Gabriella’s Song


Photo by Leah Schroeder

Photo by Leah Schroeder

A few months ago, I discovered a beautiful movie, which I have now watched several times. It is a Swedish film by Kay Pollak, called “As it is in Heaven”. The main character in the movie, Daniel, has dreamed most of his life, of creating music that would open people’s hearts.

There are many powerful segments, but one I am drawn to watch and listen to over and over again is a moment when a woman, named Gabriella, sings a song written for her by Daniel. It is a moment of transformation, both for her and for several other characters in the film. It is a moment when she finds her personal power and liberation from an abusive husband.

Gabriella’s Song – Translated from Swedish

“It is now that my life is mine.
I’ve got this short time on earth
And my longing has brought me here
All I lack and all I gained.

And yet it’s the way that I chose.
My trust was far beyond words
That has shown me a little bit
Of the heaven I’ve never found.

I want to feel I’m alive
all my living days.
I will live as I desire.
I want to feel I’m alive
Knowing I was good enough.

I have never lost who I was
I have only left it sleeping.
Maybe I never had a choice
just the will to stay alive.

All I want is to be happy
Being who I am,
To be strong and to be free,
To see day arise from night.

I am here
And my life is only mine
And the heaven I thought was there
I’ll discover it there somewhere.

I want to feel
That I’ve lived my life.”

-Swedish lyrics written by Py Bäckman for the film “As it is in Heaven”

We have all had experiences in our life where we have felt dis-empowered in some way by the words and actions of someone else. Most of us have feelings of being unworthy, or not good enough. To me this is a song of awakening. It is about finding our light and the strength to let go of the things and people in our lives that diminish that voice within in us.

It is through this transformation and healing that allows the soul we have always been to shine through. It is from this place that we are able to open our hearts and to truly love.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 47 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 16 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

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About Leah Schroeder

Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master-Instructor, and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my life this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki , ThetaHealing®, and IET®. I have a desire to learn, practice, and teach other healing modalities, empowering others to help shift the consciousness of humanity. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

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