• Anthon St. Maarten

Clairvoyance – The Gift Of Psychic Sight

Clairvoyant psychics and mediums have the ability to see mental images or perceive paranormal visions that are beyond the normal human senses. Simply stated, clairvoyants are able to 'see' beyond the normal range of physical eyesight.

Clairvoyance literally means clear sight. It is also described as the ‘second sight’, ‘astral vision’, ‘third eye seeing’, or seeing with the ‘eyes of the soul.' Clairvoyants see psychic images or visions in the mind’s eye, or with the ‘third eye.' It is further believed by experts that this capacity for inner vision is linked to the pineal gland in the human brain, instead of the optical nerve in the eyes. Many clairvoyants are born with this innate ability ‘to see’, while some people become clairvoyant after a near-death experience (NDE) or due to an experience involving severe physical or emotional trauma. The term clairvoyance is often incorrectly used to refer to a range of other psychic abilities, including precognition, telepathy and clairsentience. In truth clairvoyance is an independent psychic phenomenon.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream ~ Numbers 12:6

It is also not merely the perception of an intuitive feeling, or a familiar image from your memory. True clairvoyance refers to physically ‘seeing’ a person, object, place or event in your mind’s eye. My own clairvoyant visions are typically accompanied by clairsentient feelings and clairaudient sounds. Clairvoyance also tends to go hand-in-hand with other psychic gifts, including clairolfaction (smelling), clairgustance (tasting) and clairtangency (touching/psychometry).

Clairvoyance is usually involuntary for the young or inexperienced psychic, but with conscious development and gaining of greater control, this special gift can become voluntary over time. In other words, the experienced clairvoyant can choose to be open to 'seeing' at a particular moment in time, or not.

Contrary to popular belief, telepathy is not a form of clairvoyance. Telepathic messages are transferred from one person to another, while clairvoyant images or visions come from an external, spiritual source, not another person. These ‘inner perceptions’ are believed to be drawn from the spiritual realm or akashic record into the clairvoyant’s consciousness. ​In modern times the most well-known clairvoyance technique is known as remote viewing, which simply is a more scientific, structured approach to 'seeing' people, objects or places over a long distance. Remote viewing was studied as part of a US military program for twenty years, as well as by the KGB in the former Soviet Union. It has been used with varying degrees of success in a variety of military operations and espionage programs.

Although anyone can learn the basic techniques of remote viewing, studies have shown that not everyone is equally successful in their performance or their results. It appears that some people simply have a more natural talent, or a greater aptitude, for remote viewing. These people, I believe, simply have an aptitude for clairvoyance. A more old-fashioned, traditional psychic technique, closely associated with clairvoyance, is known as scrying. Scrying is to 'see' prophetic visions by staring into an object that is translucent, shiny or reflective. The most famous and popular scrying tool is, of course, the crystal ball. Many other media or objects can also be used for scrying, including mirrors, glass, flames, smoke, water and reflective surfaces or polished gemstones.

It is, however, a myth that clairvoyants physically see actual images or shapes inside, or on these objects. The truth is that the crystal ball, candle flame or glass of water merely serves as a neutral portal or connection point to focus one's concentration, while accessing your inner sight. The image or vision is therefore seen in the mind's eye of the clairvoyant, not physically inside the crystal ball.

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible ~ Jonathan Swift

What clairvoyants see tend to differ from psychic to psychic, because of its subjective nature. Each psychic or medium tend to develop their own 'psychic vocabulary' or personal set of psychic symbols over time. Some psychics only get vague impressions, while others may see archetypes or symbols, colors, auras, geometric shapes, or actual imagery of people, events and places. Some clairvoyants also report a rare form of ‘x-ray vision’, which is known as etheric vision.

The images and visions one sees can be from the past, present or future. They typically only last a few seconds, although they do remain visible much longer for some clairvoyants. Some of my personal experiences of clairvoyance is best described as vivid flashes, almost like standing in a dark room with a strobe light flashing only once. The ‘pictures’ I see this way are inanimate; they are still images suspended in time, without any movement or change, like an old yearbook picture. The experience is similar to when you see someone who looks familiar, and you suddenly remember where you have seen their face before, but then you realize they were much younger then. It is very similar to a memory ‘flash-back’. I also experience animated visions, which I can describe as a process similar to daydreaming. I tend to see better with my eyes closed, which I also prefer doing, because I tend to look slightly weird staring into space, when I have these visions.

Seeing these ‘mental movies’ is similar to when you recall vivid memories, but I don’t know the places, people or events I see. Pure clairvoyant visions tend to be unfamiliar or unrecognizable to me. On rare occasions I even see things that I have no name for, or find very difficult to describe, because I have never seen anything like it before. These visions are the most difficult to translate or interpret during psychic and mediumship readings.

He could foretell whats’ever was, By consequence to come to pass. As Death of Great Men, Alterations, Diseases, Battels, Inundations. All this without th’ Eclipse of Sun, Or dreadful Comet, he hath done By inward Light, a way as good ~ Samuel Butler

Often, I do see memories from my own life, or images from films, television programs or books. I do not, however, consider these symbolic images to always be clairvoyant visions per se. Instead they are merely the product of a ‘mind filter’ which enables me to interpret or translate some of the clairsentient or precognitive information I pick up during readings. It basically enables me to match up a mental picture to an intuitive feeling or sensation, which makes it easier for me to interpret it for my client.

I also see spiritual entities. It is my opinion that these spiritual vibrations (or thought-forms) take on the more recognizable human appearance of ‘angels’, ‘spirit guides’, ‘ascended masters’ or people who have crossed over, in order to make it more acceptable or recognizable to us. We also assign these entities a name and a gender. For most people it is simply easier to relate to and understand spirit in this shape and form.

Clairvoyance is not as simple as it may seem, especially when it is applied during psychic readings. In my opinion the best psychic readers, or clairvoyant mediums, are not necessarily those who are most gifted or talented, but those who are most skilled at translating or interpreting what they see, hear or feel. I do make mistakes from time to time – not because my visions are false, but because my interpretation is sometimes incorrect or tainted. The biggest obstacle, when interpreting these visions for others, is to not let my logical thinking and my own, subjective opinions interfere.

Clairvoyance is especially challenging, because it requires a lot of self-knowledge and a lack of preconceived ideas or prejudice. The clairvoyant must have the ability to distinguish clearly between three things: your own thoughts, ideas and feelings, as opposed to the thoughts, ideas and feelings of others, as well as the true clairvoyant images or visions that are not native to your own mind. © 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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