Let's take a more indepth look at the "Clairs"
Clairsentience or (clear feeling): Perception of information through a strong, empathic feeling or emotion
from spirit. Sometimes that is expressed by someone saying, “I feel like…” Clairsentience can also perceive
the physical sensation or feeling of an event, such as feeling tightness in the medium’s chest from a spirit that
is communicating that he or she had heart problems while living or died of a heart attack.
A clairvoyant (clear seeing) receives extrasensory impressions and symbols in the form of mental images
through their mind’s eye (third eye). You may be clairvoyant if you experience vivid dreams, visions, mental
images and mini-movies that flash into your inner awareness. You may be able to see the colors of the energy
fields (auras) around people, plants, and animals, or perhaps you are able to see angels, ghosts, or other beings.
You may have a propensity for clairvoyance if you are a “visual” person, can easily visualize solutions to problems,
have a great sense of direction, or are very good with visual-spatial problems, like rearranging furniture or
loading and arranging the items in the dishwasher. A clairvoyant may have the ability to see the future (precognition),
to clarify and illuminate the present (most common) and see the past (postcognition).
If you are clairaudient (clear hearing), you are able to perceive sounds, words or noise from the spiritual
or ethereal realm. Someone is clairaudient if they mainly receive their intuitive information with their inner or
outer hearing. Yes, we are talking about hearing voices (either outside of yourself or in your head)!
An example is that you’re driving to work and suddenly hear “Take the next exit.” There is no one in the
vehicle with you. However, the message was clear, and seemed to come from outside of yourself. You take
the next exit instead of driving your usual route. When you arrive at work, you learn you avoided a five
car pile up, which would have made you miss a very important meeting.
Claircognizance (clear knowing): You experience claircognizance (clear knowing) when you just
suddenly know something to be true, even though you didn’t see it, hear it or feel it. You just know it.
It’s a stroke of instant insight or a download of information that needs no processing or interpretation.
Claircognizance can be experienced as a nagging idea or unrelenting thought, much like the persistent awareness
that someone is lying to you when you have no physical evidence of it.
Many individuals confuse claircognizance (clear knowing) with clairempathy (clear emotion) or clairsentience
(clear physical feeling) because their “knowing” is quickly followed by either a personal emotional or physical
reaction to the insight. Overtime, paying attention to how the insight comes into your awareness
will help you distinguish the difference
A clairsentient (clear physical feeling) obtains intuitive insight by way of a physical experience in their
body. You have a “gut feeling” or “something doesn’t feel right,” and you experience it viscerally, as a
physical sensation, in your body. Clairsentient’s feel (not just sense) the experience of other people’s
emotions, ailments or injuries. They can also feel the physical and emotional pain of a land or a place
where tragic events have occurred such as fear, jealousy, insecurity, hatred, and pain. The difference
between clairempathy and clairsentience is that empaths sense the emotion whereas sentients
experience the emotion. Empaths sense the energy, but sentients feel the energy.
You have clairempathy (clear emotion) if you sense other people’s emotions, thoughts and symptoms.
It is the awareness or perception of emotional energy. You don’t necessarily experience the feeling
in your body, but you are aware of the feeling. Think of Troy from Star Trek the Next Generation. She
could sense other people’s emotions. Ever walk into a room after a couple was arguing and
sensed the anger and hurt in the room? If so, you are clairempathic.
Empaths need self-care and psychic protection techniques to successfully manage their empathic nature
and shield themselves from energetic overload. A skilled empath knows how to maintain spiritual boundaries,
replenish energy and clear unwanted negative energy from their auric field. The difference between
clairempathy and clairsentience is that empaths sense the emotion whereas sentients experience the
emotion. Empaths sense the energy, but sentients feel the energy
You may have clairtangency (clear touching) if you have the ability to perceive facts about an event
or person by contact with or proximity to the object or person. This is also commonly known as psychometry.
You may be clairtangent if you quickly gain formerly unknown insights when you hold someone’s watch, touch
their hand, when you pick up an old antique at a flea market, or touch an old building. Note: The author is not
convinced “clairtangency” is a unique clair. A clairvoyant medium uses the spirit world to garner intuitive
insight while psychometry uses an object or person to dial into intuitive insight. The insight, through
either method, may come through in mental images (clairvoyance), sound (clairaudient), emotion
(clairempathy), or physical sensation (clairsentience), etc.
For those with clairsalience (clear smelling), insights come through the perception of smell, such as
smelling a fragrance or odor of a substance, person, place, or animal that is not in your immediate surroundings.
These odors are perceived without the use of your physical nose. Other names for this are clairscent and
clairscentency. An example of this ability is: you are cleaning the house when all of a sudden you get a strong
smell of the perfume your deceased grandmother used to wear. No one wears that fragrance in your home.
Your grandmother is reaching out from the spirit world to communicate with you. Or, maybe lately everywhere you
go, you keep smelling lilacs. Lilacs are your Mom’s favorite flower. It’s a nudge to call your Mom as
she may need your support right now. Experiencing scents might trigger the other senses to
“see”, “hear” or “feel” what a spirit is trying to communicate.
An individual with clairgustance (clear tasting) receives psychic information through their sense of taste, without
having any physical source of that taste in their mouth. People sometimes report tasting a favorite food or
drink from a loved one who has passed away. Others report that when they are problem-solving they receive
helpful information through an extrasensory taste in their mouths. For instance, police detectives investigating
crimes sometimes get an unexplained taste in their mouths, such as blood or a certain chemical that relates to
Each medium works with the intuitive senses that are best for them. How mediums receive information depends
in part on the spirit who is communicating and in part on what is being communicated, but the spirit world
knows what senses are each medium’s strength and uses those to assure that the messages are
communicated with the greatest possible accuracy.