Below are some definitions of the various ESP skills. Some people call them gifts and in the past I too have used that word, but really they are skills as ANYONE can do this. I will say that each person does have one that usually seems to be strongest. Just as anyone can play basketball but there are only a few “Michael Jordan’s”, the same goes for the psychic/medium world. I think this has to do with things such as motivation, drive, dedication and whether it is the main purpose of what you “came here to do”. ANYONE can do this, it just takes practice, patience and dedication. And it’s not for everyone as some people just aren’t “into” this, but I can say that I LOVE what I do and have no regrets!
The definitions below are not a be-all end all, just a quick definition from the way that I see the various skills 🙂
Clairvoyance – Means “clear seeing” –Clairvoyance is defined as “the power of discerning objects not present to the senses––seeing persons, places and things by purely psychic means”. Just as you can visualize your favorite vacation moment or your favorite memory of a child, with clairvoyance you are shown things in much the same manner as you would replay one of these favorite memories. Messages may come to you as single snapshot images, either in your mind or outside your mind. Or, you may see miniature scenes, as if from a movie and the images may be black-and-white or full color. Messages can be symbolic, such as seeing a stop sign as a signal that you should take a rest, slow, or stop what you are doing or they may be an actual person, event or item. Some messages are not symbolic, rather are to be taken literally or given to the person you are reading for literally. You will learn by trial and error which messages are which and how to relay the information effectively.
Clairaudience – Means “clear hearing” – The voice may sound like your own or it may sound like someone else (your guide, an angel or the spirit you are communicating with). The voice can be heard in your mind or outside of you as if someone is standing near you talking. Many people mistake this “chatter” in our mind for our own thoughts and dismiss them, however most of us are receiving divine guidance on a constant basis; We get the thought to turn left when it’s not the normal way we would go, or to call a specific person, or read a specific book. Messages from our angels patiently repeat the guidance to us day after day until we finally follow it. You may hear your angels tell you for years that you would be a great musician, healer or author, for example, or your angels may repeatedly ask you to take better care of your body. You know that guidance comes from angels when it is loving, focused, not hurtful to you or your family, and consistent. You may also hear spirit talking from time to time (or for some people, all the time). You may hear it inside your head as I do when I’m performing a mediumship reading, and I hear the person the way they spoke in life, dialect, slang, etc. I have also heard spirit outside of my mind several times, more often right when I am waking up. One example is the day I was looking for some important tax papers, and I had been looking for about an hour and I was ready to give up. As I picked up the last box, I heard “they’re in there” as if someone was standing behind me saying those words. Sure enough, when I opened the box, the papers were lying right on top. My husband at the time had been there as well, and I asked him later if he had heard anything, and to my surprise, he had heard the same voice say the same thing!
Clairsentience – Means “Clear sensing” A person with this gift, receives messages via intuition, gut feelings and hunches. Much of our intuition comes in the form of a fluttering or tightening in the stomach area. A clairsentient interprets these gut feelings and over time will come to learn what they mean and know that it is indeed clear direction. Clairsentients can also receive messages via feelings (heart and love emotions), such as feelings of joy, which they come to know as a sign from God and the angels that they are “on the right path”. When you are using your clairsentience, you are using your second chakra, the spleen center (located just below the belly button), to sense things on an emotional level. Because clairsentience is about feeling emotion, you can also experience the emotions of someone else and think they are your own. The key to knowing when what you feel is really a clairsentient experience rather than your own feelings is whether or not you can control the emotion. If you can handle it, if it feels appropriate and manageable, it is generally yours. If it is overwhelming or there doesn’t seem to be a reason why you might feel it, or if someone you were just with was experiencing the same thing, it may be a clairsentient experience. For most people, in the beginning 90% of your psychic abilities will be of the clairsentient kind. Pay attention to how you feel when doing things or when someone is talking to you. For example, some clairsentients when doing readings will be able to tell an answer by the way they feel when the person asks the question. For example if you are reading for someone and they ask “Will I get married soon?”. You may receive a cold or warm feeling, cold would mean no and hot would mean it’s probable. We actually use clairsentience all the time.. you know that feeling when you first meet someone and you either like them or you don’t? You are sensing whether this is a genuinely good person or whether they have ulterior motives, are selfish, greedy, etc. The best analogy I have heard for it is like a lobster, he has long tentacles that reach out in front of his body that scope out the environment as he moves throughout the tank. Clairsentients have this kind of sensing going on in their bodies. They can walk into a room or a meeting and sense the mood.
