Claircognizance: Focus on Knowing

This is the fourth and final piece in a four-part content series that will cover ways to play so you can focus and strengthen your Clairs.
In case you aren’t aware of the four Clairs, or want a bit more information about them, here is a quick rundown.

Clairsentience(CS), or clear feeling, is when you feel sensations or emotions from people or situations that give you information or insight.

Claircognizance(CC), or clear knowing, is when information pops in your head like a thought that provides knowledge or insight, but there is no way you could have known that information.

Clairvoyance(CV), or clear seeing, is when you see pictures, symbols, images, or even scenes in your head that tell you about a situation or person that gives you information or insight.

Clairaudience(CA), or clear hearing, is when you hear a word, song, or sound that gives you information or insight.

This episode is about Claircognizance, or clear knowing, which we will abbreviate as CC. CC is when information that you couldn’t possibly know pops into your head. It feels so subtle and so much like your own thoughts that most of the time you feel like you came up with the info simply by being very smart or wise. For me, I had no idea I even had this ability, until I randomly asked a woman at my work if she was pregnant, and she said yes but it was so early on she hadn’t told any coworkers yet. That’s a bit more than being very smart, as I don’t even have extensive medical training that might justify that knowledge in a tell-tale signs kind of way. I wasn’t even sure where that info came from, and I still don’t know why I blurted it out that way. Luckily we were alone when I did, and she wasn’t angry.

Most of what I have learned about CC and the ins and outs of it came after that event. This was what sort of prompted me to get serious about developing my abilities. I had, until this point, felt that CS was my strongest Clair, with some CV and CA present as well. I hadn’t even looked into CC all that much, to be honest. Part of the reason I hadn’t, I think, is because navigating the what-comes-from-you vs the guides can be especially tricky with this Clair. Think of it this way, when an investigation is happening, the police collect pictures and ask about what people heard and what they may have felt (the temperature at the time, weather, etc). They rarely want to know what you know, because you could say anything. In the legal system, that is called hearsay and is not allowed in courtrooms.

There is a great deal of confidence work that has to be done for most, for them to have faith in this ability, myself included. With this Clair, I feel, more than the others, your thoughts and feelings can be quite the intrusion. Something may pop in your head, and you’ll tell yourself, “no way that’s possible.” Sometimes the opposite happens, and you believe it 100%, and it turns out to be your hope operating at 11. I apologize, if so, far this seems very negative. That is not my intent at all. I believe that the more understanding you have, and truth you have, the better you will be able to use this ability to help you and others. Don’t forget, you can always do the double check with your guides when you have the time to get calm, focused, and centered.

This ability is pretty great, once you do learn how to use it and recognize it. When I do an energy reading for someone, so much information comes through from my guides, and so quickly, sometimes I can barely keep up. When I send the reading, and the recipient comments on the accuracy, it is very fulfilling, because, especially at first, you are pretty unsure of how you did. As I learned from my teacher, Rev. E.A. Kerty, this is a pretty natural after effect of this ability. She calls it the Clair-cog hangover. As you practice, that confidence builds, and you are more sure of the information you got, and the effect balances out. Even if you weren’t interested in developing this ability, we could all use more confidence in our lives. That may be one of the biggest things I have learned while developing this ability.

Time for exercises! This is more of a confidence-building exercise. For this exercise, you will need to find a quiet place so you can be calm, focused, and centered. Now, imagine yourself doing something you have always wanted to do, the big dream that you always had as a kid, even if you don’t have the ability currently. For instance, if you always wanted to be a musician, imagine yourself playing a huge show at a stadium or first chair in a symphony. Perhaps you are traveling somewhere you have always wanted to go. Imagine you set your mind to do that, and worked very hard to get there. This is the big moment you had worked toward. Bask in the glory, feel the fulfillment you get from seeing your hard work pay off. Even if it’s something within your current career that will work too, but dream big, with no limitations.

Imagine the confidence you would feel after such an experience. Let that feeling fill you up. Imagine taking pictures for the news, or magazines, or just with fans. If you wanted to be a scientist, imagine winning a Nobel Prize for the discovery you made. Bring your big dream into reality for these few moments, and enjoy its energy. Most of all, imagine that you always knew you would get there to that glorious moment. Don’t allow self-conscious or negative thoughts into your fantasy! If this is something you are still pursuing, it could help you get there. The sky’s the limit. It’s your fantasy, for now.

