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Clairempathy – Being A Psychic Surrogate

Visit PsychicAccess.comThe gift of clairempathy has been described by some spiritual seekers as the true or ultimate ‘sixth sense’. It is different from normal empathy. Clairempathy is a psychic ability; normal human empathy is not.

Psychics with this special ability are able to act as emotive and psychosomatic surrogates, and directly experience the emotions others are feeling.

In order to clearly define clairempathy, a distinction must be made between being empathetic as opposed to being empathic. There is also a difference between being an empathetic person and being a psychic empath. Empathy is closely associated with the concept of sympathy, and it is a conscious and normal human trait we all possess. In fact, science recently discovered that we have mirror neurons in our brain, which may explain our ability to imitate each other and imagine how others feel.

Most people have this natural tendency towards empathy, especially if they were appropriately socialized by their parents, and can therefore identify or sympathize with the feelings and pain experienced by others. This is known as being empathetic towards others.

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy –  Meryl Streep

However, to be an empath or have an empathic nature is something very different. Empaths are capable of energetically perceiving or sensing the emotions of others through a form of extra-sensory perception known as clairempathy. Empaths are extremely sensitive to emotional and somatic energy. They often also feel a sense of duty to be of service to others, to heal the suffering of mankind and make the world a better and safer place. Empaths are often stunned by the cruelty or callousness of humanity.

The Unconscious Empath

Empaths are often unconscious of their empathic nature, and in these cases they are usually unable to understand why they experience unpleasant medical symptoms, or feel overwhelmed by inexplicable and extreme emotions. This can cause them much discomfort and anguish, until they are awakened to their true empathic nature.

Empaths need special self-care skills and psychic protection techniques to successfully manage their empathic nature and shield themselves from psychic overload. The awakened or skilled empath knows how to maintain spiritual boundaries, replenish energy and clear unwanted negative energy from their auric field.

What is Clairempathy?

Clairempathy is a form of extra-sensory perception (ESP). It is ability to clearly and directly experience other people’s emotions, thoughts and symptoms, as if they were your own. It is the awareness or perception of emotional energy.  It is very different from normal human empathy, which involves the conscious observation and interpretation of another’s person feelings.

Most psychics and mediums have a combination of extra-sensory abilities which, apart from the sense of emotion or empathy, may include clairvoyance (vision or seeing), 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).

Clairempaths do not perceive emotional energy through the use of their normal five senses. The psychic empath experiences emotions and symptoms beyond the ‘normal’ range of perception. Clairempathy is therefore a ‘supernatural’ ability to feel what others feel, and to clearly read the energy vibrations of people, places, animals or objects.

It is therefore a paranormal or extra-sensory ‘form of empathy’, because it does not rely on normal sensory clues, such as seeing another person cry, or picking up on someone’s body language or hearing the emotional tone of their voice. The empath also does not have to be physically present or in the same place as the other person, nor is there a need to hear, see or touch other people in order to pick up on their emotions or symptoms.

The gift of clairempathy is typically associated with many of the other psychic abilities and skills, especially clairsentience, clairvoyance and clairtangency (psychometry).

Traits of an empath

Empaths tend to have some or all of the following traits or characteristics:

1. Tendency to experience inexplicable emotions or symptoms not belonging to themselves, especially while out in public.

2. Sudden, dramatic shifts or changes in emotion, mood or physical energy, especially when in a crowd, or in close physical proximity  to other people.

3. Intense awareness of the emotional states and physical well-being of those around them (they can read the ‘atmosphere’ the moment they enter a room, even when blindfolded)

4. Ability to read emotional energy information from objects belonging to someone, as well as energy imprints present in places (clairtangency or psychometry).

5. Ability to know or comprehend the true intentions or hidden agendas of others. You cannot lie to, or deceive a clairempath. They always know your true intentions and real feelings. Many empaths can also feel the physical symptoms in others associated with deception and dishonesty, almost like a human polygraph. The empath would feel the liar’s heart rate increase or blood pressure rise, for example.

6. Experience other people’s psychological, physical and other medical ailments and symptoms, including insomnia, fatigue or lethargy, pain, headaches, nausea and vertigo. The empath often feels ‘sick’ without actually being ill, and this often occurs at the same time a partner, friend or family member is suffering an ailment with similar symptoms. The empath often experiences this symptom-free version of the illness without being aware of the other person’s condition, only finding out about it after the fact. This also happens with strangers, even people who are on the other side of the planet.

