How Do You Know if You Have Clairsentience or “Clear Feeling”?

Have you ever gotten a feeling that took your breath away, and you suddenly knew that you or someone you love is in danger, only to find out later that you were right? Have you ever felt the hairs stand up on the back of your neck or felt like someone was “tapping” on your shoulder, then turned around and saw someone approaching you across the room? Have you ever lost something and given up on ever finding it, then for no reason at all, you instantly knew where it was?

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It has long been theorized that everyone has psychic abilities. Just like everyone has five physical senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, vision), each person has a sixth sense, intuition or a higher level of perception.  Of course, some people have more developed gifts than others, and this intuitive ability can take a myriad of forms.

Clairsentience is actually a very common psychic gift. It can be activated without conscious awareness. Many that have the ability are able to use it without even realizing what is happening. For instance, many medical professionals find it easy to diagnose sick patients. Many counselors simply "understand" the person that has come to them for help.

What is Clairsentience?

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Clairsentience, loosely translated, means "clear-feeling". It is perhaps the most basic of all the intuitive skills. This idea that knowledge of things invisible to our physical senses (including other people’s feelings) can be felt with our higher faculties has been around for a long time. Clairsentience, “clear sensing” or “clear feeling” is an extremely heightened form of empathy.

Clairsentience is the ability to feel and experience the energy in an intuitive way. This energy stream includes other people’s feelings, inanimate objects, spiritual insights, and premonitions of the future. Basically, you are aware ofall types of energetic vibrations through your own body and emotions. Empathy is clairsentience which is focused on other people. An empath reads and feels emotions that are coming from other people.

Emotions (both from the person feeling them and the original source) are very involved in clairsentience. This is a gift that may be refined to enhance communications with Spirit.

4 Ways that Clairsentience may Manifest Itself:

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  1. Instincts/Insights/Gut Feelings

Sudden inspirations, insights or instincts which appear out of the blue are usually clairsentience in action. These can be strong sudden emotional and physical responses where a person feels joy, dread or excitement, which then cause reactions. These sudden gut feelings may cause someone to turn left instead of right to avoid an accident. A sudden unexpected insight may cause you to avoid someone without ever knowing why.

Often, these feelings allow you to sense situations very quickly. Sometimes they serve as an inspiration to go on, or show you the way to avoid a roadblock.This sudden onslaught of feelings will not go away until you understand where it’s coming from or act on it.

  1. Sympathy and Empathy

Empathy is an intuitive psychic gift. It is the capability of picking up someone else’s feelings. A true empath who has the gift of clairsentience can actually know exactly what someone else is experiencing. Clairsentience that manifests as sympathy or heightened empathy can cause the psychic some emotional issues. For example, if you are experiencing overwhelming negative feelings which are not based on anything in your life, you may be feeling another person’s feelings.

  1. Physical Sensations

Clairsentience also triggers physical sensations in your body. This can be a tickle or a pressure. A tingling sensation on the top of the head (crown chakra) has often been reported. It may also, in extreme cases, be physical pain.

Many clairsentients experience a tapping, a nudging or a pulling. Sometimes this physical manifestation is to direct your attention towards a certain person, problem or solution.

  1. Emotional Attachments

The most unusual clairsentience manifestation is a deep and unbreakable emotional attachment to someone else. You can sense or "feel" them at a distance.  Even when you and the other person have conflicts or have broken up the relationship, you still continue to feel connected. If you are emotionally attached (or energetically linked) to someone who is experiencing ups and downs, you feel them too. Unless this attachment or energy link is severed, you may be at the mercy of someone else’s highs and lows. This can continue for long periods of time. There are energy rituals and chakra work that balances your own emotions in order to cut the spiritual/energetic ties you have to another person.

Complications with Clairsentience:

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Clairsentience and empathy are often flip sides of the same sense. These two gifts, when not recognized, can have an emotional impact. Although psychics normally recognize the energy of their own kind (other psychics), they can often be confused by the masking elements in clairsentience and empathy.

If a clairsentient is picking up sadness or fear, another psychic may have problems distinguishing which emotions and feelings are coming from other people.

