology is about timing, finding a "sweet spot" when the energies enhance the outcome of your endeavors. A good visual is to think of a kaleidoscope. The fractal patterns are sacred geometry in motion. At certain points the fractals form easily recognized patterns that can be seen as a signal to "PROCEED." The roadmap, furthermore, gives clues as to which areas of your experiences are assisted. This is an ancient Star science available if you wish to use it.

This summer season has been encouraging shadow work in your soul and flushing your energy field and DNA of misqualified energies that may be left behind you now. This time in our planetary history asks all of us to reexamine our previous choices. 

In separating the wheat from the chaff of your life and choices, have you been
placing more value on the chaff and missing the seed kernel? This season has
been asking us to concentrate on deep shadow work. 

Why is that the case? Perhaps because we are approaching the end of the 9th (completion) year since the Earth's 2012 alignment with the Great Central Sun. That end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar culminated in our Solar System's Total Eclipse with the Great Central Sun. As we approach the end of the first decade of the new bactun count, the Aquarian Age, we have a valuable chance to leave behind the regrets, errors, judgements, resentments, shame, hate, etc. Those things may go into the Akashic records and no longer muddy our energy fields in our present. We may all lighten our loads!

The "Finger of God"! alignment I described last week peaks on the 2nd,
and lasts until the 5th. This greatly enhances shadow work, ferreting out the
dredges of your Soul experiences and extracting them from your energy field if
you wish. 

 The next New Moon on is strong on both the 6th and the 7th. That is because it
falls at 7:53 EST on Monday, so will still be active on Tuesday as well. The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Virgo, and both are trine Uranus. This opens a window to Cosmic Consciousness. If you are able to be receptive and flexible in
heart and mind the areas of your life that you have been trying to develop, organize, etc., will have a galactic level of dignity, imagination, courage, integrity, etc.

The alignments of the stars this week are all about assisting us to bring Soul level skill to bear in our personal choices. We are at a time of new beginnings when we are all being asked to bring along only the best of us, and leave the rest to the Akashic records. Good luck everyone.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • The ‘sacred heart’ symbology reflected in the stars. Check out This amazing Hubble telescope photo on Livescience that appears to show a spear piercing a huge celestial heart. The interaction between twin gas jets and dust and gas surrounding a newborn star make for a beautifully metaphorical (and timely) image sent to us courtesy of the Universe.

  • Such a beautiful tribute. A farmer in New South Wales could not attend his beloved aunt’s funeral due to Covid lockdown. So he and his sheep came up with a beautiful heartfelt tribute for her. Yes, I said his sheep! The Good News Network article is Here and make sure to play the short Twitter video about halfway down the page, it will bring tears to your eyes.

  • A very simple tale that we can all learn from. This short short story on Sunny teaches us that no matter what you perceive as your ‘flaws’ you can still make an impact on those around you….often without even realizing it.

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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