Chelsea Green Publishing

The Unselfish Spirit

Pages:240 pages
Size: 6.75 x 9.5 inch
Publisher:Permanent Publications
Paperback: 9781856231930
Pub. Date July 25, 2014

The Unselfish Spirit

Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis

By Mick Collins
Foreword by Tim O’Riordan

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Available Date:
July 25, 2014

$25.95 $12.97

The Unselfish Spirit is an essential twenty-first-century guide to unlocking the secrets of how we as a race can collectively grow our consciousness to solve the complex web of challenges that threaten life on Earth.

As a species, we are at a tipping point in our evolutionary journey, exacerbated by worsening ecological conditions. We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving cooperatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing, and being, so we can live in harmony with all life.

In this fascinating blend of meticulously researched theory with direct experience, Mick Collins identifies how our global crisis is also a spiritual one. He suggests that the cultivation of our psycho-spiritual awareness can reveal new vistas, helping us engage in our transformative potential, both individually and collectively.

The Unselfish Spirit draws inspiration from such diverse fields as cosmology, new biology, and quantum physics, along with insights from depth psychology, occupational science, and mysticism. Theories are discussed in relation to transforming consciousness and are enlivened by fascinating, real-life stories of people who have engaged in deep processes of change and transformation.

At the end of each chapter there is an exercise that provides opportunities for experiential reflection, aiding you on your personal journey. With a preface by Tim O’Riordan, OBE, FBA, and emeritus professor of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, this is not just a learned exploration about psycho-spiritual transformation, it is a pathway to evolving entirely new ways of living creatively and harmoniously as a species.


"This is the book I wish I had with me when teaching wannabe Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is a delight to read a cohesive guide, beginning with an occupational vision for a transpersonal future and ending with co-creating an improved future. Opening the Channels between Head and Heart is a lifetime’s work. Working through this guide book will shine a light. This is a field book to treasure.--Dr William Hughes, Fellow Royal College of Psychiatrists, MBPF, Analytical Psychologist, Training Analyst Guild of Analytical Psychology

"The future of living sustainably in the world is dependent on developing awareness of our interconnectedness and transformative potential. Mick Collins provides a novel response to our planetary crisis by examining the human potential embedded within spiritual experience and emergence. Building on the work of scientists, spiritual teachers, and psychological practitioners in the fields of Jungian, Humanistic, Transpersonal, and Process Oriented Psychology, his book provides an inspirational guide for discovering the creative and spiritual potential within everyday life and the subsequent movement toward a more co-creative and sustainable world."--Dr Amy Mindell, Author of Metaskills: The Spiritual Art of Therapy

"This book shows us how the pathway to a sustainable future begins right now with a deep reappraisal of the quality of consciousness and the sense of the sacred that we bring to our everyday doings at work and at home. It provides a passionate re-visioning of how addressing the damaging material impacts of our industrial-consumer society is ultimately a collective voyage of discovery that calls upon each one of us to re-awaken to our common heritage as the story of the human race."--Dr Alex Haxeltine, Senior Researcher, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia

"Today’s post-secular societies and global emergencies provide both a real opportunity and a crucial need for a new, transformative spiritual narrative. Drawing from a rich seam of human wisdom, including mysticism, depth psychology, biological sciences, and archaeology, as well as from autobiographical insights, Mick Collins offers a vital spirituality for today’s world, based not just in contemplation, but in realizable action. This is a wonderful book which offers the reader wisdom and practical steps for action in this brave new world."--Dr Jacqueline Watson, Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Religion in Education, University of East Anglia, Editor of Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Education

"Mick Collins is seeking a larger self awareness so that both individual spirituality and day to day behavior resonate with resilience and empathy. This is not a text about the self. It is a text about planetary actuality and communal realization."--Tim O’Riordan, OBE, FBA, Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich

"Dr. Mick Collins has crafted a thought provoking, profound look at the nature of personal and global Spiritual Emergency, and how meaningful occupation (doing), use of archetypes, self-reflection, and dream work can help us to heal ourselves and the planet holistically. I highly recommend this book for physical health and mental health professionals, spiritual seekers, and activists wishing to make a positive difference in the trajectory of the human race and planet Earth."--Dr Emily Schulz OTR/L, CFLE, Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences


  • Winner - Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize - 2014


Mick Collins

Mick Collins has had an interesting and diverse career, including working as a builder’s laborer, infantryman, and heavy-goods truck driver, and living in a Buddhist monastery. Mick has also worked as a therapist in an acute-mental-health setting and as a specialist with a psychological-therapies team. He currently works as a lecturer in occupational therapy and is a director of admissions within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.


