March 17, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
― St. Patrick
This Sunday, March 20 at 10am
Join us for our
Metaphysical Service
in-person at the Community Room at Southside Mall or in the comfort of your home on Zoom.

Rev. Amanda Hoover will emcee the service and our pastor, Rev. Diana Friedell will deliver her homily: “Laughter, the Best Medicine"

Click below to join via Zoom:

For those of you who are joining us in-person, after the service, while you are getting your coffee and snacks, join Rev. Maggie Kilbride as she leads us in making our own Prayer Beads to take home.
Prayer beads are a form of beadwork used to count the repetitions of prayers, chants, or mantras and are used in many faith traditions to help us focus on, and strengthen our prayers, mantras and intentions. Maggie will teach us different ways to use them from her background in Shamanism, and Native American traditions.

Full Zoom Information:
Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Mar 20, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every month on the Third Sun
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Directions to get into the Community Room at the Southside Mall in Oneonta:
The Community room is located catty corner to the interior entrance to J.C. Penney. There used to be a shoe store there.
On Sundays, movie theater side entrance of the mall in the front is locked until 11:00 a.m.. You Cannot enter there.
You can either park in front and enter starting at 9:30 am at the center front Main Entrance, between Applebees & Subway, which will be open only for those attending the service.
OR Instead, as you face the mall, you will drive around to the right past Dick’s Sporting Goods to the back of the mall, and drive on the back road to the bumpy parking lot just before JC Penney on the back side- Park there and Enter THE BACK SIDE MAIN ENTRANCE that brings you into the hallway by the bathrooms, pass by the bathrooms, see JC Penney on your right, and the Community Room on your left with the black curtains hanging in the shop windows. Continue in the mall until you see the “cage” door to the community room on your left and enter there. Please make every effort to arrive on time or early, because that main cage door will be closed for privacy once the mall opens.
What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday March 10 at 5:30pm, is Part 2 of Foundations 103: "Expanding Psychic Abilities" with Rev. Diana Friedell. This is a required class for the IPP program, but open to anyone who would like to join

  • Also tonight, March 10 at 7pm is our monthly Magdalene Meditation circle. This month's Magdalena quality being contemplated is Joy.

  • And finally, also tonight, for those of you who have been unable to join our Thursday morning dream circles with Story Ducey, she has added in a Thursday evening circle. Join the Dream Message Circle at 7:30 pm on Thursdays beginning tonight

  • Join us this Sunday, March 20 at 10am, for our magical Metaphysical Service in person at the Southside Mall or on Zoom. We can't wait to see you!

  • Sunday April 3rd, will be our all Members Annual Convention to look over our accomplishments, plan for next year, and approve the budget, the Board Members. Save the date, this is your chance to have your voice heard!

  • If you attend regular weekly development circles, check out our new Lightseeker's Discount below!

  • Our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel!  If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to relisten to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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ISD Oneonta Membership

Are you committed to your spiritual unfoldment and to expanding your intuitive skills through regular practice with a like-minded supportive community, under ISD Faculty’s excellent tutelage?

Introducing the “Lightkeeper’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles throughout the month, from 2 to 15 circles.
If you attend 3 circles a week, the normal suggested donation for the month would be $120, and with the LightSeeker’s Discount, you pay only $40.
Please mark your donation (at the donation button on the website home page) as being for the monthly ‘Lightseeker’s Discount’.
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
Adult Education

Interested in joining our
Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program?
This is a rolling program, there is always still time to join
If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,
If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,
then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

Thursday March 10th & Thursday March 17th
Foundations 103: Expanding Psychic Abilities
“Feeling is Believing!” Your new abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

Saturday March 12th Postponed stay tune for a replacement date
IET Healing Angels of the Energy Field
This is an in-person class with a limit of 10 register soon!
This amazing in-person workshop is for anyone who loves angels. Under the guidance of Integrated Energy Therapy© Instructor, and ISD Oneonta's Healing Program Director, JoAnn Wormuth.
You will learn how to energetically connect with nine healing angels, and develop a relationship with them which will assist you in your personal transformation.
Students will be provided with The Healing Angels of the Energy Field workbook to support their learning experience. Certificate of Completion will be granted.

Sunday March 27th, Saturday April 30th, and Saturday May 14th all from 10am - 12:30pm

Self-care for Lightworkers
This Class is in-person at the new ISD Oneonta Headquarters
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Intuitive Practitioner and Healing Certification Programs, but open to everyone
Self-care for Lightworkers is an in-person 4-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.
If you cannot attend in person: Melinda Witter, from ISD-Treasure Coast, will be offering a Critical Self Care Class on ZOOM that will also meet the IPP or HPP Requirement. . . 
Thursday March 24th & Thursday March 31
The Swing of the Pendulum for Life Decisions
Dowsing with a pendulum, is one of the oldest forms of divination. It allows you to tune in to subtle universal energies for guidance. In Part I of this class, Judy Lynn brings you closer to your pendulum with a greater understanding of how it best works for you. In Part II Renee Ranke leads you on a journey to discover your own internal pendulum.
There is a required class for the IPP students, but open to everyone

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
Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.
(Those eligible for the Lightseeker's discount are in green and marked with an asterisk below * )
Weekly Development Circles:

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
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

10-11:30am EST
and also
7:30-9pm 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 March 17th
* 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
1st Friday 
6:30-7:30pm EST
Next circle is Friday April 1st
* Multidimensional Happy Hour

With Rev. Amanda Hoover. Join your guides and higher self for an all natural HAPPY HOUR party in the higher planes with Amanda. Our carefree lighthearted higher guidance and connecting with like-minded souls is a great way to go into the weekend feeling rejuvenated and full of loving vibration.
Click below for additional details and Zoom link
Weekly Groups
Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)
Contact Story for more information
7-8:30pm EST
Oracle Group

