What Trading Psychology And Feng Shui Have In Common

I know, a weird title and an even weirder combination of subjects. Please bear with me for a second: I have traded since 2001. On my trading journey learned one big thing, which I call the unified theory of trading success. This thing is that absolutely everything is connected.

Let me explain:

Traders and humans at large are so used to thinking in boxes that we overlook the biggest, simplest law of our existence that influences how we create our (trading) success. I am talking about how consciousness works.

Consciousness permeates everything, that’s the universal law.

This law basically means that everything you look at and experience in your trading world is experienced through your consciousness first, before you become aware of the individual boxes which your mind has set up like a filter system, so that you can make sense of all the different experiences.

Here is the rub: Your mind processes most of its experiences subconsciously.

The tendency to see things as separate creates a skewed view of the world. It also makes you take the wrong action, because you act on the illusion of separation as if it where real.

Box thinking stops you from seeing what Feng Shui and trading have in common.

Have you ever considered that consciousness sees literally everything before you give the experience a value?

For example: You value a good trade set up as worthy of your attention, just as you would value a nice looking beach as a motivation to develop better trading habits. Yet, you know that the beach is not your reality today, because your office is dark and it’s raining, or snowing outside. That’s your reality as you see it.

Are you getting where I am going with this?

You have of course seen the images of traders sitting by the beach, or driving a Ferrari. The idea behind these images, usually brokers’ adverts, is to entice you to trade with them not because they are the greatest broker, but because your untrained mind is greedy. It wants the Ferrari and the beach life style NOW.

Almost too simple isn’t it?

If you are an experienced trader, or an experienced investor you will know how these “little” desires which run deep inside the emotional part of the brain influence your behaviour.

Imagine how your trading mind would relax if every time it steps into your trading room, it sees a lovely, desk, and a pleasing objet d’art. Your conscious trading mind reasons that it only needs a good looking chart.

How wrong you are:

Whenever your trading mind sees something that is beautiful, it stimulates a feel good factor that makes you want to perform better. The brain does not “see” the object d’art, rather it sees what it associates with that objet d’art: Like wealth, success, or security, the key motivators that drive us to carry on, even when we are going through a rough patch.

Remember: Your brain does not think in terms of now and tomorrow. Your brain only sees now in every moment.

When you enter your office next, take a look around, but with your CONSCIOUS mind switched on. Notice what subliminal messages your office is sending to your trading brain. I think you will be surprised.

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 and business Holistic Feng Shui.