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Super Trader Transformations By Dr. Van Tharp Trading Education Institute
Most of you probably know that our mission at the Van Tharp Institute is transformation through a trading metaphor. I have talked about levels of transformation in the past and next week will expand the discussion to explore three models, or three levels, of transformation: Levels of Consciousness, The Matrix Model, and Moving Beyond the Matrix. But this week I’d like to talk about the kinds of transformations that I look for in evaluating whether or not our Super Traders have finished the first phase of the transformational program.
Before moving Super Traders on to the second phase of the program, I require evidence of five major personal transformations. One person, however, remarked to me, “I’m not interested in you passing judgment over me about the transformations I make and whether they are valid or not.” My response to that statement was, if a person had five massive transformations while going through Super Trader 1, they were probably equipped to handle whatever else came up while they were trading. To me, a valid transformation is big enough that the person’s life has changed in noticeable ways.
Over time, I have observed that most of the transformations in the Super Traders seem to fall into the following categories:
1) A massive increase in awareness. Awareness really means that you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than being run by them unconsciously. When you become aware, a thought might arise (e.g., that person is rude), you notice it, and you let it pass rather than attaching to it and reacting to it. Another example — someone cuts you off in traffic, some swear words go through your mind with a little charge of anger. You notice it, perhaps you even welcome it, and then suddenly it fades from existence. The anger is not expressed because it is no longer there.
Depending upon your level of consciousness, you might have a high state of awareness for a few seconds here and there or you might have it all the time. You might only become aware when you feel a strong charge or you might notice nearly every thought that goes through your mind.
One of the transformations I often see in people who complete Super Trader 1 is a massive increase in awareness which they express in various ways. In addition, a new level of awareness translates into a decrease in the tendency to judge others or the world which naturally results also in seeing the perfection of “What IS”. Increased happiness scores are another result from this transformation.
2) The mind quiets down. Another frequent though less common transformation might be referred to as 1) a quieting of the mind; 2) a letting go of clutter; or 3) perhaps being at peace for no reason. If you become aware of your thoughts for long enough, then the mind cannot play its typical tricks on you because taking control of you is very difficult when you are aware. As a result, the mind gradually seems to calm down and it becomes peaceful or quiet.
3) Others report a massive release of charge. This transformation also makes people seem much more at peace. Say your mental state is one of perpetual fear or some other form of charged emotion. If you do massive feeling releases on that sort of charge, the end result is that you are no longer run by the charged state. People then have the experience of being much more peaceful even though they still have a very active mind. This would certainly be a huge transformation for the person who made the comment earlier about valid judgments.
4) Awareness of human games. We teach in the Advanced Peak Performance Workshop, Peak 202 that games are any activities which have winners and losers. Money is such a game. Trading is such a game. Power is such a game. NFL football is such a game.
Games have structures - some method of keeping score — how you define winning — and they have rules to keep the game in place. The rules seem mandatory because of the severity of the perceived punishment should you break the rules. But all rules are made up by someone or by some group. As you become aware of the games in the world, it’s possible for you to devise and play your own games or, at least, change the rules so that you have a much better chance of winning whatever games you are playing now.
For example, the game of money as played by society is typically thought to be won by having the most money. You get on the Forbes 400 list or better yet, you are #1 on the Forbes 400 list. In that game, however, only one person (or 400) of 7 billion people can win this game. As a result of so few winners, Madison Avenue has tried to transform the money game into those who have the most toys are the winners. Society makes this game is easier to play, even for everyone who isn’t wealthy. Thus, if the down payment on a nice toy is small enough, you can buy it now. Nearly all of the money games people play mean massive financial slavery.
There is another alternative to the traditional money game. It’s called the “Infinite Wealth” game. In this version of the money game, you win when your passive income is greater than your expenses. This is one of the primary topics of the New Infinite Wealth Workshop. The infinite wealth version of the money game is one that very many people, if not everyone can win.
I’d consider it a valid transformation if a Super Trader saw the wealth game for what it was and became infinitely wealthy instead. Another valid transformation in this area would be if someone saw the trading game for what it was and was able to trade consistently at 95% efficiency (one mistake in 20 trades) or better.
When you start becoming aware of all the games you play and then you make up your own rules in ways that don’t hurt other people, you’ve really achieved a massive transformation - you have realized that you make up your own reality.
5) Awareness of who you are is another major transformation. If you think you are the person whose name you go by, then you are probably very robotic in your life. You are full of conditioned reflexes that continually program you and give you little choice in how you lead your life.
