Bev likes to explore and question everything. Especially the fascinating topics of human relationships, tarot, and the psychic realm.
As a species, we have five senses that we rely on: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. Yet we have four more senses to supplement those. They are known as ‘the clairs’: clairvoyance (clear vision), clairaudience (clear hearing), clairsentience (clear feeling), and claircognizance (clear knowing). They are the metaphysical senses—they don’t need a neurological pathway like our main senses do.
What Is Clear Knowing?
Claircognizance, also called ‘clear knowing,’ is the ability to know something without understanding how you know it. It’s a thought, a message from your intuition or, more commonly, you just know it. Remember when you absolutely knew something for a fact, although you couldn’t pinpoint how you came to that conclusion?
Clear knowing is a mind skill. Whereas clairsentience is a feeling skill. They may produce the same result but the process is a little different. Clairsentience is literally ‘gut feeling’. Both are manifestations of your intuition in action.
Signs You Are Claircognizant
Firstly, you don’t need any real signs or evidence; everyone is claircognizant to some degree. Yet if you are a person who relies a lot on claircognizance, you may have the following traits:
- High intelligence.
- An insatiable curiosity and a deep wish to understand complex issues and concepts.
- You do a lot of analytical thinking.
- Ideas and knowledge pop into your mind as clear as day, usually when you are thinking about an unrelated subject.
- An enjoyment of problem-solving.
- Working out logistics is your forte.
- You read a lot.
- People ask you for your opinion and advice.
- You are an excellent judge of character.
- You are good at making decisions.
- You can grasp fine details and use them to form a clear overview; you get the big picture.
- You like ‘tech', and you might be employed in a technical sector.
- You know what people are going to say before they finish speaking.
- You often ‘pre-quote’ lines from movies and TV shows, again knowing them before they are spoken.
- You have a good sense of direction and can find your way around unfamiliar places easily.
- You have an excellent memory.
How Claircognizance Manifests
- As a sudden unrelated thought or idea.
- A sudden recognition of a fact or a flash of insight.
- You pose a question, and hours or days later, the answer pops into your awareness.
- A nagging, persistent thought.
- As a solution to a problem.
- Lateral thinking.
- Knowing, without doubt, the unfolding of a future event.
- You are guided to find mislaid items.
- You know you have to leave the freeway right now, or that you should avoid your usual route home.
- As a connection to the psychic realm: receiving clear messages for yourself and others.
I read tarot cards. I love that they are both very simple yet hold layers of meaning. I love that they interact. And I love that they tell stories. I believe wholeheartedly that having learned how to use and read the cards in the same way that I’d learn any complex system, I now rely on my claircognizance to give me the information I need. It doesn’t feel psychic, it’s not like I have whispering voices or some disembodied entity passing on information. It does feel like intuition, yet the message from the cards come into my mind in one of two ways: either as a memory or situation from my own life or as a flash of instant knowing. Even if the thought seems unrelated to the reading, I have to say what comes into my mind. Those flashes and memory-joggers are accurate every time.
Develop Your Claircognizance Skills
An active, engaged brain is the key to developing clear knowing. Practicing mental skills such as playing word and arithmetic games. Guessing games, too, are useful. As well as being alert and aware, it’s also important to give your mind and thinking processes a way to relax, and meditation is the absolute best way to do that.
Another method of connecting with your skill is to practice automatic writing. Best done with pen and paper, sit quietly in a relaxed state. Begin writing “I’m expecting a message, I’m expecting a message, I’m expecting a message . . . ” Keep repeating those words until a new thought arrives, write it down and then the next thought and the next. Let your hand move of its own accord. If it doesn’t work, don’t worry about it. It usually takes several practice sessions before you get into the zone of consciousness that enables automatic writing to happen.
It’s also important to pay attention to those thoughts when they arrive, whenever they show up. Don’t dismiss them as nonsense or your gift will diminish. Like all abilities, you need to use it or risk losing it. Keeping a cognizance journal will help you spot patterns, repetitions and messages.
