Trading Beyond the Matrix

Trading Beyond the Matrix : The Red Pill for Traders and Investors

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How to transform your trading results by transforming yourself In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp is an internationally recognized expert at helping others become the best traders they can be. In Trading Beyond the Matrix: The Red Pill for Traders and Investors, Tharp leads readers to dramatically improve their trading results and financial life by looking within. He takes the reader by the hand through the steps of self-transformation, from incorporating "Tharp Think" ideas drawn from his modeling work with great traders making changes in yourself so that you can adopt the beliefs and attitudes necessary to win when you stop making mistakes and avoid methods that don't work. You'll change your level of consciousness so that you can avoiding trading out of fear and greed and move toward higher levels such as acceptance or joy.
* A leading trader offers unique learning strategies for turning yourself into a great trader * Goes beyond trading systems to help readers develop more effective trading psychology * Trains the reader to overcome self-sabotage that obstructs trading success * Presented through real transformations made by other traders Advocating an unconventional approach to evaluating trading systems and beliefs, trading expert Van K. Tharp has produced a powerful manual every trader can use to make the best trades and optimize their success.
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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 164 x 240 x 35mm | 642g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118525663
  • 9781118525661
  • 59,895

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Praise for Trading Beyond the Matrix

Tharp Think has always been at the cutting edge of trading technology . . . now be prepared to go way down the rabbit hole of transformational trading. You will discover that the 'holy grail' system has everything to do with the newest frontier in trading and that the Ultimate Edge in trading is spirituality. This is a must-read for people who want to find out how to take their trading to the next level.

--LIBBY ADAMS, PhD, Executive Director, International Academy of Self-Knowledge

Dr. Tharp's new book shows traders how personal psychology can work for you instead of against you, how to think about and manage risk, and how that can translate into developing a winning trading system. I am adding his latest book to the top 10 must-read books for all traders.

--LANE J. MENDELSOHN, founder,

The proof of a great system is that someone can duplicate the results using the same methods. Van Tharp's system meets this criterion. Here we have real people with real results. If you want to consistently make money in the markets, read this book and transform yourself!

--D. JANIE GUILL, former Sr. Director of Worldwide Procurement, Microsoft

Trading Beyond the Matrix, more than any other of Van's great books, reflects his personal journey. The stories of trading and personal transformation illustrate what 'transformation through a trading metaphor' means. They are inspirational and offer practical guidance and applications that will improve both you and your trading.

--MALCOLM PRYOR, author of the UK bestseller The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

Tharp saw long ago that successful trading had far more to do with the trader than with the trade itself. Tharp shows us that those traders who are in the highest states of consciousness will naturally be the most successful, not only at trading, but at life as a whole. He gives us a clear set of guidelines and exercises to help us to achieve this new expanded conscious awareness and show us how to achieve happiness on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Trading Beyond the Matrix is a book for everyone. I particularly wish to encourage my many friends in the spiritual community to take advantage of Van Tharp's deep insights about the relationship of matter and spirit.

--STUART MOONEY, author of American Buddha and day trader

Transitioning to the mental side of trading seemed easy for me. For many, that is not the case and here's where Trading Beyond the Matrix excels. The reader can relate to the stories about actual successful traders who have overcome their own biases, beliefs, and surroundings that held them back from success and how each trader has to figure that out and deal with it before becoming successful.

--TOM BASSO, New Market Wizard and founder of Trendstat Capital Management, Inc.
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In the sci-fi movie classic The Matrix, the hero, Neo, was given a choice: take the red pill and see the world as it truly is, or take the blue pill and wake up in his bed believing whatever he wants to believe. Of course, Neo takes the red pill, and the adventure begins. Now, what if there were a real Matrix and a real red pill?

A trading and investing guide unlike any other, Trading Beyond the Matrix is your red pill. It invites you to see a new world if you have the courage to free yourself from a lifetime of programmed thinking about what's possible and what's not, including what you deserve out of life. Discover new ways to dramatically improve your trading results and your overall financial well-being by looking within yourself and shining a light on the engrained ideas, beliefs, and perceptions that influence every one of your trading decisions and that may keep you from the success you deserve.

