How to Develop Intuition and Clairvoyance
Different Kinds of Clairvoyant Experiences
One of the most frequent questions my readers ask is, “How can I develop intuition and clairvoyance?” Many of you have glimpses into the future that actually come true. Others have really sharp intuition and can read others very well, so are interested in finding how to improve these skills. This information that you see and know comes from somewhere other than the usual five senses and is definitely worth further exploring. So, let’s do it!
It’s important to begin with a good understanding of what clairvoyance really is. The word comes from the French clair, meaning clear, and voyance, meaning vision. Clairvoyance is the ability to gain information about a person, object, location, or event through extra sensory perception. A person who has this ability is said to be clairvoyant.
Many people believe that one must be born with these abilities, or that they are inherited by family members. This can be true, but just as often is not. A clairvoyant friend and mentor of mine was struck by lightning when she was around thirty five. She lost consciousness for a period of time. In the days that followed, she realized she had gained the ability to see into the future, hear voices of departed loved ones, and could “talk” to people from beyond. Suddenly, she was able to give people detailed life advice, because she could "hear" what their departed relatives were saying, and knew what was going to happen in their futures. A good clairvoyant should be able to tell you about your past as well.
She is clairvoyant, but believes, like others, that there are many kinds of psychic senses, called “clairs” or “clairies.” There are four main ones, clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, and clairknowing, called as a group, claircognizance. These are all psychic and intuitive senses which require intuition. An explanation of each of these clairs will help you understand which ones most closely explain your experiences.
What Is Clairsentience?
To be clairvoyant means to be able to see angels, spirits, and also negative and positive energies. This person can see images of people, geometric shapes and colors, such as auras. They are easily able to hear the voice of their higher self. Clairvoyants are aware of past lives, can access akashic records, and can perceive the big picture about life. There is a difference between the ability to “look” at the physical world and “see” that bigger picture. The clairvoyant can see between the lines, and may often say, “I see”, as a way of understanding a situation. My mentor was able to see images of departed loved ones in my life, and these were people she had never met. Yet her descriptions were very accurate.
Clairsentience, which means clear sensing, is the ability to “feel” the present, past, and future, and the physical or emotional state of others. Psychics who are clairsentient are able to retrieve information from people, houses, public buildings, and outside areas. They have knowledge of future events. I am clairsentient, and have been having waking visions, which are not dreams, since I was in my mid twenties. I find it helps me in my tarot readings, and I am very good at reading other people as soon as I meet them.
There was one client I worked with in my tarot practice about a year ago. She was divorced, but had feelings for her ex’s best friend. I was “seeing” this man in my head. I could describe exactly what he looked like, but I felt a sense of danger and wanted him out of my head and home. When you get involved in the psychic world, you have to protect yourselves; there are negative entities out there. I kept repeating The Lord’s Prayer, told the client to stay away from him, and that I could no longer read for her. So please don’t take these psychic gifts or experiences lightly.
Visions and Visitors From Other Realms
I became aware of this gift when I began seeing people at what appeared to be my father’s funeral. I couldn’t see myself, so was unsure how far away his passing would be. It happened about two years later, when I was twenty seven. I had a similar vision about a dear childhood friend, about ten years ago. I learned she had cervical cancer, but beat it the first time around. The vision didn’t stop, and a year later the illness came back. She insisted she didn’t have the strength to fight so hard again. She decided to die at home instead of the hospital, and I did my best to spend as much time with her as I could. She did pass peacefully, and I was so grateful that I had the chance to visit her the day before, thanks to her Mom and a great nurse who closely monitored her. I asked her to try to find a way to show me if there was an afterlife if she found she was able to when she reached “the other side.”
She always used to come into the back door when she visited my house, the only person who usually did. About a month after she passed on, my back door kept opening and shutting, for days on end, and there was no obvious reason for it that my family could see. So I guess it was her saying yes to my question!
A few years ago I also had a weird experience, during which my brother had a really crazy girlfriend. They used to break up often. She called me in a hysterical state, and said she heard that my brother was dead. He and I have a strong telepathic link, and I didn’t feel anything was wrong with him, but she badly scared me. She had no real evidence, but when I tried I couldn’t reach him. So I spent the day calling morgues, police stations, and hospitals in his area. Exhausted and upset, I was pacing around the house, and when I went into my bedroom, I saw our mother standing there. She said, “Don’t worry Jean, he’s fine.” That doesn’t sound like much, but she passed away in 1995! I am happy to report he is still well and doing fine. So having these intense feelings can sometimes feel like a curse instead of a gift! In years since, I have been able to develop these abilities a lot more.
