The Ethea Series
MogaDao Online Classes
with Zhen Dao
Qigong and Meditation
Saturdays and Sundays
ETHOS PROGRAM IV
Numina: Ritual and Cosmology
THE SPIRITUALIZED BODY
The notion that the body is integral to the entire health of a person is of course in no way unique. Body-mind-spirit practices emerged sharply in the sixties in America and they have continued to “grow” since that time—but in what way have they grown? They have proliferated, staggeringly, to be sure, but more and more it seems that our culture’s psycho-physical-spiritual practices are essentially allopathic and compensatory, meaning that physical practice is employed to ease or calm the spirit, or, via endorphin rushes, to “lift” the spirits through various sublimated forms of exertion. There is certainly nothing whatever wrong with these ways, we might say, of practicing; indeed, so long as their tonics do not afford us unconscious avenues of spiritual bypassing, the exertion of the body to freshen the spirit is natural and utterly good. Indeed, if we stretched notions of "practice" to any kind of supremely concentrated and reverent attention, physical activities of many kinds obviously have a beneficial effect on the spirit, whether working with the land, with trees, plants, or food, or with manual labor (so long as that labor is chosen and/or well-remunerated, and not a form of humiliation or dehumanization), or sporting hobbies, such as hiking, or competitive athletics, etc.
But what is more rare, it seems, and what the practices of MogaDao focus on most especially—exponentially so in ETHOS PROGRAM IV, NUMINA: RITUAL AND COSMOLOGY—is the embodiment of the human being as an instrument of communication with the invisible world, with dreams and sensory sensations, with spirits, ghosts, and the energies of the earth and the oceans and the stars, with the numina, or spirits animating the world, whether these be singular entities perceived as God, or ways of following nearly hidden harmonies, as in the Dao, or Whitmanian immanences of spiritualized materiality too myriad to be named. This is physical mysticism, and MogaDao unabashedly exists in this sphere, a sphere of radical sensitivity that effectively perceives the human body above all as a vessel of non-sectarian, anti-dogmatic prayer.
In September’s ETHOS PROGRAM IV, NUMINA: RITUAL & COSMOLOGY, Zhenevere Sophia Dao will introduce MogaDao’s most spiritual qigong forms, a four-part series that traces the transitions of the seasons and the comprehensive cosmic transitions that these seasons so palpably analogize. These are the most nuanced of MogaDao’s Qigong forms—and the training for, and proficiency of, these forms is the most rigorous, in terms of teacher certification, of the MogaDao Qigong tradition. These forms carry with them a hieratic and sacrosanct responsibility, as they are the closest to the rites of religious expression, but expression devoid of any institutionalization but for the unique and singular instrument of the practitioner, and therefore utterly without dogma. The “text” of these prayers is the human body itself, and the facility for whatever their mediations might be is sheer and tender sensitivity.
When Zhenevere Sophia Dao originally created these forms in 2011-2012, she called them the MOGADAO QIGONG YIJING FORMS, because they focused on change and transition. Each of the four were created during a 2-3 day nearly food-less and sleepless vigil, and in accordance with ceaseless contact with the mythopoetic augury of THE BOOK OF CHANGES, a book Zhenevere Sophia Dao used and uses as a poetic sense trail rather than an inexorable authority of facticity. In more recent years, the MogaDao Qigong Seasonal Transition Forms—another of their names—began to go by the name of THE COSMIC SOMA, when taken all together. So September’s ETHOS PROGRAM consists of the YIJING FORMS, the MOGADAO QIGONG SEASONAL TRANSITION FORMS, and/or THE COSMIC SOMA. During this Ethos Program, Zhen will also doubtlessly be introducing the Ethea Yoga for ETHOS PROGRAM IV, which is a new, short, simple, seated series of yoga totemics that follow the creation cycle of 5-Realms Theory and comprise an easily-practiced, all-bodied series of asana as prayer.
The four weekends of September, both in the EXPERIENTIA and the INTERACTIVE sessions, will be more “rites” than classes, an introduction to the way, in MogaDao Qigong, the body is made pure conduit for spiritual numina. These deeply hieratic dispositions of all phases of human spirituality are best suited to individuals who have always felt that their embodiment verged on prayer, when the soma of one’s existence was at its most tangible and palpable, and grateful to perceive.
