Ocean of Self printed books

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Your real self is deeper than you can possibly fathom. Infinite and glorious possibilities await you. 

For nearly four decades Mark Spencer has balanced his career as a dental surgeon with his other passions of ocean exploration and underwater photography. His photographs – sometimes of rarely seen shipwrecks hidden in the deep – have been featured in publications such as National Geographic and Australian Geographic. 

A scientist at heart, Mark has long held a curiosity about the deeper levels of conscious awareness he experiences in meditation and how these experiences appeared to correlate with his ocean diving. 

Part autobiography, part science, and part philosophy, Ocean of Self is the culmination of Mark’s decades-long research into these correlations. Mark explains why we all need to become deep-sea ‘divers’ in the one ocean of consciousness that is proposed to underlie modern physics. The implications are profound for our physical, mental and spiritual development and also promise surprisingly practical solutions for world peace and harmony. 

Ocean of Self was published as an ebook in early 2017. Having seen success in sales it is time  Ocean of Self was seen as a book on a shelf. It is time the unique underwater imagery and the messages of depth within Ocean of Self are given the attention they deserve.  

The goal: 

To bring to life, as a hardcover book with dust jacket, the unique photographic underwater imagery captured by Mark Spencer. 

To bring to life, via libraries and bookstores, the philosophical and spiritual messages within Ocean of Self

To offer all the opportunity to discover clarity, mental and physical development and peace and harmony in one's life. 

To meet the request by readers for a paper copy of Ocean of Self

What readers are saying about Ocean of Self 

" Beautiful, unique and fabulous. This book is a must read for everyone. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone.  You emerge better for reading it." - Rubina Bashir. Netgalley review. March 2017. 

"There is peace underwater, away from the hustle and noise of everyday life. The experiences related are inspiring and in some places frightening, but always real. Diving gives you a different perspective of the world and what is important. Allows time for introspection and a sense of belonging to a much larger picture, and life. Extremely well done." - Margaret Holmes. Netgalley review. May 2017. 

“This book is literally mind-expanding. Mark is a brilliant writer and explains complex concepts in a digestible manner. This book is to be read slowly and thoughtfully. I didn’t agree with everything but it gave me much to contemplate. Challenge yourself with some new concepts and ideas.” - John. Amazon review.  January 2018. 

“A very unique read. Comparing spirituality to the ocean really made me rethink certain aspects of my life. I would definitely recommend it.” - Audi Nissen. Netgalley review. March 2018. 

Your support is appreciated. 

The cost of publishing a hardcover book with intense and unique photographic imagery does not come cheap. Your support to kick-start the printing run is greatly appreciated. To making printing feasible, and keep the cost to the consumer affordable, we need to print a minimum of 1200 books in the first print run. 

How you can help - 

Pre-order a copy of Ocean of Self by donating $30 or more. For each $30 donated you will receive a signed hard covered copy of Ocean of Self along with a limited edition signed gloss photographic print (25cm x 15 cm).  Overseas funders (outside Australia) will need to pay the mailing cost. 

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Last year, Mark played Paul McCartney's "When I'm 64" on his birthday, and presented it on Facebook. This year he got together with his friend Neil Seater at his home studio to record Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.

This video was posted on YouTube and Facebook in celebration of another year and as a promotion for Ocean of Self.

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More questions and answers with Mark Spencer.

In this update, Mark summarises the main objectives of Ocean of Self. He gives us insight into 'The Maharishi Effect' and his evidence to the fact that consciousness is some vague ‘field’ phenomenon or indeed an ‘ocean’

Q. If you were to summarise the main objectives of the book, what would they be?

A. The main objectives of the book are two: firstly, to explore and develop the notion of UNITY as it applies to all of us and our relationship with everything else in the universe; and secondly, to better understand the current scientific hypothesis of a unified field of nature that gives rise to all the separate ‘laws of nature’, that subsequently result in the material and phenomenal world with which we are familiar. The book argues that the proposed ‘ocean of consciousness’ underlying and giving rise to our individual ‘waves’ of consciousness is this hypothesized ‘unified field’ or ‘superstring field’. This introduces the second main objective of the book – developing the concept of unlimited EMPOWERMENT, resulting from our ability to explore and work at this most fundamental level of nature’s functioning. With this way of thinking and understanding our fuller nature, our true potential becomes more apparent - so-called ‘miracles’ are possible!

Q. Connected to the theme of empowerment, the book examines an alleged practical approach to conflict resolution and reduced crime and violence in the world – the phenomenon called “The Maharishi Effect”. Tell us more about this proposed method of creating more peace in the world?

