The Taoist Trader: Tao Te Ching (Chapter 1, Part 2)
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
( By Lao Tsu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)
“Darkness within darkness, The gate to all mystery” means that the rational mind cannot penetrate the mystery of life, the mystery of the Tao. The darkness implies the realm of not-knowing, a realm that can be navigated only through intuition. The dark-cave dream is a common dream that occurs when you decide to take the exploration of your unconscious seriously. The way through the cave can only be intuited. That’s the only way. The Self doesn’t negotiate. Neither does the Tao.
When you enter the trading cave, leave your statistics at home. Regarding your intuition, “Don’t leave home without it.” Forget your Elliott-wave count, your Goodman-wave count, your Wolfe-wave count, and calculating your Fibonacci retracements for your Elliott-wave two and later your Elliott-wave four. Forget pattern recognition because as Heraclitus once said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” Hey Terry! What if I never learned pattern recognition? How can I forget something I never knew? First of all, please don’t interrupt me when I’m on a roll. Secondly, please don’t inject a Zen koan (How can I forget something I never knew?) into a discussion about Taoism. Now where was I? I forget.
Forget What You Know
Hey Terry! Are you referring to the album Forget What You Know by Midtown or the song “Forget What You Know” by Caedmon’s Call? Neither. However, now that you mention it, the song by Caedmon’s call has a line that is relevant to the discussion: “Why do your memories build like poison in your mind?” Unfortunately, knowledge can poison your mind by not letting anything new in or not letting you live in the moment. Trading knowledge coupled with large losing trades can form memories that emotionally trigger fear in similar future trading situations. And fear can act as a poison that paralyses you. By following the Tao and letting go of what you think you know, you detach from both knowledge and fear.