The Meaning of Forgiveness: Forgiving Releases You!

Forgiveness is the key to emitting and creating positive energy. Forgiveness is also one of the most difficult states to achieve.

We have all experienced negative events and situation in our lives. Many of us are holding grudges and resentment toward individuals for these events that happened.

meaning of forgiveness

Forgiveness is the final form of love (Reinhold Niebuhr)

By holding on to grudges, you are emitting self-defeating negative energy. Think about it. How does it feel when you think of that person? Do you feel good, or do you feel bad? If you are feeling bad, you are still harboring negative feelings toward that person or situation and therefore are emitting negative energy. It is equivalent to dragging around an anchor with you at all times.

In order to release that anchor and free yourself from these grudges and negative feelings that you are dragging around, you must let go of the feelings. How do you do that?


By forgiving. When you forgive, you are releasing that anchor.

Author Ann Lamot said it best:

“In fact, not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”

In reality, the only person dying is you. When you forgive someone, you are not doing it for the other person; you are doing it for yourself.

Forgiving releases you

The simple act of forgiving automatically releases all the negative energy and feelings that were there for that person. Once you are able to forgive, you will feel a sense of inner peace and freedom, strengthening you positive energy field.

Be thankful for the learning experience

For every negative experience that enters our lives, there is always something to lear and a way to grow from it. Identify the lesson learned. Recognize how you have grown from it and the be thankful for the experience. It is from our difficult experiences that we learn and grow the most. You can allow yourself to let go of the anger, resentment, and negative emotions that are attached to that individual or situation.

You are only hurting yourself by not forgiving. Stop resisting forgiveness. Forgive, and let go.

Forgive yourself

Forgiving others is important to emitting positive energy, but forgiving yourself is just as important. Sometimes we hold grudges, anger, and resentment toward ourselves.

“The past is who you once were.”

As we live our lives each day, we are learning. At times, we have made mistakes, been unkind, and behaved in a less that loving matter. We need to find the inner strength to forgive ourselves for our pasts. The past is who you once were, even if it was just moments ago; it is not who you are, or necessarily who you will become in the future.

You have the ability and freedom to start your new life, to be the person you know you truly choose to be.

Source: The Law of Attraction: Plain and Simple (Sonia Ricotti)