Clairsentient Psychic: Beginner’s Guide (seriously, everything you need to know!)

Here’s the deal. You don’t have to be Theresa Caputo (or even share her love of hair spray) to be a clairsentient psychic! In fact, psychics come from all backgrounds, and have a wide range of abilities.

Some of those abilities are exactly what you picture when you think of intuitive abilities — like seeing your grandma’s vase fly off the counter before your cousin throws a baseball in the housebut others are lesser known.

Clairsentience is one of those lesser known psychic abilities. It means clear feeling, and while it doesn’t usually show up in crime TV shows, it’s an amazing ability.

So, without further ado, let me teach you what you need to know about being a clairsentient psychic.

Heads up: You are going to learn a TON. Grab a yummy beverage and let’s dig in.

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What is a Clairsentient Psychic?

So, what exactly is clairsentience? Here’s the definition:

Clairsentience is the ability to receive psychic impressions through feelings, emotions, or physical sensations.

In other words, it’s receiving intuitive information through sensing.

If you get feelings about people, places, or things, you may be a clairsentient psychic!

There are other types of psychic abilities, too. They are:

  • Clairvoyance – psychic seeing (seeing with the third eye)
  • Clairaudience – psychic hearing
  • Claircognizance – psychic knowing

Being an empath (feeling the emotions of others) is also part of clairsentience. Learn the signs you’re an empath here.

Clairsentience psychic examples:

  • A clairsentient psychic may give their BFF a hug and feel their joy or sadness before they say a word.
  • Or they might pass by a homeless person and feel pains of hunger.
  • They may also feel the emotions in intense movies or news stories!
  • Or pick up an object in an antique store and get a positive vibe from it.

If you’re like, OMG that’s so me, you’re going to love this next part!


Signs You’re a Clairsentient Psychic

Fun fact. You may have experienced being a clairsentient psychic without even realizing it!

Have you ever:

  • Felt someone else’s emotional or physical pain? (i.e., if someone is upset, you feel upset.)
  • Noticed that you have great instincts about people, places, or situations?
  • Found it difficult to be in crowds due to the onslaught of feelings?
  • Gotten drained when you’re around people?
  • Felt the energy in a room?
  • Sensed a spirit?
  • Felt super stressed when your home is cluttered or messy?
  • Been able to tell when your friend is having a bad day (even if she’s trying to hide it)?
  • Avoided the news because it’s draining?
  • Felt waves of emotion for no reason?
  • Had trouble sleeping after watching a sad TV show or movie? (Oh, those animal shelter commercials!)

If your friends have always described you as “emotional”, or you wonder why you can’t forget about the lonely dog waiting for its owner… you may be a clairsentient psychic.

But the good thing is, now that you know why you’re always reaching for the tissues during the news, you can start understanding your gift. And, you can develop your clairsentience so you can access your intuition whenever you need to!

(For more details, read my post: Are You Clairsentient: 12 Signs) Now that you know the clairsentience signs, let’s talk about what it feels like to experience it.

Ways to Experience Clairsentience

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room: Doesn’t it suck to always feel stuff?

Yes, that would suck! But thankfully, that’s not what being a clairsentient psychic is.

Just like any other psychic ability…

You can learn to control your intuitive gift, and how you respond to it. It just takes is a little practice to know when you’re having a clairsentient experience, and manage your psychic senses.

Once you do, you won’t feel drained by energy. Plus, you’ll be able to use your gift to help yourself and others. And in no time at all, you’ll be able to access clear clairsentient messages.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, here’s what clairsentience can feel like:

1. Emotional (Empathic) Feelings

One of the most common ways to receive clairsentient messages is through your emotions. For example, a  clairsentient psychic may feel their mom’s anxiety about her upcoming dentist appointment.

Clairsentient psychic ability vs. empathy

While someone without clairsentience may walk past a homeless person and think, “That’s so sad,” a clairsentient psychic may feel the person’s hurt.

This intuitive gift can come in handy when a guy approaches you on the street for directions… you can either feel his innocence or maliciousness.

2. Physical Feelings

Another way you can experience clairsentience is through physical sensations.

