List of Psychic Abilities and How They Work

Having a list of psychic abilities and knowing how they work is a MUST if you want to develop your intuitive gifts.

There are four main types of psychic abilities; we refer to these as the clairs. The clairs are the ways in which we receive intuitive guidance. are what we call the clairs.  Huh, English please?

In the physical world we receive information in all different ways. For example, if I wanted to invite you to the party of the year I could:

  • call you on the phone
  • send you a text
  • send you an email

No matter how I contact you, the end result is the same: you’ve been invited to the party of the year!

Your intuitive gifts work the same way. You see, you can receive psychic impressions in different ways. Pretty cool, right?

With practice and the right guidance, anyone can learn how to tap in and strengthen their psychic abilities. Even you, of course!

So, take a read through this post and see what resonates with you. You may connect with every ability on this list, or just one or two. Either way is perfect!

With practice, you can totally learn to develop all of your psychic senses. Let’s dive in!

list of psychic abilities and how they work

Four Main Psychic Abilities

1. Clairvoyance – clear seeing

Clairvoyance is an inner seeing.  It’s the most well known, but least understood intuitive gift on our list of psychic abilities.

I would describe it as watching a little movie inside your head.

Someone who is clairvoyant is not necessarily seeing the future or having dramatic psychic visions like you see in the movies.

Rather, clairvoyance can be very subtle.  For example, you may just see a color, a number, or even a symbol.  You may or may not understand what these images mean, and they are not always meant to be taken literally.

On the other hand, you may get a full blown premonition.  Like the old saying goes, “I saw that one coming!”

Other terms for clairvoyance:  third eye, psychic eye, psychic vision.

2. Clairsentience – clear feeling

Clairsentience is the ability to receive intuitive messages via feelings, emotions, or physical sensations.  Empathy (feeling the emotions of others) is also a form of clairsentience.

Here’s a great example of a clairsentience:

My daughter is fourteen and for the last two years, I’ve homeschooled her.  Prior to that, she struggled at school, in part, because she’s extremely empathic and clairsentient. When someone is sad, angry, or ecstatic, she feels it.

She is so sensitive to energy that school would leave her feeling exhausted, anxious, and overwhelmed.

You may feel that way, too.  Whether you are at school or at work, you may feel drained or pick up on the moods of people around you.  You may feel exhausted being around someone who is negative and it may be difficult for you to watch the news.

As a clairsentient, it may be very easy for you to know when someone is lying to you – you can just feel it somehow. And you may even feel the physical ailments of others.

Other common terms for clairsentience:  empath, spiritual or intuitive empath

If this sounds like you, I would encourage you to read my tips for dealing with energy vampires.

3. Clairaudience – clear hearing

No list of psychic abilities would be complete without clairaudience.

Clairaudience is a way of receiving intuitive messages without using the physical ears.  I know, that sounds weird.  Let me explain.

Think of clairaudience as an inner hearing.  For example, you may suddenly hear that little voice inside you say, “go right!” or “stop!”.

When a highly sensitive person – such as a psychic or medium – is clairaudient, they are able to hear things that others cannot, such as spirit voices, sounds, and even music.

For example, spiritual mediums are often clairaudient and can hear words, phrases, and names from those who have passed on.

Most times, the medium will hear Spirit speaking inside his or her own head in her own voice (it sounds like when you are reading silently to yourself).  On some occasions, the medium may also hear the actual voice that the spirit had when they were living.

Common Misconception About Clairaudience:

Let’s pretend you and some friends think you hear a spirit voice in your house.  This is usually not be considered a clairaudient experience because the sound was out loud, for all to hear with the physical ears.

Personally, I feel that clairaudience is the most interesting of all the extrasensory perceptions on our list of psychic abilities.  My favorite memory of clairaudience was when I was doing a reading for a client and distinctly heard the message, Say hi to Bobo!  Turns out, Bobo was the family pet.

4. Claircognizance – clear knowing

Claircognizance is the ability to just know something without logic or facts.  It may help to think of it as an inner knowing.

Like if you know that you shouldn’t trust your new neighbor or get on that airplane, but you don’t know why, that is claircognizance.  It’s an important extrasensory perception, so it makes it into the top four on our list of psychic abilities.

These claircognizant feelings can be very strong.  They can also come in the form of intuitive thoughts that can pop into your head at random.

For example, my husband (who is not psychic) was driving on the highway with some co-workers.  He says he didn’t know why, but all of a sudden he knew he had to tell everyone to buckle up.

Less than five minutes later, their vehicle was rear ended from behind by a car going 65 miles an hour.  The seat my husband was sitting in broke in half.

This is a great example of an intuitive thought coming through in the form of claircognizance.  He didn’t know why everyone needed to buckle up – he just knew they had to do it immediately!

But he could have received that intuitive message in another way.  He could have had a vision of an accident.  Same message, but received in a different manner. That’s the concept for you to grasp here today while reading this list of psychic abilities.

Less Common Intuitive Abilities

Did You Know?  Clair is the prefix for the French word meaning clear.

Clairalience – clear smelling

Funny name, isn’t it?  Clairalience is the ability to smell things outside the normal range of smell, such as the perfume of a loved one who has passed away.

Sometimes a person in spirit will fill a room with a familiar smell so that their loved ones know they are around.  My sister-in-law often smells cigar smoke which she associates with her father.

I don’t know how our loved ones in spirit do this, but many people find this phenomenon very comforting.

Clairgustance – clear tasting

Last on our list of psychic abilities is clairgustance.  Clairgustance is an inner tasting; that is, tasting without actually putting anything into your mouth.

This form of extrasensory perception is sometimes experienced by mediums when they give a reading.

The way it works is pretty simple.  When a medium is communicating with a spirit, they may begin to develop a particular taste in their mouth.  So, if a person in spirit used to love to eat chocolate cake, a medium who has this sense might taste chocolate cake.

Think of how easy dieting would be if we could all do this.  Oh joy!


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