Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust (AWCT) Unpublished Manuscript Award 2015
Spirit literally means that which gives vitality to a system. If so, that which gives vitality to all biological systems – all living beings including ourselves, is spirit. It is our essence, what we really are. Spirituality is the state of being one with the spirit, or becoming who we really are. This is the purpose of our life as humans. This book, with the help of scientific evidence, shows our brain is hardwired to guide us to achieve this goal. However, the brain’s neuroplasticity allows the self-centeredness which dominates our society to be soft-wired in the brain. This makes our thoughts and actions selfish and prevents us from following the hardwired brain. Nevertheless, the good news is that the same neuroplasticity allows us to dissolve the soft-wired neural circuits and to liberate ourselves from self-centeredness if we want to do so. The founders of all great religions have shown various pathways to achieve this goal, and there are many science-based non-religious pathways too. Though there are many methods and pathways, following them are our choice. This book concludes with some policy measures that could help individuals to achieve the goal.
“This work is mind blowing in its simplicity, its clarity, its cogent use of words, its ability to cover the most abstract of topics seamlessly while staying fully grounded, completely clear and coherent. Indeed, if one were to only read one book in one's lifetime, this is the one. I cannot speak too highly of this simply extraordinary work. I hope to see it published very soon, preferably by a mainstream publisher so that its great wisdom and enlightened view is spread far and wide. Its contents are timely indeed, they are of our time and sorely needed in our perturbed and chaotic modern world. A brilliant work.”
Adonia Wylie, Trustee and Convenor of Judges 2015 Book and Manuscript Awards.
“This manuscript is what it says: an explanation of spirituality in language that is easy to understand for anyone interested in a spiritual life.. With the help of scientific evidence, Ulluwishewa shows how our brains are hard-wired to be in a state of being one with the spirit, being who we really are. He also shows how this desire can be corrupted preventing us from following our hard-wired brains. The book is filled with practical, simple advice about how we can be truly ourselves, and how we can experience transformation: inner transformation from self-centeredness to selflessness, from greed to generosity, from disharmony to harmony, from hate to love, and from ‘I’ to ‘We’ – in essence, spiritual transformation.”
Mary Egan, a judge 2015 Book and Manuscript Awards.