I’m Crystal Marie Fleming: 30-something writer, spiritual adventurer, reluctant-turned-enthusiastic New Yorker and sociologist of racism. This is my personal blog, which I’ve mostly neglected over the past few years as I finished writing Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France, earned tenure and began writing about race and politics elsewhere. I have random bursts of creativity that manifest as cooking, songwriting and producing whole entire books. I am proud to carry the “no-fucks-to-give” mantle of the irreverent, independent, soulful, passionate, hilarious, loving, fiery Take-No-Shit-Southern-Negro-Women in my family tree.
I’m influenced by the nondual and mystical teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Alan Watts, Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith and Thich Nhat Hanh among others. My spiritual perspective draws from Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and panentheism. It boils down to these basic tenets:
(1) Everything and everyone is a manifestation of the All-there-is / God / Universe.
(2) What is most real in life is the conscious experience of the present moment.
I don’t claim to have the answers or to have life ‘figured out”. I’m just as beautifully flawed as everybody else. I’ve used this blog as a space to share my experiences, insights and questions as I play out my time here as a manifestation of Consciousness. I invite you to share with me so we can learn together.
The title of this blog originally came from a mantra someone shared with me to help connect with the present moment. “I am aware that I am aware.” Over time, the meaning shifted to address the intersections of my twin passions: spiritual awareness and social awareness. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of very personal and, at times, political reflections blending my expertise in sociology with reflexive musings on my own experiences. I’ve only recently begun to revive the blog so we’ll have to see what new adventures come next . . .