Which Types of Psychic Abilities /
Intuitive Abilities Are You Using?
Part I Of II

My intention in writing this article about types of psychic abilities is that it will:

  • help you recognize ways you are already receiving intuitive/psychic energy impressions
  • describe more possible ways you can receive this information
  • inspire you to develop your natural abilities to include ones that you usually don’t focus on
  • encourage you to reach beyond the limitations inherent in any kind of naming or labeling (spiritual experiences are often difficult to describe, and can mean different things to different people)
  • demystify and be one more resource that helps to dissolve any possible fear related to intuitive/psychic experiences (fear influenced by messages of the media, entertainment industry and our culture at large)
More Types Of Psychic Abilities - Arising Sunrise!

With an open mind (and heart), intuitive/psychic information can show up in countless ways!

Physical vs. Spiritual Realm Experiences

For interpreting physical-level experiences, there are the five sense of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. If you want, you can choose to be more aware of one or more of these senses to “take in” an experience more fully. Like when you are eating your favorite meal and want to savor every mouthful, or are taking in the “sights” of your favorite vacation spot, or are smelling your way through a garden filled with fresh, ripened roses.

With the more inner-focused spiritual realm, there are different types of psychic abilities available to us. Developing and using these natural intuitive/psychic abilities can help us with interpreting, clarifying and expanding our experiences far beyond our five physical senses alone. Chances are you have already identified some of these abilities yourself! You might have also noticed that there are many different ways that people have named and categorized types of psychic abilities. The names are not important-the experiences are.

The "Clairs"

Some types of psychic abilities have names that begin with “clair,” which means “clear” in French. They are named to specify the way you are sensing or receiving information spiritually.

There is a correlation between which physical-level five senses you usually use the most, and which of the related ”clair” types of psychic abilities you usually use the most. This doesn’t mean you can’t choose to develop the other “clairs.” It’s just that it might be easier and inspire you the most to first strengthen the “clairs” you already use most naturally.

The “clairs” are:

  • clairvoyance (clear seeing, or psychic vision)
  • clairaudience (clear hearing, or psychic hearing)
  • clairsentience (clear feeling/sensing or psychic feeling/sensing, including clairempathy)
  • clairtangency (clear touching or more commonly, psychometry)
  • claircognizance (clear knowing or psychic knowing)
  • clairgustance (clear tasting or psychic tasting, sometimes also called clairambience)
  • clairalience (clear smelling or psychic smelling, sometimes also called clairscent)


Psychic Vision - Owl

During your day, do you usually pay the most attention to how things look?

If so, you probably are most open to a visual perspective and clairvoyance, or psychic vision.

You may remember or learn things best with visuals (as opposed to, for example, being told something new).

Some other things that could indicate psychic vision: having vivid dreams, visions, mental images and mini-movies that flash in your awareness; seeing the colors of the energy fields around people, plants, and animals; having an amazing sense of direction; easily visualizing solutions to problems; and/or being really good with visual-spatial problems, like rearranging furniture or even loading the dishwasher.

A couple of years before we welcomed our (now fully in Spirit - I don't believe in death) Miniature Schnauzer into our lives, I had a clear vision of her eyes-the exact color, softness and sparkle. I didn’t know the meaning of this vision until I saw and “recognized” our new friend at the local pet store.

My vision was an example clairvoyance, psychic vision, that involved precognition. I was seeing the future. Clairvoyance also clarifies and illuminates the truth in the present (the most common) and the past (also called postcognition). Precognition and postcognition experiences can also involve other types of psychic abilities, such as clairaudience or clairsentience.

By the way, the word clairvoyant is often used to indicate using all of the types of psychic abilities. If someone is called clairvoyant, it may mean they use other types of psychic abilities as well as clairvoyance.


Psychic Hearing - Chimes

Are you someone who really zeroes in on sounds - tones, what is said, rhythm and music?

When taking tests in school and trying to recall the right material, did you do best when you remembered hearing the teacher’s voice explaining the information (as opposed to recalling seeing the information in your notes)?

Do you sing, play musical instruments or compose music? Can you easily hear when someone is lying to you?

If so, you might be more open to an auditory perspective and clairaudience, or psychic hearing.

Perhaps you have had experiences of hearing on the radio (or in you mind) the perfect song with the perfect message at the perfect time. Or hearing a still, small voice within (or from outside your body) with the answer to your question (always with a loving, positive conveying of information if it is coming from the bigger Spirit part of you!). Or overhearing the exact thing you need to hear from someone else’s conversation. Or picking up on thoughts of people around you or in your life (called mental telepathy).

One clairaudient experience I had when I lived in India involved overhearing someone else’s conversation. The thing was, I heard the answer from their conversation in English while their conversation was taking place in Hindi, a language I recognized but didn’t know beyond a very few words. With Spirit, there is no language barrier!


If you tend to focus most on how things physically and emotionally feel to you during your day, chances are you are most open to a feeling or sensing-based perspective and clairsentience or psychic feeling/sensing.

What you remember and learn most easily is probably associated with emotions you felt and perhaps a physical or kinesthetic (having to do with awareness of your body’s position, balance or movement) experience.

Of all of the types of psychic abilities, clairsentience is often the first and easiest to develop when you open more to perceiving beyond the five senses. It’s intuitively sensing energies coming from the environment, other people and animals and from the Spirit realm, and it is felt in many ways.

You might have physical symptoms or signals that you come to associate with positive or negative situations. Like feeling really peaceful, happy, or like you have butterflies in your stomach with a positive situation. Nauseated and tense (stomach, back, forehead, jaw) may come to indicate a negative situation. Or you may have a gut feeling or hunch about someone or something. Or a sudden impulse to do something you wouldn’t usually do, that results in a welcome surprise or something you’ve wanted.

The experiences of an intuitive/ psychic empath would also be considered clairsentient as far as the types of psychic abilities go. These experiences are sometimes called clairempathy, and involve the ability to sense and feel the emotional experience (and sometimes physical symptoms) of a person, group of people, place or animal(s).

This can feel overwhelming at times if the empath is unaware of what is happening, is energetically ungrounded, if they feel like they have no control over their experience or are not skilled in dealing with it. Skilled empaths can enjoy these expanded perceptions as inspiring and deeply moving when they learn to honor themselves with personal energetic boundaries around these experiences and ways to focus their awareness/energy.

A fun example of a clairsentient experience I had was when I was in a bookstore in front of a huge selection of CDs. I was looking for an old, funky, soul-disco song as a gift. I didn’t know the year it came out, who sang the song or even the title of the song. All I knew was some of the lyrics.

I closed my eyes and asked/intended to find it. Then I felt pulled to walk right over to a rack and to pick up a particular CD. I didn’t even look at the category of music or the cover of the CD.

Wouldn’t you know, the song I was looking for was on that CD, in a compilation of songs from the 1970s! The impulse, the strong pull I had to just go pick up the CD was clairsentient, and the Law of Attraction played a role (as it always does!), since I had a strong intention to find that song.

Psychic Empaths - Sensing   and Feeling Dolphins' Emotions!

Part of my daily experience involves empathy/clairempathy with people and animals. Dolphin shows are thrilling empathic experiences for me.

I clearly feel exactly what the dolphins are feeling. Usually they feel exuberant, purposeful, loving and also a bit bored and frustrated by their confinement. And I am right there empathically with them, with goosebumps and happy tears streaming down my face!

Be the BIG LOVE you are!

~Karen Whitaker
Intuitive Life Transformation Specialist

Last updated July 23, 2015

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