Clairsentient Traits: The Signs of Clear Feeling

Updated on January 7, 2018
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How often have you said, “I don’t know how I knew, I just felt it..."?

Almost everyone experiences that odd, clear feeling at one time or another. You look at someone and you know, without doubt, they are lying. Or you always feel disturbed when a certain personality appears on TV. Or perhaps you hate walking into the heavy-feeling ambiance of a particular office, but love the light, restorative atmosphere in your best friend’s grandmother’s home. It’s very likely you feel those things so clearly because you are clairsentient.

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What Is Clairsentience?

Clairsentience is on the spectrum of psychic abilities. It is sometimes called ‘clear feeling’ or ‘clear sensing’. Often used interchangeably with claircognizance; ‘clear knowing’, it is the perception of information beyond that which you can physically see or hear.

It differs from clairvoyance and clairaudience in that it is based on feelings, both at an emotional and physical level.

People who experience clairsentience are affected by a myriad of different influences, but it all comes down to being sensitive to changes in energy. These energy changes may be connected to human emotions, or they might be caused by some imperceptible atmospheric disturbance. In other words, the clairsentient is somewhat akin to a human barometer. It may happen all the time, or just occasionally. The more you recognize its occurrence, the more likely it will happen.

Empaths, those who experience other people’s emotions, may well be clairsentient, or will become clairsentient over time.

How Clear Sensing Manifests in Daily Life

There are some jobs, professions, and situations where clairsentience is a great advantage. Think of any skill which is enhanced by instinct. Examples are:

  • Medical doctors who seem to have an uncanny ability to home in on the problem.
  • Likewise, spiritual healers who use their hands to feel the anomalies in someone’s energy field.
  • A detective whose ability to read people is well-developed.
  • Teachers who suspect what is going on in a child’s life without being told.
  • A parent who is in-tune with their baby’s needs.
  • A professional driver who has the gut feeling that he must avoid driving too close to that van, which suddenly swerves into the wrong lane.
  • A counselor or advisor who knows when to remain silent and when to encourage their client to share.
  • Writers, artists, songwriters, poets and creative individuals sometimes feel their work flows through them instead of from them.

Signs You May Be Clairsentient

  • You were told, as a child, that you were ‘over-sensitive’.
  • You may feel overwhelmed by crowds and noise.
  • You sense the atmosphere of buildings, including homes and places of work.
  • You know things without being told.
  • You have heightened perception; you easily read between the lines when in conversations.
  • You sense undercurrents of emotion and seem to be able to intuit information from them.
  • You are empathic to the suffering of other people to the extent that their emotional and even physical pain affects you deeply.
  • Your intuition is becoming more than just a vague feeling.
  • You make emotional connections with certain people.
  • Your ‘knowing’ sometimes manifests as a physical sensation.
  • You are able to instantly form an impression about someone you just met.
  • Places and people that emanate ‘dark’ energy cause you to feel nauseous, dizzy or deeply uncomfortable.
  • You experience physical signs, such as tingling anywhere in your body. When you remove yourself from the source, it stops.

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When Clear Feeling Feels Bad

Occasionally, clairsentience seems to be a burden, not a gift. Some clairsentients sink into drug or alcohol abuse in the hope they can numb the sensations. Others withdraw into depression. Sometimes the constant bombardment of external energy drains and exhausts those who are sensitive. If this is you, then you must find techniques and methods of combating or managing clairsentience. It gets easier as you get older. When you learn where it’s coming from, you are able to either deal with it or shield yourself from it.

Despite how you might feel about it now, it really is a gift, and once you start believing in it, you will feel better. Nothing is going to hurt you; you are like a radio picking up a signal. When your radio picks up bad news, it doesn’t explode, does it? Instead of trying to avoid, or suppress, or deny the gift of clairsentience, continually ask the universe how you can use it for good.

How to Cope With Clairsentience

Sensitivity at this level is sometimes mistaken for mental health problems. It is, of course, important to seek professional advice if you suspect you may have a mental health issue. Meanwhile, you might want to consider that what you think is in your head is actually sensitivity to what is happening around you. Try any or all of the following:

  • Talk to others with similar experiences
  • Express your feelings creatively
  • Journal
  • Meditate or listen to music
  • Use your gifts to help others
  • Channel your clairsentience into work you enjoy.
  • Read as much as you can about the phenomenon--this book by Kevin Hunter addresses many of the concerns you are probably feeling.

