Metaphysical Senses: What is Clairsentience?

by Laurra Warnke

Clairsentience is a metaphysical sense that relates to recurring physical and emotional feelings. This is known as clear feeling and signifies Divine guidance.

Clairsentience (clear feeling) is one of the four metaphysical senses, the others being clairvoyant (clear seeing), clairaudient (clear hearing), and claircognizant (clear knowing). It is one of your four metaphysical senses in addition to your five physical senses.

If you have ever had a physical or emotional feeling wash over you without a discernible connection to your current state of mind, you have just experienced clairsentience.

Check out this example of clairsentience from one of my prior jobs. I would drive to work and even before I get out of the car, look toward the office door and get a strong feeling my boss is already upset. Sure enough, I could tell before I talked to her or walked in the building that something had gone on with a customer or there had been an upset in her personal life.

By receiving this information before walking inside the office, it allowed me a few extra moments of mental preparation. I was able to put the proper energy shields in place so I could remain focused on the current issues.

Types of Clairsentience

Perhaps you feel sad or anxious all of a sudden without reason, or feel an unexplained sense of foreboding. You may also experience physical symptoms that belong to someone else and came out of nowhere.

Stomach aches, sweaty palms, instant anger, hair standing up on the back of your neck, a tingling sensation, and feeling sick are common symptoms of clairsentience. When this occurs look at changing your travel plans or course of action.

Important questions to ask yourself when you have such a feeling.

Is the feeling my own? If not, whose name comes to mind?

What was I thinking about just before I had the feeling?

Who was I thinking about just before I had the feeling?


Empathy is the ability to tune in, sense, and feel other people’s emotions. You can experience a range of happy or sad emotions but the difference is they are not your own feelings. Being able to feel another person’s pain is a form of compassion. However, if you continue to experience someone else’s emotions, additional clearing techniques like etheric cord cutting are helpful.

Some people report having a distinct sensitivity to touch, which stems from heightened empathy. This is useful if you are work within the healing arts, such as Reiki or massage therapy. Sensitivity to touch becomes useful to discern areas of the body needing attention and healing.

If you keep picking up on the emotions and feelings of someone else, you are experiencing overactive empathy. This Empath Toolkit can help you with overactive empathy.


Psychometry uses touch to gain information about a situation by holding an object and tuning in to its energetic frequency. Jewelry is often an object of choice, as it has had direct contact with the person. Psychometry can tell personality traits about another using an object held in the hand. You can also pick up on past events and situations through visions and impressions received from holding an artifact.


Sensitivity to smells like fragrances is another way to feel and sense energy. Many people report smelling the favorite flower or perfume of a deceased loved one, even though that scent failed to be present in the home.

What about you? Are you clairsentient or had an unexplainable experience? Do you have any good psychic stories to share? Leave a comment below.

About Laurra Warnke

LaurraLaurra Warnke is an empath and intuitive healer who helps you embrace your Sacred Soul Blueprint by viewing your Akashic record from a soul level perspective.

Through Akashic record readings, energy clearings, and spiritual business mentoring, she works with your Guides to clarify your life’s purpose, embrace your soul level gifts, clear energetic misalignments, and bring back the passion and spirit to your life.


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blair July 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks for writing this! I recently discovered that my primary gift is clairsentience and I am still trying to figure out how I can use this gift to help others, hopefully I will figure it out.


nikki February 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

I’m an empath. I feel and know what some one is thinking. I also get a msg. rarely by voice telling me something I need to know. I smell fragrances, like flowers. I have gut feelings before I go some where and are always right. I don’t go somewhere, if I feel I shouldn’t. It’s like a knowing.

Before I got divorced, I looked at a marriage photo, I sensed that he was already gone, this was 1 year before. This knowing of all above is quite special, helpful and prepares you for circumstances coning.

I help a lot of people with emotional ills, they seem to be attracted to me and just let out all their secrets or woes. All I can do is listen and have compassion. I sense also if I touch some one, they feel better, or if they are in my presence. We must be healers I believe a gift from God.


MsLady June 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi All,

I am so glad that I discovered this post. I have an ability to sense when someone is about to pass away. I never know who it is exactly, but I will suddenly feel like I am or that someone I know is about to die. I become anxious and scared and I have these feelings for months. When the feeling disappears, I am usually informed that someone that I know has passed away. There have been instances where I didn’t know the person but he or she was associated with someone that I know. Is this considered clairsentience even if I never know who is about to pass? I can also sense how another person is feeling at any particular moment. For example, I can feel when someone is uncomfortable, even if they are smiling. I can always tell when someone is being untruthful or if they are holding back. I would really appreciate your thoughts and comments. Thanks for reading!