7. A natural ability to heal, often manifesting from a very young age. This often causes other people and animals to gravitate towards them; it is as if some people instinctively feel drawn to spending time in the empath’s personal space. There is often a tendency for them to be sought out by others for advice, assistance or sympathy. Unconscious empaths also tend to be targeted by emotionally insensitive and narcissistic individuals.

8. Overly developed sense of social responsibility and a need to help others, and a natural affinity for the elderly, children, animals and nature.

The traits of the psychic empath are often confused with that of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Note that there is a marked difference between these two phenomena. Although some HSPs may also be psychic, this is not something that should automatically be assumed.

© 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

27 Responses to Clairempathy – Being A Psychic Surrogate

  • 100 percent correct!!!! So nice to read this and see that I am not the only one!!!!! It can be very hard to deal with sometimes when you have feelings that are not your own and you pick up on them!
    I litterally feel what people feel and sometimes know exactly what they are thinking but sometimes thoughts should be left personal and I don’t always want to know!!!!!
    Anyway, I have come to accept this more and more and it is becoming easier with acceptance and understanding of the subject ….
    Really nice read, thank you!

  • Thanks for your feedback Muriel! Yes, this gift can be very overwhelming if you are unaware of having this ability. It is my hope that this information will reach more people, because the day i discovered this it truly liberated me and changed my life. Cool to connect with a like-minded soul! 🙂

  • I have this ability. I did not know it had a name or catagory. In readings I actually feel the persons feelings while channeling their spirit. It began as a feeling those who are still alive on the planet then became more intense as I began to allow them to channel through. I do feel a oneness and also a disconnect from their ego like I am sitting back and observing and also can impart direction and healing to them and the sitter. It’s a very cool experience. I like it and my sitters get more from it. Thank you for sharing this.
    Love and Light,

  • Thank you for sharing also Emalani! There is still much confusion and skepticism about these phenomena, and it is my hope that these sort of articles will encourage greater understanding, it being defined and explained more clearly. I am glad you finally found a “name” for it.. 😉

  • Awesome article! Being an empathy I thought you gave more than just a good picture of what it is like to be an empath. There is the scientific side of it as well. It was proven by the scientist in 2006 that an empath has more mirror neurons firing in their brain and hence leading to the thought by many that empathy is hereditary.


  • Thank you so much for this. I am a person that has a gift that whenever I read someone, I pick all their pain and suffering and for awhile did not know how to release them . Sometimes its hard going out to public places. I am also glad that you found a name for it too. Blessings in love and light

  • @ Sherry and Andrea – thanks for your feedback! It is very affirming to know that readers are finding this information useful in their lives.

  • University of Clairempathy….making life more solitary since 1962. I have rarely liked this gift. I have found it to be upsetting and painful most of the time. There are some instances where this isn’t true but they’re few and far between. I don’t try to have this and for some periods of time I can ignore it….but then it hits me. The thoughts and feelings become overwhelming. I find myself with huge headaches and feelings of despair. Its hard to describe. In short, I wish it would go away and stay away. Life would be simpler if I didn’t know what I know.

  • Your “university” statement really made me smile Laura. It is so important to never lose one’s sense of humor! Yes, I do know how you feel. Been there, done that. I felt the same way for many years, but I have since discovered that this can either be a gift or a curse, and that only one person can make that decision for you – and that is you and you alone. It will not go away; in fact it will probably just grow stronger with time. Instead of seeing it as a burden or cross to bear, apply it for the greater good. Reach out and help others or invest that emotional energy into something creative or uplifting. I believe most of the great artists, musicians, composers, actors, dancers and writers throughout history had this gift to some extent, and they used it to create their best work. I also believe some of the most effective healers, therapists, counselors and advisors have this gift; it is what compels them to do the work they do. Try and find a way to turn this ‘curse’ into a blessing for yourself and others. It is possible; I know that from personal experience 🙂

  • best article i’ve ever read on this topic! i relate to every last word and must thank you for such an accurate description. the characteristics you mentioned read like a proverbial check list!! =) i had to respond based on your reply to laura… i’m a musician/lyricist and i’m only ever satisfied with my work when i’ve written it from ‘that place’ of empathic existence! i have come to love this ability because of the amazing connections i’ve made with those i ‘feel’ the most. thanks again for sharing your knowledge. blessings.