Psychic Senses Need to Be Developed
Clairaudience, which means clear hearing, is the ability to perceive sounds or words from outside sources in the Spirit world. Clairaudient people hear voices, sounds, or music that are not audible to the human ear. They receive these messages mentally or within their ears.
Clairknowing is another of the four psychic senses. Clairknowing people are logical, enjoy thinking aloud, or have very sudden ideas that just pop into their heads. Usually these ideas bear fruit. This is one of the most doubted abilities of those who have intuitive gifts. It is hard to discern between what is a clairknowing thought delivered by Spirit, and what is just a self thought. But if this thought just thrusts itself into the person’s consciousness to a point where it can’t be ignored, it would be wrong to not trust that it happened for a reason. Usually these thoughts occur randomly, when the person is driving, working, showering, or doing something unrelated. Later it is found that this thought or idea affected someone the person knows in an important way. This is why intuition is so important, and should always be trusted.
Once you realize you have ability in one clair, you most likely will find that other clairs will open up to you. I knew I had some kind of psychic ability when I began having the waking visions. But it was when I began reading tarot out of my friend’s healing center that I discovered that I was clairsentient. At first I needed the tarot cards as a starting off point, even though I am more proficient in astrology.
All kinds of classes were available at this healing center, and during a Developing Intuition and Clairvoyance class, we did certain exercises. We participated in a lot of meditation, some guided ones the teacher led us through, and even some chanting with a Buddhist monk! There are a plethora of styles of meditation, and this is the doorway into waking up your dormant psychic abilities. When you meditate in a group, the positive energy grows, sort of like the feeling you get when praying at Church, or saying a Rosary.
My Group Clairvoyance Exercise
In one exercise, each of us would sit in a U shape with one at the head of the group, in the teacher’s chair. Once in the “hot” seat, we were asked to say anything that came to mind as we thought of any person in the group. The first time I did this exercise, my friend told me to try to picture a tarot image or astrological one, as she realized that kind of imagery worked for me. I saw the Gemini sign, and realized that one person had a friend who just gave birth to twins. Sadly, one of them died shortly after the delivery.
Next I saw the King of Cups, a tarot card of a kindly, older, family man. I knew this meant a patriarch of a large family was troubled that his relatives were not close like they used to be. He wished for them to try to keep their close relationships like they used to. In his older wisdom, he knew what a source of strength family can be in a world where we often get too involved in our day to day activities. A woman began crying, and recognized her grandfather, who had just talked with her about the topic.
I was the only one in the class who had two psychic visions, so my class looked at me in awe! When we are surrounded with psychic people, it makes our powers stronger. As we meditate and clear our chakras, learning to tune farther into our intuition, it’s likely you will find you are intuitive in more ways than you once believed.
Signs You Are Claircognizant
- You have such a busy mind it won’t even stop going when you try to get to sleep.
- You have sudden ideas you just can’t wait to share.
- You interrupt people only to find you are both saying the same thing.
- You ponder an issue for days, and get a sudden answer, like a huge light went off in your head.
- You can tell immediately if someone is trustworthy or not.
- You can spot a liar or faker from afar.
- You are a constant thinker, learner, or gatherer of information. Even though your senses are sharp, you value the ability to clearly know for a fact, although your intuition always helps.
You prefer learning through books or written works.
Where Do Claircognizant Experiences Come From?
We use intuition every day, but are often not aware of it. It is our radar for surviving, creating, and making choices. Quieting the mind and trusting our gut feelings are of the utmost importance in becoming an intuitive. You need to be in touch with Divine Spirit, while your heart chakra stays open. Some psychics can give good readings, but it doesn’t come from the heart. It is wise to be compassionate and sensitive to people’s feelings when they turn to you for help. Before anyone is qualified to do readings for others, they must learn to read for themselves, or a few people they know well, as I’ve described above.
We must learn to honor, trust, open, and allow the natural processes of intuition and clairvoyant abilities to develop and become a part of our everyday lives. These skills can help us make everyday decisions or in intuiting psychological, emotional, and medical issues. If your intuition tells you something is wrong with your health or someone else’s, believe it, but see a health care professional to be sure.
So where exactly does the energy from each clair come from? Each is ruled by one particular chakra in our bodies. What is a chakra? They are a series of fine, subtle energies located right outside of our physical bodies, in what is called the etheric field. Psychics believe people get most of their energies from invisible rays which come down into our bodies through very tiny openings in the top of our heads. Then they are filtered and reflected downward through seven etheric energy centers or energy wheels. All of them are found just outside the spinal column. Just as some of us can see auras, some people are able to see colors in our chakras. We need to clear our chakras and keep them as free of blockages as possible. There are meditation and other exercises which can be done to clear the “dross” or negative energies of the chakras, but first we need to discuss which chakra rules each clair.
Which Chakra Rules Which Clairvoyant Skill?
The chakra most associated with clairvoyance is the sixth one, often called “the third eye.” This is located right between a person’s two eyes, between the eyebrows. The third eye is usually perceived as indigo blue. It leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. Amethyst or lapis lazuli crystals aid balance for the third eye.
Handling crystals and gemstones can be helpful to us, as each has different qualities and all chakras are associated with at least one, usually more. So if we hold a crystal on a certain part of the body or chakra, or wear it as a pendent, we can ask it to heal us or help us. They are easily found as pendants, bracelets, or can be attached to key chains for protection.
Clairsentience is all about the second chakra, which allows us to have empathy for others. This is called the sacral chakra, known to be the center of pleasure, enjoyment, and creativity, near our lower spine. The color associated with this chakra is orange, which stands for warmth and emotion. Someone with a balanced second chakra radiates warmth and is able to openly speak about emotions. Orange carnelian can help lower back pain. Moonstone aids telepathy and our ability to intuit more easily.
Clairknowing’s intuition comes from the third chakra, or solar plexus. This chakra is all about a person’s gut feelings and instincts. This is the energy center for personal power, self esteem, and confidence. It is an essential part of the nervous system, and prepares the body to handle stress. Did you ever notice how when a person feels threatened, they cross their arms over their solar plexus?
Yellow is associated with this chakra center, and citrine is the crystal which helps balance it. Clairknowing has another power, called astral travel. Many believe that as we sleep and dream during the night, our souls leave our bodies and we travel to different places, or even realms to visit past loved ones. Did you ever wake up in the morning and feel like you saw an old friend or lover? Maybe you did, during the night!
Crystals and Gemstones Have Powerful Chakra Cleansing Abilities
My Blocked Fifth Chakra Experience and Illness
Clairaudience energy flows from our fifth, or throat chakra. This chakra center is mostly concerned with our ability to communicate and listen. This chakra has a light blue color, and lace agate is said to help to center this chakra. I had a serious illness as a teen, later realizing it was because my throat chakra was so blocked. I was born with scoliosis, a spine curvature. I missed first grade because of my first surgery. I had one other surgery at ten, and then had to wear a terrible leather and steel brace to support my spine so it would grow straight. I was in middle school by then, and was mercilessly teased. People stared at me. I had friends, but wasn’t sure if they were true friends, or if they just felt sorry for me.
I often used to get sore throats. The brace was so uncomfortable. My little brother was born around this time, and my parents were busy with him. They were always there for me and very understanding, but thought my pain was physical, when it was mostly emotional. I developed a huge, ugly growth on my chin. It was discovered that I had a serious strep infection in my gland and needed emergency surgery. I was in isolation for two weeks, although a few close people could come to visit if they wore masks.
I recovered and never wore the brace again. During those hard days when I felt so unhappy, I wanted to scream and rage, and instead I held it all in. I am a reserved person to start with, but holding in all that anger and not talking about it definitely caused my throat chakra to have a serious blockage, which turned into illness. Or as a psychic should call it, dis-ease. I have done well in my adult life and have a terrific chiropractor, who I know was a great healer in another lifetime. But this is an example of what a chakra clogged with negative energy can do to a person.
