How To Develop Claircognizance – Intuitive Journal Podcast 7

Claircognizance is one of the least understood and least recognized metaphysical senses. Learn to recognize the signs and how to develop Claircognizance.

On today’s Intuitive Journal podcast we are talking about Claircognizance. We are going to take a look at how to recognize Claircognizance and also how to further develop this intuitive ability. If I were to sum up how claircognizance works in a few words, it would be this: “How do you know what you know?” or “Well, I just know, but I don’t know how I know.”

I think this is one of the least understood intuitive abilities because it seems a lot easier to recognize an intuitive vision – which would be clairvoyance, or intuitively sense something – which would be clairsentience, or intuitively hear a word or a phrase – which would be clairaudience, than it is to recognize Claircognizance. But in a few minutes, I will give you some ways to recognize it when it shows up and also some ways to further develop this ability.


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Podcast 7 Transcript – How To Develop Claircognizance

Thank you for listening in to today’s Intuitive Journal podcast. I am your host, Laura Jean Warnke and the author of the blog, I just want to say I appreciate all of you who keep listening to my very new podcast. I am having a great time producing it and I hope some of what I talk about hits home for you.

So, today we are talking about Claircognizance. We are going to take a look at how to recognize Claircognizance and also how to further develop this intuitive ability. If I were to sum up how claircognizance works in a few words, it would be this: “How do you know what you know?” or “Well, I just know, but I don’t know how I know.”

One of the Least Understood Intuitive Abilities

I think this is one of the least understood intuitive abilities because it seems a lot easier to recognize an intuitive vision – which would be clairvoyance, or intuitively sense something – which would be clairsentience, or intuitively hear a word or a phrase – which would be clairaudience, than it is to recognize Claircognizance. But in a few minutes, I will give you some ways to recognize it when it shows up and also some ways to further develop this ability.

You Might Not Feel Very Intuitive

So, often people who possess Claircognizance abilities will not think they are very intuitive at all. This is because this ability only seems to show up when it is necessary, which may not be that often. Also, those who are Claircognizant might not think of themselves as very emotional or as touchy-feely people. Often, Claircognizant people are mentally oriented, logical, cerebral, or analytical in nature.

For some of you this is your primary intuitive modality, and for others it might show up as a secondary ability. Those who are more familiar with the other metaphysical senses may still experience claircognizance or “clear knowing” from time to time.

Claircognizance – Clear Knowing

So, what exactly does it mean to experience Claircognizance? Claircognizance is, well the short version is clear knowing. It’s a gut sense in which you just know something to be correct, but you might not be able to back up your statement with fact or how you came into that information. Often you just “know” the answer.

Do you finish other people’s sentences before you know the answer, even before they can finish the thought? Do you find yourself knowing immediately if someone is lying to you, even though you have nothing concrete to back that up? Do pieces of information just randomly pop into your head that you know are correct, especially when they arrive out of context?

That’s using Claircognizance. It can also come in the form of predictions or premonitions and it is really just a feeling of certainty or correctness. You can also feel it directly in your gut, or stomach area, your solar plexus. You might feel a lurch in your abdomen or literally like someone hit you with a punch and knocked the air out of you.

How Do You Know That?

You might have an odd or uncanny knowledge of certain places or events, situations or people without actually having received this information in a traditional manner. As in no one told it to you or you didn’t learn it in a book or a newspaper. You might just have a house number randomly pop into your mind and know you have to get in the car and drive to that location right away.

It just comes across as a sense of foreboding sometimes or even déjà vu. It is just like that gut feel of “I know that’s correct”, or “I know that’s right”.

It is the ability to recognize receiving sudden insights and understanding regarding a question or situation in your life. Claircognizance means clear knowing of something that may have happened in the past, present, or future about a situation of your own or someone else.

