The word clairvoyance stems from two French root words that together mean ‘clear sight’, but is more commonly known by such terms as second sight, sixth sense, or, simply, the gift. While those raised in oppressive upbringings may be taught to restrain their clairvoyance, those that are taught to embrace their special talent can often cultivate startling accuracy and control.
What is Clairvoyance?
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Clairvoyant people are just like everyone else in that they have individual strengths and weaknesses. Generally, those with second sight can see events and people irrespective of time. For example, they may be able to see a location across town in the present at one moment and another venue two hundred years ago the next. While some clairvoyants enter a trance state to exercise this gift, others must simply concentrate. Most people with this ability state that it began as a child, but puberty, a traumatic event, or random clairvoyance have all been reported.
Additionally, there are other clairsenses, such as clairsentience (clear touching) and clairalience (clear sense of smell), that are often lumped under the term of clairvoyance. To further cloud the subject, some people are gifted with several clairsenses! To simplify, many of the gifted simply use ‘clairvoyant’ as a blanket term to describe their abilities.
What Clairvoyance is Not
Having a sixth sense is not tied to witchcraft, satanism, or any other ‘dark’ purpose. In fact, some clairvoyants have been quite benevolent in using their talents to help locate missing children or by assisting law enforcement to gather hidden evidence. Fear of the unknown and fear of people who have different abilities are the primary reasons for the negative opinions of some towards clairvoyants. Just like being double-jointed or left-handed, clairvoyance is neither good or bad but simply different. Just like having a beautiful singing voice or a good eye for photography, it is also a talent some are born with.
Where Does It Come From?
In short, no one has a definitive answer. Some believe it can be passed down like a genetic feature, but there is no evidence that genes play a role. Others postulate that it is within the ability of all humans and that it is simply stronger in some or unlocked by a meaningful event. Brain scans performed on clairvoyant people range from completely normal to high levels of unusual activity, just like the brain scans of a random sample of those who self-identify as non-clairvoyant. The human brain is still largely a mystery, and no real cause has been determined.
What has been determined is that it is not harmful. Clairvoyants have no greater instances of mental illness, physical disease, brain tumors, or violent tendencies than the non-clairvoyant population. While what someone with second sight sees may disturb them, many people learn to process images quickly and ‘blunt’ offensive or frightening visions. Others with such control can use their gift to see uplifting images such as weddings or beautiful scenery which could help them feel better. Many clairvoyants have their talent from the time they begin to form memories as young children. Clairvoyance is a natural state for them, which makes it normal and not usually distressing.
Can I Seek a Clairvoyant’s Help?
As with any talent, some people are willing to share it with the world. Others may feel more private or were raised to be ashamed of their gift. They might not want to help you. Fortunately, those willing to assist you often list their services online or in the advertisements. You can arrange an in-person meeting or consult someone over the telephone. If you have questions, why not give it a try?