Clairsentient Traits: The Signs of Clear Feeling

Updated on August 10, 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.

It makes sense for psychics and sensitives to protect themselves from negative energy, which can get you down from time to time. I have written this article to help you maintain your balance and keep the nasties away: Psychic Protection: Tips and Techniques for Witches and Sensitives.

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.

Questions & Answers

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 days ago from Wales, UK

      Possibly, Robert. Try this list of resources I put together for another site: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...

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      Robert Green 

      3 days ago

      I know something but can't explain it I hear people I Kno I've even tapped into energy's I felt so strong that the mind of others I felt and heard what am I is there others who can help n teach me to do better with what I have

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      Bev G 

      6 days ago from Wales, UK

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      Clarity0916 

      7 days ago

      Thank you so much that would be most helpful!

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      Bev G 

      8 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Clarity, wow, thanks for sharing your story.

      It's a really helpful gift. You could use it to reassure people and explain that death is nothing to be afraid of. The fact that you get presentient knowledge way before the event is also useful. Of course it's up to you if you choose to develop your gifts further.

      It would be a good idea if you could research psychic protection. Some use a simple ritual, or crystals to keep themselves safe. It will help if you don't give the negative energy too much attention. Just tell it to leave. They feed off fear, so don't give them your fear. Easy to say, I know.

      I'll do some research myself and perhaps put together an article with as many techniques as I can find. It'll take a little while, but I'll add a link to the bottom of this article when it's done. So come back after the weekend. Meanwhile, stay safe.

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      Clarity0916 

      8 days ago

      Omg I have been struggling since I was a child trying to find explanations to what I was feeling. I had a favorite uncle whom I was very close to and he passed one night while I was asleep. I was twelve. I woke up and went into my parents room and told them he was dead and they asked me had someone called and how did I know. I felt crazy but had to tell them he told me as he came to me. A few mins later the phone rang informing my parents of his passing. I felt it when my dog died. I wasn't home but got an overwhelming sense of urgency to go home something was bad wrong with my dog. He had been let outside by my ex husband n had wandered to drink the water draining from my plants on my deck that he had recently fertilized. I was devastated n my family thought I'm crazy.

      When my son was born I had an overwhelming feeling of loss n death about my son lying on my handmade bed that was a gift from my now ex husband. It was not made to regulations obviously though beautiful. There was a gap in the headboard between mattress n headboard. I begged my ex to fix it put another board to close it. He said I was paranoid n it was fine. In the middle of the night my son crawled in my bed and his head was stuck between the headboard n mattress I woke to him gasping n in an instant in pitch darkness knew to not get off the bed but to put all my weight on the end of the bed towards the headboard n scream for someone to turn on the lights. I cried all night holding my son in my arms n resenting my ex husband for not believing me.

      This wasn't the first time or last he called me paranoid about my feelings. We bought an older home n we flipped it but I felt so uneasy about the front port he n the ivy growing in the bed out front. I asked my ex to please let's have it removed. I told him I had a bad feeling about someone namely our children being bitten by a poisonous snake and he laughed at me n said I was again paranoid. Well it was not my children but I did in fact get bit on that very portch while rocking in my rocking chair n talking with a friend. I never saw the snake but my toe was barely falling over the edge of the portch with each rock of my chair. I instantly felt excruciating pain n calmly asked my best friend to call 911. She freaked n asked me why what was wrong I told her I had just been bitten by a snake. She asked how I knew I laughed at first but just lifted my foot to two fang marks with blood trickling from each hole. Turns out my feelings were right, copperhead, my kidneys shut down n I had to get antevenom which sebtbme into anaphylaxis. They lost me n brought me back. I spent a week in hospital trying to get my kidney function back. All of these things I have felt some w visions or in dreams most without just feelings. I'm freaked out Bc most my life I know I suppressed it because people including my family thought I was weird or paranoid. Now I live alone my kids in college n well got rid of my husband who did spend that night pulling all the ivy up by hand n killing the snake versus ever going to hospital in spite of given scenario above, hence, my feelings told me he was not for me.

      I've been more in tune to my emotions n feelings as I spend a great deal of time in prayer now. I have always been an empath perhaps the Virgo in me but I'm being drawn to feel things even more so now I feel to help others. Sometimes I feel though it may not be so helpful.