A Combination Of Intuitive Hits

I like to think of Claircognizace as a combination of all those other intuitive hits that flew underneath the radar. Think of the puzzle pieces that didn’t fit and when you had a piece of intuitive information and you didn’t know what to do with it, so you just let it go. So, you may have been receiving intuitive nuggets for a long time about something your Guides want you to know about, but might not have known how to put them together or make sense of them. Claircognizance comes along and ties everything together into a big bunch of knowing – rather like when you put last piece in place and complete the puzzle. Claircognizance gives you a fully formed picture of a situation.

The Chakra Connection

I used to think that Claircognizance was connected to your crown chakra or your 7th chakra – mainly because of the clear knowing part and it being a rather mentally oriented sense. But the more I have experienced this the more I understand it is also related to your power chakra – which is also called your 3rd chakra or solar plexus chakra. I say this because any time I have ever experienced this myself it always seems to hit me in the gut first. It then seems to send that signal of inner knowing to my brain. So, I guess you could more clearly think of those two chakras – the 3rd and the 7th as interconnected in this instance.

I also feel it is connected to the power chakra because often you have to stand up for your intuitive knowing, even when you don’t have facts to back it up and that takes a great deal of personal power and self-confidence in order to not listen to someone telling you it is nothing more than an overactive imagination and sheepishly brushing your intuitive hit under the rug.

How To Recognize Claircognizance

Okay, so now let’s talk about how to recognize Claircognizance, because often you will identify with the other metaphysical senses first and not think you use or have this ability. I think one of the biggest misconceptions or areas of confusion around this ability is that you might not feel particularly intuitive at all.

A client shared with me that he didn’t feel very intuitive and had a friend who could hear her Guides chattering away to her all the time. He felt he didn’t experience that type of connection and wondered if he could hear his Guides at all. It turns out that one of the main ways his Guides delivered information to him was in the form of Claircognizance or clear knowing.

So, here are a fews ways to recognize Claircognizance when it comes through:

I believe that many people have this ability, but much of the information can go without validation. Some of the things you may “know” can cause upset, confusion, and stress in others. They may be unreceptive to validating your “knowing” if you fail to have documented proof of what you are sharing.

You Just Know The Answer

In many cases, this “knowing” may go against everything others tell you about a situation. It can certainly be isolating when you are the only one who is saying different and the general consensus says the total opposite.

It is something that you just have an idea about and you just don’t quite understand how the information came to you, but you know the answer.

This is probably the biggest key here. You may not necessarily be able to back up your statement with any fact or how you actually got that information. If somebody questioned you on the spot and said “well how do know that?” you are very likely to say “I just know.”

Just the Facts, Ma’am

A lot of times this can go without getting validated because sometimes you know things and it can cause yourself to be upset or others to be upset and cause stress in others. Others might not be so receptive to you saying what you are saying. They don’t believe you, because you don’t have any facts to back it up.

Just because you don’t have that documented proof, of what you are telling them doesn’t mean it’s not correct or true.

Claircognizance is an awesome sense to have. What I want you to know is that you can trust it. It gets to be a little sticky at times. “I don’t know how I can prove that. I don’t know how I know that”. But it is about trusting because you will be correct a very, very high percentage of the time.

You Just Know The Next Step in the Path, You Know It is Time for Change

The next way to recognize Claircognizance is literally from that inner knowledge. You just know the next step in the path or you might just know it is time for change. You might wake up in the middle of the night with a deep inner knowing that you have to make a major life change like moving or leaving a relationship and that you have to do it now. To me this is your Guide’s way of getting a clear message to you about an issue, especially if you have been procrastinating about a decision. There is no more time for thinking about something, and it is now time to take action. You just know what you have to do next. Why this can be difficult is often we don’t feel ready to actually make that change, but at a soul level it is a necessary change.

When A Decision is Made

Another way to recognize Claircognizance is to look at times when some sort of a decision has been made. I think one of the ways it shows up for a lot of us is when you or someone else makes a decision, particularly a major life decision.

Here is an example of how it might show up for you: Say your spouse has been looking for a job, has offers for two of them, and you might have been trying very hard to remain open to either possibility. He then tells you he has made a decision on which job to take. At that very moment it might feel like someone punched you in the gut, and then it went directly to your brain and said “Noo!” out loud, with the knowing that this job wasn’t going to work out, even though logically it sounded great.


