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His first memory is seeing an angel. His second is seeing a demon.

Blake K. Healy's spiritual gift is difficult for others to comprehend, even in the Christian community. By the end of his first year at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, he had managed to tell bits and pieces of his story to no more than three people. But on one cool evening in Redding, California, Healy sat down before his friend's home group—with about 40 people—and told his entire story.

"I've seen angels and demons for as long as I can remember," he began. "I see them as clearly as I see all of you."

Healy has the gift of seeing in the Spirit. He sees angels dancing in worship services and whispering words of encouragement in people's ears. He also sees demons latching on to people and perpetuating addiction and bitterness in their hearts.

Healy is not a theologian or a scholar. He never attended seminary and makes no claims to being a Greek or Hebrew linguist. But make no mistake, his gift to see in the Spirit is an integral part of his relationship with God.

"Most of my journey with seeing in the Spirit has been one of slowly developing faith and trust that the Holy Spirit will lead me to do what I am supposed to do with the things that I see," Healy says.

One of the things Healy felt led to do was share his experiences in writing. The Veil; An Invitation to the Unseen Realm (Charisma House, 2018) represents his third attempt to put his story on paper. In previous versions, Healy attempted to strategically bolster each opinion and experience with Scripture. But the writing kept coming out weak and analytical.

As his hope began to fade, Healy heard God speak to him:

'"You're not trusting your readers.'"

So Healy trusted God. And his readers.

In his rewriting, he trimmed down the opinions, removed the in-depth analysis, and incorporated more stories. What came out of that process was The Veil which details his journey of maturing in his gift and overcoming the fear and confusion of what he saw. Healy describes seeing demons from a young age, from dark, oblong faces seeping down from the ceiling to demonic entities clawing at the car window. But he never felt any real danger.

"It was as though I was viewing the spirit world through a thick layer of bulletproof glass. Any demon I saw was no more threatening than a caged lion at the zoo," Healy says. "But that all changed when I turned 9."

Shortly after moving to Holland, Michigan, Healy was continuously visited at night by a demon with empty, white eyes. He recalls being frozen with fear as his mind flooded with images of torture and grotesque depravity. The images played out like footage in his head and were projected onto the walls of his bedroom in full 3D Technicolor.

For three years, these night horrors worsened. Healy spoke the name of Jesus at the demons, singing "God has not given me a spirit of fear," but it only made the demons laugh. Later on, he learned why his words were ineffective.

"I was speaking the name and singing the words because I heard they were powerful, not because I knew what they meant," Healy says. "I never truly had a tangible relationship with God."

In his book, he emphasizes how knowing even a piece of what God thinks about you grants you the answer to overcoming problems that cross your path.

While The Veil chronicles his experiences and also imparts strategies for readers to see in the Spirit themselves, Healy's book also aims to glorify God and open a door to His kingdom.

"This is the story of how I learned to use the gift I was born with," Healy says. "And how I discovered that every single thing that I saw pointed back to the absolute and perfect love that God has for his children."

About Blake K. Healy: Blake Healy is the director of the Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural. He travels around the country to share his experiences and teach others about this spiritual gift. Healy and his wife, April, have four children.

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