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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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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
    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
    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 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,
  • Ron Williams
    Ron Williams says #
    Ted, on a completely different note, I'm still amazed that you married people in this front bedroom with green carpet! It's parti
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you so much, Francesca, and I agree with you that some people use memory loss as an excuse to evade responsibility. I've se
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    I hear you. It’s amazing how we humans can turn any sound spiritual premise into an excuse for unethical action. I think it’s some
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    What a terrifically interesting essay, Ted! Your post adds some interesting thoughts regarding its topics. I have been blessed wi

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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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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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