Claircognizance – Means “clear knowing” Those with this gift, “just know things” without any logical reason for knowing these things. Claircognizance provides guidance in the form of ideas, concepts and thoughts. You do not see, hear or feel it, you simply know. It is not like a ‘gut-feeling’ because it comes from the brain rather than the stomach. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say before “I don’t know how I know, I just know”. A claircognizant knows without knowing how or why he knows, consequently, they may doubt the validity of such knowledge. Those with this gift can speak about topics that they have never studied or know nothing about, the information is “just there” when they need it or ask for it. I have found myself many times speaking of things, and after say to myself “I don’t know how I knew any of that!” I also see this happening with events in people’s lives. When I meet someone for the first time, usually I know many things about them without them having said anything or told me anything. I experienced this all my life, but didn’t really know what it was until recently. An example of Claircognizance might be – You are on the metro and overhear a stranger talking about their daughter. Immediately you know the girl’s approximate age and that she is, or will be, a dancer. You cannot explain why, you just do.
Clairalience –Means “Clear Smelling” and is a gift when people can smell the odor of a person who is not on the earth plane. They can sometimes smell their pipe tobacco, cigarette tobacco, food smells, different spices as though they are coming from a kitchen, or smell the places where the deceased person worked like a chemical factory or the docks. A great example of this, and something that MANY people experience is smelling the perfume your grandmother that has passed on used to wear, or the aroma of the tobacco your grandfather used to smoke. People at Civil War sites routinely report of smelling gun powder, cigar smoke and whiskey. People with clairalience may also smell things in relation to guidance, for example if someone asks you if you should purchase a particular car, for example, a used car, you may smell an engine burning or smoke. Chances are this car has problems or has been in an accident and they probably shouldn’t buy the car.
Clairgustance – Means “clear tasting” is being aware of tastes without putting anything physically in the mouth. It is claimed that those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste. This has happened to me a couple of times, one example is a reading where I tasted spaghetti, and it turned out the woman who was coming through, their grandmother, loved to cook spaghetti.
Psychometry – This is the ability to “read” objects, the art of interpreting the psychic vibrations contained in objects, also referred to as “psychic touch”. In other words, you can hold or touch an object and receive information about that object, the person that owns the object as well as others that have owned the object, past, present and future. Many mediums ask for an item that belongs to the person to hold while they do the reading in order to “connect with that person’s energy”. Emotions seem to be held the strongest within an object and are usually one of the first impressions people get when holding an object. It is also used by psychics in missing persons cases-they request to touch and hold an item that is connected to the missing person.
Precognition – the ability to know what is going to happen in advance. Many of these precognitive visions come 24-48 hours before the event is going to happen, but they can occur within any time-frame. The difference between precognition & premonition: Precognition generally involves knowledge of a future event while premonition involves the sense or feeling that something is going to happen. Two weeks before his assassination, Abraham Lincoln had a dream that there was a funeral at the White House. In the dream he asked a soldier who was in the casket and the reply was, “the president of United States”. Later when he told his wife about the dream, she remarked that he would die in office. Sometimes precognition are for things we can do something about-the changeable future and sometimes they are for the unchangeable future. For example, Abraham Lincoln saw that he would die, but not how(unchangeable). However many people saw the Titanic sink via precognition and chose not to get onboard (changeable). Precognition can be very specific or very vague and sometimes you will not know what to do with the information. This is where communicating with your guides comes in handy and you can ask them for more information and what you are supposed to do with the information. You can also, prior to falling asleep, think about what type of information you need to clarify from a previous dream. Instruct yourself to have a clarifying dream and when it comes, to awaken you. Be sure to have writing material handy. Remember! Don’t give up after only one try, keep trying and you’ll get something.