Clairvoyant Visions Can Be Positive or Negative
All of my claircognizant experiences are not about death and illness, though it does sound that way! That has to do with my astrology chart; I have many planets in the eighth house, which rules death, sex, the mysteries of life, and money of the partner. This is the house of Scorpio, and I have always been fascinated by the unknown. Please don’t think that developing your clairs will only bring you negative visions or bad news!
I had a strong feeling that something wonderful was going to happen to me one Friday before a Memorial Day weekend, many years ago. I felt fidgety all day and couldn’t wait for work to end. I planned to meet up with a group of friends for a girl’s night out. We went to a Bar and Grill, my friends sitting to my right, and some guy was sitting to my left.
He kept saying he knew me from someplace, and bought me a drink, but I thought it was a pickup line. Later, I realized I knew some of his friends, and it turned out we once shared a High School English class. He remembered that the teacher had great hopes for my writing career, and that Thoreau was my hero. And so that night something great did happen. I met the young man who became my husband, the love of my life! We started to see each other, and were together for 39 years.
Meditation Is the Key to Developing Our Psychic Abilities
So, since meditation is the path to uniting body, mind and spirit, and the way to open the gates to our higher angels, we better discuss it! There are so many different kinds of meditation; it would take volumes to describe them all. Since I have tried many of them, I am going to describe the one that works best for me, and then discuss a few exercises to help you get started.
Believe it or not, although I had clairsentient experiences before I began meditating, developing them was not my primary reason. I mentioned I have scoliosis, and in my early 20s, it was chronic pain which led me to meditation through the most excellent physical therapist I ever met. She told me much of my pain stemmed from being such a tense person, and recommended it as a way to get me to relax. So what I chose was a form of transcendental meditation, or TM, which was popular in the 1970s when I learned it. So accept this esoteric, sacred information from an ancient wise woman who still feels and thinks young!
First you need to choose a mantra. This is just a string of nonsense syllables that you are going to repeat over and over in your head. It shouldn’t be words, because the purpose of repeating this mantra is to clear all the unimportant and annoying thoughts from your head. If you choose a real word, you already have associations with it, and that makes it harder. Try to think of a mantra about six syllables long, or one which makes you calm. Keep it easy so you don’t forget it.
Find a comfortable chair. Sit with your feet flat on the floor, your hands loosely in your lap. Try to use good posture. If you like, you can sit cross legged or in the yoga pose, and hold your hands up and make a circle with your thumb and index fingers, but it’s really not necessary. Find a quiet place and turn out the lights. Take a cleansing breath. Breathe in through your belly, out through the mouth. Your belly should move more than the chest. You can breathe a little harder than you normally do, but don’t fret. Eventually, you will choose your own style of meditation, and there will be other suggestions about posture and breathing. My goal is just to get you started. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and all that. In an emergency I’ve meditated in a lounge off of a lady’s room at work, or in my car in a parking lot. Life is tough.
Serious Meditation Practices Aid Psychic Senses and Intuition
You are going to try to aim towards doing this mediation twice a day for 20 minutes. Set a timer. But just try once a day for a while. It’s not as easy as you think to clear your mind, even with the help of repeating the mantra. You can say the mantra out loud if you want, but I think it aids concentration to keep silent and repeat it in your mind. At first all kinds of thoughts will creep in. What do I want to eat for lunch? What should I buy my partner for a birthday gift? Do I really want to go to that party Saturday? What was I thinking when I chose this ugly wallpaper?
But stay with it, hold onto that mantra, and gradually you will experience periods of clarity for longer and longer. This is your goal, and you are off to a start! When the timer goes off, sit quietly for a minute or two, then stretch and open your eyes. Some people meditate with their eyes open, so if you want, that’s up to you. But once you get better at keeping a clear mind for around 20 minutes, you should feel calm and like you woke up from a restful nap. You will feel your muscles start to relax as you get better at it too. This is important to know, because once you know the cues that make you tense up, you can immediately try to relax that body part. When you feel ready, try to move up to twice a day. Many will tell you to meditate first thing in the morning, but when I do that, I fall back to sleep. So fit it in where you can. It does help to do it right before you go to bed, even sitting up in the bed, because once you master this, you’ll just fall asleep and find that it’s morning and you slept the night.
