January 20, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“When we meditate we expand, spreading our wings like a bird, trying to enter consciously into Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, welcoming them into our aspiring consciousness. We see, feel and grow into the entire universe of Light-Delight.” – Sri Chinmoy

Our next Metaphysical Service will be on Sunday, February 6 at 10am on Zoom. Stay tuned for details!

What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday January 20, is a busy night!
  • from 5:30-7pm is Part II of our three-part class Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers.
  • Also tonight from 5:30-7pm is Ethics & Protocol for Intuitive and Healing Practitioners. This class will also be repeated in May for those in the IPP program
  • And finally, at 7pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle. This month the quality being contemplated is Power. "Healthy power is in the open heart".

  • Coming up this Sunday January 23rd is the final session, Part 3, of Self Care for Lightworkers with Kimberly Winsor that began in October. Those of you in the class should have received all the necessary information, but please let us know if you need any details.

  • 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

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
Rev. Renee Ranke, 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 January 27th
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 January 20th
Ethics & Protocol for Intuitive and Healing Practitioners
All you ever wanted to know about practicing legally, ethically, & correctly in your Psychic & Healing Work. Diana Friedell, Director at ISD, & JoAnn Wormuth, Healing Program Director, review good practice & required protocol for giving messages from Spirit within ISD and in NY State. Free & Required for Intuitive & Healing Practitioner students.
There is a repeat of this class on May 19th for IPP students who are joining the January 20th Mediation Class

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.

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 January 20th
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.

Kahlil Gibran

And a man said, "Speak to us of Self-Knowledge." 
And he answered, saying: 
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. 
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge. 
You would know in words that which you have always know in thought. 
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams. 
And it is well you should. 
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; 
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes. 
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; 
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line. 
For self is a sea boundless and measureless. 
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." 
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." 
For the soul walks upon all paths. 
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. 
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

There are a few changes of sign and motion active this week in our Stellar "neighborhood." Some of these changes may feel welcome to you; the body's gentle stretch after a time of quiet, a hibernating animal momentarily waking to let in new movement and oxygen before settling back in for a bit more restorative rest and integration.

The Sun moves into Air sign Aquarius on Wednesday evening. Thus, adding a breath of fresh air to the introspection we have naturally engaged in with so many planets in Earth sign Capricorn in recent days.

A quick review of Planetary placements on Jan 19th:
Sun, Mercury, and Saturn are in Aquarius, (forming a short term Stellium), Venus and Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Taurus.

This cluster of Planets in one quarter of the Zodiac is intriguing. Many of our outer constructs, from the cultural to the personal, have begun to seem brittle. We perceive cracks in the human foundations. The return of the Divine Feminine can fill our structures with the love that energizes all of life. This may seem repetitive, but it is of utmost importance in our evolution. We know that we must find balance. We begin to recognize, en masse, that the fuel tank of our society is running dry. We may, perhaps, look to the partnership, and love, of all life force on Earth, and in the Stars for our new fuel.

The aforementioned move of the Sun into Aquarius is always welcome at this time of year. We feel the increasing length of the days deep in our psyche. Aquarius has us looking up and out. We take what has been an inward focus out to a wide aperture. With that tends to come a healthy level of detachment and discernment. Aquarian energies are necessary to Ascension. We must be able to see the broad scope of our personal and collective lives with a loving overview that is receptive to moving on to our next best destiny.

This week the Moon is in the first quarter moving through Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. Those of you with many planets in these signs will find Goddess based assistance this week.

Mars enters Capricorn on the 24th. This lends an air of force to the mix and if it is afflicted in an individual, or country, it can show up in dictatorial tendencies. The importance of sending light to those creations to soothe and calm the fears of everyone will be highlighted for the next 6 weeks. The positive side can be discipline and focus toward something better. 

We are in the year's first Mercury retrograde. The planet is associated with communications and is one of the "personal" planets. This planet serves as a conduit for Solar energies beamed to the Earth. It revolves rapidly, bathing all in it's sphere of influence. It serves to provide us with common ground in the subtle realms. We chose the scrambling of "tongues" and cultures in our creative sojourn. Mercury assists us with an intrinsic understanding through this time.

You may wish to think of a Mercury retrograde as a GOOD CHANCE to rethink, review, reorganize, restate, etc., so that you can bring forth the best you are capable of at this time. Mercury spins around us, whimsically asking, "Are you sure that is what you want?" Answer with JOY in your heart!

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Has there been life on Mars? This Phys.org article says that NASA's Curiosity rover has measured an intriguing carbon signature on Mars. This kind of carbon signature is associated with biological processes on earth. Does this point to ancient or current life on the planet? Scientists aren’t sure, but you can read the article and draw your own conclusions.

  • This Unexplained Mysteries.com article summarizes the sites top 10 cryptozoology stories of 2021. What strange and interesting creatures were spotted last year? From Bigfoot to Nessie to a ‘baby dinosaur’ in Florida….check out the weird and crazy articles and pictures Here.

  • Hundreds of immaculately preserved fossils, from around 11 million years ago, were discovered by a farmer in Australia. These immaculately preserved include a mussel stuck to a fish’s tail and a fly with pollen particles attached to its head. The Good News Network article, with photos, 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
Renee Ranke -ex officio
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
Renee Ranke – Co-Director, Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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