Have you ever wondered how forgiveness works? And what "hell" is?
Lol I wonder about these things all the time, clearly ;) The answer, as always, is fascinating...
Again it's about different layers and roles in the cosmos, and one of the roles of the Gods is to hold unresolved emotion.
Everything IS Source originally, so everything that IS has to be. It cannot be destroyed or go anywhere - it can only be moved or transformed.
The same rule applies to exiled souls, those that have chosen to be 'destroyed' and have broken oaths and vows, or performed some other unspeakable act. Also those souls who are convinced they deserve punishment.
The same rule also applies to emotion - which is what is lifted when you achieve a forgiveness release.
So when you petition for assistance with forgiveness, you are effectively asking God or one of the Gods, or another Divine Being, to move that emotion from your space in the cosmos, to somewhere else.
This is why it's better to work through the lessons and come to the breakthroughs and realizations yourself, instead of petition for release. If you don't find resolution, then that unresolved emotion has to be held somewhere and dealt with later.
That place the emotion goes to is hell as it was known.
First the emotion is sent to the exiled souls, to have a place to put it and have a function for them - remember nothing can be destroyed. It must be transmuted.
Secondly, we don't recycle that exiled soul energy straight away because we send that energy back into the karmic field of earth.
If across the span of earth's lifetime that energy can be reconciled and release is found, then the exiled soul linked to that may be able to be released (purgatory), and we have a smaller load of energy to finish recycling at the end of time (judgement day).
One of the interesting places you can see this is the rivers of the underworld according to Greek mythology:
There were a number rivers in the Underworld, and each served a purpose.
- Acheron was the river of lamentation.
- Cocytus was the river of woe.
- Lethe was the river of forgetfulness.
- Phlegethon was the river of fire.
- Styx was the river of unbreakable oath, by which the gods swore. It was also the river of hate.
The 9 Circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno show a similar range of emotions: