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Clairaudience – The Gift Of Psychic Hearing

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.

I believe everyone has some innate ability to hear outside the normal range, but very few are attuned to hearing or listening to these spirit messages. In fact, I am convinced that most people have had at least one experience of hearing someone calling their name, when no one is around, for example. Or you may have heard people whisper or having a conversation just before you woke up. It does not necessarily mean you are psychic, but you certainly are an intuitive spiritual being with an inner guidance system.

There are many accounts of clairaudients who did remarkable things throughout history, including religious prophets and historic figures. According to Biblical tradition, the first man, Adam, had conversations with his Creator. The voice of God also spoke directly to Abraham, Noah and Moses.

One of the most famous clairaudients in history was Joan of Arc, known as 'The Maid of Orléans.'

I hear a voice you cannot hear, which says I must not stay; I see a hand you cannot see, which beckons me away. ~ Thomas Tickell

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 novelist 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.

Clairaudience is most often experienced in dreams, or in altered states of consciousness, for example when one is in a trance. Even some of the most gifted clairaudient psychics and mediums have to raise their energy vibration before they can truly utilize the ‘divine ear’. ​There are two distinct types of clairaudient experiences:

Psychic Clairaudience

Psychic clairaudience refers to the 'inner hearing’ of ideas, thoughts, music or voices. These mental auditory perceptions can best be described as 'audible thinking.' The experience is similar to when a hit song is stuck in your head all day, or when you imagine hearing the voice of someone you know in passing, only to discover that there is no one there.

To experience what it is like, count from one to ten in your mind, or try to remember the lyrics to your favorite song. Do you 'hear' the words or numbers echo in your mind? That is basically how clairaudient perceptions are experienced by psychics. Some compare it to the ‘little voice’ we all sometimes hear in the back of our mind, especially when we are about to do something we are not supposed to!

One of the many fun ways in which I experience clairaudience is when I hear music during mediumship readings, which is usually an afterlife validation for the client. The most memorable experience was the time I heard the Kanye West song Golddigger. I thought it very odd, because I was quite sure that neither the client, nor her dearly departed father, was a fan of this particular song. But her father insisted.

Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path. ~ Wolfdyke

Now, truth be told, I only knew a partial line of the lyrics, so that is all I heard at the time: "... Saying she a gold digger... saying she a golddigger..." Over and over, like an old-fashioned needle stuck on a vinyl record. I felt a bit foolish when I told her what I was hearing, expecting her to be either confused, amused or even horrified, but there was no need for my apprehension.

She started laughing and crying at the same time. "Oh my word, when I was a little girl my dad used to hide sweets for me in his coat, When he came home from work, I would always search his pockets and he would then pat my head and call me his 'Little Gold Digger!"

Paranormal Clairaudience

This type of clairaudience is more rare and more distinctive. Paranormal clairaudience is the experience of hearing noises, sounds, voices or even musical tones that seem to come from an external source. The most significant characteristic of this 'external' clairaudient phenomenon is that the voice you hear is very different from the sound of your own voice. Paranormal voices or sounds are unfamiliar to the psychic or medium. Hearing these external sounds is therefore a very different experience compared to psychic or intuitive clairaudience, which is more like hearing the sound of your own inner voice.

Clairaudient ability is usually accompanied by the gifts of clairvoyance (seeing) and clairsentience (feeling). Interestingly, clairolfaction (smelling) is often also found among psychic mediums who have a paranormal or external clairaudient ability. ​But how is it possible for someone to hear these sounds or voices, and where is it coming from? Psychics and mediums, who have this ability, experience it in different ways and attribute it to different origins. Some hear the voices of people who have crossed over; some hear spirit guides, angels or ghosts, while others simply sense vibrations or musical tones (bells ringing, flute sounds) and other sounds, such as buzzing, a singing noise or even the ‘roar of the ocean or cosmos’.

It is generally understood that the Universe does not consist of matter.

Instead, everything we know and experience as our reality consists of energy vibrating at different frequencies. And, of course, where there is vibration, there must also be sound! Every shape and form, whether it is an object, plant, animal or person, has its own vibrational signature, and therefore also ‘transmits’ its own, unique sound. It is interesting to note that all forms of music, no matter from which culture it originates, is based on only seven basic notes. It is also interesting that each of these seven notes are associated with one of the seven chakras. The whole Universe is a symphony of sounds, but most of it is outside our normal range of hearing. The paranormal clairaudient has the ability to tune into some of these vibrational sounds, almost like one would turn a radio dial to pick up a specific channel or radio frequency.

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) is a digital technique that now enables us to capture some of these vibrational sounds. EVP’s are unexplained voices or sounds that show up in recordings made with modern electronic equipment. It is a very popular technique often used in paranormal investigations. If you are curious to experience what clairaudient mediums hear, I recommend you listen to some EVP recordings. There are many sources available on the Internet. The first time I heard an EVP recording, I was amazed and relieved. I immediately recognized the tonal quality of the sounds, and I was very excited to discover a way of demonstrating to other people what I hear during mediumship readings.

Paranormal clairaudience can be very overwhelming for people who do not know what is happening to them. In my childhood I experienced these voices and sounds as very traumatic and confusing. I also kept it a secret, until well into my adulthood, because it is something that is generally frowned upon and often associated with mental illness or 'demonic forces'.

Fortunately, when I studied Psychology at university, I came to realize that what I was hearing was very different from a mentally disturbed person having a conversation with their refrigerator! Today I am very grateful for this ability. New research at Durham University has now validated this to be a common phenomenon for many psychic mediums. ​Simply put, if I truly was psychotic or mentally disordered, my clauraudient perceptions would cause me personal distress and much suffering, instead of bringing so much healing and comfort to my clients. If clairaudience was a psychosis, it would also have made it impossible for me to function and lead a normal life, instead of being such a positive blessing. I would also not have been able to have such perfect control over this phenomenon. I 'hear' when I work, and only when I work, apart from a few rare instances of great importance where spirit simply dare not wait. So, next time you hear someone calling your name, and there is no one else around, stop and listen, it is not your imagination…there may just be a special message coming through for you. © 2010 Anthon St. Maarten


Anthon St. Maarten is an international psychic medium and destiny coach with clients in more than thirty countries spanning five continents. He is also a metaphysics teacher and podcaster, spiritual blogger and author with a special interest in new thought spirituality, metaphysics, sacred sites, parapsychology, mediumship and psychic phenomena. Anthon is a hereditary psychic medium in practice since 2004 and his services are available by phone or video conferencing.

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