“Many evolved souls are ultra-sensitive to the point that they feel every nuance around them and therefore find it challenging to be around people except for a select chosen few…”

Hunter, Kevin. A Beginner's Guide to the Four Psychic Clair Senses: Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Claircognizance, Clairsentience Warrior of Light Press.

Try to discern if you are affected by others by paying attention to changes in atmosphere and energy levels when you come into contact with other people. Does your mood lift or sink? Do you experience physical sensations? Do seemingly random thoughts about the other person occur to you?

Be aware that no-one will experience or feel what you are feeling. Clairsentience varies from person to person. It manifests in different ways. Yet there are many people who can confirm similar episodes, so it makes sense to seek out other clairsentients either locally or in online forums.

Reach out and share your gift. I'd love to hear how your life is affected or enhanced by clairsentience. Are you glad to have it? Have you helped people using your ability? Leave a comment below.


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      Bev G 5 days ago from Wales, UK

      I can imagine, Gareth. You might think about using your current skillset on a one-to-one basis in the future. You would probably be excellent as a therapist or bereavement counsellor as long as you can develop a method to 'shake it off' at the end of the day.

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      Garrett mantooth 5 days ago

      I too have been called sensitive and I don't like to go to places where alot of folks are at ,all the mixed up energy from everyone puts me on edge , I stay home and go to work .

      But even there it's a mental emotional rollercoaster, it's a nursing home.

      I'm glad I can now put a word on what I am , I was always called weirdo

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      Bev G 5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      You have a very mature approach, Alice. Take it steady and you will be fine. Nothing can harm you, and always remember it's them and not you. Make use of protective barriers (visualise them and feeeel them). Do come back and let us all know how it goes.

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      Alice 5 weeks ago

      I have always had what I refer to as "sense." When someone walks by me, sometimes I shiver for no apparent reason. When I was younger, I used to feel as if someting was touching me, or brushing my hair. The night my grandfather died, I felt that he was not going to see the next morning. About a week ago, I felt as if a weight was crushing down on me, and had to walk out of class on the excuse that I had to use the restroom to get it to stop. In some rooms I feel as if I'm not alone. I seem to know things about others. I can tell when they are happy and sad. I am very emotional, but have learned to control and hide it and even cut myself off from the pain of another so that to some people I seem unempathatic.

      I always thouht that my sense was strange but after reading several different articles on clairsentientence, I realized that is what I have and that many other people have it, and most don't know it. I'm only twelve, so I have quite a lot of time to learn about it and work with my gift.

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      Bev G 5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Did you ask me this question yesterday, Abigail? Do be honest, I've never tried contacting other empaths in that way. You'd have to know someone is an empath and then give it a go.

      You're welcome to send me some positive energy. I'd never refuse :)

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      Abigail Hansen 5 weeks ago

      I can control and deeply feel the energy flowing through my body; sometimes making myself shiver with energy. If I focus hard I can see bright energy, and totally transform the world around me somehow... i go into some kind of trance but I don’t at the same time. I feel everything deeply. I want to know if it is possible to send positive energy to other people like me? Oh also I’m only 15 but I know I have this gift, ive known forever, and I can tell when others have the gift too. I know to keep it silent for the most part, that’s why I want to know if it’s possible to send postitive energy to other empaths.

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      Bev G 2 months ago from Wales, UK

      :) Sometimes it's better just to keep quiet, Reignbowbright. Glad you have found your own explanation. It's always a relief to know what's going on.

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      Reignbowbright 2 months ago

      Im 37 years old and JUST discovered this is what i have. I thought it was anxiety for the longest time and that I was overly emotional. Im also an Empath. I think the worse part is when i say to someone im mirroring their feelings as a way of explaining i get that says "mmmhmmm shes absolutely insane."

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      Bev G 3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Erica, I think you need to find someone who has been through a similar experience. I wrote an article about psychic resources here: scroll to the bottom for online groups and forums.

      Good luck.