However, as I have explained in other articles on transformation, you are actually a crowd of parts all of whom use the personal pronoun “I.” When you are unaware of your crowd inside, you never know which part is in charge at the moment (you always think it’s just “me”) and you are full of conflict. As you become more aware of who you are, then you can resolve your internal conflicts and eventually you can even eliminate all the parts. When all the parts are gone, all that remains is your Inner Guidance or what Libby Adams calls, your Big I. Awareness of your parts, and a massive reduction in their number is a major transformation. And the more parts you get rid of, the easier it is to communicate with your Inner Guidance
6) Getting in touch with one’s Inner Guidance and developing a strong bond with that guidance. Perhaps the biggest transformation you can make (most people who finish Super Trader 1 make this one), is getting in touch with your Inner Guidance. It’s a major step in seeing reality as opposed to seeing the illusion that your thoughts create. This step is necessary for what I’ve called Trading Beyond the Matrix.
7) Another major goal that usually happens once you have a strong bond with your inner guidance is finding your purpose in life. Your purpose is usually a very simple set of guidelines but it gives you a direction for the rest of your life. Suddenly, you spend your life going with the flow of life instead of swimming upstream. Here are some simple examples of the purpose that people have come up with.
To create love and happiness,
To be in a state that would be heaven…in the presence of God…heaven on earth,
To create happiness, joy, love and bliss and share that with others,
To do Good,
To realize “I am.”
My purpose is to help others awaken through transformation. Over time, however, I also realized that I could only help others to the extent that I transformed myself. As a result, the last 40 years of my life have been a continual search of transformation techniques. If they work for me, then I help others adopt them as well. It’s an immensely rewarding journey. Everyone who finds their purpose through the Super Trader program says that it changes everything.
8) Control over my everyday life. Some might call this increased self-discipline. Others might call it increased congruency. As you learn how to develop well-formed goals and eliminate conflict, then there is a huge upgrade in your ability to meet those goals on a regular basis.
9) Forgiveness. This form of transformation might be hard for anyone to understand who has not had the experience of forgiveness. You cannot possibly understand forgiveness because these words to not convey the experience of its transformative power. In fact, these words are part of the illusion. That being said, as you begin to understand how you make up the world through the meanings you give to words and that the words you use do not equate to what they are symbols for, then judgment begins to stop. You realize that you made it all up. Thus, there is no such thing as sin that needs to be forgiven. In fact, the form of forgiveness advocated by A Course In Miracles is to 1) understand that you are having a dream; 2) to forgive yourself for having the dream; and 3) to forgive your “brother or sister” for being part of that dream. This sort of transformation can dramatically improve your self-image, your relationship with your family, your relationship with your work, and bring about numerous other transformations.
10) Being in a state of continual gratitude. When you understand meta-states, you begin to realize that the highest level metastates will rule your experience. So let’s say your primary state is fear. You could metastate that fear, by fearing the state of fear. This is different from the primary state of fear as the metastate brings about a pathological state that could border on psychosis, an extreme form of fear. Instead of fearing fear, you could welcome the fear. In this case, you are metastating welcoming — a form of gratitude. Doing so is one of the forms of mild feeling release given in the Sedona Method. There are many, many useful metastates that you could adopt but one of the most advanced metastates is that of gratitude.
Metastating gratitude comes about when you begin to see the perfection of the “what is.” Many people can start to get this when they realize that what may have been perceived as one of the worst times in one’s life actually turned out later to be one of the best. For example, when I separated from my ex-wife almost 26 years ago, I went through two different lawsuits and two different appeal processes. At that time, the process felt like going through hell, however, the net result is that I’m now married to my soulmate, my perfect partner. We’ve been married for 23 years and it keeps getting better.
As you begin to realize the perfection of the “what is,” then you can begin to feel grateful and the feeling of gratefulness is very transformative. In fact, you might interpret it as “Great Fullness.” For example, you make a judgment and suddenly you notice a charged feeling coming up but no matter how negative it is, you feel gratitude for it. You understand that you have just discovered another charge that you can now process and thus free yourself from it forever. Until you discover it, however, the charge is hidden and locked inside of you creating automatic negative responses. Once you become aware of it, you can feel grateful knowing that it will soon be gone forever. Thus, I consider a continual state of gratitude to be a huge transformation.
Now imagine having experienced five or more of the transformations described above. How much do you think your level of consciousness would change? What impact do you think that level of change would have on your performance as a trader? The answer is probably a huge one.
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