If you ever host a dinner party for a group of psychics, mediums and energy healers, 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! Despite it being the most common 'garden-variety' psychic sense, it is also a complex concept that is sometimes misunderstood, and too often misrepresented.
Clairsentience is a very broad and general term, and therefore not easy to define. It is used to describe a much wider range of psychic experiences compared to, for example, clairvoyance (seeing) or clairaudience (hearing). I like to think of clairsentience as the basis or foundation for all the other 'clair senses'.
Furthermore, clairsentience is also confused with some of the other, lesser-known psychic abilities, such as claircognizance (knowing). Some simply consider it to be another term for 'empathy' or 'intuition'...which is a gross underestimation of what it means to truly be a claisentient psychic or medium. Although these psychic abilities may manifest along with the gift of clairsentience, they are not necessarily one and the same thing. To clarify what clairsentience really is, it is best to define the different types or categories of clairsentient experiences:
Clairaudience or 'psychic hearing’ is a remarkable and rare psychic ability. The term clairaudience is derived from the French for ‘clear hearing’ and it refers to the ability to hear sounds, voices and musical tones that cannot be heard by the normal human ear.
One of the most famous clairaudients in history was Joan of Arc, known as 'The Maid of Orléans.' She was a brave woman who led the French army in several successful battles. Joan claimed she heard the voices of saints and attributed her military decisions and victories to these direct messages from Heaven. Sadly, she was burned at the stake in 1431 for the crime of heresy. Her clairvoyant visions and auditory perceptions remain an ongoing topic of interest and have been attributed by modern scholars to all manner of medical ailments and mental causes, including schizophrenia, epilepsy and tuberculosis.
Professor Ralph Hoffman, a researcher in Psychiatry at Yale University, argues that the hearing of voices are known to occur during states of religious or creative inspiration, and are not necessarily signs of mental illness. Hoffman also cites the example of the renowned mystical poet and noverlist Rainer Maria Rilke, who one day heard the crystalline voice of an angel carried by the ocean wind. This profound experience inspired the writing of Rilke's famous work Duino Elegies.
Did you know that we sometimes dream the future? Ever had that nagging feeling that you have seen, or experienced, an event or situation before? I experience this phenomenon on a regular basis, and I also use the content of these lucid dreams with great success in my work.
Sometimes I have dreams about significant future events, and I also experience dreams focusing on important issues in the lives of my clients. Of course, it is very useful when I am doing a psychic reading for you and I had a dream about you two nights ago!
Over the years I have learned to distinguish between normal dreams and psychic dreams. In my late teens, I was fortunate to discover the book, An Experiment with Time by J W Dunne, and this helped me a great deal in understanding and mastering the prophetic nature of my dreams.
Psychic dreams differ from our usual psychological dreams. Our normal dreams are simply an opportunity for our subconscious mind to process the events of the day, or an attempt to resolve issues or concerns we currently face in our lives. Normal dreams are about the past and present, while psychic dreams focus on elements of the future.