The caterpillar’s new cells are called imaginal cells. They
resonate at a different frequency. They are so totally different from
the caterpillar cells that his immune system thinks they are
enemies...and gobbles them up — Chomp! Gulp!
But these new imaginal cells continue to appear. More and more of them!
Pretty soon, the caterpillar’s immune system cannot destroy them fast
enough. More and more of the imaginal cells survive. And then an amazing
The little tiny lonely imaginal cells start to clump together, into
friendly little groups. They all resonate together at the same
frequency, passing information from one to another. Then, after a while,
another amazing thing happens!
The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together!...A long string
of clumping and clustering imaginal cell, all resonating at the same
frequency, all passing information from one to another there inside the
chrysalis. A wave of Good News travels throughout the system — Lurches
and heaves...but not yet a butterfly.
Then at some point, the entire long string of imaginal cells suddenly
realizes all together that it is Something Different from the
caterpillar. Something New! Something Wonderful!....and in that
realization is the shout of the birth of the butterfly! Happy Birthday
Since the butterfly now knows that it is a butterfly, the little tiny
imaginal cells no longer have to do all those things individual cells
must do. Now they are part of a multi-celled organism — a family
who can share the work.
Each new butterfly cell can take on a different job. There is something
for everyone to do. And everyone is important. And each cell begins to
do just that very thing it is most drawn to do. And every other cell
encourages it to do just that. A great way to organize a butterfly!
From Norie Huddle’s children’s book
Part of Norie's amazing
Infinite Games work.