April 14, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
Our next
Metaphysical Service
"The Deeper Metaphysical Meaning of the Resurrection Story", will be on Zoom on Sunday, April 17 at 10:30 am. Special Shared Service with all other Chapters of ISD National. Rev. Jim DeBiasio, founder of ISD, will be presiding. Rev. Renee Ranke and Rev. Maggie Kilbride, will be the presiding Ministers from ISD Oneonta. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for this special service. You will not get the zoom link until you register. Find out more & Register at the link below.

and the ZOOM LINK will be sent to you in the "reply email".
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • The ISD Oneonta Annual Convention was held on April 10th on ZOOM, Kimberly Winsor, Board Chair, presided. New Board Members were voted in and the Budget for our next fiscal year was approved by YOU, the ISDO Membership. CLICK HERE to view our goals for next year, reports from every ISD Committee and more in our ANNUAL REPORT. Special Thanks go to all who worked tirelessly to create it!

  • Tonight, Thursday at 5:30 pm, part 2 of "Chakras: The Spiritual Growth Highway" with JoAnn Wormuth.

  • Also tonight, for those of you who have been unable to join our Thursday morning dream circles with Story Ducey, she has added in a Thursday evening circle. Join the Dream Message Circle at 7:30 pm on Thursdays

  • "Sing Yourself Home: a soulful singing retreat" with Chelsea Frisbee, Saturday April 23, 2022 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • "IET Healing Angels of the Energy Field" with JoAnn Wormuth, Sunday April 24, 2022 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • If you attend regular weekly development circles, check out our new Lightseeker's Discount below!

  • 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 listen to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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Lightkeeper'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 Lightkeeper’s Discount:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles throughout the month, from 2 to 15 circles.
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’.
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

Interested in joining our
Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program?
This is a rolling program, you may join in at any time.
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:

Thursday April 7th & Thursday April 14th
Chakras: The Spiritual Growth Highway
Chakras form our energy anatomy. When clear of blockages, they keep us healthy and balanced. JoAnn Wormuth, Master Energy Healer, leads us to discover the meaning and purpose of each chakra. We will learn to address & clear any impurities in our own energy system. There will be energy exercises & as well as self-discovery and healing meditations.
There is a required class for the IPP students, but open to everyone

Saturday April 23rd
Sing Yourself Home: a soulful singing retreat
We are delighted to announce this long-awaited chance to sing together in person, in this soulful singing retreat, in honor of Earth Day. Chelsea Frisbee, certified coach, spiritual mentor, and writer leads us in this day of relaxation & sacred renewal. Singing opens our hearts, invites connection to the divine & deepens us into community together. Let your own voice lead you into beauty and inquiry through this community spiritual practice that binds our hearts and voices together.

Opt in for Lunch for an extra $5

Sunday April 24th
IET Healing Angels of the Energy Field
This is an in-person class with a limit of 10 participants....so register soon!
This amazing in-person workshop is for anyone who loves angels. Under the guidance of Integrated Energy Therapy© Instructor, and ISD Oneonta's Healing Program Director, JoAnn Wormuth.
You will learn how to energetically connect with nine healing angels, and develop a relationship with them which will assist you in your personal transformation.
Students will be provided with The Healing Angels of the Energy Field workbook to support their learning experience. Certificate of Completion will be granted.

Saturday April 30th, Saturday May 14th, and Saturday May 21st all from 10am - 12pm

Self-care for Lightworkers
Join Rev. Melinda Witter, ISD-TC, for a mission critical journey into Self-Care for Lightworkers and Healthcare workers.
As healers and lightworkers, we often put the needs of others before our own physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. In this three-part series, we will explore the multitude of tools and practices to boost our self-care and have an abundance of resources to share with others.
This course is a requirement for ISD's Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program, and for the Healing Practitioner Certificate Program, but is open to anyone at all levels of interest and development
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
Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.
(Those 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
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
and also
7:30-9pm 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
If you plan on joining the evening circle, please RSVP to Story by the night before (Wednesday Night)


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday April 21st

* 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
1st Friday 
6:30-7:30pm EST
Next circle is Friday May 6th

* 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

Weekly Groups
Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)
Contact Story for more information
7-8:30pm EST
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 link:storyducey@gmail.com
7-8:30pm EST
Evidential Mediumship Group

With Story Ducey. This is an Advanced Group recommended for those with some classes or experience under their belt.
If you join in, you will be working under Story's expert tutelage- practice receiving evidence and message work in a friendly group.

email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com

About Us. . . 

