#21 JIA SHEN (甲申): THE GIFT OF COMPARTMENTALIZATION

A majestic tree dressed in autumn foliage describes the Jia Shen (甲申) pillar

The Jia Shen (甲申) pillar offers a unique gift – the gift of compartmentalization.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go on a descriptive bend. But with the Jia Shen, I can. Shall we take a hike of imagination together?

It’s Autumn. The perfect weather for a long trek in the woods. The air is cool and crisp. Meandering down the trails, we come upon a lake. Beside it, a majestic tree in full autumn foliage – emerald greens mixed with gold and ruby red. Drawn to its beauty, we go closer, only to realize that there is an axe-head embedded deep in the trunk. But wait, the axe does not look to have harmed the tree in any way. Instead, the tree has just simply… grown over it.

This ability to envelope any foreign objects with scar tissue and keep growing is something inherent in all trees. Scientifically, botanists call this ability – compartmentalization.

Maximizing The Jia Shen (甲申) Day Master: The Gift of Consistent Growth

Seated on its own 7 Killings, Indirect Wealth and Indirect Resource, the Jia Shen is a dynamic and fearless pillar that crave challenges. To you, obstacles are nothing more than delightful puzzles to be solved. In traditional Bazi, this trio – the 7 Killings-Indirect Wealth-Indirect Resource – are known as the Wealth-Officer-Seal formation. What it means is that this Jia wood is sitting on a continuous production/re-generation cycle. This phenomenon brings out the true quality of the Jia Wood, consistent growth.

The 7 Killings endow an already-competitive Jia Wood with an appetite for risk. The Indirect Wealth brings the ability to look beyond the present to the table. The Indirect Resource represents regeneration, the ability to bounce back from disappointments. Armed with this 7K-IW-IR combination, the Jia Shen will have the courage to take on projects or businesses that may be a loss-leaders in the short-run, with the sure knowledge and confidence in their ability to turn that loss-leader into further profitable businesses.

However, money may not be the driving factor for the Jia Shen. Instead, it is motivated by the thrill of the hunt, and perhaps, more accurately, by the delicious satisfaction of having proven a point!

Along that journey, there will undoubtedly be many painful lessons to be learnt. Here, let’s refer again to the example of our majestic tree. In-bred into the Jia Shen’s personality, is the ability to absorb the blows, incorporate the lessons and bounce back stronger and smarter as a result.

Where Is The Jia Shen (甲申)?
The Socially Brilliant (Jia Shen In The Year Pillar):

While the ability to compartmentalize is hidden deep within the core of the Jia Shen, externally, this pillar presents as a very dynamic and charismatic personality. Jovial, socially brilliant, fun-loving and oh-so-charming, the Jia Shen discards all bias in their circle of friends. You get along with everyone equally and is most likely to be the centre of all attention.

Always articulate and expressive, you easily captivate and humour a crowd with your strong communication skills. The Jia Shen never has any problems being understood. You know exactly how to convey what you want and sway public opinion to your favour.

Compartmentalization At Work (Jia Shen In The Month Pillar):

In today’s world, all of us are many things at once. For example, at work, I am the Communications Officer for three major motorcycle racing championships in Asia. I am also the founder of The Hidden Sun whose mission is to help others gain control of their destinies through a thorough understanding of their Bazi Charts. I join my friends for weekly Facebook Live sharings. I also work closely with another good friend to empower the less fortunate to change their lives by using platform selling as a tool.

Needless to say, my to-do list is never done. I could work around the clock and for every item ticked off, two more gets added.

Because I don’t have the Jia Shen in my chart, I had to learn the art of compartmentalization. Why was that important? Compartmentalization helped to set healthy boundaries that allowed me to establish mental barriers between one priority and another. That way, I was able to direct my energy into what matter most.

Here, I would like to share three effective compartmentalization strategies:

  1. “You love what you do; You’re great at it; It’s the best use of your time.” – This is not a mantra. It’s a filter. If an activity does not meet these three criterias, give it to someone who can do it better.
  2. Set your priorities, align your activities to your goal – Even if the three criterias above have been ticked off – you love it, you’re great at it, and you feel that it is the best use of your time – certain activities may be better off delegated to someone else. For example, as the business owner, you may be great at handling your own book keeping. But is that truly the best use of your time?
  3. Focus – It is not humanly possible to be multi-tasking all the time. In many instances, you need to focus all your energy into completing only that one thing. To do this effectively, estimate how much time each activity will take and create chunks to time dedicated solely to it. During that time, hit the Do Not Disturb button, set the kitchen timer and get to work.
Compartmentalizing Your Thoughts and Emotions (Jia Shen In The Hour Pillar)

Like the tree in our earlier example, compartmentalization is a defence and survival mechanism that helps us carry on in spite of the emotional baggage we carry. Of course, we’re not talking about locking our thoughts and emotions into boxes and stashing them away in our minds forever. That never works. Eventually, something leaks through and then all hell breaks loose.

Instead, let’s explore the healthy use of compartmentalization with the Jia Shen in the Hour Pillar. The goal is to not give any undue attention to stuff that don’t require it. In other words, by harnessing the power of compartmentalization, you are training your brain not to dwell on things unnecessarily.

For example, let’s say you have a particularly toxic colleague at work whose attitude and negativity automatically raises your hackles. In the work environment, it’s often difficult to avoid of navigate around negative colleagues. Every time you come in contact with that person, you find yourself bothered all day by thinking about the encounter and your frustrations with the person’s harsh words.

Alternatively, take a moment to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings about the situation. After that, force yourself to not think about it any further. Every time you find your thoughts wandering back, force it onto a different track by thinking about something relevant that you are moving to. In other words, this is about letting go of something that is not under your control, and training your mind to look forward to things that you can actually control.

This type of technique can be used in all facets of your life. And yes, even if you don’t have the Jia Shen in your chart.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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Author: Paulynne Cheng

A Business and Career Consultant-Coach who melds Chinese Metaphysics techniques with modern day Coaching to help you become the best that you can be. A lifelong reader who cannot imagine life without books; a 25-year Communications professional with an expertise in sports communications, sports marketing and broadcasting.

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