Most of us have heard of the phenomenon of clairvoyance - the ability to perceive things outside the usual field of human perception. Some people have heard of clairaudience, in which the heightened supernatural sense is that of hearing. However, while most of us won’t have heard of clairsentience, it is one of the most widely represented psychic abilities in the popular media. Think of any TV thrillers you might have seen in which there is a psychic in the group. At some point, her or she will pick up an item of clothing or an object associated with another character and ‘see’ visions of someone who has died or is missing. This is a representation of clairsentience, albeit a very basic one. Clairsentience, in reality, is far more sophisticated.
Sensing beyond the senses
Literally translated, clairsentience means ‘clear-feeling.’ Indeed, people who had this gift were known by other names in the past, such as feelers, empaths and psykes. However, despite the TV and film depictions of clairsentience, people with this ability are not limited to just touching objects. There are other methods through which they can see or sense energies beyond our normal limits.
Clairsentience is the state of having heightened intuition. Those who have this ability can often sense the energies at play in a room when they walk in or make incredibly quick and accurate assessments of people they have just met. Clairsentients believe that we all generate energy, both positive and negative, in the form of vibrations. In the case of inanimate objects or rooms, they believe that those energies can be imprinted on items or places. If a house is the setting for a number of terrible arguments, then it will soak up the negative energies generated by those arguments and they can linger as a psychic residue. However, because the energies we transmit are as unique to us as our fingerprints, a person with heightened intuition will be able to pick them up and instinctively ‘know’ something about the people who lived there. Psychic residue, if strong enough, can hang around long after the originators have died.
But it’s not all about tragedy and arguments. If someone has a treasured possession such as an old teddy bear or even a set of favourite clothes, a clairsentient will be able to pick up the positive energies that are embedded in them. Again, these energies will be as unique as a fingerprint, telling the psychic something about their lives or characters.
A common misconception is that all clairsentients have to physically touch an object in order to understand something about the person who owned it. This is not always the case. Many clairsentients are simply sensitive to residual energies and can pick them up without having to make contact with an item. However, there is a branch of clairsentience known as psychometry, in which the psychic does have to physically hold an item in order to examine any psychic residue. Just as different athletes specialise in different events, those who have the talent for psychometry are simply more attuned to sensing information in this way. It is this form of clairsentience that has been picked up on by the media and is used in films and TV.
The living and the dead
Another misconception is that clairsentients only deal with the energies that have been generated by those who have since died. Many clairsentients are able to use their gifts to help the living. Some people describe their power as simply knowing when something is ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ As a result, some use their skills to help people through the diagnosis of physical or psychic problems. Typically, this will involve the laying on of hands as the clairsentient channels his or her abilities to sense someone’s health or psychic state. Unless they have healing abilities, this service can only extend as far as diagnosis.
Clairsentients are also known as empaths, due to their ability to sense someone’s emotional state. In addition to intuitively knowing how someone is feeling, an empath may also be able to sense any underlying problems that are contributing to that state. For example, on seeing a photograph of a person, a clairsentient might be able to sense that that person is sad but, on deeper investigation, be able to ‘see’ that the reason behind that sadness is a physical problem such as alcoholism or drug use.
Clairsentients receive their information in a variety of ways. The subconscious is only able to communicate through abstract means, such as the apparently random images we perceive whilst dreaming. In this instance, a clairsentient has to learn to understand or interpret the things they sense. Some report that they intuit information as images, where others say they perceive colours, sounds or even smells. Some clairsentients rely entirely on their sense of smell, perceiving fragrances where others cannot.
‘Clairsentience’ is a broad term that covers a range of psychic abilities. However, what they all have in common is the gift for perceiving energies that most of us cannot. However, psychics believe that we are all born with latent powers, although most of us ignore them or ‘forget’ that they are part of us. Yet many people, who do not believe they have psychic power, have had experiences where they will have sensed something that seems beyond reason. It might be that they feel uncomfortable in a particular room or at inexplicably ‘at home’ in a particular person’s company. Alternatively, they may hear snippets of conversation when they know they are alone, suddenly smell the perfume worn by a long-dead relative or even feel as though someone unseen is in the room with them. These are all examples of basic clairsentience at work.
Clairvoyance and clairaudience are both forms of clairsentience, although they are rarer than the experiences that many people have reported. Just as with any psychic ability, a clairsentient must learn how to access, tune into and control their talents and be able to turn them ‘off’ in case they start to intrude on their daily lives. Many clairsentients live happily with their gifts and some are able to use them as a means to earn money through helping others.