Tao Te Ching (Chapter 37)
Our practice is one of
It seems as if we do nothing,
yet everything is done.
If we stay on this path
and resist the temptation to control,
each thing will naturally evolve
according to its individual nature.
When our conditioning arises
and attempts to stir us up,
we return to the simple stillness
of our natural state.
When we abide at this still point
our conditioned habits naturally fall away,
leaving only peace.
(By Lao Tsu, translated by William Martin)
Your Unique Trading Path
What if you are day-trading E-mini S&P 500 futures when your unique talent lies in trading options? You would be frustrated to say the least. What if your frustration is purposive? What if a deeper source within you is trying to get your attention through having you fail as an E-mini S&P futures day-trader? Hey! That’s not fair! But what if it’s true? If you take the Tao’s direction and let go of your day-trading, you may discover your true trading path. “If we stay on this path and resist the temptation to control, each thing will naturally evolve according to its individual nature.”
Certainly, more guidance would be needed from the deeper source within you in order to differentiate how you should be trading options. Should you be buying or selling options, or both? Should you be buying or selling option spreads, or both? Which option spreads should you specialize in trading? In which markets should you trade options (equities, futures, forex, or a combination thereof)? Which time frames should you be trading? In the previous paragraph, the E-mini S&P futures versus options struggle can substituted with other instruments unique to your individual trading path (i.e. treasury bonds versus EUR/USD, etc.).
The Tao’s Guidance
In discovering your unique trading path, guidance from the Tao is indispensable. All your conditioned beliefs about trading need to be examined and the dross tossed out. Abide in the Tao while you make your decisions. “When we abide at this still point our conditioned habits naturally fall away, leaving only peace.”