For example, you may feel:

  • The physical pain of your hubby’s migraine
  • Your sister’s sprained wrist pain

But just because you feel your hubby’s migraine does NOT mean you’ll have a migraine, too. Instead, you may feel a twinge, tingle, or pressure in your head for a few minutes.

This is the way it works in mediumship, too. When I’m connecting with a spirit that passed from a heart attack, I don’t get chest pains. But I do feel a tingling sensation in my chest.

And I promise; it will never be scary or uncomfortable. Remember, psychic ability is loving and light.

Oh, and on the flip side, picture this…

Your best friend calls. She’s exhausted because her newborn hasn’t stopped crying. She’s fed her, changed her, and sang all her favorite songs. But she’s still wailing like her favorite contestant got voted off The Bachelor.

So you head over to offer some consolation (and a much needed break). But when you get there and see the baby, you feel that she needs to burp. Yay! You’re the hero of the day for both your friend and her baby!

Where do Clairsentient Psychic Feelings Come From?

I get it. Sometimes, being a clairsentient psychic doesn’t sound like rainbows and lattes. And you may have even been afraid in the past when hearing from burned out empaths.

Let’s face it, feeling your sister’s anxiety sounds downright lousy.

But have no fear.

Your clairsentience is for your highest good.

Plus, your trusty Higher Self, spirit guides, angels and loved ones in heaven are the ones connecting with you through your psychic gifts. So there is no need to worry.

Plus, as you continue to develop your clairsentience, you will:

  • Learn how to use your ability to access intuitive guidance
  • Be able to help others with your psychic clairsentience

Now that you can see how awesome this gift is, I’ll share my top tips for how to manage it.

How to Manage Psychic Clairsentience

It’s no secret that feeling energy from people and places would get draining.

Birthday parties may make you want to sleep for a week, and work conferences may make you contemplate quitting and becoming a shut-in… with a Netflix and California Wine Club subscription, of course.

Trust me, I’ve been there, done that.

But like I said, you can manage being a clairsentient psychic (just like you can manage clairvoyance, claircognizance, and clairaudience).

In fact, feelings of overwhelm are mostly experienced by clairsentients who haven’t learned how to manage their gift yet.

Plus, your Higher Self and Spirit Guides are here to help! (And here are two tips to effortlessly help you develop your psychic abilities.)

With that, here are some tips to control your psychic sensing:

1. Recognize the clairsentient journey

Remember that time your parents said you couldn’t go to THE party of the year? That social setback was enough to throw yourself on the bed, put on some Cyndi Lauper (you just wanted to have fun!), and cry the night away…

If someone with clairsentience walked into your room then, they would have felt your sorrow. They may even have begged your parents to let you go — after all, it was Suzy’s last party of junior year!

But your parents said no for a reason (stupid math test), and that reason was a bigger part of your journey than the party.

That night you learned that not studying for tests had consequences. You also learned that one party didn’t determine your whole social fate.

So, when interacting with overwhelming feelings, remember that everyone is on their own journey.

And you are only seeing (or feeling) a certain part of it. At the end of the day, you don’t know what they are here to experience or why they are going through XYZ.

2. Send pink light (catch and release)

After you realize that you don’t need to understand everyone’s journey, learn how to catch and release their emotions.

As negative or upsetting emotions come your way, send pink light to the person experiencing them.

Understand that the best thing you can do for them is to psychically surround them with pink light. Then, set the intention to ease their pain, whether it’s physical or emotional.

I like to do this when I come across a car accident. I imagine sending those involved love, and surrounding them with soft pink light. This allows me to help without causing me to feel worried and exhausted.

3. Watch what you watch

We know watching P.S. I Love You again will leave us plowing through another box of tissues. So why do we do it?

If you’re feeling emotionally drained, don’t flip on the news! In fact, I’ve stopped watching the news all together.

Opt for lighter shows that invite positivity or light into your space. Oh, and don’t forget to mute that ASPCA commercial!

4. Avoid psychic vampires

Obviously, you can only do this sometimes. But when you can, avoid the people who leave you wanting to dart home, open a box of Oreos, and hide in bed all day.

Energy (or emotional) vampires suck energy rather than blood.

They drone on about their problems, but never take your advice. And they carry drama around like a Michael Kors purse! If possible, limit your time with these people.