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      Erica 3 months ago

      I have always been called "overly sensitive" I am coming up on my 29th birthday and my thoughts about this subject have been building up over the past year. It has hit me like a rock. I am more in tuned with myself and the earths vibrations more so than ever before. I know how my day is going to be before it even starts. About 5 months ago I told my best friend I had a feeling the person I'm suppose to spend the rest of my life with was going to entire my life soon. It was crazy, I know. Well 2 weeks later she started dating an old ex so I thought well maybe I was feeling that about her. They ended quickly. A little over 2 months ago I went out with a guy I've met but never really hung out with and we are now together. It's early but he has already mentioned having a life with me. The past 6 months I wake up in the middle of the night with my whole body in severe pain, like flu aches but 10 times worse. They last for 5 minutes and disappear, nothing medically is wrong with me. I'm wondering if they could be something to do with a pshycic feeling. There have been a few times when I feel a dark presence in a certain place in my room. I do a cleanse once a month. Sometimes the presence is extremely light and protective like. A couple of weeks ago I took a picture and caught a very large, bright orb. I took another one without moving my camera and it was gone. It was extremely thick and white with a yellow ring so I know it wasn't bad. When I was little my mom said I asked her who the man was that was holding her hand in church. No one was next to her. A couple weeks later I was talking in my room and she asked me who I was talking to, I told her the man that was holding her hand. She said this went on for a long time until we were looking at a picture album and I pointed the man out. It was her dad who passed away before I was even born. Things like this happen a lot. It's never bothered me too much until now. The feelings have become so strong and overpowering I don't know how to separate them. If I really concentrate I can but it requires a lot of time I don't have. My anxiety has shot through the roof and I think I may be having anxiety attacks while I sleep causing me to wake up in pain. If I go anywhere, even the store I don't even want to look at people bc I feel like I'm having feelings shot at me from every way. I want to make sure I stay on the right path and follow my own feelings and not others.

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      Bev G 3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Adriana, there are many ways to cleanse a home of negative energy. You might try having a physical clear out - sometimes negativity accumulates around 'stuff'. Make the place as light and fresh as possible. Try a simple protection ritual using a smudge stick. Place powerful, protective crystals in areas you think need a little help. Just search for 'home protection spells' or 'negative energy cleansing'. And make sure you continue getting the help you need with your mental issues.

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      Adriana 3 months ago

      I sometimes feel a dark energy in my room or when I’m walking around my house at any time of day. And in some areas of my house i feel darker than normal energies. A lot has happened in and around my house that is very negative, it makes it very difficult to function sometimes because i feel overwhelmed and very anxious however i do suffer from a couple different mental problems I just feel like the energies and atmosphere of my house heighten them. I was wondering if there is a way i can get rid of the energies or at least control them?

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      My pleasure, Jordan. And, of course, the key is to live your life on your own terms and stuff other people's opinions. If it means you are labelled eccentric, then so be it :D

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      Jordan Collis 4 months ago

      You know bev I have been feeling a way these past couple years. I could never explain why I felt the way I did. As I got older it started to feel like I was alone more and more each day. I come from a very small town that is very closed minded so these kind of talks would never happen . Anyways to the point , I found out I am most definitely an empath if yo I want to put a label on it. It's people like you that help people like me to try to understand why I feel the way I feel . Thank you bev!!

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks, Jean. I hope your Mom and hubby pop in occasionally just to reassure you. How lovely. It sounds like you have all the 'clairs'. x

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      Jean Bakula 4 months ago from New Jersey

      Great article Bev,

      I've always been clairsentient, but didn't know the word for it until I began taking clairvoyant classes in a Healing Center after my husband died. I always "knew" things would happen. I could "see" myself at a funeral, but not see myself, so wouldn't know how far in the future it was. I learned it was 2 years, give or take. Once I got false info my brother died, and we are telepathic with each other. I didn't believe it, but was scared. I was pacing, and went into my bedroom. My Mom was there, and said, "He's OK" Except she died in 1995. A few nights after my husband passed, I saw a white ball of light above my head. It was him! I could feel his energy, he used to sit with me until I got used to sleeping alone. It's sometimes a curse, but I feel good energies too, like at that Healing Center. You did a great job here.

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      That makes so much sense, Kari. I suppose clairsentience would also include a certain ability to anticipate needs and required actions. Great comment.

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      Kari Poulsen 4 months ago from Ohio

      I think this is a good skill for operating room nurses. We need to continually read the mood of the room. I had never heard of this before, but I think I may have it.

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's it exactly, Verlie.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 months ago from Canada

      Evening Bev, I like your analogy of a radio picking up a signal. It is very much like that when you 'pick up' on the energy of a place or a person, or an occurrence or disturbance unfolding nearby. Sometimes you can just 'feel it in the air'.

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      Bev G 4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Laura. Yes, we're all capable of clairsentience--it's just a case of being aware of the subtle signs.

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      Laura Smith 4 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Feelings and sensations are definitely powerful, and it seems like they're as easy to identify as hot and cold if you're paying enough attention. Very interesting topic.


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