If you ever host a dinner party for a group of psychic mediums, and you need a good conversation piece, the psychic ability known as clairsentience is one of those topics that is sure to get the party started!
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.
Although these psychic abilities may manifest along with the gift of clairsentience, they are not necessarily one and the same thing. I like to think of clairsentience as the basis or foundation for all the other 'clair senses'.
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.
When I have ominous forebodings, they are often accompanied by ‘chills’, nausea, or a feeling of heaviness in my limbs, while positive premonitions are sometimes accompanied by lightheadedness or ‘goose bumps’.
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.
These days I still access other’s feelings or energy, but I only allow the bare minimum to filter through - just enough for me to do my work. For an in-depth discussion of this psychic ability read my article Clairempathy - Being A Psychic Surrogate.
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.
I will never forget the discomfort I felt for the duration of that show, as well as the numb, aching pain I felt in my arm for days afterwards! I had no idea why I felt these things; to avoid it I consciously began to block these sensations out, which caused me to lose much of my original ability by the time I reached adulthood.
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:
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