Written by the legendary Dr. Van K. Tharp, Trading Beyond the Matrix is the culmination of his thirty years spent helping traders become the very best they can be. He has observed traders progress through a journey of three stages, the first of which is Tharp Think. At this initial stage, you will learn a set of powerful rules that Dr. Tharp developed during his financial modeling work with numerous Super Traders. Time and again, these rules have been proven to deliver big returns for traders who understand how to apply them.

On the next leg of your journey, you will take your first giant step on the road to transforming yourself as a trader. You'll learn to take a hard look at your fixed beliefs about trading and the markets, where they come from, and you'll begin to understand that, in Dr. Tharp's words, You don't trade the markets, you trade your beliefs about the markets. You also will learn to identify which beliefs are healthy, productive ones and which aren't and begin to release yourself from their hold. And that's just the beginning of your transformational journey taking the red pill.

In the final stage of your journey, you will begin to awaken to life beyond the Matrix. Like Neo, you will learn to transcend your programming and discover the true power lying dormant within you. Here Dr. Tharp arms you with the tools you need to take an evolutionary leap forward as a trader--and as a person.

More than just another collection of surefire trading strategies and techniques, Trading Beyond the Matrix takes you on a journey of self-discovery, during which you will come to understand who you really are, how your personal psychology affects your every decision, and what, with Dr. Tharp's guidance, you can become: whatever you desire . . . even a Super Trader.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments xvii Foreword xix Doug Bentley Preface: Understanding Transformation xxiii Van K. Tharp, PhD Level I: Transformation of the Trading Game xxv Level II: Understanding the Matrix and Reprogramming Yourself xxviii Level III: Trading Beyond the Matrix xxx Your Personal Application of This Material xxxi SECTION I: TRANSFORMATION OF THE TRADING GAME: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS 1 Van K. Tharp, PhD Two Sets of Rules 1 Chapter 1: I Just Made 130 Percent and That Was Just the Beginning 7 David Witkin Learning to Trade 9 Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! 10 Tharp Think 101 12 Not All Lessons Are Equal 16 Finally, Some Winning Marbles 20 Chapter 2: The Automation of Tharp Think 25 Laurens Bensdorp My Journey into Doing the Trading Myself 27 Training Someone Else 32 Why This Is Possible 33 Addendum 35 Chapter 3: From Commercial Loan Officer to Financially Free Trader Investor 37 Rick Freeman My Initial Psychological Changes 40 What I ve Learned about the Trading Game 44 Understanding the Trading Game 46 So How Do You Get a Positive Expectancy System? 50 Getting a System That Works 51 Trading Psychology 52 How My Life Has Changed 54 Chapter 4: From Army Major to Systems Expert 59 Kenneth Long, DM What I Have Learned and How I Have Changed 61 The Power of Beliefs 61 Statistics-Based Trading 64 Trading Extremes 67 Reward-to-Risk Assessments 68 R-Multiples 69 Position-Sizing StrategiesTM and Bullets 70 SQN Performance to Evaluate Systems, Targets, and Markets 71 Market Classification Strategies 72 Transformations 73 Improved Systematic Performance 73 Specifi c Systems for Specifi c Market Conditions 74 Detailed Documentation and Analysis of Trades 74 Evidence-Based Management 74 Reduced Stress 75 Performance 75 Long-Term System with Monthly Rebalancing 76 Weekly Swing Trade with Once-a-Week Portfolio Adjustments 77 Pattern Swing Trade Using End-of-Day Data 78 Live Trading Workshops Results 79 Chapter 5: Using Tharp Think to Go from Full-Time Broker to Full-Time Trader 83 Martin