From Clairalience to Clairvoyance: Your psychic gifts explained

Being aware of our psychic gifts - or 'clairs' - is an important step in our intuitive development. Is your gift clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, claircognizance, or a different kind of clair? Find out...

By: The College of Psychic Studies.   Posted

We are each born with psychic gifts. These gifts are different for each of us. Some might receive psychic information through inner sight. Others might hear messages internally. Or perhaps they just know things. These varieties of psychic gift are known as the 'clair' senses. 

Most of us have one clair that's stronger than the others. For example, we might naturally be more clairvoyant, that is, psychically gifted with inner sight. Or perhaps we have stronger claircognizance - that sense of just knowing. Being aware of which clair you are naturally inclined towards is an important step in developing your intuitive gifts. Once we have this information, we can work on activating and strengthening it. We can also develop the other clairs to support your predominant clair. 

The four principle clair senses

The clairs are psychic senses that extend beyond the five physical senses of sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. They are extrasensory, enabling us to perceive information or phenomena that cannot be explained by ordinary sensory perception. The four main clairs are:

  • Clairvoyance: This psychic gift of 'clear seeing' enables us to perceive information or events through clear mental images or visions. Clairvoyants can 'see' or visualise in their mind's eye people, places, or objects that are beyond their immediate physical surroundings.
  • Clairaudience: 'Clear hearing' is the ability to receive information through auditory perception. Those with strong clairaudience may hear sounds, voices, or messages from sources that are not physically present. These voices are heard through the inner ear, and are distinct and distinguishable from our own internal narrator.
  • Clairsentience: The gift of 'clear feeling' is the psychic ability to sense or feel information on an emotional or energetic level. Clairsentients can pick up on the emotions, energy, or vibrations of people, places, or objects. They are often called empaths.
  • Claircognizance: When we have the psychic gift of claircognizance - 'clear knowing' - we have clear and sudden knowledge or insights about a situation or information without any logical explanation. Claircognizants may have a strong sense of knowing or understanding without being able to explain how they arrived at that knowledge.

Clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience and claircognizance are widely accepted as the four principle psychic gifts. However, they are by no means the only ones. We are each unique and we receive psychic information differently. Even if our predominant clair is one of the main psychic senses listed above, we will receive the information in our own way. Just because one person is clairvoyant doesn't mean they will see information in the same way as another clairvoyant. Similarly, just because your psychic gift doesn't correspond to the main four listed above does not mean it's not valid.

Other psychic gifts?

If the main four clairs do not quite match with your experience, it may be that you have a different clair. There are many more than just four! Here are some of the other psychic gifts that you may be blessed with.

  • Clairgustance: This is the ability to taste flavours or substances without physically ingesting them. Clairgustants may experience specific tastes associated with a person, place, or object.
  • Clairalience or clairolfaction: This is the ability to perceive smells or odours that are not physically present. Clairalients may smell fragrances, scents, or aromas associated with a certain entity or energy.
  • Clairtangency: Also known as psychometry, clairtangency is the ability to gather information or impressions by touching or holding an object. Clairtangents may receive insights, emotions, or images related to the object's history or owner.
  • Clairkinesthesia: This is the ability to perceive physical sensations or movements in the body without any apparent physical cause. Clairkinesthetics may feel subtle shifts in energy, vibrations, or sensations associated with a specific situation or presence.
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Ways to develop your psychic gifts

As every student at The College of Psychic Studies knows, developing your clair senses requires practice, patience, perserverance and an open mind. Join a beginners' course and we will guide you from your first steps of discovering your psychic gifts all the way up to becoming a professional psychic. Meanwhile, here are some steps you can take to enhance your intuitive gifts:

  1. Set your intention: Start by believing in your own potential to develop your strongest clair, whether that be clairvoyance, clairsentience, or any of the clair senses. Set a clear intention to awaken and strengthen this ability. Belief and positive affirmations can create a conducive mindset for growth.
  2. Meditate daily: Regular meditation can help calm your mind and enhance your focus. The more we can clear and settle the thoughts, the more easily we can receive psychic information.
  3. Learn the language of symbols: Psychics receive information through symbols. That means the larger our dictionary of symbols, the more information we can receive. One way to develop this is to pay attention to your dreams and keep a dream journal. Before going to bed, set the intention to receive insights through your dreams. Upon waking up, write down any vivid or symbolic images you remember. Similarly, practice interpreting  symbols and images that come to you in daily life. This can include signs, patterns, or even random objects. Develop your own personal symbolism and meaning for these images. This will help you develop your awareness of the symbolic language of your guides and helpers.
  4. Psychic exercises: Engage in exercises specifically designed to enhance your psychic gifts. For example, you can partner with a friend and take turns visualising specific scenes or objects and then describe them to each other, comparing your impressions. Join one of our online beginner's courses to start practicing with a group of like-hearted people who are at the same level as you!
  5. Seek guidance: Consider seeking guidance from experienced psychics or mentors who can offer techniques, advice, and support on discovering and developing your psychic gifts. Workshops, classes, or online communities focused on psychic development may also be beneficial. They will show you exercises and techniques you can practice to build and expand your psychic abilities.
  6. Trust your intuition: Learn to trust your intuitive flashes and gut feelings. Pay attention to the images, impressions, or flashes that come to you spontaneously. Practice discerning between true insights from your clair senses and your wishful thinking.
  7. Practice and patience: Like any skill, developing our psychic abilities takes time and consistent practice. Be patient with yourself and embrace the journey of self-discovery. Celebrate even small successes and remain open to continuous growth.

Remember that everyone's psychic gifts manifest and unfold differently. Not everyone will develop their psychic gifts in the same way or to the same degree. It's essential to trust your own unique process and embrace your own intuitive strengths. Join an online beginner course to take the first step towards discovering your psychic gifts.

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