Moon Mind


In quiescence I hear the cinnamon blossoms fall. When the night has come, the Spring mountains are silent. Suddenly the moon appears from behind the clouds and startles the young birds; By the mountain stream they chirp and chirp. --Wang Wei (Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chuan-Yuan Chang, p.203) “When the poet is free from artificiality he will not only reflect pure objective reality, he … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Garment of Mist


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


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


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


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...]