  • Thanks for your kind comments qlyric. It is awesome to know that this article is useful and informative, especially with all the good and bad information that is available on the internet these days. Keep up the good work with your music! 🙂

  • After some self-induced solitary confinement I feel a little better. I paint…it gives me an outlet. I am also a Mom so when I have no time for my outlet I let the “boogey men” in and they wreak havoc. I love being with my children but sometimes their little feelings run amok and then I am run amok. This time was especially difficult. It is getting stronger. I spent a lot of time with my dog who is especially patient with me. Animals are very soothing to me. Their “feeling” is pure. I can usually tell when I’m close to a near collapse when I start looking at everyone I love and care for like they are “emotional vampires” and out to take my very life! An exaggeration for sure but its usually my high sign to check out for a while. It does scare me how strongly negative they have gotten….physically painful in fact. I have a question…how do you tell others that you have this? The very few times I have it hasn’t gone well. Thank you so much for your time. I hope I’m not a burden to you…..its just that I feel like I can speak freely for once. 🙂

  • Thanks for the post, I have always thought before that I was simply losing my mind. I first came across Indigo Adults, and had every single symptom. I am trying to look at this as a gift, rather than a curse. It is hard to be overly sensitive, and sometimes difficult to tell my emotions from what I am picking up, but as soon as I became aware of this, things are starting to make more sense….Thanks

  • Wow, this is me to a T! I have been this way since I was a little girl. Ever since I could remember, which is about three years old. I remember being able to just pick up on everyone’s emotional auras. Oh man, I’m so glad I am not alone in this. I thought I was just crazy, it’s nice to know that I am not the only one!!!

  • wow, finding this was overwhelming as well as feeling like a huge weight has been removed from my shoulders! I have always felt that there was something more to these intense emotions that never felt like my own. Everything on your list applies to me, I was shocked to find they were all connected, as i was looking for different reasons for each. I have memories of these feeling since I was a little girl and always knew there was more meaning to it. Im glad to finally have my more understanding. Thanks for the insight!

  • I’ve known that I am strongly empathic for at least 5 years now, but back in high school when I started 9th grade it kicked in and I had NO idea what to do! Walking through the halls surrounded by 1400 kids when you cannot control what comes in is terrible. I felt a million different emotions running through my body in the hallways, and where I had no idea of my gifts I was unable to control the aspect of mine where I can project emotions into people. I’ve brought people to tears and they had absolutely no idea why they were crying! It was cause I wanted to. It finally came to a head towards the end of my sophomore year. I couldn’t deal with it anymore, I thought I was absolutely insane and I was in the single most ugly, dark, miserable depression that a human can be in. I think that would have literally killed most people, all those things flying through you and out of you and you’re stuck scratching your head. I tried to commit suicide April 2005, I overdosed on 3 bottles of Tylenol (150,000mgs of acetaminophen). Ask any doctor who took care of me or looks at my file and they’ll tell you I should not be alive. Massive liver and renal failure, my liver toxicity was 10 times above what is required for an emergency liver transplant. That had a chopper going to take me out of state for surgery, but my fever spiked 108-109 and they shut it down. They gave up on me, and I don’t blame them because I SHOULD be dead! I don’t remember a few days in the ICU… but I think I must have went into some kind of coma and dealt with myself and my empathy. Empaths can heal themselves, and there was nothing the doctors were giving me that could have done what happened next, mainly cause they weren’t giving me anything! I just remember slipping away and feeling so very, very hot… 109 fever will do that. I magically came to the next morning with my fever broke and down to 101, kidney function (which was non exist. If I used the restroom my urine was jet black [sorry for gross factor, but I have to tell it all because it truly is amazing]) was back, liver toxicity levels were DOWN! Few days later I walked out a 100% healthy young man with a BRAND new outlook on life! I truly believe my desire to accept and embrace my gift and live to learn and use it just unlocked that last CLICK in my hatch, and somehow during my overnight coma instead of dying I seemed to just heal myself! I should be dead, clearly I’m not 😀 YAY EMPATHY!!! The next few years I went down a stupid road after being told to NEVER drink if I wanted to see the age 25. 17-20 I was a bad drug and alcohol addict. But this story has a happy ending! I went to a live in residential rehab place when I was 20 for 7 months. I was away from all family for a month before they could see me and away from all friends the whole time. I used it to clear my head and build up my inner strength. Nowadays I’m a 22 year old with a peace and contentment I thought I would never have. I found the person I knew from the second I saw them I would spend the rest of my life with, and it’s almost our 1 year anniversary. I’ve learned to control what comes in and what goes out. I love nothing more than helping people feel better, nothing brings me greater joy than to know I could possibly have stopped someone from going down the path of destruction I did. Do I regret those years? I regret the pain I caused the ones I love, but I don’t regret what happened to me because it tempered me into the level headed, STRONG person I am today! Depression? GONE! No meds, haven’t been on them for 2 years. I have the occasional beer, and SAY NO TO DRUGS! They cloud your abilities and can have very severe impacts on empathic people (think Dr. Jekyll and Mr. EMPATH! Not pretty). I have had regular 6 month liver tests since 2005 and they are always better than normal!!! Empathy may not seem as “cool” as seeing dead people, but I hope by reading my story some young empath realizes the POWER and POTENTIAL that’s riiiiight inside you! I know now that empathy is the best gift I could have received, and since it saved my life the least I can do is work on it and build it up to help save others. The things in my past are like a dream now, the sky’s the limit and the future for ONCE is bright! Has every day been easy and will it always be? No of course not, welcome to life lol. But it’s how we as empaths and people choose to react to situations in our lives that matter the most. I hadn’t looked anything up on empathy in years and for some reason I decided to, it was meant to happen. I’ve been seriously ill with multiple infections all stemming from a hereditary prostate problem. I’ve been soooo sick the past 3 months, and thanks to stumbling on here I’ve been smacked in the forehead and reminded that while yes modern medicine is a wonderful thing, there’s nothing better than an empath putting their own natural healing energy to work on themselves! So thanks ^_^

