September 9, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

Our next
Metaphysical Service
will be on Sunday September 19th at 10am.

This very special service will only be on Zoom (no Facebook Live) and will be an ordination service with ISD founder Rev. James De Biasio.

Being ordained as Ministers for the Institute for Spiritual Development are Amanda Hoover, Maggie Kilbride, and Renee Ranke. Join us on Zoom for this momentous service and celebrate with us!
More details and Zoom link in the next newsletter.

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

  • Friday September 10th, 12pm-2pm join us for Midday at the Oasis. Details below
  • Saturday September 11th, 10am-5pm Reiki Level One in person at our headquarters. More details and registration link below under Adult Education. This is a required class for our ISD Healing Certification program. Details on our Healing Certification program Here

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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!
Register Now
September 18th 10am-12pm
Susquehanna River Renewal Kayak Trip w/Kimberly
Join a collaborative, co-creative effort to make amends for past wrongs, to give thanks and to connect with other high powers and intentions doing the same.
Calling kayakers who resonate with earth-keeping and who love spiritual/healing work to join us for a special opportunity on Goodyear lake, to enter a prayerful space and to do something to make a difference!
Come play, bring your kayak/canoe or rent one!
Rain or shine event time is Sept 18, 10am-12pm at Sillmans Cove on back side of Goodyear lake. We will gather briefly there on land and paddle to the center of the lake for the ceremony.
Advance registration is required, cut off for registration is Sept 12th. This is a free event.
Adult Education

Saturday September 11th
Reiki Level One
Energy Healing Training with JoAnn Wormuth

This class is offered only live in-person.

Required for our ISD Healing Certification program, but open to anyone.
Learn to use this ancient Japanese technique for clearing blockages in life force energy - reduce chronic pain, illness, & stress for yourself and others, create more balance, wellness & good health. Increase your power & effectiveness as a healer thru JoAnn's Attunements & practice healing with the techniques, under JoAnn's excellent tutelage

Tuition: $90 or $85 for ISD Members. . . .
Cost includes Manual, Certificate, Lunch and Beverage

If you are interested, but can't make this date. Please let us know as JoAnn will be offering future sessions

Thursday September 16th and Thursday September 23rd 5:30-7pm

History and Science of Spiritual Healing
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program
Part I is presented by JoAnn Wormuth. From medicine man to priest-healers, she will introduce us to colorful spiritual healers, healing cults & their methods & beliefs about healing, through pre-historic times to ancient Greece.
In Part II, Diana Friedell reviews research that proves the existence of the energy body & the efficacy of energy healing and which hospitals offer it as a treatment modality.

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 strongly suggested for those 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.

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 September 16th
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 September 28th
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 September 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
The Light is the Same Rumi

The lamps are different, but the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-show,
forget about them.
Concentrate on the essence,
concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
the Light streams towards you from
all things, all people,
all possible permutations
of good,
The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
one, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
to blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
you are gazing at the Light
with its own ageless eyes.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


We have come through a time of much personal examination. This has probably shifted your perception of core beliefs, relationships, cultural paradigms, and hopefully your self love and respect.

This month begins with 5 outer planets in retrograde. These outer planets are connected to some of our unconscious, more deeply hidden beliefs and challenges. They also have influence over all Zodiac Natives (signs) during any transits, or aspects. This is because of the long duration of their orbits around the Sun. That means they give us all a chance to utilize the influence, whether helpful or challenging. 

When ALL of the outer planets are Retrograde this is an opportunity to pause. Reexamine, reconsider, reorder, reconstruct, etc. Since the past season has offered us all personally, as well as our mass collective, a chance to transform our shadow aspects, it stands to reason that there might also include a Heavenly Pause in that endeavor. That is the invitation this week. 

Take time for some of your findings about yourself and your beliefs to settle. Breathe, meditate, allow time for your brain and heart to link up. When this happens your Cranial Heart and your Thoracic Brain work in harmony and assist you with the best your Higher Soul has to offer moving forward.

There are two inner, or personal, planets changing signs this week. Venus moves into Scorpio and Mars transits into Libra on the 9th and 14th respectively. It is perhaps appropriate to allow a pause for each of them to assimilate the energies of the new sign for a few days - another consideration for the pause.

Venus in Scorpio will add boldness and transformation to the characteristics associated with the Feminine in each of us. At the same time, Mars passing into Libra influences the characteristics associated with the Male in each of us to be more adaptable, collaborative, with fair and logical thinking. 

I think you may be able to see how this particular combination at the beginning of our collective Harvest Season has great possibility for helping everyone move forward in some transformative, hopeful ways. The best results may be achieved by taking up the invitation of the Heavenly Pause this week. Divine Timing is a GREAT thing ..
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Finding joy in the ‘Hokey Pokey’? Check out This Sunny Skyz article and video about the neighborhood dance party for Kansas resident, Phyllis Brinkerhoff. She is obsessed with the ‘Hokey Pokey’ song and so her neighbors threw her a surprise flash mob for her 93rd birthday! Sure to make you smile as you 'shake it all about'!

  • Did you know that today 230-years ago is when Washington D.C. was named? Or that the first U.S. civil rights bill was signed into law by US President Dwight Eisenhower on September 9, 1957? Here is an article from the Good News Network with the good news that happened today in history.

  • We will always remember. This is a Smithsonian Magazine article with links to 12 free online resources to share the history and legacy of the attacks on September 11, 2001. From the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to the National Museum of American History, these collections detail the news, the people, the objects, and the oral histories of September 11th.

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:

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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