It is not unusual for people with this psychic ability to be falsely diagnosed with anxiety, depression or other disorders. Sometimes empaths or clairsentients may develop compulsive and addictive behaviors (food, drugs, alcohol).  These addictive behaviors have become an outlet for the expanded feelings that those gifted people are receiving from outside their true frames of reference.

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Clairsentience can present problems to the person who is experiencing it. It’s great to be able to understand other people. But if you are an empath, you may find yourself feeling emotions that belong to someone else. You are a channel or a sponge that can absorb both negative and positive feelings and emotions.

If you don’t know that you are a clairsentient, it is difficult to understand that you are feeling someone else’s pain. Even if you identify the emotions as outside of you, they can still be difficult to control. There are a lot of people that still struggle with these experiences without understanding why.  If they understood that they have the gift of clairsentience and knew how to use it, their lives would be easier.

We all have the potential to improve and enhance the abilities we have. It’s a good idea to understand these gifts and enhance your psychic powers.

Clairsentience can be difficult to live with or it can be a useful psychic ability. Become intentional and develop it in a conscious way. Do you think you are clairsentient?


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  1. By Chris is Still Learning on

    My Grandmonther was pshycic and I inherited a small portion of her gift. Thigs were pertty scary for me when I was young and I had the unfortunate experience of shadow people. I learned to "shut it off" and since then the only thing that remained is clairsentience. Now, in my 40s, I'm considering trying to activate again but honestly I'm a bit nervous. Past experiences were both intense and outright evil. But I may have more control now. I don't want anything going on at home and so my question is, should I keep "retired" or try and tap my gift again. I am extremely curious and very deep with faith.

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  2. By Scott rose on

    This has been quit a find for me ! I am an empath. I am 62 now, I have always been able to feel others feelings. Sometimes I know something is going to happen before it happens. I don't like crowds because there is too much energy that overwhelms me. I do suffer from anxiety, is this why ? I know intuitively how to speak to someone, whether they are a poor down and out street person or a CEO of a major corporation. I want to learn how to control these gifts. Sometimes I know what people are thinking. But I cannot sit down and intentionally read someone. Can someone give me some guidance PLEASE? It's been a very long 62 years. Thank you Scott 

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    • By Troi G. on

      Hi Scott, if I were you I’d start with a basic book. Try “Empath 101: A Basic Primer On Life As An Empath” by Damiana Alder.  It’s a kindle book – you can download the free app to your computer or mobile device. If that’s no good, then just type ‘Empath’ into Amazon and see what appeals to you. Good luck.

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  3. By Raina on

    This article has been so enlightening. I have always been the outsider. Get along with everyone but never belong with any group. Crowds have always been an issue especially in recent years. Too overwelming especially in a room. I've had many preminitions that turned out true including my father totaling an 18 wheel semi. I've had spirit contact from touch to talking to a vision. I have only been aware of my gift for about 6 years. I was able to pinpoint what it is in the last year. I find it hard to talk to anyone except my mother as she has the gift as well. I can't wait to see where my gift takes me in the future! 

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  4. By Kelly on


    I need help in further understanding what's happening to me. I've had 3 experiences over the last few years in which I could look at a person and know that they were going to die. I sense a very strong feeling that something isn't right with the person the minute I look into their eyes and I do a quick double-take of their face. And a few hours or days later, I find out that they have died. These were all people that I didn't know very well but who I came in contact with occasionally. One committed suicide, one was elderly and the other had an anurism (I know that I'm spelling this incorrectly). The lady who had the anurism worked in my office. A few days after I looked at her and sensed that she would die- she did- and I felt her passing in real time. I was in a meeting and suddenly started feeling a heaviness in my chest- I just had a "knowing" that someone was dying-but at the time, I kept pushing it out of my head that it might be her. I felt compelled to look at the time which was 1:30pm and kept repeating that time in my head. The feeling subsided and I had such an urge to get up and go to the window and open it (to let the spirit out) but I was in a conference room full of people and had to control this urge. The next day the office was informed that this lady died. Her time of death was 1:30pm.

    Any help or guidance given would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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