Another exercise you can try is while watching TV. A mystery or thriller would work best, but anything with a less than straightforward plotline should work. Watch for long enough to decipher the plot, then pause it. Map out in your head where you think it might be going, what might happen, who will do what, and write it all down. Even if you can’t guess the ending, see if you can figure out some of the things that will happen along the way. If something pops into your head during this, even if it seems unlikely, write it down. You may be surprised. Just take a few minutes. Then, continue watching and see how you did when it is over.

To test your CC abilities find somewhere to be calm, centered, and focused. Have a pen and paper handy, and, when you feel ready, ask in your head or out loud what is most important to focus on in your life right now. Once you’ve asked, write down whatever words or phrases come into your head like thoughts. You may only get random words, or you may get whole sentences. Don’t judge it as you go along. Just keep writing down whatever comes to mind. After your 5 minutes are up, get up and move around a bit, dance to your favorite song, or take a walk outside. Return to the notebook after, and read through what you wrote down, and see how that resonates with what is going on in your life. If you are familiar with spiritual practices, you may recognize this as automatic writing.

This is a way to receive messages from your guides or higher self. An important thing to remember is that, while your guides can be very straight forward, they will never insult you or be mean. So, if there are any statements like that, it may be that you weren’t focused enough, and perhaps you should try again later. That is most likely your ego, who is just trying to keep you safe in the best way it knows how. Unfortunately, we sometimes give our egos too much control when traumatic things happen, and that carries over when we are feeling more like ourselves again.

CC is a great and efficient ability, if you can get past the confidence challenges. It takes some work, for some, to find the right balance. Honestly, as I said before, we could all use some help with our confidence in general. In a world where so many things about us can be judged and analyzed, sometimes most harshly by ourselves, it takes some work to build faith in this ability. Once you have, though, it is a straightforward no-nonsense way to get the information you may need. Interpretation is less of an issue with this ability, but having the confidence and clarity to use it is crucial.

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Focus on Seeing: Clairvoyance

This is part three in a four part content series that will cover ways to play so you can focus and strengthen your Clairs. In case you aren’t aware of the four Clairs, or want a bit more information about them, here is a quick rundown. 

Clairsentience(CS), or clear feeling, is when you feel sensations or emotions from people or situations that give you information or insight. 

Claircognizance(CC), or clear knowing, is when information pops in your head like a thought that provides knowledge or insight, but there is no way you could have known that information. 

Clairvoyance(CV), or clear seeing, is when you see pictures, symbols, images, or even scenes in your head that tell you about a situation or person that gives you information or insight. 

Clairaudience(CA), or clear hearing, is when you hear a word, song, or sound that gives you information or insight.

This episode is about Clairvoyance, or clear seeing, which we will abbreviate as CV. I know, you are picturing it right? The mysterious woman is going about her day and suddenly she touches her temple appearing to be suffering a sudden onset migraine. A gasp escapes her, and she runs off to stop the horrible terror that is set to befall the person in her vision. Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is not how it works, at least not for me. Perhaps there are some who experience CV in this way, but for me it is a picture in my mind’s eye, usually of a person, place, or scene. It is rarely a dramatic event. I tend to experience it most during my mediumship readings: a picture of who I am connecting with, an item they want me to mention, or a scene from their childhood to help identify them. 

Also, dreams can be a bigger deal for those who have CV. They can view entire situations that end up happening within a few days to years later or some scene that they can later connect to something that happened through the imagery. Sometimes, it will feel like deja vu. They also seem to have more vivid dreams.

Interpretation can be a major factor in CV. More so than CA, CC, or even CS, I would say. Learning to communicate with your guides is like learning a new language, but this language has been tailored to you and your internal dictionary. For instance, a book to one person may mean some life changing literature that put them on the path to destiny; to another, it may be the thing that held their door open at their parent’s house. Your task is to figure out what the image means to you. Context matters too, if it’s a general book it could mean to study, or a door stop. If it is a specific book you have seen or read before, try to figure out what that particular book brings to mind for you. 

