Serina is a bird lover. She has two canaries: Maxi and Sissi.
Sissi is in tune with the season and is prepping her nest already.
They are so pampered that someone once commented that they wished they believed in reincarnation — they would like to come back as one of her birds.
Part of their pampering is that the cage door is open most of the time, and they are free to fly around the apartment — which they do throughout the day.
One day Serina came into the main room and found Maxi sitting on the floor, quite obviously having just suffered a concussion. He had flown into something very hard and was barely conscious.
She nursed him back to health, but from then on, he would not fly. He eventually hopped around the perches in the cage but would not even venture out to sit on the top of the cage as he used to a lot in the past.
Interestingly, Sissi also became voluntarily cage-bound even though she had not taken a whack to the head.
Serina spoke to them and encouraged them to return to living largely but to no avail.
Months passed and Sissi eventually began to hop out to the roof of the cage, but even that was rare and brief.
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When fall came, Serina set out a bird feeder on her balcony. All winter it was spurned. Even though there is a big tree in the front yard that would serve as natural shelter to birds, the area around her apartment remained devoid of birds, even though it is residential mixed with farmland, and birds were in evidence a block or two away.
Spring came, and the birds did not come to her yard. The wonderment turned to anger. This could not be God’s design.
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It took a while for her to gather up the portions of her spirit from hither and yon and get them at least moderately healed. Eventually the big day came and the King presided over an installation ceremony as one at a time, the portions of her spirit were escorted by Him to their precise place in the Seat of Dominion.
That has been more than a year ago. The Exhorter portion of her spirit is taking his responsibilities seriously in unpacking each of the other portions of the spirit. Prophet, Servant and Ruler have blossomed quickly, each finding areas of their design. Teacher and Mercy have been a bit slower to discover and step into training programs, but each has also found joy, dignity and purpose over time.
Giver was a bit of the odd man out. Over the years there had been some tension between her and the other portions of the spirit. Even though she was in her place in the Seat of Dominion, she did not feel overly free to initiate, nor did the other portions of the spirit reach out to her.
I championed her for a while, which changed the community dynamics and restored some measure of dignity, but she still struggled to know who she was, and what she was supposed to contribute to the rest of the community of the human spirit.
In that context, we explored a number of things, looking for clues of what either excited her or offended her. Eventually we found that the lack of birds offended her terribly and she wanted birds back at the apartment.
So I explained that one of the ways demons defile land is through messing with the magnetic fields on land. When there is a leyline from a mountain top down to the water, for example, it is quite common to find no birds or wildlife within an eighth of a mile on either side of the line because they know the magnetic field in the land is messed with.
I hypothesized that the reason the birds were avoiding that piece of land, when they were all around it, was because something had been skewed in the magnetic field of the land.
The key issue is that birds have a GPS in their brains, but it doesn’t operate off triangulated satellites. As near as researchers know now, it functions off the magnetic field of the earth. The technical term for this is magnetoception.
When birds know that the magnetic field is skewed, they avoid that land, since they know their GPS will not work there.
So, I proposed that Giver start with some generalize prayers, asking God to put back the magnetic field of the land the way it is supposed to be. I knew we might need to do some land cleansing, but I always try to win the battle with a BB gun before defaulting to nuclear weapons.
We knew Giver loved birds but didn’t know whether she had any particular gifting with healing land in this way. I knew she might strike out, at which time we would have to decide whether she needed training in the art of land cleansing, or whether we needed to pass the baton to some other portion of her spirit.
But, there was nothing to lose by her trying it herself with what she had, and since I don’t mother overly much, I shipped her off to battle with what she had.
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Today Giver gave it her first shot. It was a basic prayer proclaiming that there IS a right construct for the magnetic field of the land and that circumstantial evidence suggests God’s ancient enemy has messed with it, so would He please put it back the way it should be.
Within an hour, Maxi took a flight out of the cage. Then another. Then he flew farther around the house than he used to. Then he flew to a counter and calmly explored for a while instead of just zipping in and out of his cage.
So . . . lots of stuff comes into focus.
The moving of the magnetic field in the land was very recent and very abrupt — after Serina moved into that apartment.
Apparently, one day when Maxi was flying, the field got yanked, his GPS went down and he smacked into something hard.
And even though he healed, both he and Sissi knew that their GPS was inop because of the land, so they stayed put.
But, they hated being stuck in a small space when they were used to roaming widely. And they quickly discerned that their GPS were working again and promptly returned to rare form, revisiting their turf with joy and vigor.
AND there is no doubt that Giver has a FORMIDABLE role to play in fixing magnetic fields on land. We will certainly broaden her playing field to find out if she has one very deep niche authority there, or if she has a broad call to land.
That will happen over time.
Of course we still have the second half of the project. It seems pretty clear that the land is happy now. It remains to be seen whether she can call back the birds quickly this spring and get some nests in the tree or not.
We will keep watching!
Copyright April 2015 by Arthur Burk