Five Clair Sisters – Your Psychic Senses

We all have psychic senses that correspond to our physical senses. Medium John Edward calls them the “Five Clair Sisters,” as each begins with the root “clair,” French for “clear.”

  • Clairvoyance (clear seeing/psychic vision)
  • Clairaudience (clear hearing/psychic hearing)
  • Clairtangency (clear touch/psychic touch & psychometry)
  • Clairgustance (clear tasting/psychic tasting)
  • Clairalience (clear smelling/psychic smelling)

Some would add Claircognizance (clear knowing/psychic knowing) and Clairsentience (clear feeling/psychic feeling) or others to this list, although they aren’t direct translations of physical senses. Clairtangency is often used to described psychometry, getting psychic impressions through physical touch. Of the psychic senses listed, this is the only one that requires using the physical sense to access.

Also, describing these senses as “clear” is a bit of a misnomer, since the information from the psychic senses tends to be subtle. Think in terms of imagination and daydreams–experiences within your mind. That’s why meditation is often suggested to quiet the mind, helping us “turn up” these impressons.

You may get information on multiple channels, although your strongest psychic senses will often correspond to your best developed physical senses. If you’re very visual, you could expect do do well with clairvoyance. If you’ve got a perfect ear for music, you may be naturally inclined toward clairaudience. If you’re very sensitive to fabric and textures, perhaps you can pick up psychic impressions through touch.

One very simple way of sharpening your psychic senses is being mindful of your physical senses. Take time to really experience, absorbing the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures around you on a regular basis. Close your eyes and try recreating those sensations in your imagination. That’s what this information feels like when it arrives psychically, so the sharper you can create your internal experience, the easier it is to access the information psychically.

I’ve found when I’m actively working on my psychic senses or frequently opening up my energy for readings, I become more sensitive to physical senses as well, perhaps smelling things others don’t notice, or being overly sensitive to sounds or tastes. If you’re developing your skills, you may have to be more careful than before of crowds or the people you hang around as well, since you’re more likely to pick up energy from outside sources. Otherwise, you could start feeling overwhelmed with stimuli or energy that isn’t yours. Discriminate.

How do you find your psychic information arrives?


  1. clairaudience and I “feel” as well. But most of the time it is auditory. Some of my best information comes when I ask for a song to represent something and when I specifically go to bed asking for a story telling me what it is I’m missing.

  2. Yep, and then, when I’m feeling/thinking something, asking myself….
    Who does this belong to?

  3. Well, I’m probably along the Clairsentience and Claircognizance lines. I FEEL stuff. Now and then, I hear things, and see things, but most of it is feeling, which is why I have to constantly check to make sure it’s not MINE!

    • The emotional one is the strongest for me, too, Kim. I get contact emotional buzzes. Big reason to pay attention whom I rub shoulders with.

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