Forgiveness is a concept many people struggle with. Most people want to forgive, but they fear if they do it will leave them open to experience hurt again. They think the act of forgiveness is foolish, or somehow condoning what happened to them.
When you refuse to forgive for whatever reason, you are keeping yourself in the energy of what wounded you. You are choosing to keep the energy of having been victimized active. It ties you to the very thing you never wish to experience again.
What if you substituted the word forgiveness for release? What if you chose to release the entire situation? Because that is truly what the act of forgiveness does – it lets go of what is unwanted and chooses a new energy moving forward. It lightens your load and moves you back into your own empowerment. ~Archangel Gabriel