Common Ground: The Kinship of Metaphysicians

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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. 

But that would not be enough, for we live on a tiny planet in a marginalized galaxy. The same job befalls huge beings on trillions of far more enormous planets, in billions of mind-numbingly huge galaxies—each creature throughout the vast reaches of the universe, from the most microscopic to the most gigantic, striving for fulfillment—for balance—for inner peace. 

It’s probably impossible that every being in the universe could reach that fulfillment, that joyfully omnipresent state of dharma, all at the same time. It might be that if such an incredible feat were ever attained—if every organism in creation became enlightened at once, and were to pause in that same ineffable moment to draw the most profound sigh of gratitude and completion—in that ultimate breath all movement throughout the entire cosmos would utterly cease, and the whole creation would simply disappear. 

Since my understanding is limited, it probably wouldn't happen that way. But wouldn't it be the ultimate Cosmic Joke on us, if it did?



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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.


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