Color also plays a big part in interpretation. Chakra colors factor in quite often, but, again, if a color brings back a very specific memory or feeling for you, that may be what the guides are trying to convey. You can ask for clarification, if you’re not sure. The guides will usually work with you until you can find a meaning that fits what they are trying to tell you. 

The color blue, for instance, could relate to water. It is seen by many as a color that associates with the male gender. It could also relate to the throat chakra, which is related to communication. The shade could also be a factor. In relation to chakras, a dark or muddy blue may skew more negative indicating trouble with communication, a lighter clearer blue more positive. So as you can see, we already have a few different factors to interpret, just for one color. However, if your favorite bicycle when you were younger was blue, and it took you on various adventures and the blue color was a part of why you loved it, it could be that’s what the guides are trying to tell you: that adventure is on its way. Please leave room for possibilities, but also don’t overthink it. Go with what feels right, and that may vary based on what you are asking. If you are deliberately looking at chakras, it’s unlikely the bike is what your guides are looking to convey.

Here are a couple of exercises you can use to enhance your CV ability. We all have things in our house that we see everyday. Find something in your home that you find particularly mundane, and look at it closely. Something you can pick up would be best. Really investigate the item as if you have never seen it before, and try to find at least one thing you have never noticed about it. It could be a feature that it came with, or it could be a ding or scratch that it earned over its years living with or even before you. Look it over several times.

Give yourself a few minutes to do this, and really view every inch of the item. If it is a knick knack, look at the bottom, find out where it was made, see if there is a year listed. If it is an umbrella, check if there are any tags you have never read on it. If it is your keys, look at what is etched on the keys at the top, and there would certainly be wear on those. You could also do this in your front or backyard as well. Just stand there, and take it all in, and try to notice if there is anything interesting or different you have never noticed before. Essentially, you are trying to see whatever you choose to examine with new eyes.

The second is, find somewhere you can be calm, centered, and focused and will not be interrupted. Now picture somewhere you have always wanted to go; it doesn’t matter where: beach, forest, outerspace, anything will work. Once you are there in your mind, work on picking up details. Explore your dream location. What color is the sky? What plants or animals are there? Are there other people there? If so, what do they look like? Imagine yourself walking around and taking in all the scenery. See what pops up. You may experience sounds and feelings too, if your CA or CS are active for you, but focus on what you see. Tell yourself that when you are finished you will need to describe it to an artist to draw it out, so details are important. Be excited that you are there, and enjoy yourself; this will make it come through more clearly. Try to have the enthusiasm similar to a child in an amusement park for the first time.

Now it is time to give your CV a whirl. Get yourself in a calm, centered, and focused place. Think to yourself or say outloud, What do I most need to focus on right now? Give yourself 2 to 5 minutes to receive the answer. When you are done receiving write down what you saw in your head. Look over your notations and see if any of the images you saw make sense to what is going on in your life right now. If so take action! This will foster a relationship with your guides and ultimately improve communication.

CV is a great ability to develop, even if you are not doing readings for people. It is the most glamorized in TV and movies, but if you consider the visual nature involved, it is no surprise. It is unlikely that it will be an earth shattering experience, at least not every time.

You may have noticed that I didn’t ever say that your eyes needed to be closed. They don’t! When I receive CV images, they feel like they are happening in the back of my head, not in front of my eyes, even when my eyes are closed. I find it easier to see CV images when I am viewing something that doesn’t stimulate me in real life. I can kind of check out from my physical vision and see what is going on in the back of my head. It occurs like a thought, like many of these abilities do, but there are clear visual elements. You see things in your head, but it rarely resembles how we see on a daily basis. 

I use this ability in all my readings and, frequently, in my day to day life as well. Numbers appear in my head, facial expressions that convey emotions, and sometimes even people’s faces I have never seen before. It is possible to see things with your eyes with this ability, just not typical. 

