The paranormal word ‘clairvoyance’ is one that originated in the French language. In the French language the term ‘clair’ is translated as ‘clear’ and the word ‘voyance’ translates to ‘vision’ and ‘voyant’ means ‘visionary. Therefore, the word ‘clairvoyance’ translates to ‘clear vision’ and a ‘clairvoyant’ is a person that is a ‘clear visionary.’ It is unfortunate, but this ery literal translation is neither accurate nor helpful.
Further complicating the definition is that the term ‘clairvoyant’ has been used to refer to different things over the years. ‘Clairvoyant’ gradually emerged as a term applying to someone who displayed a range of paranormal, or psychic, abilities. The only all-encompassing definition that really fits is that a clairvoyant is someone with the ability to know things about a location, object, person, or event by means others than the five physical senses. In other words, clairvoyance refers to a form of extra-sensory perception (ESP).
Clairvoyance usually involves a clairvoyant person knowing about something that is happening right then, but far away or otherwise out of range of their physical senses. However, there have also been documented cases of a clairvoyant knowing of something that happened in either the past or the future. Because of this, clairvoyance is considered by some to be a form of precognition, or prophecy.
The means that a clairvoyant uses to discover the mysterious information can vary, but it generally breaks down into 1 of 6 different categories. Clairvoyance is likely associated with the first form, the phenomenon of remote viewing. While engaging in remote viewing, a clairvoyant is able to see a location, person, event, or object that is not in their view. This can take the form of some sort of visual hallucination or may be seen in their mind’s eye.
The second form is called clairaudience. In clairaudience, the clairvoyant gets their remote event information by sound. They might hear noises or voices that people and recorders are unable to hear. There have been cases where the clairvoyant hears voices of the dead. In this case, the phenomenon could cross the line into mediumship.
The next kind of clairvoyance is known as clairsentience. With clairsentience the individual is able to gain knowledge of remote events through touch and feeling. There are cases that have taken the form of feeling and actual object that is not really there. In other instances it is more of a feeling or a vibe that is felt from locations, events, and people that are remote.
The fourth one is clairalience. This happens when a person is able to gain knowledge of remote events and locations with their sense of smell. It is possible for them to smell wildflowers or grass of a beautiful spring meadow that is followed by the smell of gunpowder that is followed with the scent of blood. No one else is able to smell these things and there is never an apparent source for the smells.
The next type of clairvoyance is clairgustance. With this type of clairvoyance, a person that has an empty mouth is able to distinctly taste different flavors even though there is no evident source. They may also be able to accurately describe the taste different things from a distance.
The sixth and final form of clairvoyance is claircognizance. This is perhaps the most hard to define or explain. In claircognizance, a person knows something about a remote person, object, location, or event, but can’t explain how they gained that knowledge; they just know it. To some extent, claircognizance is a catch-all category of clairvoyance.
There are many documented occurrences of clairvoyant people throughout history for various cultures from across the world. Clairvoyance has also been incorporated into various religions across the globe.
In Buddhism for example, clairvoyance is considered of the six special senses humans are capable of at advanced levels of meditation. In this case, it refers to being able to feel vibrations put out by other people.
In Catholicism, clairvoyance has often been considered miraculous. Over five hundred years ago, Saint Claire, a disciple of Saint Francis, had a vision in which she witnessed Saint Francis’s death, despite the fact that she was miles away at the time. Interestingly, the Catholic Church made Saint Claire the patron saint of television. ‘Television’ literally means ‘seeing over a distance.’
Of course there are people that are skeptical of clairvoyants. It is normal human nature for individuals to deny that something exists just because it is not understood. For example, even the existence of magnetism and electricity was denied by ‘scientists’ not that long ago historically.
Yet whatever sceptics may say, no one has been able to disprove clairvoyance, and there is increasing evidence to show that there are many genuine clairvoyants around. In general, scientists, parapsychologists, and the general public are becoming more open-minded and more ready to accept that clairvoyance is real.
Just because we don’t understand how it works, there is no reason to deny its existence. It has been suggested that in the distant past, all humans used to be clairvoyant but for some reason lost their powers. It is thought that everybody could again become clairvoyant if they make the effort and choose to develop these powers.
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