September 15, 2022

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, September 18th, 10 am

On ZOOM and Facebook

Homily: “It is Now That I Carry You”

by Rev. Renee Ranke

Emcee: Diana Friedell

Special Songs by Lissa Sidoli

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


Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

 Soren Kierkegaard

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...


Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

Dear Friends,

I am so looking forward to exploring the quality of Purity with you on Thursday September 15 at 7:00p.m. in our monthly Magdalena Circle.

I have been expanding how I think about embodying this quality of Purity. I like the idea of thinking about refining all aspects of my being.

What does refining look like? How can I engage in a refinement process? Eager to hear about how you view Purity and how you are embodying Purity in your life.

Zoom link below.

Monthly Journal Key Teachings on Purity

  • Purity is devotion to your soul’s purpose.
  • Purity is expansive. It is not restrictive.
  • Purity is a process of refining all aspects of one’s being.

Questions for Reflection

  • Where have I not been true to my Soul’s purpose?
  • In my mind, body, and external surroundings, where are there opportunities to create purity?

Magdalena Blessings,



Sound Bath Experience 

ISD Headquarters

124 Co Rd 58, Oneonta, NY 13820

Sunday Sept. 18, 1 PM

Tom Landon has a 30-inch gong on loan from Mary Bergen and will be hosting a sound bath experience at his home Sunday September 18 at 1:00 PM. Anyone interested is invited to bring your singing bowls, chimes, gongs, or similar meditative instruments. We will target for an hour with possible sharing of the experience following. For anyone, who has never experienced this before, don't miss it! For those who have, come and disappear for an hour...

Please RSVP by email, text, or phone and note what instrument you are bringing


Meditation For Mystics pt.1 w/Diana

Thursday September 22, 2022, 5:30  - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until October 6, 2022

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register.

Meditation for Mystics, Healers and Seers, Three-Part ZOOM Class 9-22 thru Oct 6 2022

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. This is a required class for both the healing certification and the Intuitive Practitioner Program, but is OPEN to ALL.


Midday at the Oasis Social Time

Friday September 23, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ISD Headquarters

124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY (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

Earth Acupuncture w/Maggie Kilbride

Saturday September 24, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

18 Caroline Ave. Mt. Vision, NY 13810 (map)

In this magical class, with Maggie Kilbride, Shamanic teacher, and Minister at ISD, you will learn a technique for raising the vibration of your own land, for healing and blessings to re-energize our Earth Mother. This technique was taught to Maggie by one of her Peruvian teachers. It is not exclusive to any one earth people, but is seen in cultures throughout the Earth.



The Power Prayer Toolbox Series

The ISD Faculty join forces to explore the power of prayer. Science has shown that prayer is effective, but how do we start a practice? What words, what attitudes actually work? Please join us in Zoom Class every Thursday, and pick what to add to your spiritual garden. Register for one for $33, or $26 for ISD Members, or for the Entire Series for 15% OFF - $165  now $140- for all six sessions or $130  now $110 for ISD Members. Zoom link sent when you register. If you register for the entire series, please make sure to also register separately for each event so your name appears on the class roster.

SHIFT Fair Halloween 2022


THERE IS A Halloween SHIFT Fair! Save the Date!

A Transcendent & Fun Fair for All! —tried and true psychic readers & energy healers from across the Northeast- shopping for mystical delights, and 20+ free presentations on: Soul Purpose, Angels, Telepathy, Spirit Guides, Animal Communication, Past Lives, Ghosts, Yoga, Meditation & more- $10/Adv/1-day Pass to all events; $15/2-day Pass; or At the Door: $13/1-day; $20/2-day

Some spots left for Vendors, exhibitors, workshop presentations welcome- Find application at

We need your help to make this a great event...

Volunteers needed for two hour shifts, as ISD is the beneficiary of this Event! Call Diana if you can volunteer- 607-433-2089

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 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

ISD Donation PayPal

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:

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

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 unique guided 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


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays

7-8 pm EST

Next circle is Thursday August 18th, followed by 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 and the Zoom link.

Magdalena Meditation Circle w/Dale 

RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link


1st Friday 

6:30-7:30pm EST

Next circle is October 7th.