      Just last week two other coworkers and myself were waiting for the train to NJ for a wedding. Out of the blue I got a feeling about another one of our dear coworkers. The nicest man you'd ever wana meet. I said randomly that I prayed he was feeling ok n was doing alright as I teach so we have been off all summer. My friends looked at me n said why would you say that? I said I isn't know I just had a feeling he was ill n they said well that was weird but I said I would chk on him when we returned. That was Thursday at 2 am a week ago. I got back from NJ n well my daughter was visiting n life happened n I hadn't checked on my coworker as planned. I got a call Weds morning from one of my friends who accompanied me on the trip to wedding, wailing in my ear incomprehensible words at such a wretched screech that my heart dropped immediately n I knew our coworker was gone. Just shy of a week from my statement to his departure. She insisted I tell her how I knew n what happened n I told her idk I just felt it. She hasn't talked to me since that day. It's been a week tommorrow. I feel she is scared of me. We've been friends for four years. I don't let people close to me for this reason. I'm always disappointed. I fell in love to a man n we committed to each other for four years. It was amazing n like no other love I've ever experienced. I started to feel he was struggling with some depression n he denied it to me for awhile but finally admitted n well we broke up last Nov 2. Since then we can't stay completely away from each other. It's been nine months. We still talk n see each other n feel drawn to one another. I can feel when he is in pain, stressed, or something bad is wrong. He can with me as well. I can't explain this either but will randomly send him messages letting him know for example that I feel he's anxious n has tightness in his chest n can't breath n that I feel it too n am worried about him. He did t answer for several days which made it worse for me Bc then I felt much more. I prayed n the more I prayed the more I could feel. He had an allergic reaction to something in a restaurant n he is deathly allergic to shell fish.

      He has never made me feel I'm crazy or paranoid or any of those things but just accepts me for what it is and will just send back a kissy face emoji or something similar when I send him messages checking on him based on my feelings. This is confirmation for me from him that I am right n right on time. I have no doubt he is my TF n he is also intuitive in some way.

      Just yesterday Uranus retrograde has had me in such an anxious state I can't decern who or what energies I'm feeling other than my TF. I woke up with his disc pain n stress but also very very anxious and emotional but right now I don't quite know why.

      I'm so glad this forum was here and I came across it in my searching for answers to wth is happening to me. I don't know what you would say I have but I can tell you only once have I feared an energy in my presence but it was in my dream. I just prayed n prayed only this energy was blocking the Lord's Prayer from my mind. I've been raised on this prayer all my life how in this instance could this be happening to me? I just kept rebuking Satan in the name of Jesus. Idk what to do. The energy was black n free flowing faceless. It finally left me alone. Of course I hadn't forgotten the Lords Prayer but in that moment the words were not coming to me. My praying has gone much deeper than this prayer I was used to from childhood but I know in that moment that energy was not of light. I have again been fearful of this "gift"? Am I by opening myself and accepting this gift opening myself to negative energies that wish to do me harm?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Ren, I recommend you try to find an online community so you can share with others who have similar experiences to your own. I have written an article on another site which has some resources that might help:

      https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...

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      Ren 

      4 weeks ago

      When I was a kid I used to see people at night who weren't there. In high school I used to have dreams about faces I never saw. Some of the experiences I had terrified me so I tried to suppress it, but I don't think thats the answer.

      Now, i only really feel it. Presences that aren't there. Emotions when no ones around. Every once in awhile i see shadows around people and I stay away from them. Its like a warning.

      But I realized, if i can see that, isnt there something i should do about it? I want to learn more but I dont know where to start.

      And sometimes the presences are so overwhelming I get scared. What can i do?

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      So sorry to hear about your daughter, Amber. I can't imagine anything worse.

      It sounds to me as if you are psychic, and may possibly benefit by developing your skills and learning how to control them.

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      Amber 

      2 months ago

      I think I've always known that I'm a empath not sure about the other one that you were speaking of but recently and for awhile now my body would start jerking for no reason wondered what that was about nd in my 20's I had some type of black blob that would show up on the walls of my house and follow me if I moved elsewhere and also I've had a child that passed away as a infant and I knew it was going to happen before she died and also 2 weeks before I had a vision that I would be in a car wreck involving a semi and it happened as I had envisioned the only difference in that was I didn't die so idk what are your thoughts

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      Sylvia 

      2 months ago

      Wow what a relief to read this today. I have been experiencing waves of clairsentience for the past 6 years. The medics labelled me bipolar. The medication I have been given has nearly killed me, but I now know what has been going on. I have had 5 bad episodes of depression over the past six years. Each one has lasted 5 months. That’s a long time to feel totally abandoned by the Universe. I now know these episodes have been brought on by being around “toxic” people and in “toxic” places. I am sad though, that some of these people are the ones Inlove the most. I will buy the Kevin Hunter book to learn more. Thank you so much for helping me along the Way

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      Bev G 

      3 months 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 

      3 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 look...it says "mmmhmmm shes absolutely insane."

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      Bev G 

      6 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: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc... scroll to the bottom for online groups and forums.

      Good luck.

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      Erica 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's it exactly, Verlie.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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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