The Way of Commodity Trading
The Beginning - You do not have to like commodity trading
-- like what is in the trading: the opportunity to find
yourself. The time spent trading commodities can be a
parable for the rest of the day (or for the rest of your
life). Align yourself with the higher purpose of fulfilling
your own potential and joy will be the result.
The Commodity Markets - It is a myth that the commodity
futures markets make sense. Markets are nonlinear, infinite
parameter worlds and therefore are chaotic. Nothing
is firm, nothing is balanced, nothing is durable. Nothing
remains in its current state - each moment brings change.
The goal of trading is to discover regularities within
this perpetual change. Markets are chaotic systems and
therefore fractal in nature (they are self-similar at
various orders of magnitude, by any measure -- price,
volume, time). Market conditions that you may be waiting
for will probably not be significantly different next
hour or next week or next year. Only the scale of the
change may be different.
The Religion - Let go of the false ideas of what makes
the market tick and simply respond as the commodity
market unfolds. Create your own reality. Make the universe
your own creation and harness any regularity that is
there to your own uses. There is more to trading than
technique. Move beyond technical mastery to touch the
very soul of your craft. Perceive and merge with the
very essence of what makes your calling an "art."
Develop a sense of energy relationships. Energy absorbs
the patterns of things and builds with those patterns.
Your subconscious energy will connect to an energy within
the universe that is larger than your own energy. Operate
from a plane of existence that is attuned to a harmonious
flow within the universe. When you are aligned properly,
you will feel yourself flowing with the universe. You
will trust in yourself and trust in the universe. Expend
your energy on positive ideas, creativity and action.
Make your actions match your intentions. If you are
going to do something important, the best time to start
is right now. Trust in yourself with the awareness that
you have everything it takes to win.
The Mind - Success originates in the mind and translates
into the material world. The mind must be allowed to
act of itself. Quiet down your mind so that answers
can arise within the quietness. The best answers come
from the silence within. The wisdom you experience comes
not from you but from the silence. Keep a clear mind,
maintain a softer focus and use less effort and you
will automatically access your wisdom. Wisdom is the
ability to "see" an answer without having
to "think" of an answer. The best way to access
your wisdom is to know that it exists and to trust it.
Remain in a responsive mode, the most relaxed state
of mind. You will see the bigger picture and take things
less personally. You will stay flexible and calm so
that when an opportunity comes the mind will be open
and receptive to abundance and success. Use your conscious
mind to give positive orders to your subconscious mind.
It will in turn connect to the body and make you strong;
it will connect to your feelings and make you confident;
it will connect to your intellect and make you think
clearly; it will fill you with positive energy.
The Fear - Fear is instinctual and healthy and is simply
a fact of life, but it should not be a barrier to success.
Fears are only rationalizations for quitting or not
getting started. Think of your fears as lazy thoughts
that should not be taken seriously and can be dismissed.
Admit that your fear is not working to your advantage.
Remaining fearful is not safe at all. Make decisions
from a place of wisdom rather than a place of fear.
Fears that clearly and directly interfere with your
dreams are the dream snatchers of your own making. All
fearful thoughts are useless and hold you back all of
the time. Concentrate exclusively on the present moment
and you will avoid fearful thoughts of the past or future.
You are not the only one experiencing fear at this moment
-- all other traders are also. Push through the fear
rather than live with it. Let go of fear and allow success
to unfold. You are stronger than your fears and more
competent than your worries. You are going to do whatever
you are worried about anyway. Trust yourself so that
whatever happens you are in a position to handle it.
Learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what
happens. Be a warrior who consistently faces daily risk
with stoic composure and calm.
The Decision - Reduce your strategy to its point of
application. Commodity Trading demands the work of this
instant. Recognize that there is no real mystery about
the market at this moment. If these are the conditions
you want now, then trade. If the trade proves wrong
later, you can correct it then. Every judgment teeters
on the brink of error. Trading is an unending adventure
at the edge of uncertainty. Kiss the old, irrelevant
logical systems goodbye. Live and focus in the present
moment. Trade with an empty mind. Let the market make
your decisions. Act upon what you see, not what you
want to see. The here and now is all there is. Allow
the truth of the moment to surface, without bias or
personal agenda. Act from a place of wisdom and safety.
Listen to your inner voice and wisdom and the path to
success will be clear. Feel the moves as they are occurring.
Trust these feelings and go with them. Be truly one
with the market and when you are wrong, correct your
mistakes quickly. Listen, feel and respond to the market
without hesitation. The spirit and sword must be united
The Trade - Be systematic in your trading; you will
feel in control of the process. Aim for performance
over the long run. Any single trade, winning or losing,
is just part of a bigger process. The system or technique
practiced is not as important as implementing it with
discipline, consistency and control. Abandon certainty.
Strive for excellence, not perfection. Do not be attached
to trading outcomes. Attachment creates fear. Belief
that everything must work out perfectly creates enormous
worry, fear and immobilization. Acceptance of imperfection
allows you to not worry, to move on and to stay focused
on your purpose.
The End - See yourself as your own worst enemy and
as your own best friend. You are the cause of all your
experiences. One who is able to change and transform
in accord with the market and wrest victory is termed
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