Clairvoyance or Seeing Spirit

Clairvoyance visions |

What Is Clairvoyance?

Clairvoyance means ‘clear-seeing’. It comes from the French clair ‘clear’ and voyance ‘vision. It is also known as second sight, as well as telaesthesia, a name invented by F.W.H. Myers, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research.

Clairvoyance is a psychic ability that allows a person to have visions about people, objects and locations through extrasensory perception (ESP). A person who uses clairvoyance is called a clairvoyant. Clairvoyants may be able to see the past (retrocognition), the future (precognition) or see things in the present which are happening outside the normal range of perception.

The Four Clairs

Clairvoyance is one of the ‘four clairs’: clairsentience (recognizing feelings), clairvoyance (seeing images), clairaudience (hearing voices) and claircognizance (knowing).

Clairs are considered to be ESP, because these abilities reach beyond the physical world to spiritual dimensions. For example, you ‘hear’ the voice of spirits, but not with your physical ears. You ‘sense’ someone’s pain but not because they tell you they are in pain.

Someone who works with their ‘clairs’ is commonly called a psychic or medium. Typically, clairvoyance can be trained and developed for the purposes of mediumship, divination and energy healing.

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What Does it Mean to be Clairvoyant?

Clairvoyants pick up paranormal messages through visual images. This skill can be used to see spirits, ghosts and angels; and to perceive energy (also known as prana or chi), auras, chakras and cords of psychic energy. Finally, a psychic may use their clairvoyance sight for the purpose of divination and predicting the future for a client.

If you can see spirits, rather than hear or sense them, you are clairvoyant.

Clairvoyants, however usually have more than one psychic gift. For instance, they may also be clairaudient, so they can hear what spirits are saying to them; or they might be clairsentient, so they can physically experience the sensations the spirit is trying to convey. Having two or more psychic gifts enables a medium to make greater contact with spirits and thereby increases the chances of them correctly interpreting the messages that the spirits are trying to convey.

What You Can See Using Clairvoyance Vision


Aura picture of Karina Collins psychic |
Here is my aura, taken with an aura camera. My auric field is blue/purple with yellow and green

Every living organism, including people, animals and plants have a field of energy around them, called an aura. An aura cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can easily be captured with the help of an aura camera or Kirlian photography. However, someone with clairvoyance can often perceive auras. Our aura colors tend to change with moods and important life changes. Have you ever looked at someone who is depressed and saw darkness around them? If so, you were using clairvoyance.

Body Energies

Clairvoyants who specialize in healing, such as Reiki practitioners, are often able to perceive a person’s inner energetics – energy channels, chakras and even body organs.

Psychic Messages

A psychic can receive messages as visions – they may be shown a face, location, scene or event in their mind’s eye. Or they may use a scrying tool such as a crystal ball or black mirror. Any information they ‘see’ could come from the Akashic records, angels, spirit guides or even telepathic communication directly from the client.


Angels are high vibrational beings, and in Christian history, they have appeared to clairvoyants in the form of visions. The Annunciation itself, the appearance of Archangel Gabriel to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, may well have been a clairvoyance experience.

Ghosts and Spirits

Spirits are people who have moved on to the afterlife, while ghosts are considered Earth bound spirits. Some clairvoyants claim the ability to perceive both spirits and ghosts. They may also see nature spirits, that is elemental spirits such as fairies and salamanders.

Remote Viewing

This is another term for clairvoyance. Remote viewing is the ability to consciously travel with your mind to a specific location, and describe what you see. There are specific training programs to learn remote viewing.

History Of Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance has a very long tradition and has been reported from all parts of the world. Indeed, it is perhaps the most commonly experienced psychic manifestation. And while there have always been those who are especially sensitive in this respect, the evidence suggests that anyone can have a clairvoyant experience if the moment is right for it to happen.

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Using a crystal ball for prophetic visions

Occasionally a clairvoyance experience can provide information about the future (divination) – a spirit may appear and advise a person against a certain form of action by showing them the outcome of it. It is worth remarking that our clairvoyant faculties are diminished by our modern lifestyle. It tends to be more common, naturally, among those who lead a simpler life, away from the hustle and bustle of cities. This is why clairvoyants nearly always seek to move to the countryside, or closer to water because water is like a battery to intuitive people.


In ancient times, tribal groups usually had a professional seer or clairvoyant, known as a shaman (shamanism) or witch-doctor, who was able, by dancing and beating a drum, to stimulate his psychic powers and precipitate a vision, which enabled him to locate a lost object, or discover the whereabouts of game or an absent tribesman. In fact not only were most shamans chosen before they reached puberty, but they were recognized by their hysterical or nervous temperament, and by their ability to pass certain tests, such as walking on hot coals without being burned and, conversely, being able to withstand immersion in freezing water.

Christian Visionaries

There has also been a long tradition of visionaries in Christianity. A number of Christian saints were able to know or see things far removed from their immediate sensory perception. These Saints include Padre Pio, St Catherine and Saint Teresa of Ávila. People have also reported seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary or Jesus, a famous example being the three shepherds of Fátima.

How to Learn Clairvoyance and Become Clairvoyant

One of the best ways to understand how clairvoyance works is to practice it yourself. However, you must be patient and not expect to achieve astonishing results overnight. Such skills usually come with time, patience and practice. It is also very important to keep hold of the idea that you will eventually succeed, so that you don’t give up at the first hurdle.

If you are a visual person, you will find it easier to develop your clairvoyance. For example, if I ask you to close your eyes and picture a horse, natural clairvoyants will find it easier to see a picture of a horse in their mind’s eye.

Clairvoyance Exercise

Here is a simple exercise to practice:

Step 1: Make a spirit-to-spirit connection. Acknowledge that you are a spirit, and your spirit would like to connect with other spiritual beings in this world and other dimensions.
Step 2: Bring your awareness to your third eye, or the sixth chakra, which is located between your eyes. Breathe deeply and ask the spirit world to activate this chakra so it can be used for purpose of clairvoyance. Remain focused on this spot until you feel it has been activated. Signs of activation include change in body temperate, tingling in the area or visions or colors appearing in your mind’s eye.
Step 3: Request to be shown the spirit world, or Heaven as some may call it. Who or what do you see?
Step 4: Once you are ready, close the process down by taking a few deep breaths and ask spirit to return you to everyday life.

Interpreting Clairvoyant Symbols

Receiving spirit messages clairvoyantly isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Spirits often communicate using symbols, so the clairvoyant has to decide what these mean before passing on the message. This is one reason why the messages aren’t always clear or can take some time to decipher. If the medium is shown a collection of flowerpots, he has to decide how to interpret them. Do they refer to someone who is a keen gardener, a potter, someone who works in a garden center or whose name might be Potts?

What is The Best Crystal For Clairvoyance?

Without a doubt, the celestite is the best crystal to stimulate metaphysical abilities such as clairvoyance. This blue crystal has a high vibration which is good for spiritual work. In addition, the Black obsidian is also a wonderful stone for triggering the third eye chakra.

Terms Associated with Clairvoyance

Divining: Receiving futuristic information from the Spirit or divine messengers.
Foresight: Psychically seeing what could occur in the future.
Foretelling: The act of speaking a desired future into existence.
Fortune telling: Predicting how your luck lies in the future.
Telepathy: Mind to mind communication.
Journeying: Visiting the future, possibly via astral travel, to help decide what to do today.
Presentiment: Also called precognition, this involves reading the body to empathically read the future.
Scrying: The use of tools, including a crystal ball, water, black mirror and gemstones, to perceive images of the future.

Resources and References

Books about Clairvoyance and Psychic Development

  • The Conscious Universe (1997), Dean Radin PhD
  • Entangled Minds (2006), Dean Radin PhD
  • Supernormal (2013), Dean Radin PhD
  • The Future of the Body: Explorations into Further Evolution of Human Nature (1993), M.Murphy

Clairvoyance Scientific Research

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