caterpillars and imaginal cells: by J

I heard the most beautiful story in yoga class.

Much of it reminded me of things I had learned as a child, but most was something completely new.


When a caterpillar begins the work of becoming a butterfly, it attaches to a leaf and becomes a chrysalid.

The remarkable part, is as enzymes are released in the tiny insect, it dissolves, and basic cell structures called imaginal cells begin to reproduce and vibrate.

The vibrating message of imaginal cells is simple: I am a creature that is meant to fly.

They interact with all of the other cells to reorganize the makeup of the caterpillar into that of a butterfly.

xo J

ps some research suggests that butterflies may even retain some memories from their previous life as a caterpillar.



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