From the book The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet we learn there is more to A A Milne’s book Winnie The Pooh than meets the eye. We are systematically taken through all the philosophies in the world and discover that Winnie-the -Pooh, yes, that bear of supposedly little brain, goes one better in each and every case.
It just so happened the other day that we read out loud Chapter Two of the famous bear’s adventures entitled In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place. The eponymous bear is walking through the woods one morning, humming the song he had just made up when he comes across a large hole in a sandy bank. And therein lies the big clue – a large dark hole. By the time we had finished reading the story we were convinced that Pooh Bear has stumbled upon a Black Hole and we learn the nature of this phenomenon.
Pooh calls down the rabbit hole enquiring if anybody is at home but all he hears is a scuffling noise and then silence. He calls out again in a much louder voice this time and is rewarded with the reply; “Nobody. Naturally, our puzzled bear ponders this awhile and reasons with unimpeachable logic that there must be somebody there because that somebody must have said “Nobody”. Pooh tries again, suggesting that the ‘Nobody’ is Rabbit to which Rabbit replies, no, he doesn’t think so and that it isn’t meant to be himself.
This song and dance is eventually resolved and Rabbit invites Pooh into his home. We have learnt that a Black Hole is Consciousness that does not yet know itself: It lies in a state of pure, unconscious being until awoken by the The Light, as personified by the golden bear. It is fitting that as Pooh embodies Light he should fill himself with golden honey but he has also imbibed condensed milk.
What Pooh Bear does not realise is that by entering a Black Hole he has become compressed – hence the ‘condensed’ milk offered him by Rabbit. When Pooh eventually takes his leave of his friend, his very nature as The Light means he will automatically start to expand oncehe escapes the clutches of the Black Hole. This is why he becomes stuck in Rabbit’s hole. From this we discover that Pooh is both The Dark and The Light as he sits wedged half inside the Black Hole and half outside in the daylight.
Furthermore, at the start of the chapter, we are shown that Pooh is both the Highest and the Lowest. Humming to himself – making the Sound of Creation – he goes through his morning Stoutness exercises, stretching up as high as he can go and then bending down so as to touch his toes – with great difficulty. It is not easy for Pooh Bear to experience the depths.