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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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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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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!
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
  • 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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Ides of March, 2016

That's what a fellow said to me in a dream last night. I had found myself in an alternate reality where I was still in my twenties, and employed in an automotive shop. I'd been given the job of coming in early the next morning and cleaning all the grease and oil off the concrete floor of a huge garage, which had been completely emptied to make my task easier. But when I got there, I found that huge slabs of the floor had been cracked and shifted and were lying on top of each other. Obviously, there had been a massive earthquake during the night. The devastation threatened to bring the whole building down on itself, with cinder blocks crushing anyone caught inside.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Archer. I, too, was impressed with the phrase when whatever subconscious Guide gave it to me.
  • Archer
    Archer says #
    That's got to be the best title ever! And a beautifully written piece that lived up to it. Thanks for this Ted. Very helpful perso
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, yes, yes. Timely. I will go share the link to your blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google plus. Rock on! Considering that
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, m'dear; as always it is comforting to be understood and to preach to your particular section of the choir! I'm glad th
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    So mote it be.

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I am responding to two excellent pieces in the recent Witches & Pagans #31 – Anne Newkirk Nivens' Evocation and Jessica Marie Baumgartner's Give & Take. They make great bookends for a very important subject.

Not all readers will agree with my conclusions – and this is why most of us will always be solitaries. After all, the hallmarks of Neopaganism are creativity and individuality – not to mention a terrible allergy to being told what to believe!

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Great stuff! I must share a link to it. I love your line "I respect those who disagree with me, but are polite enough not to insu
  • tehomet
    tehomet says #
    Sweet wisdom. Thank you for posting.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you for liking, tehomet.
  • Cindi Dean Wafstet
    Cindi Dean Wafstet says #
    Other than being a teacher of yoga, I feel like I could have written these same words. I close to your age (65) and have also stud
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Bless you, Cindi. It feels nice to be understood.

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I just came across a 1979 video posted on YouTube under the heading, “VERY RARE Witchcraft Documentary with Doreen Valiente.” It's a BBC offering titled The Power of the Witch – Real or Imaginary? And there's something really wrong with it, as many of the comments try to show.

For those of us who never met her, it is very cool to see what Doreen Valiente looked like, and to hear what she sounded like – but her relatively short and reasonable appearance in this film was twisted and misrepresented by the other participants who were edited-in after her. She states that Wiccans believe in the Horned God and the Moon Goddess. She probably ALSO explained that the Horned God has nothing to do with Satan; but the editors somehow forgot to include that bit of footage. From that point on, the entire so-called “documentary” makes the unequivocal case that Wiccans are Satan worshipers. What should have been an opportunity to disambiguate and clarify the modern Pagan movement, is instead turned into a defamatory attack based on stereotype, fear and superstition.

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