Cars run on petrol, lorries on diesel, and she recognizes that she “runs on thoughts”.
Yes, I thought to myself, that is an excellent description of what powers the Small Intestine. It always has to think everything through, sorting and sorting its thoughts out to make sure that its companion official, the Heart, receives good advice. I have described the Small Intestine official as acting as the Heart’s secretary, often doing its deep thinking for it, and then passing on what it hopes are only pure thoughts to the master of all, the Heart.
This is how I have learnt to distinguish Inner from Outer Fire, which is never an easy distinction to make. If you think a patient is Fire, ask them some rather complicated question, and watch how they try to answer it. Inner Fire often looks slightly puzzled, frowning a little as it tries first to take in what you are asking, and then start sorting out its reply to your question. There will always be signs of a kind of slight hesitation, as if the answer is not easy to find, and the reply may sound slightly confusing, as though the patient is still sorting out what to say as they talk.
Outer Fire, on the other hand, will tend to give a more straightforward answer, and one which is much less involved in its own thought processes.
Being an Inner Fire person myself, I have often said that I sort my thoughts out as I talk. And now, hearing what my patient said, I agree that I, too, run on my thoughts.