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


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.


Not in His Image

Not in His Image

By John Lamb Lash

Basing much of Not in His Image on the Nag Hammadi and other Gnostic writings, John Lamb Lash explains how a little-known messianic sect propelled itself into a dominant world power, systematically wiping out the great Gnostic spiritual teachers, the Druid priests, and the shamanistic healers of Europe and North Africa. They burned libraries and destroyed temples in an attempt to silence the ancient truth-tellers and keep their own secrets. But as Lash reveals, when the truth is the planet Earth it cannot be hidden or destroyed.

Not in His Image delves deeply into the shadows of ancient Gnostic writings to reconstruct the story early Christians tried to scrub from the pages of history, exploring the richness of the ancient European Pagan spirituality--the Pagan Mysteries, the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia--and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan European culture at the hands of Christianity.

Long before the birth of Christianity, monotheism was an anomaly; Europe and the Near East flourished under the divine guidance of Sophia, the ancient goddess of wisdom. The Earth was the embodiment of Sophia and thus sacred to the people who sought fulfillment in her presence. This ancient philosophy was threatening to the emerging salvation-based creed of Christianity that was based on patriarchal dominion over the Earth and lauded personal suffering as a path to the afterlife. As Derrick Jensen points out in the afterword, in Lash's hands Jesus Christ emerges as the agent provocateur of the ruling classes.

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Not in His Image

Derrick Jensen, John Lamb Lash

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An Unreasonable Woman

An Unreasonable Woman

By Diane Wilson

When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast. In an epic tale of bravery, Wilson takes her fight to the courts, to the gates of the chemical plant, and to the halls of power in Austin. Along the way she meets with scorn, bribery, character assassination, and death threats. Finally Wilson realizes that she must break the law to win justice: She resorts to nonviolent disobedience, direct action, and hunger strikes. Wilson's vivid South Texas dialogue resides somewhere between Alice Walker and William Faulkner, and her dazzling prose brings to mind the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, replete with dreams and prophecies.

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An Unreasonable Woman

Diane Wilson, Kenny Ausubel

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Radical Homemakers

Radical Homemakers

By Shannon Hayes

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.

Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.

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Radical Homemakers

Shannon Hayes

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The Man Who Planted Trees (Book & CD Bundle)

The Man Who Planted Trees (Book & CD Bundle)

By Jean Giono

Twenty years ago Chelsea Green published the first trade edition of The Man Who Planted Trees, a timeless eco-fable about what one person can do to restore the earth. The hero of the story, Elzéard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence in the south of France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape-from one devoid of life, with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds, and fresh, flowing water.

Since our first publication, the book has sold over a quarter of a million copies and inspired countless numbers of people around the world to take action and plant trees. On National Arbor Day, April 29, 2005, Chelsea Green released a special twentieth anniversary edition with a new foreword by Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the African Green Belt Movement.

The Man Who Planted Trees CD, with Paul Winter consort

We have joined the Paul Winter Consort in the release of a CD version of the acclaimed audio of the story by Jean Giono. The original music was composed and is performed by the Paul Winter consort, and the text is narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema, host of "Morning Pro Musica."

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Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy, Paul Winter Consort

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