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever experienced claircognizance . . . please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Questions & Answers
Question: Reading this and another article has made me realize I'm a witch and a claircognizant. What do I do now to progress in my witchcraft?
Answer: You need to do lots of research. Find out about all the different kinds of witches, what they do. Keep a journal of your psychic experiences.
I have a lot of articles for beginner witches: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Question: What do you think are the benefits or uses of claircognizance? I can predict the outcome of almost everything mundane. It is boring to watch TV, have conversations, travel to any place; because somehow I’m not amused by any new experiences. Even if I already know the outcome is not like trying to avoid it will make any difference.
Answer: Oh dear, maybe life will improve as you get older. I think I felt the same when I was fifteen. The thing is, almost everything in life is fairly predictable whether someone is psychic or not. Try to have a little fun.
Question: I'm a claircognizant and a highly emotional empath. How do I know if its my own intuition giving me messages or if its actually from the spirit world?
Answer: Because they are almost one and the same, some psychics get their information from 'out there'; others interpret the messages they feel in their 'gut'. Some receive blocks of thought. Some hear a voice in their ear. Some just know without understanding where the information comes from.
Question: Does having prophetic dreams fall under claircognizance? I'm claircognizant but I have also had a few claircognizant dreams preceding deaths of loved ones.
Answer: Kind of; it's called precognizance. If they are really clear and you get a good sense of what the dreams mean, it would come under clairvoyance. But really, what you call it doesn't matter as psychic abilities vary so much from person to person.
Question: I have been this way my entire life. I’ve always had the ability to be, as I call it, 'dialed' when I deem it to be necessary. For the most part, I have been able to manage. However, the older I get, the stronger this ability is, and my coping skills are not enough. Would it be advisable to seek help and from who?
Answer: Yes, if you feel it's 'getting away from you,' then the best thing to do is to look for a community of similar folk who can advise and reassure you. You can check out psychic groups on social media. Alternatively, I created a list of resources on another site: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...
Question: I realized I was tapping into something at age twelve. I walked into my new school my freshman year and could literally feel and hear everything. Dealing with astral projection and hearing my name being called was probably the most nerve-racking. That was almost fifteen years ago and I still struggle with anxiety and keeping my highly sensitive mind at ease. I'm not sure what to do. Do you have any advice on how to better deal with what's going on?
Answer: My only advice is to reach out to other people with the same sensitivity/abilities. Look for psychic groups on social media. Just making those connections will enable you to know you are not the only one with these gifts, yet at the same time, you will be able to express your unique viewpoint.
Question: I feel like I might have some claircognizant abilities. Can you, the writer of this article, tell me more about clairsentience? I've had moments of overwhelming emotion that only make sense in hindsight. Wouldn't my feelings be clearer if this were clairsentience?
Answer: I have an article on how clairsentience manifests. I've linked to it in the article above, but here it is: https://exemplore.com/paranormal/Am-I-Clairsentien...
However, when you feel emotion around another person, it often means that you're an empath. So sensitive that you are picking up on their feelings. It's slightly different to clairsentience. It's difficult to define all the clairs and other psychic gifts because there is so much overlap.
Question: I've always been told to "Listen to my intuition" and I always wonder if I was doing that when I was younger. What are better ways to trust that my intuition isn't misleading me?
Answer: Keep a journal. Record every instance when you listen to or ignore your intuition. Learn to spot the patterns. If you try to rely on your memory, it won't work.
Question: How do I use meditation to hone my gift?
Answer: You'd have to experiment with various methods of meditation and find the one that is right for you. You may do well with a guided meditation - there are many available on YouTube. Just look for 'psychic meditation'. Also, make sure to have a notebook nearby to record any insights you receive.
Question: I have been in the medical field as an RN since 1989. I have always been able to look at a patient as they were being admitted and know that they were not going home, even if they were not assigned to me. What is this?
Answer: It is claircognizance, for sure. It sounds as if you are in the right job to use your gift. Had you worked in another environment, you may not have known that you had it.
Question: What if my gift has made me physically ill?
