“We are born with what the Taoists call the Mind of Tao, but the conditioning of society distorts it and replaces it with the Human Mind. Taoists believe that before we can resurrect this hidden Mind of Tao, we need to go into a process of Thawing, a de-conditioning of the ideas we already consciously and unconsciously hold” (The Tao: Finding the Way of Balance and Harmony by Mark Forstater, p.60).  Following the Tao can teach a trader to … [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...]

The Christian Trader: Gabriel’s Announcement


The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God” (Luke 1:35, Contemporary English Version). Awaken If you are receptive, the God seed will symbolically impregnate you, injecting you with a higher perspective, leading you to a spiritual awakening. This awakening as from a deep sleep opens your eyes to the fact that your life has a spiritual … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: Entwined with God


bright maroon vines entwined wholly bound to God --Terry Chitwood If we are wholly bound to God, there is no separation between God and us. We’re continually connected to God. Wondrous or dangerous? Or both? A Consuming Fire Being bound to God is dangerous. “For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29, KJV). We could get burned. Of course, our egocentric ego needs to be reduced to ashes. And from the ashes, our true vocation may … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Ego Crunching


desert sand burning by day freezing by night --Terry Chitwood The market scorches you, scattering your ashes in its wake. The market freezes you, cracking your body into ice crystals, the wind sowing you like seed. The market specializes in shattering your ego, crushing its remains with a steel grip. At times, trading is like being trounced by Godzilla. The Same Old Grind Notice the God in Godzilla. When God deems your ego position to … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: A Bright Halo


white swan a bright halo against a stormy sky --Terry Chitwood The market, like a stormy sky, roils across the screen, leaving havoc in its wake: broken trades . . . broken traders. Wild winds stir the broken pieces, rearranging them in a new way like an artist at play. Creative chaos rules the market on certain days. A Cold Wind A stormy sky is one of the faces the market can show us. A winged dragon, it can swoop into our day … [Read More...]