Automatic writing – Automatic writing is the process, or product, of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer. The writer’s hand forms the message, and the person is unaware of what will be written. Some believe that the spirits actually manipulate the writing utensil the medium is using. Others believe that the spirits are communicating telepathically and the writer is writing what they receive. It is sometimes done in a trance state but can also be done when not in trance. Many people use automatic writing to convey a message from a loved one, an angel or anyone in the spirit world. Some people have even used it to write a complete book.
Channeling – While many things can fall under the category channeling, for example automatic writing, usually when using the term channeling, they are talking about physical mediumship channeling. Of this kind, there are two different types. The first is where the spirit takes control of your body-the medium allows a spirit, spirit guide or other entity to take over their body and provide messages. When the spirit is being channeled, the spirit is the one speaking, therefore the words and dialect are often unrecognizable as the person whose physical body is being used. Sylvia Browne frequently allows her spirit guide, Francine to channel through her to give messages. This type of channeling (also referred to as physical mediumship) is not recommended unless you are in a group that is very familiar with channeling as it takes a lot of energy as well as has some safety risks associated. Channeling is usually something that you agree to, so don’t be worried that a spirit will unwillingly take over your body, that is a very rare occurrence. The second type of channeling is where you are still “channeling” information from a spirit, spirit guide or entity, however they are not controlling your body. So, you are still receiving the information, but it is spoken with your voice and you are still aware of what is going on. Many people channel for all kinds of things, there are channel painters, authors, musicians, etc.
Empath – Empathy is one’s ability to recognize, perceive and directly feel the emotion of another person, it’s similar to clairsentience but still different. Empaths feel everything more deeply as they tend to automatically live by the “put yourself in their shoes” role. Everything they come across, they feel it as if it were their own feeling, situation, etc. Yes, most people are shocked and disgusted by the things they watch on tv, the crime, the hate, the greed, but an empath completely experiences it as if it were actually happening to them; the emotions, the way that person feels. They tend to absorb all of it, and if not careful, will absorb the good and the bad and it will linger and affect their lives in many ways. Learning about empaths for me, was one of the best things that happened. All throughout my life, I felt a connection with people, knew things about them and their state of mind and it affected me deeply; until I learned what an empath was, I just felt like I was “weird”, and knowing the definition of an empath was like an “ah-hah” moment for me where I felt “So that’s what this thing that’s been going on my entire life is!!” If you are an empath, psychic protection is a MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The difference between a psychic and a psychic medium: All mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums. Everyone is psychic to some degree using the natural intuitive or sixth sense that is inherent in all of us. A psychic is sensitive to the electrical, magnetic and other energies emanating from the individual and known as the aura. A psychic is able to access information from the emotional, physical and spiritual parts of the auric field. As the aura contains all the information about a person’s life, psychic readings can be very accurate. A psychic also uses the natural ability to be aware of non-verbal communication i.e.. body language, facial expression, dress sense etc.
Mediums are people that communicate with spirit and receive and relay messages from the afterlife. The objective of a medium’s work is to prove survival of the human personality after death and to help the bereaved come to terms with their loss. With a medium it is more about connecting with those that have crossed over than “telling the future”. For those of you who have seen Ghost Whisperer, she is a medium. She sees and communicates with spirits, delivers messages from those spirits to their loved ones (or someone involved in their life) and helps them “cross-over”. To most mediums, that is the best part, to be able to not only communicate their messages to loved ones to give them peace, but then to also be able to help them cross over (or “go into the light” as on Ghost Whisperer) instead of being stuck here as an Earthbound Spirit (which is something we will go over in a future class).