September 1, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, September 4th, 10 am

In Person at Lotus Center Headquarters, 124 Co Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY

And on ZOOM at this link. . .

"Into the Woods: Finding Our Way"

by Rev. Diana Friedell

Emcee: Rev. Amanda Hoover

Or watch the simulcast of homily on Facebook.

Psychic Messages for some participants are a regular part of our Sunday Service.

Stay for refreshments. . .

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

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From our Treasurer, Sali Dellysse: A reminder that we are no longer allowed to accept PayPal payments through the “friends and family” option, so please pay any donations for development circles, Sunday collection and pledges through the normal route at the Donation button on the website. Because we are classified as a business, we would be violating our PayPal agreement, if we accept a payment through the “friends and family” option, which eliminates PayPal fees. 

ISD Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 6:30 PM on ZOOM at this link...

 The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. New policies are reviewed and set, the treasurer's report is reviewed and financial decisions are voted upon. The board determines the direction that ISD takes, and plans for its future. If you have some ideas you would like discussed, you are welcome to email Kimberly Winsor, the President of the Board, to see if it can be added to the Board Agenda. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe, but do not have the privilege of voting. There will be a time for public commentary, if you are not on the agenda.

Board members include President, Kimberly Winsor, Vice- President, Tom Landon, Treasurer, Sali Dellysse, Secretary: Jaya Buckland, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christene Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherry Barton and Maggie Kilbride. 


"Master of Ceremonies" or Ceremonial Leadership Training w/ Rev. Diana

Diana officiating a wedding

Thursday September 8 & 15th, 2022 5:30 7:30 PM

ISD Headquarters & ZOOM

124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY (map)

This 2 part class covers deportment, protocol, and presentation for all who appear in the public eye, and training for the function of MC during the spiritual services at the Institute. This class meets a requirement to fulfill Phase I of the ISD Metaphysical Ministry Program, but is open to anyone who is called to leadership positions in their community.

To be held at ISD Headquarters, 124 Co. Hwy 58, and on ZOOM. Choose how you will attend when you register.

More Info and to Register

"Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday September 9, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Monthly on the second Friday

124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 (map)

Gather in with us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon. Please let Tom know if you plan to drop in! Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside! Bring a dish to pass if possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have one- we just want to SEE you!

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.

We also have a set alone Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend: (240) 285-8011

"Teaching Methods for Metaphysical Classes" w/Diana and JoAnn

Saturday September 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ISD Headquarters or ZOOM

124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY (map)

This ain't your grandmother's classroom any more! The digital age has changed students’ expectations & the way teachers need to work. Join JoAnn Wormuth, & Diana Friedell, ISD Faculty, as they help you formulate the class you wish to teach with greater class participation, less lecturing, & more student insight. Bring general information in the course area you would like to teach. Results: you will create a powerful and enticing course outline for a short course you wish to teach. And create a short 10 min. PowerPoint presentation of one lesson, to be shared with classmates in Part 2 on September 24th on zoom, from 10-12noon. Tuition:$77 or $62 for ISD Members

More Info and to Register

Meditation For Mystics pt.1 w/Diana

Thursdays, Sept. 22, 29th

and October 6th

5:30 - 7:00 PM

 Part 1 of 3 Sessions

$58;or$46 for ISD Members

Review for 1/2price

Some Scholarships available

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 Diana, Story, and Renee as they lead you on a journey towards discovering the benefits and joys of meditation for yourself.

Whether you are a beginner looking for the profound healing benefits (less anxiety, lower blood pressure, faster healing time) and to develop a deeper connection to yourself & your spirit guidance, or whether you are an experienced meditator looking for tips to strengthen your existing practices, this class is for you.

“Although I am relatively new to ISD classes, I have sat through many zoom training through other schools, and this was, by far, one of the best presented ones I have encountered. The material was very well presented and questions were fully answered.”

More Info and to Register

Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

See Description below with Development Circles

Thursday September 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monthly on the third Thursday


Lightseeker's Discount

Are you committed to your spiritual unfoldment and to expanding your intuitive skills through regular practice with a like-minded supportive community, under ISD Faculty’s excellent tutelage?

Introducing the Lightseeker’s Discount:

For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN Development Circles throughout the month. That's up to 15 circles a month!

If you attend 3 circles a week, the normal suggested donation for the month would be $120, and with the Lightseeker’s Discount, you pay only $40.

Please mark your donation (at the donation button on the website home page) as being for the monthly ‘Lightseeker’s Discount’.

Join us during the week for our open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!

Click Here to take a look at our Intuitive Development Circle Page

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 connectionSuggested Donation for these circles is $10

Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for

ISD Donation PayPal

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:

For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.

eligible for the Lightseeker's discount are

 written in green below* )

Weekly Development Circles:


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.

