You know how it is: one day, everything falls into place; the next, everything falls apart — or some combination thereof. Good and bad interweave in our lives and will, while we’re on this testing ground called earth.
There are “spiritual atmospheres.” When one is good, things run smoothly; there is flow; there is coherence; when it is dark, there seem to be problems around every turn — at home, at work, with money, at the supermarket. A “cloud” has formed around us.
When we feel that, we are reminded, by a book called Seeing the Supernatural (by Jennifer Eivaz), we need to step back and do our prayerful best lifting the cloud before it obscures everything, before we are engulfed by it. Pray at the first whiff of darkness!
The spiritual atmosphere of a place — a location — can have such an effect. Every home carries a spiritual imbuement of what, good or dark, has transpired there. Holiness paints a room white. Dark things (and thoughts) bring dark clouds.
Every city has its own spiritual nature — and it manifests in our thoughts and emotions, even our dreams. In traveling, have you ever noted this change, often abrupt, in amience?
“In one [city] I might discern an atmosphere of witchcraft, but then discern violence and murder in another,” writes Eivaz, a charismatic evangelist. “In still another city it will be homosexuality, and in another it will be a spirit of unbelief in God. In one city in particular, I discerned its spiritual disease in a dream as if it were my own — gambling, pornography, and addiction — and I woke up grateful it was just a dream and not really part of me!” It is interesting at a time of year when many travel. Pray as you enter each new area, and bless all and everything you pass.
These things can directly affect and tempt us. A city can have a spirit of negativity, or anger, or resentment; of depression or tension, of irreligiosity (aridity) or occultism. We must be aware of the spiritual dynamics not just of cities, but of neighborhoods within cities and for that matter individual homes and hotels.
When there are sudden mood swings, a shift in atmosphere can be to blame — and like that dark cloud, should immediately be dispersed. Some places even seem to have actual atmospheric clouds hanging with curious frequency overhead!
When Eivaz visited China, she encountered perverse thoughts, while in Central Asia she discerned deep anger and rage. In North American cities where there is drug use, Eivaz says she has “seen” snakes coming from the earth. There are good and evil principalities over every area, and what humans do empower or disarm — engage or disengage — the good or bad forces always available from Heaven or the netherworld.
Which means: there are also angels! When a community has strong church involvement, the author emphasizes that she senses “the peace of Jesus in such a way that you can feel it coming off the ground and in the air.” The spiritual atmosphere, she believes, must be “spoken to.” In one Colorado city, a preacher swept away the sense of darkness by declaring, “Hopelessness, go away! I release hope and faith instead.”
Never concede to darkness. Wherever you are, don’t let it grow around you .
For no matter how much there is, there is also the availability of great Light. There is prayer from the heart, which, on the way to Heaven, pierces the clouds.
[resources: Seeing the Supernatural]