One of the people who came to our seminar last week pointed out that I had changed my mind about Nigella Lawson’s element. I had shown them a newspaper photo which, I told them, clearly showed the frightened eyes of a Water person. I was reminded that apparently I had included her as an example of Earth in one of my earlier lists of famous people.
I always emphasize how difficult it is to pinpoint a person’s element, particularly that of a famous person whom I only know from the TV. Perhaps, indeed, it is a bit risky of me to make the selections that I do, because I can so obviously only too easily get things wrong. But somebody has to have the courage to stick their neck out, otherwise novice practitioners would have few examples of the elements to base their understanding on. I therefore do the best I can, however inadequately I may sometimes be doing this. My justification here is that I now have 30 years’ experience to draw upon, whilst students have none at all, and as I always tell everybody, we owe those coming after us to hand on whatever knowledge we have acquired.
I hope that most of the examples I give, such as those of David Beckham and Elvis Presley in my Keepers of the Soul, are still valid, but if those reading what I write disagree with me, that is all to the good, because it forces them to study the elements deeply and develop their own understanding. And in any case, until I treat a person, I am never sure that I have found the right element.
I think, therefore, that I need to continue doing this, otherwise there would be so few examples to offer those who are unfamiliar with the elements. It is also good that I offer myself as a living example of somebody who doesn’t mind getting things wrong and admitting to it. As I have said on many occasions, we all need to be humble enough in whatever field we work to accept that we will get things wrong, and to have the courage to admit that we have. Perhaps the next time I see Nigella Lawson on TV I may change my mind yet again, and opt for another element. It should not matter if I do. And will I mind? No. After all, to err is human…..