October 21, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Our next
Metaphysical Service
will be Sunday November 7th at 10am on Zoom

Stay tuned 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 October 21, 5:30pm-7pm is the first of a two-part class Chakras: the Spiritual Growth Highway with our Director of Healing, JoAnn Wormuth. This class is required for our Healing Certification program but open to EVERYONE. Full details below under Adult Education.
  • Find details on the Healing Certification Program Here

  • Also tonight, Thursday October 21st, 7pm-8pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle with Dale Capristo. This month the quality being contemplated is 'Courage'. Details below in our Adult Education section under Online Development Circles.

  • This Friday, October 22nd will be the last Midday at the Oasis for the winter. Please let Tom know in advance if you will be attending by emailing him, tflandon51@gmail.com. If you need directions, he will send them!
  • The membership committee will be brainstorming some other ideas for fun gatherings over the winter. We want to hear your ideas for get togethers

  • This Sunday, October 24th is the second 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.

  • **Cancelled**there will be no Abundance Circle this month with Elke

  • You don't want to miss out. Join our ISD Halloween celebration on Saturday October 30 from 12:00pm (noon)-3pm Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD. Book your own private reading with an ISD psychic medium. $30 for 25 minutes with all proceeds going to ISD. Details and registration link below.

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Celebrate Halloween with a Private Reading
Saturday October 30, noon to 3pm
Halloween Psychic Readings: Through the Veil with ISD
This is an ISD fundraiser with all proceeds supporting the mission of ISD Oneonta

"What's in that Crystal Ball for Me?"
Is the wind of your life changing directions? At a crossroads? Consult a tried and true ISD Psychic Medium, during this magical Halloween time, while the veil is thin, to see what your spirit guides & departed loved ones are trying to show you that would help you with your life path. Only $30 for 25 minutes!

Choose your psychic Medium and enjoy a private Zoom reading. More details and to register
Adult Education

Sunday October 10th, Sunday October 24th, and Sunday January 23rd
12pm - 2pm
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.
The Maestro R.Ranke

Not with your ears for they can confuse
The words you hear may be your own
Not with your eyes for they can be weak
You may be focused on a different horizon
Not with your tongue for it can be knotted
The flavors may be simmered with exotic spice
Not with your hands for they can become numb
You may be feeling your own callouses
Look at that on which you dine and each flavor intensifies
Sense the words you hear and they will become clearer
Turn down the volume and the picture will come into focus
Taste each touch like a fine wine and feelings come alive
You are the maestro
Joy is a piano
Each sense a key
It is not about pressing just a single one
But combining them into a symphony
A crescendo of sound and sight, taste and tactile

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


This week begins with the Full Moon in Libra. It peaks Wednesday morning Oct 20th. It is likely to be a challenging one, but there are points to keep in mind while dealing with the issues your soul will wish you to address.

The planetary transits form a Grand Cardinal Square on this day. The Square consists of planets in the Cardinal signs, Aries, Capricorn, and Libra. The Cardinal signs are action oriented and squares present obstacles.

In this star alignment the Moon is in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and the Sun, Mars and Mercury are in Libra. There are also additional squares involving Uranus/Saturn, Neptune/Venus, and Mars/Pluto.

The alignments will ask us to take stock of our lives once again. We are WELL PRACTICED at this by now, so take your courage in hand and give it your best effort. The emphasis is on the self. You can best be of service to all by taking steps to improve some aspect of yourself.

You will have an assist by the stellium (three or more planets in one sign) of planets in Libra. Remember that Libra is oriented toward, balance, fairness, and justice. Use this energy as you go within to your heart center, God cell, cave of creation located on your sternum.

This multiple square star chart is giving us a golden opportunity to leave behind what no longer serves, and if well traversed, an opportunity to move forward toward our ascension.

This is another idea that you may wish to use for your benefit. It is an incredibly powerful tool available to assist you. I cannot help believing that the advice came at just the right time for us. We have vast resources at our disposal. The transmission came during Monday night's circle. It was a guided meditation by Amanda Hoover through the stars. My attention was drawn to the space/antimatter between the stars and I received the following transmission as another loving reminder of who we really are:

"The all of antimatter. The great unmanifest."

"Think of your body as the Universe. The space between your molecules as vast as, and no different than, the space from one star system to another. You are on a trek across your own being - within your own body and also across galaxies, with no difference between the two. You are the creator, producer, and director of your own universal hologram. You are taking it to the edges of creation with an individual physical body and personality.

The space of antimatter is the macro. The micro is your unexpressed DNA. It is waiting to be expressed. So tap in, activate, and create from your own embodied Akashic records, your own 'Library of Alexandria'.

We watch, we learn, we cheer you on and rejoice in your visits. We urge you to think of space as the great unmanifest, containing ALL potential, rather than nothing. You need only look up at the sky. Allow and Receive."
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • An inspiring story about listening to our Divine guidance. A child lost in the woods for three days in Texas was found by a man following instructions from ‘the voice of God’. This NY Post article tells the story of Tim Halfin who received guidance to go search for missing three-year-old Christopher Ramirez. The boy was treated for dehydration and some small scratches, but is otherwise healthy.

  • A diver off the coast of Israel has found a 900-year-old sword believed to have belonged to a knight during the crusades. This UPI article tells the story of the amazing find and also contains a video showing the barnacle-encrusted sword

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. 

Good News!!!

Returning Deposit Bottles to Hannaford:
Our CLYNK Account now has $190, and is growing, with the addition of about 20 bags of returnables donated by Pat Robinson.
Have you got some returnable cans and bottles to turn in ?
Its a nice way to make progress on your clean-up projects, and help the environment out by re-cycling, and benefitting ISD Oneonta!
Many thanks to Tom Landon and Diana Friedell, who delivered & tagged all of those hundreds of items to Hannaford for credit.
If you would like info about the CLYNK project, and want to get the right tags for your bags, please reach out to Diana Friedell at isdoneonta@gmail.com

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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