When people hear the word “clairvoyant” they immediately picture a fortune teller and a crystal ball. From French “clair” meaning “clear” and “voyance” meaning “vision”- essentially someone who can see clearly in the future. This is a term a lot of psychics and mediums use to describe their talents.
But, there are other “clairs.”
I am not clairvoyant. I don’t always “see” things like they do. However, I am clairaudient and clairsentient. This can be confusing to some when they call up on me to do readings or perform as a “medium” between our world and spirit. Most people have no idea that there are other ways of “seeing.”
So what is what?
Clairaudience is the ability to hear spirits. What does it sound like? It depends on the spirits and what they want to say and want me to hear. Most spirits I work with are ancestral and guiding spirits. They help guide me in the direction I need to go or when working with clients will direct me in the best way to help address and remediate the situation of the client. And of course, there are the ghosts- spirits who need to reach out for contact- or spirits of those who choose to come back and watch over things. Sometimes these communications can be harder to hear and harder to decipher – depending on how strong the spirit it is- they can either sound muffled, sound like they are underwater or be clear as a bell!
Clairsentient is a gift that has taken me a good long while to get used to and the one I use most often. I am an Empath, meaning I can pick up emotions and energy from just about everyone at any given time. Being clairsentient means that I can pick up energy from the past and present. What makes it so hard sometimes, is that I can’t always tell if it’s a spirit energy I am picking up on or if I am picking up energy from others. Its why when I do spirit work, I often need to be alone and in a quiet space so I can filter whatever feelings I get. And trust me, its not always easy. I have to say, clairsentient is the hardest to get used to and takes years to be able to hone in on what it is you need to “pick up.”
Being “psychic” or having “psychic abilities” is not just being able to predict or see into the future. Being medium isn’t always like its depicted-on TV. There are so many different forms of abilities that its not fair to lump them all in one category.
So, do I actually “see” anything? Well yes. Often when I am working with spirit or spirits I will see images in my mind of what the person wants me to see. I will see female or male. I will see long or short hair. And then I usually pick up on their energy (clairsentience) and if I am lucky enough, they will whisper in my ear.
Just remember, the next time you schedule a reading—there is more than one way of seeing!