The Spirituality of the
Inner Game: Self 3

Sean Brawley

A recent picture of Sean and Tim Gallwey.

At a recent Inner Game of Tennis workshop for 16 people, all 16 players were able to have consistent rallies of 30-40 balls with moderate pace in less than two hours. This was unusual because usually at least a few people struggle with the Inner Game approach, which involves letting go of constantly trying to control one's actions and instead practicing the art of relaxed focus and trusting in their powerful intuitive ability to perform.


What wasn't unusual though was that four players described having transcendent experiences that were "transpersonal" or beyond the ego and far from their normal experience.

Two players shared with the group about entering a flow state where they felt one with the ball and the person across the net. They felt the rhythm of the exchange in their bodies and a sense of "effortless effort."

Another player described feeling great joy and the pleasure simply of hitting the ball, without concern of whether the ball went in or not. She was absolutely beaming.

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Sean Brawley has dedicated the past 25 years to helping people from all walks of life elevate their performance and unlock their potential. In the process he has become one of the world’s foremost experts on accelerated learning, innovative coaching, and sustainable high performance.

Sean was the primary mental coach for the USC football team for 9 years and helped Pete Carroll and the Trojans win 2 national championships. Sean is a former Top 150 world ranked tennis professional who competed at the highest level of the game including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

After the tennis tour, Sean met and began working closely with Tim Gallwey, the author of The Inner Game series of books including the classic, The Inner Game of Tennis. Sean is the first certified Inner Game coach in the world. He has facilitated numerous Inner Game of Tennis and Golf workshops in the past 20 years.

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