We go through stages of development imho. We go through areas that offer us maximum opportunity for learning the entire spectrum of experience that we need in order to evolve. We come into each incarnation with a list of probabilities that we as souls would like to be accomplished. Sometimes they are and sometimes they are not accomplished.
As far as the forgiveness is concerned really only be concerned with this life. Other time periods may present in memories or dreams but if you haven't killed a Roman soldier - lately - then don't worry about it. - lol.
Try your best to focus on this life and the interactions you make in this life. This is the life that counts the most. The past life is past. The lessons and Karma have been assigned and this is the life that one is experiencing the decisions made in the prior incarnation. Or in another prior incarnation.
I know this may fly in the face of many who attach great importance to the interpretation and perceived meanings of past lives. There are very good reasons for a veil of forgetfulness with regards to previous incarnations. When one is trying to do their best to live a virtuous life - this time - one doesn't need to be weighed down by other failures and successes. We need the honesty and integrity of starting from a point of innocence and purity. God and Gods tool of Karma will arrange for the needed pain or pleasures and placement with in the society for the evolution of the soul.
When we pass into our next evolution we are allowed to view from a position of complete memories of all the incarnations. We are allowed to see the mistakes made and the choices that guided us in our interactions with others. Sometimes the soul is so shocked by the choices it made that it must take time to heal before it can continue. It must forgive itself and will plead for an incarnation that will help it to balance the choices that it made. Evolution towards God is the goal. We eventually get to where we want to go. Good actions and actions of love move us forward. Hurtful actions hold us back. It is a very simple formula. - blessings - chrism
Evolution towards God is the goal. We eventually get to where we want to go.