The Other Senses

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper
— W.B. Yeats

Clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience - these are all terms we've heard before but rarely apply to ourselves. Psychics, mediums and readers have over the centuries utilized these intuitive gifts to help not only themselves but also others. In fact the practise of "fortune telling" and "divination" dates back to ancient times across cultures and civilizations.

The Oracle at Delphi is an infamous part of Greek antiquity; the Bible contains numerous stories of prophets delivering messages from God; and the 15th century French seer Nostradamus is known for his prophecies associated with many significant world events. The Yoga Sutras, as well as other ancient Hindu and Buddhists texts all speak of the ability to obtain psychic abilities through the practise of meditation and yoga. Known as siddhi, the practitioner is often cautioned against becoming too immersed in these spiritual gifts, lest it distract from the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

 And while a lifetime of devout meditation and inner reflection may not be a reality for most of us, the desire to have a greater connection with intuition to help guide us in our daily lives likely is. What if you could hear, see or sense those messages yourself? What if you could tap into your own intuitive abilities whenever you were in need of guidance or help with a decision in your life?

While it is often the case that some individuals are born with heightened spiritual gifts, the truth is that all of us are capable of developing these abilities as well. For most of us these abilities lie dormant in our sub-conscious mind, rarely tapped into except in moments of clarity or crisis. While having a reading from a true psychic can often give you invaluable insight, having the ability to seek out guidance on your own is a key piece of your own spiritual development.

We all have one spiritual sense that tends to be stronger, or come more natural to us, then others. You can tell which one is likely yours by asking yourself a few simple questions:

  1. Do you have an instinctive or gut feeling about people, places or things and it often turns out to be right? Do you find yourself using the phrase "I just know" or " it just feels right" when making decisions in your life? If so, clairsentience is likely you strongest sense.
  2. Do you often have a vivid imagination or day dreams? When someone is speaking to you, do you often see images? If so, clairvoyance is likely your strongest sense.
  3. Do you often hear lyrics of a song repeating themselves more than usual in your head? Do you feel like when you see an image or a colour you can almost hear a sound associated with it as well? if so, clairaudience is likely your strongest sense.

Whatever your strongest sense is, we can benefit from working with all the senses to strengthen and heighten our intuition so it can start to become a reliable means of seeking guidance or making decisions in your life. Here are a few simple exercises you can do on your own to heighten your own inner senses:

  1. Clairsentience: Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Try to empty the mind of all thoughts until it becomes a blank slate. Notice what you feel in your body. Any warmth, cold, tingling or pressure? 
  2. Clairvoyance: Sit comfortably with the eyes closed.  Bring your focus to your third eye, or the centre of forehead. Try to hold your attention there and see what images appear.
  3. Clairaudience: Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.  Try to empty the mind of all thoughts and bring your awareness to any sounds that emerge. How far in the distance can you stretch your ability to hear?

Interested in learning more? Check out our Spiritual Intuition  and Journeys of the Spirit classes for more in depth teachings and tools on developing the spiritual senses.