Horsey My New Venture 84 Going to North Carolina 85 Restarting Trading 87 Where I Am Now 90 Chapter 6: Adapting Tharp Think to Your Trading 93 Van K. Tharp, PhD Area One: Thoroughly Understand the Principles of Successful Trading 95 Part 1: Learning to Trade Is Hard Work, But It Can Be Taught 97 Part 2: Knowing Yourself 98 Part 3: Mistakes 100 Part 4: Objectives and Position Sizing Strategies 101 Part 5: Probability and Reward-to-Risk Assessment 103 Part 6: Systems and Market Type 107 Steps to Learning Tharp Think 109 SECTION II: PSYCHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS TO HELP YOU FUNCTION AT A SUPERIOR LEVEL WITHIN THE MATRIX 111 Van K. Tharp, PhD Chapter 7: Beliefs: The Basis for the Matrix 117 Van K. Tharp, PhD Understanding the Impact of Beliefs Will Change Your Life 118 How I Create My Experience 124 You Are the Awareness of Thoughts that Flow through You 129 Belief Hierarchy 130 Changing Your Beliefs 134 Everything Has the Meaning You Give It 139 Chapter 8: A Journey through the Stunning World of Feelings and Trapped Emotions 143 Anonymous The Turning Point 144 Self-Sabotage Models 147 Accepting My Feelings 148 Where I Am Now 152 Note from Editor: Feeling Release as a Metric for Awakening 156 Chapter 9: You Are a Crowd of Conflicting Parts Inside 157 Van K. Tharp, PhD Exercise: Have a Parts Party 160 Parts Negotiation Exercise 160 Interview with a CBOE Floor Trader 163 Working with Dr. Van Tharp 165 Dealing with Confl icting Parts 166 What s Changed Since Then 168 Where I Am Now (Several Years Later) 169 Chapter 10: My Inner Guidance: A Personal Journey of Miracles 171 Van K. Tharp, PhD My Personal Journey 172 Conversations with God 176 Deeksha or the Oneness Blessing 178 My Relationship with Mitzi 179 My Current Inner Guidance 181 Revisiting the Transformed Engineering Professor 183 My Relationship with Durga Grows 186 Oneness with God 187 Bond with the Divine 188 The Nature of the Relationship Is Critical 191 What Does this Mean for You and for Your Trading? 193 Some Recent Updates 197 Update 1: Mother Meera s Second Blessing 197 Update 2: I Clear My Fear-Based Spiritual Beliefs 198 Chapter 11: My Experiences Using Transformational Meditation 201 Peter Wechter I Have a Problem Using and Relating to the Word God 206 Five Transformations 207 Some More Little i s That Didn t Get the Message 210 Discussion 220 Dealing with Mistakes 221 Discussion 224 Closing Reflections 225 An Addendum 226 Chapter 12: Creating Your Own World 233 Van K. Tharp, PhD Nine Steps to Mastering Yourself 236 Step 1: Learn That You Are a Crowd Inside 236 Step 2: Get 25 to 30 Identity-Level Beliefs from Each Part 237 Step 3: Do a Belief Examination Paradigm on Each of Your Beliefs 239 Step 4: Learn about Projection and Your Shadow Self 240 Step 5: Work on the Charge through Feeling-Release Exercises 240 Step 6: Do a Life Review and List the Beliefs That Come Up 242 Step 7: Make a List of Your Problems and Find the Root Cause (Beliefs and Feelings) 242 Step 8: Get in Touch with Your Internal Guidance 243 Step 9: Work to Eliminate Parts, or to at Least Get Them to Work Together with You 245 SECTION III: MOVING BEYOND THE MATRIX BY TRANSFORMING YOUR LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS 247 Van K. Tharp, PhD Our Most Powerful Tool 249 Super Trader Journeys through Transformation 250 Chapter 13: How I Turbocharged My Transformational Journey 253 Kim Andersson Discovering the Linchpin 258 Transformations Turbocharged! 262 Transformational Pillar #1: Getting Rid of Fear 262 Transformational Pillar #2: Tapping into a Higher Power 264 Transformational Pillar #3: My Purpose in Life 266 Transformational Pillar #4: Finally Getting Rid of My Need for Control 266 Taming My Unconscious Fear of Becoming a Millionaire 268 A Snapshot of Before and After 269 The Turbocharged Transformational Model 270 Conclusion 272 Chapter 14: From Engineer to Spiritual Warrior: A Trading Journey 273 Anonymous Timeline 1: Downhill Accelerating 274 Timeline 2: Crawling out of the Pit 278 A Message from Somewhere 279 Finding Out That I Would Be a Professional Investor as Soon as I Retire 280 Do I Have a Real Problem, or Do I Just See Monsters in the Closet? 