September 30, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi

Join Our Magical
Metaphysical Service
Sunday October 3rd at 10am on Zoom

Rev. Renee Ranke will be our emcee and Rev. Diana Friedell will present her homily:
'Am I Right or Am I Right? The Right to Change Your Mind'

"The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind"....William Blake

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Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service First Sunday of the Month
Time: Oct 3, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every month on the First Sun

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If you are looking for some inspiration today, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
A BIG Congratulations to Rev. Story Ducey and Tapash!!!
On Sunday September 26th Story and Tapash (John) were joined together as husband and wife. All of us at ISD send loads of love and hearty congratulations. Wishing you both many years of wedded bliss!!
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday September 30th, 5:30pm-7pm is Part 1 of 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

  • Join us for our next metaphysical service on Sunday October 3rd at 10am. Join us for community, prayer, contemplation, healing and messaging. And following the service is our monthly ISD Board of Directors meeting.

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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.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Midday at the Oasis
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from noon - 2pm
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, If you need directions, he will send them!
More information on our Website

This just in................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.

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
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
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
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
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 for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
The Author by Renee Ranke

Perched in an alcove
Devouring an epic saga of dragons and knights and ladies fair
Bright and wondrous
Words of light and love, magic and chivalry encircling

When suddenly
The words stop making sense
The letters
In flurried
Like snowflakes
A darkened window
They swirl
Vowels and consonants spinning
Not connecting
No words are clear
Which way
To turn
How to make sense

This is our chronicle
We are each the author
The creator
The artist
No outside king, champion, or sorcerer need be penned as the hero
For if allowed to lasso the letters they will imbue their own words
There are many who wish to create a tome about fear and darkness
That is not our story

Drop to the space between the lines, hold the silence for just a moment
Clarity will be found within the aperture, among the stillness
Allow the words above and below to dissolve for they were nonsensical
When the chaos has cleared the narrative will have been rewritten
Oh, there is still magic and chivalry
It never disappeared
It was always there, we just stopped looking for it
We only lost our place for a moment
Light and love is eternally the theme
This is our story to write and our chapters to bookmark
Eternally we sign,
Happily Ever After

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


As the week begins there are 6 planets stationing retrograde. That creates a great deal of "soul searching" energy. You have, likely, danced with your shadow for months now. Since everyone has, it begs the question: What is my mine to deal with, what belongs to someone else, or some other time, and what is ready to be released back to love? October features 4 of the 6 retrograde planets resuming their forward motion again. This, along with the Autumn harvest season, offers us a wonderful opportunity to move forward in a very significant way.

The first planet to resume forward motion is Pluto, which rules the underworld. Pluto takes 248 years to make one trip around the Zodiac... It is, therefore, the planet that influences entire generations and changes "world view paradigms."

The Soul shadow will have its day, but that day is drawing to a close if you choose. The fact that Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and has been retrograde since April, invites massive change. Add to that the fact that Saturn rules Capricorn, which encourages responsibility, structure, maturity, etc.

Our collective hard work will move us forward, if that is the individual's choice, on Oct 6th when Pluto resumes its forward motion on the same day as the New Moon in Libra.

We are currently benefiting from Libra/Harvest season. The qualities of balance, fairness, justice, reaping the rewards, take center stage.

The star chart for the 6th is a lovely good luck charm that we can all use to draw a deep restoring breath. The Sun, Moon, and Mars are all conjunct in Libra and they form a Trine with Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. This formation is called a Double Grand Trine. Together all these forces provide an opportunity to move your life forward in a way that is of great benefit to you. Also, with the "worldly" influences of Pluto and Aquarius, the positive results can encompass many of the human race.

There is a technique you have available to assist you in making all the best, most loving choices. It can add great creator energy to your life on this special day. Place your hand on your sternum. That is the location of your God Cell, High Heart Center, and Cave of Creation. Breathe deeply and picture great, golden light pouring forth from the inside. The God Source is as close as your own Heart!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Could humans have been present in North America as early as 25,000 to 21,000 years ago? Footprints discovered in New Mexico seem to suggest that people may have arrived in the Americas during the middle of the last ice age, much earlier than previously thought. Read the Science article that details what researchers have found Here

  • Are scientists using crystals to solve mysteries of the universe? This Scientist Study article talks about a ground-breaking detector, built by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Physics and the University of Western Australia, that uses quartz crystal to capture high-frequency gravitational waves. In it’s first 153 days of operation it picked up two events not previously recorded.

  • Are you having a hard time relaxing and releasing stress throughout your day? Does it seem like your ‘lower self’ is getting triggered on a regular basis? Maybe This article from will help. A simple approach to slowly learning to step back and stop fighting against the energy flow.

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 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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