Answer: If you are ill, you must get medical advice. If you are claircognizant, and it upsets you, you will need to work out a personal strategy to deal with it. Try to get some counseling with someone who is sympathetic to this kind of thing. Journaling may be helpful to you.
Question: I find I receive messages about future events during dream states or when I'm about to wake up, is that normal?
Answer: It's normal for someone with psychic gifts. Why not keep a journal of your dream messages - then you can go back and check how often the 'dream come true' happened. Also, look into lucid dreaming - maybe you can work your dreams to your advantage.
© 2018 Bev G
Robin on September 20, 2020:
I pick parts and have the uncanny ability to unconsciously pick the exact amount needed 95% of the time
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on December 29, 2019:
Thank you for sharing your experience, Joy, and happy you found your clan.
brian from uk on October 09, 2019:
I think a lot of people have these abilities and they are at there strongest when we're child but a lot of them are breed out of us, this type of thing is not what the establishment want you to be leave in so when you get these happening's your ego says it's nothing or ludicrous because of conditioning I be leave they always with us but lay dormant and it's much more difficult to reactivate because of the conditioning I also be leave this would have been the next step of human kind
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 06, 2019:
Hi Brian, the definitions of the 'clairs' are given in the first paragraph.
Clairvoyance is seeing, i.e. psychic visions. Claircognizance is knowing, i.e. knowing something in a psychic manner. x
brian from uk on September 06, 2019:
what do you thinks the differance between clairvoyance and claircogizance or are they similar
Louise on May 06, 2019:
Thanks for the article i used to say i wrote the script when watching tv and just knew what was being said next i also read cards and my intuition just totally kicks in from knowhere xxx
ShandiJ on November 26, 2018:
Thanks Bev, great insight.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 26, 2018:
Hi Shandi, here's the thing. You can't separate them because they all come from the same place... your inner being, your knowing. And at the same time, they are from the universal energy that we are all part of. Your intuition will make itself known to you by whatever means necessary: thought, feelings, via your senses, and empathy.
You might find some more information here:
ShandiJ on November 26, 2018:
My intuition is often ao seamless with my own thoughts, it difficult to tell the difference. It’s only when an external validation comes along that I’m often aware. How can I strengthen the ability to recognize the difference?
For me, my abilities are: creative problem solving, art, music, writing. Feeling other’s emotions (to a crippling level at times) dreaming in the 1st person of people’s last moments, knowing when “not to go somewhere”, suddenly knowing things I shouldn’t, feeling pain from someone else's body, knowing when I need to call someone, and reading people.
I have difficulty in social situations because I’m not skilled at the games, and find the contradictions between what people are saying and feeling challenging to navigate. Children and animals are easier!
I’m interested in learning to separate external messages from internal observation.
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, and for your informative article!
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 22, 2018:
Thank you, Patti. And I love the idea that trust is the key to psychic wisdom.
Patti on October 22, 2018:
Yes, I have most of my life. For a period of time I stopped listening and the results I will add have been quite devistating. I am still working my way through it. But re-awakened and reminded to not dismiss what I know to be true... i believe the answer you will give is ... “Trust” ... once you trust what you know you will become better and more in tune with your gift... How was that for a quick auto write session. Thank you for the article I look forward to your answers and next topic.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 15, 2018:
Hi Elle, I think it's a question of managing your gifts. To learn how to tune into them when you need to, but to set them aside when you have to get on with real life. Otherwise, they are going to dominate everything.
Perhaps if you set some time aside to write out your dreams every morning. Once you have done that, you can 'let them go'.
As far as work goes, you really need to get qualified for and find work where your gifts are advantageous. For instance in a counselling/comforting environment.
This list of links might help: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...
