Cozy Office: Infusing Ancient Chinese Wisdom Into the Modern Workplace

Cozy Office: Infusing Ancient Chinese Wisdom Into the Modern Workplace

by Sonice Chau


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Work is never easy. Each day, you work with many different types of people-your colleagues, boss, subordinates, clients, and vendors. Some of these are easier to work with than others. It is common for people who have poor relationships in a workplace to fight meaninglessly with each other, never really resolving their differences. As a superior, you will face problems if your staff members are not performing well; it is important to manage them carefully to ensure that tasks and projects are completed on a timely basis.

In Cozy Office, author Sonice Chau shares her knowledge of Chinese metaphysics and explores ways in which various techniques can be put into practice in the work environment. Chinese metaphysics contains profound knowledge that can be very useful in everyday life and situations, if you know how to apply it properly.

Cozy Office offers insight into BaZi, Face Reading, and FengShui-techniques that provide simple yet practical methods for enhancing your working relationships and achieving success at work. Start your journey toward a better working life today.

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ISBN-13: 9781482895841
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/07/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Infusing Ancient Chinese Wisdom into the Modern Workplace

By Sonice Chau

Trafford Publishing

Copyright © 2013 Sonice Chau
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4907-0184-4


Understanding of Chinese Metaphysic


Work is never easy. You would need to face all types of people who are your colleagues, your boss, your subordinates, your clients and your vendors. It is common for people who have poor relationships in a company, to keep on meaningless "fighting" with each other. As a superior, you will face problems if your staff are not performing well or even go against you. You will need to manage them and ensure your tasks are completed by the deadline. The stress level can be high and many of us actually developed chronic illnesses like shoulder aches, headaches, insomnia and heart burnt symptoms. So, how can Chinese Metaphysics assist you in your work and help you to handle your working relationship better?

This book is divided into 3 main sections and it provides you with an insight to BaZi, Face Reading and FengShui. It provides you with simple and yet practical ways to enhance your working relationship.

First, we go through the BaZi portion. BaZi is a way of destiny analysis by using our birth year, month, day and hour. By analysing our BaZi chart, we are able to understand our strengths and weaknesses and how to improve our lives. In this chapter, we will be covering the 10 Heavenly Stems, in relation to our own self-element ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).

The 10 Heavenly Stems basically is the Yin and Yang of the 5 elements. For example, for the wood elements, we have the Yang wood and the Yin wood. Yang wood refers to Jia ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) wood and Yin wood refers to Yi ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) wood. By understanding all the 10 stems, they enable us to have a rough gauge of a person. From there, you will know how to work with them in a more harmonious way.

Secondly, we look at Face Reading. Face Reading is a technique which allows us to tell a person's character by looking at his or her face features. In this chapter, it will give us an overview of what Face Reading is and which are the good and bad features.

For the hiring managers, there are some features that we can look out for when we are interviewing candidates. This will help us to choose the right candidates. I have also included a section for the marketing and sales teams since they deal more with clients than with their colleagues.

Most importantly, Face Reading will also help us to understand ourselves better. Sometimes, a problem could lie with us rather than with others. The good news is that our face changes every year. So if you noticed that you have some of these bad features, change yourself and you will notice that your face changes with you.

Lastly, we will focus on FengShui enhancement. FengShui is a study of the environment. By tapping to the right location and direction, we are able to benefit from the positive energy which we call "Qi".

I have divided it into 2 parts, namely, the Eight Mansions House Gua and Life Gua. This will not create an immediate effect, however it will gradually improve your relationship. Eight Mansions is one of the many FengShui techniques to apply and enhance your FengShui. I chose this technique because this is easier to apply and you do not need prior knowledge of FengShui.

Eight Mansions can be applied simply by looking at your house and identify the positive and negative areas. After identifying where the positive Qi is, it will benefit anyone who uses the area. As for Life Gua, this is related to you and is personal. It is divided into 2 groups namely the East group and West group. You can tap on your personal Gua when you are in the office or at home. I will be showing you how to calculate and apply both techniques.

Before we go into the three main chapters of the book, we need to have a basic understanding of Chinese Metaphysics. In next sections, we will be going through the Yin and Yang, the Cosmic Trinity and the Five Elements.

Yin and Yang

In order to understand Chinese Metaphysics, we need to understand Yin and Yang and the 5 elements. Regardless of BaZi, Face Reading or FengShui, they are the fundamentals. In fact Yin and Yang is the foundation of natural law. In Science, we have positive ions and negative ions. In order to light up a bulb, we need positive and negative charges. The following are some examples of Yin and Yang:


Potential energy Kinetic energy

With the existence of Yin and Yang, everything is balanced! When there is too much of either side, the equilibrium will be broken. We do not want anything to be too Yin or too Yang. If our houses are in total darkness with no light or always bright with no darkness, our biological system will be interrupted and our health will be affected.

