Sunset

Sunset
Nov 11, 2019 by Renee Linnell
The Course in Miracles says that in every moment we have a choice between a grievance or a miracle. In every moment all we have to do is lift our gaze. In every single moment we get to choose: Do I want to live in Heaven, where anything is possible and miracles abound; or do I want to get lost in the mundane, and miss each moment’s wonderful/breathtaking/awesome display?

A Thought About Vulnerability

A Thought About Vulnerability
Oct 09, 2019 by Renee Linnell
"In my defenselessness my safety lies," says The Course in Miracles

I walk into my local spa and a golden retriever mix greets me. I have never seen her before. She approaches me, tail wagging back and forth, and then drops to the ground, rolls over, and offers me her tummy. I immediately respond: I drop to the floor as well, overcome with love for her, and I begin to stroke her belly and offer kind, loving, soothing words. I tell her how beautiful she is and how good. I tell her how much I love her. We are both in bliss. And we just met. Instant love. And I think of how vulnerable she is. How instinctively she knows she was born to give love and receive it. And how by dropping to the ground and offering her belly she immediately said, "Give me the best of yourself; I trust you to do it." 

A Return To Love

A Return To Love
Aug 10, 2019 by Renee Linnell
We are born to love. We love being loving. We thrive when we love. So, when we encounter anything that opens our heart wide, we want more and more and more of it. The fascinating thing, the thing we are not taught is this: it is our love flowing. It does not matter what the object of attention is. We choose to flow the love. This is the feeling we become addicted to. And, we have control over it. We can choose to flow this love anywhere and to anyone. And we need to learn to flow it to ourselves first. 

Giving Away Our Power

Giving Away Our Power
Jul 01, 2019 by Renee Linnell
There is all this talk about giving our power away. People say it all the time. “Don’t give your power away.” Or, “You gave your power away.” I’ve been saying it over and over as I travelled around doing my book tour: 
“I gave my power away when I was in the cult.” 
“Anytime you let anyone else tell you who you are, you hand them your power.” 

Bus Driver and Taxi

Bus Driver and Taxi
Jun 18, 2019 by Renee Linnell
So, I had another epiphany: The universe always delivers what I ask for. Always. Sometimes it just takes a while. Like years. Or it comes in a totally different form than what I imagine. But, I also just realized that when it takes longer than I want it to, or comes in a different form, it’s because it is being delivered in a delicious, fun, interesting, and amazing way.

"Rocketman"

"Rocketman"
Jun 11, 2019 by Renee Linnell
I saw Rocketman last week and was blown away by the acting. Also, by the story. And what kept pounding itself into my attention were the two biggest themes from my memoir: self-love and mind control.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity To Be With This One Person

Don’t Miss This Opportunity To Be With This One Person
May 22, 2019 by Renee Linnell
So, I’m three weeks into my second book tour and I have to share with you something that keeps coming up: It’s a tiny voice I hear in my thoughts that reminds me, don’t miss this opportunity with this one person. I am beginning to think this book tour is less about me promoting my book on TV, radio, and in stores, and more about the angels God has sent to cross my path.

The Sparkle

The Sparkle
May 17, 2019 by Renee Linnell
I had an epiphany while driving across Florida to a radio talk show interview a few days ago. It’s about traveling and about comfort and about safety and depression.

Fitting In

Fitting In
Apr 15, 2019 by Renee Linnell
So, I ran into the tallest human I have ever seen in my life, just a week ago in the Denver airport. I mean, he had to be seven feet, five inches or more. The man next to him looked about six feet tall and this guy towered over him. I made myself not stare. I wanted so badly to ask him how tall he was, but I figured everyone did that so I resisted. I just walked on by and hurried to my plane.

The Strength To Leave

The Strength To Leave
Apr 01, 2019 by Renee Linnell
It takes tremendous courage to leave a relationship that no longer fits. It takes tremendous self-love to know you deserve better. It takes tremendous faith to believe something better, someone better lies just around the corner in your future. It takes tremendous wisdom to feel deep in your bones that you were born to live a life of joy and that everything you dream about can be yours.

