This article (or series of articles) I am actually writing for someone, but I thought it would be useful for other people to read as well so I’m posing it on my blog as well. 🙂
There are a lot of misconceptions about the psychic abilities and psychic senses in general. A common misconception is that only certain people are “born” with psychic abilities. What many people don’t realize, however, is that psychic abilities are something that EVERYONE is born with and can be taught to utilize. Children are much more able to tap into their psychic abilities, as society hasn’t conditioned them into believing that “hearing” or “seeing” things are crazy, “weird’ or inappropriate. Eventually, as they go through life and are discouraged from using our “imaginations”, they stop being able to use them. This isn’t to say that our imaginations are always real, but there are many things that are written of as our “imagination” that are genuine psychic phenomena. Intuition for instance: if you’ve ever had a feeling that something bad was going to happen and something bad *did* end up happening, this might have happened outside of your conscious awareness *or* may have been written off as your imagination and ignored.
This isn’t to say that seeing and hearing things is necessarily “normal”, as there are times when it is, in fact, indicative of mental illness. I am not a psychologist and tell you the exact differentiation between the two. That distinction needs a mental health professional and their opinion depends on said professional’s receptiveness to the idea of psychic abilities. Let’s face it: not many do. I have been fortunate enough to discuss my own experiences with a mental health professional who was also interested in the metaphysical and spiritual end of things, who found nothing peculiar about what I’d told her and was in fact even able to help me cultivate my abilities through giving me more information about the information I had channeled. My suggestion to people who are concerned about their sanity is to seek out a professional who is knowledgeable in both the spiritual end of things as much as they are the psychological end of things, in order to avoid being misdiagnosed and overmedicated for what might be a genuine gift. (Such was the case with me.)
How Psychic Information is Processed
With that being said, I can explain things better from a metaphysical perspective. Psychic information is received and processed through the chakras and interpreted by the brain. The best-known chakra for this is the third eye chakra, which is the chakra that deals with clairvoyance (clear seeing, things you can see with your third eye, not through your physical eyesight as much.) Your crown chakra is the chakra that receives claircognizant (clear knowing) information. Your throat chakra, which deals with communication, governs spiritual communication as much as it does verbal communication and plays a role in clairaudience. (Clear hearing) The actual chakras that are responsible for clairaudience (psychic/astral hearing) are your inner ear chakras. (Which, if I’m not mistaken are kind of an offshoot of your throat chakra) When you hear spiritual things it usually comes from these inner ear chakras rather than something you hear “externally” although sometimes these can be confused. Your solar plexus is involved in clairsentience (clear feeling) and intuition. When you have a “hunch”, “gut feeling” or an intuitive, yucky feeling about someone or something, you’ll most likely feel it in your solar plexus/navel chakras. Believe it or not, your hand chakras (and fingertip chakras) are involved in a psychic sense known as clairtangency: receiving psychic information from touching an object. (This happened to me once at a food pantry, where I touched a table that was in the room and got a flash/image of a hospital/surgical room and immediately got really creeped out. The table was definitely used I think to hold surgical instruments in a hospital. I’ve been able to pick up impressions from an old book and correctly guess where the book came from, etc.) These aren’t clear cut guidelines, as there are many chakras that play a role in processing psychic information (not to mention your aura) but, these I think are the main chakras.
Common Psychic Senses
Now, to elaborate on the different types of psychic senses. Many people associate “psychics” with clairvoyance. Although many psychics are clairvoyant, the truth is that there are more psychic senses than just clairvoyance. Many people have a predominant psychic sense supported by one or a couple other of these. Sometimes their predominant psychic sense can change. In my experience, people that are artistic or visual learners will receive mostly clairvoyant information. People who love music or are auditory learners are more likely to be predominantly clairaudient. Empaths a lot of times will use clairsentience without even realizing it. etc. It’s been my experience that, spirits who are (were) musically inclined will be most likely to communicate through music, or if they were artistically gifted might choose to convey images. Spirits who were really intelligent of logic/information based in their life might come in claircognizant. (Cool story on that later.) I’ve read that spirits will use information, songs, etc. from your memory bank to convey the message that they’re trying to get across, in a way you understand it. … I’m not even sure it’s that necessarily, it seems like maybe this is your energy body’s way of making sense of the information that it’s receiving. But, sometimes the information that they want to convey isn’t something you have a framework for understanding at that moment. I’m super claircognizant so I find that that’s when I get referred out to books or sources by a spirit that does contain more about the information they’re trying to convey and helps me verify the message that I’m getting from them: which gets elaborated on in the book I’m referred to. (Anyone who is talking to me when I’m nerding out about research can attest to this: me getting a theory and then finding/verifying that exact info in a book shortly after.)
Not all psychics necessarily speak with the dead, either: the psychics who do that are mediums, although the two are often used synonymously. Mediums are psychics (that’s how they receive their information!) but not all psychics are mediums. Anyway (digressing again) Here are the main (and some extra) psychic senses.
– Clairvoyance: (Clear sight) is your psychic/astral vision. This for me is usually a flash of an image in your third eye chakra area (between your eyebrows). The image can be literal or symbolic. Some people see auras, spirits, etc. this way. You might see a word, a color, name etc.
– Clairaudience: (Clear hearing) is your psychic hearing. Sometimes it can be very overt: as in, hearing the spirit in its own voice in your head. If you’re receiving an urgent warning, the louder and more overt it can be. But usually, (in my experience) it’s more subtle. Sometimes the information you get from spirit/s or your higher self is heard as your own thoughts which make this a really tricky sense to pick up on. If you find your internal dialogue referring to you as “you” instead of “I” or with different pronouns (as though someone else was talking to you in your voice) this can also be clairaudience. This happens to me a lot when I’m channeling things via automatic writing: I receive the information in my own voice but it’s not information that I knew prior to receiving it. I do like to verify everything I get to make sure it’s right (and that I’m not crazy.) I usually am, but I can misconstrue parts of messages from time to time. Lastly, clairaudience can actually come in the form of music, songs or quotes that seem to get stuck out of nowhere. Not every song that gets stuck in your head will be a clairaudient message, though. (More on this later.)
