The Conversation

“This information is water to my parched soul! I am a burden bearing family physician and have been carrying the “burden” of this calling for 12 years. HEAVY. Need I say more? I know you get it. : ) Bless You Abundantly my sister, and be encouraged this day that YOUR Burden Bearing and courage to share is making ALL the difference in this little slice of the world.” –SS, British Columbia

Quote Box 2“The first thing that impacted me in reading this book was how graphically it described my suffering. It also pointed to the cause—empathy as it relates to burden bearing. I was responding to these feelings that weren’t my own just as if they were mine.   The Lord was in the midst of it and large pieces of the picture of my life fell into place perfectly. I finally understood what happened and why!! This one thing is priceless!”  -WC, Florida

“From one seed, your book, a new life has come forth. It grows daily and will be a blessing to many for years to come. I’ve been able to accept my design and calling. This is PRICELESS!! THANK-YOU SO MUCH!!”  -Charlie, United Kingdom”

“I never thought I would understand why I felt so different from everyone around me AND that difference is actually something God wants to use?!?!? WOW…. An answer to many tearful, desperate prayers. Thank you SO much.” -Sandy, Ohio

“Thank you so much for writing the most articulate book on discernment, burden bearing, and prophetic intercession that I have ever read. Your book is the richest resource I have found on the gift of discernment and intercession.” -Christina, Pennsylvania

“I am soon to be 45 years old and have been a natural born burden bearer all my life. I had no idea that there was a name for this, or that it was a gifting of God, or that I just wasn’t plain old weird! I had to keep stopping for reflection and awe and tears! I am so amazed that someone else would be able to articulate what I have experienced my whole life.” –June, Australia


These are just a few of the comments we’ve received in response to The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive.  Hopefully, you will feel free to join the community and the conversation here.  Leave a comment.  Ask a question.  Share a piece of your journey.  Or email me privately.  You’re not alone.  -Carol, From God’s Heart

37 Commentsto The Conversation

  1. Rose says:

    I really wanted to thank you. I am normal, there are people like me and understand what I go through. I too am a natural burden bearer. It is like reading these books I see me. I have cried and I have learnt and grown. Thank you so much for being such a blessing to all of us Burden Bearers

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am so thankful for you, Carol. In the near completion of reading both of your books, a whole new door has been opened to me. I FINALLY have answers! I now understand why I do the things I do, feel the things I feel, over react when there is no need to, and experience unexpected and unnecessary pain or mood swings.
    I have repeatedly grieved over a childhood tragedy. I now know that those tears were not mine! They belonged to everyone else who was grieving with my family. I absorbed their grief. For the first time in my life, I felt “clean” grief – my own tears. Now, I know I can move on.
    There is so much more……
    To Him be the Glory! I am grateful!

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I’m praising God with you. It is such a relief when life finally makes sense! Blessings, Carol

      • Jennifer says:

        :) – Is there more material “out there” that pertains to burden bearing? Something that you would recommend? I have questions and would like to know more. Admitting that as I turned the last page of one of your books, I was a bit dismayed. The first questions that came to mind were – “Now What?” and “Where do I go from here?”

        • Dear Jennifer,

          Unfortunately you have read most of what is known to me. The only other thing would be what John Sandford wrote in The Elijah Task. You can get that through is the precursor to what I wrote–my springboard.
          Then there is some secular stuff about high sensitivitry by Dr. Elaine Aron. She has written several books but they are totally secular. She was aware that she had not addressed the spiritual side of things. Her website is and you can get her books on Amazon.
          Maybe where we go from here is some kind of social media “hang out” and maybe others would want to join and you could ask questions. Skype maybe? I’m open to suggestions.

          • Jennifer says:

            Thanks for the info! Personally, I would rather keep my focus upon the spiritual aspect of sensitivity. I have lived in the “worldly” aspect of sensitivity for far too long. Its time to walk out this gifting in the way to which God wills me to. I will look into John Sanford’s Book through Elijah House. I am familiar with Elijah House Ministries as I have been blessed in the basic education of and in receiving. Christ in this ministry is powerful! Is there a possibility that I could message you?

