Something Woo Woo This Way Comes
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert
Your way of being is affected by your inner knowhow and your experiences have been guided by your subconscious mind. If you wish to develop your psychic and intuitive abilities it can be useful to know how you receive information psychically and how you operate intuitively.
Everyone has heard of the term ‘clairvoyant’, but there are other forms of ‘Clairs’. You may be proficient in one style but most of us are inclined to a combination.
If you are aware of NLP (Neuro linguistic programming), which is used in therapy for change, release and motivation, you will immediately spot the similarity in identifying sub-modalities as representational systems.
Many NLPers would freak out at the thought of these similarities, but if you understand that psyche means the mind, soul and spirit, the worrying can stop and we can all play together nicely.
The Clairs are as follows:
Clairvoyance = clear seeing
Clairaudience = clear hearing
Clairsentience = clear feeling
Claircognisence = clear knowing
Clairangence = clear touching
Clairgustance = clear tasting
Clairalience = clear smelling
If you are clairvoyant, you ‘see’ with your third eye chakra as well as your eyes. You see images or symbols in your mind, or you ‘see’ things that others might not. Images or mind pictures might appear at any time seemingly unrelated to what you are doing or who you are with. By careful observation or by paying attention you will begin to understand and know if you are receiving messages. When the third eye is open, much information is visible when in a meditative state. Some clairvoyants see spirits; if you had a reading to be in touch with a relative who has passed over, you would more than likely visit a clairvoyant. Historical references describe this ability (coupled with telling the future) as having the second sight.
If you have conversations in your mind or you hear voices of spirits, you are a clairaudient. Some clairaudients hears sounds and voices as if there were someone there and they might or might not see the person or spirit. If you visit someone with this ability, they may well have an actual conversation with sound as opposed to only in thought form. Sometimes, when people begin working with angel energies, they are treated to beautiful melodic sounds.
Clairaudients may also ‘hear’ your thoughts and feelings; if you spend a lot of time talking to yourself or having imaginary conversations, you will probably use this modality.
Are you aware of other people’s feelings and emotions? It might be that you notice changes in temperature or your tummy lurching in reaction. If so, you are clairsentient. If you tune into others on a sentient level, you might suddenly burst into tears if you pick up immense sadness from them. Likewise, you might detect someone with bad or negative intentions and that can cause a wave of anxiety. If you are detecting spirits or other energies, you might feel ‘the touch’ like a fine breeze or change in temperature. Empaths are often clairsentient but very finely tuned. Being an empath can be tiring, as they might feel what everyone around them is experiencing and it is beneficial to learn and use ways to switch off or dilute the feelings. This might be easier said than done, but worth practicing if you feel this is what is happening to you.
This represents ‘just knowing’. Have you ever experienced that moment when you know something, yet you have no knowledge of how you know and you can’t explain it? It might be that you know when someone has arrived somewhere or you might know that a relative or close friend has been involved in an accident or died. Do you head for the phone or pick up your mobile before it rings? Do you know that a letter is on its way before the postman arrives? If you are tuning into spirits or angels, you know of their presence without necessarily seeing them.
This sense is detecting and receiving information through touch. It is usually referred to as psychometry. This is when people can hold an object and are able to share knowledge on the owner or historical facts like what has happened near the object.
If you are given or buy yourself something second-hand, depending on the previous owner, it might feel positive or negative. You are also able to gather information from standing stones. Funnily though, when you get information from an object, it is often in the form of imagery or fleeting thoughts because all senses work in harmony.
Can you taste coffee without drinking any or even being anywhere near it? Maybe you are able to taste substances that another person likes if you tune into them. For example, I once heard from a set of twins that each would know what the other was having for supper because they could taste it. This wasn’t always pleasing as one loved curry much more than other, but she would get her own back by eating sticky blue cheese, which the curry lover abhorred. If you tune into spirits you may get a sweet taste in your mouth like the little violet sweets.
If you are using this sense, you smell things often that no one else can. Sometimes you might get the briefest whiff of flowers or cigars. If I think about my mother, I can smell freesias, which were her favourites; at other times, I can smell them when there are none about: in the middle of winter, for example.
In the spirit world, smells can be created to alert you to their presence. If you are working with spirits, they can let you know if they perhaps liked a drink or a smoke.
Now you have read through the information on the various Clairs, you will know how and where you fit. Or, do you? Perhaps you chop and change in various situations. Maybe one is stronger than another if you are tired or very happy. How do you remember people when you first meet them? If you think about someone you love what are you thinking? Are you imagining how they look, sound or their smell?
Do particular sights, sounds or smells trigger memories in you?
The classic is the smell of school dinners. If I smell them now I am transported to a clattering noisy hall with ghastly dinner ladies sending us back to eat the grey unknown slimy substance – vegetables, I believe – swimming in brown matter that purported to be gravy. It did, however, teach me to always be nervous of brown foods unless it is chocolate. At the same time, though, I can recall the smell and taste of delicious sponge puddings with bright, almost luminous, yellow creamy custard – sounds like we were eating nuclear waste doesn’t it?
Ideally, it would be great if we could all use all the senses and I think, to a lesser or greater degree, we can. It is possible to enhance any of these abilities if you wish or work on really perfecting the more dominant one or ones you are already aware of.
My grandsons talk and laugh when there isn’t anyone we can see, and various people in the house have sensed and occasionally seen ‘extras’ – nothing scary though. The best was one morning when Vinnie, my eldest grandson, was about two and was in my living room with Charlie, his mummy and my daughter. They were up early and he was looking through the open door towards the hall, smiling. Charlie assumed that one of us was there hiding in preparation to make her jump. When none of us appeared, she asked Vinnie who was there. ‘A horse,’ he replied. ‘Okay,’ thought Charlie. Strange? Not really as we live at Barnfield, so historically it would have been where the horses were kept.
If you are doing a psychic reading for someone, it would help you to know how they process information so you can be on the same level.
This brings us nicely round in a full circle back to NLP.
If you give information to someone who is very visual and then ask how that sounds, they might look at you blankly. If you rephrase it to ‘how does it look’, they will understand immediately.
Recognising your preferred Clair can be achieved with free-flow thinking. This is where you relax a little and let your thoughts wander to wherever they want to. You can drift into a daydream and in it you will know what you are seeing, feeling, touching, knowing, tasting and smelling.
Another technique is to only use one sense at a time. Put an apple or other food substance that you like in front of you and look at it until you get an absolutely perfect image of it. Then close your eyes and recreate the image in your mind’s eye. Try and make it as vivid as possible. Think about and create the colour, the texture and the shape with as much clarity as you can. Then imagine cutting it in half and noticing how it looks inside. Work through all your senses in this way, imagining how it tastes, smells, feels and so on.
When you are an expert, repeat the process but with a person, either by looking at someone until you know exactly how they look or using a photo. Think about how the person moves and sounds. In your mind, look at the texture of their hair, skin and clothes. If you are having a conversation with them or they are telling you something, what would they be saying? Hear the level of their voice and the inflections. Be aware of emotions you do or don’t feel.
I once led a guided meditation journey with a client called Ralph. I asked him to float above his home and describe what was happening. He related to me that he saw his flat mate, John, arrive at the house, park his car and unload a couple of boxes. He then laughed at his imagination because John was away and he thought he’d obviously made up the whole scene. About an hour after his session, he phoned me in disbelief because he’d arrived home to find that John was there after having cut short his holiday. This had happened at the exact time of the visualisation. And the boxes? John had stopped off at work and had been given a computer and printer for home-work.
Why not take yourself on a journey in your mind to anywhere you choose and just notice which bits are easier than others.
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