Our Pastor, Diana Friedell is playing the part of “Cookie” , a television show Cooking Show host, in the cast of “Rumors”, a comedy by Neil Simon, being presented on April 29, 30, and May 1st at the historic Wieting Theater in Worcester, NY. Her husband, Ben Friedell is also among the all star cast of this laugh out loud comedy.
For more info and to buy tickets go to their Eventbrite site here: 

Check out our April 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations
Astrological observation was an integral part of navigation for ancient mariners. Not always having landmasses to guide them on long voyages, they had a deep reverence for the Stars. Early wisdom about the Stars and their connections to humanity was contained in stone carvings, storytelling, scrolls, etc. Those sources are important, but transient. Stories change, rock carvings degrade. Astronomy stays consistent through millennia. If accurate connections could be established between Astronomy and human behavioral influences, then this wisdom could become a living Oracle.

Astrology grew over thousands of years as an early Science based, observational, applied Art form. Tropical Astrology adds to its body of knowledge by adding outer planets, asteroids, and fixed stars as they are discovered. Astrology can speak to your DNA and deep wisdom, absent all other sources of guidance. Planets form from the spinning of Star material into larger particles, eventually forming larger and larger solid masses. ASTROLOGY KNOWS YOU, AND ALL LIFE ON EARTH, ARE STAR BEINGS, MADE FROM STARDUST.


The Sun, exalted in this sign, will be leaving Aries in (8) eight days so we will want to discuss this first Zodiac sign in more depth.

Aries is the New, the beginning. Therefore great enthusiasm is often present. As a Cardinal sign, Aries takes action. It is a Fire sign with Mars being its ruling planet. With the Sun, Mars, and Fire as its powerful allies, Aries speaks of great power to INITIATE. Each year we all get a boost in enthusiasm. Those with significant Aries influence are able to maintain that enthusiasm longer than any other.
A caution for all of us when under Aries influence is a tendency toward dogmatic, aggressive attitudes and actions. There may be a strong desire to push onto others everything that is new and shiny. Wisdom will dictate a pause before taking that action. 

A strength of Aries is an ability to live in the moment. Aries energy enhances the PRESENT MOMENT, the true focal point of all creation.
Astrology was very present in pastoral societies. The movement and qualities of the associated animals were an integral part of the wisdom. We will be exploring this in more detail.

The symbol (glyph) for Aries is the Bighorn Ram. That suggests aggressive, bullying behavior. There is more to a sheep than that , though. The shape of a Ram's horn is the Cornucopia. Abundance and plenty is present. I have closely observed Bighorn sheep a number of times in Utah. They have the most incredible healthy, fleshed out bodies on VERY limited vegetation. This is an almost Alchemical adaptation. I marvel at their ability to leap and balance on the slightest edges of the rocks that are their domain. This abundance and balance speaks to us of talents to tap into in ourselves. It is interesting to note that Bighorn Ewes have horns as well. The female is also blessed with the antennae for higher perception. That is also a quality to develop. 

MARS transits into Pisces on Thursday, the 14th and stays until May 24th. This softens the native aggression of Mars. A willingness to consider imagination and dreams grows during this interval. Inventions whose time has come may break through barriers during this interval.

The Full Moon is on Saturday Apr 16th. The Moon is in Libra. This suggests a golden opportunity to combine the balance and fairness of Libra with the Initiation and Enthusiasm of Aries. 

We have more to work with as well. There are only 105° separating all nine planets as well as asteroids Chiron and Pallas in the signs Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and Taurus. This is an incredible concentration of all the energies of our Solar system. It is a very tight arrangement. Do you see the pattern? It is the signs at the end of the Zodiac Wheel, and the beginning. It is the end of one age and the beginning of the next. All the planets are on board, helping us with this! But wait, there's more!

On the Full moon day we have an exact conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune at 24° Pisces. The conjunction remains for all of April, although not exact. This is mystical in the extreme, and very rare. Jupiter will lend great good luck to Neptune's magical nature. All things esoteric and wonderful are encouraged. There is also a conjunction of Mercury and Uranus very near the Taurus Point of Avatar in effect until the 21st. In review, the Point of Avatar is the midpoint of the Fixed signs Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio. This is considered to be an entry point for the Divine Cosmic Energy. Mercury and Uranus on this point may bring unexpected insights and the ability to communicate them to others. 
This is akin to the aperture of the Cosmic camera lens opening for a while so that wonderful new energies may pour into our fields. 

