The difference between spiritual and physical atmospheres is that spiritual atmospheres are vessels of divine fire and light, of love and wisdom, then. They bear these things within themselves. Physical atmospheres, though, are not vessels of divine fire and light; they are vessels of the fire light of their own sun, which is intrinsically dead, as explained above [ Sections 89, 157-159]. As a result, there is nothing from the spiritual world’s sun within them. However, they are surrounded by the spiritual atmospheres that come from that sun.
This differences between spiritual atmospheres and physical atmospheres is a matter of angelic wisdom.
It stands to reason that there are atmospheres in the spiritual world just as there are in the physical world, given the fact that angels and spirits breathe and talk and hear just as the way we do in this physical world. Breathing involves that lowest atmosphere that we call “air,” as do speech and hearing. We may also cite the fact that angels and spirits see just as we do in this physical world, and sight would not be possible without a medium purer than air. Then there is the fact that angels and spirits think and are moved just as we are in this physical world, and thought and feeling would not be possible without the aid of still purer atmospheres. Finally, there is the fact that every part of angels’ and spirits’ bodies, both the inner and outer parts, is held closely together, the outer parts by am airlike medium and the inner parts by ethereal ones. Clearly, if it were not for the active pressure of these atmospheres, the inner and outer forms of their bodies would be disintegrate.
Since angels are spiritual beings, then, and since everything about their bodies is held together, given form, and organized by these atmospheres, it follows that the atmospheres are spiritual. They are spiritual too because they come from the spiritual sun that is the first emanation of the Lord’s divine love and wisdom.
from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 175-176
Section 89: Published 6/6/2018
Sections 157-159: Published 1/3/2020-1/4/2020