For those unfamiliar with the Heffalump, it is a fearsome creature for which traps are set and plans are made to avoid. No-one has actually seen a Heffalump apart from Christopher Robin – well, at least he told Piglet he had:
“I saw one once,” said Piglet. “At least, I think I did,” he said. “Only perhaps it wasn’t.”
“So did I,” said Pooh, wondering what a Heffalump was like.
“You don’t often see them,” said Christopher Robin carelessly.
“Not now,” said Piglet.
“Not at this time of year,” said Pooh.
Awareness is of the same genus as Heffalump. Surely, you’ve seen one. At the recent Science & Non-Duality (SAND) Conference they were everywhere, on stage, in the audience. Apparently, you couldn’t move for Awareness.
Now, the rumour is, that if you sit quietly, very quietly, one will come by. Thing is, they are nigh on impossible to see, but maybe you’ll feel its presence instead.
If you are really special, and tasty, it just might eat you. At which point, you become one with Awareness, and beyond life and death – which is nice.
But if you don’t get eaten, and you do see one – do let me know. Some say they are going extinct, others say that certain buyers are buying them all up, trying to control the market for Awareness, raise the price. I don’t believe a word of it.
One mad woman who lives on the corner says there is no such thing as Awareness. She says they are like Heffalumps – made up for effect. I’ll ask…
“Got a question for you.”
“It’s not A Complicated One, is it?”
“I know you may have seen a Heffalump once…”
“Oh yes! Well, I think I did.”
“But have you ever seen Awareness?”
“Is it related to Loch Ness?”
“No, I don’t think so.”
“What does it look like?”
“Does it make a noise?”
“They are everywhere according to Wise Ones.”
“Did WOL say that?”
“No, haven’t asked him.”
“You should. He would know if they were everywhere. But if you can’t see them, and they make no noise, it must be a Very Special Kind of Beast.”
“Yes, it is. Well, so I’m told.”
“Ok, I’ll keep a lookout.”
“Thank you Piglet.”
No joy there then.