Are you clairvoyant? Do you seem to see things before they happen? Not all people with “clair sensing” see literal visions — some may experience strong gut feelings, hear key messages, or regularly have prophetic dreams.
Even if you don’t do any of these things right now, this is an ability that most humans have. If you’re interested in doing so, you can work to refine and strengthen it.
What is Clairvoyance?
Clairvoyance is a compound word from the French “clair,” for “clear,” and “voyant,” for “seeing.” It refers specifically to people who seem to obtain hidden information through visions, but is also often used as a kind of catchall term for any of the other “clair senses.”
People who are clairvoyant are able to know things about other people, places, objects, or events through visions, symbols, and images. These may not play out like vivid hallucinations, or images akin to a video on a screen, but are often much more subtle. The clairvoyant person learns how to pick up on and understand this information in order to discover things.
Unlike the practice of divination, clairvoyance isn’t always a conscious, purposeful action. Diviners will focus on a question they wish to answer while using their chosen method or tool, while clairvoyants may have images and visions simply come to them. In some cases, these signs are unwanted, or even distressing.
Types of Clairvoyance
The popular image of clairvoyance is a person falling into a trance and watching events play out in their mind before “snapping out of it” with all of the information they need, but this isn’t generally how it works in real life. There are several different ways that clairvoyance can manifest, including:
- Visions. This type is the closest to the stereotypical portrayal of clairvoyance. The person in question sees visions in their mind’s eye. They can be still like a photo, or depict a scene like a movie. They may also be literal or metaphorical.
- Aura reading. This is a type of clairvoyance in which the viewer sees the aura of people or other organisms, and is able to determine their mental state and physical health.
- Prophetic dreams. Dreams can sometimes depict events which have yet to happen. If these dreams are visual, they are an aspect of clairvoyance.
- Telepathy. Telepathy is the transmission of information between two individuals using nothing but the power of thought. Telepathy can be an aspect of clairvoyance when this information includes images, symbols, or other visual depictions.
There are other “clair senses” that can happen either alone, or in conjunction with clairvoyance. Every sense that humans possess has a “clair” variant, even ones you might not normally expect. These are:
- Clairaudience. This is the auditory equivalent of clairvoyance. In clairsentience, the person hears words, sounds, music, or other audible signals that reveal hidden information. Just like the images in clairvoyance, these sounds aren’t audible to those around the clairaudient person.
- Clairgustance. This involves taste. A clairgustant person can receive messages through their sense of taste — like the sweetness of honey, or the bitterness of poison — that reveal secrets to them.
- Clairtangence. This type relies on the sense of touch. A clairtangent person can feel psychic signals through their tactile sense. They may pick up an object that belonged to someone, and receive information about an event in its history.
- Clairalience. This involves scent. Similarly to a clairgustant person, a clairalient person receives information through their sense of smell. They may pick up on the scent of coffee in an abandoned house, or a deceased person’s perfume, for example.
- Clairempathy. This is psychic feeling. Unlike regular empathy, in which one person’s mirror neurons respond based on another person’s observed emotions, this can happen regardless of place or time. For example, if a clairempathetic person’s friend experiences a sudden tragedy, the clairempathetic person may feel sadness or anger without being told what happened.
- Claircognizance. This is less related to the physical senses than the other “clair senses” are. Claircognizant people are able to intuitively know information without visions, sounds, smells, or tastes.
- Clairsentience. Clairsentience is very similar to claircognizance. Instead of knowing, it’s best to look at it as perceiving. Clairsentient people are able to pick up on energetic information by being around a person, place, or thing. Rather than visions, sounds, tastes, or smells, this may manifest as a chill, goosebumps, or feeling of warmth.
Signs of Clairvoyance
There are many ways that clairvoyant potential manifests in people. Even if you aren’t able to experience clear visions of the future just yet, you may still have untapped clairvoyant abilities if you:
- Dream vividly, especially in color. Dreams are one way that clairvoyance comes through. If you have realistic, memorable dreams on a regular basis, you may have the potential for clairvoyant visions.
- Are good at “connecting dots.” If you have an innate ability to see how events and situations fit together, you may be clairvoyant. This talent is necessary for understanding what visions are trying to tell you.
- Have high spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize a space or object from different angles, and process information about it.
- Have a strong sense of direction. This is an extension of spatial intelligence.
- Are creative. A lot of creativity involves visualization of an end product. If you’re skilled at drawing, painting, sculpting, or any other art form that has a visual component, you may potentially be clairvoyant.
- Often get “flashes” of things at the edge of your vision. If you’ve ever seen a moving object in the corner of your eye, only to have it disappear once you turn your head, you may be clairvoyant.
- Often “space out” and daydream. If you find your mind wandering and have to snap back to attention frequently, this can be an indicator of clairvoyance.
For most people, clairvoyance involves picking up on visions in dreams or the mind’s eye. If you have a talent for visualization, processing spatial information, and unusually vivid dreams, it’s likely that you could be clairvoyant.
Like any other sense, clairvoyance works better when it’s developed. Imagine it as the psychic equivalent of an expert perfumer, or a trained sommelier — the more time and effort you expend in refining this sense, the stronger it’ll become.
It’s a good idea to prepare yourself for this experience first. The most important thing to remember is that there’s a stark difference between a vision, and your imagination.
Anything you imagine is entirely under your control. If you visualize yourself wearing a sweater, for example, you can change its color whenever you want. If you’re receiving a genuine vision, however, it will be outside of your control. Practice visualizing and making small changes. This will help you determine when you’re daydreaming, and when you’re having a vision.
That said, visualization is also the best way to develop your clairvoyant sense. Look at a scene, picture, or even just the room around you. Close your eyes, and see how much of it you can remember. Over time, you should be able to recall more and more details.
You should also keep a dream journal. Some people’s clairvoyance manifests as prophetic dreams, and writing your dreams down can help strengthen your ability to recall them.
Meditation is also helpful. Some people who work with chakras focus specifically on the third eye, Ajna chakra. It’s located between the brows, and its color is indigo. Following guided meditations to clear and open this energy center can help enhance your visualization and clairvoyant abilities.
Clairvoyance is only one of the psychic skills that humans exhibit, but it’s the one that gets the most attention. Fortunately, if you’re able to visualize, you’re likely able to develop clairvoyant skills. By focusing on enhancing your mind’s eye, you can make it easier to pick up on visual psychic phenomena.