Now that you have the gist of meditation (and you may try any style, use what works for you), it’s time to put it to work to clear the negative energy out of those chakras. I have two favorite exercises, and they are really easy. Don’t forget, we need to clear ALL of the chakras here, not just the four that contribute to our psychic clairs.
Exercise One: Release Negative Energies in Chakras
Sit in that comfortable chair or however you decided to sit when you meditate. You don’t need the mantra now. These are visualization exercises. Start at the root chakra at the tail end of your spine. It’s red. Focus on that body part; try to feel it, and to see the red color. You want to get rid of any negative energy that built up there. Once you see it in your mind and can focus, think of a red balloon. It’s filled with negative energy. Let it go. Watch it float to your ceiling, go outside, and continue to float up and out into the sky until you can’t see it anymore. I like to picture a dark, starry, night sky. Wasn’t that easy?
Go onto the second chakra, the sacral one. It’s orange. Focus on it, feel it, visualize the orange balloon. Once again, let it float in your imagination to the ceiling, watch it go outside, and let the breeze take it up and away into the universe. You cleared two chakras of negative energy now.
Just continue in this manner. Next is the third chakra, your solar plexus, the yellow one. This one is important, because many of us give away too much of our power. Focus on your body part, visualize the balloon, and then, up and away with the negativity.
As you get better at this exercise, you will feel energy in the cleared chakra. I’m telling you this for a reason, because the fourth chakra is the heart chakra. You can visualize it as pink, but most people see it as green. (I like pink). Whatever works for you. Focus on the balloon clearing out the negativity and clearing space for positive emotions. This is the one you will feel most strongly as you get better at this. I’ve heard some people say they thought they were having gas pains or heart attacks when clearing the heart chakra. But our emotions are very powerful, and we feel them so strongly in our hearts. So don’t be scared, just be cautious here.
Next we get to the fifth, or throat chakra. If you haven’t screamed at anyone or even told them what you really thought lately, you have loads of negative energy there. Focus on that light blue balloon, get it out of the house, and let it fly out into that sky. You should feel better already.
The sixth chakra is the third eye, most important in our psychic senses. It’s indigo blue. You will do the same balloon visualization, but once you do, ask Spirit to show you anything you should know. Spend a little extra time on this one. You may see a vision of something or someone (this is the goal of the exercise; eventually you will get feedback from doing this). I also see purple light during most meditation, it’s the most spiritual.
The last and seventh chakra is the crown chakra, a purple one. Continue the usual visualization, and let the purple balloon take away any negativity. But also, this is a very spiritual chakra; so again, ask Spirit if there is a lesson you need to work on, or a mission you are on Earth to accomplish. Wait a bit, maybe you will see something. Then relax for a minute, stretch, and open your eyes. At first you may not feel that this visualization activity does much for you, but give it time and focus, and you will definitely feel it when you are ready. You will feel different feelings in the chakras that are ones holding energies or releasing them.
Exercise Two: Visualization
The second exercise is similar to the first one. The only difference is I like to visualize pinwheels, the kind that spin around in the breeze, little kids play with them. I do this exercise the same as the first, for each chakra and color. But to get rid of the negative energy, I “see” the pinwheel spinning counterclockwise as it releases the bad energy. In my visualization, the pinwheels don’t fly away like the balloons, but maybe you have more imagination than me. Put them wherever you want. Or give the pinwheels to children, they are colorful and pretty, and you rid them of negative energy!
I know this may sound trivialized or even anticlimactic after sharing so many serious psychic experiences with you. But the point I want you to take away is that you had all this power within you all the time. It’s like Dorothy with the ruby slippers, in The Wizard of Oz. I have come to believe in my years and studies with so many psychics, readers, shamans, and healers that we all have divinity in us. Some may be more sensitive than others.
But if you continue to work with these energies and keep on meditating, it can do wonders for your body, mind, and spirit. Your general health will improve. Yogis and some of the Buddhist monks I’ve chanted with have cured themselves of cancer just by doing what I told you here. Of course, they spend hours doing it. People around you will feel the positive and healing energies that emanate from you. People have told me they feel calm in my presence, when I’ve been at some of the most stressful and awful times of my life. I seem to have been gifted with the power to calm people, even when I am not calm myself. And if what I wrote here helps even one person to feel stronger and better, I will consider myself truly blessed.
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