Linda Ruocco is much like the mythic Phoenix, the legendary sacred firebird who dies in the fire to be reborn anew out of the ashes.  She has reinvented herself from a successful career in the fashion business — including having been a Vice President at Bloomingdale’s — to having her own licensed real estate brokerage business in Manhattan, NYC, and now at Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company — AND she is a spiritual teacher and coach.

Linda was raised Roman Catholic at her grandmother’s urging; her mother was a Southern Baptist with a Unity flair; her father was an agnostic.  While Linda attends her favorite catholic  church regularly, she considers her own faith as “eclectic spirituality” with a strong transformational flavor.   She is a student of “A Course in Miracles” and participates in transformation education at Landmark Education as a student and as a coach in the Wisdom Division.

In college, Linda majored in English Literature — with a specialty in Shakespeare! — and studied history of religions just because it fascinated her — and became intrigued with various different spiritual traditions.   Later, Linda was strongly influenced by mythical themes presented by noted mythologist, Joseph Campbell.  His work shifted what had previously lived for her as “religious” into a profoundly personal spiritual transformation.

She married a Jewish man and raised her own son, Joshua Feuer, in the Jewish religion.   She traveled to India to visit Sai Baba — and became entranced with the Hindu gods and goddesses, especially Ganesha, the Hindu god of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles.   While in India, Linda had a mystical experience at the Taj Mahal that was life-altering — she considers it to be the turning point of her life and her faith.

A few years later, she went on to Cambodia and Thailand to fall in love with Buddhist thought and practice.   She has also been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 35 years.  She has studied the Gnostic Gospels, the Kabbalah and dipped into the Tao Te Ching.   She reads the Sufi poets, particularly Rumi and Hafiz, and also loves the Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore.

Not to leave her own heritage unexplored, she found her spiritual longing matched in the works of the Romantics: Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Melville.   And who doesn’t love the inherent transformational qualities of the works of Mark Twain?   Linda is Huck Finn at heart!   Isn’t everyone?

Linda is a great fan of Eckart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Werner Erhard, and David Hawkins’ “Power vs. Force” Trilogy. She has a special affinity for some of the early 20th Century New Thought Movement Christians, particularly Emmett Fox and Christian Larsen. Two of her favorite books are Fox’s, “The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life” and Larsen’s, “The Pathway of Roses.”

Linda has a promise to the world: “By 2025, I promise a world in which all people know themselves as lovable and precious, living inside a delicious relationship with the Divine, and their lives are filled with Miracles, Love, and Grace.

Linda is a spiritual minister and volunteered at the Armory in New York City after 9/11 to work with the victims’ families. She is a Reiki Master and an expert on Astrology and the Tarot

You can follow her on Twitter @Linda_Ruocco.  Or click on www.Twitter.com/Linda_Ruocco

If you would like to reach Linda personally, please email her at Linda@spiritualchocolate.com.  If you would like to reach her in her capacity as  a NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with Douglas Elliman in Manhattan, please email her at linda.ruocco@elliman.com.

19 Responses to “About Linda Ruocco”

  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. Elle Taviv said

    I love your post about your son! You’re such a great mom! Such an inspiration!

    • spiritualchocolate said

      Dear Elle,

      Thank you so much for reading… and thank you for your gentle words… I do appreciate that…. Being a mother, a parent, is a joy… and the hardest job any of us will ever do….
      Blessings, Linda

  3. Doug Longo said

    Dear Linda
    This is the first time I went to this portion of your Web Site.I found it very interesting.I am familiar with some of the Authors that are mentioned and have read some of their work.They provide some very valuable insights.
    Doug

  4. Tommy said

    Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

  5. peri lyons said

    You know this is the first time I noticed this bio! It’s amazing and totally inspirational.And who knew you and I had so much in common? Have you read (by the way) Billy Bryson’s book on Shakespeare? It’s delicious.
    Can’t wait to see you soon!
    xxx

    • spiritualchocolate said

      Dear Peri, That’s so great! Well, we need a chance to talk sometime…. I had a feeling we had more in common…. xoxo

  6. Mary Thorp said

    Linda,
    Just read your writing on Sai Baba. Thank you for the picture your journey was. Mostly I get annoyed about India but recently had someone tell me they’d just returned from the BEST trip they’d ever been on. They’d traveled to 17 cities in India. I can’t imagine. Till I read what you wrote. I, too, dislike all the dirt, etc. But if you could do it, I bet I could too.
    I was at the ashram of Muktananda in NY State at an intensive.
    Much love, Mary

