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The "Clairs"
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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.

Source: http://wisdomwithin.co/files/The-8-Clair-Senses-a-visual-guide-to-the-spiritual-psychic-senses.pdf