I once saw a woman talking in a public forum, in front of a blank white background, and I kept seeing a clear aura next to her. There were no colors to it, just an outline that was person shaped, very close to her, but slightly taller. As she continued speaking, she mentioned her father, who had passed a few years ago. I knew this was him standing there with her, once she mentioned him. This was new to me at the time, because I usually feel presences when they are in close proximity with my CS. I have since seen the same thing with others and in pictures as well. 

So, give these exercises a try, and leave a comment below, if you feel compelled to, about your experiences with them!

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Focus on Feeling: Clairsentience

This is part two in a four part content series that will cover ways to play so you can focus and strengthen your Clairs. 

In case you aren’t aware of the four Clairs or want a bit more information about them, here is a quick rundown. 
Clairsentience(CS), or clear feeling is when you feel sensations or emotions from people or situations that gives you information or insight. 

Claircognizance(CC) or clear knowing is when information pops in your head like a thought that provides information or insight but there is no way you could have known that information.

Clairvoyance(CV) or clear seeing is when you see pictures, symbols, images, or even scenes in your head that tell you about a situation or person that gives you information or insight. 

Clairaudience(CA) or clear hearing is when you hear a word, song or sound that gives you information or insight.

This episode will be about Clairsentience which we will abbreviate to CS. I absolutely love CS because it can help you in so many ways. Have you ever been somewhere and you get this feeling inside that something is going to happen and then a fight breaks out? Have you ever met someone that was highly talked up but they just gave you an unsettled feeling? These are ways that CS can help and protect you. CS is also good for yes no questions when you are in need of  quick guidance but we will get back to that. Generally how it works is, you get a feeling or sensation spontaneously that will give you guidance. There are many phrases in our vernacular that seem to allude to CS (I.E. my stomach dropped, my heart felt like it was overflowing or I had a feeling…) those types of things. It is my suspicion that this is why (though I didn’t research this) we call our emotions feelings sometimes. 

I think these exercises could really help you amplify this ability and they are a lot of fun! So the first exercise would be to draw yourself a bath. You can make whatever typical choices you would temperature wise and additives, though I do think bubble bath could add a layer of fun and sensation to this. Get in the bath and let yourself feel all the sensations. The warmth of the water, the fluffy bubbles (if you went that way), and just the general comfort, even luxury of this time to yourself. Now I want you to play a little. Make waves in your bath and feel that sensation, how the movement of the water feels on your skin, how the rhythm slows as the waves diminish, how the water level feels when it is moving up and down on the parts of you that are not submerged. Next, take your hand and completely submerge it, then slowly pull it out of the water. Do this as slowly as you can and notice the movement of the water line against your skin. How the part of your hand out of the warm water feels when the colder air hits it. You can even wiggle your fingers under the water, then out of the water to notice the difference. Get creative! Try to think of other ways to play in the water to make sensations for you to examine. Have fun!

The next exercise can be done whenever you are watching a movie, listening to music or appreciating any artform that brings up emotions. When you are enjoying whatever beautiful art you have chosen and your emotions start to pique, and it does not really matter if they are happy or sad, in fact trying this with both groups of emotions is recommended but not necessary. When the emotion starts welling up inside you let it happen and just try to notice the way it feels not just emotionally but physically. When you are sad do you tense up? If you cry do you physically feel something releasing inside you? When you are happy do you feel an expansion feeling? Do you feel the joy inside of you trying to get out in the form of noise or action? If you get angry do you feel a scream rising up inside you? Does it feel prickly or heavy? Try to feel whatever emotion comes up. Allow it to come but try to observe its effects in your skin, throat, stomach, head, arms, legs…well you get the idea.

There are many ways to use CS to navigate tough situations, but also find joy. When you are wandering around town and feel a pull toward something let it pull you there. If you are repelled then leave that situation. Fine tuning this ability can tell you whether it is the place or a specific person making you feel what you feel, even if nothing happens to clarify it.

The exercise for Yes/No I like to do is this. If you are comfortable with being touched by things you cannot see it works very well. Now when I say touched I don’t mean the feeling of a finger or hand, for me it feels like a slight pressure or sensation. Something like a warm glow. I do not mind it but others may not be so excited to do it. If you think it will make you uncomfortable keep reading for another way my intuitive teacher recommends. For my exercise I will say to my guides “Touch my right cheek for yes and my left cheek for no.” Then I will ask qualifying questions to make sure we are on the same page. These are questions you already know the answers to, for example, Do I live in a house? If you do they should touch your right, if you do not, left. I usually ask 2 to 3 of these to make sure we are all on the same page, then I ask my questions that need answers. If you have ever tried using a pendulum this may sound familiar but with a twist.