Maya @ Ms Buddha June 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I’m a student of life…. trying to cultivate inner connectedness…, and I would love to experience Divine guidance.
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Sherry Andrea February 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for your take on clairsentience!


Laura Warnke February 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Hi Sherry,
You are welcome! Nice to see you!


Shelby April 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I was really happy to read this because I know that I am different from other people. All my life I have been really in tune to other people’s feelings and sometimes in tune with objects. I believe this is my gift but I’m not totally sure. Maybe you could tell me if this is my gift. I have several experiences. Here are a few of them.

My mom is suicidal and has many other disorders. There was one night I could not sleep and all of a sudden I felt really depressed and I couldn’t figure out why. All I knew is I wanted to cry. I picked up my phone and text her and told her I loved her. Come to find out the next day that she was really happy to read my text because she had been in the hospital for wanting to overdose on pills.

Last month I found out my Dad was really sick. I hadn’t talked to him in days. On my way to work to pick up my check I got a really sad feeling, wanted to cry, and felt he was sitting with me in the car.I knew he was gone but I didn’t want to believe it. They found him two days later. He had died in his sleep.

Recently my car has been acting weird. We were driving to the store when my husband said the car is running like a champ. I said, it’s when it’s running the best that you need to worry. I had been telling my mom on the phone not long ago that I knew there was something wrong with the car. On the way to the store the belt to the alternator snapped.

Also, when I was living at home and my mom was going through her suicidal stages, the cops would show up a lot. There was a period where I could pinpoint about how long it would be before an officer would just randomly show up at the house. I was talking to a friend on the phone at the time and I told her, the cops are going to show up soon. My mom hadn’t called them or anything and I just knew they were going to show up. Kid you not, just five to ten minutes after telling my friend this, the cops knocked on my door.

I get feelings a lot that something bad is going to happen but I don’t always know what it is and I get other people’s feeling a lot. Usually people I am really close to. Is this clairsentience? If so…how can I use it to the best of it’s abilities? How can I contact the arch angels to help me with this?


Laura Warnke April 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Shelby,

Welcome to Intuitive Journal. It is nice to meet you! It definitely sounds like you have the gift of clairsentience. Since you recognize your ability in situations of need, I would try developing your ability more for yourself and being able to listen and sense your own signs. You could also broaden your abilities by working on sensing things with people that are outside of your own family circle.

This article may be helpful in connecting with your Guides and Angels. A guided meditation may also help you connect.


Shelby April 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thank you Laura. I will look into that and thank you for your reply on FB also.


MsLady June 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi All,

I am so glad that I discovered this post. I have an ability to sense when someone is about to pass away. I never know who it is exactly, but I will suddenly feel like I am or that someone I know is about to die. I become anxious and scared and I have these feelings for months. When the feeling disappears, I am usually informed that someone that I know has passed away. There have been instances where I didn’t know the person but he or she was associated with someone that I know. Is this considered clairsentience even if I never know who is about to pass? I can also sense how another person is feeling at any particular moment. For example, I can feel when someone is uncomfortable, even if they are smiling. I can always tell when someone is being untruthful or if they are holding back. I would really appreciate your thoughts and comments. Thanks for reading!


Becky July 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

I didn’t know that what I can do has a name…here is an example: The day of the December 26, 2004 tsunami , at the exact moment, I had just let my kids go with their Dad for the holidays. I just remember the wash of emotion that literally put me to my knees. I didn’t know what had happened, but the next day, watched the news. The moment the tsunami hit, causing massive amounts of damage and death, is when I hit my knees and felt the intense fear, panic, and sense of disaster. I can also sense others emotions and feelings, sometimes. There isn’t a rhyme or reason to who or what or even what circumstances. I can also read places, at times. I can sense events, or emotions from people in those places who have passed, or just events that had strong emotion attached. Not sure how to use this for the greater good…but am learning as I journey along. Thanks for letting me share.


Steve R. February 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I was driving to the hospital to visit my Dad who had a terminal illness. I believed he would still live another few days. I was planning a simple birthday celebration for him. I was about 50 miles away, and got a sudden feeling in my stomach at 8:55 AM. It was my plan to get on the road by 9:00, and I noted that I was ahead of schedule. I thought it could be flu symptoms and hated the thought of coming down with the flu with my Dad’s death pending and all it would entail. During the drive, the symptom disappeared, and I was feeling back to normal. When I arrived in my Dad’s room, there was no response from him but he seemed warm, comfortable and just sleeping. A few minutes later, I was advised by the attending nurse, he had died at 8:55. This sounds like it may have been a clairsentience experience. I’ve never had anything like this before. I’m trying to understand this event. I was always very close to my Dad. What do you think?


