January 7, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
― Mahatma Gandhi






Our next metaphysical service will be Sunday January 17th at 10am on Zoom and simulcast on Facebook Live.
Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for full details!



Calling All ISD Oneonta Members
Did you know that we have a metaphysical lending library for our members?


At our Dietz Street location it was in the Mystic's Nook. With our move it now resides at our new temporary location at 124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta NY.

We are looking for anyone who is interested in being our 'Librarian' and would like to volunteer to organize and monitor the library. If you are interested, please let us know.

Additionally, if anyone has any books that they borrowed, could you reach out to us and let us know what you have?

Sue Landon head shot from Joe

A memorial service for Rev. Sue Landon, retired ISD Pastor, who left this earthly plane on Nov. 23rd, 2020, will be held via ZOOM on Jan. 30th, at 2:00 pm.
Zoom Link is below:

Please see the Lewis Hurley Pietrobono Funeral Home website to view the beautiful obituary, just completed by Sue’s niece Callie Porter-Borden, and to leave a note of condolence, or memories for the family. 
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


Saturday January 16,2020 10am-12pm EST on Zoom


Tuition :
$30 /$25 ISD Members

Inside of each of us exists a connection to the Divine. Automatic writing or spirit writing, is a form of divination. A method of tapping into that divine connection and channeling the words and wisdom of Spirit, Loved Ones, Guides and your own higher self.
In this experiential class, Psychic Medium Renee Ranke, will lead us through a look into the history of automatic writing and provide tips, tricks, and methods for tapping in to your own 'spiritual inkwell'.
We will learn how automatic and inspired writing can be utilized as a tool for tapping into your own spiritual connection.


Coming in February, stay tuned for details:


"Self love crash course:" with Amanda Hoover



Show yourself some love!
Awaken to conscious creation by becoming the architect and wisdom keeper of your inner temple.
A Four Part Series with Amanda Hoover, Life Coach, and Co-Director at the Institute.
Details coming!
We have 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
We understand that many are suffering with financial stress during this time.
No amount is too small and no amount is required!! Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for ISD Donation PayPal
ISD Development Circles:


Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
Intuitive Development Circle under the leadership of Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Story connects Scientific Research into consciousness studies, and the human energy field. Helping us to understand how our bodies are wired for telepathy and intuition. Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
This is a healing/meditation Zoom circle every Monday night
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm....
Learning and Psychic Development Circle
These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Our own little spiritual oasis where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels comfortable learning, discussing, and unfolding their connection to their own psychic and mediumistic gifts. Let’s join together in the spirit of Love to explore, communicate and develop!!
Each of the circles, facilitated by ISD ministerial cleric Renee Ranke, will begin with a discussion and learning segment that changes weekly. Renee will then lead us in a healing guided meditation directed at receiving your own personal message from Spirit. And we will finish up the session with group messaging work.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions to Renee at mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm....
Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle
Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Return to a sense of Body, Mind, Soul balance and connection with your Spirit helpers. Refresh and renew with a unique guided meditation. Diana, an Intuitive Development Teacher and Psychic Medium for the past 20 years, will lead us in different practices and exercises to allow our own abilities to unfold and continue to develop in a like-minded group. Open to anyone, at all levels of development. We have a lot of fun, and discover the best way to approach our sessions is by saying "I don't know what I don't know!" and "I am open and ready to receive."
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at info@dianafriedell.com
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am....
Dream Message Circle
Join a Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle with Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
 RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com


Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday January 21st
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. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.
Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link

Monthly on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm....
Allowing Abundance
Next circle Tuesday January 26th
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. As “Like attracts Like” we need to feel what we desire emotionally before it can manifest into the reality that we prefer. We will strengthen our intentions for abundance with the support of the group energy field.

Check out our January 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.















Peace by George Herbert

Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell ? I humbly crave,
            Let me once know.
    I sought thee in a secret cave,
        And ask’d, if Peace were there.
A hollow winde did seem to answer, No :
            Go seek elsewhere.

I did ;  and going did a rainbow note :
            Surely, thought I,
    This is the lace of Peaces coat :
        I will search out the matter.
But while I lookt, the clouds immediately
            Did break and scatter.

Then went I to a garden, and did spy
            A gallant flower,
    The crown Imperiall :  Sure, said I,
        Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digg’d, I saw a worm devoure
            What show’d so well.

At length I met a rev’rend good old man :
            Whom when of Peace
    I did demand, he thus began ;
        There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who liv’d with good increase
            Of flock and fold.

He sweetly liv’d ;  yet sweetnesse did not save
            His life from foes.
    But after death out of his grave
        There sprang twelve stalks of wheat :
Which many wondring at, got some of those
            To plant and set.

It prosper’d strangely, and did soon disperse
            Through all the earth :
    For they that taste it do rehearse,
        That vertue lies therein ;
A secret vertue bringing peace and mirth
            By flight of sinne.

Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
            And grows for you ;
    Make bread of it :  and that repose
        And peace, which ev’ry where
With so much earnestnesse you do pursue
            Is onely there.




And the Good News Is!!!!!
  • Okay, it was too cloudy for many of us to spot the special conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that happened on December 21. But, looks like we have another chance to witness an amazing astrological event. Keep an eye out this weekend for a Triple Conjunction where Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn will form a small triangle in the sky right after sunset. Read about it in This Forbes article.
  • There are changes happening. The Newark, NJ police department announced that no officers fired a single shot in 2020. The Public Safety Director credits a de-escalation training, implemented two years ago, with this wonderful stat. The Director also advises that this figure held firm even through a protest in May when around 1,700 people swarmed the precinct. Check out the New Jersey News 12 article Here.
  • Joy Survives! 2020 was unprecedented and at times heart wrenching, yes; but it wasn’t all bad. Take some time to reflect on some of the positive things last year brought. And to help inspire you, check out This NY Times article ‘Joy Survives: Your Positive Moments From 2020’ where their readers share their personal joyful moments from 2020.



The below links will remain here so that you will easily be able to find them if you have a need:

  • Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping during this pandemic period. 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 of this time.

  • Do you have coronavirus questions? Here is an interesting article from CNN that may answer some of them. Questions like, "When are people with coronavirus most contagious?" and "How safe are public restrooms?"
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 
Go to the Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., and even if the door is locked, you will see stickers in the plastic flyer display holder on the wall to the LEFT of the Door, under the prayer flags.
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.

Thank you to all who have brought in your 5 cent returnables for us to return, and to Connie Lull for delivering to Hannaford.
We have built up about $160 for ISD just from returning our cans!
Thank you!
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: www.dianafriedell.com
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.









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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
Founding Pastor, Rev. Sue has retired to concentrate on her healing right now. If there is anything we can do she will let us know. But meanwhile, the strong leadership at ISD continues to build on 3 years of groundwork for this amazing institution. 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!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .