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Dec 31, 2015

Likes the Site

Dear Ed,

As the year comes to a close I want to share my appreciation for your hosting FAQ and for all the contributors who share their feelings and experiences.

I notice that I particularly enjoy reading about people's experiences in their significant relationships, such as their spouses, children, parents, friends and co-workers.  I learn a lot about how to really show up for the important people in my life.

I feel a great deal of respect for the vulnerability your contributors often display in what they share.  I value emotional openness.  I want to do more of that and I often feel inspired by what I read in FAQ.

One goal that I have for the coming year is to foster deeper connection as often as I can, in all my interactions but especially with people in my personal support system.  My relationships help me to feel alive, even when they feel challenging or disturbing, and most of all when I feel the rapport that grows from sharing feelings.

Thank you again for providing this forum and for shining a spotlight on the powerful effect our relationships have on us.

Happy New Year!

Thank you for sharing your process and for acknowledging the work.
Dec 31, 2015

Do Something

Dear Ed,

As I listen to this song and watch the video, I feel inspired and encouraged to get off my butt and "DO SOMETHING", to show up for the world in some way, however small.

Even though some of the lyrics refer specifically to Christianity, I prefer to hear the song as being about all of us, as humans who have so much to give, and receive, by simply caring about each other.

When I reach out to others I feel connected and alive, even when life hurts.

Thank you for sharing your process and the URL.

You might consider your relationship with Christianity; you cite a link and also implicitly apologize for it with "even though ..."
Dec 26, 2015

More on Crypto Currencies


Thank you for your comment [about the tension between government control and the inherent freedom of crypto currencies].

On your point, I wonder as well. Over in China, tight capital controls are causing the Chinese to move yuan outside the country by first converting it to bitcoin then converting it to a fiat currency such as the US dollar. Meanwhile, deep inside the rabbit hole, my friend who has dined with the head of the CP as well as a few others have claimed those in power are embracing cryptotechnologies and stockpiling bitcoin. If true, it reminds me of how the face of China continues to remain communist but their actions within are capitalist.

Perhaps here are two possibilities:

1) The Fed realizes it should work with these emerging (and maybe unstoppable technologies) by creating their own cryptocurrency which they can control. Services such as Netflix dominate because they are simple to use and cost-effective. So while illegal file sharing continues to be a huge contender to Netflix, people like convenience and the time saved, thus use Netflix or both.

Likewise, an effective cryptocurrency that is seamless that reduces fees (remittance, wire, merchant, credit card, paypal, etc) would be more likely to be widely adopted. This may result in a compromise where both uncontrolled cryptotechnologies and a US controlled cryptocurrency can co-exist.

2) To assist the Fed, the US government attempts to ban all forms of cryptocurrencies which slows but does not stop its progress. In time, the growth of cryptotechnologies erodes the sovereignty of the dollar as cryptocurrencies start to overtake to become a new form of fiat currency that slowly drains power from governments as they become more widespread, a superior store of value over gold, and inflation-free.

I wonder your thoughts on what appears to be a convergence of strong predictive elements. While the future does not exist, odds favor the sun rising in the east at tomorrow's dawn:

1) Government cradle-to-grave lifecycles where we are at the point where governments devour their middle class which spells the death of their fiat currency. Your book "Govopoly in the 39th Day" beautifully explains this process.

2) Martin Armstrong's IP is rooted in the cyclical nature of living and non-living things, even particles ... , and seems to have accurately called major tipping points since the early 1980s in real-time as well as showing tipping points going back to BC. The accuracy resulted in the US government demanding he hand over his IP. A documentary "The Forecaster" was made that chronicles his decade long ordeal as one of the early whistle blowers. His latest major prediction says a transformation started on October 1, 2015 where the political house of cards begins to topple and governments start to break down.

3) A major spiritual tipping point for humanity began in late September 2015 according to various accounts, both scientific and spiritual. After what I've experienced firsthand this year, I believe that science is just beginning to scratch the surface of reality.

There has been a huge gap between science and spirituality that may be narrowing.

Respected physicists from highly regarded universities have made some major discoveries in quantum physics that show certain existing scientific paradigms are incorrect. Some areas profoundly affecting our understanding of reality: entanglement/string theory, quantum physics, double slit experiment (the observer matters), particle time travel, human emotions automatically predict the near future (before the "loving" or "tragic" cards were shown to each subject, the heart and brain reacted before the subject could see the card)..
Thank you for sharing your thinking and your insights.
Dec 25, 2015

Figuring Out Christmas


​an oldie and a goodie ...​


Thank you for sending me your solution.
Dec 25, 2015

More Stops and Starts

Dear Ed,

I find the contribution regarding the possible use of TTP as a weapon very interesting.

I can see myself landing on both sides of that issue: sometimes feeling superior as I notice "ordinary" attempts my friends might make to communicate their feelings and needs, and sometimes feeling that I "fail" when I don't express myself in terms of feelings and body sensations.

