Imagination, Imaginal Cells, and Evolutionary Leaps | THE RABBIT HOLE with Deepak Chopra


Imaginal cells. Most people know that caterpillars
undergo a process called metamorphosis, a physical transformation that turns them into
butterflies. Cells referred to as the imaginal cells are pivotal to this process. Imaginal
cells are different than the rest of the caterpillar’s cells in that they contain within them the
genetic coding and therefore the blueprint of a flying creature, the butterfly. As the
body of the caterpillar disintegrates, the imaginal cells remain quiescent, as if incubating
literally with a new imagination. The immune system of the caterpillar sees them as different,
even attacks them, but the imaginal cells remain immune to this onslaught. Slowly, as
the body of the caterpillar becomes soft, mushy, and amorphous, the imaginal cells begin
to connect with each other and start to use the decaying carcass as its nutritive soup.
It becomes the culture medium in which they thrive. One day, the development and connectivity
of the imaginal cells reaches critical mass, and then the gene that codes for the creation
of the butterfly wakes up. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was coming to an end, it
turned into a butterfly. If we are willing to entertain the idea that consciousness plays
a role in creative leaps through evolutionary time, then you and I in the deepest realm
of our being are the imagination of ourselves. What is our next evolutionary leap? Rumi said,
“When I die, I will soar with angels. And when I die to the angels, what I shall become
you cannot imagine.” What are you imagining right now?

14 thoughts on “Imagination, Imaginal Cells, and Evolutionary Leaps | THE RABBIT HOLE with Deepak Chopra

  1. please remember in future videos the song used, this music is beautiful and it is a shame we will never know the name. The video was amazing too, thank you.

  2. I think that if enough of us have metamorphic cells, at critical mass we are in for some amazing changes..xx
    This episode has helped me see such possibility for us, within us…x

  3. Right now I am imagining what my life will be like by the time summer rolls around. I feel very much like the caterpillar in a cocoon. I went from having a bowling ball sized ovarian tumor to not healing after surgery & being wounded for 9 months — feeling very much like my best days were behind me — but began to imagine a life where the best version of myself was possible. It was because of what I'd been through that I knew I had the strength to make it possible. Once I healed, I began a lifestyle change, and a physical & internal transformation. In the last 7 months, I have lost 120 pounds. I've also cured myself of the second cancer that was beginning to develop. 60 more pounds to lose & I reach my goal weight. So, what are YOU imagining?!

  4. The first and last part of this video are contradictory; sorry. First there are cells driving evolution, then its evolving consciousness shaping experience. We know it ain`t easy but semantics and order are crucial for proper understanding and subsequent control of destiny. PS. None of this is meant to be confrontational.

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