In quiescence I hear the cinnamon blossoms fall.
When the night has come, the Spring mountains
Suddenly the moon appears from behind the clouds
and startles the young birds;
By the mountain stream they chirp and chirp.
(Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chuan-Yuan Chang, p.203)
“When the poet is free from artificiality he will not only reflect pure objective reality, he will also be able to reflect spontaneously his inner joy without distortion and limitations from ego-consciousness. He is purposeless and fearless as the flowing stream and the shinning moon. Since the poet is serene he simply reflects what happens to his mind” (ibid. p.203).
Trader as Poet
You can take the first part of commentary and substitute trader for poet and it would provide an excellent example of the ideal trading mind: “When the [trader] is free from artificiality he will reflect pure objective reality.” Pure objective reality is what the market is doing at any moment in time. If your mind reflects the market so exactly, you will be able to intuit the market’s next move.
You need to free yourself from the “distortions of ego-consciousness.” The small mind (the ego) is like “the young birds . . . they chirp and chirp.” While trading, your ego chirps one-hundred shoulds. Instead, focus gently on your moon mind, the Tao. Become “fearless as the flowing stream and the shinning moon.” As the moon mirrors the market, when the market turns down in the quiet you will “hear the cinnamon blossoms fall.”
Photo Credit: Photo by Nataliya Velykanova.