The sixth Zen Ox-herding picture or the sixth stage on the road to enlightenment in Zen Buddhism is called “Riding the Ox Home.” Hixon writes:
“The Struggle is over. Gain and loss no longer affect him. He hums the rustic tune of the woodsman and plays the simple songs of the village children. Astride the Ox’s back, he gazes serenely at the clouds above” (Coming Home: The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions by Lex Hixon, p.66).
A Breeze of Blessing
In The Matrix Reloaded when Neo is in Zion, Neo and Trinity are walking to their living quarters. When Neo and Trinity step out of an elevator, Neo is immediately surrounded by a crowd resembling “devotees” who are bearing gifts and who want his help with protecting their children from harm from the machines.
“Wherever he may go, he creates a fresh breeze, while in his heart profound tranquility prevails. The sage begins spontaneously to radiate Enlightenment, which is no longer simply an insight alive privately within him but a breeze of blessing felt by all who come into his presence” (Coming Home: The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions by Lex Hixon, pp. 66-67).
Trading with the Wind
Market momentum can be slight like a small breeze or whipsawing volatile like a raging hurricane tossing price waves this way and that. But remember what Hixon says about the attitude of the sage. Hixon states, “Gain and loss no longer affect him.” This implies that the trader must become the sage that sits serenely at the center of the cyclone. So is Enlightenment a prerequisite for becoming a trader? Or can trading properly undertaken lead to Enlightenment? Or, Terry, stop going on and on about Enlightenment and talk about trading with the wind. Okay.
Momentum oscillators are usually lagging indicators. They tell you that your house has been destroyed after the tornado has already gone. Can you be the wind that moves the price wave? Second best, can you feel the wind that moves the price wave within your own body? If so, you know market direction.