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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.

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The universe contains uncounted stages, and immortal souls are actors and actresses. We play many, many parts over many, many lifetimes, remembering our true selves fully once the makeup and costumes have come off.

Time is circular, and the Circle takes its time. Everything that is playing out now has played out before, and will be played out again—whether by this same acting company or by a new one.

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This is not a complete list. I have left out several excellent contributors, with no lack of appreciation. And these reactions are purely subjective, based on my peculiar mindset and experiences.

Archer is a very smart cookie. She has the sort of brilliantly analytical mind which is usually referred to as a shining intellect. Her studies in Buddhism and Yoga exhibit insights far deeper than mere academia, for she derives clear lessons from their teachings which directly bear on our current daily issues. Her revelations come from states of profound meditation and intense thought.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    My goodness, you have been dealing with such a medical hassle, wow, no need to apologize! Yes, I agree, it was nice to hear your a
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Wow, Ted, I'm so blown away by your kind words, that I don't even know what to say. Except thank you. Thank you so much. I have le
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Francesca - It was great to hear your voice on the phone today (Ravyn remarked afterwards on how strong and rich it sounds), and I

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When I was eleven years old, I became deeply engrossed in magic tricks and ventriloquism. Both of those studies quickly became compulsions for me, to the extent that I would practice them in the privacy of my room while my parents confidently trusted me to do my homework. Paul Winchell was a popular ventriloquist on TV at that time, and I had a Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist dummy. I read books and learned the tongue-techniques of forming words without moving my lips. At the same time I devoured books on stage magic, discovering how to grab the spotlight by fooling an audience with digital manipulation, misdirection and mechanical illusions. 

At that point I could very well have been on track to become a colleague of Penn and Teller or Terry Fator—but such was not my destiny, for by the age of sixteen I had lost my enthusiasm for both of those trades just as abruptly as I had embraced them. The surprising reason was a sudden deep disappointment with their artificiality; I found that I no longer wanted to pretend to be the voices of animals and other non-human beings, I wanted to have real conversations with animals and sprites, in which somebody else would talk back to me! Neither was I satisfied to deceive people with illusions of magic tricks, I wanted to access the real magical powers of Moses, Solomon, Merlin and Jesus! 

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Beautiful! I think many of the people who contribute most to bettering society feel like failures to some degree, at least sometim
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thanks and smiles.

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I periodically run across blogs proclaiming that the shadowy guides who control spiritual evolution on this planet are divided into Good and Evil contingents—and that our religious and metaphysical organizations have become unwitting pawns of the Evil ones. According to these disaffected souls, any organization you can think of has been taken-over by the Dark Side: the Catholic Church, the Masons, the Theosophical Society, A.M.O.R.C., Self-Realization Fellowship, Eckankar, the Mormons, Wicca. You can't trust anyone!      

How to evaluate such extreme accusations? This is what my life experience has taught me:  

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Great stuff! I generally agree, with one exception. Let me tell a story: For decades, I dealt with a tradition whose practitioner
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    You are absolutely right, Francesca, and while I didn't have such a case in mind when I wrote the piece, in the interests of balan
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    I suspected you would agree with the point I made, bc you are generally very balanced in your perspectives, instead of black or wh

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I used to think that certain Christians shunned dialogue with people of opposing beliefs simply because they feared we were tools of the Devil. But their reasons may be worse than that; they may actually be afraid that we are inhuman demons ourselves! This idea is derived from the Book of Enoch, which was deleted from our western Bibles but has reportedly always been in the canon of the Ethiopian Christian Church. 

We read in Genesis, “the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose,” and then later, “there were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown.” But as no historical or biological record of these beings has been unearthed, our churches take no official  position on what these references allude to.  

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All religions acknowledge this ultimate reality: On the roulette wheel of Life, even if we are among the fortunate few who achieve health, fame, fortune and love, our winning streak is doomed to expire. In the end, the House always wins; we all die, by one unpleasant means or another. In my opinion, the only important differences between world religions is in how the leading lights of each faith envisioned what comes afterward.

To my way of thinking, altogether too much has been made of the monotheism-polytheism-deism-theism-pantheism debate, and the same thing goes for reincarnation, pro and con. I know what I believe; the only thing I really want to know for sure is, what happens in the final reality after all time has ended. When the universe has contracted and all the suns are gone, when everything is finished and all our stories have been told, will I—and will all the souls I have ever loved, both human and animal—be okay? I mean, really okay? What are the House Rules?

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  • Jason Leslie Rogers
    Jason Leslie Rogers says #
    Oh, you're welcome, Ted, and thank you for your kind words as well. I look forward to hearing more from you. :-)
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Jason, for your most generous review; it's the best one I ever got! I read your review of The Memory Garden, and rated
  • Jason Leslie Rogers
    Jason Leslie Rogers says #
    Ted, Thanks for the excellent post. It paints seemingly-broad strokes with the left hand hand while simultaneously drawing hundre

The writing scripts of humankind may look completely different from one another, but the sounds formed by human mouths can be very similar. For example, the sound Ma—and variations thereof—mean Mother all over the world. 

J. Robert Oppenheimer said that when the first atomic bomb was detonated, he remembered a quote from the Bhagavad-Gita: "Now I have become Death, destroyer of worlds." That ancient sentiment was written in Sanskrit—not the oldest language of humankind, but one of the few which are still in use today. 

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, lovely article, thank you! I love Latin, and learning more about its roots was awesome. I also loved hearing about the Cel
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Francesca - It's a lonely feeling, to be ahead of your time with ideas that you can't get anybody to listen to - and then to find
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, you are so sweet, thank you. Yeah, it does get lonely, as you clearly have experienced. But I am also grateful for deep think
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Blessed Be to you, too.
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    Greybeard says #
    Despite a century of misinterpretation, humans are not evolved from chimpanzees. We both share ancestry with some common ancient

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