As I said in my previous post about CA your emotions can affect the results you get so make sure you have relaxed, cleared your mind, and centered yourself before starting. If having something touch your face that you cannot see does not appeal to you then try this method I learned from Reverend E.A. Kerty instead. Ask your questions and see how they feel. If you feel an expansion or a positive feeling from that question, that is a yes. If you feel contraction, tension or a negative feeling, it is a no. Either method is simple and can be done by anyone with even the slightest CS ability and the more you practice the stronger it will get.

CS is an ability I have had for a long time. It has tipped me off to bad situations arising, it has precognitively broken bad news to me, and it has prevented certain bodily harm. Feeling your stomach drop when someone tells you good news is not a good feeling, but not being harmed in a violent incident is awesome. As with any of these abilities, or anything in life for that matter, there are good points and not so good points. CS does come up frequently not only in readings, but also in my Reiki practice. It does requires interpretation in some cases which can be tricky but it is mostly straight forward in day to day use.

An important thing to remember is that you should trust your instincts if something gives you a bad feeling and you can get away do it and do not let anyone pressure you into staying in the situation. It is most likely your guides trying to save you from ,at least, a lot of trouble but more importantly, your feelings matter don’t be afraid to listen to them and honor them. ~  

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Additional Thoughts on Clairaudience (CA) and growing your abilities

We have all seen and heard multiple stories and depictions about what CA is supposed to look like, or feel like and of course sound like. The truth of the matter is, it is different for different people. The other truth is that it can change and grow. You may hear it in your ear as an audible sound, and if so that is great. You may be one like me who hears it in their head 99% of the time, and that is great too. If you are a very social person and an audiophile, like I am, you may want this to be your strongest ability. This may be your perfect version of what a psychic ability would be. Having someone telling you the answers into your ear directly seems more tangible and believable. It may give you more faith in what you are receiving as being true. I don’t experience it this specific way, so unfortunately I can’t tell you whether this is true or not, but try not to forget that your ego, emotions, and interpretation can have an impact on any messages you receive. 

I am strongest in Claircognizance (CC) which has its own set of pitfalls which I will discuss in that future Focus piece. I have at times received messages when I was not deliberately tuned in to my guides and in hindsight was feeling pretty emotional, that felt very much like the ones I receive when I am tuned in and focused. I was sure it was true and then it wasn’t. It can be frustrating. Your feelings about a situation can influence how you interpret the message. This is why it is important to have focus. Meditate daily, even for 5 minutes. Get used to reaching that balanced, quiet part of your mind. It can be very hard at first but keep doing it and eventually you will find that quiet (or at least quieter) place in your mind. If you believe you have received a message at a random time when you weren’t focused on doing so, and feel unsure, you can check in with your guides to verify. Find a place to focus, calm, and center yourself and ask for verification.

As you go on and work with these abilities more, it will become easier to find that focus. That doesn’t mean you will reach perfection, there is always a chance you will misinterpret or not be able to get the connection you want, so patience is key. Have patience with yourself, and give yourself permission to make mistakes because you will learn from those experiences. Celebrate your successes, this will sow more success. Eventually you will find the balance that works for you, don’t lose faith in that. 

One of my favorite things about CA are those times when I am having a rough day, I am facing a difficult situation, and I am ready to give up, and I suddenly hear “Don’t Back Down” by Tom Petty play in my head or something similar. The supportive messages from our guides are so fulfilling and reassuring. Moments like that let us know that they always want us to reach our full potential and they are supporting us. Being able to help others with these abilities is an amazing feeling and one that keeps me on track with learning and growing but I also believe everyone should try it for themselves. Even if it is not your purpose or desire to do readings, just being connected for your own benefit is wonderful. It can remind us that the universe is supporting us to find and achieve our passion and purpose, whatever that may be.

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