Extrasensory Perception (ESP)
The process of psychic information transfer or ‘energy data’ exchange is scientifically known as Extrasensory Perception (ESP). The term was coined in 1924 by the German physician Gustav Pagenstecher and the English version adopted in 1934 by renowned parapsychologist J. B. Rhine to denote the concept of anomalous or ‘paranormal’ cognition. In other words, ESP is perception without any normal sensory input or the ability to experience ‘sensory’ perceptions without using the five ordinary senses.
Rhine confirmed with his scientific research, for example, that psychic perception is non-physical in nature, in other words it is a mental or transcendental phenomenon, and not physical. Psychic sensing is also spontaneous and not something that can be willed, or forced, or consciously directed. He also found in his studies that psychic experiences are universal, meaning everyone experiences psychic phenomena, or has some level of extrasensory ability, but he also noted that some individuals appear to be more gifted or talented than others.
Rhine’s findings confirm my personal experiences of extrasensory perception. However, for me it is a holistic phenomenon that involves not only the mind, but also the heart, soul or spirit, as well as the physical body. In other words, psychic sensing is a mind-body-soul experience. Not everything I perceive as a psychic medium is what would generally be considered purely ‘mental,’ or only ‘of the mind.’ My extrasensory perceptions are also emotional or affective, and physical or somatic.
The Psychic Senses
Psychic perception includes perceptual experiences (seeing, hearing, feeling); emotions; mood states, thought or cognitive experiences and physical sensations.
These extrasensory perceptions are traditionally divided into categories of experiences known as the 'clair senses' or 'psychic senses.' I perceive psychic information and receive mediumship messages through all of these known pathways of ESP.
The primary psychic pathways I use in readings are clairsentience (sensing), clairempathy (feeling) and claircognizance (knowing) with clairvoyance (seeing) and clairaudience (hearing) as supplementary pathways.
Clairsentience, clairempathy and claircognizance are therefore my dominant psychic senses, with clairvoyance and clairaudience supporting as additional sources of information. I also experience clairsomatica (physical sensation); clairgustance (tasting) and clairolfaction (smelling), but these experiences are less prevalent during readings and I generally don't depend on it as a major source of extrasensory input.
Clairsentience or psychic sensing is the perception of sensations, feelings and inner states, including gut feelings, hunches, premonitions, somatic sensations and even physical symptoms. In my view it is the only true 'sixth sense' and the base for all the other 'psychic senses.'
Sentience is a term used to describe the capacity to experience subjectively. The concept was introduced by philosophers to distinguish the ability to think or reason from the ability to feel or sense. Sensing is to sense objectively, sentience is to perceive subjectively.
Clairaudience or psychic hearing is the extrasensory perception of auditory impressions that can best be described as an 'inner voice' or hearing with the 'mind's ear.' These auditory perceptions manifest most often as human voices, but also as other sounds and music. The tonal quality of what I hear is very similar to electronic voice phenomena (EVP).
Psychic hearing is much like the everyday experiences of hearing someone call your name, when nobody else is in the room, as well as having a popular song on the radio 'stuck in your head.'
Clairempathy or psychic feeling is the clairsentient perception of others' feelings and emotions, as well as physical and psychological states, as if they were your own. The empath directly perceives the emotional energy and moods of others.
It is different from normal empathy, because clairempaths experience others' emotions and feelings without the normal sensory clues, such as seeing someone cry, or picking up on their body language. The other person's feelings are not objectively observed, but instead subjectively felt.
Clairolfaction or psychic smelling is the extrasensory perception of smells, aromas and odors. Other interchangeable terms used for this rare psychic pathway is clairosmesis, clairalience, clairessence and clairscent.
I have experienced an interesting variety of smells, including flowers, perfume, cigarette smoke, leather, incense, spices, fresh bread, fast food, animals, sea water and wet sand, as well as 'dirty laundry' and chemicals.
Clairvoyance or psychic seeing is the perception of visual information through inner vision or mental visual imagery (similar to daydreaming or visual memories), as well as external visual phenomena such as seeing auras or paranormal apparitions.
During readings I perceive a constant stream of visual impressions, symbolic imagery and mental visions that include realistic impressions from my own visual memories and life experiences, as well as a range of archetypal imagery and personal visual symbols and cues.
Claircognizance or psychic knowing is the extrasensory perception of factual information about the past, present, or future without input from an external source. It is the perception of intrinsic, accurate knowledge that is not the result of logical deduction, reasoning, or observation.
I tend to finish other people’s sentences, because I often already know what they are going to say. I experience spontaneous insights, unexpectedly know certain facts, and I often have instant understanding of issues and problems.
Mediumship, also known as spirit communication and trance channeling, is the extrasensory perception of information from the non-physical, the spirit realm or the afterlife.
Mental mediumship enables me to communicate with the dearly departed to receive afterlife validations and messages for their loved ones. Trance mediumship, on the other hand, enables me to connect with discarnate spirit personalities or non-physical entities to channel spiritual guidance, metaphysical insight and universal wisdom.
Clairgustance or psychic tasting is the extrasensory perception of tastes and flavor sensations, such as tasting chemicals or blood. It is typically experienced in conjunction with clairolfaction (smelling).
Psychics and mediums with the psychic ability of 'clear taste' basically experience the essence of various substances as non-physical 'flavors’ or intense taste sensations. The effect is similar to our normal sense of taste, but the items we are tasting are not physically present.
Anthon St. Maarten is an international psychic medium, spiritual advisor and destiny coach offering readings full-time since 2004. He is also a metaphysics teacher, podcaster blogger and author.
Anthon is a hereditary psychic medium, which means he was born with psychic abilities, but he initially refused to accept his calling. It took a series of life-changing events to change his mind.
Anthon is both a psychic and a medium, which means he is able to perceive extrasensory information, as well as receive messages from the spirit realm and access metaphysical data from the akasha.