Forgiveness is often not easy to do with self or others.  There are often deep wounds of betrayal and hurt that keep one stuck and in a victim role.  If one was raised with critical judgmental parents, for example, with strictness and lots of rules, forgiveness of self and others may seem like a foreign concept and an impossible goal.  Forgiveness is act of opening one’s heart, offering compassion; an intentional process of letting go of past offenses and negative emotions. There lies the possibility of setting oneself free.

Ricki L. Geiger LCSW, CGP