Who Is a Sage?


“Who is a sage? What is an enlightened person? Are they people who are known and respected by many? Or are they the ones who hide their knowledge and wisdom and appear like ordinary persons? Lieh Tzu thinks that enlightened people are those who speak rarely and do not reveal their abilities and accomplishments casually” (Lieh-Tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living by Eva Wong, p.104). Lieh Tzu is Wrong Is Lieh Tzu wrong? How can a … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Weight


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


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


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


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...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: A Thousand Raindrops


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 with flowers blooming spontaneously on both sides of the path behind him. Spiritual … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: White Cloud Breath


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, waiting for the wave to dissolve . . . then: exit the trade. Breathe in; breathe out. Questions When you are in tune with the … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Reflections


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 black holes in our minds, swirling traps of negativity waiting to ensnare us. Spiritual … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: White Lightning


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). So black and white thinking is an archetypal process (e.g., the opposites) designed to trap you in dualism. A New … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Blooming in Winter


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 find souls they don’t know they lost? They can listen to the sound of one toe tapping, and start to dance. … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Leaving No Footprints


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 show your hand playing poker. Never show your intention trading the market. Become loose, flexible, difficult to find. … [Read More...]