Clairsentience – a discussion


In this series of posts we will be looking into some of the metaphysical senses that include Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairgustance and Claircognizance. We will be beginning with Clairsentience. Your insights are welcome and you are invited to share in the comments section.

The word Clairsentience comes from the French word “Clair” meaning “clear”, and “sentience” is derived from the Latin sentire, “to feel”.  Clairsentience encompasses physical and emotional sensations that suddenly arise and usually are not obviously related your current situation or state of mind. Clairsentience is one aspect of extrasensory perception in which people with sensitivities in these areas have the ability to sense past, present, or future events through sensations and emotions. These can include a wide variety of experiences. On the emotional side, sudden feelings of sadness, anxiousness, sudden anger, or an overall feeling of negativity or foreboding can all be indications of clairsentience. On a physical level, the hair standing up on the back of one’s neck, stomach ache, sweaty palms, being touched or feeling a breeze where there is no wind and sudden gastronomical sensations are common.

A clairsentient experience should not be confused with intuition or empathy. These can be similar sensations for some and it can be confusing or difficult to identify the source of these emotions or sensations. There can always be crossover when dealing with emotions and intuition can occur with no apparent reason for the sudden onset of the feeling.  One way to view the difference is to examine the information presented. Intuition is generally focused on the self and can provide some guidance on a personal course of action one way or another.  An unexplained or sudden urge to turn left instead of right at a stop sign even if no apparent danger or adverse situation exists can be more related to one’s own intuition than a clairsentient experience.

Empathy, on the other hand, is the ability to sense and or experience someone else’s emotions or physical sensations. These can be positive or negative and can often relate to feelings of physical pain. The difference between intuition and empathy is that, with empathy, the feelings are of another person and not truly one’s own. Empathy can be useful in some situations, especially for those in the healing arts to determine what area of the body is in need of a specific procedure such as Reiki or the laying on of hands. Uncontrolled empathy or the inability to control the situation can become a block to experiencing one’s own intuition or a true clairsentient emotion or sensation. If empathetic intrusions become a problem, it may be wise to consider looking into clearing techniques that can be useful in controlling empathetic encounters.

Some questions to ask should you suspect that you may be having a clairsentient experience would be something along these lines:

“Did I have a thought of a person or situation that immediately preceded the sensation?”

A good follow up question might be

“Is this my own feeling or the feelings of someone else?”

If the sense is someone else then asking

“Who might this feeling belong to” may shed some light on the situation.

Often it is first person that comes to mind – but be careful with this line of questioning as it can quickly pull the intuition into the process of seeking an answer.

Another aspect of clairsentience involves Psychometry which is the ability to physically touch an object and receive information about it’s connection to another entity, situation or person associated with that object. This can be triggered by any physical object but an item of jewelry is commonly used if it had direct contact with the person in question. This can reveal personality traits of the wearer. It can also be used to gain insight into what another experienced. Persons with this ability have been involved in police investigations in some jurisdictions.


We welcome you to share your experiences of clairsentience.