Changing Atmospheres

Green meadow in mountain.Princess (aged 10) and I were recently at a cafe having a drink with a couple of people whilst waiting for hubby and Matey to join us after swimming. After a good fifteen minutes, both Princess and I were looking at one another in amazement. The woman was so negative. We were both feeling very uncomfortable because everything we said was turned into a negative complaint by the woman. It didn’t help that this woman’s order didn’t turn up as the waitress had forgotten it but she was also negative about everything else.

Suddenly I realised that we can change or ‘shift’ the atmosphere. Very quietly so that only Princess and I heard, I said, “Spirit of negativity I see you and I choose not to partner with you. Instead, I release a spirit of joy.”

Almost instantly, this woman stopped complaining and being negative. The atmosphere changed significantly. The sudden change was so obvious to us.

I believe it is important to teach our children that they are responsible for their attitude and the atmosphere they carry and also how they can simply change the atmosphere around them by speaking a few simple words.

We are spiritual beings and the spirit within us has power to change the atmosphere where we are. I have personally used this a number of times in my work situation where I have been nursing a patient who is really upset and the atmosphere will completely change after I have made that statement. It is  usually so powerful that all my colleagues will notice it and comment on the change in atmosphere.

I encourage you to try it this week and then teach your children how they can also do it. Role modelling with your kids is a great way to teach them how to do it. Try it yourself when you next encounter something negative “in the air”. It may even be your own children being grumpy, dishonest, defiant etc. You have spiritual authority over the situation, so just quietly say, “I see you spirit of…. and I choose not to partner with you and instead I release the spirit of…..(the opposite)”. See what happens.

If you would like to hear a full teaching on this, Dawna DeSilva from Bethel Church has a  fantastic teaching audio on ‘shifting atmospheres’. (

Let me know how you go. I would love to hear your feedback about what happened.