For the last couple of weeks now I've been feeling compelled to write about the subject of my next blog post, and tonight it's actually kind of screaming at me to write it, so I'm going to take the hint to hunker down and tuck into my office to do so.
All of us... every single one of us... have six senses. Touch. Smell. Sight. Hear. Taste. What is the sixth? Intuitive. A "clair" sense. It manifests itself in different ways for all of us, and with practice can be developed - honed. Don't scoff... don't turn back now... stay with me for this one.
Some people are born with their 6th sense wide open. Others have theirs open after experiencing a major emotional event (traumatic or enlightening). The majority of us are born with it muted, accessed only when we are in our most primitive states... fear or joy. The terms: "trust your gut", "go with your heart", "déjà vu'" ... these are all describing this sense.
There are different "clair" senses. The most known or heard about one is clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is what is most often associated with psychics. It is the ability to see things "in the mind's eye" that others cannot. Or, the ability to see things that have no personal meaning to the clairvoyant, but to the other person, very personal meaning. But that is not the only clair sense - there is also clairaudience (hearing), clairgustance (taste), clairalience (smell), claircognizance (higher knowing), and - near and dear to me - clairsentience. This is what my blog entry tonight will be about.
Since I was a child I have always "felt" things. I would be able to walk into a place and "feel" it. I used to call it "feeling the history". It's hard to explain, but there are a couple of events that come to mind right now. The first is when one of my sisters moved in to her house. It is an older house, maybe from the 1920's. I remember walking in and feeling pressure. When I went upstairs, the pressure got stronger. I could "feel" the energy of all the people who inhabited the house before. It was like I was in a dream, and things were moving in slow motion. The air felt thick. Shallow. Another notable time was when another sister moved in to a house she was renting. This one was built in the 1950s by a matriarch of the family, and when she passed the surviving children decided to rent it out (enter, my sis). The second I walked in to that house I felt an overwhelming sense of Love. Peace. Calm. It has a happy house full of happy memories.
By the time my one sister moved into the 1950s house, I knew what was going on with me. But before that, I had no idea.
I started to know something was different when I began dating the man who is now my husband. We've been deeply connected since the day we met (soul mates is a very real thing... I'll blog on that concept another time). But I never knew just how connected until he began having anxiety attacks. I remember the first time he had one. We had just sat down and ordered food at restaurant. He made no outward motion that anything was amiss. But I started feeling pressure in my heart, and sick to my stomach. It felt like my heart was beating super fast, but it wasn't. I didn't know what was happening to me. Then D told me that he was sorry, but he was feeling sick and had to get out of the restaurant. He left to go wait in the car, and as soon as he left the feeling I had left me. I noticed after that night that every time I started to have these feelings it corresponded to him having an anxiety attack. I began to know when it was happening to him because of how I was feeling. Thankfully he no longer has them, because WOW... that is an INTENSE thing to deal with.
The other way that clairsentience has manifested in me is my huge empathetic nature. I feel things so deeply, so strongly... I cry at things that have no bearing to me at all. I will see two people smiling and laughing and my heart feels like it has expanded twofold. I see people crying and I immediately take on their pain. Hospitals are very hard for me to be in. Sometimes when I pass car accidents I will feel my heart tighten and my throat choke up and all the sudden I am crying and gasping for breath. I remember one time I was on my way home from work and happened to pass a car, and I felt just total, deep, black hatred coming from the person. It was a cloying, gross feeling. Sometimes I will meet someone and have an instantaneous either love or total dislike for them.
Basically, my ability manifests itself in the way that I will take on whatever emotions another person is emanating. It also translates to places. Humans are very powerful - more so than the average person would think - and our emotions are part of this power. The stronger they are, the more they are left in a place, which is what I feel when I say I am feeling the "history" of somewhere. I am still learning how to block this, so some days it is very, very draining.
Another way this manifests in me is my deep and profound connection to Nature and animals. I can feel the energy difference between a city and a forest. An ocean and a park. A home and a business. When I am around animals I can feel their energy. For example, my dog is high strung. No matter how calm or chill I am, that dog just can't settle down. Right now he is sleeping on the floor next to me, and finally the little feeling of craziness is dimmed. My one cat, Asia, is a powerful personality. She is strong and confident, most of the time. But every now and then she questions herself, and her place, and I can feel that energy shift in her. And then there is my little Zoe. A constant mix of confidence and fright. She's a hard one to calm. But thankfully her energy is not as strong as the others, so I do not pick up on it quite as much.
So how have things changed, from when I first started truly acknowledging these things, to present day?
The first change was when I truly acknowledged that it was happening. Once I became aware, it was easier to deal with because I knew what it was. Meditation has also helped. Meditation helps to bring your awareness to your sense of Self, and in essence helps you release and balance your internal energies. Since I am very connected to the calm, old power of Nature, I take many trips to the forest - daily if need be - to ground myself and release all of the energy that I have taken on that is not my own. I exercise - that is also a great way to release pent up energy and balance yourself. Yoga is another way - though I do not practice this as much as I did in the past.
All of this is still fairly new to me. Not the ability, but the way to manage it. Think of a faucet... if you have it on full blast all the time, you're going to high a high water bill. But if you manage it, then it becomes... manageable. But it's not only that I want to manage it, I want to master it, and that takes practice to develop, which is what I am currently focusing on.
I stated previously that there are several types of clair senses, and that each of us possess them, but that in most of us they are muted. I have had experiences with other senses, but clairsentience is the strongest and the one I have experienced the most. Think now of your own experiences. Chances are you have experienced one of them. As I learn more, clairsentience is actually one of the most common, but people do not acknowledge it. That is truly the first step - acknowledging. Once you do that, and allow yourself to know that it is happening, and that it isn't "weird" or "unnatural", you will begin to open the sense for yourself. And once you open the door, well.... Life begins to get interesting.
Stormily Yours, with Love,
Loving Shout Out: http://www.psychicsuniverse.com/articles/psychic-insight/developing-your-own-psychic-gifts#