November 12, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

What's going on at ISD?

Tonight, Thursday November 19 we have the next in our Metaphysically Speaking series at 5:30pm "Spiritual Re-Patterning" with Kimberly Winsor

Immediately after that at 7pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle with Dale Capristo where the quality we contemplate will be Clarity.

Repatterning and Clarity....sounds like a winning combination!!

Coming up Saturday November 21 we have another great day!
At noon we have our friend, Dr. Paula Petry ,with her workshop: Melding Into the Light: Learning to Purge and Protect From Dark Forces.

For those of you in the Oneonta area follow up the class with a little bit of Christmas shopping by heading over to Dietz Street Sale at the Mystic's Nook!

All the Details below...................

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
If you are in the Oneonta area, you don't want to miss this!!
Sale at Mystic's Nook!

Check out the stock of crystals, incense, tarot cards and other metaphysical items.
Get your Christmas Gift Giving done & support ISD at the same time. Masks Required; limit 2 in store at once. . .

At out 41-45 Dietz St. location
Date: Saturday November 21st
Time: 11 AM - 5 PM
Questions: Call Diana 607-433-2089
On Sunday, December 13 at 6:45 PM, the Oneonta Region Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will join other chapters worldwide to observe The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be held online this year via Zoom. The annual event is a time to remember our departed children and to openly acknowledge the special place they have in our hearts. Anyone who has lost a child of any age is invited to attend. Close relatives and friends are also welcome. All participants should register in advance by going to and clicking on the registration link found on the home page.
Participants are encouraged to join the meeting at 6:45 pm and please have on hand a photo of your child, a small candle and a lighter. During the ceremony, each family will be given an opportunity to say a few words about their child, share the photo and light the candle in memory of their loved one. The program includes a variety of music, poetry and personal stories. However, the focal point of the evening will be the candle lighting. For more information, please call Diana Friedell at 607-433-2089 or Kathryn Davino at 607-746-7396, or visit
Please continue joining us in sending healing, Love, Light and Blessings to our leader, friend, mentor, guide, and all around beloved soul sister, Rev. Sue Landon as she bravely battles metastatic cancer.
Prayers and hugs to her husband Tom, her sister Rev. Diana Friedell and her whole big, beautiful family.
Rev. Sue has touched our lives and helped to mold so many of us and our beloved ISD Oneonta.
Know that we are with you, Sue

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Kahlil Gibran
Adult Education

Don't forget to join us on Thursday evenings for Our Fall 2020 Lecture series,
"Metaphysically Speaking"

Check out the full series with clickable registration links Here

Tuition for each session:
$15 /$10 ISD Members

Thursday November 19th 5:30-7:00pm EST
Kimberly Winsor, RPT, LMT, shares techniques to clear and re-program stuck or unsatisfying areas of our lives for good. Through muscle testing and a pendulum we get to the root of limiting beliefs we hold that are operating unconsciously, identify them, and re-pattern them. Familiarity with how to use a pendulum, and muscle testing is a must. 
Saturday November 21, 2020 12pm-2pm EST
Melding Into The Light: Learning to Purge and Protect From Dark Forces with Dr. Paula Petry 

In this time of turmoil and unrest, we may feel vulnerable to dark forces. In this experiential workshop you will have an opportunity to share your experiences and learn techniques for protection. And you will also experience a shamanic journey into the upper realm to a sacred healing altar – to receive a seal of protection to illuminate your path.  

Your registration fee includes a signed copy of Paula’s newly released book, A Mother’s Courage to Awaken ($18.95 Value) to be mailed to you
General Tuition $40
ISD Member $35

We have 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
We understand that many are suffering with financial stress during this time.
No amount is too small and no amount is required!! Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for ISD Donation PayPal
ISD Development Circles:

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
Intuitive Development Circle under the leadership of Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Story connects Scientific Research into consciousness studies, and the human energy field. Helping us to understand how our bodies are wired for telepathy and intuition. Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
This is a healing/meditation Zoom circle every Monday night
RSVP to Story

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm....
Learning and Psychic Development Circle
These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Our own little spiritual oasis where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels comfortable learning, discussing, and unfolding their connection to their own psychic and mediumistic gifts. Let’s join together in the spirit of Love to explore, communicate and develop!!
Each of the circles, facilitated by ISD ministerial cleric Renee Ranke, will begin with a discussion and learning segment that changes weekly. Renee will then lead us in a healing guided meditation directed at receiving your own personal message from Spirit. And we will finish up the session with group messaging work.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions to Renee at

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm....
Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle
Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Return to a sense of Body, Mind, Soul balance and connection with your Spirit helpers. Refresh and renew with a unique guided meditation. Diana, an Intuitive Development Teacher and Psychic Medium for the past 20 years, will lead us in different practices and exercises to allow our own abilities to unfold and continue to develop in a like-minded group. Open to anyone, at all levels of development. We have a lot of fun, and discover the best way to approach our sessions is by saying "I don't know what I don't know!" and "I am open and ready to receive."
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am....
Dream Message Circle
Join a Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle with Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
 RSVP to Story

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday November 19th
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. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.
Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link

Monthly on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm....
Allowing Abundance
Next circle is Tuesday November 24th
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. As “Like attracts Like” we need to feel what we desire emotionally before it can manifest into the reality that we prefer. We will strengthen our intentions for abundance with the support of the group energy field.
Check out our November 2020 events calendar on for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Edna's Sandcastle
by Robert Lloyd Jaffe
I came across a poet’s words
crafted with her loving hand,
she spoke of ugly houses
built upon the rock,
and of her shining palace
built upon the sand.
She had me look that day
at all the plans I’ve made,
and placed so carefully on the stone,
and of all the things I didn’t plan
but later became my own.
Somehow between these two
a peaceful horizon I can see?
the feeling is of moving closer
and sails filled with mystery.
Love is built on faith
and in that, happiness is based,
truly is the rest of life?
so precariously placed.

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Ready for a cruise? Apparently Royal Caribbean is looking for volunteers who are willing to take a free cruise to help the ships test new coronavirus protocols. The cruise line plans on testing and modifying their protocols through a series of sailings using employees and volunteers. Read the NY Post article Here

  • Just in time for Thanksgiving, check out This Bustle article provides a doctor’s recommendations for staying safe at gatherings during the pandemic.

  • Good neighbors! Check out This Sunny Skyz article about the restaurant in Jersey City that planned on closing as their employees got tested for Covid. But, a barbershop owner two doors down stepped in and waited tables for the day to make sure that they stayed open.

The below links will remain here so that you will easily be able to find them if you have a need:

  • Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping during this pandemic period. 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 of this time.

  • Do you have coronavirus questions? Here is an interesting article from CNN that may answer some of them. Questions like, "When are people with coronavirus most contagious?" and "How safe are public restrooms?"
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 
Go to the Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., and even if the door is locked, you will see stickers in the plastic flyer display holder on the wall to the LEFT of the Door, under the prayer flags.
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.

Thank you to all who have brought in your 5 cent returnables for us to return, and to Connie Lull for delivering to Hannaford.
We have built up about $160 for ISD just from returning our cans!
Thank you!
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.

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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
Founding Pastor, Rev. Sue has retired to concentrate on her healing right now. If there is anything we can do she will let us know. But meanwhile, the strong leadership at ISD continues to build on 3 years of groundwork for this amazing institution. 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!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .