Forgiveness is not a thing that most people adhere to. It is something that when said in passing is meant to have more impact than it does. We feel at a loss when someone tells us that we have been forgiven, because up until that point we were familiar and at ease with our guilt. Some think that forgiving is painless, but the loss of the safety net is like a cloud creeping over ready to shower upon you with sorrowful loss.
It need not be this way. Take for example the alienation that many feel when for the first time they are invited to sit with a stranger and talk about subjects that are of an intimate nature, and by this I do not simply mean pleasures of the body, but subjects that are perhaps held close to the chest and not generally shared outside of personal circles. After formalities are expressed and common ground established it becomes easier to invest trust and thus open up and talk of such things, making the transition from safety to new ground much smoother.
The mirror that we hold up in front of ourselves is the antithesis to how we normally perceive ourselves. The mirror image in its own reality sphere is reacting to its own version of events seen from its own perspective. Although to that probable self the you standing before the mirror may be an imaginary person in an imaginary scenario within the mind of your mirror image self. That self is not you, nor is it necessarily standing before a mirror as you do, but you both share a common thread. The thread of course is difficult to express because it is not a tangible manifestation, in the way that the mirror is. However, it has an electro-static charge that builds up with continued thought, like focussing a small lamp on an object, after a while, if the lamp is close enough, the object will begin to heat up. That probable mirror image self will more than likely have no conception of you as a separate entity with a history, and with a fully functioning world within which to live, even though you are part of its biological and psychic make-up. How we come to a notion of synthetic appreciation with regard to this other self in this hypothetical instance, is through an agreement of thought with plausible notion, that then provides the impetus and the focus necessary to bring about the changes required in the conscious overlaying of both probable events. There is an exchange of emotional energy that for a moment bridges the gap between realities. This of course is highly simplified, and only serves as a model to explain the very complex multilayered structure of consciousness, and the interchanges that are involved at even the smallest scale of the human genome. There is a constant give and take between probable versions of self-hood, although there are no separations, just seemingly different gestalts of consciousness operating at innumerable levels and frequencies.