          • Katrina says:

            I like the idea of a social hangout… So that we could bounce ideas off of each other… I am devouring this info, which U found today after the Lord spoke into my spirit two words… Burden Bearer… Then I felt led to research the Internet for possible info and confirmation… I also flow in the prophetic giftings and have experienced realistic dreams that we major events like 9-11, but didn’t know how to process them through prayer… I have been growing in my gifting as a prophetic intercessor and now have a better understanding after many years…. My oldest daughter also has the Burden Bearing gifting as was revealed to me this morning and I am sharing links to your website with her too…
            Thanks and please do form a group for us!!!

    • Norma says:

      Me too Jennifer, Carol (and Jesus) have changed my life.
      Thought I was the craziest mood swinger ever! Oh and how many times
      did I think I had a bad attitude an it wasn’t me. Whew, love you carol.
      I’m waiting for the so much more too Jennifer.
      Praise our wonderful God.

      • Ladies, I would like to point you to a website that is all about discovering how to do life as a highly sensitive Christian individual. A friend of mine, David Tensen moderates the site. He and his wife Natalie are from Australia and have a wonderful ministry. You will need to become a member. It’s a Facebook group called “LeaderHeart’s HSP Discovery Community.”

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  5. Lydia says:

    Hello Carol,

    I came accross your books about Burdenbearing and they have been a great inside to me. Was wondering if there is an opportunity to correspond other then on here.
    Awaiting your response,

    Kind regards,

  6. Mary says:

    Oh Carol, I want you to know what a blessing you are!!! It’s only been the past couple years since I’ve learned that what I was experiencing was “not my own” and how to follow thru with intercessory prayer. Because you put words to my experience, I am now entering the stage of removing my white-knuckled hands from the steering wheel and turning it over to Jesus. And yes–I have my seat-belt buckled! God Bless you my sister!

    • I rejoice with you at being able to “take your white-knuckled hands from the steering wheel.” You are in good hands with Jesus in charge. Blessings on your journey. Carol

  7. Brenda says:

    Dear Mrs. Brown,
    I am a new Christian. I have forever been “different” intense and so very sensitive. I loathed it. I really did. I still do not understand it. But now I know that because of what Christ did at Calvary I can carry it.
    What does it all mean? I wonder. Why did God make me like this? God spoke to my heart recently and told me to start reading my bible more and praying more and I did and something is changing inside of me. I know more and it hurts less. Does that make sense?
    I am ordering your books because they “feel” ok to me and since Christ is inside of me, I trust these new feelings. The other stuff out there, is very secular and I do not hold with anything that is not from the absolute Word of God out of the Bible.
    One of our ministers Bro Larry says “Don’t go on your feelings, go on the words of God in the Bible” He is real smart and I trust him because he is kind and gentle.
    And Mrs. Brown, I am so very sorry for your physical health concerns. I am a registered nurse. And it hurts me that you have this cross to carry but I am exceedingly grateful to God that you are saved and trust Christ Jesus to comfort you and if it is His great will to heal you. God Bless you Mrs. Brown. Thank you for trying to help “us strange ones” with your books. I guess we must be like the broken toys from island of misfit toys on the Christmas show on tv. Will you please do me the honor of signing your books for me? I would be ever so grateful.
    Kindest Regards, Bren

  8. Brenda says:

    Gosh, I don’t have a paypal account so I am going to have to order your books somewhere else. I guess Amazon. Sorry I won’t be able to have signed copies..

    • Hi Brenda,

      So glad the Lord is meeting you and teaching you. I think you will find lots of help in the books. I have contacted you regarding arrangements for getting you some signed copies. We can do this! So sorry that you have struggled for so long. But God is good and His design is good as you are learning. Blessings on your journey, Carol

  9. Hello! I’ve been reading your weblog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you
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  10. Joann says:

