Flowing Mind

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Of late I deeply devote myself to quiescence. Nothing in the world concerns my mind . . . . The breeze from the pine woods blows my sash; The mountain moon shines above my harp. You ask me to explain the reason of failure or success. The fisherman’s song goes deep into the river. --Wang Wei (Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chuan-Yuan Chang, p.117) Quiescence.  A silent mind. No … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: Glory to God

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Gloria in excelsis Deo echoes off the monastery’s walls lingering on the wind --Terry Chitwood Have mercy on us. Traders, especially, need mercy since most traders don’t realize trading is a spiritual process. Praise God . . . with all your heart, with all your soul, with your whole being—while trading.  Let your trading become a continuous prayer where meaning replaces greed. Pray the Market Praying the market in contrast to trading … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Eagle Eyes

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dusk only the eagle can see --Terry Chitwood The orange sun reflects off the golden eagle’s eyes, turning the world into flame. Perfectly still, gliding on wings of silence, the eagle surveys his domain. Dusk descends . . . and so does the eagle with no prey in sight. The Big Picture Viewing the market with the eyes of an eagle allows you a larger perspective. You can see the big picture. Patterns become clearer; wave-form movements come … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Eyes of Streaming Moonlight

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a drop of moonlight ignites a silver flame in my heart --Terry Chitwood We all trade in the dark, never sure of making the right trade, the correct decision, or something better than an informed guess. Darkness surrounds the timing of a trade as well. Did we get in too soon . . . too late?  Darkness Let’s befriend darkness, inviting her into our office, sharing a tea ceremony, hoping she’ll reveal her secrets. The one secret every trader is … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Garment of Mist

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Fog slips off the ocean, onto my skin, creating a garment of mist. --Terry Chitwood Wearing a garment of mist allows you to slip between the market’s crevices, discovering rivulets of flow between the rocks (pivot points). Riding the rivulets (small fractal waves) to gradual increasing gains could be considered fractal surfing. As the fractal waves get larger, the possibility of larger gains and losses increases. Constant Change Wearing … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Watering the Garden

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in the morning sun, the haze melts in my mind . . . watering the garden. --Terry Chitwood Confusion, a swirling haze at dawn, obscures the market’s opening. Will the E-mini S&P 500 continue the overnight move on the GLOBEX, or will it continue the pattern off of yesterday’s close? Will the EUR/JPY or the USD/JPY give a correlation to trade the E-mini S&P off of? Questions . . . questions? Time to tend the garden. Letting the … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: A Distant Whisper

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the waterfall roars now— a faraway whisper --Terry Chitwood The market, sometimes a thunderous roar, drowns out all thought, paralyzing the mind into inaction. Churning in whitewater, the mind loses focus, struggling to regain its footing. As long as the mind is buffeted by external market forces, there can be no stability. Deeper Paradoxically, the solution is to go deeper within yourself away from the tumultuous market until it becomes “a … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Weight

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old wooden bridge creaks . . . in the wind --Terry Chitwood Traders get tired. The weight of trading the market becomes heavy, like Atlas shouldering a planet. Or trading becomes drudgery like Sisyphus repeatedly rolling a huge boulder up a hill and letting it roll back down. Again. And again. And again. . . . Bigger What if the bigness of the planet and the boulder symbolizes an enlargement of consciousness—becoming a bigger person? Why … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Sun at Night

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Sun at Night the black panther’s yellow eyes illumine the night --Terry Chitwood In the market, it’s always night. Uncertainty reigns. Trading patterns can’t be clearly seen ... murky waves moving chaotically, changing speeds with abandon, shadows within shadows. Learning to navigate the night is essential in trading and in life. Open Your Eyes Gliding through the jungle at night, as silent as death, the black panther opens his eyes. … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Winter Storm

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geese fly south chant a warning winter storm --Terry Chitwood Our instincts warn us of danger, keeping us safe from the perils that pursue us. Shadow: “Perils that pursue us? Are you paranoid, Terry?” Terry: “There’s a big difference between paranoia and awareness. In dreams, we must turn and face the pursuer before the pursuit stops. We must hunt the hunter, turning our fear into courage, running toward our fears rather than away from … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: White Tiger Crouching

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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 a forge, the white tiger’s claws grip the black earth like steel. Eye of the Tiger To be as grounded in your … [Read More...]