Learning and Psychic Development Circle w/Renee Ranke

email interest or



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:

Wise Wednesday Development Circle

RSVP to Diana


Thursday starts again Oct.6th

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

Dream Message Circle

RSVP to Story


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays

7-8 pm EST

Next circle is Thursday, Sept 15th.

* Path of the Magdalena Meditation Sessions

Path of the Magdalena 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

Magdalena Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link


1st Friday 

6:30-7:30pm EST

Next circle is Sept. 2nd.

* Multidimensional Happy Hour

With Rev. Amanda Hoover. Join your guides and higher self for an all natural HAPPY HOUR party in the higher planes with Amanda. Our carefree lighthearted higher guidance and connecting with like-minded souls is a great way to go into the weekend feeling rejuvenated and full of loving vibration.

Click below for additional details and Zoom link

Happy Hour


Weekly Groups
Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)
Contact Story for more information
Monday Oracle Group, for the summer months, is on Monday mornings from 10-11:30 am.

Oracle Group

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homework from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom


Check out our September 2022 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there. September event calendar HERE.

Prayer Warriors
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, JoAnn Wormuth at the below ISD website link:

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


There are no sign changes this week. The retrogrades are the prominent feature at the moment. All of the outer planets; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are retrograde along with asteroids Chiron, Juno, Vesta, and Lilith. 

We are in paradigm shifting times when much that has been normal for an age is drawing to a close. The retrogrades are very useful intervals for evaluating what is most important to you and how you wish to proceed. 

Uranus is of particular interest. The most commonly understood characteristics of the green planet are; rebellion, revolution, and sudden upheavals. There is another, much less well known contribution from Uranus to our world. That is an absorption effect. Uranus helps siphon off the difficult energies created in our 3rd dimensional realm as we solve our perceived problems, individually and collectively. This provides a pressure relief mechanism that is crucial to Earth's and our well-being. We, as a species, are somewhat adverse to change. We are dealing with much change now, whether we like it or not. Uranus is a critical helper to us now. You may wish to consider directly appealing to the planet for assistance. The house and sign where Uranus falls in your birthchart, and where it is on a progressed chart for you will be a clue as to what specific areas you can receive assistance in the changes presenting themselves.

In a somewhat similar role to Uranus is the help provided by asteroid Chiron, known as "the Wounded Healer." This retrograde finds Chiron along with the Moon's North node on the cosmic Taurus Point of Avatar. Uranus is 3°away in close conjunction.

What does this indicate and how can it help? Chiron brings deep wounds, soul wounds to the surface to be addressed. These wounds don't even necessarily have to be all yours. They can be ancestral in nature. As many cultural and spiritual traditions believe, you are influencing 7 generations back and 7 generations forward with your accomplishments. You contribute to species critical mass, or harmonic resonance, with each gain you make. The North Node sheds light on talents we hope to develop and gains we hope to make. These four energies together will be of great assistance now!


I encourage you to get outside and enjoy our night sky. The Autumn months are excellent for star viewing. The dryer, cooler air helps visibility. Here are a few current highlights visible beginning at 9pm;

* Constellations on the Milky Way - (in order from the Northeast to the Southwest.) PERSEUS, CASSIOPEIA, CEPHEUS, LACERTA, CYGNUS (the Northern Cross), LYRA, AQUILA, SAGITTARIUS on the right fork, SCORPIUS, OPHIUCHUS on two left forks.

* Constellations in the North to Northwest - URSA MAJOR, URSA MINOR (big and little dippers.), DRACO, BOOTES, (star ARCTURUS on Kite tail.), CORONA BOREALIS.

* Constellations in the East to Southeast - ARIES, TRIANGULUM, ANDROMEDA, PEGASUS, PISCES, AQUARIUS.

These are the constellations quite easily seen with the naked eye. 


MERCURY on low western horizon at Sunset

SATURN in southeast rising at 9pm.

JUPITER rises in the late evening in the southeast and is still visible at dawn high in the western sky.

VENUS is wrapping up her time as the Morning Star, rising just before dawn in the east.

Finally, I would suggest you don't have to be able to identify a single planet or constellation to enjoy the beauty and mystery of the night world. Simply relax and enjoy 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 other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Treasure Coast Fla, 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.
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How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
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  • Select Institute foSpiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD

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!

Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President

Tom Landon - Vice President

Sali Dellysse - Treasurer

Jaya Buckland - Secretary

Susan Owens - Trustee

Christene Springle - Trustee

Maggie Kilbride - Trustee

Sherry Barton - Trustee

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Diana Friedell - ex officio

StoryDucey-ex officio

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Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Healing Program Director
Renee Ranke - Intuitive Practitioner Program Director
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