    The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity is a highly sensitive book that tuned
    immediately into me! It seems that the book “read me” as I was reading it!
    No sooner would I pray about something, when I would turn the page, and the exact subject I was praying about was discussed! I’ve
    known I am an intercessor with a prophetic gift. However, it is always at God’s discretion when this gift will operate. It needs time, space, and an opportunity to spend a lot of alone time in the “prayer closet.” I can set my intention, God always seems to “ask permission” first, by nudging me to pray for people. Then the “download” comes. I am aware it is God praying through me. Then, often, shortly after God has prayed through me, the opportunity to let the person know comes up. The prayer is always about something of deep significance to the person, sometimes a matter of life or death, or some type of life-changing decision. The person might be right on the precipice of making a wrong decision when God intervenes by praying through me then setting it up to deliver the message. God is the one who selects who I will be praying for. This book is not only very validating, it is full of insight and wisdom about the process of burden bearing. It provides great advice on how to set firm boundaries so that I don’t get “used up.” In the past, that has happened often, I have been seriously exploited when I did not know that it was time to release a person. Just because God continues to inform me of the person’s need does not mean that I am “on demand 24/7.” I am entitled to “set limits” and “have a life!” One area that is very difficult for me is when the person is trafficking in the demonic. When that type of situation is revealed, I now require a prayer partner to continue. However, it is very difficult to find a prayer partner, let alone a team, that is also schooled and gifted in this type of prayer. If I do find such folks, I will use this book in a study group for formation. I just finished the book, sent for some of the referenced titles mentioned, and will also send for the second book. I will immediately begin to re-read this as a study guide and look up all the Scripture references for meditation.Thank you so much for putting down on paper what is so difficult to talk about. It is perhaps the most practical book I have ever read on intercessory prayer recently … and
    I have read a lot!

    • Dear Joanne.
      Thank you for this very affirming comment about The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity! I apologize for the delay in response–we were away on vacation and returned to plumbing problems, which are now resolved. Praise the Lord. I love how the Lord met you through the pages of the book and I resonate with the difficulty in finding a prayer partner. You are quite right in wanting one for prayer time with people who come with “more than the usual baggage!” You mention your thoughts to use the book as a study book for formation. It has been suggested to me to write such a guide…pray that the Lord creates the opportunity to do so. Thank you for the kind remarks. Would you do me the favor of posting them as a review on Amazon? It seems the writer of the review must also post it. I pray the Lord sends you like spirited people to walk with you.
      Blessings, Carol

  11. Joann Woodward says:

    I “connected” with you through my introduction to THRIVE/Life Model and Joy Starters.

    I see these resources and your God-given gifts as resources that could be functional in some special ways as it relates to some outreach that I believe God has impassioned on my heart.

    I like sense/urging you seemed to have gotten for renaming your blog. The first thing I thought was the advertisement of Motel 6, where they say, “We’ll leave the light on!” The implications of that marketing statement on a spiritual resource level, are numerous!

  12. Marion Entz-Harris says:

    Reading through your books a bit at a time and really grateful for you! marion

  13. Kayla says:

    Hi, I read in the comments that you mentioned a type of hangout place or an online forum as a suggestion for the next step. Has that happened or is there perhaps some way I can help get that started? I would be more than happy to do the leg work, I just need some way to get the word out. Let me know.

    • Yes! And now we have one! All visitors are welcome over at Register and log in and join in the conversation.

      • A big THANK YOU to Kayla. She put this forum together for us. I am so technologically challenged that although I wanted to do this could not muster the courage to even try to build it!

      • Yvonne says:

        Is the board offline?
        Can you be highly sensitive without being a burden bearer for someone else? As a schild I used to cry when the neighboors child cried in front of me. I Hurt when I “know” someone is hurting. But I’m not a person who prays a lot for others. Having realy big problems dealing with my own highly sensitive emotions, not knowing how to deal with thema. Are your books suiteble for me, of don’t I fit in your category

  14. Nicole says:

    Hi Carol,
    I was blessed to have your book fall into my hands a few weeks ago. I have had a chance to read it and have felt a great amount of relief to finally understand whats been happening to me since I was a very small child. I do have one question and perhaps I do not feel the answer yet because I need more time in prayer. My question is that you state “Initially and throughout the process, you must never assume that you are to do anything more than be a friend and pray.” I completely understand how important prayer is. All the same I feel like God needs to use us in circumstances and that we must act upon his calling. I still have more to learn about walking with the Lord than ever imaginable, but I feel as thou if everyone just prayed with no action what would happen? Doesn’t the Lord need us to carry out certain callings or does he really just want us to pray and thats it? I guess I am stuck trying to understand that. There are times when I give prayer to the Lord constantly about someone and he keeps bringing up feelings in my even though I am trying to give it to him. I don’t seem to understand what else he wants me to do with it. Its like I am giving, but he is still pushing me. This is a stump I seem to be trying to understand. Thank you Carol.

