Identify Your Abilities: Clairaudient

If you’ve ever attended a class with me, you know that I discuss varying psychic abilities and how I got my start. In this series of Identifying your abilities, I’ll be focusing on the ‘clairs’ first. These are the most basic ways of understanding specific skills according to our sensory perceptions in everyday life. The first one I’d like to tackle is Clairaudience. This is the ability to hear voices, music, or sounds that are not vibrationally present. This means that you could be standing in a location and hear a person talking to you, while nobody else is hearing that person. Clairaudience is different to audio paranormal phenomena, where multiple people might hear a disembodied voice together. This is also different from capturing an EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena, on a recording. This is more about a personal experience that is happening psychically, and is unique to the individual.


Breaking down the word

To better remember this word, you can break it down into digestible chunks. Clair is a French and Latin derivative meaning “clear”. While ‘audient’ is derived from Latin ‘audire’ “to listen or hear”. One easy way to remember this is looking at simple words we use in our everyday life, such as ‘audio’, ‘auditory’, or ‘auditorium’. All are words having to do with listening or hearing. Our ears are receptors of vibrations. Our brains interpret sounds out of energetic waves and movement. Psychics who are clairaudient are receiving this energetic phenomena without the physical vibrations present.

Things to consider

One caveat to this ability that can be very tricky to navigate. We want to make sure we are identifying our abilities in a responsible and transparent way. One important factor in understanding this ability better is ruling out the possibility of psychosis. Please know that I am not a mental health professional, and am solely sharing information based upon my personal experiences. However, it is important to make sure you are understanding YOU in full scope. Psychosis can be a mental health crisis that requires treatment from a mental health professional. This typically involves hearing voices alongside paranoia. It can relate to illnesses such as schizophrenia. Any of you who have been present in my classes while I discuss my journey, know that I sought help thinking I might be schizophrenic, ages ago. My mental health professional was able to rule out psychosis and encourage me to develop my abilities with an ethical mentor. This was the beginning of my journey as a psychic.

How Science and Medicine are catching up

Today we are seeing many efforts across science and medicine beginning to work with psychics and energy workers to understand the how and why. One such study is being conducted at Yale School of Medicine. Here we have an ethical example of psychics working with researchers to understand how psychosis and psychic phenomena show up differently among varying control groups. You can read more about this study here

“We have known for some time that people in the general population can have the experience of hearing voices—sometimes frequently—without the need for psychiatric intervention,” said Albert Powers, a psychiatry fellow and lead author of the study.

In the past many were limited in their ability to feel safe about being open, due to folks on the scientific and medical frontlines hosting a narrower scope of acceptance. It terrified me going into my counselors office thinking I may be schizophrenic, in my twenties; but I had to know so I could act accordingly. One only needs to look as far as The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman to understand how psychosis was affected and even created by prior medical treatments. Particularly women and non-binary or queer people tend to have a high sense of distrust with the medical and scientific community, due to poor representation, adverse advocacy, and the threat of institutionalization of so many individuals in the past. The Yale Medical study mentions that ‘psychiatry as a field has been aware of people’s abilities to hear voices for quite a while, and roughly one in twenty five individuals in the population are estimated to have this experience throughout their lifetime.’

Food for though

As we consistently examine areas for systemic improvement and cohesiveness in the wellness and scientific community, we are improving representation. More examples of scientists and medical experts who invest in understanding things from a place of wholeness, have begun to support our ability to exist openly, without fear of ridicule or reprimand. Even though science may still consider studies like these ‘nontraditional’ methods of understanding, I leave you with a question. What exactly is ‘traditional’ and who created that framework?


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