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Inspired by the
Khaboris Manuscript
Third Century Aramaic

Andrew S. Bonci
Private Practice

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Philosophers and Plowmen
Each must know his part
To sow a new mentality
Closer to the Heart
~Neil Peart~
Absolvere (Latin)
Absolvere: "to set free, acquit; to be complete,
bring to an end; make separate"
Etymology Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved April 24, 2019, from
absolve | Origin and meaning of absolve by Online

– From ab- "off, away from" + solvere "to loosen,

untie, release, detach"
– The idea is that when you are “separated” from your
misdeeds, missteps, misanthropic entanglements,
then you experience “completeness.”
Kol Nidre (All Vows)

Aramaic: ‫כלל נד רד ירי‬

“Absolution” bears no small resemblance to the
Kol Nidre declaration which is an Aramaic prayer
annulling vows recited in the synagogue before
the beginning of the evening service on every
Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement.
What Stands in the Way
of Our Absolution?

Derailed Mercy
According to the Khaboris Text
Forgive (shbook) us our wrongs (khobeyn) as we forgave
(shbag) wrongs (khobeyn). Mt 6:12

– For if you forgive (tishbkoun) as to other men (bneynasha) their

wrongs against you (sakhlothoun), so will your Father who
is in Heaven forgive (nishbook) as to you. Mt 6:14

Khaboris Manuscript: Enlightenment from the Aramaic. (1993). The

Yonan Codex Foundation, Inc.
This would be like saying:

Love me Lord, but only to the degree

that I am disposed to love my fellowman.
Mercy is an Exchange
Latin “mercēs” refers to wages, fee, or price.
– Related to comMERCE, ComMERCial, MERChant

Spanish “merecer” means to deserve or to merit.

The Mercy Rule
You cannot have for yourself what you
would otherwise deny to another.

The Golden Rule:

Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You
What to do?
If you want to be loved, then you must love
If want to be respected, then you must respect
If you want to be forgiven, then you must forgive
If you want to be successful, then you have to
contribute to the success of others unconditionally.
What to do?
If you want to be loved, then you must love
If want to be respected, then you must respect
If you want to be forgiven, then you must forgive
If you want to be successful, then you have to
contribute to the success of others unconditionally.
The Acid Test:
“Be careful with anybody
who cannot celebrate your
Dr. Ragan Fairchild-Bonci
From what are we seeking
to be released?
Self-Inflicted Narrative Wounds
which harbor our resentments, pain, and suffering.
The Wounded Storyteller
In The Wounded Storyteller by sociologist Arthur
Frank (2009) we learn the following.
Illness, and Ethics, Second Edition (Second edition). University of Chicago Press.
Frank, A. W. (2013). The Wounded Storyteller: Body,

– “People need a guidebook for the day when they

become wounded storytellers, because most
people find themselves unprepared.”
– “The voices that speak to us at particular moments
in our lives, especially during transitions or crises,
imprint themselves with a force that later voices
never quite displace.”
Where within us are we to find these
Self-Inflicted Narrative Wounds?
Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga (2011)
explains the role of the languaging left brain in
Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of
the Brain.
– The left brain, “Interpreter module,” builds the
narratives of our lives.
– The interpreter module is driven to seek
explanations or causes for events and grasps the
first and easiest explanation available.
– The left-brain interpreter confabulates.
Logical Fiction
In the The Divided Brain and the Search for
Meaning, psychiatrist and literary scholar Iain
McGilchrist (2012) deftly describes the roles of the
hemispheres. McGilchrist, I. (2012). The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning. Yale University Press.

– The left hemisphere is not in touch with reality but

with its representation of reality, which turns out to
be a remarkably self-enclosed, self-referring system
of tokens.
– The right hemisphere's world is about being in
relationship with the world at large, not seeing it as
a separate object, ripe for manipulation.
The Self-Wounding Mind
The Bengali poet and 1913 Nobel Laureate in
Literature, Rabindranath Tagore points out in
aphorism 193 of Stray Birds (1916):

“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.

It makes the hand bleed that uses it.”

We voluntarily do this on a scale that is

devastating ...
In The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in
Contemporary Life, the psychologist Kenneth
Gergen (1991) investigates the fragmenting impact
of postmodern culture on a person's coherent
sense of identity. Gergen, K. (1991). The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life. New York: Basic Books.

– “In an important sense, as social saturation

proceeds we become pastiches, imitative
assemblages of each other.” (p. 71)
– “All the selves lie latent, and under the right
conditions may spring to life.” (p. 71)

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As I count my pennies
Distraught over nothing
Anxieties stifle me
And I lose sight of my true being
The essence of love

~Rabindranath Tagore~
How does one transcend the
destructive left brain narratives?
How do I get the lion to peacefully coexist with the lamb?
From Creation
Noah's (rest, repose, comfort) Ark
A Metaphor of You
In the beginning ...

And G_d said, “Let there be ...

In the beginning ...

And G_d said, “Let there be ...
A Multiplicity
of Dualities
Your job is to get everything
onto your ark.
You do this by absolving all the pairs
and multiplicities of their differences and
misanthropic entanglements.
The Heart of the
Perfection of Wisdom
In The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on
the Prajñaparamita Heart Sutra, Vietnamese
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (1988) explains the
revelation of the Bodhisattva Avalokita.
Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (Kindle Locations 55-57, 90). Parallax Press. Kindle Edition.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Heart of

– According to the sutra while in deep meditation

Avalokita discovers that all things are found to be
equally empty.
– Following this revelation, he overcame ill-being.
Consider an ordinary sheet of paper.
It consists of non-paper elements.
Absolved of Their Differences
When Avalokita says that a sheet of paper is
empty, he means it is empty of a separate,
independent existence. Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the
Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (Kindle Locations 122-124). Parallax Press. Kindle Edition.

– It is absolved of any sense of separateness.

– It has to inter-be with the sunshine, the cloud, the
forest, the logger, the mind, and everything else. It
is empty of a separate self.
– Being absolved of separateness is to be complete,
whole and at-one-ment with everyone and
According to the Khaboris Text
Thus, let your love be all-inclusive/all-embracing
(gmeerii), even as that of your Father in Heaven is all

all-inclusive/all-embracing (gmeer). Mat 5:48

● Compare to the KJV
– Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which
is in heaven is perfect.
The Khaboris Lesson
“[Y]ou shall unconditionally love (tirykham) your
neighbor (karebak) as your naphsha (naphshak).” Mat.22:39

Compare the to the Greek:

– You shall love ἀγαπαω your neighbor as yourself σεαυτω.
(Mat 22:39 ABP+)

– Agape/Unconditional love/love absolved of any

differences or conditions
But How?
How can I be All-Embracing and love
– Drop the left-brain narrative of being a separate,
superior-to-all self.
– Want for others what you want for yourself.
Be All-Embracing
and by embracing all, all will embrace you.
Something to Carry
Wisdom is knowing we are all one.
Love is what it feels like.
Compassion is what it acts like.

Ethan Walker, III

Walker, E. (2003). The Mystic Christ. Norman, OK: Devi Press.
In Recognition

Clinical Philosophy
Legacy Award
To remember those who in life taught us the
rightful place of the philosophy of chiropractic in
the clinical setting.
– We recognize as Sir Issac Newton has written, “If I
have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders
of Giants.”

Dr. Neil Cohen