– Clairsentience: (clear feeling) This is probably one of the most common psychic senses. As I mentioned before. This is especially common in empaths who often feel the emotions of other people around them. You might feel emotions that aren’t yours (if you’re around someone who is angry, you become quite angry yourself) or you might feel the pain that isn’t yours. i.e. if you’re communicating with a spirit that had back problems you might also feel back pain or sensations in your back. You know, on Ghost Adventures where one of the guys is all like “bro I feel like I got stabbed in the stomach” or something, it might not necessarily be intentional on the part of the spirit as much as it might be the cast picking up on the spirits’ pain through their own clairsentience. For me personally, when doing reiki I can feel which areas need attention on the other person by feeling them in my own body. I once removed an entity attached to someone and as I removed it I could feel in my own body, something physically being pulled out of my back, neck and head. (That only took up like, three chakras?!) (That was horrifying) My jaw might hurt or tingle or I might be pulled to “hot” or dense feeling areas where the client might be experiencing pain. I think this might also include generally sensing energy, which can entail tingling or buzzing feelings.
- Claircognizance: This is the psychic sense of “knowing” which I think is one of the most underrated psychic senses. This is psychic information that you just simply know. For me, I notice this as a certain thought, idea or information popping into my head that has a certain “insight” like quality that feels like a lightbulb went off. Sometimes inspiration or ideas can happen in this way. It’s just a simple “knowing” for a fact that the information is true. I make this probably harder than it needs to be by treating everything I receive as a hypothesis that I need to test by doing research, but it does come through with strong sense of “knowing” that doesn’t feel like it needs verification. Not everything that pops into your head that you feel certain about is information received via claircognizance, I have to reiterate that there’s a “ligthbulb” like quality to the information.
I’ve mistaken plenty of things for claircognizant information that kind of comes through trial and error. Like, “information” that sounds like “I know Brenda is going to be a B at the company Christmas party this year.” or “I know I’m going to fail this test” “I just know my bf is out smoking meth/cheating/etc.” is probably totally not claircognizant information, it’s definitely information that’s stemming from your own personal fears or anxieties. I don’t doubt that this kind of information can come through once in awhile, or come through in the form of intuition, but it’s a bad idea to simply act as though it were true just because it feels true. Don’t attack Brenda at the company Christmas party pls. Disclaimer: I am not liable if you attack Brenda at the company Christmas party. If something *IS* genuinely claircognizant information, it should be able to pass reality testing. *TRUE* information tends to shed light on other topics and makes them more clear. False information often muddies it or makes things confusing or leaves you stuck.
Lesser-Known Psychic Senses
Those are the four main senses and seem to go along with the physical senses. Believe it or not, there are other more obscure psychic sciences that go along with the physical senses: I mentioned clairtangency earlier which is gathering information about an object or place through touch. Clairolfaction is the sense of psychic of smell; spirits can be accompanied by scents: fresh flowers, perfume, tobacco, (which you might associate with the spirit you’re sensing) also, rotting meat, sulfur, death, etc. are other ones on the darker side of things. I read something about dogs being able to detect cancer via the sense of smell: they are likely using the sense of psychic smell for this. People have this ability too and are sometimes able to smell when someone is sick or near death. Clairgustance is psychic “tasting”. Some people notice a coppery or metallic taste, the taste of blood (spirits that died violently) or other tastes. (Actually, I think I might have experienced this the other day, only it seemed like the taste you get when you’re sick only I wasn’t sick.) There are plenty of others that I won’t cover here.
Examples from Famous People & Creative Works
It’s important to note too that many amazing poets, musicians, composers, artists, writers, inventors, etc. have all likely experienced this whether they realized it or not. Nicola Tesla I believe was in fact one of those people: receiving information about technology through psychic senses. Many authors who write science fiction or fantasy novels that seem to describe real life concepts or ideas might have been inspired by receiving in formation in this way. I think H.P. Lovecraft was one in particular, possibly JR Tolkien and others. This explains why the Simpsons eerily seem to predict events many years later. Musicians sometimes intuitively know they’re going to die on a subconscious level and work hard to put out some of their best work: sometimes predicting their death in advance, or write songs that seem to imply that they know they’re leaving and are saying good bye. Grimes did say that at one point she felt as though she was channeling spirits through her music. Conor Oberst’s music also has a lot of spiritual themes and has an album even named “Clairaudients”. I think these instances miraculously show information about the musician’s creative process. Many composers of classical music seem to have been divinely guided as well: Beehthoven was deaf but still composed some of the world’s best known symphonies, claiming that he did hear them in his head. Here, he was hearing music using his inner ear chakras. Richard Wagner described inspiration once as “currents of divine thought” that vibrate through the ether and are heard by those who feel inspired. There are countless other fascinating examples of this. I really love looking at creative work of individuals and examining this. (Particularly ones who’ve passed posthumously) No wonder many “bards”, rishis and poets of the past were also thought to be seers.
Anyway, I think I’ve wasted enough time on this article that I didn’t even really get around to what I actually wanted to talk about: which was actually utilizing these senses. Using psychic abilities is actually a two-step process: half is knowing you’re receiving the information, the other half is decoding the information. (Usually, the meaning isn’t overt or immediately clear and requires additional interpreting.) I’ll cover that in one of my next posts, though. I hope this was helpful!