The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis by Mick Collins (Author), Tim O’Riordan (Foreword)


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.

Mick Collins has had an interesting career, including working as a builder’s labourer, infantryman, heavy goods truck driver, and living in a Buddhist Monastery. Mick has also worked as a therapist in an acute mental health setting and a specialist 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.

Mick Collins on the Unselfish Spirit

Mick Collins is an Occupational Therapist and currently lecturer and director of admissions within the faculty of medicine and health sciences at the University of East Anglia. Mick’s research interests have mostly focused on understanding the links between people’s occupational and transpersonal potential. The subject of his PhD explored the complementary functions of doing and being in the transformative journey through spiritual crisis. Drawing from diverse fields such as cosmology, new biology and quantum physics, alongside depth psychology, occupational science and mysticism, The Unselfish Spirit identifies how our global crisis is also a spiritual one and how we as a race can collectively grow our consciousness to solve the complex web of challenges that threaten life on Earth. As well as discussing theories, The Unselfish Spirit offers exercises and real-life stories providing space for experiential reflections.

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