Understanding the Clair Senses
The clair senses are intuitive feelings that allow people to receive information without relying on the physical senses.
Most people experience the clair senses on occasion, but some people feel them much more strongly than others.
There are many types of clair senses, and while everyone experiences them in different ways, they almost always provide information about spiritual energy.
The word “voyance” means “vision,” and clairvoyance is the ability to receive visual telepathic information. This information can relate to a person, a location, an object, or even an event. The term “clairvoyance” is often used interchangeably with ESP, or extrasensory perception. Some people call it third eye vision or second sight.
Some people are born with innate clairvoyant abilities while others develop it with meditation or psychic development exercises. While some people are aware of their clairvoyant abilities and make efforts to use the ability to gain information, many instances of clairvoyance occur spontaneously to people who have never experienced it before.
One-time instances of clairvoyance are relatively common, especially to people who have just lost a loved one. People often see a loved one who has passed away before they learn of their loved one's passing.
Most clairvoyant people see a vision in their mind's eye when receiving information. Sometimes they see a moving picture, and sometimes they see a still image or a series of still images. The images usually contain heavy symbolism and aren't always clear.
Clairvoyance is often portrayed in movies and other fiction as clear, intense, literal visions. In reality, though, the visions are usually vague and difficult to decipher. Sometimes the visions show information from the past, and sometimes they show the present.
People with clairvoyance often share similar traits or experiences. Some common signs of clairvoyance in an individual include exceptionally vivid dreams, frequent daydreaming, and seeing flashes of light. Clairvoyant people also have a tendency to imagine an inner scene in their mind's eye during a conversation as if they're seeing a visual representation of the conversation.
The word “audience” means “hearing,” and clairaudience is the ability to learn information through the sense of hearing. This often occurs mentally, like a mind's eye for hearing, but some clairaudient people physically hear the sounds. Some people experience clairaudience as repetitious thoughts, which are ideas or phrases that keep floating through their minds without them consciously thinking about it.
Psychics or mediums with clairaudient abilities might hear a word or a phrase while performing a reading. They may hear a common phrase a deceased person used to say. Another form of clairaudience is telepathic communication, or the ability to tune into someone else's thoughts. Some people experience telepathic communication only when in the presence of the other person, but other people can experience it regardless of where the other person is located. This can happen naturally between two people who are very close, like twins or spouses.
Clairaudient people occasionally may hear astral voices, especially when trying to sleep. Astral voices come from the astral world, or the spirit world. The voices are not usually trying to contact the person listening. Instead, the person just happens to tune into the noise. Like clairvoyance, clairaudience can be developed over time.
Some people practice automatic writing to develop clairaudient abilities. Automatic writing is the process of writing without using the conscious mind. This task requires a completely clear mind. Many people practice automatic writing by writing or typing a question to their spirit guide and writing the answer to their question without giving it any conscious thought. This can help them discover spiritual information, and it can help them learn to pick up on spiritual or telepathic voices.
Most clairaudient people share some similar behaviors and experiences. Some of these include the tendency to talk to themselves, the ability to give great advice, hearing ringing in the ears, and hearing noises, whispering, knocking, or footsteps that others cannot hear.
The word “sentience” means “feeling,” and clairsentience is the ability to receive information by feeling. Clairsentient people usually feel energy like emotions, thoughts, intentions, pain, or the presence of a deceased person. All of these ideas contain some amount of energy that can't be seen, heard, or touched, but they can be sensed. A clairsentient person can usually feel the difference between the types of energies.
Everyone feels varying levels of clairsentience, but some people experience it on a much stronger level than normal. When strong clairsentient abilities first manifest in someone, the person often feels overly emotional or sensitive. They also sometimes have a physical reaction to energies. They may experience sweaty palms, hair standing up on the back of their neck, or pain or nausea.
Clairsentience is sometimes related to psychometry, which is the ability to use physical touch to learn information about an object, place, or person. Clairsentience and psychometry are often stronger when experienced at the same time.
