Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stepping Up: Now Available!

Stepping Up: Wholeness Ethics for Prisoners and Those Who Care About Them is now available!

From the book jacket:

Men and women in prison are seen by society as problems and burdens. This book begins with a different premise: that you can be a solution, not only in the world but in your own life as well. It's about a way of living called wholeness ethics and it's based on the simple truth that we find our own wholeness only in right relationship with the world.

From the perspective of his 30 years behind bars, author Troy Chapman offers a roadmap for living this truth and moving toward soundness, well-being and the realization of one's larger purpose. Distilling experience to four essential relationships - with yourself, others, the transcendent and nature - Chapman shows how to consider each in the light of ethical thinking and restore wholeness to each one.

With down-to-earth examples and language, compassion and good humor, this book will help you "step up" to your true purpose, transform your life and your relationships, and help create a better world in the process.

I hope you'll consider clicking the link above and purchasing a special advance copy of the book. In addition to the e-store at that link, the book will soon be available at Amazon.com.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Welcome to Wholeness Ethics.org


When I came to prison in 1984 for killing a man in a bar fight I was about as messed up as a human being could be. As I faced what I'd done and the 60-90 year sentence that was now my life, it occurred to me that I essentially had two choices: I could try to figure out how to live in a way that made some kind of moral and spiritual sense or I could just give up and put an end to the whole mess.
I chose the former course of trying to figure out how to live in a way that made some sense. What has emerged over the almost three decades since is a philosophy of life I call wholeness ethics or simply wholism. It’s a way of thinking and living that puts a premium on wholeness, defined as soundness, well being, and ongoing realization. I arrived at this as a central thing because the absence of wholeness most comprehensively defined my failure. It was what was missing in both my inner world and in the mark I left on the world outside of myself.
I also observed that wholeness seems to be the thing all life strives for. All things want to be whole, to fulfill their larger purpose. Our life energy is the currency we are given to fund this endeavor. It’s meant to be spent on increasing wholeness in ourselves and in the world. Whenever we use it for something contrary to this we're acting unethically.
Everything I saw around me and in me that was good was an example of life energy being spent to increase wholeness. I asked myself why I considered a small act of kindness, a bit of honesty, or a display of honor to be good. The answer was that these things advance wholeness. On the other hand, why did I think of thieving and lying and petty cruelty as bad? It was because these things reduce wholeness. This then became my measure and compass. It’s expressed in the maxim of wholeness ethics:
Do only what increases wholeness in yourself and in the world.
This blog will explore the various ways this maxim applies to our lives. Your questions and comments are welcome and invited.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Coming Soon to Amazon.com

Wholeness ethics is coming, with the publication of Stepping Up: Wholeness Ethics for Prisoners and Those Who Care About Them by Troy K. Chapman. Published by The Whole Way Press.

“…It was about stepping up as a man and deciding to serve my larger self rather than my smaller self. It was a decision to no longer be governed by my feelings, my pain, my failures, limitations or circumstances, but rather to be governed by a clear vision based on what I love rather than what I fear. And it was about making some atonement for the harm I had caused in this world.” —Troy K. Chapman in Stepping Up

Men and women in prison are seen by society as problems and burdens. This book begins with a different premise: that you can be a solution, not only in the world but in your own life as well. It’s about a way of living called wholeness ethics and it’s based on the simple truth that we find our own wholeness only in right relationship with the world.

From the perspective of his 30 years behind bars, author Troy Chapman offers a roadmap for living this truth and moving toward soundness, well-being and the realization of one’s larger purpose. Distilling experience to four essential relationships — with yourself, others, the transcendent and nature — Chapman shows how to consider each in the light of ethical thinking and restore wholeness to each one.

With down-to-earth examples and language, compassion and good humor, this book will help you "step up" to your true purpose, transform your life and your relationships, and help create a better world in the process.

Check back for publication date.