Mirror Mind


An Eighth Century Chinese Poem The wild geese fly across the long sky above. Their image is reflected upon the chilly water below. The geese do not mean to cast their image on the water; Nor does the water mean to hold the image of the geese. (Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chuan-Yuan Chang, p.83) Mirror Mind When your mind comes to a complete rest, your essence is effortlessly … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Looking Deeper


snow falls on the boulder making it disappear --Terry Chitwood As a trader, you generally trade from your intellect, artificially severing your connection with your emotions, and blotting out your relationship to your soul. Covering your soul (the boulder) with cold intellectual concepts (snow) may seem to make your soul disappear, but the snow melts in the spring sun. The Quest Traders accumulate book knowledge ravenously, … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Sun and Shadow


a cloud blocks the sun shadow on the mountain path --Terry Chitwood Sometimes the light is too bright to see clearly, blinding our eyes to the next step on the path. Shade cools the piercing brilliance of the sun, allowing the next bend on the trail to be discerned. Sun and shadow play with our sight, changing patterns that ebb and flow, intermingled waves of darkness and light. Sharks As traders, we swim with sharks that emerge from … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Entwined Light


a strand of moonlight entwined with a strand of sunlight yellow-white glow --Terry Chitwood Moonlight illumines the night, a pale light with a soft glow that takes the hard edge off a losing trading day . . . a losing trading week. Losing brings us into the night where we still need a light to guide us onward. Losing cuts our emotions to ribbons, requiring us to bathe in pure moonlight for healing. With moonlight penetrating our pores, we … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Only for an Instant


a raindrop rides the butterfly only for an instant --Terry Chitwood We are in this world only for an instant. Viewing our trading from this perspective, we must ask ourselves, “How much time should we devote to trading?” This question’s answer depends upon if trading is a part of our sacred path, if it’s our vocation, if it’s engraved in our heart. Ride the Butterfly The raindrop rides the butterfly only for an instant before it … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Liquid Sunlight


drops of water slip through my fingers capturing sunlight as they fall a golden rain seeding the earth with liquid sunlight --Terry Chitwood Wash your mind with liquid sunlight, letting it penetrate every crevice, cleaning the cobwebs while infusing your thoughts with golden light, filling your words with a healing nectar that runs like a river into the world. What does this have to do with trading? Immunity Traders think … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: Deliver Us from Evil


And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:13, KJV). Evil is woven into the fabric of the universe, a black thread weaving its way through our lives, an earthquake destroying the old and the new alike. Market upheaval can destroy our positions in an instant. How do we discern whether our losses are the result of random market action or … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: Seeking God


“And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, RSV). Paradox Seeking God through trading is a paradoxical concept. On one hand, trading seems to be a mechanized business devoid of spirituality. On the other hand, God is omnipresent and thus would be present in trading. Presence Since God is present in trading, it … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Barracuda Teeth


sunny day swimming underwater in a tropical ocean suddenly face-to-face with a barracuda sharp teeth glimmering in the sun’s rays --Terry Chitwood A sunny day. The market winging upward, price floating on a cloud, until suddenly—it crashes. Meet the barracuda, ripping a chunk out of price, pulling the market down as the barracuda rapidly descends. Nothing Personal Barracuda is its name; tearing things apart is its game. It … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Hot Sand


hot sand burns my feet ocean waves roll in --Terry Chitwood The market, hot sand forming dunes in the wind, shimmers with radiant heat. Touch the market and it may burn you, leaving blisters in its wake, so you remember its flame. The market may turn your money into ashes, blown down the road in the wind. Road of Ashes Walking the road of ashes, breaking apart under your shoes with each step, stains both the sole and your soul. The … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: The Serpentine Path


coiled cobra ready to strike --Terry Chitwood The poisonous snake, carrying deadly venom, crawls sinuously across the path. The market, a deadly predator, moves in a serpentine course across the screen. Both show no mercy. One can take your money; the other can take your life. One can take your body; the other can take your soul. The Crafty Serpent The serpent in Genesis is a paradoxical creature. On one hand he is portrayed as … [Read More...]