The Taoist Trader: Tao Te Ching (Chapter 11)
Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
(By Lao Tsu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)
Chapter 11 takes the unique view of emptiness being useful. Emptiness is described as “the center hole,” the space within,” and “holes.” The hollowness of a bamboo flute would illustrate the emptiness/usefulness concept as well. Without empty space, you couldn’t even walk around on this planet.
A Spirit-Filled Vessel
The verse “Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful,” could be talking about you and me shaped into a vessel by the Creator with the Spirit of the Creator residing in “the space within.” The New English Bible states “… Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, thou the potter, and all of us are thy handiwork” (Isaiah 64:8).
Meditation as Emptiness Experienced
If you can reach a state of having an “empty mind” during meditation, then the next step is to have an “empty mind” during daily life. The emptiness experienced during meditation needs to be distilled into liquid gold that rests undisturbed in your daily mind. A golden lake reflecting a golden sun. In his commentary of the Taoist meditation text “The Secret of the Golden Flower,” Carl Jung describes the Golden Flower: “… the Golden Flower that blooms in the purple hall of the city of jade…” (p.133) and “the ‘diamond body’, the indestructible breath body which develops in the Golden Flower…” (pp.130-131). In reference to this body, Jung states “… It is not I who live, it lives me” (p.131).
Trading from the Inner Gold
The golden-lake mind that reflects the sun is in tune with the market’s breath. Like the surfer who kicks out of the wave an instant before a wipe-out or the martial artist who moves out of the way of a punch before it is thrown, the golden-minded trader places the correct trade right before the market moves his or her way. When the sun rests in your mind, no thoughts remain, no effort is made.