Laura Warnke February 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi Steve,

I am sorry for the loss of your dad. Yes, that sounds exactly like clairsentience. Many times before someone close crosses over they will “visit” you and give you a sign that it is time for them to leave the Earth. You experienced it through those flu symptoms.


laura March 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

hey everyone!

I believe I have a lot or some clairsentient and other abilities I had feelings what objects that I know what someone has in there hand from far away not even near me and it was right and I feeling when someone is sad or mad or in depressed mood and when they talk to me they feel better I would love to help people I know and that I don’t know. I feel its what im suppose to do with my gift do you have any pointers u can give me to develope more of what im experiences.


Melanie May 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Hello Laura,

These posts are amazing and this is the first time I’ve ever began to understand the gift I have. I have discovered in the last year that I have a strong connection to my intuition and based on these posts, clairsentience. I started having panic attacks in September without any obvious cause, never having had them in my life before. They were severe and they caused me to be afraid for weeks until I had to fly home from college and learned from a close friend how to meditate. This saved me, but I was told that I had anxiety and that’s all I believed I had, a problem. So I meditated every day to keep myself centered. I wasn’t aware that I also had a gift. Starting in January, I began to get these “feelings” that something bad was going to happen. When I first had the feelings, I thought it was just anxiety and I didn’t think my friends would believe me. Since January I have predicted encounters with the police 4 times. Being a college student with friends who party, these encounters can ruin a young life. I saw my friend get arrested, friends get in trouble/fines with campus safety, and been in the car with friends who have gotten pulled over for no apparent reason. In these encounters I was able to tell my friends “I feel like it’s time to leave” but they didn’t listen. I get signs from the universe many times ( like a song on the radio for example “jail breakers” was playing one of the times). Along with these instances of predicting trouble, I also feel very connected to the spirit of my grandmother who I was very close with and is now passed away. I feel her presence a lot. I can feel the presence of spirits and I take on emotions from people i’m walking by on the street. If I look into someone’s eyes, I can feel their story. I felt extreme sadness from a man I looked at last night at the mall. I can feel other people’s emotions when i’m not with them, or if they’re thinking of me. I am interested in developing my gift to get a better hold over it for my own emotional health and to help others but I don’t know how.



Lone Wolf June 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

Loved your article. I also am surprised that what I can do has a name!
I would like to share my experience with you and maybe you can help me out.
My cousin and I were really close BFF’s. She lives in another country and me in another. We were extremely close.
However we didn’t talk on the phone after I left my vacation from there.

A few days before she got engaged, I had a dream of her brother visiting my house. I didn’t know why he did but later when I found out she was engaged- I realized it meant that it was her trying to tell me or something because it was out of the odd.

The month she got pregnant, was the month I got extreme stomach pains and bloated like a pregnant lady for 9 months. I didn’t even know she was pregnant.

A few days before she gave birth, I had a dream of her having a baby girl and I felt very ill. My aunt told us that she was sick (in the hospital). Then she gave birth to a baby boy.

I am really confused because I do have intuitions about people’s thoughts but its always about her that I get messages from.
Like I feel she is trying to tell me something or she is thinking about me too since we were so close.

And also is this possible if she wasn’t thinking about me? Because we did have an small argument that led to us not talking for over 3 years.

Please let me know. It will help me a lot because non of us are literally trying to call each other. I do miss her a lot though.

God bless!


Navy June 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for writing this article Laura. I believe I have some type of clairsentience or clairvoyance. When I hold things like pictures, paintings, or even recipe cards that have been in my family for 60+ years I’ll either see a really clear mental movie, almost, about how it was made or just get a feelng of wholeness and completeness. Also when I walk into or near a building, If something bad happened there I feel extremely uneasy. The only two examples I can come up with right now are when I was looking at buying a house and went to go walk through it. Everybody else seemed to be fine but the moment I set foot on the property, I got got really paranoid. It felt like someone was following me around the house and glaring at me. Almost like if I did something that really upset him(it was definitely a him) he would try and hurt me in any way possible. I almost got the feeling that he thought I was trying to take his stuff from him and he was trying to protect it. It got so bad that I ran off the the property crying. The other example is whenever I go into my local Kmart, my hands start shaking and my palms start sweating and I start to studder really bad. I don’t feel like I’m being watched but I just know know that something really bad has happened on that land(not necessarily in the building though). Also when I meet people, I usually know what kind of person they are right away and 99.8 percent of the time I’m right. Do you think that these examples fit the bill? Thank you again Laura!


Navy June 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

A lot of times I’ll also have a dream and when it plays out in reality, I’ll have this sense of deja vu but won’t know why. A few days later, usually between 1 and 3, I will remember remember the dream, it playing out in reality, and finally make the connection.