Similarly, if we are always active and do not have enough rest, our body will not be able to endure. We need sunlight in the day and darkness at night and this will enable us to feel energetic during the day and rest well during the night. When things are balanced, we will be able to lead an awesome life.

When we are analysing BaZi, we focus on the balance of elements too. If the BaZi is having too many Yin elements or too many Yang elements, the person will have more issues in his or her life.

From the FengShui aspect, if we are living in a house beside a highway and the traffic is always busy with no walls or trees to protect the house, this is consider too Yang. Our health, relationship or career will be affected due to the overpowering Yang energy.

Cosmic Trinity

After understanding the Yin and Yang, let me share with you the idea of the Cosmic Trinity. This is to enable you to understand why everyone is different.

Have you ever wondered why thousands of people are born in the same day and shared the same BaZi chart, yet there is only one Warren Buffett and one Bill Gates? What happens to the other people who shared the same birth chart? According to the Chinese Metaphysics, this has to do with the Cosmic Trinity and each of the Cosmic Trinity take up one third of our life.

The first Cosmic Trinity is Heaven. Heaven does not refer to the deities or god. It refers to the star constellations. Heaven refers to the pre-destined. For example, who our parents are and where we were born are things that have been fixed already. BaZi belongs to this category, where our chart is fixed at the moment we were born. When we do BaZi reading, we use the solar calendar to obtain your birth chart, so as to analyse the characters, the strengths and the weaknesses. That takes up one third of our life which has been fixed and which cannot be changed.

The second Cosmic Trinity is about the Earth. By this, we mean the study of the environment. FengShui belongs to this category and it is a study of the mountains and rivers and how they interact and affect us. The mountains and rivers were formed over millions of years ago with the gravitational pull of the stars and planets. Different mountains have different effects. By understanding the types of mountains and facing the right direction and location to receive the Qi, it will help you to benefit from the positive energy. So in general, an area with mountains and rivers will have a better FengShui compared to a flat land area.

The third Cosmic Trinity is the Human. This is where we can exert full control over our behaviour, the choices we make and how determined we are. Besides FengShui, this is another reason why people with the same BaZi are leading different life. When things go wrong some people may put the blame on other people or even on fate. However, there are people with the same BaZi who decided to overcome all challenges which led to different outcome.

There are things that we can change and things that we cannot change. We cannot change our BaZi, however we can understand ourselves better and chart it accordingly. By understanding ourselves and our colleagues better, constantly improving ourselves and acceptance to changes, we will be able to control and lead a better life.

Five Elements

The Five Elements consist of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. They can be represented in different forms like the industries, characters and human organs. As this is a book for the general public, we will not be going in depth on the Five Elements. We will be going through the basic idea of the Five Elements and the relationships between the elements.


Wood element denotes benevolence. People with gratitude and gratefulness are those with healthy wood elements in their BaZi chart. They may look stern, however they are kind and merciful.


Fire element denotes sincerity and generosity. Fire also represents our passion in life. People who do not have fire or having weak fire element in their BaZi chart will be easily depressed and do not have dreams to pursue.


Earth element denotes trustworthiness. It is like the garden soil and mountains. They nurture the plants and provide nutrients to them. When there are too much Earth elements in our BaZi chart, we tend to procrastinate and become lazy.


Justice is represented by the Metal element. It also represents fairness, altruistic and righteous. They are in general sentimental and emotional. They value friendship and are willing to lend their hands to anyone who needs help.


Water element denotes wisdom. It is important to have a good water element in your BaZi chart. Good means balance, not too much and not too little. Water people are in general temperamental and love moving around. They have quick thoughts and want things to be done hurriedly.

There are no good or bad with the Five Elements. They have their own characteristic and need each other to control, weaken and grow them. In the next section, we will look at the 3 relationships between the Five Elements, namely, countering cycle, producing cycle and weakening cycle.

Countering cycle

Countering cycle is where the 5 elements are controling each other. Countering effects can be positive or negative depending on different situation. In general, if it is unbalanced and having too much of one element controlling another element it will be bad.

Example, when there are too much fire, water will help to control the fire to prevent overheating.

How it works?

Metal counters Wood: Metal (Axes) can chop Wood.

Wood counters Earth: Roots of the wood penetrate to the Earth and hold the Earth together.

Earth counters Water: Earth creates the boundary to prevent water from overflowing.

Water counters Fire: Water diminishes and put out Fire.

Fire counters Metal: Fire is able to melt the Metal.

Producing Cycle

Producing cycle is to enhance the elements and strengthen each other. If one element is weak, we need another element to produce and strengthen it. However, if one element is too strong, we do not want another element to further strengthen it. It will cause the elements to be unbalanced.

Example: When we already have enough water, additional water will cause overflowing.

How is works?

Metal produces Water: Metal attracts and condenses water vapour, hence produces water.

