May 6, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Our next Metaphysical Service is Sunday May 16 at 10am

You don't want to miss the magic and connection of our unique metaphysical services, so mark your calendar and watch for full details in next week's newsletter! Our services take place on the first and third Sundays of the month on Zoom with a portion simulcast to Facebook Live.

What's Going On This Week at ISD Oneonta?

  • You really don't want to miss this! Tonight, Thursday May 6 at 5pm, is the first session of this month's Thursday night mediumship intensive, 'Through the Veil' 'promises to be quite an exciting series; so don't forget to Register Now!! Full details below in our Adult Education section!

  • Our 'Midday at the Oasis' fellowship event has been moved to Fridays beginning next week, Friday May 14. Check out full details further down in this newsletter and don't forget to reach out to Tom Landon if you are coming to visit

  • Coming Soon: All sorts of exciting summer sessions. Coming in June is 'The Body Enlightened' a self-care series with Kimberly Winsor. And in July starts our official summer series 'Touch the Earth; Reach the Sky'. We are hard at work preparing and full details will be coming soon! Also, keep your eyes open for announcements about our Intuitive Practitioner Program and our ISD Healing Certification Program.

  • Interested in Intuitive Development? Check out our online development circles below under Adult Education

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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.
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Adult Education

Coming Thursdays in May:

Join us in May for our Thursday evening lecture series and Evidential Mediumship Training.

This intensive is open to all levels. Each evening a mini lecture related to the history, purposes, & practice of Mediumship will be presented for 30 minutes. Then a different exercise each week will be introduced and practiced. A visiting medium and faculty member will join Story each week with personal tales of what mediumship means to them. Let the magic & mystery begin!

Normally $25/class or $20 for ISD Members. . . .
Special Limited Promotion: FIRST CLASS FREE!!
All four in the series for:
$80 General Tuition or $60 for ISD Members

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
Our Weekly Circles:

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning and 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
Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana
Thursday Mornings 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
And our Monthly Circles:

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm EST

Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions

Next circle is Thursday May 20th
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 updated Zoom Link
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm EST
Allowing Abundance

Next circle Tuesday May 25th
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 May 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


There is an overarching energy to the month of May. Fixed signs Aquarius and Taurus have formed POWERFUL aspects to each other, and the Cosmos, that can benefit all signs of the Zodiac. The month ends with a Lunar Eclipse to put an exclamation point on the entire month's creations. The opportunity? Nothing less than the initiation of PARADIGM SHIFTING DAYS!

How will this show up for us?

Fixed signs are stabilizing, loyal, and very creative. They will follow through even if the endeavor is not easy. They also contain the Points of Avatar on the Zodiac wheel, which are Cosmic entry points at 15 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio. While energy exchanges are constant, the Points of Avatar are powerful "Sweet Spots" for divine spiritual energies. All of us benefit regardless of our Sun signs. Assistance of unimaginable magnitude pours through these portals at this time!

Saturn rules Aquarius AND sits on the Aquarian Point of Avatar in May. The combination of energies encourages the best that Saturn has to offer.

On Tuesday, May 11th there is a New Moon in Taurus joined by the Sun, and powerful, primordial Lilith. The Aquarian and Taurus Points of Avatar are fully activated.

This is the time for you to orchestrate your Ascended Life on Earth. You have immense assistance to bring your first, best destiny to fruition on Earth. Wildest dreams time everyone!

The Lunar Eclipse at month's end awaits; to cement in your choices, whatever they are, loving or fearful.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Looking for some positive COVID news? Well This is the site for you. Just Give Me Positive News states on its site “There is so much negativity in the news about COVID-19, we want to give you all the positive good news that is happening with research, clinical trials, improvements, vaccines and anything that we can be positive about that you may not have seen.”

  • Sometimes being human is difficult, so today let’s be mermaids! Check out This CNN Travel article about the hot new trend in China of mermaid diving. Sounds like an awful lot of fun!

  • Interested in the planets and the stars? Take a look at This NASA article and video detailing Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter. The first spacecraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another world just completed its fourth flight on April 30. 

The below link will remain here for easy access:

  • 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.
“Midday at the Oasis”- Fridays

Drop in at the new Lotus Center, every Friday 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.

For those of you in Oneonta or the vicinity who are looking for information on Covid vaccination:
SUNY Oneonta is now a New York State POD (Point of Dispensing) for the COVID-19 vaccine. They are prepared to vaccinate up to 1,200 people seven days a week from morning to evening. 
Make an Appointment:
By Phone: 1-833-697-4829
Local sites:
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Otsego County Health Department
  • A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown
For help making an appointment: Call NYConnects at (607) 547-4232
For a ride to vaccine appointments: Call GetThere at 1-855-373-4040

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!

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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