    Hope someone gets something out of that!

  • Oh and a side note for the upcoming younger generation of empaths and also anyone who might be in the family situation I was/am in. My whole family is Holiness Pentecostal straight outta the Southwest Virgina Mountains, and I on the other hand am a gay Spiritual empath (who nowadays with years of meditation, which I fortunately kept up through my bad addiction years[if I hadn’t I don’t want to know where I would be now], has pretty much the capacity to do everything involved with empathy)! Take it from me, lying to your family is NOT cool… HOWEVER… sometimes it doesn’t hurt to just not tell them things! My family thinks psychic abilities are devil worship, witchcraft, and straight from hell lol! The sad thing is my abilities are most definitely passed down through my family. ALL of them have psychic abilities, they just choose to suppress them because they think it’s “evil”. It’s NOT! I don’t care what anyone says, because something somewhat scientifically unexplainable (because we aren’t advanced enough to measure most psychic ability yet) does not make it evil! Especially when it’s something that really can be used to help people in ways modern science can’t! I mean goodness gracious take a look in the Bible at Jesus! Whether you believe in him or not, he was CLEARLY depicted as a STRONG Clairempath! He healed people’s bodies and minds with his touch and his CARING. He was kind, gentle, non-judgmental, and knew people better than they knew themselves! If that’s not the epitome of an empath I don’t know what is! Jesus didn’t hang out with the rich people or the kings, he was in the back alleys with the prostitutes, the robbers, and the lepers, the dredges of society at the time! Personally I am not Christian, but I find Jesus example throughout the New Testament the absolute end-all-be-all of empathy! We should all try to be as kind and caring and above all else NON-judgmental! If you have a problem with judging people, like I used to, just remember ONE thing; (no I’m not gonna say for every finger you point there are four pointing back at you lol though it’s true!) The Golden Rule is THE rule for empaths! Treat other people the way you would want to be treated! My rehab facility I lived in was part of a Christian Mission that included a homeless shelter. I had NO IDEA there were so many homeless people in my little town of 40k people! It took a week or two of smacking myself in the head anytime some sort of preconceived notion came into my head before it sunk in that I could just as easily end up in their situation, I have no idea what got them there and I have no right to say a damn thing about anyone else because I had just come from spending a month in county jail on a YEAR long sentence! I got very lucky yet once again in my life and the judge ordered me into residential rehab at this mission for 7 months in place of jail. I learned more about myself and life and how I need to mold myself and approach situations and treat people in that 7 months than I would have if I’d gotten a masters in Psychology! Everyone on this planet is the same. We may not look it on the surface, but deep down in our genome and DNA we ARE the same! We’re all born, we try to carve out a nice life for ourselves, and we die. It doesn’t matter if you’re red, blue, green, black, or white, we as empaths need to be blind to EVERYTHING else but the soul inside these fleshy shells we live in. I may not be a believer in Christ, but I do know if everyone on this planet (and they COULD, people just choose not to) lived their lives devoted to everyone else with kindness, love, caring, and compassion… it would be a beautiful world to live in. Those who are truly selfless have become the greatest Empaths of all. Think Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and Jane Goodall (animals need someone to care for them too!). Those who sacrifice without being asked and asking nothing in return, that’s what’s all about and what we should all strive to be like. It’s not easy. We all have crappy days, trust me I KNOW! Do the best you can and you’ll be a better person for it 🙂