Depression

Depression
Mar 18, 2019 by Renee Linnell
My Thoughts On Depression
This blog is for Ron in Pittsburg, who told me via email that he has struggled with depression for 45 years:

I struggle with depression, too. I think all sensitive souls do; maybe all humans. I feel like it is part of the human condition and that there is too much messaging out there that tells us we are supposed to be happy all the time, and that when we’re not there is something wrong with us.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying
Feb 16, 2019 by Renee Linnell
I’d like to write about critics, especially cyber bullies. And I’d like to tie it in with trusting your voice, owning your story, and putting your work into the world; especially if you are an artist. This is a pep talk for myself; but also, hopefully, helpful to you.

Time For Self-Love

Time For Self-Love
Feb 12, 2019 by Renee Linnell
Why do we let people treat us badly? Have you ever thought of that? Why do we make excuses for them? Why do we spend time with people that make us feel like crap? Why would we make plans with anyone that leaves us feeling depleted and deflated? It makes no sense.

Heaven into Hell

Heaven into Hell
Jan 29, 2019 by Renee Linnell
This is long, but worth telling:
I just watched a dear friend turn Heaven into Hell and I learned a powerful lesson in how to not do the same.

Self-Love

Self-Love
Jan 14, 2019 by Renee Linnell
Self-love. There is so much talk about self-love, but what is it exactly? I feel qualified to tell you because lack of self-love almost killed me and learning self-love saved my life. Self-love is giving to yourself everything you want to come from another person.

Loving a Narcissist

Loving a Narcissist
Jan 09, 2019 by Renee Linnell
You can still love the narcissist or addict, if you have to. You just have to love yourself more. Enough to know you deserve whole love. Real love. Balanced love. Love yourself enough to leave. So real love can find you. It’s scary at first, to be loved so much, to be loved so fully . . . especially when you are used to being with emotionally unavailable partners. But, life is so short. And you deserve it. We all do. 

Introvert and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Blog

Introvert and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Blog
Dec 29, 2018 by Renee Linnell
When we were children we were told constantly that we were too sensitive. “Stop crying,” they said. “Toughen up,” they told us. “You are such a cry-baby,” the other kids yelled. “Cry-baby, cry-baby, cry-baby . . .”
What if our sensitivity is our gift? What if it is what we came here to do? What if it is a huge part of our Divine Purpose?
 
And suddenly the words come to me:
We don’t have to fit in. We just need to find what brings us joy and do more of that.

Mar The Canvas

Mar The Canvas
Dec 13, 2018 by Renee Linnell
I watched a famous painter in the Grand Canyon begin a new painting. He held a rich palate of colors, oil paint, and turned to face the white canvas. Then he placed the palate down and picked up a lump of charcoal. With his right hand he quickly dragged the charcoal over the canvas, assaulting it, and creating an erratic black line. He put the charcoal down and turned to look at those of us watching. 

Body Blog

Body Blog
Nov 28, 2018 by Renee Linnell
I had an epiphany about my body. I was reading Madisyn Taylor’s Unmedicated, and got to page 87, which she opens with, “Our bodies work hard for us, taking the physical abuse of poor eating habits and toxins from various sources. They take emotional abuse when we tell ourselves we are not good enough or we don’t like what we see in the mirror.” Suddenly I began sobbing.

Depression

Depression
Nov 06, 2018 by Renee Linnell
I believe there is not enough dialogue out there about soul-sickness, especially among wealthy communities. We are taught to believe from a young age that once we have the perfect partner, house, car, children, and careers, we will be happy. And often times this is not the case; the happiness does not come. There is an insatiable need for more. Because there is no dialogue about this, most people think, I am the only one, something is wrong with me, or no one understands me. This leads to deep despair and usually a diagnosis of depression and medication.