Re: “We Just Kept Believing” (The Olympian, Jan. 19). It’s time to acknowledge the Seahawks phenom is as spiritual as it is physical. Players like Russell Wilson use meditation, prayer, and visualization to prepare for success, along with hard work and study.
In fact, Wilson visualized the victorious final play of the game before it happened. Football is a two-edged sword of paradox, like everything else that is profound and earthly. The game of human life is not for angels. It is testing in the fire, a trial of spirit in the body. In the wrong hands, football can be a way of cruelty and egotism, but with the right coaching this sport tests character in action and soul in matter.
The Seahawks’ Pete Carroll is not just a football coach, he is a life coach. His Seahawks are mostly a team of rejects and misfits who were overlooked by other teams, undrafted, or let go. They use the game of football as a means of transcending the ego, cultivating collective consciousness, and initiation into shamanic powers. No one is really too politically or spiritually elite to participate in the passion of a great sports team. Congratulations to the Seahawks, and joy to all the Twelve.