    If any empaths at all would like to talk to me I would adore hearing from you! My email is and no matter what you have to say or ask I’m all ears 😀

    Peace and Love all ^_^

  • Thank you for this. I also spent most of my life searching for the answers that would help me understand and embrace this part of my nature.
    It is people like you who help give it a language and tone.
    Yes, I was just telling a friend how wonderful it is that science is catching up with the ancient ones. Thank you.

  • This article stirred intense emotions as I have placed myself in the clairempathy role many times and the intensity and yes. pain can be terrific. Very good article and I welcome the discourse

  • You know, at a very young age I had some psychic experiences that I just could not explain. I did tell people about them, but Im pretty sure they took my experiences with a grain of salt, not that they disbelieved me, but rather thought, “oh that was cool” and moved on. But these experiences have always been at the fore front of my mind, uh, so to speak, ha ha. I had visions and very intense thoughts, and when I was older, I even had dreams. But all of these things were short lived and occasionally I have thought to myself, How can I develop this? On the other hand, I am pretty sure I have always been an empath, but I really didnt know that I could put a name to it until now. My energy, my personal thoughts are constantly in a struggle when I get around other people. Often, out of habit telling people “what they really meant to say” or just KNOWING the real deal. I find it annoying, but helpful at times. Often people ask me, “how did you know that?” But it goes much, much deeper than simple empathy for others or just being highly intuitive. I look at this as both a blessing and a curse. It can be very fatiguing, it also puts me in a class by myself at times… especially at work or in relationships … I have to work at closing these feelings off or avoiding them altogether, as a matter of fitting in with others. But knowing about myself what I know now, I still think it is a blessing that could be used for something beneficial. I am really interested in hearing from someone out there who could help me put these skills to good use while putting them into perspective as well… I think it could put my WHOLE LIFE into a better perspective and teach me some emotional self discipline. Thanks for any input you might have! Have a blessed day!

  • I am absolutely stunned.

    Until recently, I honestly thought there was something truly wrong with me. All I’ve heard all my life is that I am too “emtional” too “intense” … after reading this and several other pieces it has all become so CLEAR.

    I feel like a huge weight has been removed; the “black” clouds on why have shifted and I can no move forward being better informed.

    I feel like I have just started down the path of where it is I truly need to be.
    A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the Anthon for writing this piece for all those who have posted their comments.

  • Welcome to the club Beth 😉 Time to reclaim your power.

  • Indeed thanks for this piece. It has helped me too confirm my belief that I am clairempath. I would want to use it as means to help others. How can I do that? Plus, how do I learn to swithch on and off?

  • I have been told I have this, i have felt it many times.My question is what do i do when it happens… I always feel this pulling to that person and I just want to hold them tight in my arms and comfort them, but rarely do I do this. What do i do..I have never used what I have or told anyone I have this.


  • I am just beginning to explore this topic. A little bit about me before I tell you about my abilities. I survived terrible physical and emotional child abuse, and severe neglect from both my biological mother and my foster mother. As a kid I would “feel” for emotional chaos so as to avoid abuse. As I got older, I seem to at times have an absolute clarity about things I should not have known. For example, I ran away from home at 17, and my father used to drive the same street I would walk in order to find me. One day he did, and as I sat in his car I “sensed” something I should not have been able to know, that 25 years later, my doctors confirmed. I dismissed it at the time because it seemed outrageous and I didn’t understand empathic abilities. Reading this page, I would guess what I have is a combination of clairvoyance and claircognizance.

    I’m also a very strong introvert who can’t be in crowds very long, and has live with and been around narcissists. My questions for you are what can I do to develop my abilities and cope as I do so, and how do I protect myself from narcissists, who prey on empaths?


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