Something about what I had said jarred now with my feelings around the Fire element. Was passive a word I would ever use to describe a Fire person, I wondered? That set me thinking of as many Fire people as I could, including of course myself. Nobody could call me passive, but then I am Inner Fire, and the Small Intestine is the most active of all the four Fire officials. But I could think of no Outer Fire person I knew either to whom the word “passive” would fit. I then thought more carefully about something else which had struck me after seeing her. I had not felt that she was trying to give me anything, far from it. I felt instead that she was drawing me towards herself, which gave me now with hindsight the feeling I associate much more with the Earth element. She seemed to be expressing a need, as though asking something from me, rather than wanting to give me something, so much more typical of Fire. I told the practitioner of my doubts about Fire, and suggested that she should change her treatment to Earth and let me know how the patient was after a few Earth treatments.
It pleases me that I somehow could not leave things alone until I had traced my unease about the time I had spent with the patient to its source. This feeling about how we experience being in the presence of a particular element becomes ever stronger with experience, and we should always take note of it. It can be seen as a form of direct transmission to us of the essential nature of a patient’s element.
If we interpret this information correctly by examining our own feelings and their response to what is coming from the patient we are well on the way to finding the element.
I always love it when an element declares itself so firmly in this way, even giving me only a slight, but clear hint of its presence. It may take me a little while to see what it is trying to tell me, but then it always certainly better late than never.