October 7, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Our next
Metaphysical Service
will be on Sunday October 17th at 10am on Zoom
Check out next week's newsletter for full details!

If you are looking for some inspiration in the meantime, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday September 30th, 5:30pm-7pm is Part 2of the three part class, Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers Details on the class below in the Adult Education section. This is a required class for our ISD Healing Certification program and our Intuitive Practitioner Program. Find details on the Healing Certification Program Here

  • *Cancelled* Midday at the Oasis this Friday, October 8th has been cancelled, but we look forward to visiting with you all on October 22nd....Same bat-time, same bat-station....Come on out- we look forward to social time with you!
  • October 22nd will be the last Midday at the Oasis, for the winter and the membership committee will be brainstorming some other ideas for fun gatherings over the winter- We want to hear your ideas for get togethers! 

  • Sunday, October 10, 10am-12pm is the first class in Self Care for Lightworkers with Kimberly Winsor. This three-part class is presented in person at ISD headquarters. Full details below under Adult Education.

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Midday at the Oasis
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from noon - 2pm
There is no Midday at the Oasis on October 8th, but we look forward to visiting with you all on October 22nd.

No, actually, in person- We wanna see your face (its been a long COVID separation!) at the new Lotus Center at the home of Tom Landon.
The Oasis & the gardens are beautiful and ready for you.

Come for casual conversation, light lunch, laughter, and library time with ISD friends and members, and the Pastor, Diana Friedell. We will be POOLSIDE in the good weather, bring your suit if you’d like, and a dish to pass if possible. Please let Tom know in advance that you will be attending by emailing him, tflandon51@gmail.com. If you need directions, he will send them!
More information on our Website

The spa is now available in addition to the pool.....just another feature of this five-star resort! So come, swim, soak in the hot tub, and enjoy the company!
Adult Education

Double multiply exposure portrait of a dreamy cute woman meditating outdoors with eyes closed_ combined photograph of nature_ sunrise or sunset. closeup. Psychology power of mind inner voice concept.
Thursdays September 30th, October 7th, and October 14th 5:30-7pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
A required class for our upcoming Intuitive Practitioner Program and for those in the Healing Certification Program (the class is free for those enrolled in the Healing Certification program)

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.
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.
 Whether you are a beginner looking to develop a deeper connection to yourself and your own divinity, or whether you are an experienced meditator looking for tips to strengthen your existing practices, this class is for you.

Sunday October 10th, Sunday October 24th, and Sunday January 23rd
10am - 12pm
Self-care for Lightworkers
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, but open to everyone
Self-care for Lightworkers is an in-person 3 part series that will give students exposure to valuable resources and practices to be able to do just that....self-care. Kimberly Winsor, LMT, RPP teaches body and energy centered approaches to creating and maintaining clear, positive energy in yourself and your work environment, whether you are an energy healer, providing healing sessions for friends & family, or accessing your intuition for to provide intuitively received messages. Classes taught in person at ISD Oneonta headquarters.

Thursday October 21st and Thursday October 28th
Chakras: The Spiritual Growth Highway
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, but open to everyone
Chakras form our energy anatomy. When clear of blockages, they keep us healthy and balanced. In this two-part class 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

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 October 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
4th Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm EST
Next circle Tuesday October 26th
Allowing Abundance
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.
Check out our October 2021 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
To A Star by Lucretia Maria Davidson

Thou brightly-glittering star of even,
Thou gem upon the brow of Heaven
Oh! were this fluttering spirit free,
How quick 't would spread its wings to thee.

How calmly, brightly dost thou shine,
Like the pure lamp in Virtue's shrine!
Sure the fair world which thou may'st boast
Was never ransomed, never lost.
There, beings pure as Heaven's own air,
Their hopes, their joys together share;
While hovering angels touch the string,
And seraphs spread the sheltering wing.

There cloudless days and brilliant nights,
Illumed by Heaven's refulgent lights;
There seasons, years, unnoticed roll,
And unregretted by the soul.
Thou little sparkling star of even,
Thou gem upon an azure Heaven,
How swiftly will I soar to thee,
When this imprisoned soul is free!

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


Pluto begins its forward motion in Capricorn on Wednesday. The New Moon joins in to encourage us to slowly move forward with some of the incites we have reached in these many months of contemplation.

Saturn resumes forward motion in Aquarius on Sunday October 10th. Saturn's taskmaster flavor softens now. Its energies of self-critical analysis will shift more toward an acknowledgment of personal strengths and how they may work for us in new ways. Aquarius energies will partner with Pluto's broad sweep of influence that includes entire populations and generations.

You may find your mind and emotions entertaining ideas that will more easily conclude with positive results for many, rather than the "winner takes all" posture that has categorized our world for so long. 

The Milky Way Galaxy is steadily moving into a new part of the universe, while our Solar System constantly revolves in patterns we can discern and anticipate. What we cannot know is how the new position of the entire galaxy will influence our "neighborhood." We can, however, reach a few conclusions that will be a loving guide in the coming days, months, and years. 

The Pisces Age that we have recently concluded heavily focused on individual talents and accomplishments. How far can we go? What can we achieve? This had its purpose and its day. We were learning about ourselves and our abilities. The focus was inward with, perhaps, not a full enough regard for the consequences and results for the whole of life.

The Aquarian Age asks us to look up and out. How are my neighbors and fellow lifeforms on the planet doing? Are they well? Is this a world in which all are truly thriving?

" Let us redefine progress to mean that just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily follow that we must do that thing." (Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country) I believe this can serve as a wonderful guiding thought for our new World View. Must we do something? How does it affect the whole of life?

The area of the Universe we are moving into is increasing in vibration. This provides us with expansive ideas and abilities to create in new ways that are good for the whole of life - which, of course, includes you. The individual still thrives, and so does everyone!

The sacred geometrical movements of the planets and stars beam benevolent energy toward us. The outer planets with their massive magnetic fields have been asking us to rethink our lives, relationships, and goals. 

Now those planets ask us to begin, and/or continue our creations in new ways. The next few weeks and months will see more outer planets resume forward motion with softer, kinder influences. We are invited to do the same. I wish you Godspeed everyone.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Willa and Charles Bruce built the first West Coast resort for black people in 1912, during forced segregation. After the owners faced racism and harassment and even an attempt to burn the resort down, they were still very successful. But the city council eventually used eminent domain to take the land from the Bruce’s in the 1920’s. Nearly a century later the land is in the process of being returned to the couple’s descendants and is seen as an event that may be the beginning of broader reparations to citizens treated unfairly. Read the ABC News article Here.

  • Listen to the music of the Universe! A Belgian mathematician has created an electronic music album derived from data gathered from black holes. Check out the Self On Health article Here and make sure that you listen to the fascinating music.

  • And speaking of space…it seems that Captain Kirk is finally heading to ‘the final frontier’. This BBC article talks about the fact that 90-year old William Shatner is planning on heading into space on October 12th.

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 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:

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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
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.

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:

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
Elke Saal - Vice President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -Trustee
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor and 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 Director of Healing

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