“The idea of change is most often symbolised by the butterfly which takes a completely different form, ‘trans-forms’ from one part of its life to the next.”
In Norie Huddle‘s book, Butterfly, she writes:
“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 thing happens! The little, tiny, lonely imaginal cells start to clump together, into friendly little groups. They all vibrate together at the same frequency, passing information from one to another. Then, after a while, another astonishing thing happens! The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together! A long string of clumping and clustering imaginal cells, all vibrating at the same frequency, and all passing information from one to another there inside the chrysalis.
Then at some point, the entire long string of imaginal cells suddenly realises all together that it is Something Different from the caterpillar. Something New! Something Wonderful!! And in that consciousness is the birth of the butterfly!
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 have to 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. 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.”
There are the equivalent of imaginal cells within each of us and within our organisations, the bodies of our society. Transformation is about allowing those new ideas, those ‘imaginations’ to emerge and grow.
Individuals and organisations that have the ‘ways’ and the courage to do this will emerge with greater magnificence and ability to soar to new heights of success.