You can’t help them (even though you’ll want to), so it’s better to smile, send some light, and move on with your day.

Tip: For more ways to calm clairsentient anxiety and manage your intuitive gift, read this post. Also be sure to check out my empath survival guide.

Okay, now that you’ve got the inside scoop on psychic clairsentience, let’s talk about developing it.

How to Develop Clairsentience

Developing clairsentience increases your intuition and helps you understand your ability. So here are some easy ways to start strengthening your gift:

Tip: Here’s a list of clairsentient exercises and a cheat sheet with tips for developing and managing your ability.

1. Develop clairsentience with a photo

Ask a friend to show you a picture of someone they know very well, but you’ve never met. Once they do, focus on the person’s eyes. Try to feel how they were feeling when the picture was taken. Were they happy? Sad? Anxious? Think about whether you would trust that person or tell your friend to trust that person.

When you’re done, ask your friend how close you were! Did you sense that the person was sad, to find out that the picture was taken right after their goldfish died? Or did you sense they were hilarious and find out that they practice stand-up comedy?

2. Psychometry for psychic clairsentience

Did you know that your favorite fluffy blanket, treasured family ring, and well loved childhood doll have all absorbed some of your energy? Yep!

Our energy transfers to the things we own — and the more we use/wear/treasure the object, the more energy is there.

So, invite your friend over again and ask them to bring one of their personal items.

Then, hold the object for a few minutes, and try to sense what kind of energy it’s giving off. Is it positive or negative? Try to sense the energy of the person who owns or owned the object.

Tip: You can also do this by visiting a thrift shop. Pick up a few items that you sense have strong energy, and try to imagine their previous owners.

Psychometry lets you “tune into” the energy an object by touching it with your hands.

It’s like learning to ride a bike and having the support of training wheels.

Voila, an easy way of developing psychic ability!

1. Ask a friend to give you some objects to use for practice.

2. Jewelry works great for newbies, especially jewelry that’s been worn a lot and holds lots of energy. Don’t borrow your mom’s new earrings that she just got at Kohl’s – they won’t have much energy on them.

3. Sit down and get comfy. Rub your hands together to get some energy flowing. If you’re hands tingle a little, that’s good for this exercise.

4. Hold the jewelry, and close your eyes.  Go within.

  • How does your body feel?
  • Do you feel any emotions?
  • Do you see something in your mind’s eye?
  • Hear “blocks of thought” in your head?
  • Smell anything?

If you’re stuck, ask:

  • Does a man or a woman own this object?
  • Is he or she happy or sad?
  • Does this person have a job?

Related: How to do Psychometry (psychic readings through touch)

3. Meditate

Meditation allows you to connect with your Higher Self. Because of this, it’s one of the best ways to develop your psychic abilities!

You don’t have to do anything elaborate. Just close your eyes, take a few deep breaths. Then, set an intention to develop clairsentience.

Next, focus on your clairsentient ability. Imagine yourself using your intuition with ease, and receiving clear messages. Then, imagine passing by someone and knowing their personality, without them saying a word. How cool is that?!

4. Clairsentient Game

For this game, you’ll need a partner. It’s a fun game to play with kids, too, even though they always seem to win!

1. Grab a smallish item from around your house. If you’re playing with little kids, their “blankie” can be a good choice because blankies hold lots of energy. Have someone in the family hide the object while you step out for a minute.

2. When you come back inside, stand quietly and ask yourself to FEEL where the object is. Imagine a great beam of light connecting you to the energy of the item.

Does it feel like it’s:

  • high or low?
  • in the basement? Bedroom? Bathroom?
  • under something?

Psychic Clairsentient Takeaways

Clairsentience can sound a little intimidating. And after reading this post, it’s easy to see how people with this gift can feel overwhelmed!

But your psychic gifts are a natural and beautiful part of you. And you can use them to help humanity and spread love into the world. And to further help you, I invite you to download my free guide and audio: 7 Real World Steps to Embracing Your Intuitive Gifts.

With some practice, you’ll learn how to manage, embrace, and develop your clairsentience!

After all, who doesn’t want to be a human lie detector? It’s super convenient on first dates… or so I’ve heard. :)

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