So I've been going through the process of cleansing the chakras. Whether you believe in such things or not, it's definitely a process to lay all the things before you that cause you fear, distress, shame, etc. and overcome them. I've even been drinking onion and banana juice (an old Indian guru concoction) to help with the cleanse. Regardless of it the juice helps, it actually tastes pretty nice.
So I was working today on the second chakra which is blocked by shame and guilt. I won't get into the nitty gritty of it all, but I've really done some nasty stuff that has hurt a lot of people, including those nearest to me. Keeping secrets in for so long has made the forgiveness of myself a laborious task. To open up this chakra and let the energy pass, one must forgive themselves in order to alleviate the pain/guilt.
But what does it really mean to forgive? I've never had to forgive anyone else so I'm not familiar with that experience. How does it effect your relationship with that person. If you've ever had to forgive yourself, how does that change your relationship with yourself?
Thank you in advance. Peace.