Daphne Garrett July 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi, I believe I am an empath with Clairsentient skills. I feels other people’s emotions and I feel things before they happen. Or, I receive information often while I am sleeping. I would like to be able to develop it as well as manage it. I have always thought I was different even as a child. Recently I questioned what was wrong with me. I was in a store and an employee had been diagnosed with cancer. The store was asking for donations, so I gave one. Two weeks later I went back and I asked the sales associate how she was doing and she told me the lady had passed away earlier in the week. I walked away in tears. My first thougth was she found out and she is gone already? I thought about how her family must feel. I went home thinking there is truly something wrong with me. I didn’t even know this lady. So, I took a nap and I heard a voice tell me I was an empath. I woke up to research it and what I read made perfect sense to me. Especially, the fact of not watching the news! I hate it. Especially, if it deals with kids, I can’t handle it. Does this make me weird? I thought for a long time. So, I would like to know what I can do to develop this gift.


Jordan November 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I have never been so relieved in my life to read something. A couple months ago I did some research. I’ve always had moments of “just knowing.” I have always just thought of myself as too sensitive. But I started to feel specific people’s feelings from far away. It got weird when I started to get “feelings” or “know things.” One night I unplugged my light and had a feeling overcome me that it would probably burn out really soon. The next morning, I went to plug it in and it was burnt out. A few minutes later, I had a feeling that I REALLY should try to plug it in again. It turned back on no problem.
Another time I began to feel sick to my stomach in class. A feeling washed over me that my friend was in trouble. She had been drinking and I just had this horrible feeling. I sprinted to her class and opened up the workout room doors. There she was, face down, passed out, and no one had seen her yet. I took her to the bathroom where she complained about her stomach and threw up. Once she threw up, I felt much better. When I found out about empathy and the metaphysical senses everything fell into place. Reading that empathy is a form of clairsentience makes me feel so much less alone, that this is really a thing and I can embrace it as a gift. Thank you SO much for these articles!!!


Becca J December 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

Now that I have read all of the journals, I can definitely tell that I possess qualities from each clair ability. I’ve always known, but I have never been able to put a name to them or describe things to people who question me about things I know and people I’ve never met, bu dislike. For me, being able to feel how a person is feeling and how much it effects me depends on how close they are to me, relationship wise. When it comes to friends, I can feel their emotions and 90% of the time I know exactly who it is without talking to them.

One night, I was texting my three closest friends and suddenly I felt anxious and upset. The first one I texted asking if they were okay explained to me that they were freaking out because their dog ran off because someone accidentally left the door open.


Kay October 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

I have ways felt people emotions before they even talk to me. I also have a passion for spirits, I grew up in a haunted house, I always feel when things r near me. I get scared over nothing, feel like something is watching or following me. I want to know how to more connect w these spirits.


Julia December 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

The other day I had a really strange experience I now know was my clairsentience showing itself to me. I woke up in the middle of the night having a panic attack that didn’t belong to me. At the time, I just knew it was about a specific person, but I wasn’t panicked, I was just feeling the physical symptoms of pounding heart, racing mind, sickness in the pit of my stomach and finding it hard to breath. It was so intense, the next day I was checking the obituaries to see if this person had died or something.
After meditating and thinking about the whole thing, it all made sense to me that I have been feeling this persons feelings ever since I met them and needed to have something like this to wake me up to that drain on my life. It was amazing and I feel so much better now releasing that person and sending them peace, love and compassion.


Jessica February 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Hi all,

I had an experience just last night that beats all of my experiences I’ve ever had regarding this experience. I have been made to see a psychiatrist for my anxiety and depression for a while now, and my brother is a paranoid schizophrenic by diagnosis and definition. He has also been a drug addict for years. He cleaned up when he got out of jail and has been out for a while. I was coming home from a rehearsal, and as I pulled into my neighborhood, I had a very dark feeling wash over me, but I didn’t panic. I had feelings and images that I was going to either come home and my brother not be there (he’s on house arrest) or he was going to have overdosed. One of those two things was going to have happened. I pulled up to the house, and sure enough there was a cop in my driveway waiting to inform me that my brother was put back in jail because he was high and manic and attempted to steal speakers from Best Buy. I got a chill from how terrifying it was that I got that feeling out of nowhere. My parents are a little falwaysfreaked out as well. I’ve always been different and guilty of reading people’s emotions to a fault. Does anyone have any tips on how to control it?


Tonya Johnston February 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm

I have all of these, it’s extremely hard to deal with . It becomes very very strong when my syysophyrntic daughter is close by. Things actually stop working all over the place.. I have known for a long time I’ve had these things. At first thought it was in
My head. But then when I new when people and animals were going to die…just got stronger.And continues.especially after my crossover a year and a half ago. Too much to explain. I just know things about people when I don’t want to. How can I make this stop?


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