6 Types of Psychic Abilities and How They Work

September 6, 2016

Psychic abilities, also called “the clairs,” are different ways that mediums, psychics, and intuitives interact and interpret different planes of existence. All of the clairs are associated with a different sense - seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, tasting, and knowing. Today, I’m going to go over the different types of clairs and how they work. Between Amy and I, I think we’ve experienced all of these abilities at one point or another, though we both have our own strengths. However, I feel that I should point out anyone can develop any of these abilities, and generally once you find the one that calls to you, you can begin to develop some or all of the other types of clairs.



  • Clear seeing

  • The ability to receive messages with the mind’s eye (or inner eye or third eye)

  • The ability to see visions of the past, present, or future


Probably the most commonly known psychic ability, clairvoyance is literally translated to “clear seeing.” Amy is certainly a powerful clairvoyant, and I have my own experiences with this ability. When someone is clairvoyant, they see things with their third eye, or inner eye, that others may not perceive. Clairvoyants don’t always see the future, either. While future-seeing is certainly a common trait among clairvoyants, these visions can be set in the past, present, or future. They also don’t have to be full-blown premonitions or visions either. Sometimes clairvoyant visions are subtle and you may not even know a person is having one unless they tell you.

 Clairvoyance is the psychic ability to see messages and visions by using only the inner eye (also called the mind's eye or the third eye).


Generally, when it comes to clairvoyant visions, it’s similar to watching a movie or looking at a photograph in your head. If you’re a powerful clairvoyant, you may not even need to close your eyes to see anything. I remember when I first started getting clairvoyant visions, I needed to close my eyes and cover them with my hands so I could focus completely on the vision. Now, I can sometimes keep my eyes open while I receive a vision or message. When that happens, it reminds me of working with tracing paper. If my clairvoyant vision is tracing paper and my current plane of existence is a photograph under that tracing paper, I can adjust my focus to see either one more clearly as needed.



  • Clear feeling

  • The ability to receive messages from emotions, feelings, or physical sensations

  • Empathy is a type of clairsentience


Also called empathy, clairsentience is translated to “clear feeling.” If you’ve ever talked with someone who was upset, ill, or otherwise had a negative energy and you felt that negative energy in your own body, chances are you have the gift of clairsentience. Basic clairsentience could simply make you feel drained or exhausted after being at school or working a customer service job if you interact with people who generally have a negative energy level. A person with a more powerful form of clairsentience could feel, in his or her own body, exactly where a person is feeling ill. People with the gift of clairsentience often become healers like doctors, therapists, or shamans because they can feel another person’s pain and often feel the need to help. They become incredibly in tune with another person’s emotions, energy levels, auras, and spirit.

 Clairsentience, also called empathy, is the psychic ability to feel the emotions, feelings, and physical sensations of another being.


I’ve always had a bit of the clairsentience ability. I never liked being in the middle of an argument, working customer service jobs always drained me, and even going to the grocery store would make me anxious and jumpy. However, I’ve also been able to connect with humans, animals, and even plants more closely. When I’m around my friends, I can feel their love and their support for me. When I’m around my dogs, I can feel when they’re hungry or have to go to the bathroom without them trying to communicate it to me. It’s become a wonderful gift, and one that I hope to develop even further on my journey to become a healer.



  • Clear hearing

  • The ability to receive messages through hearing them

  • Messages are not heard through physical ears, but rather the mind’s ears


Clairaudience, translated as “clear hearing,” can sometimes be frightening if you’re not used to it. When the gift of clairaudience is given to you, you begin to hear messages - words, phrases, names, or anything else - in your head without the use of your physical ears. Sometimes it can sound like your own voice (such as when you’re reading to yourself) and other times it can sound like a stranger’s voice or a friend’s voice, depending on the message.

 Clairaudience is the psychic ability to hear messages, sounds, voices, and noises with the mind's ear that are outside the normal range of hearing.


My clairaudience generally kicks in just as I’m about to fall asleep. Most of the time it sounds muffled, but I remember one distinct afternoon when I was taking a nap and I heard Amy’s voice in my head. Most of the words were unclear, but I heard my name very clearly. So I texted her and asked her if she had been talking about me. She called me back a few minutes later and said that she had been speaking to her husband about me regarding a message I had given her earlier that day. Clairaudience is certainly not my strongest psychic ability, but I’m slowly working on it.



  • Clear smelling

  • The ability to receive messages through scent

  • Scents experienced are not of this plane of existence


Clairalience, or “clear smelling,” is a very interesting psychic ability. Most commonly used by mediums, clairalience is the ability to smell things that are out of the normal range of the physical nose. This could be in the form of a perfume that a deceased loved one used to wear all the time. Most of the time, these scents are incredibly comforting, letting us know that our deceased loved ones are still with us and watching out for us.

 Clairalience is the psychic ability to smell scents that are out of the normal range of the physical nose.