are the Holy Grail, Part III
Recently, I returned
from co-teaching Peak 202 in Sydney, Australia with Van.
It was an extraordinary group of people and we witnessed a
tremendous amount of transformation in the participants during the
workshop. I really want
to thank them for their Aussie hospitality as well as
to acknowledge our dear Melita for setting that event up and for her
enthusiasm about it. She
is greatly missed.
Have you noticed that
there is a common thread that runs throughout the IITM educational
courses? That thread is
clearly outlined as a key concept of the Blueprint workshop: you need to assess your beliefs about trading and yourself.
What does that have to do with trading?
Why not get some more good trading techniques?
Isn’t that what people want and need?
In order to start
answering that question, I’m actually going to take the liberty of
quoting from the Q and A section of the
information you would find when you are reading about the Peak 101
information is something every trader has to seriously ponder:
are possibly more trading techniques available than can be counted.
One technique may earn one trader a fortune but cause another to go
bankrupt. The difference in the results lies within the trader; how
the person processes information, inner conflicts that can cause
confusion, or the lack of discipline to follow their trading plan.
Showing traders and investors how to develop skills and awareness on
the issues from within are at the core of this highly effective
In Part I of the
series YOU are the Holy Grail (April 23, 2008), I asked how we
could account for the discrepancy in outcomes among traders using
the same technique. I concluded that there were three aspects of
yourself that needed to work in alignment.
In Part II (October
22, 2008), I discussed the importance of personality type and its
effects on trading results. I
went on to say that if the Holy Grail is YOU, then it’s imperative
that you “Know Yourself!” That
phrase is the inscription that was written on the Oracle of Apollo
of Delphi, Greece, 6th century B.C., so the notion has been around
for a long time.
So, why is it so important to know
a fair question. Your clarity comes from within, from an inner self
that is powerful and wise. You
must learn to use your strengths more effectively and at the same
time develop an awareness of your weaknesses and learn how to
you might automatically assume that you know yourself, but that
definitely is not the case. You
actually have to study yourself! This is why there is such an
emphasis on trading psychology at the Van Tharp Institute.
In this article, Part
III, in addition to beliefs about yourself and the market, I would
like to ask you if you have ever stopped to consider and examine
your SPIRITUAL BELIEFS. What work are you doing with the Spiritual
aspect of yourself, or what I call the "Big I"?
Wayne Dyer, Ph.D.
states, “We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience.”
Do you believe that is true?
That is his spiritual belief. What are yours?
Do your SPIRITUAL beliefs impact your trading results?
You tell me. If
you have a belief in a benevolent Higher Power that you trust to
guide you and always support you non-judgmentally, might that be a
calming influence when you are trading?
For example, let’s say you are in a trade that is going
against you, might you think, “Well, this isn’t looking so good
at the moment, but I know that everything will be okay, regardless
of the outcome. I’ll
just keep following my system.”
Because of your calm state, you remember that every system is
going to have losers, and this just might be one of them, which
means you are that much closer to your next winner.
If you had a belief
in a wrathful, critical and judgmental type of “God”, could that
belief bleed into your thoughts when you are trading?
Again, let’s take the scenario of a trader in a position
that is going against him/her.
Having a belief in this type of wrathful “God” could
create an extreme fear of criticism and failure.
As a result, the trader might get out of the trade before the
stop is even hit to avoid making a mistake, only to see the trade
turn around and hit the target. That,
by the way, is a scenario I affectionately call “Trader’s
When I’m working
with traders in my consulting course, we examine the individual
spiritual beliefs and allow each student to create what I call, “The
Gospel according to
Fred” or “The Gospel
according to Stacey.”
Doesn’t it make sense to have spiritual beliefs that
empower you? Where did
you get those beliefs, anyway? Must
you keep them, or can they be changed?
Of course they can, and, in fact, MUST be changed if they are
not empowering you to get the results you want, not only in trading,
but in life.
I call the process of
this self-examination “Transformational Education.” This
type of learning is designed to change you as a person. Traditional
education provides us with knowledge, but most often is not
life-changing. For example, when a person takes a course in
geography, upon completion he/she is basically the same person. They
have simply increased the amount of data in their possession.
On the other hand,
when a person completes a course in Transformational Education, they
are not the same. They have expanded their consciousness, changed
their limiting beliefs, and are a different, more evolved person.
These changes enable them to live more satisfying, fulfilling and
successful lives. They can live to their full potential.
Education is an integrated approach to the study and transformation
of the self into the SELF. It uses a combination of mental,
physical, emotional, and spiritual processes to accomplish change.
One of the core tools I have developed is Transformational
This exercise allows students to eliminate the barriers that
are preventing them from expressing the wholeness of the SELF. Since
Transformational Meditation creates new, positive, unconscious
beliefs, current limiting beliefs are eliminated, along with the
accompanying negative emotions and unwanted or destructive
behaviors. This technique allows students to tap into their inner
awareness, that place where their own answers are found: the SELF,
the Holy Grail.
When Van and I were
teaching Peak 202 in Australia, we spoke about the importance of
spiritual beliefs with the participants and we specifically
discussed some of the ideas put forth by noted authors Neale Donald
Walsch and Gary Renard on the topic.
And as synchronicity
would have it, I am
being interviewed on March 31st in
a teleseminar series called "Healing with the Masters",
hosted by acclaimed author, healer and speaker, Jennifer McLean. In
addition to myself, renowned leaders such as the afore-mentioned Neale
Donald Walsch and Gary Renard will be interviewed, along
with Jack Canfield, Gregg Braden, and Eric Pearl, plus 18 more.
What’s great is
that this12-week interview series is free of charge!
It provides you access
to 24 of the world's leading experts in spirituality,
wellness and healing. They
are providing an intimate portrait of how they achieved success in
their respective fields as well as giving you personal insights on
how you can easily accelerate your own consciousness and evolution.
I want to re-emphasize the correlation between consciousness and
masterful trading, so this is a great opportunity to focus in on
this area. You can
enroll at www.healingrelease.com.
Libby Adams: Carol "Libby" Adams, Ph.D., D.D.,
author of Voices of Selves, is the Executive Director of the Academy
of Self-Knowledge . She is a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
and specializes in Transformational Meditation™, a process she has
developed and used successfully with hundreds of students over the
past fifteen years. To learn more, visit, www.transformationaltrading.com.
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