A. When I first heard about this “effect”, I was incredulous. But there were two things that changed my thinking: firstly, I fully acknowledged from my own experience that the depth of transcendence in meditation (the ‘quality’ of my meditations) was generally more profound when I practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) with other meditators. Each of us was clearly having a positive influence on the other. Some might explain this as purely psychological, but I have always felt other ‘physical’ mechanisms have been involved. Secondly, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – who was himself trained in physics at a tertiary level in India – predicted that a certain percentage of TM practitioners, meditating together, would effect positive social changes to the broader community around them. This claim was a testable hypothesis and his prediction has indeed been proven by many carefully controlled statistical studies. The premise underlying the so-called ‘Maharishi Effect’ is that consciousness is a ‘field’ phenomenon (somewhat like other physical ‘force’ fields – electromagnetism, gravity etc), and can behave in a ‘coherent’, reinforcing fashion when ‘waves’ of consciousness come together. I know this is a difficult concept to wrap one’s mind around, and it’s one of the reasons I dedicated a couple of chapters on modern physics. Ocean of Self discusses the ‘Maharishi Effect’ and carefully examines the validity of the published studies on the ‘effect’.

Q. It’s more plausible to consider consciousness as something that arises in the brain. What evidence do you have that consciousness is some vague ‘field’ phenomenon or indeed an ‘ocean’?

A. Our methodical way of examining the world around us (scientific ‘method’) relies heavily on observation and experiment. This is relatively easy when examining the gross, tangible, material levels of nature, but becomes increasingly harder when examining the sub-atomic levels of nature, where ‘reductive’, analytical methods (successfully used in the biological sciences) have severe limitations. Some convincing arguments are presented in Ocean of Self to support the identity of consciousness with a unified field (or superstring field) conjectured by modern science. While it is admitted that such a ‘unified field’ is not yet supported by observation or experiment, the concept of a unified field is supported mathematically in contemporary ‘superstring theory’ and is, therefore, a serious area of research for an increasing number of physicists.

Those practicing an effective method of meditation will relate very much to an ‘ocean of consciousness’ because their experience typically is described as transcending (diving through) the superficial, sense-dependant levels of consciousness and experiencing the stillness of deeper levels of consciousness – just like diving into the watery ocean. When we look at the correlations of subjective understandings of the most subtle levels of nature - obtained over thousands of years by seers delving deeply into their own nature through meditation - and compare their descriptions with the descriptions derived by the mathematics of superstring theory, we are better able to entertain consciousness as a ‘field’ phenomenon - an ‘ocean of consciousness’.
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Over the next few weeks, we will get up close and personal with Mark Spencer as he answers questions about his book, life, spirituality, and deep sea diving.

Q. Is this a book about ocean diving or spirituality?

A. It is a book about both, and I would like to emphasise that both are more closely related than we would typically assume. There is this feeling that “there is this real world we live in and then there is some ethereal spiritual world disconnected from us”. Ocean of Self emphasises that the so-called spiritual world is fundamental to our physical world; that is, the spiritual world gives rise to the world with which our physical senses are familiar. Our physical world can, therefore, be understood as an expression of the spiritual world. It’s not the other way around! As I take the reader through the earlier chapters on the ocean and ocean diving, I’m introducing concepts that are expanded on in the later chapters. The ocean provides an excellent metaphor to explain the notion of an “ocean of consciousness” (or ‘Ocean of Self’) and the spiritual implications of this ‘ocean of self’.

Q. What is the essential message in the book?

A. If there was a prime, essential message in the book, it would be the concept of unity. It is an important theme because it means that – in essence – we are all one! We are not only one with each other but one with everything else in the universe. What you do to another (or for another), you do to yourself (or for yourself). How can this be? Ocean of Self explores the idea that our individual consciousness (our sense of ‘self’) is but a single ‘wave’ on a universal ‘ocean of consciousness’. That single wave of consciousness operates through a complex nervous system to give us our individuality and ability to navigate through multiplicity and diversity. In reality, we are all expressions of that one universal ‘ocean’ of consciousness and therefore share a common foundation of consciousness. That is, we all share a common sense of ‘self’ – the same Self. In our ‘essence’, we are all one.

Does that mean that, after death, we lose our ‘individuality’? Do we merge into some “collective consciousness” like the Borg in Star Trek? My answer to this question reflects my own reasoning and is vague in detail. I do not see myself as an authority on what happens after death, although Ocean of Self does address the topic of death. I believe we are still ‘individual’ after death, although very much aware (if we weren’t before) of our unity with others. I also believe we maintain a memory of our essential characteristics and inclinations which will likely be expressed in any further bodily incarnation.
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