282 Meeting Super Trader Program Students: I ll Have What They re Having 283 Transformation 1: Dropping the Pain of Past Projections 284 Original Situation 284 Actions to Achieve Transformation 285 Transformed State 287 Interlude: There s Money for Everyone 288 Transformation 2: Firsthand Experience of a Benign Universe 289 Original Situation 289 Actions to Achieve Transformation 290 Transformed State 292 Transformation 3: Realizing My Purpose 292 Original Situation 292 Actions to Achieve Transformation 293 Transformed State 295 Transformation 4: Finding a Vehicle That Suits Me 296 Original Situation 296 Actions to Achieve Transformation 297 Transformed State 298 Transformation 5: Become an Active Manager of Emotional States 300 Original Situation 300 Actions to Achieve Transformation 301 Transformed State 303 Bottom Line: Net Winner in Life 305 Chapter 15: A Professional Trader s Journey beyond the Matrix 307 Curtis Wee My Early Trading Experiences 310 Stumbling on the Van Tharp Institute 312 Key Lesson 1: Taking Personal Responsibility 314 Key Lesson 2: Able to Deal with Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions 315 Key Lesson 3: Knowing My Thoughts Are Not Mine 317 Key Lesson 4: Trusting My Inner Guidance 318 Key Lesson 5: Understanding That the World Is Perfect 318 Key Lesson 6: Knowing My Purpose 320 Key Lesson 7: Reinventing Myself 322 So Where Am I Now? 322 Chapter 16: My Journey to Trading in the Now 325 Thahn Nguyen My Transformation Journey 327 Area 1: My Anxiety or Worry 328 Area 2: My Impatience 330 Area 3: My Fear of Failure or Being Wrong 330 Area 4: Being Overwhelmed 330 Area 5: Tendency to Believe That I m Always Right 331 Area 6: Trading with No Plan or System 331 How It Happened 333 Where Am I Now? 334 Editor s Note 336 Chapter 17: Thoughts on Raising Your Level of Consciousness 337 Van K. Tharp, PhD Some Exercises for Trading in the Now 338 Trading in the Now 340 Level IV Transformation 342 Questions on Raising Your Level of Consciousness 344 Chapter 18: Continuing the Journey 349 Van K. Tharp, PhD Area Three: Develop a Personal Business Handbook for Trading/Investing 349 Area Four: Assessing Your Preparation for Trading 355 Area Five: Understand Your Trading Mistakes 360 Appendix: Recommended Readings 363 Appendix: Key Words Defi ned 367 Appendix: Reference Notes 373 About the Author 381 A Personal Invitation from Dr. Van K. Tharp 383 Index 385
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About Van K. Tharp

Van K. Tharp, PhD, is President of the Van Tharp Institute, where he uses a combination of skills and education to fine-tune his strategies to coach, consult, and teach traders and investors. Dr. Tharp is the author of five acclaimed books: Super Trader, Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, the New York Times bestseller Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, The Definitive Guide to Position Sizing Strategies, and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1975. He is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Master Time Line Therapist, a Modeler of NLP, and an Assistant Trainer of NLP. He has used his expertise in NLP to create a number of trading and investing models for generating consistent profitability. Tharp has been featured in Forbes, Barron's, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, Investor's Business Daily, Futures and Options World, and Trader's Journal. He has given talks and workshops in over 25 different countries. His website is
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