The Black Girl In Om List: Dr. CRYSTAL JONES
Interview and introduction by Lauren Ash. Photography courtesy of Dr. Crystal Jones.
She resists titles. She expands beyond her previously embraced beliefs. Dr. Crystal Jones shows up as the embodiment of Spirit and asks, gently, that more of us do the same. Honoring each of our truths as much as her own, she guides us in conscious communication about our challenges and journey on this earthly plane. Comfortable barefoot and breathing deeply, Crystal has served our team as our Spiritual Director for almost a year now. Supporting us on our BGIO Breathe Easy Team Retreat, she held space for our team of phenomenal, spiritually-rooted women to release, be vulnerable, and stand tall in our intentions. To be whole, a topic Crystal encourages for us all. Amidst a world of transitions, Crystal currently finds herself expanding rapidly into her next chapter. Learn about the limiting beliefs she has recently shed, where the divine feminine expresses herself within her life, and how you can connect more spiritually with everyone you meet starting now. Oh, and she’s @DrCrystalJones on Instagram and @DrCrystalJones on Twitter. Thank me later.
What is your go-to practice for grounding yourself?
Meditation. Just sitting with myself and breathing. It’s kind of a combination between breathing and meditation, I breathe my way into my body and sit.
What is one area of your life where you are calling in an energy of expansion?
The place that I’m calling the energy of expansion right now is the expression of Spirit through me. I am so excited to expand and be able to be a full expression of Spirit at all times and continually expand upon wholeness.
What was one of your biggest challenges in coming into this new direction (the shift that you’re in right now) and how did you rise about that?
My biggest challenge was my limiting belief that I didn’t have enough resources, whether that was connections, time or money. It was the limiting belief that I didn’t have enough to be able to be the bigness of Spirit within. How I overcame this challenge was continual practice of acknowledging what I want and moving into what I want— and telling my body to expand into that. Instead of thinking “Do I have the time to do this?” I would say yes, and then only commit to that which triggered a full body yes. “Do I have enough money for this?” Instead of telling my body that I needed a certain amount of money to sustain something, I started allowing my body to breathe into that sustenance — telling my body what I want.
If you had to describe your journey from root to rise in three words, what are they?
Intense, expansion and within.
How do you polish your inner voice to ensure that the dialogue is one of abundance?
Speaking specifically about abundance, my dialogue within is to become abundance. Anything that I want, I become. Ultimately, I just became what I sought., I realize that my desires weren’t outside of me... Anytime I have the opportunity to become abundant, I do.
What is the most powerful lesson you’ve learned about healing the feminine mind body and soul?
Divine feminine is the root for which anything can grow. When I wasn’t living in my divine feminine and just living in my divine masculine, I was trying to be this growing plant without a solid root. I was attempting to grow from roots that weren’t mine and, the lesson that I learned is that the divine feminine is the root. It is the foundation. It is the nutrient base. I learned that without the divine feminine, there really isn’t a foundation strong enough to thrive.
What are ways we can connect more spiritually with others who we encounter on a daily basis?
This is my daily practice. The way you can connect with community and the people around you is to recognize that everything around you is Spirit. Allow your curiosity, rather than judgement, to open your awareness to the infinite amount of ways that Spirit desires to express Itself. This allows you to be curious with everything instead of being judgmental. When you recognize that everything in front of you is perfection, you want to know what perfection means even more. In turn you’re communicating more, you’re compassionate with people. Overall, you just practice getting to know Spirit all the time.
How has your definition of success evolved as you’ve risen into who you are today?
My definition of success evolved from something that I could have to something that I am — I am success. click to tweet
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