January 27, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Our next Metaphysical Service will be on Sunday, February 6 at 10am on Zoom. Stay tuned for details!

What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • *Postponed* Tonight's Class III of Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers has been postponed. The class is rescheduled for Thursday February 17 from 5:30-7pm

  • Next Thursday February 3 from 5:30-7pm begins our two-part class Activating Psychic Pathways. Required for our IPP students, but open to all

  • There is still time to join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....details below under Adult Education

  • Did you know that the government is issuing free at-home Covid tests. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Details at https://www.covidtests.gov/

  • Our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel!  If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to relisten to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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ISD Oneonta Membership

Coming Soon to ISD Oneonta!

We are introducing an exciting new online app that we feel will improve networking and communications among our membership:
Instant Church Directory is an easy to use mobile and online app that members can use to access personal emails, phone numbers, and addresses for fellow members.
It also provides you an overview of the church organizational structure to assist with networking among groups. The app is password protected so your personal data is secure. Friends of ISD who regularly participate but who are not members may request to be added to the group. Look for an email with instructions and background information.

ISD Oneonta is here thanks to love and support of our ISD Members! We couldn't do this without you!

We are excitedly heading in to our fifth successful year and we can't wait to see what is ahead.

This is the time of year where we ask our existing members to renew their membership.
So if you are already a member, please don't forget to renew. You can access the 2022 pledge renewal form Here

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us Here.

We are always happy to talk to you about joining our ISD Oneonta family...so please feel free to reach out to us!

With Love, Diana Friedell, Pastor
ISD Oneonta
Rev. Amanda Hoover, Co-Director
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

We are excited to announce our ISD Oneonta
2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,
If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,
then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

Thursdays January 13th, January 20th, and February 17th
5:30-7 pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
 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 with three instructors. 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.
Required for the IPP program but open to anyone

Thursday February 3rd and February 10th
Foundations 101: Activating Psychic Pathways
As spiritual beings how do we receive our psychic information? In what ways are we receiving messages, reading energy, and experiencing those things around us that we cannot physically hear, see, or touch?

And as human beings, how do we interact and understand those around us in the physical world? How do we begin to learn what we are receiving intuitively and what is the ‘junk’ that we have picked up from others?

This two-session class, led by Rev. Renee Ranke, will help us to understand how we are receiving our telepathic messages and in what ways we can 'energize' our psychic sensitivity.

Thursday February 24th & Thursday March 3rd 5:30-7pm
Foundations 102: Harnessing Psychic Abilities
 It is said that we all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2-part class, with Psychic Medium, Diana Friedell, learn the safe way of opening the door to intuitive messages, meet personal spirit guides in meditation, and learn the 7 Spirit Guides of Theosophy. Through fun games & exercises, develop confidence and clarity in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

Saturday February 26th
Muscle Testing 101: The Art of Surrendering First
Kimberly Winsor, RPP, LMT, teaches us the ins and outs, the do’s and don'ts of muscle testing- a technique used much like dowsing, using one's own body to cipher out truth for any given situation. Answers come in a yes/no format, so attention is paid to learning how to ask questions, with lots of fun practice. Attend on Zoom, or in person at the new Lotus Center.

Thursday March 10th & Thursday March 17th
Foundations 103: Expanding Psychic Abilities
“Feeling is Believing!” Your new abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

Thursday March 24th & Thursday March 31
The Swing of the Pendulum for Life Decisions
Dowsing with a pendulum, is one of the oldest forms of divination. It allows you to tune in to subtle universal energies for guidance. In Part I of this class, Judy Lynn brings you closer to your pendulum with a greater understanding of how it best works for you. In Part II Renee Ranke leads you on a journey to discover your own internal pendulum.
There is a required class for the IPP students, but open to everyone

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 February 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
Check out our January 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

