To the linear trader’s mind there is no connection between enlightenment and trading performance. However, you couldn’t be more wrong. Why? Because enlightenment increases self knowledge, the inner knowledge which goes beyond your three dimensional “reality”. Inner knowledge reveals the fabric of the universe. It reveals how the rug is woven, instead of just showing you the patterns on the front of the rug.
Learning a trading system is easy
Anyone can doit. Learning about yourself is difficult. Almost nobody does it in the trading world. 95% of all traders fail in the long run because they think learning a system is all that is required.
You develop trading consistency once you see your thinking and actions BEFORE you take the action
The only way you can get to this place of EARLY recognitions is through extending what you know about yourself and bring it to your conscious awareness.
Enlightenment reveals how things are, not how YOU think they are
Traders and investors live in the illusion that they already know everything they need to know to make good trading decisions. That’s why it is a big shock to them when their trades don’t work out, or their lives don’t work out how they think they should work out.
Usually only once they incur big account draw downs and big relationship troubles will the look where they have not looked before for solutions.
Don’t wait that long
If you already knew everything there is to know about yourself and about the world and trading you would not have any trading problems. Thinking that you know everything gets you into a dangerous loop. You keep repeating the same old behaviours getting nowhere indefinitely.
The result? Frustration increases and so does dysfunctional behaviour
Enlightenment is just another acronym for “deep knowledge”
To be more specific: Knowledge brings light into your body and mind in esoteric terms. We are talking about the esoteric “knowing” that goes deeper into the hidden dimensions of your being that accesses the core of reality creation. You cannot heal a festering wound by putting a band aid over it. In order to make meaningful progress quickly you have to look deeper.
Enlightenment gives you the knowledge and the tools to expose erroneous thinking at the point of creation not later when you have accumulated big losses.
Enlightened knowledge removes you a few step from yourself. It puts you in the position of observer. As an information gatherer you learn new perspectives and learn how to look at aspects of your reality you never looked at before.
From this vantage point you can begin to re-construct your reality, because you have a broader vista.
When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change
This simple strategy should be pretty obvious to anyone. Yet the reality is that most traders cannot see it. They are so married to their way of thinking that trying something that to them may appear out of the box is impossible.
If your trading lacks consistency it clearly shows lack of knowledge somewhere along the line, usually it is the knowledge of how things work inside you.
Mercedes Oestermann van Essen is a thought leader in the field of trading psychology. She is the author of “The Buddhist Trader” and other books on trading psychology and personal development.