Water produces Wood: Water is able to grow Wood.

Wood produces Fire: Wood burns and produces Fire.

Fire produces Earth: Fire burns the wood and produces the ashes which in turn return to Earth.

Earth produces Metal: Earth produces and contains the metal ore.

Weakening Cycle

Weakening cycle is where the elements used the other elements to produce them, and hence weakens those elements.

Example: Water produces Wood and when Wood took in the Water, the Water becomes less.

How it works?

Metal weakens Earth: Metal is excavated from Earth and hence Earth is weakened.

Earth weakens Fire: When Fire burns and become Earth, the Earth extinguished the Fire.

Fire weakens Wood: Fire consumes the Wood and burned it into ashes.

Wood weakens Water: Wood consumes the Water to grow and hence Water is weakened.

Water weakens Metal: Water corrodes Metal.


• In order to have a basic understanding of Chinese Metaphysic, we need to understand the Yin and Yang, the Cosmic Trinity and the Five elements.

• Yin and Yang can be found in our daily lives, for example the positive and negative ions to light up a light bulb. Yin and Yang must be balanced and too much of either one will have a negative outcome.

• The Cosmic Trinity are the Heaven, Earth and Human. Heaven is pre-destined, whereas Earth and Human can be controlled by us.

• The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

• The 3 relationships between the Five Elements are controlling cycle, producing cycle and weakening cycle.



BaZi is a method that uses our birth year, month, day and hour to analyse our strengths and weaknesses. It can provide us with greater insight of our behaviour, character and also relationship with people, suitable career and even our health.

By understanding our BaZi, we will be able to better control our lives and do the right thing at the right time. How we react are affected by our character and by discovering our strengths and weaknesses, we are able to hone our skills to a greater height and reduce our weaknesses to the minimal.

BaZi ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) is also known as Four Pillars ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]). The Four Pillars are the Year Pillar, Month Pillar, Day Pillar and Hour Pillar. Each Pillar consists of two characters, therefore it is known as BaZi, meaning Eight Characters. In Chinese, "Ba" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) is eight and "Zi" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) refers to character.

When analysing the BaZi Chart, we have to keep the fundamentals in mind, which is the Yin and Yang and the Five Elements. By dividing the Five Elements into Yin and Yang, we have the Ten Heavenly Stems.

We have to understand the differences between the Yin and Yang of the Five Elements. Although both are from the same element, some of the characteristics are different.

For example, the wood element can be divided into Yang wood (Jia) and Yin wood (Yi). When we study deeper into the characteristics of Yang Wood and Yin wood, we can find the differences. Yang wood is stubborn and Yin wood is flexible, Yang fire looks at the big picture and Yin fire is meticulous.

By understanding the 10 Heavenly Stems, we are able to determine one's character, potential, strengths and weaknesses. In our daily lives, we may notice some people who behave in a weird manner and we just do not understand why. There are times when we may think, "I can do it, why can't they do the same?" The answer is ... everyone is unique!

The aim of this section is to understand the characteristics and the differences of the individual and to accept and respect one on others' strengths and weaknesses. Understanding of the 10 stems will allow us to put the right person on the right job. At the same time, we will have a better understanding of ourselves since the 10 stems behave differently and each have their distinctive characters.

By analysing our BaZi, we will be able to know information like our characters, relationships, careers and health. We are able to know when is the right time to do the right things. These will require an in-depth study of the subject. This is a book that gives you a basic idea of BaZi and it focuses on good working relationships. We will be covering the Day Master ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) and not the full BaZi analysis.

Day Master is an important component in BaZi reading as it is the reference point. When we start any BaZi analysis, we always refer to the Day Master and we will be able to tell the basic character of a person. I will be covering how to identify our Day Master in the next section and the characteristics of the Ten Heavenly Stems. Lastly, I have added the behaviours of the Ten Heavenly Stems when they are your boss, colleagues or subordinates.

Get ready with your paper and pen and let's begin our journey of BaZi ...

Understanding of BaZi tools

In order to plot our BaZi chart, we need to refer to the Ten Thousand Years Calendar. This is a special calendar used for Chinese Metaphysics. It consists of the Chinese Solar calendar, Lunar calendar and Gregorian calendar. The Chinese Solar calendar has 24 seasonal transition dates which were used by the farmers in ancient times to determine when to sow the seeds and when to harvest the crops.

We use the Solar calendar to determine the starting of a new year, which is Li Chun ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) and it usually falls on the 4th Feb every year. Please note that the seasonal transition dates may vary +/- of one day. You can get a copy of the Thousand Years Calendar from any book stores. There are many different publishers, but the contents are the same.


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Understanding of Chinese Metaphysic, 1,
Chapter 2 – BaZi, 11,
Chapter 3 – Face Reading, 53,
Chapter 4 – FengShui, 93,
Appendix, 126,

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