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Ted Czukor

Ted Czukor

A student of esoteric traditions since the age of 16, Ted Czukor (Theo the Green) taught Yoga for 37 years until retiring in 2013. For 26 years he was adjunct faculty for the Maricopa, AZ Community Colleges, teaching Gentle Yoga and Meditation & Wellness. Raised in the Methodist Church but drawn to Rosicrucianism, Hinduism and Buddhist philosophy, he is a devotee of the Goddess in all Her forms. Ted has been a Shakespearean actor, a Masonic ritualist and an Interfaith wedding officiant. He is the author of several books, none of which made any money and two of which are available as .pdf files. He lives with his wife Ravyn-Morgayne in Sun City, Arizona. Their shared dream is to someday relocate to Glastonbury, England. theoczukor@cox.net.

June 27, 2018 – I just read a beautiful prayer by Francesca De Grandis on the Witches and Pagans website. In it, she references the fear of extending one's arm to help another human being – which means, I think, the fear that our intentions may be misinterpreted and that the arm which was extended in love might get viciously ripped off at the shoulder! Her prayer is for strength of faith, to remember that Mother-Father God supports us always, no matter what the outcome seems to be.

This concern is especially rampant in these times of political and religious division, exacerbated by an Internet gone out of control - with so many plausible versions of reality that nobody can tell, any more, what is true and what is false. To an old wannabe hippy like myself who used to live in hopeful dreams of a world united in love, it is unbelievable how the most benign expressions of goodwill and acceptance can be met with the most ferocious hatred and condemnation - by people who consider themselves just as reasonable and educated, and just as socially sensitive and spiritual, as I am myself!

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Before sitting down at my computer this evening I was writing down a note on a story I hope to write. In the note a boy age 10 sa
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Very good observations, Anthony. I like your story line which shows reality from the viewpoints of different ages. And it always

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In my dream I was an aging soap opera actor. I had played the same supporting role for many years, surviving innumerable story lines and becoming a background fixture in the TV community. For decades I had looked forward to the day when my efforts would be recognized and my character would be promoted to the level of a leading role; but it never happened. As my hair gradually turned gray, it seemed to me that every year the writing got more childish and the story lines became more trite. Still my character continued to be taken for granted, while new characters and younger actors were promoted instead.

Finally, the day came when I had had enough. We were blocking a crowd scene in which more and more characters kept entering the room - a confusing affair requiring a lot of choreography, which I felt the director was handling very badly; every lead character who entered was simply sent to Stage Left, and we secondary parts were left sitting in chairs Stage Right. There were only three of us in those chairs, and the more jammed Stage Left became with actors of note, the more demeaned and disrespected I felt.

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    Ted Czukor says #
    Once again, Francesca, I find myself thanking you for validating my expression. It is so encouraging to find someone whose efferve
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Thank you for all your kind words, Ted. I agree with what you’re saying about older teachers, ... or at least I believe it’s true
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh, my goodness, this is a marvelous post! Perfect! Honest, well written, and important. And once again, we are so in agreement

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In 1976 I became a Home Sanctum member of The Rosicrucian Order A.M.O.R.C., and for years thereafter I received regular mailings of their instructional materials.  I found those teachings to be of great value as an "Intro to Metaphysics 101."  They stood me in good stead for decades.

I especially appreciated the RC admonition to never blindly accept anyone's teaching as true, until I had first submitted it to proof by personal testing and my own sense of reason - a warning which I subsequently discovered had been issued by no less a person than the Buddha himself. 

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    Ted Czukor says #
    Cool! Shows the universality of thought between intelligent people of all faiths. I remember when all our favorite Gurus began d
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Cool! Shows the universality of thought between intelligent people of all faiths. I remember when all our favorite Gurus began d
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Couldn't agree with you more, though of course we both might say "Goddess of my heart." It continually amazes me that so many peop

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I've been considering the question of why so many people who matured physically and mentally decades ago, never managed to grow up emotionally. This seems to be especially true of the demographic in which I was raised – the exciting and neurotic world of actors, dancers, musicians and writers.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you for your encouraging words. I'm glad you find my articles useful. I'm interested in the TV shows on your websites, but
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, hiya, judging from Seerat’s wording and the fact that there are four of his/her comments expressing basically the same thing,
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thanks for protecting me, Francesca, especially in light of the FBI's warning today to reboot all our routers. My Chinese birth s
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Glad to help, my friend. As someone who is by nature naïve and trusting, it’s taking me some hard hits to become a bit savvier, s
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    How delightful to hear from you, Ron! Nora (a.k.a. Ravyn-Morgayne) and I think of you often and hope you are happy in the house,

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Performing artists, familiar with the backstage areas of theatres - where illusions of sumptuous grandeur are exposed as shams of cardboard, canvas and crayola - are apt to imagine with Shakespeare that “All the world's a stage.” Or in movie terms, that life is like “The Truman Show” - a soap opera with hidden cameras. There is more going on behind the scenes than anyone suspects.

 

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Bless you. You are a work of art.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    So sweet of you, Francesca, to give me a promotion in the field. I've been called a piece of work before - but this is much better
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    LOL, I love it!

When you get older and your doctor says you should start using a CPAP machine, don't take it as a failure. Embrace the opportunity; your CPAP may actually provide some of the same benefits as meditation, albeit through a somewhat different mechanism.

As your brain absorbs a higher percentage of oxygen while it's asleep and dreaming, it may realize clearer insights into the nature of reality.

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You find your inner light through silence.

Get still.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Rock on, dude ... um, I'm not shouting that remark, I'm expressing it ever so silently, LOL. Rock on!
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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Ted, Thank you so much for this. It resonates on a deeply personal level, as your writing often does.

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