At first glance there seem to be few parallels between Buddhism and your trading and investing strategies, but is that really so? If you look beneath the surface a very different picture starts to evolve.

At first glance there seem to be few parallels between Buddhism and your trading and investing strategies, but is that really so? If you look beneath the surface a very different picture starts to evolve.

Traditionally we go through life viewing events, like market action as something that happens outside of ourselves and as something on which we have little or no influence.

We have neat little boxes for all those events with their clear beginnings and endings. This thinking, which is part of the old paradigm is essentially incorrect and has lead to a flawed view of reality. When your view of reality is skewed everything in your life will be affected, including your trading and investment strategies.

We know that things have a habit to work until they stop working. This principle, which is an integral facet of evolution has plaid out with frightening ferocity many times in the financial markets. Today the entire financial system is cleansing itself of old outdated habits and is trying to establish a new consensus. The old forces of the old paradigm vie with new forces of a new paradigm which is based on the latest findings in science, which are confirming what the old wisdom traditions have taught for thousands of years.

We have evidence now that indeed nothing is separate

When we traditionally talk about crowd psychology reflected in the markets we are merely seeing the concept of oneness playing out in front of our very eyes in the markets.

The basic building block of everything in the universe is energy

Energy needs constant motion. We see this constant motion expressed in duality, the constant market moves of up and down or sideways moves. This picture unfolds all the time, even when we catch a trend there is movement within the movement, since, as any technical analyst will tell you nothing ever goes up or down in a straight line.

You are always changing to a lesser or larger degree even if you are not consciously aware of this.

Markets reflect the collective consciousness of the masses. I don't care if you believe that the fed manipulates market action, sooner or later the market will exert its right to return to its natural cycle, which is a reflection of the cycle of the the mood of the general public. Presently there is a mood of deep dissatisfaction and resentment with the system that has caused a lot of hardship for many.

It is a huge misconception to think that blame is going to get you anywhere

In fact, as you will always get what you focus on, because your mind is a very obliging tool and will get you what you are looking for, every time, you might want to consider the effect your pervasive negativity has on the collective consciousness and last but not least market action.

There simply is no getting away from the fact that you make reality and you create the market action through your thoughts and emotions.

Every time you panic, feel desperate and you believe that the financial system may collapse you are creating a little more of that negative momentum which fuels the markets and you will find proof of your views.

There are many traders who find it difficult to go short

I will not go into the many reasons for this in today's article, suffice it to say, that conflicts with their belief system does not permit them to take advantage of the flexibility of the trading system. Markets move up and down.
Going short is no better then going long and both are just like the two sides of the same coin. Head or tail are of no value, unless you are betting on the wrong side and resent that fact.

If you are a savvy trader or investor you will have learned to take advantage of the many instruments available and position yourself in line with market action, but free from judgement about whether the market action is agreeable to you or not. Staying out of judgement is an art which Buddhism teaches us. It is a very useful habit to develop and will improve your trading and investing many times.

If more of us were doing this the present financial crisis may not be as dire as it appears. People with plenty of energy normally feel more positive and see opportunity. Once you can see how your misguided thoughts and feelings create your actions you are freeing yourself from pointless emotion and trance behavior so typical of crowds.

The above is not new age mambo jumbo but my view based on many years of experience and learning a lot about myself in years of trading and observing market action. If you want to be in control of your investment and trading strategies do yourself a favor and learn how you can expand your awareness. The man on top of the mountain sees more of the world and can appreciate more of it.

Author's Bio: 

Mercedes Oestermann van Essen is a success coach and trading psychology coach. She has written many books on personal improvement and trading psychology.
Her book THE BUDDHIST TRADER is available on hr website and on Amazon.