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homework from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom
7-8:30pm EST
Evidential Mediumship Group

With Story Ducey. This is an Advanced Group recommended for those with some classes or experience under their belt.
If you join in, you will be working under Story's expert tutelage- practice receiving evidence and message work in a friendly group.

email interest and to get the Zoom

Check out our March 2022 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

St. Patrick’s Day: With an Irish Shamrock
By Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna

From the region of zephyrs, the Emerald isle,
   The land of thy birth, in my freshness I come,
To waken this long-cherished morn with a smile,
   And breathe o’er thy spirit the whispers of home.
O welcome the stranger from Erin’s green sod;
 I sprang where the bones of thy fathers repose,
I grew where thy free step in infancy trod,
 Ere the world threw around thee its wiles and its woes.
     But sprightlier themes
     Enliven the dreams,
My dew-dropping leaflets unfold to impart:
     To loftiest emotion
     Of patriot devotion,
I wake the full chord of an Irishman’s heart.

The rose is expanding her petals of pride,
   And points to the laurels o’erarching her tree;
And the hardy Bur-thistle stands rooted beside,
   And sternly demands;—Who dare meddle wi’ me?
And bright are the garlands they jointly display,
   In death-fields of victory gallantly got;
But let the fair sisters their trophies array,
   And show us the wreath where the shamrock is not!
       By sea and by land,
       With bullet and brand,
My sons have directed the stormbolt of war;
       The banners ye boast,
       Ne’er waved o’er our host,
Unfanned by the accents of Erin-go-bragh!

Erin mavourneen! dark is thy night;
   Deep thy forebodings and gloomy thy fears;
And O, there are bosoms with savage delight
   Who laugh at thy plainings and scoff at thy tears!
But, Erin mavourneen, bright are the names
   Who twine with the heart-vein thy fate in their breast;
And scorned be the lot of the dastard, who shames
   To plant, as a trophy, this leaf on his crest!
       Thrice trebled disgrace
       His honours deface,
Who shrinks from proclaiming the isle of his birth!
       Though lowly its stem,
       This emerald gem
Mates with the proudest that shadow the earth!

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

The stelliums, (3 or more planets in one sign), in Aquarius and Pisces are still active this week. Saturn, Venus, and Mars are accompanied by female energy expressing asteroids, Juno and Vesta in Aquarius. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune are in Pisces.

Additionally, we have 3 very exciting days this week. They are Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th. A near Kite formation is moving into position in our Solar System. ALL of the planets are within this formation. It is extraordinary! The sky chart below is for the Full Moon on the 18th. Shapes and symbols speak their own language to humanity. Does this formation look as if it is trying to communicate? I believe it does. They are saying, "we stand ready to assist. You are not alone." It is elegant, as if the dance of the Solar System is bowing in reverence to us. Consider the energies of the components in this ephemeris from
There are Trines involving the Moon, Pluto, and the Moon's North Node,(also referred to as the Dragon's head.) The next day the Trines include the Moon, Saturn, Venus, and Mars. In the following days the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune are all Trine the Moon.

As mentioned last week, Trines are always beneficial, and always good luck. The Kite formation, while not exact, stays intact over a few days. This happening around the Full Moon and the Vernal Equinox is off the scale in luck, opportunity, and serendipity.

The Kite symbolizes freedom, prophecy and fate. The Full Moon always encourages the culmination of our endeavors, and the Spring Equinox is universal among all cultures as a time of new growth and a return of life. All of this happens as the Sun reaches its grand finale in dreamy, aspirational Pisces.

 The North and South nodes are a mathematical position calculated as the point where the Moon's nodes cross the ecliptic plane. The Eclipses are always along these nodal axes. The North node is at one corner of this Kite formation. It is about Soul growth, where all of your previous experiences are taking you. It is where you may need to leave your comfort zone. If you succeed the rewards are substantial. It is where you courageously meet your first, best destiny.

Now let us include Pluto at the other Kite corner. Remember that Pluto influences entire generations and populations. This is, conceivably, about the life purpose of the Human collective. We have unique paths, but we also have universal aspirations. Our planet is at a decision point right now. We all feel and know it. The upheaval has been considerable for several years now. Do we go forward into the Aquarian Age?

We are living in the days of a paradigm shift. If you would like to have something tangible to make this more real for you, I once again encourage you to go outside. You can view Venus, Mars, and Saturn. They are close together in the Southeastern sky just before Sunrise.

I encourage you to use every tool available to you to make the shift of the ages with an elegance that will be remembered by our Star family for eternity. May you find your Godspeed!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Archaeologists have found an ancient lead sarcophagus under Notre-Dame cathedral, which offers new insight into the history of the building currently under reconstruction after the 2019 fire. The remains may have belonged to a high dignitary and could date back to the 14th century. The article is Here.

  • “If you’re sad or angry, go get a cookie or an ice-cream”. Looking for a ‘pick-me-up’? The Peptok Hotline may be the answer for you. The students of West Side Elementary have started a new telephone hotline to help uplift and relieve stress with laughter, words of encouragement, and advice. This article from the Good News Network has details along with the phone number and a sample of their joyful words!

  • Have you ever heard of ASMR, ‘Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response’? It is a ‘head tingling’ effect felt with certain sensory triggers, such as watching someone brush their hair or hearing sounds like whispering or tapping. Check out the article Here and see if this is something that you experience.

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 other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, 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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We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection
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:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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.
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Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
  • Visit
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  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
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  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
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
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - 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
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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