A Winter Within
Messages from the We R.Ranke

We send blessings for this season of reflection
Illuminate the mystic
During this time of moving inward
Like a squirrel devouring its piled seeds
It is time to imbibe on the cache of ancient wisdom
Notice always; within has it been, always without it waits
Time within and time without
Renew and explore the inner sanctum
Knowing that just outside, kernels in hand, lovers await
Take time to step out into the panorama
Age old truths reflect in the mirror of ice on the pond
Like warm breath exhaled on frozen glass, feel Love thawing and clearing
Songs of Joy will be heard in the stillness
Eternal peace to be found, to be shared
Together on all planes minds entwine
Wrap thee in your timeless cloak
And watch the inner pages unfold

Reflect, Love, Recoup, Share and know that our blessings are with you

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations
We have a return of a recurring theme this week. A Stellium of planets in Capricorn once more. This has been a major influence for much of the last 6 weeks. It gives us another chance to move forward with the best of Capricorn's energies.
MARS - It is exalted in Capricorn. (An Exalted placement is when a planet is particularly comfortable, or "at home" in a sign.)
VENUS - Still in an unusually long transit due to her retrograde.
MERCURY retrogrades back into Capricorn on the 26th. PLUTO - Since 2008 and is in the final year before moving into Aquarius.
What does this present? How do we benefit from this Stellium?
Capricorn is stable, structured, practical, and Earth based. But it also has a wandering, exploratory quality. Great detail and examination of all aspects is a native quality. Capricorn is prominent, and will assist, in any efforts to partner WITH the Earth, as an alternative to exploitation.
This week ALL of the planets considered to be personal planets are together in Capricorn; Mercury, Venus, and Mars are close to the Sun, and to us. They have faster orbits that result in many different sign placements within individuals. That brings a great variety of thought and expression. Attention to the Earth element is very appropriate. What is your relationship with the land and the planet?
The variety creates a complex mix of personal preferences. Pluto, on the other hand, moves slowly enough that entire generations are born with the same Natal chart sign placement for this outer planet.
This week, therefore, might be an opportunity to take the very best of all our ideas and accomplishments forward with a workable structure. We have the Sun in Aquarius and Jupiter in Pisces bringing expansive vision and abundant luck. We may be able to find a surprising way to move on with cooperation and tolerance if we can avoid the afflicted aspects of the planets and signs.
Those afflicted aspects in this case are stubborn control and authoritarianism.
The opportunity to reap what we have sown, collectively and individually, is a significant influence now. The strong emphasis on Capricorn helps in creating a wonderful structure/container for our new visions for the Aquarian Age.
The Moon begins in Scorpio this week and traverses through Sagittarius, Capricorn (yes, Capricorn!), and finishes in Aquarius.
Those with Natal Moons in these signs will find added help.
The New Moon is on February 1st, joining the Sun and Saturn in Aquarius.
The cusp energies between Capricorn and Aquarius are blending right now, just as the Aquarian Age picks up in intensity following the Age of Pisces.
Try to create the best of both worlds, as much as you can, so that your changing life is fluid and comfortable rather than jarring and traumatic.
May you find your Godspeed.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Astronomers have discovered a mysterious pulsing object emitting a radio wave, that may be evidence of a new class of star. The object, believed to be about 4,000 light years away emitted one of the brightest radio sources in the sky detectable across a broad spectrum of frequencies. Read the Guardian.com article Here.

  • How does our brain transform visual signals into beauty? Why do we perceive a mountain vista or passing clouds as beautiful? A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics has investigated how our brains go from just seeing something to feeling its aesthetic impact. Check out the Good News Network article Here.

  • An ancient Hebrew amulet has been found at an archaeological site in Samaria where the biblical altar of Joshua is located. The amulet contains a mark resembling a lotus flower as well as the Hebrew letter ‘Aleph’. The Jerusalem Post article with details is Here.

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, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost 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
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:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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.
Shopping through Amazon?
Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
  • Visit smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual 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!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - 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
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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