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Clairvoyance – The Second Sight

Visit PsychicAccess.comPeople always want to know how I ‘see’ things or what it is like to be a clairvoyant? I have also been asked if I use a crystal ball, which I found quite funny!

Clairvoyant psychics and mediums have the ability to see images or visions that are hidden from the normal human senses; they see beyond the range of physical eyesight. Clairvoyance literally means clear sight; it is also described as the ‘second sight’, ‘astral vision’, ‘third eye seeing’, or seeing with the ‘eyes of the soul’.

Clairvoyants see these psychic images in their mind’s eye, or with the ‘third eye’. It is further believed by some experts that this gift of inner vision is linked to the pineal gland in the human brain, instead of the optical nerve in the eyes.

Most clairvoyants are born with this ability ‘to see’, while some people become clairvoyant after a Near Death Experience (NDE) or due to an experience involving severe physical or emotional trauma.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream – The Bible

The term clairvoyance is often incorrectly used to refer to a range of other psychic abilities, including precognition, telepathy and clairsentience. In truth clairvoyance is an independent psychic phenomenon. It is also not merely the perception of an intuitive feeling, or a familiar image from your memory. True clairvoyance refers to physically ‘seeing’ a person, object, place or event in your mind’s eye.

My clairvoyant visions are typically accompanied by clairsentient feelings or clairaudient sounds. Clairvoyance also tends to go hand-in-hand with other psychic gifts.  Most psychics and mediums have a combination of extra-sensory abilities which, apart from the sense of vision or seeing, may include clairsentience (somatosensation or sensing), clairaudience (audition or hearing), clairolfaction (olfaction or smelling), clairgustance (gustation or tasting), claircognizance (knowing). Additionally, some experts also prefer to identify two “sub-senses” within the realm of clairsentience, namely clairempathy (emotion or feeling),  and clairtangency (tactition or touching).

Clairvoyance is usually involuntary for the young or inexperienced psychic, but with conscious development and gaining of greater control, this special gift becomes voluntary over time. Contrary to popular belief, telepathy is not a form of clairvoyance. Telepathic messages are transferred from one person to another, while clairvoyant images or visions come intuitively from within or from an external, spiritual source, not another person. These external visions or perceptions may be drawn from the spiritual realm or akashic record.

The most well-known form of clairvoyance is remote viewing, which refers to the ability to see people, objects or places over a long distance. Remote viewing was studied as part of a US military program for twenty years, as well as by the KGB in the former Soviet Union. It has been used with varying degrees of success in a variety of military operations and espionage programs.

Although anyone can learn the basic techniques of remote viewing, studies have shown that not everyone is equally successful in their performance or their results. It appears that some people simply have a more natural talent, or a greater aptitude, for remote viewing.

He could foretell whats’ever was, By consequence to come to pass.
As Death of Great Men, Alterations, Diseases, Battels, Inundations.
All this without th’ Eclipse of Sun, Or dreadful Comet, he hath done
By inward Light, a way as good – Samuel Butler

Another psychic technique, closely associated with clairvoyance, is scrying. Scrying is the ability to see visions or images by staring into an object that is translucent, shiny or reflective. The most famous and popular scrying tool is, of course, the crystal ball!  Many other media or objects can also be used for scrying, including mirrors, glass, flames, smoke, water and reflective surfaces or polished gemstones.

It is a myth that clairvoyants physically see images or shapes inside, or on these objects. The truth is that the crystal ball, candle flame or glass of water merely serves as a neutral object to focus your concentration, while accessing your inner sight. The image is seen in the clairvoyant’s mind, not inside the crystal ball.

What clairvoyants see tend to differ from psychic to psychic, because of its subjective nature. Some people only get vague impressions, while others may see archetypes or symbols, colors, auras, geometric shapes, or actual images of people, events and places. Some clairvoyants also report a rare form of ‘x-ray vision’, which is known as etheric vision.

The images and visions one sees can be from the past, present or future. They typically only last a few seconds, although they do remain visible much longer for some clairvoyants.

My personal experience of clairvoyance is best described as vivid flashes, almost like standing in a dark room with a strobe light flashing only once. The ‘pictures’ I see this way are inanimate; they are still images suspended in time, without any movement or change, like an old yearbook picture. The experience is similar to when you see someone who looks familiar, and you suddenly remember where you have seen their face before, but then you realize they were much younger then. It is very similar to a memory ‘flash-back’.

I also experience animated visions, which I can only describe as having a dream while I am awake; dreaming with my ‘eyes wide shut’. I tend to see better with my eyes closed, which I also prefer doing, because I tend to look slightly weird staring into space, when I have these visions!

Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality – Alexis Carrel

Seeing these ‘mental movies’ is similar to when you recall vivid memories, but I don’t know the places, people or events I see. True clairvoyant visions are always unfamiliar or unrecognizable to me. On rare occasions I even see things that I have no name for, or find very difficult to describe, because I have never seen anything like it before! These visions are the most difficult to translate or interpret during psychic readings.

Sometimes I do see memories from my own life, or images from films, television programs or books. I do not, however, consider these symbolic images to be clairvoyant visions. Instead they are merely the product of a ‘mind filter’ which enables me to interpret or translate some of the clairsentient or precognitive information I pick up during readings. It basically enables me to match up a mental picture to an intuitive feeling or sensation, which makes it easier for me to interpret it for my client.

I also see the ‘bodies’ and ‘faces’ of spiritual entities, but this normally requires that I temporarily raise my energy vibration. In my experience these beings are energy vibrations at different frequencies. Mostly I see these vibrations, or what I call Source Energy, in the form of floating orbs of light or ‘flickering fireflies’, which sometimes shifts into human-like shapes.

It is my opinion that these spiritual vibrations (or thought-forms) take on the more recognizable human appearance of ‘angels’, ‘spirit guides’, ‘ascended masters’ or people who have crossed over, in order to make it more acceptable or recognizable to us. We also assign these entities a name and a gender. For most people it is simply easier to relate to and understand spirit in this shape and form.

Clairvoyance is not as simple as it may seem, especially when it is applied during psychic readings. In my opinion the best psychic readers, or clairvoyant mediums, are not necessarily those who are most gifted or talented, but those who are most skilled at translating or interpreting what they see, hear or feel.

I do make mistakes from time to time – not because my visions are false, but because my interpretation is sometimes incorrect or tainted. The biggest obstacle, when interpreting these visions for others, is to not let my logical thinking and my own, subjective opinions interfere.

Clairvoyance is especially challenging, because it requires a lot of self-knowledge and a lack of preconceived ideas or prejudice. The clairvoyant must have the ability to distinguish clearly between three things: your own thoughts, ideas and feelings, as opposed to the thoughts, ideas and feelings of others, as well as the true clairvoyant images or visions that are not native to your own mind.

© 2010 Anthon St Maarten

Anthon was interviewed on the subject of the ‘Clair Senses’ by Psychic Viewpoint on Psychic Access Talk Radio during two broadcasts on August 11, 2011 and October 27, 2011. To listen to the archive recordings visit Anthon’s guest page at Psychic Access Talk Radio.

About The Author: Anthon St Maarten

Anthon St Maarten is an international psychic medium, intuitive consultant and destiny coach. He has been consulting professionally as psychic medium since 2004 and has since established himself as a trusted advisor to many people all over the world. He is also a sought-after inspirational speaker, metaphysics teacher, radio personality, spiritual author and blogger, with a special interest in New Thought spirituality, metaphysics, parapsychology, mediumship and psychic phenomena. He is best known for his bestselling practical spirituality book Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny You can get a psychic reading from Anthon at

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