Here is another example that I personally experienced and it deals with timing. A friend of ours called and offered up a motorcycle for sale to us. We had seen the bike and it was beautiful. When my husband got off the phone and told me of the offer to sell it to us, I immediately knew we were supposed to have the bike. It was a gut feeling of elation and I knew we had to act on it right away.

My response was, “How are we going to do this?”, which was referring to the money aspect of things as we were young and didn’t have a lot of savings at that point. There was no additional discussion and it was a gut knowing. I just knew that the timing was right and that motorcycle was supposed to be ours. We bought it and we still own it over 20 years later. By the way, if you are in to motorcycles, it was a 1986 Harley Davidson Softail in the original red and cream colors. Just a gorgeous bike!


Okay, so that leads me into the next way you can recognize claircognizance and that is speed. When you receive a claircognizant hit it is usually very quick. Both the intuitive hit itself and also the situation it was referring to. For example say a friend asks you to go to a party with them. You might get an immediate hit or knowing that you are not supposed to attend that party.

The other way speed plays a part is you taking action on that intuitive hit. So, when you get that inner knowing, deep in your gut that it’s time for change, that’s your cue to take action. That is your cue to do something.

You Say Things Out Of Context

You can also receive Claircognizant hits just moments before something happens and can find yourself saying things that seem out of context or that have nothing to do with your current conversation. This is an interesting phenomena as you could have a random thought pop into your head like “slow down, there is a speed trap just ahead”, and then shortly after you see an officer with their radar on sitting by the side of the road. You can also receive these nuggets of knowing both for yourself and others.

Doesn’t Need Interpretation

Another way to recognize claircognizance is that the message you receive, unlike the other three clairs, requires almost no or very little interpretation, You usually get just a clear “yes” or “no” response or that deep inner knowing and often you don’t know why you know something to be correct. In contrast, the other clairs can send you mixed messages like a metaphorical image to make sense of or a phrase or song that is open to interpretation.

How to Develop Claircognizance

Okay, so let’s talk about a few ways to develop Claircognizance.

Taking Action

The first way is literally by taking action on the piece of knowledge you now have in your hands. Did you get a hit to take another road instead of the one you were traveling? Did you follow that advice or did you brush it off and stay on the same road?

The more you follow those intuitive hits, the stronger all of your intuitive abilities become. Will this sometimes be inconvenient? Yes, and you might look or sound silly in the process. Just dashing off out of the house with little notice can make your family and friends do a double take. My advice would be follow your intuition now and explain things to your family later.

Automatic Writing

Another way to develop Claircognizance is by making use of automatic writing in order to connect with your Spirit Guides and get answers to some of your questions. I will put a link to my posts on automatic writing in the show notes for those of you who are unfamiliar with it. Essentially, automatic writing is sitting down with pen and paper, or at the computer, asking a question, and then asking Spirit to come through while you write down what you receive.

You can use automatic writing for developing other metaphysical senses such as clairaudience, but I find it most helpful for Claircognizance when you add the element of speed and timing. So, what that means is to set a timer for say, one minute and write down everything that comes to mind during that one minute. You could even use a shorter time frame like 30 seconds. The point is to use speed to your advantage when doing automatic writing so that you don’t second guess or try to “sort out” any intuitive responses.


Another way you can develop Claircognizance is through meditation. It can help you gain clear knowing because you are quieting the mind and then the answers can come through to you a lot quicker and a lot easier.

So, I hope this has helped you recognize the sign posts of Claircognizance and given you some food for thought if you have wondered about your intuitive abilities.
I think we will wrap things up for the day and I hope you gained some insights. I would love it if you would leave a comment on this blog post on my website and share your experiences and any questions you have or have had about Claircognizance. I would love it also if you found this helpful or interesting to leave me an honest review in ITunes. So, I look forward to speaking with you soon. Bye for now!

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