March 18, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.”
― Amit Ray
Metaphysical Service this Sunday, March 21st at 10am EST

Join us for our special guest homilist, Rev. Renee Guidelli, Founder of Heart Centered Living and Owner of the Heart Light Center. Her homily, “Awakening to our Ascension” is about freeing ourselves from the limitations of Mind, Body, Spirit and will also touch on the magic of Ostara (Eastre), the Wiccan celebration of the Spring Equinox.
ISD Oneonta's co-director and ministerial cleric, Amanda Hoover, will be our emcee. As always, our services are live on Zoom and streaming on Facebook live. To join on Zoom:

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Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Sunday March 21, 2021
Time: Mar 21, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight at 5:30pm EST is part one of the two-part class Harnessing your Intuition with Diana and Renee. Give yourself a tremendous boost in your ability to tune into your intuition, and the energies in the universe to get accurate, helpful guidance in daily life for yourself & others. Join us for meditation, intuitive exercises, and a lot of fun!

  • Also tonight, at 7pm EST, is our monthly Magdalene Meditation circle. Led by Dale Capristo, these circles focus each month on an attribute that Mary Magdalene embodied, with an aim to activate the healing frequencies of that quality within our own lives. This month the quality being contemplated is Joy. One of this month’s key teachings to reflect on: Happiness is temporary. Joy is eternal.

  • Please ensure that you have renewed your membership with ISD Oneonta. Your support is what keeps us going!

  • Don't forget to scroll down for our Astrological Forecast column 'Connie's Celestial Conversations' contributed by our own Connie Lull. What do the planets have in store for you this week?

Details and registration links can be found below under our Adult Education section and Connie's column is further down underneath our weekly poetry selection!!

Stay tuned for details about the ISD National Easter Service. Info coming soon!!

It's time for our ISD Oneonta annual membership renewal!

Renew now so that your vote can be counted during our annual convention taking place Sunday April 18 at noon (after service)

Do you agree with our mission and vision? Where might we go next?
In our fourth successful year, it is now time to renew your membership & pledge. 

Thank you for your continued support, both with volunteer work, love and donations. We wouldn't still be here without dedicated supporters like you.

“Midday at the Oasis”- Wednesdays
Open on March 31st. - 

Drop in at the new Lotus Center, every Wednesday between 12 noon and 2pm for light refreshments, 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.  Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside. 

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 an 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 and he will coordinate the refreshments: (240) 285-8011
Carol Callahan, Librarian
Susan Owens, Tom Landon, Membership Comm.

Struggling with Zoom? We Want to Help
We Miss You!
Do you want to join our events, classes, or Sunday Metaphysical Services but you are struggling with the technology?

Shoot us an email at Let us know that you are struggling and what problems you are having. We will see what our team of spiritual 'tech gurus' can do to help. 

....and if you are a 'tech guru' yourself ,and would like to offer a helping hand, please reach out and let us know that you would be willing to help by assisting other members who are having technology issues!

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

The Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta Presents
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 on 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, and pick what to add to your spiritual garden.
Register for one for $25, or $20 for ISD Members, or for the Entire Series at a discounted rate of $135 for all six sessions or $108 for ISD Members. Zoom link sent when you register.

Click on the class title below for more information or to register.

There is still an option to sign up for the full series. Choose the full series at the registration for March 28th's Ho'oponopo class and we will send you recordings of the first three sessions to watch at your leisure.

March 28th, 2021
The magic of Hawaiian cosmology brought forward for completely clearing, aligning and divinely blessing whatever unsettles our being. Used in a long form or short, this simple technique for restoring the highest living can be done for oneself, for others or both. Come join us, as we explore, share and pray our way to a brighter, lighter self.
Kimberly Winsor,,
Polarity Therapist,

April 11th, 2021
Dive into a lively book club session, about "Jesus and the Lost Goddess", a book about the eradication of the Christian Goddess by the patriarchal Roman church, which left us as motherless children. The wisdom of the Goddess can be sought in prayer and through our daily thoughts and intentions to strengthen both the divine feminine & divine masculine aspects of ourselves for true union within & without. 
Amanda Hoover, Co-Director, School Administrator

April 25th, 2021
12 noon-2 pm Darling Hill Farm, Westford
Fire is used in all Spiritual Traditions to magnify prayer. Along with singing and chanting these higher vibrations call our Spirits, our Ancestors, our Guides. Presented in Sanskrit and English. 
Yogi Tapash

Thursday March 18th and Thursday March 25th
5:30pm to 7:30pm

We've all had times where we knew our intuition was helping us to make the right decisions, and life felt guided, magical and inspired. Learn to harness that ability, and through the fun and eye- opening exercises and transcendent meditations, 
Give yourself a tremendous boost in your ability to tune into your intuition, and the energies in the universe to get accurate, helpful guidance in daily life for yourself   & others. Diana Friedell & Renee Ranke, Psychic Mediums, lead you in this fabulous 2 part Class of spiritual expansion & exploration. 

$40 General Tuition or $35 for ISD Members

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

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

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
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

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday March 18th
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 March 23rd
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 March 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Peace by Sara Teasdale

Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore,
It ebbs not back like the sea.

I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes were heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you.

I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies, —
You are my deepening skies,
Give me your stars to hold.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

This week, on Saturday, we have the Spring Equinox, a pause in the dance, to invite balance and equilibrium.

What opportunity does this pause present?

Mars is the only visible, prominent planet in our night sky as we approach the Equinox. Venus is currently twirling herself behind the Sun, giving the floor to Mars, preparing to emerge again soon as our Evening Star.

Perhaps this is a time for your Masculine self to ask; am I ready to end some of my battles and take up a Sentry position? May I relax and allow the succor of my nurturing, sustaining Feminine elixir to flow into, and fill, my secure, divine form? Mars is here to guide you toward your own unique, correct answer.

How do you wish to proceed?
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • GoodRx has launched a philanthropic initiative to provide free prescriptions and care to patients in need. In its first phase GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to fully subsidize the cost of nearly 1,000 medications at 23 clinics in 16 states, including California, Texas, Florida, and New York. Read all about this initiative Here on

  • Amazing nature! This article from the Good News Network is about research done in a Japanese lab to observe the behavior of the sea slug, elysia marginate, that mysteriously separates its head from its body. The severed head survives, without kidneys, heart, sexual organs or digestive equipment; eating on its own within hours. Even more amazingly, within weeks it has regenerated a whole new body. 

  • Have you heard of the Antikythera Mechanism? It is an ancient Greek astronomical calculator; the earliest example of a geared device. The first piece was discovered In 1901 and scientists have been struggling since with rebuilding and fully understanding the Antikythera mechanism. The complexity is beyond the technology known to have been available at the time it was built. The device seems to plot the movement of the planets and predict astronomical events. Now, an interdisciplinary team at the University College London has built a computerized model and is hard at work building a full replica. Check out This Ars Technica article to read all about the exciting update of this mysterious device.

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?"
Important Message From Our Pastor/Co-Director

Greetings, ISD friends- !
There is an ongoing scam where the scammers send emails, and now, texts to cell phones, that seems to be from me asking if you can buy gift cards for me. "I" will say I am in a meeting and need gift cards immediately. "I" am very persistent.
Do NOT respond.
I will never ask for this kind of help.

There is nothing we can do to stop this. The scammers comb through our websites, newsletters, social media postings, etc. and pull any and all contact information.

Please be suspicious and vigilant with requests for assistance, gift cards, or money.... but be hopeful and generous towards all the rest of life.
Your Pastor and Co-Director,
Diana Friedell

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:
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.

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:
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.

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
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!

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