The Wake-up Call of Imaginal Cells

Right before transformation, the caterpillar ravenously consumes everything in sight, much like the outdated version of humanity. But now we’re seeing more and more Imaginal Cell-like people emerge, shedding our collective chrysalis. There’s a worldwide awakening going on. Do not be transfixed by the dissolutions. From one imaginal cell to another, let’s do this!

Cell Biologist Bruce Lipton on Imaginal Cells: “To better understand the opportunity hidden in today’s crises, consider the tale of another world in transition. Imagine you are a single cell among millions that comprise a growing caterpillar. The structure around you has been operating like a well-oiled machine, and the larva world has been creeping along predictably. Then one day, the machine begins to shudder and shake. The system begins to fail. Cells begin to commit suicide. There is a sense of darkness and impending doom.

From within the dying population, a new breed of cells begins to emerge, called imaginal cells.(aka YOU!) Clustering in community, they devise a plan to create something entirely new from the wreckage. Out of the decay arises a great flying machine—a butterfly—that enables the survivor cells to escape from the ashes and experience a beautiful world, far beyond imagination. Here is the amazing thing: the caterpillar and the butterfly have the exact same DNA. They are the same organism, but are receiving and responding to different organizing signals.

That is where we are today. When we read the newspaper and watch the evening news, we see the media reporting a decaying caterpillar world. And yet everywhere, you and other human imaginal cells are awakening to a new possibility. We are clustering, communicating, and tuning into a new, coherent signal of love.”

And from Dr. Jeff Alexander: “The violent attempt of the host immune system to annihilate the imaginal cells literally activates the sleeping DNA of this new cell to grow. Without the pain, the global immune system is not activated. We are the immune system kicking in.”

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The Purpose of Longevity

What in the world is life’s new longevity for? Many of us now know someone who is one hundred or more years of age. After spending lovely holidays at the home of Elsie H., age one hundred and one and a half, I ask myself what the new life expectancy can mean for our species.

“We are all los imigrantes, the Soul is The First Immigrant: The Soul cannot be held back by any imaginary boundary drawn against it; not by mountain ranges, not by rivers, nor by human scorn. The Soul, goes everywhere, like an old woman in her right mind, going anywhere she wishes, saying whatever she wants, bending to mend whatever is within her reach.”from The Dangerous Old Woman audiobook by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Clarissa Pinkola Estes persuades me that it is for the purpose of an expanded viewpoint—an old woman in her right mind going anywhere she wishes. In other words, longevity brings the long view, another way to speak of the wisdom of Elders, which we need to seek and cherish anew during this crucial time of The Great Turning. I believe is the long view of Elders that can forge for our species a new and resilient image, humans as inter-beings, individual humans as imaginal cells carrying new genetic code into the species being. I consider Barbara Marx Hubbard, from whom I first learned of such cells, to be herself an Elder imaginal cell. Others that come immeditately  to mind include Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Joanna Macy, and– my partner’s dear and stunning Aunt Elsie!

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