People can develop or strengthen their clairsentient abilities through practice. One way people practice clairsentience is by looking at a photo of someone they don't know and paying attention to what they feel as they observe it. People also develop clairsentient abilities by learning to pay closer attention to their gut feelings, which can provide information about energies.
Clairsentient people are often highly sensitive and empathetic, and they can easily understand people's “vibes.” They may become emotional in large crowds for an unexplained reason, and they may experience a drastic change in mood around certain people or places. Some clairsentient people even feel the physical pain of others, so they might experience unexplained headaches, nausea, or other pain.
Clairscent is the ability to receive information from the sense of smell. It is also known as clairalience, as the word “alience” means “smelling.” Clairscent is one of the lesser-known senses.
The sense sometimes occurs as a physical scent without a physical origin. It also can sometimes occur without the clairalient person using their physical sense of smell at all. This is similar to the mind's eye, but it involves the sense of smell instead of vision. The scents that people with clairalience experience originate in the spirit realm, and they can be signs of a spiritual presence.
While many people with other strong clair senses experience clairscent, some people experience it as a short-term or one-time occurrence when a loved one passes away. Many people report smelling a perfume, tobacco smoke, or another odor associated with a loved one shortly after they pass away.
Clairtangency is the ability to obtain information about an object, a person, or a place through physical touch. It is more frequently referred to as psychometry. This occurs when the clairtangent person feels the object's energy. They may learn information about the object's history, or they may experience feelings or emotions attached to the object.
Learning information about a person instead of an inanimate object usually requires a stronger sense of clairtangency. A clairtangent person may be able to learn about someone by physically touching them or by touching one of their important possessions.
For example, jewelry is a popular object for clairtangent people to use to try to learn about a person. Because an item of jewelry will have touched the person for a prolonged period of time, it probably carries some of the person's energy.
Many people with clairtangency experience strong reactions to objects. For example, they may have trouble buying used clothes or objects from garage sales or thrift stores because the items bring a strange feeling when touched. They also may have trouble entering antique stores or pawn shops. For many people with clairtangency, pawn shops bring especially negative feelings because many people sell their objects in desperation for money, which leaves an unsettling feeling with the objects.
Clairtangent people may also feel uncomfortable in cluttered spaces. Cluttered spaces often carry scattered energy, which can be overwhelming for people with clairtangency. They may feel the need to wash their hands after holding rocks or crystals. These objects carry powerful energy that can have a strong impact on a clairtangent person.
Clairgustance is the ability to taste something without having anything in the mouth. The sensation comes from a substance in the spiritual realm, and it feels like the normal sense of taste. Because physical taste and smell are often linked together, clairgustance frequently occurs alongside of clairscent. It can also occur with clairvoyance, clairaudience, or any of the other clair senses. It rarely occurs on its own.
Someone may experience clairgustance after a loved one passes away. They may taste their loved one's favorite food without actually eating anything. People with clairgustance who work in law enforcement can sometimes use their abilities during an investigation. They may taste blood, drugs, or other chemicals that can provide information about how someone died or went missing.
People with a strong sense of clairgustance occasionally taste food that someone in their presence is eating. At a party, they may taste a friend's food or drink while eating their own food, which can be jarring if unexpected.
Clairempathy is the ability to understand people's energies, and people who experience this are often referred to as empaths. Regular empathy is not the same as clairempathy, and there is a significant difference between an empathetic person and an empath. Almost everyone has a natural empathetic tendency toward others, but empaths perceive the emotions of others through extrasensory perception.
Empaths can also experience others' physical ailments. They may feel fatigue, nausea, headaches, or other types of pain or illnesses, especially with people they're close to or spend a significant amount of time with. Some people with clairempathy can even feel thoughts or attitudes associated with places or animals.
Empaths often feel the need to make the world a better place, and they react more strongly than normal to cruelty. Many don't realize they're empaths, and feeling too many emotions without learning to regulate them can result in mental anguish and sometimes physical pain.
They experience sudden changes of mood while in public, especially in crowds, and they have an acute awareness of others' emotional states, goals, and intentions. They also have the ability to give excellent advice, and people tend to gravitate toward them for help or healing.