I will suggest to you that a way to bring the best possible gifts for yourself will be to tone the vowel sounds of your given name throughout the day on Saturday. This will utilize Mercury's powers of communication to connect with your Soul. 

Great guidance was given to your parents when they chose your birth name and the tones of the name are powerful. They are your Sacred sounds. Express them freely.


The Sun has moved into Earth sign Taurus. It is ruled by beautiful, graceful Venus who is in Pisces where she is Exalted, adding extra power to her influence. Taurus is sensual and fertile. In addition, the Solar and Lunar Eclipses on the Taurus/Scorpio axis fall on Apr 30th and May 16th while the Sun is in Taurus, making this year's transit especially important. Also keep in mind that Uranus will remain on, or near, the Taurus Point of Avatar until the end of July. Uranus brings sudden, surprising changes. They can be good ones!

The multiple Taurus energies listed above result in a stronger than usual influence this year, so that is what I will concentrate on this week. While this column is based on Star and Planetary movements and how we are assisted by them, we live and thrive, or not, on the Earth. The Apr/May Earth sign, more than any other, is about fertility and life. This is a perfect time to employ the concept of "As Above So Below" to our Star studies and communications.

There is no better time to expand your perception of all that life includes. If we spend much time thinking about the microscopic beings all around us, it can often be anxiety ridden. To get a calmer sense of relation try thinking of some of your favorite fermented foods. That is friendly bacteria in action. Your digestive tract can't work at all without them.

Now let us think about the soil and the necessary life contained within it. The USDA estimates that there are between 100 million and 1 billion healthy bacteria in ONE TEASPOON of soil. Expand that out to all the soil on the planet and the math becomes immeasurable. You can communicate with them and Taurus energy can assist you with the connection. Can you imagine how the soil may be able to clear pollution if we infuse a healthy dose of love and appreciation into the matrix?

Many of you have seen the studies of water molecules responding to human stimuli. The entanglement theory is not limited to water and space. The soil is also a part of this phenomenon. Emotional energy is easily transmitted throughout the soil biomass. A very good example of this is the aura that seems to hang around both Sacred sites and sites of great tragedy. That is cellular memory in action within the soil. I invite you to join me in communicating with the life in the soil now, and in the coming weeks, while Taurus, Venus, and Uranus energies are powerful.

Travel on the wings of your imagination for this exercise. My method is to use my imagination to sink into the ground beneath me. I am able to breathe and feel comfortable. I take some time to be with them, getting to know their realm. The bacteria colonies appear to me as fractals in every color imaginable. They are truly beautiful. Messages constantly flash across the expanse. It reminds me of a paisley pattern in fabrics. This part of the communication is very important. Be very respectful and appreciative in making your request. Try to generate the most benevolent feelings you can. Allow them to grow in proportion to the highest levels possible. Then request that the life in the soil transmit those feelings across their matrix. ONLY BENEVOLENT FEELINGS. If you lose the good will just pause, or stop and resume later. Ask the personalities of Taurus, Venus, and Uranus, and Mother Earth to help as well. You may send love and support to any part of the planet that is in need. Do not doubt that this is possible. I have "seen" the core of the Earth instantaneously flash messages to all other physical planets in this sector of the Universe! Anything is possible.

This is just one method and my perceptions using that method. You may experience something entirely different. All is valid and helpful. If all of us use our creativity in expansive ways such as this we can have a wonderful world where everyone and everything thrives.

I have been writing about blending Divination systems, intermingling Time, Space, and Elements to work with all around you to reach exponential results. All the kingdoms and realms stand ready to assist. Elemental, Angelic, Crystalline, Mineral, Imaginal, Elven, Dragon, Devic, Planetary, Galactic, Cosmic, etc. Play with any, or all, of them. Be bold and Brave! REMEMBER, this is one of the reasons we came here! Godspeed to you all.

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright

  • “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point. The glass is refillable.”

  • “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Herm Albright

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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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:

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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.
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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!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
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

Our ISD Leadership
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 Director of Healing

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