Letting in the Wild Edges

Letting in the Wild Edges

By Glennie Kindred

In this beautifully illustrated book, Glennie Kindred inspires us to celebrate the bounties of our wild native plants and find a richer relationship with the natural world around us.

Season by season, we are shown how to grow and manage native edible and medicinal plants in our gardens or on the wild edges of the land. Included are foraging tips and many recipes for making kitchen medicines and delicious food from our finds.

By letting the wild native plants into our lives, Glennie helps us reconnect with our rich herbal heritage and enter into a new relationship with our local environment. She encourages us to forage, grow, and eat our edible natives, season by season, and also to strengthen our health with their healing properties.

She explores many different ways to mark and celebrate the seasons, especially outside on the land, which support our ability to adapt and grow for the benefit of the Earth and ourselves.

This is a practical, optimistic and inspirational treasure trove for a more creative, integrated, self-reliant future.

Available in: Paperback

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Get Up, Stand Up

Get Up, Stand Up

By Bruce E. Levine

Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.

However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy.

Get Up, Stand Up details those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy"). Get Up, Stand Up explains how.

Available in: Paperback, eBook

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Lean Logic

Lean Logic

By David Fleming

Lean Logic is David Fleming’s masterpiece, the product of more than thirty years’ work and a testament to the creative brilliance of one of Britain’s most important intellectuals.

A dictionary unlike any other, it leads readers through Fleming’s stimulating exploration of fields as diverse as culture, history, science, art, logic, ethics, myth, economics, and anthropology, being made up of four hundred and four engaging essay-entries covering topics such as Boredom, Community, Debt, Growth, Harmless Lunatics, Land, Lean Thinking, Nanotechnology, Play, Religion, Spirit, Trust, and Utopia.

The threads running through every entry are Fleming’s deft and original analysis of how our present market-based economy is destroying the very foundations—ecological, economic, and cultural— on which it depends, and his core focus: a compelling, grounded vision for a cohesive society that might weather the consequences. A society that provides a satisfying, culturally-rich context for lives well lived, in an economy not reliant on the impossible promise of eternal economic growth. A society worth living in. Worth fighting for. Worth contributing to.

The beauty of the dictionary format is that it allows Fleming to draw connections without detracting from his in-depth exploration of each topic. Each entry carries intriguing links to other entries, inviting the enchanted reader to break free of the imposed order of a conventional book, starting where she will and following the links in the order of her choosing. In combination with Fleming’s refreshing writing style and good-natured humor, it also creates a book perfectly suited to dipping in and out.

The decades Fleming spent honing his life's work are evident in the lightness and mastery with which Lean Logic draws on an incredible wealth of cultural and historical learning—from Whitman to Whitefield, Dickens to Daly, Kropotkin to Kafka, Keats to Kuhn, Oakeshott to Ostrom, Jung to Jensen, Machiavelli to Mumford, Mauss to Mandelbrot, Leopold to Lakatos, Polanyi to Putnam, Nietzsche to Næss, Keynes to Kumar, Scruton to Shiva, Thoreau to Toynbee, Rabelais to Rogers, Shakespeare to Schumacher, Locke to Lovelock, Homer to Homer-Dixon—in demonstrating that many of the principles it commends have a track-record of success long pre-dating our current society.

Fleming acknowledges, with honesty, the challenges ahead, but rather than inducing despair, Lean Logic is rare in its ability to inspire optimism in the creativity and intelligence of humans to nurse our ecology back to health; to rediscover the importance of place and play, of reciprocity and resilience, and of community and culture.


Recognizing that Lean Logic’s sheer size and unusual structure could be daunting, Fleming’s long-time collaborator Shaun Chamberlin has also selected and edited one of the potential pathways through the dictionary to create Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy. The content, rare insights, and uniquely enjoyably writing style remain Fleming’s, but presented at a more accessible paperback-length and in conventional read-it-front-to-back format.

Available in: Hardcover

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Growing, Older

Growing, Older

By Joan Dye Gussow

Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse.Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her books, This Organic Life and The Feeding Web, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she stops once more to pass along some wisdom-surprising, inspiring, and controversial-via the pen.

Gussow's memoir Growing, Older begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later, finds herself skipping down the street-much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humor and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying, instead, and as she always has, about the possibility that the world around her was headed off a cliff. But hers is not a tale, or message, of gloom. Rather it is an affirmation of a life's work-and work in general.

Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continued the hard labor of growing her own year-round diet. She dealt single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowned her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash-all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave.

Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and-since there is no other choice-come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world. Gussow delivers another literary gem-one that women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, or environmentalists curious about the future will embrace.

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