How to Identify and Practice your Psychic Abilities
Now that you’re really thinking about it, chances are you’ve recognized that sometimes you do tend to get intuitive feelings that influence your sense of logic and actions. Intuition tends to manifest in four distinct ways, so when you get signals from your intuitive self, think about which of your senses they engage with the most. Not everyone is defined by each category, but looking at each of them can give you a good starting point to start building from. You may find that your intuition and psychic energy come from multiple areas, but that one is much stronger than another. This will be useful for more specific types of meditation later, and will help you interpret the information that flows to you.
Clairvoyance is the most well-known psychic strength. It is defined as “clear vision”. People who are innately clairvoyant are often people who are “visual learners”. This means that when channeling psychic energy, you’re more likely to receive the information in some kind of visual way. Clairvoyance is a type of seeing, viewed through your mind’s eye. Are your memories composed of mostly pictures? Do you tend to notice colors or particular details about the way things look? People who are distinctly inclined toward clairvoyance often have very vivid dreams, artistic talents, and are likely to daydream.
Clairaudience is psychic hearing. People with this talent tend to be sensitive to sounds, as you’re not just hearing with your physical ears but with your inner sense of sound as well. If you respond well to oral instruction, feel a strong reaction to music, or possess musical talents, you might have particularly sharp clairaudience. Do most of your memories involve conversations or specific sounds? Are you very affected by the tone and phrasing of what people say to you? Other traits include a tendency to hum or sing to yourself while you’re doing everyday activities, or voices that speak to you during meditation.
Empathic people are often very inclined toward clairsentience, the psychic sense of feeling. This is when you have strong sensations in response to your “gut feeling”. Suppose you hear a name or touch an object and your intuition responds by sending a shiver down your spine, or the hair standing up on your arms; this might be a demonstration of clairsentience. Clairsentient people are often very emotionally sensitive and sometimes their moods might be easily affected by outward stimuli or the presence of other people’s emotions.
Very logical people may have their psychic strength in claircognizance, the essence of “just knowing”. Often times, claircognizance is a strong sense of knowing the answer or direction of a situation, without initially understanding why you know the answer. Claircognizance is a result of your psychic energy automatically assembling information and providing you with a clue or an answer, but the root of it is often covered or “unknown” until you begin to further explore your psychic development. People with this strength tend to be mathematical, analytical and curious, with a strong sense of leadership and initiative.
After looking at the four areas of psychic energy, which one speaks to you the most? It’s likely that you experience a combination of all four, but one probably stands out a bit more than others. A good “test” for determining your strong point is to consider a significant memory. Think about something that has happened in your life that you remember quite well, and consider why you remember it so clearly. When you’re recounting a memory, think about how your mind presents it to you. What details do you remember the most? Do you immediately have a strong physical reaction to this memory, or is it cemented in your mind because you remember just how everything looked that day? Perhaps it has always stuck out to you because you’ll never forget the sounds of the birds or traffic going by that day. Or maybe, you remember it because you had a strong sense of knowing before the event occurred, which was solidified after it happened.
You can also practice strengthening each of these abilities in your everyday life. An easy clairvoyance exercise you can do alone is to randomly draw 5 playing cards, and set them in front of you. Study the cards for about ten seconds, and quickly turn them over. Try to remember exactly which cards you saw, what color and suit they were, and in what order they appeared. As you practice, you might find that this becomes too easy, so you can change up the number of cards or how you’ve arranged them, which will stimulate different parts of your visual memory.
Clairaudience exercises can also be easily incorporated into your everyday routine. In fact, this is a great way to kill time when you’re in a waiting room or standing in line. Our minds “drown out” tons of noise and sounds every day. This is a good skill to have so that you can focus, but if it becomes too automatic you’ll find your auditory perception becoming duller and slower. Next time you’re on the bus or waiting for assistance, take note of all of the sounds around you. Even in the most boring places, you’d be surprised how many different individual sounds are present. Mentally catalogue everything you hear, and conjure a visual image with it. Shuffling paper, the sound of fingertips hitting a keyboard, birds chirping, cellphone noises— all provide an audio landscape that surrounds us everywhere we go. Consciously aligning a mental image with a sound will help strengthen both your clairvoyant and clairaudio senses, and it’s something fun to do when you’d otherwise be bored.
Building up your empathic intuition and clairsentience is an exercise best performed when you have more personal time and space to concentrate. It’s a little more involved, and can be difficult to keep your perception clear and unfiltered if there’s too much outside stimulation. A good psychometric exercise you can do alone is to sit quietly and recall a memory, and analyze how your body feels as you remember. If you’re familiar with chakra points, start from the top-most chakra and work your way down to the last one. If you don’t know about chakras, start from your forehead. Concentrate on the physical sensations in small segments of your body— the forehead, your face, the center of your chest (just above your heart), the spot where your ribs meet, your shoulders, palms of your hands, the pit of your stomach, your legs and feet. Think about how whatever visual, audio and physical sensations interact with each other as you concentrate on remembering. Does your face tighten in apprehension? Maybe your shoulders feel heavy—not necessarily under the pressure of negativity, but just under the weight and intensity of the emotions associated with your memory. Perhaps you suddenly feel a lightness or tingling in your chest, because you’re recalling something humorous or endearing.
To work on your sense of claircognizance, many people enjoy practicing with automatic writing. You can sit quietly and ask your inner self a question, or simply just start writing whatever comes to mind. Don’t try to force it to make sense, just allow the flow of words to appear naturally on the paper as you let your mind run free. At first, you might end up writing a bunch of random words or phrases or things that don’t seem to lead anywhere, but remember, you’re not trying to write a story, nor are you writing an analysis. You’re letting your sense of “knowing” manifest, and so there is valuable information in whatever it is that you write. As always, don’t inhibit yourself with worry about writing something silly or nonsensical—you’re letting your conscious mind sit in the sidelines while your subconscious gets to take over and speak. No one has to read this but you, anyway, so don’t worry about spelling, grammar, format or structure. Don’t try to interpret the words as you write them. A good way to clear your mind in preparation for auto-writing is to set a timer and challenge yourself to simply write without looking during the allowed time. Tell yourself that this is time for your subconscious to manifest itself as words, and that you are merely the instrument for this transmission of energy to appear on paper. After you’ve written as much as you can or feel like during the allowed time, take a look at it. Consciously read it and interpret even the seemingly nonsensical bits— since you wrote it, you know what those things refer to. While you’re reading, take inventory of your other senses. Do you have a strong physical reaction to certain words? Do some phrases create an image in your mind’s eye? What kind of tone and tenor does your inner voice use, as you read the words to yourself? You can write these things down as well, and compare the two, for further examination.
Psychic ability has often been referred to as the “sixth sense”. This is an interesting and somewhat appropriate nickname, because it is a sense that everyone has, but it is composed of your self-awareness relating to your other senses, and how they interact with each other. The root of all psychic and intuitive energy is awareness, created through deep consciousness, so start paying attention to even the smallest details and how they stimulate the different senses.
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