Saturday, SEPTMEMBER 5th - Saturday, SEPTEMBER 26th
Saturday from 9am—10:15am Mountain Time, USA for four consecutive Saturdays.
The Saturday Ethos Program class is an “experientia” class. Within the MogaDao tradition, classes characterized as “experientia” are classes in which the MogaDao teacher essentially carries the students through a psychospiritual somatic experience of the MogaDao practice, such that students can experience the practice in their bodies and spirits, without the distraction of didactic learning.
This registration is for four Saturday classes. Classes are not available separately, and prorating is not available for late attendees.
Saturday, September 5th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, September 12th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, September 19th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Saturday, September 26th – 9am - 10:15am MDT
Sunday, September 6th - Sunday, September 27th
Sunday from 10am—11:15am Mountain Time, USA for four consecutive Sundays.
The INTERACTIVE ETHEA class on Sundays is designed to be a more didactic experience than the experientia on Saturdays. In the interactive class, students are encouraged to ask questions about the material that was covered in the experientia—psychospiritual, philosophical, medical, or formal—and to go over and refine that material with detailed instruction. There is a wondrous devotion among students studying with Zhen Dao and many other MogaDao teachers at this time, and THE INTERACTIVE ETHEA is designed to carry serious students further in the details of their learning (with Zhen and the other MogaDao teachers currently offering classes). THE INTERACTIVE ETHEA class is utterly connected to the Saturday ETHOS PROGRAM Experientia class.
This registration is for four Sunday classes. Classes are not available separately, and prorating is not available for late attendees.
Sunday, September 6th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, September 13th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, September 20th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
Sunday, September 27th – 10am - 11:15am MDT
In addition to the Saturday morning Ethea Series of online MogaDao practices, Zhen Dao will be offering a Sunday Meditation for the first 4 Sundays of each month, from 9am—9:40am Mountain Time, USA. This will be an introduction to, and the regular practice of, two of the three Post-Daoist somatic MogaDao meditations. Floating Heart Meditation is a meditation specifically created to address anxiety and overwhelm, and Empty Sky Meditation, MogaDao’s foundational meditation, somatically unites the body's ontology with transcendent awareness.
As with The Ethea Series of online MogaDao Qigong, students register for the Sunday Meditation series for four Saturdays at a time; classes are not available separately, and no prorating is available for late attendees. (Most months have only 4 Saturdays; on the months that have 5 Saturdays, students will have the weekend off.)
Floating Heart Meditation
Empty Sky Meditation
Sunday, September 6th - Sunday, September 27th
Sunday from 9am—9:40am Mountain Time, USA for four consecutive Sundays.
Trading between MogaDao’s EMPTY SKY MEDITATION (MogaDao’s foundational somatic meditation) and FLOATING HEART MEDITATION (MogaDao’s meditation for anxiety and trauma), this 40 minute Sunday series continues, now in-person as well as online.
Only register for one of the classes listed: Online or In-Person. There are 15 slots available for the in-person MogaDao Sunday MEDITATION SERIES, and unlimited enrollment for the online class.
Sunday, September 6th – 9am - 9:40am MDT
Sunday, September 13th – 9am - 9:40am MDT
Sunday, September 20th – 9am - 9:40am MDT
Sunday, September 27th – 9am - 9:40am MDT
honoring the transmission-based tradition of mogadao
A transition-based tradition means that teachers—and the bodies of teachers, and the body of knowledge that MogaDao teachers represent—are the only source of the teachings of MogaDao. In other words, there is no "media" available with regard to the practices of MogaDao.—there are only the teachers. MogaDao teachers are not permitted to record their online teachings and offer them to students as study tools outside of the live experience of their online teachings (streaming). This means that students, too, are part of this honor code, which establishes the MogaDao tradition as rather unique in the modern age. In some 30 years of teaching, Zhen Dao herself has never made videos of the vast practices of MogaDao; no material outside of the direct interface of her body has ever been available. Going online at this time, under the current circumstances, is a form of flowing with the Dao, of following necessity. However, this means that students taking her online classes—and the online classes of other MogaDao teachers—must needs participate in that timeworn honor code of non-recording. Zhen Dao, the MogaDao teachers, and the tradition of MogaDao are deeply grateful for your understanding and compliance in this regard.