  15. Burden bearers as a group tend to want to make the pain go away so their compassion can cloud their vision and hearing and they may help TOO much so that they can end up enabling bad behavior. So the reflex we need to build in is to always ask God first before we jump in with our good ideas. Our ideas may even be correct as to what needs to happen, but the question is, “Does God want ME to do that?” He wants the burden bearing to put voice to the prayer that the person is not saying, does not know how to ask, feels like he cannot ask…lots of reasons people do not ask for God’s help. God lets us feel the pain so that we know what to ask for and lets us feel the intensity so we can pray passionately…because we know how it hurts!

  16. Ooops, He wants the burden *bearer* to put voice…

  17. Marcia says:

    Although God blessed me with things over the years, about two years ago I got closer to God. Then unbelievable and a Christian lady told me He was building a foundation for me. BUT there are things I don’t know why he did them, and I will be getting your latest book. the last thing was when I was in living room on knees, head on floor praying I felt a cloak put on me, and I thought I’m not cold, but thanks God. Then I realized my spirit sensed cloak, not blanket, jacket or coat, and I started digging on why a cloak was put on me. Cloaked with the Zeal of God was what I found and I THINK He is saying I know your enthusiasm for me. But I’m still searching for the why’s, of the other and hope the answers will be in your book. It is important to me that God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit be where I’m looking. I left 2 spiritualism groups because some did not believe all the Bible, or one wanted to “Learn” taro cards. My spirit has also come to the top of my head and then I’m flying up in the clouds at night and … well… amazing spiritual things have happened to me, including sensing as I was walking down the hall at work an Evil spirit charge at me. Soo much to find out why these spiritual happenings and I thank God for every one of them. I might be going back to a Christian counselor as my yearning for God is constant, and its making me sad that I’m not satisfied. Pray for me.

  18. ruth says:

    The forum link doesn’t work. God bless you for all you do.

  19. Racquel says:

    Hi Carol!
    I’m forever grateful for your books. I’m 28 years old and just discovered this new term burden bearer from a close friend of mine from church. I don’t even know how I stumbled across your books but I know it was God answering my prayers for help. It’s been extremely difficult journey for me, not understand what was wrong or why I was always physically drained. I’ve spent numerous times in the emergency room, and everything always came back normal. I even at one point thought it was “low blood sugar” not the case though. It’s even been difficult on my marriage because my husband (very strong in his faith) has never seen anyone so sensitive to the spirit. When I read your book I felt like you wrote the stories about me!! My husband and I laugh now about my sensitivity because it’s all still new but it’s been such an amazing thing to see God in all of this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! God bless you.

  20. Shay Sabom says:

    Hey Carol –

    Your books continue to be a bedrock of my relationship with Christ. As much as I try to move “beyond” the teachings of burden bearing, I am continually brought back to my need to bear the burdens of others onto the cross because I can’t stop them from coming into my spirit (likely by virtue of my marriage and my vocation as a physician). Thanks to the instruction of your books and the Holy Spirit, I have become better equipped at doing this but don’t think I will ever be able to “shut it off.” It seems that the Lord has established me in the place He has me in order to bear burdens of those around me… who haven’t the slightest clue what I am doing (for the most part). Which brings me to the hardest part of burden bearing for me – the isolation and loneliness of engaging in a ministry most around me do not (and cannot/will never) understand. Boy it would be nice to meet just one other person in my immediate circle who understood what burden bearing is and what it requires and I would covet your prayers for this. In the meantime, THANK YOU for your insights which have given me back control over my life and a sense of community, even if it is just a cyber-community through the knowledge that there are others in the world who are similarly wired.

    Many blessings to you sister,


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