ElleDub on September 14, 2018:
I have always struggled with what exactly I am because my life has been difficult because of my differences, I always thought I was just crazy or just strange. I feel others emotions but only extreme emotions, elated, anger, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, but not always and usually more strangers than my loved ones. I’ve felt others sickness and bodily pain. I always know others intentions, motives and reasons behind their actions. I can always feel instantly when I’m not liked which is most of the time. I can always spot a lie. I know who’s calling before the phone rings etc. I can never stick out a job longer than 6 months because I can sense how much of a weirdo people think I am and it’s overwhelming. But my most extreme issue is the dreams. The nightmares of people, places I have never seen, murders, torture, crimes, past, present, future, all vivid, I remember every detail, and it’s always a dream within a dream. I have struggled with addiction because of lack of sleep, constantly feeling like I don’t belong, but I have been clean for 6 years now and I am starting to realize that there might be something to this. If you have any advice or answers I would greatly appreciate it, or maybe I’m just nuts and hoping I’m something natural and not just lost my mind. Thank you for your time.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 10, 2018:
It will interesting to see how it goes, Sag. Try to keep a journal.
Sag12thOfZodiac on September 10, 2018:
I believe myself to be experiencing this myself. It's been heightened since returning to my hometown. As I began to dig deeper crazy things began to happen. It seems as though prayers would manifest immediately (ones for others well being). I was presented photographs from an unknown source and pieced together their connections by categories I had formulated. I feel most of the time I'm "downloading". Sometimes however have difficulty discerning the messages. Silly online tests revealed claricognance. Sometimes all is still... Sometimes things are crazy. The other day I woke up to a calendar of Jan 1, 1970. Friend and I shared an experience that the next day was addressed on t.v.... I'm so new to all this! I definitely have claraudience, as I hear growling, sometimes chatter as if others thoughts...phone conversations almost impossible as static is overwhelming... So much goes on
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 10, 2018:
Of course. And some overlap so it's hard to tell what it is you have got. I think everyone experiences them in unique ways.
Sag12thOfZodiac on September 10, 2018:
So is it possible to posess more than one of these Clair's?
JustMe on July 02, 2018:
I've always been able to sense some ones true intentions even after only a few minuets of meeting. I can usually pick up on personality traits quickly. Also, often can get the "between the lines feeling " when talking anyone, just by the words they choose.
I've always been this way. Especially as a kid. My parents enjoyed going to haunted places. The energies in these places terrified me down to my bones.
Glad to know it has a name.
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 26, 2018:
You have an awesome gift, Lonni.
Lonni on June 25, 2018:
I am Claircognizant. I have had many experiences of just knowing but the one that stands out is when I was leaving work one day I got into my car and thought to myself, “what if something happened and I couldn’t believe my eyes?” The next rapid thought was, “what on earth could happen that I couldn’t believe my eyes??) ...I thought perhaps a natural disaster of some kind? That afternoon on my way home I drove past the San Bruno, Ca natural gas explosion. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I drove past the giagatic ball of fire hovering in the air over the explosion site. I could feel the heat of the fire from the freeway in my car. I knew immediately what my premonition has been about.
Wendy on March 23, 2018:
I am claircognizan, clairsentient and have experienced a couple clairaudient experiences. I have been shut down for a good while. I'm excited to be able to help people and be put to use. I have been very guarded because people gossip. Delusional etc. I'm looking forward to putting my gifts to use and see where it takes me.
InquisitiveGhost on January 17, 2018:
I think I actually might have a friend that is claircognizant.
Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 07, 2018:
I'm pretty good at knowing what people are going to say before they say it. I also get answers to questions that just pop into my mind. :)
Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 05, 2018:
Probably most people know more often than they believe they do, but doubt and second-guessing themselves overrides their natural ability to tune into their 'knowing'. Maybe if we trusted ourselves, there would be fewer problems?
Yes, that AI scenario is quite disconcerting :)
threekeys on January 05, 2018:
Very scary when the day A.I. has been given these senses/abilities. Maybe that has happened already?
I think it woul be fair to say most of us have experienced these "clairs" during various points in our lives. Some of us have realized these clairs at the time and some of us are still trying to decipher them and put a name to them.
I am weary of people who claim to "know" 100% of the time. One thing life keeps showing me is that very little seems to be finite or completed. That is 100% fullproof.
However if you claim to "know" 100% of the time, what are you doing here? You should be out there solving world problems.