Worse than failure is a sense of inadequacy, as if some people can "do" it and others (like me) just can't.

I would like to amplify a couple of "stop/start" suggestions on the list already mentioned in the post "Relationship Methods":

1.  Stop focusing on the "incoming" communication as a challenge.  Start experiencing the statements of others as a bid for connection, even if the bid seems awkward or downright hostile (easier said than done, to be sure!).

2) Stop making it all about me, by judging or focusing on the ways the other person's statement, or personality, or lifestyle differs from my own. Start developing an interest in their unique experience of the world, not to agree with them or to change myself, but simply to expand my ability to connect without fear.

We're all more human than not, so we have the most fundamental common ground; beyond that, we can enjoy and be curious about our differences rather than try to eradicate or judge them.

Thanks again for encouraging me to explore the system that presents itself in every relationship I have.

Thank you for sharing your process and insights.
Dec 24, 2015


Hi Chief,

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Thank you for your wishes.
Dec 24, 2015

We Wish You a Merry Christmas


This, to you you, from me and my friends.

Link to MP4 File of Recording (Note: 16.3 MB)
Thank you for sending your wishes and for sending me the link.
Dec 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Dear Chief,

I wish to you and your family Merry Christmas.
Please continue you excelence in guidance others and your work at Trading Tribe.

Thank you for sending your wishes.

All the best to you and yours for this season and beyond.
Dec 24, 2015

Best Wishes

Hello Ed,

I am thinking of you and the Tribe and want to send my best wishes for a happy holiday to all.

I am having hopeful thoughts for a prosperous 2016 for all of the Tribe.  Hopeful thoughts for me to experience feeling, share feelings, receive feelings and to achieve right livelihood.

Best regards and thank you for all of your help and work with the Tribe!l
Thank you for sending your wishes.

All best wishes to you and yours for this season and beyond.
Dec 24, 2015

Relationship Methods


During a recent Rocks Process, I release a long-standing pattern of attracting emotionally unavailable partners.

Since then, I notice that while I have, historically, considerable skill with adversarial relating with emotionally unavailable partners, I do not have much experience with alliance relating with emotionally available partners.

Through conversations with friends and associates I come to embrace some new methods below.

1. Stop using TTP to analyze other people and to tell them what they need to fix about themselves; start telling them what I feel about my own process.

2. Stop expecting other people to use TTP to pace my feelings; start accepting them the way they choose to behave conversationally.

3. Stop insisting that others understand about intentions = results; start understanding how they view the world in terms of causality, blame and guilt.

4. Stop interrupting to correct people; start listening and getting their meaning.

5. Stop assuming everyone wants an adversarial relationship; start allowing people to act in supportive ways.

6. Stop insisting on using the Rocks Fore-Giveness process; start accepting other processes such as the conventional apology-forgiveness-reconnection process.

7. Stop employing logic for every transaction; start employing kindness.

8. Stop expecting rejection; start cultivating openness to acceptance.

9. Stop issuing ultimatums; start sharing feelings.

10. Stop going unconscious and cutting off emotional connection during stressful moments; start staying awake and maintaining connection.

11. Stop firing logical weapons at others; start sharing feelings.

12. Stop reacting automatically and defensively to strong feelings of stress; start allowing a moment to employ other reactions.

13. Stop worrying about the relationship; start sharing fun things.
Thank you for sharing your process and your insights.


You May Hold TTP

as a weapon ...


... as an opening ...


... and as a way to share
the moment.
Dec 21, 2015

Wants to Develop a System

Hello Ed,

I am a young trader and huger fan of yours. I have a lot of respect for the work you have done and even more for your incredibly humble personality, and willingness to respond to anyone who submits a question to you.

I have been actively trading for a few years now. I started when I was 19 (now 22) and have had enough success to recently be hired by a prop firm who backs our strategies. Similar to you it is very clear to me that this is what I am supposed to do in life.

My trading thus far has been solely discretionary, but after rereading market wizards and doing some more research I have become enamored by systems trading. I am very interested in getting started immediately developing my system, and am armed with a number of strategies I am interested in implementing, but feel slightly overwhelmed in deciding where I should start.

Specifically I am having trouble deciding a software, and language to learn so I can develop strategies.

Would you be able to recommend a simple but robust method to start developing strategies with? I have heard tradestation can be amateurish, and was wondering what you thought of RightEdge. Additionally do you think C# is the most effective language to develop systems? I have almost no coding experience but have no hesitation in learning any skill, or necessary related skill.

If you have any other conventional advice on the actual construction of systems it would be very much appreciated. Thank you dearly for your time.

Thank you for raising this issue.

I do not endorse or recommend specific trading systems or software vendors.

You might consider starting your system development project by studying charts to get an idea of what kind of system you would like to develop.

From there you might consider back testing your system by inspection, and then, more rigorously with a spreadsheet program.

Once you get a feel for how system testing works, you might consider automating the process with any number of software packages.

You might also consider learning a standard language such as C#.

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