Once I am aware of this reaction in myself, I remind myself firmly that I am here for the patient and not for my own needs. What Earth needs is not a blanket response of sympathy of the “Oh, you poor dear” kind, but instead it needs to be understood. It wants to be heard, and wants to be heard to the end if possible without interruption. Its thinking is a circular process, ending where it began and then beginning again. If it is out of balance, it begins again with the same words and goes over the same ground, like an oxen tied to a circular grindstone, going round and round. When it is in balance, this need to churn over the same thoughts is lessened, but never disappears completely. Since its function is to process all things, thoughts as well as food, it has to perform this task endlessly as the other elements pass their energies to it for processing.
If I remain clear that my Earth patients need to be allowed time to circle round a subject, even though I may have heard the same thing in the same words before, I am able to stand back and allow this circular movement to continue without getting irritated. But being a quick thinker and talker myself, the slow chewing-of-the-cud which is Earth’s way of thinking can tend to irritate me and make me want to interrupt it if I am not careful. So a warning sign goes off in my head with every Earth patient I treat: Let the patient speak, Nora, and only interrupt or add your own comments when you have given your patient time to process his/her thoughts and express them fully in the way they want.