    • spiritualchocolate said

      Dear Mary, Thank you so much for reading! Yes, the transformation from annoyance and disgust to pure bliss was worth going to India for. A week later, I had an even more miraculous moment at the Taj Mahal…. I think that India is a clearing for miracles and revelation, but one is tested to see if they can rise above the outward manifestation of poverty and filth. It’s SOME test! Love, Linda
      PS: Weren’t you coming into NY soon — did you want to do the Tarot reading? L. xoxox

  7. Debbie Marr said

    Linda, I just read your piece about Sug. She was a dear friend of mine that I met through Heurser Hearing & Language Academy. I do some freelance marketing/events and Sug and I had worked on a few events together. Really missing Sug today because I am planning a tribute event (more details later) for her involving Louis Vuitton. Went on the internet just to get a look at my very missed friend and saw your blog. Your story is so touching, our Sug was sure a lovely person and was so good to all people. I do believe she is still looking down on us all…….3 years ago I did an LV event with her. She had an old, and I mean old, LV handbag that she brought to the event for the LV people to take back and try to refurbish. The event ended and the LV people packed up and left. Three years pass and Sug never received the handbag, we called and no one knew where it was. We figured it got packed and no one knew who it belonged to. Two days after Sug’s funeral I get a Federal Express letter saying my LV handbag has been in storage for 3 years and they are sorry to say they could not fix the bag and if I wanted it back to give them a call. I called them and told them the bag was not mine but the person was not with us any longer and if they would send it to me I would make sure her family (Dan) would get the handbag. A couple days later I received the handbag and I opened the handbag and inside was Sug’s business card and her name was written on it in her handwriting. I could feel her presence – how did they get my name to call when her card with her name, phone number, and address was right there? What is really strange is Sug and I was working on doing another event for LV up until she found out she was ill and of course everything came to a halt. I am back planning this event in her honor because I truly feel it was a sign from her to tell me to continue and of course the proceeds will go to Heuser Hearing & Language Academy. By the way, when I took the handbag to Dan we both had a good cry and set and talked for a while. Dan then said; “I don’t know what I will do with that handbag”. I told him, if you don’t have anyone to give it to or decide to do something with it later I would be honored to have the handbag. He told me to take it back home with me…..I will cherish this old LV handbag until I die, it means the world to me.
    Debbie Marr

    • spiritualchocolate said

      Dear Debbie,

      Your story just made me cry… I, too, am missing her today for some reason. I think it’s because Marvin Traub, the former CEO of Bloomingdale’s, died this week and the funeral is tomorrow — it will be the first funeral since I was at Sug’s in Louisville.

      Did we meet while I was there in Louisville?

      Thank you for sharing. If I lived in Louisville, I would help you with the event, just to give back as Sug did. She was such a tremendous role model for everyone with whom she came in touch….

      If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know. Much love, Linda xoxo

      • Debbie Marr said

        Thanks Linda. I hope we can stay in touch, somehow I think it would make Sug happy. I will keep you informed on the progress.

        We did not meet at the funeral, I wish we had. I set on the right side of the church with most of the Heuser people.

        I always called her my little “sug-a-lee”, I loved that little lady.

        My email is deboraloumarr@gmail.com

  8. As I read your spiritual journey and all the names, from Sai Baba, Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle – Reiki, Tarot, and all the rest, I felt like calling, yes, yes, I’ve been there too… and the journey never ends until we reach the Self…..
    Wonderful to connect, but I can’t find a follow button..I’m very technologically challenged alas, and I may have missed the obvious…

    • Dear Valerie,
      Thanks for coming! The follow button should be in the lower right hand corner of your screen. It’s grey and the background is grey so it makes it hard to see…. Let me know how it goes for you! Thanks for coming onboard! Deliciously yours, Linda

  9. Mary Duffy said

    Linda: So nice seeing you today- this site is a winner- i am posting to my Facebook crew. Love it. Mary Duffy

  10. Linda said

    Would you recommend the landmark form if I am already a student for 15 yrs in acim a course in miracles?
    If so please explain more about why you feel it would be additionally helpful
    Thanks so much
    Linda

    • I was studying ACIM for four years before I did my Landmark Forum. I always say that the LF gave me the languaging to speak of my spiritual life, the basis of which is ACIM. In the LF, they give you the distinctions “rackets” (complaints) and “strong suits” (how we fix things in life) and right away I saw that it perfectly fit where it says in the ACIM, “seek to remove the blocks to love….” THOSE ARE the blocks to love because they are automatic and not authentic and we don’t even know we’re doing it. As A Course in Miracles would say, “Everything is either a grievance or a miracle.” Once we get rid of those blocks, there is only love — It was life altering to be able to have those distinctions from the Forum. So, my answer is Yes, do the Landmark Forum. It will make your study of ACIM deeper and richer….. Good Luck! Love, Linda xoxo

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