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)

Link to Pay:

Contact Story for more information


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:

Zoom Oracle Group

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:

Request Prayers

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


There are 4 astrological events of note this week: 

-VENUS moved into Virgo on Sept 5th and will stay until Sept 30th.

-Asteroid PALLAS transited into Cancer yesterday for a long stay, from 9/7/22 until 5/1/23. 

 -MERCURY retrograde begins on Sept 9th and continues until Oct 2nd. It will feature both forward and reverse movement in both Libra and Virgo.

 -The FULL MOON in Pisces is on the 10th.

VENUS' transit into Virgo coincides with her voyage behind the Sun. This week she will disappear from the morning sky into the Sun's glare. She ends this interval as the Morning Star. She will reappear as the Evening Star later this year. Just as Venus is hidden behind the Sun's glare this Virgo transit expresses as more subtle. Venus' love language is shown through attention to detail and service here. Less flamboyance, more nuts and bolts. How can that be used to advantage? This may not be the best time for flare. Quiet acts of grace, love, and kindness will serve well here. This is an excellent time for PAYING IT FORWARD. When Venus transits into Libra in October she will present more of her ability to shine.

The MERCURY retrograde is going to be in 2 signs; Libra, then Virgo. 

The same precautions apply as usual with this transit. Pay particular attention to detail, back up files and make copies, don't sign important contracts if possible, etc. Also, try to find extra patience with yourself, situations, and others.

There can be a more positive element to this MERCURY retrograde. It is an excellent chance to communicate carefully. Care, balance, and fairness is encouraged more than usual from 9/9 - 9/23. Libra enhances kindness, and win/win outcomes. This may be an opportune time to "hear someone out." There may be more in common than was realized before. Another possibility is an agreement to table a discussion that may previously have resulted in an argument. Libra can help in these types of small victories. Since communications and intellect are over lighted with a very fair Libra overtone you may be surprisingly refreshed at the end of this transit.

When the planet moves back into Virgo on 9/24 and stays in Virgo until 10/10 we are given a chance to look again at the mental organization, structure, and communication style connected to any projects we began or have already been involved in. Long standing structures or core beliefs may benefit from additional evaluation. Be alert to new understanding and information that your habitual thinking patterns were blocking before. A new fluidity of grace is trying to make its way into the structure of our world. It can start with each individual.

The FULL MOON in Pisces is at 5:00am EST on Sept 10th. A Pisces/Virgo axis Full Moon encourages us to find an ideal spiritual and emotional balance in organizations and thought processes. To bring this graceful combination into everyday life is to find solid ground between chaos and order. A Pisces Full Moon during the Harvest/Corn Moon time is a fantastic chance to reap from our dreams and imagination. LET YOUR DREAMS SEE FRUITION!

I saved PALLAS for last because it has the potential to be very influential at this time in our history. PALLAS moves into Cancer for a long stay on Sept 7th. The asteroid will stay in Cancer for 9 months. Pallas is in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. 

Qualities that will be enhanced are strategic wisdom and emotional intelligence. The wisdom of empathy that is not overdone, that allows others their growth is present. The transit energy can help the wounded and advise the healers. Reactions to authority figures, including female authority in a male dominated world will come into focus. Gender roles and personal rights are highlighted.

How this will show up will be visited in the coming weeks and months as the other planets form aspects to this strong, elegant, wise female representative.

We are coming into some of the best star viewing months now. The Zodiacal constellations visible from our latitude of 42-43° are Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries in the evening hours. These can be found, in order, from the western horizon to the southwest, south, southeast, and to the east along the arc of the elliptic. (The path that the Sun, Moon, and planets orbit.) If you are a night owl, or an early riser, Taurus, Gemini, and at dawn, a bit of Leo becomes visible in the east.

We had a fantastic night of stargazing recently. We are Star beings. It is amazing how viewing that vast expanse of the galaxy seems to bring HOME a lot closer!

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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Institute for Spiritual Development International

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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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

Story Ducey - Trustee

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Diana Friedell - ex officio

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Our ISD Leadership

Shown above Rev. Diana Friedell, and 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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