The gift of clairsentience is a complex concept that is sometimes misunderstood, despite the fact that it is an ability shared by most psychics, mediums and highly intuitive people. Clairsentience is often also the first psychic ability to surface in gifted children.
Clairsentience means clear sensing or clear feeling. 'Sentience' is the ability to perceive, feel, sense or have subjective experiences, as opposed to the ability to think or reason. Clairsentience is a broad concept referring to a variety of 'sensing' or 'feeling' experiences, including intuitions, sensing other people's emotions, physical or somatic sensations, paranormal perceptions and even medical symptoms. For this reason you may find that the experiences reported by one clairsentient will differ greatly from that of another.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt in the heart.
Clairsentience is a very general term, and therefore not easy to define, because it covers a much wider range of psychic experiences, compared to, for example, clairvoyance (seeing) or clairaudience (hearing). Furthermore, clairsentience is also confused with some of the other, lesser-known psychic abilities, such as claircognizance (knowing).
To clarify what clairsentience really is, it is best to define the different types or categories of clairsentient experiences:
Prophetic or Precognitive Clairsentience
Prophetic clairsentience is closely associated with precognition and premonition. This form of clairsentience manifests as ‘hunches’, ‘gut feelings’, presentiments or forebodings. The clairsentient experiences a inner knowing or intuitive feeling that something is going to happen, without any apparent reason or any verifiable facts.
What sets it apart from claircognizance, is that this ‘knowing’ is accompanied by some form of sentience, namely feelings or physical sensations. Claircognizance, in contrast, is the possession of intrinsic knowledge without an accompanying feeling or sensation. It is the ability to know something spontaneously, without any rational explanation why you know it. You simply know something, like you would know which way to turn on the hot water tap in your bathroom.
A typical example of prophetic clairsentience is something most people can relate to, namely the ‘twitch’ or ‘knotted’ feeling you get at the pit of your stomach when you have a foreboding that something good or bad is going to happen.
I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.
Some of my personal experiences include a feeling of being pushed forward or held back, which usually means that in the near future there will be positive movement forward in a specific situation, or that it will be delayed. I also feel physical sensations of heat or cold, which is an indication for me that something will indeed happen or not happen.
This phenomenon is also known as feeling or emotional clairsentience. It refers to the ability to sense or directly experience the feelings and emotions of other people. Some clairempaths also experience this with animals, and even with plants.
Empaths have this innate ability to sense emotional energy and feel what others feel, often by simply being near people or being present in a ‘highly charged’ environment. For this reason many empaths avoid crowded, noisy places and emotionally toxic environments. The psychic empath has the ability to be directly and consciously in tune with someone’s emotional state, to the point of physically feeling the emotions of the other person. It involves a deep sensing or direct experiencing of another person’s feelings without any prior knowledge of the person, their background or their circumstances. When I connect with a client during a psychic reading I immediately know how they feel and what their state of mind is. I can also feel what the people in their lives are feeling about them.
It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
In my youth I used to be an energy sponge on legs, absorbing a lot of negativity around me. I had constant mood swings, I was overwhelmed by cruel and unkind intentions around me, and I could never understand why I felt compelled to avoid public places. Fortunately, I discovered the truth about my empathic nature, and learned ways to shield myself and stay in alignment with Source energy.
Clairtangency is the gift of ‘clear touching’. It is often also erroneously called "psychometry", which it is the process or technique of reading or sensing the energy imprints attached to or emanating from an object, such as a piece of clothing, jewelry or a photograph. Clairtangency is the psychic ability of sensing energy through touch, while psychometry is the term for the method or technique used to do this.
Psychics and mediums who work in the field of criminal investigation may use the gift of clairtangency to access the feelings, thoughts or even the physical location of the person connected to such an object. Clairtangents typically use the palms of their hands when they do psychometry to read objects. Psychometric reading is also done on physical locations, such as reading the energy residue inside a building or on a piece of land.
Somatic or Physical Clairsentience
Somatic clairsentience is the sensing of physical symptoms. It can be very uncomfortable and even disturbing, especially for people who do not know how to control or interpret these sensations. Somatic clairsentients experience aches, pains, discomfort and other medically-related symptoms. This is a rare gift that is very useful in the work of some medical intuitives and energy healers.
Somatic clairsentience is often enhanced by physically touching the person (psychometry). Experienced clairsentients usually only feel these symptoms for a brief moment, long enough to take note of it and use it in their work.
Most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.
As a child I had many unpleasant experiences of a somatic nature, and I often felt sick or uncomfortable in the presence of people who were ill or diseased. One of my most vivid memories is an experience I had at a pantomime performance, when I was a young boy. I sat next to a girl who was about my age and she had a broken arm in a cast.
Paranormal or Mediumship Clairsentience
This is one of the more intriguing forms of clairsentience, which involves physical sensations of a paranormal or mediumship nature. These sensations are typically experienced by psychic mediums when sensing or communicating with non-physical beings or spiritual entities.
Typical examples of paranormal clairsentient perceptions include:
- ‘tickling’ sensations in different areas of the body, especially the face and hands
- pressure on the crown of the head
- ‘chills’ or ‘goose bumps’
- sensations of being touched
- temperature changes, or cool breezes
- hair ‘standing on end’, especially on the back of the neck
- emotions or physical sensations of a deceased person
- physical trauma or blows to the body (very rare)
Something I often experience is the sensation of pressure on the top of my head, also known as the area of the crown chakra. I experience this daily when I meditate before readings entering into a state of higher consciousness , and also when I talk to other psychics or very spiritual individuals, who have a high energy vibration. I sometimes also experience pressure or ‘movement’ in the other chakra areas, especially when I do psychic readings. And when I feel a dramatic drop in temperature in the room, I usually know that the energy or ‘spirit’ of a deceased person is coming through with a message for someone.
© 2010 Anthon St Maarten