Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: White Tiger Crouching

Tweet shadows like stripes across the path white tiger crouching –Terry Chitwood The white tiger is the path, black stripes across a white body, symbolizing wholeness like the yin/yang symbol from Taoism. The white tiger’s fierceness, born in the deep jungle, sharpened by the will to survive, radiates from its body. As if formed from…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: A Thousand Raindrops

Tweet A beam of sunlight touches the falling raindrop turning it into mist: a thousand raindrops. –Terry Chitwood In alchemy, once the Philosopher’s Stone is developed in an individual, one of its operations is multiplicatio (multiplication). An example from Zen literature is the tenth Zen Ox-Herding picture where the sage walks joyfully into the village…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: White Cloud Breath

Tweet I breathe the white cloud into the blue sky.   Now, the cloud breathes me. –Terry Chitwood Send your spirit into the market, blending with the order flow, discovering its rhythm, waiting for the precise moment to take the trade. As light as a feather ride the market wave, rising and falling, faster, slower,…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Reflections

Tweet new-fallen snow reflects the sun shadows disappear –Terry Chitwood Light dissolves shadows, casting out negative thoughts from the darkest corners of our minds, helping our fears disappear, and allowing truth to be revealed. In trading, fear creeps into the mind like a thief, stealing our peace, disrupting our plans, magnifying our doubts. Fear creates…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: White Lightning

Tweet white lightening against a black sky awakening –Terry Chitwood Black and white thinking, the bane of traders and logicians everywhere, easy to do, easy to see, leads  to the gates of the Underworld, home of the hidden Hydra—its guardian. Cut off one of its heads and the Hydra grows two more (black and white)….

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Blooming in Winter

Tweet red lotus breaks through the ice blooming in winter –Terry Chitwood Many traders live in their heads, embracing their intellect at the expense of their feelings. Encasing their emotions in ice, they view trading and life coldly, relying on reason instead of heart, becoming human computers who lost their souls. Dance How can they…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Leaving No Footprints

Tweet my footprints on the path melt in the morning sun –Terry Chitwood   Footprints define you; they show your identity. When you leave no footprints, the market can’t stalk you. Becoming nothing, going nowhere, you become mist, leaving no tracks, being impossible to pin down, like a whisper in the wind. No Thoughts Never…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Gems

Tweet emerald grass each blade a gem –Terry Chitwood What could be more ordinary than a blade of grass? And yet, in the poem, each blade is a gem. This refers to a blade’s internal essence (otherwise lawnmowers everywhere would have a field day shattering gems). Sorry lawnmowers, a blade’s internal essence is indestructible, and…

Celtic Images, Insights for Traders: The Otherworld

Tweet beyond the veil flowers bloom in winter –Terry Chitwood In the dusk, a shimmering light glows dimly, beckoning you to enter, enticing you with the faint smell of spring, with a beautiful melody barely heard, with the caress of a dew drop on your left hand, leading you to slip through the veil between…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Raven Moon

Tweet raven perched within the halo of the full moon –Terry Chitwood The raven, a guide to help you walk the moonlit path, a messenger of the gods calling you into divine service, calls your name. Enter the night; find the light. As a raven with moonlit eyes, spiral down into the dark depths of…