According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “cult” is defined as: “a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous; a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much; a small group of very devoted supporters or fans.”
Based on the definition, whether one wants to say it has a negative connotation or not, Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment appears to be a cult.
The notion of Ramtha being real seems silly, but that is my opinion. However, if taking advice from a purported 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior betters their life, good for them. Thus, what is the point of believers and nonbelievers constantly arguing via the Nisqually Valley News? They don’t agree with each other, and since the back-and-forth jabs likely fall on deaf ears, any valid point appears moot.
If one is wondering what this has to do with sports, it’s one word: belief. Belief in yourself. Belief in your team. Belief in what can be accomplished.
Although I don’t believe in RSE, I respect those who follow the guidelines taught despite the many skeptics. Just because the majority may think it’s preposterous, who’s to say we’re right? I believe in science, which has evidence to further suggest the universe was created in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. But even if that theory is someday unequivocally proven as fact, who’s to say a god did not start it?
Again, having belief in one’s self — or following guidelines and principles throughout life — is commendable. Yelm junior Darren Harris had the fortitude to reach his goal of going undefeated (35-0) and winning the 120-pound state wrestling title. While several naysayers spouted their doubts on message boards, Harris ignored the noise and pinned 34 opponents en route to a historically dominant season. Many other examples can be mentioned, such as the U19 Prairie Mustangs.
In its first three seasons, the rugby club got manhandled, losing every game two years ago. Despite the adversity, the club held its head high and kept fighting. Coach Dan Dillashaw, along with recruiting players and believing in themselves, turned everything around as the Mustangs had an undefeated regular season a year ago, and are currently 5-0.
Then there’s the Yelm boys’ basketball team, which turned a 2012-13 three-win season into more wins than the previous three years combined. First-year coach Jordan Barnes used an up-tempo, run-and-gun style offense to play to his players’ strengths. Nobody saw this turnaround coming except for them, and that’s all that mattered.
Many other examples could be given — heck, I suppose even I fall into this category. Nearly a year ago I challenged myself to live a healthier life by eating better and lifting weights. This weekend marks the competition of a nearly 12-week lifting/cardio regimen that has pushed me further than I ever thought was possible.
Like the previous high-school athletes, it could never have been accomplished without belief. I made a sign that is seen every day for motivation: “Train Hard. Don’t Cheat Yourself. You Know If You Can Do More.”
While my lifelong health journey has just begun, the spring sports season has a long way to go. The Rainier baseball team’s season is off to a rocky start, as are other programs. It’s not how one starts, though, that truly matters. Dillashaw and the Mustangs would agree that battling through adversity and never giving up shows one’s true colors.
Not only am I genuinely happy for those who follow RSE, I’m happy for the local athletes who have unwavering belief in themselves and their teammates. If I had a child competing in sports, I’d encourage self-confidence and reinforce that if they try their hardest, they’re a winner no matter what.