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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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As many in our community have pointed out, we know very little about the original practices of Druids and Pagan priestesses; the only extant writings we have are propaganda pieces by their conquerors, Roman historians and Catholic clerics. Ours is a "reconstructed religion" based on whatever clues we can glean from other traditions of Goddess and Nature worship, such as Hinduism, Shinto and Shamanism.  

But if even a fraction of what their detractors claim is true, then my 21st century Neopaganism - a benign blend of John Muir, Mists of Avalon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson and Swami Vivekananda - has to be a kinder, gentler form of Mother Nature worship than that practiced by our ancient forbears. What's more, I feel that it is fitting and proper that it should be so. I may have lived back then, but I definitely live now. Thank God and Goddess that I can reconstruct my religion to suit my inner nature and the age in which I now find myself! 

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At the moment of death, you understand Everything.  Completely.  Clearly.  Purely.  But you are totally incapable of communicating it to anybody else.  It is in this moment that many spiritually-minded souls form a compulsion to come back into this world, because they desire to share with others what they finally know.  But it's a delusion - because, for most of us, reincarnating in a physical body makes us forget 50% of what we wanted to reveal!  And here begins another cycle of frustration - spending an entire lifetime trying to get that knowledge back again.  

One of the questions resolved at death is whether Satan, Lucifer, Iblis and Mara are names of an actual entity or just a metaphor.  Paramhansa Yogananda and M. Scott Peck testify in print that they actually saw the embodied figure of ultimate malice and evil; Peck heard it speak.  However, each of these reliable witnesses saw something different.  So what, in fact, did they see - a real entity or the embodiment of a metaphor?  

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, m'dear. I knew you would understand my rant in the spirit in which it was intended. By the way - any new developments
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    The move has been temporarily delayed. For a number of reasons. For one thing, there was an ice dam on the roof, which caused leak
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Perfect! Good for you. Keep writing your truth! People need to hear it. In fact, let me ascend my soapbox: Ahem! Evil does take

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Last week, my wife and I were blessed by a visitation of the Goddess in physical form. 

Ravyn had been ill for a long time. In addition to intractable body pain which may or may not be caused by auto immune illnesses or spinal compressions, she had undergone questionable dental work which left her mouth throbbing from an incompletely-removed root fragment. This had persisted for over a year, until she changed her insurance and was referred to a compassionate and competent female dentist in a different practice. 

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, all.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    This is an utterly beautiful piece. And it is totally from the heart. Bless you.
  • Bruno
    Bruno says #
    Awesome! Indeed God/ess must be present, if we allow them to manifest. Also recalled me of healing power of Apollo.
  • Debra
    Debra says #
    Really enjoyed this. Excellent suggestions to the medical field.

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Since the Beginning of everything, the universe has been in a boiling state of turmoil. Stars are born, only to eventually explode and turn into pulsars and black holes. Galaxies whirl and smash into each other because of massive imbalances which result in constant movement. Movement is life. Life is change. 

It is the business of each one-celled organism in the ocean to seek its own bliss—its own dharmic balance. The same is true of all fish, all mammals, all reptiles and birds. It is likewise our business as human beings to seek our own bliss, each of us striving to find our proper work and function in life that will bring us perfect satisfaction and tranquility—for only in that way can we make our most complete contribution to the whole. If all life on earth could achieve dharma, then world Dharma would automatically result. 

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I've seen a ring of thirteen cats - twelve of them were black -

Communing in a circle in my garden out in back.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    I love it! Beautiful and fun. I am always happy to see something that is both fun and substantive. Blessed be!
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Francesca. I've been delighted by the messages between you and Janet Boyer. Pagan Square has been such a wonderful fa
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    It truly is lovely to meet fellow seekers! Blessings on your day, my dear.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you!
  • Archer
    Archer says #
    Ah, lovely. Personal and universal. AND it rhymes!

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It appeals to logic, to think that evil might be a virus. Viruses infect millions of people every year, making them contagious to others. Many of those infected refuse to admit that they are sick until it's too late, and sometimes stay in denial even after the diagnosis is made. They think the test results must be wrong! 

Another interesting fact about viruses is that a few people in each generation are immune to them, or else have an inborn resistance that renders their infection relatively mild. Physicians seek the secret of such immunities with the same fervor that the Knights of the Round Table sought the Holy Grail. 

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Somewhat to my surprise, it took me to age 60 to believe that my Creator had endowed me with the right to make choices without obtaining somebody else’s permission.  This is pretty good proof that my father overplayed the discipline card, because even now I am careful not to get into too much trouble with authority figures.  I’m 67, for God’s sake – who could be a better “authority” on me, than me? 

On the other end of the spectrum, today's youth seem to have no trouble at all making choices and not caring what anybody thinks – an attitude that may not be so smart or safe for the young and inexperienced.  People are very diverse, so I’m sure there are still parents who teach their children respect and courtesy – military families and Mormons come to mind - but in today’s overly permissive society this must be hard, indeed, to enforce. 

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