October 14, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Join us for our
Metaphysical Service
this Sunday October 17th at 10am on Zoom

Rev. Amanda Hoover presents her homily, "Friendship is Magic"
and Rev. Renee will be our emcee
Amanda looks at the ancient Akashic record of "her-story" for celebration, divine remembrance and the healing power of love during this time of harvest. As we move from "his-story", honoring the triumphs and hardships of their story, stepping into our love story through the magic of friendship and togetherness.

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Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Oct 17, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday October 14, 5:30pm-7pm is Part 3 of the three part class, Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers Details on the class below in the Adult Education section. This is a required class for our ISD Healing Certification program and our Intuitive Practitioner Program. Find details on the Healing Certification Program Here

  • Please join us on Sunday October 17 at 10am for our magical Metaphysical Service (details and Zoom link above!)

  • They're BACK!! Join Rev. Diana live on Wednesdays for her 'Wise Wednesday' guided meditations and then join the private Zoom development circle afterwards. Details below in Adult Education under Weekly Circles

  • Thursday October 21, 5:30pm-7pm is the first class of a two-part class Chakras: the Spiritual Growth Highway with our Director of Healing, JoAnn Wormuth. This class is required for our Healing Certification program but open to EVERYONE. Full details below under Adult Education.

  • You don't want to miss out. Join our ISD Halloween celebration on Saturday October 30 from 12:00pm (noon)-3pm Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD. Book your own private reading with an ISD psychic medium. $30 for 25 minutes with all proceeds going to ISD. Details and registration link below.

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Celebrate Halloween with a Private Reading
Saturday October 30, noon to 3pm
Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD
This is an ISD fundraiser with all proceeds supporting the mission of ISD Oneonta

"What's in that Crystal Ball for Me?"
Is the wind of your life changing directions? At a crossroads? Consult a tried and true ISD Psychic Medium, during this magical Halloween time, while the veil is thin, to see what your spirit guides & departed loved ones are trying to show you that would help you with your life path. Only $30 for 25 minutes!

Choose your psychic Medium and enjoy a private Zoom reading. More details and to register
Adult Education

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.

Sunday October 10th, Sunday October 24th, and Sunday January 23rd
12pm - 2pm
Self-care for Lightworkers
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, but open to everyone
Self-care for Lightworkers is an in-person 3 part series that will give students exposure to valuable resources and practices to be able to do just that....self-care. Kimberly Winsor, LMT, RPP teaches body and energy centered approaches to creating and maintaining clear, positive energy in yourself and your work environment, whether you are an energy healer, providing healing sessions for friends & family, or accessing your intuition for to provide intuitively received messages. Classes taught in person at ISD Oneonta headquarters.

Thursday October 21st and Thursday October 28th
Chakras: The Spiritual Growth Highway
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, but open to everyone
Chakras form our energy anatomy. When clear of blockages, they keep us healthy and balanced. In this two-part class JoAnn Wormuth, Master Energy Healer, leads us to discover the meaning and purpose of each chakra. We will learn to address & clear any impurities in our own energy system. There will be energy exercises & as well as self-discovery and healing meditations

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

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.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 October 21st
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 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 October 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
With Each Breath

So many burdens you have picked up
Without a thought
The weight becomes a little heavier
With each new worry, guilt, and fear
Until one day you realize how heavy the load has become
Now is the time to heal

Quiet your mind
Feel the breath come in like a lapping wave
A wave of pure Love
Watch each breath gently dissolve the cares and concerns you have been holding
Like the remnants of a sandcastle at high tide
Feel pains and worries disintegrate and wash away

Know that you are connecting to something greater
Something Endless
With each breath you are gathering the essence of the Universe and allowing it to wash over you
Bathing you in Lightness
Filling you with calm and clarity
Allow yourself to immerse in Peace, Joy, and Infinite Love

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This week features Jupiter and Mercury turning direct on the 17th and 18th respectively, and the Full moon in fire sign Aries on the 20th. All of this would suggest that the time is approaching for forward thinking and motion. How is this accomplished? What is your first best destiny?

As I write this, I am sitting in a field high up on my farm. The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn are lined up in the Southwestern sky. The Pleiades has risen in the East. The Grasshoppers and Crickets, and an Owl are singing their coded melodies. The vibration of their songs stimulates my very cells. I can feel the wind and hear water running in Elk Creek. Two coyotes are hunting in the field around me and while this may not appeal to you, it is heaven for me! I am surrounded by friends. Each and every one of them is committed to assisting us.

I would like to share a technique that is not commonplace but may be very appealing and appropriate for you. This may help you create what your version of " heaven" looks like. This is the very best time of year for Star Gazing. I encourage you to get outside and look up at your "neighbors" in the sky. Bundle up and look at the stars.

Knowledge of the planets and constellations is not required for this. The objective is to try to open to the flow. The Stars and Planets in your Natal chart, your stars, are right outside your door.

Now let's talk philosophy! You have all heard the phrase, "As above, so below." and also, " As without, so within."

It has been said that there are as many neurons in your brain as there are stars in the sky! I am suggesting that you allow that to guide you in a very specific way. When you look at the night sky do your eyes often go to the same star group? Even if you don't know the name of the constellation or star, your eyes habitually fall on the same places. You may be used to feeling as if that area of the sky almost acts like a homing beacon. Now I would like you to try to go further with that familiarity. Place your hands on your sternum where your new heart center, cave of creation, and God Cell are located. When you begin to feel supported and calm, connect to your head. You may try whispering aloud, "Remember, remember, remember."

What, if any, parts of your head are stimulated, what regions of your skull are tingling? Your brain's neural net is your own star map. What can it show you? What can it help you remember about who you really are? Placing your hands on your heart source can help assure that you get only the most beautiful answers.

Use your imagination and curiosity freely. Play with connecting the heart, brain and stars and see what great adventures you may initiate! Try this technique with multiple star groups.

I wish you Godspeed and "bon voyage" in your thought travels.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • The magical healing ability of music. Check out This inspirational MSN.com article about 81-year-old Paul Harvey fulfilling his lifelong dream of conducting a symphony orchestra. What makes this so inspirational is that Paul suffers from dementia. He conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing two pieces of music that he had written himself.

  • A bull elk in Colorado had been spotted for two years with a tire around its neck. But wildlife officers were finally able to locate, tranquilize the elk, and successfully remove the tire. This SunnySkyz article includes a video and pictures detailing the issue and the successful resolution.

  • No beginning and no end......In a new theory centered around ‘quantum gravity’, Bruno Bent a physicist studying the nature of time at the University of Liverpool, has postulated that the universe may have always existed and just evolved into what we term the ‘Big Bang’. This fascinating Live Science article tackles about the study that ‘tickles’ the lines between science and spirituality

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 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:

What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?
It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.
We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.
We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.
Welcome Home!!!
We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Elke Saal - Vice President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -Trustee
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor and 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 Director of Healing

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