The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity-Your Practical Guide to Responding to Burdens You Feel from God’s Heart is a book about prayer and intercession; a book about burden bearing or sharing what is on God’s heart. It is about the high sensitivity that makes it possible to empathize (synchronize) with the people around you, and with God’s heart– and the part the Holy Spirit plays in that.
With high sensitivity, you can learn to come alongside someone who is overwhelmed and lighten their load by going beyond physical help and moral support. There is a spiritual component. The Holy Spirit connects you, you empathize, you feel what another feels, even absorb some, and turn to Jesus and pour that burden out to Him. When burden bearing rightly, this allows God to pull the burden through and out of you. Jesus takes it from there. Burden bearing involves Jesus’ work on the cross, the Holy Spirit, and your empathy and intercession. The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity is some straight talk from someone who’s been there!
It is a book about how this kind of intercessory prayer affects you physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is a book about the right and wrong way to respond to such sensory information. The wrong way makes your sensitivity feel like a curse. The right way leads to blessing and your destiny as a child of the King.
The benefit to you is that your spiritual sensitivity will be one of the ways God will mold, train, and form your character so that you can take your place as a “son of God”–one who inherits. When you know this and work with God, work with your design rather than against it, life becomes more joy filled, less painful.
High sensitivity can be a double-edged sword, however. Being able to sense and feel what others experience can help and facilitate relationship. It can also muck up relationships and drive you to isolate. It can cause great misunderstanding and hurt deeply when you respond wrongly to the sensory data you have. Most highly sensitive people do misunderstand and think that all they feel is their own. They think they are crazy—that everyone else is right and they are wrong. Too many people agree!
I wrote this book because I don’t want you or someone you know, to have to live one day longer with an exhaustion or a sadness that seems bottomless. I don’t want your inner pressure to build to the point that you are tempted to cut yourself to release it, or do something else self-destructive to numb the pain.
I want you to know that you are one of God’s “special forces.” You are uniquely designed as one who can join Jesus in the work He began and continues to do, reconciling people to God, people to themselves, and restoring relationships between people. But you need to learn how to bear burdens rightly before it kills you. The book explains:
The relationship between high sensitivity and burden bearing
What burden bearing is and how it affects you
Common reflex reactions to high sensitivity-physical, emotional and spiritual
The right way and the wrong way to bear burdens
The problems caused by doing in wrongly
Burden bearing in marriage
Parenting a burden bearing child
The Blessings of doing it rightly
What burden bearing has to do with your destiny
The high sensitivity required to sense and feel what other people experience, without knowing how to do it rightly, can make life painful; it also makes it possible to sense, feel, and hear from God–a blessing to you and others.