Like sparkless ashes is his mind.
Genuine is his knowledge, solid and true,
Not supported by reasoning.
Dark and dim, he has no mind,
Not accessible to discussion.
O! Lo! What kind of person is he now?
In this story we have a good illustration of tranquility achieved through quiescence” (Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chung-yuan Chang, p.150). “According to Taoism there are two routes leading to enlightenment, ming or ontological insight, ching or quiescence . . . . Quiescence sometimes manifests itself as darkness. The light, we may say, emerges from darkness” (ibid. p.149).
Therefore, enlightenment can come from darkness. “Dark and dim, he has no mind.” While trading, it is important to have a quiet mind that reflects the market. Like the lake at night that reflects the image of the moon. The harsh glare of reason inhibits reading the market correctly. The mind needs to be serene, at rest, like it isn’t there—a state of no-mind.
Clear your mind. Darkness is “not accessible to discussion.” Darkness is “not supported by reasoning.” Burn the useless thoughts in your mind to ashes. Let your mind reflect the Tao.