My Trading Tao Te Ching, part 1.

March 23, 2019

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternal real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called the darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

from “Tao Te Ching” by Stephen Mitchell

There is no one way to trading success. In fact, there are infinite ways for me to achieve success in the markets, while only a handful of ways I often fail. Yet lasting success proves to be elusive to me and to most. I call this The Paradox of Trading Success.

The secrets of trading cannot be taught to me by any external source. They can only be learned by listening within myself. I have to be comfortable NOT knowing, as I cannot possibly know the future. The answer is somewhere in the Darkness.

I can bring all the implements I can devise to provide light. But the key is in the feel. And I can feel with my eyes closed. The light is a distraction.