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Why forgiveness is so important

The original Greek word ‘forgive’ literally means  to let go When you think of forgiveness, you quickly think of actions. But it’s also about thoughts and statements that we don’t even need to be aware of. Those words have hurt or hurt another. The point is that you no longer blame the other or yourself, no longer imitate the other, there is remission, mercy, redemption, reconciliation because you have forgiven. Forgiveness is a way of processing and thus letting go.

What Happens When You Can’t Forgive

You can forgive another, but you can also forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself can be about anything. In essence you forgive yourself because you have ended up in a certain situation through your own powerlessness or ignorance, which has burdened your soul. As a result, you subsequently experienced people and situations as a problem and you could no longer think, feel and act neutrally and from love.

Forgiveness is different from forgetting. The trust may have been damaged, even after one has forgiven the other.

Why forgive

If we don’t forgive, we can literally get sick and develop complaints such as migraines, high blood pressure, an ulcer and cancer. Because you literally store hatred, anger, resentment, bitterness and revenge in your body. Forgiveness is a choice based on awareness. Accept what happened. It is what it is. You can’t change it. You can let it go, you can no longer connect yourself with it. That way you can continue.

It gives you a sense of liberation. Basically you say: I no longer waste my energy on this. I have learned from it and I am once again focusing on the here and now and the future. You let go of what happened. Feelings of anger, resentment, guilt disappear and you can relax again. You heal yourself. You open doors that you had closed. Feeling of inner peace, peace and gratitude is the result of forgiveness. With forgiveness you exclude it from coming back to you (karma).

How can you forgive

Forgiveness is an emotional process. So you don’t say “sand on it”, but forgiveness comes from your heart and not from your head. Give the emotions space. Feel what it has done to you and what it has blocked. The moment you become aware that the resentment or anger is of no benefit to you but that it is getting in the way of yourself, you can forgive someone else. Do you realize that you cannot change or control the other, do you want to stop the negative feelings and learn your lesson from them, do you want to step out of the victim role and move on with your life, are you ready to take responsibility for your own life? Then you are able to forgive. When you decide to forgive, you give yourself permission to have a choice.


According to the ancient Hawaiians [1] , all our problems stem from thoughts that are colored by painful memories from the past. Ho’oponopono’s healing phrases help to release these painful thoughts that cause imbalance within yourself. You do this by saying four sentences: I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.

Forgiveness is the common thread within the Ho’oponopono process . In the Ho’oponopono process you address the apologies to yourself. You forgive yourself. When you sincerely forgive yourself, you free yourself from fears and your shadows. You clear your memory so that you can open your heart to love. The power of forgiveness is so great that it has a liberating effect, can bring about a feeling of happiness or relief, which leads to letting go. The Hawaiians see forgiveness as an act of love, a great gift from oneself.


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