Karen Leonetti’s Story:
Did you know that when a very plump caterpillar spins itself delicately into its cozy cocoon, it becomes a liquid before emerging into the most glorious butterfly? I have been raising butterflies for many years with my preschool children. It tickles me to think of this stage of cocooning as the “liquid assets” stage.
I imagine that in this miraculously liquid asset stage, a new cell regenerates color, forms new patterning, and instinctual transformation begins. For me personally, my liquid “asset” stage was post bone marrow transplant in 1993. It was then that I was to make my transformation of both a cellular and physical level. For six months I was “temporarily” restricted from the joys of my life. My immune system was so dangerously low that I could not be around my niece and nephews, my household pets, my healing garden, and my employment at the Sarasota County preschool classroom. At this point my cocoon, or vessel cup, was dreadfully empty of liquid asset. The scares were not only physical from the numerous surgeries (the 6” Non Hodgkin’s tumor was on my heart and inoperable) but emotional too.
I heard this quote and quickly realized that “Scares remind us of where we have been, but they do NOT have to dictate where we are going.”
Loving, committed friends and family would pray for me and tell me so! It was so important for me to hear who was praying for me. I think I was put on prayer chains all over the world. PRAISE GOD!
Friends, neighbors and family also would appear at my home for inspirational visits. I would spend my alone time with the amazing, inspirational works of the blessed Louise Hay and Dr. Wayne Dyer on cassette tapes (yes, this was the early 90’s when CD’s were not yet available). I listened quietly in an effort to boost my neuro-psycho-immunology. Yes that’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?
I would say through personal experience that 90% of our healing abilities begin in the brain.
I would sit quietly day after day, listening for hours, allowing their inspirational voices to seep into my subconscious and conscious mind. I could then feel the healing beginning and absorbing into my cellular DNA and bones. I knew this is what I needed for my transformation, slowly filling up my mighty vessel for my liquid assets to alter me into the new person I knew I would become. You see, at 30 years old, I was always worried about what others thought, or what others would say. This was my time to develop new cellular patterning, new habits, and to heal. I remember my mom, dad and husband saying “Karen, your job is to get well now and heal”. And that I did!
Before I share that cycle of my healing with you I would like to take you back to a pivotal point that my loving husband, Danny did for me.
While I was in Tampa, Florida at the Moffitt Cancer Center at age 30, my white blood count was at a mere existence of only 10! After my bone marrow was extracted and frozen in safe keeping for the six days of chemo therapy, I lovingly held each thawed bag of liquid asset of bone marrow, which was soon to be my new immune system, to my chest. I lovingly blessed it as it slowly dripped and re-entered my body via I.V. tubing. After several days, I grew into despair as my “liquid rescue” bone marrow was not graphing quickly. I turned my head slowly to my caretaker husband sitting next to me in the same isolation room for 43 days and said “I am not getting out of here am I?” He very quickly and lovingly responded “YES you are, and we are going to build you your own preschool to keep you healthy and help transform the world!”
Can you only imagine how desperately I needed to hear those words?
My bone marrow began instantly graphing into my bones and my healing transformation began for the rest of my life on that very same day! I am so very, very happy to tell you we opened my own green preschool in 1996. We named it Earth Angel Preschool as we teach children the curriculum of “love, cooperation, community and eating healthy.” I get to spread my arms (or shall I say wings) widely every morning greeting my little preschoolers to begin a loving, fun, nutritious day. Eighteen years have passed now since my cocoon, and I feel I am still a butterfly fluttering around teaching fresh food nutrition importance.
Congratulations to Karen, who is the winner of Transformation Magazine’s Transformational Story Contest! Thank you Hay House for providing Karen two winning tickets to attend the I CAN DO IT! Conference in Tampa this November.