Ecstatic Following

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Ecstatic Following

Photo from the movie Winged Migration.

Photo from the movie Winged Migration.

~Take a deep breath
~Ecstatic Following by Cynthia Winton-Henry reading
~Guy Starts a Dance Party movement
~Wild, Holy Power song


Take a deep breath and let it out with a loud sigh.

Ecstatic Following by Cynthia Winton-Henry
(What the Body Wants, p. 162-163)

Imagine a drummer beginning to drum. Everyone starts tapping and clapping and moving. Being part of something bigger than us, the spontaneous parade, the spirited crowd, the song that rises out of nowhere, is magic.  A Chinese proverb proclaims, “Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck leads the flock to fly and follow.”  To be transported beyond individualism, two things must occur: someone must start something physical, and others must follow. Follow-the-leader is a core universal activity for the whole human race. The more physical, the more fun.   […]

Phil and I believe that too much emphasis is placed on leadership in our culture, and far too little on the power of followership. There is no communal play if there are no followers.  Following is what makes a communal body.  Following is part of what makes families function.  And in spiritual traditions disciple literally means to follow or go with.  Following does not mean subservience.  It is a form of honoring whatever we enjoy and believe in by reinforcing it with our whole body’s “yes!”

Guy Starts Dance Party

Talk about ecstatic followership! Watch what happens when this man dances with abandon at a music festival. Turn up the volume and dance along, if you like.

Wild, Holy Power song

This year InterPlay celebrate 20 years of ecstatic followership, thanks in large part to the hundreds of folks around the world who recognize a great thing when they see it. This week the national board met in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In this video Cynthia leads us in singing one of the first InterPlay songs.

Sing along with us with us!

Something, nothing
Maybe everything
Wild, holy power

Singing, laughing, dancing, chancing
Fly away

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement
When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle as you turn and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell quotes (American prolific Author, Editor, Philosopher and Teacher, 1904-1987)


2 Responses to Ecstatic Following

  1. […] check out my piece on Ecstatic Following on the Virtual Friday Morning InterPlay Blog.  I’m proud that InterPlay co-founder Cynthia […]

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